Educated at Ballymena Academy, Gonville & Caius College Cambridge and Queen's University Belfast, Dr Birnie was senior lecturer in economics at Queen's University before being elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 where he served until 2007.
He was subsequently a special advisor to Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reg Empey.
Esmond is a past chair of the Assembly's Employment and Learning Committee and is the author of a number of publications on aspects of the Northern Ireland, Irish and European economies.
Email: Esmond Birnie
Tel: +44 (0)28 9041 5808