Now in its 18th consecutive year, the European Financial Services Conference is widely considered as the major event in the Brussels calendar on financial services, annually attracting some 400 senior bankers and financial policymakers to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting European and global financial markets. Hosted by Accenture, Barclays, Bloomberg and Kreab, the 2020 edition will look at embracing change in a time of uncertainty.
Topics to be discussed include:
Risks and Opportunities in the global economy
Capital Markets Union
Exploring the future of Digital Currencies
Full speaker biographies for this year’s conference can be found below, please check back regularly for updates.
Confirmed speakers include:
CEO, Barclays Europe
Head of TCFD Secretariat and Vice-Chair of CFLI, Bloomberg
Vice President, European Investment Bank
Member, European Parliament
Executive Director, European Securities and Markets Authority
Anchor, Editor-At-Large, Bloomberg Television
Secretary General, European Financial Services Round Table
Senior Managing Director, Financial Services Europe, Accenture
Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management
CIO of Emerging Markets and Head of RI Center of Expertise, AXA Group
Blockchain-Financial Markets Infrastructure Lead, Accenture
Director, Horizontal Policies, DG FISMA, European Commission
Head of Public Policy, Schroders
Executive Vice President 'An Economy that Works for People', European Commission
The global economy has been surging ahead, but amidst warnings of another global crisis comparable to the decade-long financial and economic slowdown triggered back in 2008. How well prepared for renewed trouble is Europe’s banking and financial services sector?
With solid growth in Asia forecast to help boost today’s $90 trillion global economy by another 25% over the next five years, what role will European and American financial institutions play? Can sluggish GDP growth and abnormally low interest rates in their home markets be countered by bolder policy initiatives?
To set the scene for this session, audience members will be asked key (multiple-choice) questions relating to the topics to be discussed in this session and have the opportunity to respond to these via voting pads. Questions and answers will appear in real time on the screen.
* By Invitation Only
Digital currencies have received significant interest from EU Institutions, as well as member state Finance Ministers, with ongoing consideration of measures in response to private stablecoin initiatives, such as the Libra project.
At the same time, Central banks worldwide are developing digital currency pilot projects, recognizing the opportunity this form of payment presents for peer-to-peer transactions, more resilient payment infrastructure, reduced transaction friction and more equitable digital access to the highest grade of money, a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). At European level, the ECB is actively running CBDC pilots with the objective of setting a global framework for CBDC, in cooperation with National Central Banks.
CBDC also has important implications for how monetary policy is conducted and transmitted in the real economy, with broader implications for the functioning of the global financial system.
This session will enable the ECB and a representative from a Central Bank to provide insight on their plans for CBDC and the outcomes of initial pilots, as well as discuss some of the broader implications for monetary policy and on the broader economy.
Brussels, Belgium – exact venue to be confirmed
For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Charlene Bowditch using any of the details below.
Director | Head of Event Management
Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 079