Thursday, December 8

‘International Banking Conference’: how to ensure sustainable growth in a fragmented world

The new economic paradigms, the post-COVID world, the mechanisms to reduce the social gap, formulas to contribute to more sustainable growth or how to finance the great transition towards a green future. The International Banking Conference who organizes Santander Bank has become a world reference in the financial sector. This event brings together every year, since 2008, international leaders from both the public and private sectors from fields such as finance, politics and regulation to analyze the current challenges and the future of the economy.

On this occasion, under the title Growth in a fragmented worldexperts will discuss how governments and businesses can ensure that resilience and inclusive, sustainable growth go hand in hand in this rapidly changing landscape.

“This year’s conference will explore the best ways to ensure that people and the planet can prosper while we navigate these new currents,” say the organizers of this event, which will be held on November 3 in Banco Santander’s Financial City. , in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid).

The inaugural session will be led by Ana Botín, president of Banco Santander; Johannes Hahn, current European Commissioner for Budget and Administration; and Nadia Calviño, First Vice President of the Government of Spain and Minister of Economic Affairs. From there, the XV International Conference will be structured in five tables. The first, under the title Keys to growth in a changing economy, will be moderated by the British journalist James Harding and will include, in addition to Botín, Roberto Campos Neto, president of the Central Bank of Brazil; Oby Ezekwesili, economic policy expert and advisor senior of the African Economic Development Policy Initiative; and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration of the European Commission.

The second table will revolve around the Future of Money: Central Bank Digital Currencies, Cryptocurrencies, and Digitization. She will feature Eswar Prasad, the Tolani Senior Professor of International Trade Policy at Cornell University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he is Professor New Century in international economics; journalist Izabella Kaminska, founder and director of The Blind Spot, a new media initiative focused on financial, market and media news; and John Whelan, head of crypto and digital assets at Banco Santander.

Sylvie Goulard, deputy governor of the Banque de France, and Greg Baer, ​​president and CEO of the Banking Policy Institute, will discuss Responsible Financing Rules: Leveraging Power to Foster Growth. The panel on the decarbonization process to combat the impact of greenhouse gases, under the title Getting to net zero emissions: same destination, different paths, will be formed by the Brazilian businessman Walter Schalka; Sarah Breeden, executive director of international banking supervision at the Bank of England and responsible for her work on climate change; and José Linares, Vice President of Banco Santander and Global Head of Santander Corporate & Investment Banking.

Finally, in the closing session, growth prospects, José Antonio Álvarez, CEO of Santander; and Pablo Hernández de Cos, Governor of the Bank of Spain; moderated by Alejandra Kindelán, president of the Spanish Banking Association (AEB).

This year’s conference will be held in a mixed format, both in modality on-line What face-to-face, and people interested in attending can do so by registering in advance. These discussions, as well as the conclusions, help the participants to strategize and make decisions. In the last edition, around 1,000 attendees gathered.