top of page



new panel images_speakers.jpg



John O'Brien



John is a Dublin-based partner in Mercer and leads its European Strategic Risk Management group, a network of colleagues specialising in assisting larger and more sophisticated pension funds and insurance companies to navigate areas such as capital allocation, risk management, efficient financing of long dated liabilities, risk transfer and balance sheet management. He has twenty-six years of experience working in the investment and financial services industry, of which the last fourteen have been in Mercer. During his time in Mercer, John has led on several ground-breaking transactions in the UK and European markets, and more recently has been instrumental in establishing a delegated risk management key function holder proposition for clients falling under the IORP Directive. He acts as a director of Mercer ICC, a Mercer-owned captive insurance company that was established as an innovative means for schemes to cost-effectively transfer longevity risk to the reinsurance market. Prior to joining Mercer, he worked for two years in an IFSC-based regulatory capital specialist investment firm, preceded by ten years across various roles in Irish Life Investment Managers where he led a Financial Engineering team, acted as a fixed income and LDI portfolio manager, and as a quantitative analyst and product development specialist across the asset classes. John graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1995 with a first-class honours degree and gold medal in Mathematics. He qualified as a CFA in 2001, a QFA in 2020 and completed an MA in History of Family with University of Limerick in 2022. He has lectured on various postgraduate programs in Dublin, covering topics such as equity research, risk management, portfolio management and quantitative finance.

Media Partners

Savvy Investor 2019.jpg
SPS Irish Pension Funds' Annual Investment & Current Issues Conference
June 12, 2024
The Westbury, Dublin
SPS Fiduciary, OCIO and Investment Governance for Pension Funds
July 11, 2024
The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London
SPS Dutch Pension Fund & Institutional Investors’ Annual Conference
September 17, 2024
Rosarium, Amsterdam
SPS Nordic Institutional Investors’ Summit, Helsinki
September 26. 2024
Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
SPS Sustainable Investments & Current Issues Conference
October 9, 2024
Farmers and Fletchers in the City, London
SPS Local Authority Pension Funds' ESG & Current Issues Conference
October 22, 2024
The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London
SPS Nordic Institutional Investors' Annual Conference, Stockholm
November 13, 2024
7A Strandvägen, Stockholm
SPS DC Pension Funds Update
December 3. 2024
Farmers and Fletchers in the City, London
bottom of page