Dan O'Brien is economics editor of the Irish Times. Before joining the newspaper in June 2010, he was a senior economist and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, an arm of The Economist Newspaper Group. In a dozen years in that role he specialised in European affairs and in global trade and investment issues. During that time he commented frequently in the international media, for broadcasters such as CNN and the BBC and in print, for newspapers such as the International Herald Tribune and the Financial Times.
Dan has also worked for the external service of the European Commission and as a consultant for the United Nations and Forfas. He has lived and worked in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Malta, Britain and Switzerland. His book "Ireland, Europe and the World: Writings on a New Century" was published in October 2009."