London hosts World Conference of Banking Institutes

Blockchain technology set to be one of the hot topics as the WCBI makes a return to the UK following a 40-year absence

Technology will be the focus at the 23rd World Conference of Banking Institutes as the landmark event opens in London on Monday.

Organised by The London Institute of Banking & Finance, the event will bring together perspectives from across the world on the future of the industry, with blockchain at the heart of much of the discussion.

The conference runs across Monday September 16 and Tuesday September 17 at the famous Guildhall in the heart of the City of London.

Visitors will have the opportunity to brainstorm on the challenges facing the future of banking and to network with banking and finance professionals from across the world.

The World Conference of Banking Institutes (WCBI) was inaugurated in 1975 as an opportunity for banking educators and standards-setters from across the world to share best practice. Since then, the scope of this prestigious conference has grown consistently.

The WCBI is now a global forum that brings together a high-level audience of banking practitioners, policy makers, regulators and service providers. It facilitates debate about the future of the sector, collaboration and networking.

The last time the WCBI was hosted in London was 1979 – 40 years ago. Every two years, a different institute is entrusted with the curation and organisation of the WCBI.

The conference covered a wide range of topical issues over the past 43 years and was held across the globe in Europe, Africa, Asia, America and Oceania.

Throughout Monday and Tuesday an impressive panel of high calibre speakers will share their expertise in technology, regulation and conduct, international trade, talent and skills, and responding to global threats.


Among the array of high calibre speakers at the 23rd World Conference of Banking Institutes are:

John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister; François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor, Banque de France; Hamad Al Mazrouei, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy; Lola Adebanji, Director, EMEA eCommerce Solutions Lead, Citi; Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor, London for Business; Jassim Al Marzooqi, Head of Operations and Training, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM); Rich Apostolik, President & Chief Executive, Global Association of Risk Professionals; Steve Barnett, Executive Director, Business Development, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

Innovate Finance; Richard Clayton, Head of Group Learning, Lloyds Banking Group; Alison Cottrell, CEO, Banking Standards Board; Cameron Craig, Deputy general counsel and Group Head of data privacy and digital, HSBC; Jacco de Jong, Global Head of Sales, Bolero International; Sabrina Del Prete, Founder and CEO, Kore Labs.

Nilixa Devlukia, Head of Regulatory, Open Banking Implementation Entity; Dimitri Diamantes, Head of Policy, FINSIA; Shelley Doorey-Williams, Head of Wealth Planning UK and Jersey, UBS; Ian Dyson, Commissioner, City of London Police; Thomas Egner, Secretary General, Euro Banking Association; Dr Paul Fisher, Fellow, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership & Visiting Professor, The London Institute of Banking & Finance; Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics; Christine Foster, Managing Director for Innovation, The Alan Turing Institute; Alex Fraser, Chief Executive, The London Institute of Banking & Finance; Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman of the GFI, City of London Corporation.

Alastair Graham, Secretary-General, Global Banking Education Standards Board; Keith Gross, Head of Financial Crime & Security, Banking and Payments Federation, Ireland and Chair of the European Banking Federation Cyber Security Working Group Brussels, Belgium; David Morrish, Relationship Director, The London Institute of Banking & Finance; Prof Pete Hahn, Dean, The London Institute of Banking & Finance; Dr Andrew Hilton, Director, CSFI; António Horta‐Osório, Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group.

Kevin Hollinrake MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking; Tarja Kallonen, Head of Financial Work and Competence, Finance Finland. Christopher Kiew-Smith, Section Head – Financial Technology, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Sean Kidney, Chief Executive, Climate Bonds Initiative; Angela Knight CBE, Non-Executive Director and Board Risk Committee Chair, Provident Financial; Sam Lee, Head of Operational Risk EMEA, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Ari Lehavi, Executive Director, Moody’s Analytics; Renier Lemmens, Senior Advisor & Visiting Professor of Fintech and Innovation, The London Institute of Banking & Finance; Ntokozo Mahlangu, Group Risk, Investec Bank Ltd.

Catherine McGuinness, Chair of Policy and Resources; City of London Corporation; Chris McHugh, Lecturer, The London Institute of Banking & Finance; Ali Miraj, Director, Infrastructure Finance, ING Commercial Banking UK; Sakhila Mirza, Executive Board Director & General Counsel, LBMA; Kevin Mountford, Chief Executive Officer, Raisin UK; Kirsten Mycroft, Global Chief Privacy Officer, BNY Mellon; Richard Newland, Director of Branch and Workplace Transformation, Nationwide Building Society; Hedwige Nuyens, Managing Director, International Banking Federation.

Baron Sheikh, Of Cornhill in the City of London, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance; Sibel Sirmagul, European Head of Product and Propositions (incl. Digital) for Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC; Nick Ogden, Executive Chairman, ClearBank; Prasad Padmanaban, Chief Executive, Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers; Jo Paisley, Co-President, GARP Risk Institute; Darren Parkin, Editorial Director, Coin Rivet; Sang-Kyung Kim, Chairperson, Korea Network of Women in Finance/CEO, Korea International Finance Institute.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Chairman, Open Data Institute; Omar Shaikh, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Global Ethical Finance Initiative; Justin Shaw-Gray, Account Director, Synack Inc; Dave Sheridan, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Santander UK; Daniel Schmand, Global Head of Trade Finance, Deutsche Bank and Chairman, ICC Banking Commission; Alastair Tyler, International Director, The London Institute of Banking & Finance.

Liesel van Ast, Membership and Regional Coordination Manager, UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative); Hennie Verbeek-Kusters, Head of the FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit), Netherlands, Egmont Group Regional Representative, and Head of the Dutch Financial Intelligence Unit; Dr Ruth Wandhöfer, Honorary Professor, The London Institute of Banking & Finance,  Board Member, LSEG, Permanent TSB, Pendo Systems, Senior Adviser, KPMG, and Partner, Gauss Ventures.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting the WCBI 2019 website.

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