Noel Curran will welcome delegates and set the scene for the event which comes at a time of unprecedented turbulence for the international news industry, as journalists navigate multiple challenges in a rapidly changing media landscape. Noel Curran took up the role of Director General of the EBU in September 2017. He is the former DG, Managing Director of Television and Editor of Current Affairs of RTÉ, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster. A strong and long-time advocate of public service media, Curran is also an award-winning investigative journalist and producer. Noel attended Trinity College, Dublin, and graduated from Dublin City University in both European Studies and Communications, specialising in national and international broadcasting policy. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Dublin City University.