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BAFT Crystal Ball Series

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This series of forward looking, thought leadership monthly sessions is a refreshing visionary approach to what the new normal might look like to help prepare us for our new world. We have arranged a stellar line-up of senior leaders, both at the global and regional level, from various industries to help make sense of what the future might look like and provide their perspectives on the outlook for their respective industries.

BAFT Members can register at NO COST for the entire series. BAFT Non-Members can register at a nominal rate for the entire series or for selected installments in the series.

Upcoming: Revolutionary BankingFebruary 23, 2021
08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT / 14:30 CET / 17:30 GST
90 MinutesRegister Now (see below)

Past Events

Session from prior series installments are available to view on demand, free to BAFT members.


Topic: View From The Top

Topic: Banking Outlook

Topic: Commodities Outlook

Topic: Technology Outlook

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Registration Rates

Registration Type Single Forum in the Series Entire Series (6 Forums)
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BAFT Non-Member $150 USD $450 USD
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Registration for the webinar forum on February 23  is now open.

Program

February 23, 2021
January 26, 2021
December 1, 2020
October 27, 2020
September 29, 2020
February 23, 2021 - Revolutionary Banking

08:30 ET /13:30 GMT / 17:30 GST

Welcome

08:35 ET / 13:35 GMT / 17:35 GST

Getting Ready for CBDCs: The Emergence of Central Bank Digital Currencies and Their Possible Impacts

Moderator

Peter Zotos
Managing Director
Treasury Services
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Panelists

Teunis Brosens
Head Economist, Digital Finance and Regulation
ING

Lee A. Schneider
General Counsel
block.one

9:15 ET / 14:15 GMT / 18:15 GST

ESG and Sustainable Finance

Moderator

Steven Lotito
Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America, Transaction Banking – Americas
MUFG

Panelist

Angel Tejada
Head of Green and Sustainable Bonds
BBVA

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas
CEO
Green Finance Initiative

09:55 ET / 14:55 GMT / 18:55 GST

Wrap Up
January 26, 2021 - View From the Top

08:30 ET /13:30 GMT / 17:30 GST

Welcome

08:35 ET / 13:35 GMT / 17:35 GST

One on One with Mashreq Bank CEO (MENA Focus)

Featured Speaker

Ahmed Mohamed Abdelaal
CEO
Mashreq Bank

Host

Rana Beydoun
Head of Financial Institutions
BLOM Bank

09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT / 18:00 GST

One on One with ABA CEO (North America Focus)

Featured Speaker

Rob Nichols
President & CEO
American Bankers Association

Host

Mark Garfield
Chair, Board of Directors
BAFT

09:25 ET / 14:25 GMT / 18:25 GST

One of One with Barclays Bank CEO (Europe Focus)

Featured Speaker

Francesco Ceccato
CEO
Barclays Europe

Host

Esther Galiana
Global Head Financial Institutions
BBVA

December 1, 2020 - Technology Outlook

09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT / 18:00 GST

Welcome & Introduction

09:05 ET / 14:05 GMT / 18:05 GST

One on One with Microsoft

Featured Speaker

Yasar Yilmaz
Head of Financial Services, Middle East & Africa, Turkey
Microsoft

Host

Tamara Bitticks
Managing Director & Head of Technology Corporate Banking
Deutsche Bank

09:30 ET / 14:30 GMT / 18:30 GST

One on One with Facebook

Featured Speaker

Ramez Shehadi
Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa
Facebook

Host

Maxine Saunders
Vice Chair & Senior Partner, Financial Advisory
Deloitte

09:55 ET / 14:55 GMT / 18:55 GST

One on One with Google

Featured Speaker

Derek White
Vice President, Global Financial Services Industry Solutions
Google

Host

Jeremy Wilson
Former Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, Barclays
Chairman, Whitechapel Think Tank

10:20 ET / 15:20 GMT / 19:20 GST

Wrap-Up
October 27, 2020 - Commodities Outlook

09:00 GMT / 13:00 GST / 17:00 SGT

Welcome & Introduction

Speaker

Mark Borton CTFC
Head, Transactional and Trade Asia
National Australia Bank

09:05 GMT / 13:05 GST / 17:05 SGT

Commodities Industry Outlook

Moderator

Jeremy Wilson
Former Vice Chairman, Barclays Corporate Banking
Chairman, The Whitechapel Think Tank

Panelists

Neelamani MuthuKumar
Managing Director & Group Chief Financial Officer
Olam International

Samuel Ang
Head, Credit and Trade Finance & Global Head, Credit LNG and Shipping
Shell

09:55 GMT / 13:55 GST / 17:55 SGT

Stretch Break

10:00 GMT / 14:00 GST / 18:00 SGT

A Closer Look at the Arab Energy Sector

Featured Speaker

Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga
Chief Executive Officer
Arab Petroleum Investments Corp (APICORP)

Host

Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

10:25 GMT / 14:25 GST / 18:25 SGT

Wrap Up

Speaker

Mark Borton CTFC
Head, Transactional and Trade Asia
National Australia Bank

September 29, 2020 - Banking Outlook

09:00 ET / 14:00 BST / 17:00 GST

Welcome & Introduction

Speaker

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

09:05 ET / 14:05 BST / 17:05 GST

Fireside Chat: International Banking Outlook

Host

Mark Garfield
Chair, Board of Directors
BAFT

Featured Speaker

Fabio M. Natalucci
Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

09:35 ET / 14:35 BST / 17:35 GST

Stretch Break

09:40 ET / 14:40 BST / 17:40 GST

Panel Discussion: Banking Outlook Across the Region

Moderator

Rob Nichols
President & CEO, American Bankers Association
Chairman, International Banking Federation (IBFed)

Featured Panelists

Bongiwe Kunene
Managing Director
The Banking Association of South Africa

Sunil Mehta
Chief Executive
Indian Banks’ Association

Wim Mijs
Chief Executive Officer
European Banking Federation

10:30 ET / 15:30 BST / 18:30 GST

Wrap-Up

Speaker

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Speakers

February 23, 2021
January 26, 2021
December 1, 2020
October 27, 2020
September 29, 2020
February 23, 2021 - Revolutionary Banking
Steven Lotito
Steven Lotito
Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America
MUFG

Steven Lotito is Managing Director and Head of Trade Finance in Transaction Banking for the Americas at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. In his role, Steven manages the sales and product management organizations responsible for advising the bank’s client’s in the Corporate, Commercial and Japanese Corporate Banking segments in North America navigate some of the most important trade markets by delivering timely information on international markets, bringing innovative products to market, and providing trade financing solutions and risk management strategies. Steven has more than 30 years of experience in commodity finance and international trade finance. Prior to MUFG, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, North America; and Director and Head of Transaction Banking for the Americas at HSBC Bank USA and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group respectively. In addition, he has held senior trade and commodity finance roles at ABSA Banking Corp., Ecoban Finance Ltd., Phibro Inc., and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Teunis Brosens
Teunis Brosens
Head Economist, Digital Finance and Regulation
ING

Teunis Brosens is an economist with affinity for IT and digital topics. He researches trends in digital finance (such as the increasing importance of data, fintech, platforms, digital currencies, blockchain) and the role of public policy and regulation. He assesses the impact on credit, money, balance sheets and the broader economy, and identifies priorities for ING to discuss with policymakers, regulators and supervisors. Before joining ING, Teunis worked with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). He holds MA degrees in both Economics and Philosophy of Science.

Angel Tejada
Angel Tejada
Head of Green and Sustainable Bonds
BBVA

Angel Tejada joined BBVA in September 2007. Since 2019, Angel is Head of Green and Sustainable Bonds at BBVA. Angel structured and executed its first ESG bond in 2015. During his years at BBVA, Angel has supported BBVA Fixed Income strategy aim to obtain mandates by European issuers from the Corporate, Financial and Public Sector. Angel has executed public transactions and private placements under English, Spanish and German legislation. He has held leading roles in inaugural ESG bond deals from Spanish Local Authorities such as Community of Madrid, Basque Government or Navarra, Non-Finacial Corporates such as SSE, Avangrid, Respsol, ESB, Telefónica, Grupo Pestana, EnBW, ACS, or ADIF AV and Financial Institutions such as ICO, BBVA, Bankinter, SFIL or La Banque Postale among others. Angel is BBVA’s representative at Green Bond Principles ICMA, member of BBVA’s Sustainable Finance Working Group and SDG Bond Committee. He holds a Law degree and Diploma in Business Studies from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and an MBA from the IE Business School, Spain.

Lee A. Schneider
Lee A. Schneider
General Counsel
block.one

Lee A. Schneider is a financial services and technology lawyer with extensive experience in blockchain. Lee co-hosts the Appetite for Disruption podcast with Troy Paredes and is the contributing editor for the Chambers and Partners Fintech Practice Guide. He co-founded Global Blockchain Convergence and is active with a number of other organizations. Lee serves as General Counsel for block.one and is the father of two wonderful college students. He learns about Japanese art history from his wife.

Peter Zotos
Peter Zotos
Managing Director, North American Banks & Broker Dealers
Wholesale Payments
JP Morgan

Peter Zotos is Managing Director and Client Executive for the North American Banks & Broker Dealers segment in Wholesale Payments at J.P. Morgan. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the growth of the client base and the delivery of cash management, clearing, trade finance, and liquidity management solutions for clients. Mr. Zotos has served in a number of leadership roles internationally during his career, including Global Head of Network Management and Head of Correspondent Banking for the Americas with Standard Chartered Bank and has experience across the full range of transaction banking products including Cash Management, Clearing, Trade Finance and Custody.

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Chief Executive,
Green Finance Institute

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas is CEO of the Green Finance Institute, backed by UK Government and City of London Corporation. Rhian spent 20 years in banking and was awarded an OBE for services to green banking. She is an Emeritus Member of TCFD and co-chair of TNFD. She is a member of numerous advisory groups and boards across UK Government.

January 26, 2021 - View From the Top
Ahmed Mohamed Abdelaal
Ahmed Mohamed Abdelaal
Group CEO
Mashreq Bank

Ahmed Abdelaal is the CEO of Mashreq Bank Group, one of the UAE’s best performing banks for over five decades and a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and USA. The group incorporates local and overseas operations, Oman Insurance, Mashreq Capital, Mashreq Al Islami, Mashreq Securities, Shorouq Commodities Trading, Mindscape, Makaseb, Injaz and Osool finance. In his current role, Ahmed is committed to leading and delivering on the bank’s strategy and ensuring its growth trajectory. As a banking professional with over 25 years of experience in progressively senior roles across banking verticals spanning international and regional banks, Ahmed possesses a proven track record of delivering strong results in the face of challenging environment and owns extensive experience in managing senior teams across multi geographies as well as attracting, mentoring and retaining top talents. He has widespread experience and exceptional financial acumen across banking products; covering a wide range of disciplines and hands-on knowledge of solutions in the areas of Corporate and Banking; including trade finance, contracting and real estate finance, payment and cash management, and also Investment Banking, including DCM, ECM, Project Finance and advisory, as well as Islamic banking, portfolio management, in addition to full familiarity with global markets products, structured trade and working capital solutions. Prior to his current role, he was the Group Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Mashreq Bank. He has also served in senior roles across international and regional banks, including Arab Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, American Express and most recently, HSBC Middle East. During his 10-year tenure with HSBC Middle East, Ahmed was appointed Regional Head of Corporate Clients Coverage and Head of Commercial Banking UAE and was responsible for managing and developing the strategic direction of HSBC’s Corporate Banking franchise in MENAT. Ahmed holds an MBA from London Business School, University of London, UK and BA in Economics and Political Sciences (Major Economics) from Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University Egypt.

Rana Beydoun
Rana Beydoun
Head of Financial Institutions
BLOM Bank

Rana Beydoun is Head of Financial Institutions at BLOM Bank. She is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also member of the Treasury & Investment Committee at the Bank, ALCO, and Sustainability. Her career spans 20 years in banking, prior to which she was lecturer at the American University of Beirut.

Francesco Ceccato
Francesco Ceccato
Chief Executive Officer
Company Barclays Europe

Francesco is the Chief Executive Officer at Barclays Europe. Based in Dublin, he serves on the Board of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, and leads the Barclays Europe Executive Committee. Barclays Europe is Barclays’ principal platform for regulated activities in the EEA. It has approximately €93bn in IFRS total assets and €3bn in equity. Francesco joined Barclays in London in 2010, as Global Head of Barclays Corporate Development, where in addition to corporate activity on Barclays’ behalf, he was responsible for all Principal Investments across Barclays Group. In 2018, he moved to the Investment Bank as Co-Head of Barclays EME Financial Institutions Group and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer for Barclays Europe in 2020. Prior to Barclays, Francesco worked as a Senior Banker at JP Morgan in New York. Before JP Morgan, he held a number of senior roles at Bear Sterns, Lazard and GE Capital.

Esther Galiana
Esther Galiana
Global Head Financial Institutions
BBVA

Esther Galiana is the Global Head of Financial Institutions at BBVA. She is also involved in BBVA´s agenda regarding transformation and sustainability. Ms. Galiana has extensive corporate & investment banking experience combined with corporate experience in the health care sector. Additionally, she has been active in strategy and business development at BBVA e-commerce and BBVA Wholesale Banking & Asset Management. Prior to BBVA, she worked with Santander New York in Structured Trade Finance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Galiana worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in banking supervision. She has been Vice Chair of BAFT and co-chair of the BAFT Europe Council. Ms. Galiana is also a professor at the Masters in Banking and Financial Regulation of the University of Navarra.

Mark Garfield
Mark Garfield
Head, Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorporation

Mark Garfield’s current role is Head of Global Financial Institutions at Zions Bancorporation responsible for foreign bank relationship development. He joined Zions Bancorporation in 2005. He has over 30 years of banking experience with 25 years in international banking management covering trade finance, trade services, foreign exchange, correspondent banking and product development. Throughout his career he has worked closely with corporate and commercial entities in the Midwest and Western U.S. providing banking support for cross-border trade. Mr. Garfield currently serves as a Director of BAFT and Chair of the Utah District Export Council. He served on the DEC National Advisory Board and Board of the World Trade Center, Utah.

Rob Nichols
Rob Nichols
President & CEO, American Bankers Association
Chairman, International Banking Federation (IBFed)

Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $20 trillion banking industry. Rob joined ABA in August 2015 following ten years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Rob served in the George W. Bush administration as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate. In this role, he acted as chief spokesperson and head of the office of public liaison, serving as Treasury’s lead representative with the media, business, professional trade organizations, consumer groups and the public. Rob’s earlier career highlights include working as communications director to U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and press secretary to the late Rep. Jennifer Dunn, a former member of the House leadership, and in the West Wing as an aide in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the George H.W. Bush administration.

December 1, 2020 - Technology Outlook
Ramez T. Shehadi
Ramez T. Shehadi
Managing Director for Middle East and North Africa
Facebook MENA

Mr. Ramez T. Shehadi is the Managing Director of Facebook for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He leads the commercial growth and impact of Facebook and its expanding portfolio of apps, services and businesses across the region. Mr. Shehadi brings extensive expertise in establishing, scaling and running regional and global lines of business and cross-industry portfolios for top-tier global consulting firms, most notably as Senior Partner and Managing Director of the MENA portfolio of Booz Allen Hamilton, Lead Partner of the MENA Digital Business & Technology practice of Booz & Company and Global Co-Lead of Booz Digital, among others.

Derek White
Derek White
VP of Global Financial Services
Google

Derek White is the Vice President of Global Financial Services at Google Cloud. He is responsible for setting the go-to-market strategy and partnering with banks, insurance companies and other financial services entities to transform and help redefine their core businesses into state of the art digital operations, while also creating new solutions, products, and capabilities. Derek is a technology and innovation leader, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in transforming financial services. Prior to Google Cloud, he served as the chief digital officer for U.S. Bank, and earlier in his career, Derek was the global head of client solutions for BBVA. Derek also held several leadership roles at Barclays, including chief design and digital officer. He was also the technology ambassador for London, actively promoting the UK market as a fintech capital.

Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy Wilson
Former Vice Chairman, Barclays Corporate Banking
Chairman, White Chapel Think Tank
Yasar Yilmaz
Yasar Yilmaz
Financial Services, Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Israel
Microsoft

Yasar Yilmaz is a digital transformation strategist specialized in financial services industry with 20+ years of experience spanning across Turkey, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a design thinking led innovation practitioner and a blockchain enthusiast. Throughout many technology led reimagined business process improvement engagements for financial services industry customers along his career at PwC, Oracle, SunGard-FIS, Capgemini, SAP and Microsoft, Yasar has been striving to help the C-suite members craft strategic value realization roadmaps for their business renovation pursuits. Yasar is currently busy with helping financial services institutions drive value out of the convergence of key transformational technologies that are Data / Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Cloud Platforms, Open Banking / Insurance and Low Code Development.

October 27, 2020 - Commodities Industry Outlook
Maram Al-Jazireh
Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

Maram Al-Jazireh is SVP/ Global Head of Financial Institutions at Arab Bank and is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also a member of the Financial Institutions Credit Committee. Maram grew up in Kuwait and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining Arab Bank in 2001, she worked at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International, Cairo Amman Bank, Citibank N.A, Amman and ABN Amro Bank, Dubai. She is co-chair of BAFT MENA Council and an advisory board member of Beyond Capital’s governance committee. She is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and founder of Mid The Art Reach Project.

Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga
Dr. Ahmed Ali Attiga
Chief Executive Officer
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP)

Dr Ahmed Attiga is the CEO of the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution. Previously, he was with the IFC and was responsible for investment and advisory services activities in the Middle East, overseeing an investment portfolio of over US$2.7 Billion and an advisory program of about US$200m. Dr. Attiga served at the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C as well as a Manager of a Private Equity fund for the State of Wisconsin in the United States of America. He also advised Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on privatization and restructuring strategies. In his early career, he held teaching and research positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

Tod Burwell
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has nearly 30 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

September 29, 2020 - Banking Outlook
Tod Burwell
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has nearly 30 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

Mark Garfield
Mark Garfield
Head, Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorporation

Mark Garfield’s current role is Head of Global Financial Institutions at Zions Bancorporation responsible for foreign bank relationship development. He joined Zions Bancorporation in 2005. He has over 30 years of banking experience with 25 years in international banking management covering trade finance, trade services, foreign exchange, correspondent banking and product development. Throughout his career he has worked closely with corporate and commercial entities in the Midwest and Western U.S. providing banking support for cross-border trade. Mr. Garfield currently serves as a Director of BAFT and Chair of the Utah District Export Council. He served on the DEC National Advisory Board and Board of the World Trade Center, Utah.

Bongiwe Kunene
Bongiwe Kunene
Managing Director
The Banking Association of South Africa
Sunil Mehta
Sunil Mehta
Chief Executive
Indian Banks’ Association
Wim Mijs
Wim Mijs
Chief Executive Officer
European Banking Federation

Wim Mijs was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Banking Federation in 2014. Between 2007 and 2014 Mr. Mijs served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB. During this tenure he transformed the NVB into a modern industry association, positioning it as the key representative of the banking sector in the wake of the financial crisis. He studied law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, specialising in European and International law. After his studies he worked at the International Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague. In 1993 he joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam before moving to Brussels to head up the bank’s EU liaison office. Mr. Mijs moved back to The Hague in 2002 where he became the Head of Government Affairs for ABN AMRO. Wim is a member of the Advisory Board of the BBVA Center for Financial Education and Capability, the Industry Chair of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum and member of the Advisory board of Leiden Law School. Between 2011 and 2018, Wim held various institutional roles within the international and European financial/banking community: chairman of the International Banking Federation; chairman of the Executive Committee.

Fabio M. Natalucci
Fabio M. Natalucci
Deputy Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Fabio M. Natalucci is a Deputy Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department with responsibility for the IMF’s global financial markets monitoring and systemic risk assessment functions. He is responsible for the Global Financial Stability Report that gives the IMF’s assessment of global financial stability risks. Prior to joining the IMF, Mr. Natalucci was a Senior Associate Director in the Division of Monetary Affairs at the Federal Reserve Board, where he conducted research and current analysis on the relationship between monetary policy, financial regulatory policy, and financial stability. Between October 2016 and June 2017, Mr. Natalucci was Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Stability and Regulation at the U.S. Department of Treasury. His responsibilities included leading U.S. engagement on financial regulatory cooperation in the G-20, representing the U.S. Treasury at the Financial Stability Board, coordinating between domestic and international post-crisis regulatory reforms, and monitoring developments and vulnerabilities in global financial markets. Fabio holds a PhD in Economics from New York University.

Rob Nichols
Rob Nichols
President & CEO, American Bankers Association
Chairman, International Banking Federation (IBFed)

Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $20 trillion banking industry. Rob joined ABA in August 2015 following ten years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Rob served in the George W. Bush administration as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate. In this role, he acted as chief spokesperson and head of the office of public liaison, serving as Treasury’s lead representative with the media, business, professional trade organizations, consumer groups and the public. Rob’s earlier career highlights include working as communications director to U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and press secretary to the late Rep. Jennifer Dunn, a former member of the House leadership, and in the West Wing as an aide in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the George H.W. Bush administration.

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