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Banking and Capital Markets, Finance, Innovation

European Financial Forum

Policies and Business Models for a Changing Financial Landscape

Dublin |
Speakers include:
Michael L. Corbat

Michael L. Corbat


Anne  Finucane

Anne Finucane

Bank of America

Leo Varadkar TD

Leo Varadkar TD



The Financial Times, in partnership with IDA Ireland, presents the fourth edition of the European Financial Forum, bringing together senior executives to explore the disruptive forces that are shaping the financial sector.

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Full Overview

The Financial Times, in partnership with IDA Ireland, presents the fourth edition of the European Financial Forum, bringing together international and Irish industry executives, policy makers, regulators and thought leaders to provide cutting edge analysis on the main business and regulatory issues that the financial services industry should consider in 2019 and beyond.

This annual forum will offer a unique opportunity to reflect on the crucial issues impacting the financial industry today, delving into the current geopolitical and financial climate and the latest macroeconomic and policy scenarios. In this year’s edition, we will look back and discuss what has changed in the global financial system a decade after the great economic and financial crisis, what we have learned since the crash and whether the financial system is more resilient than in 2008. We will look forward and share perspectives on post-Brexit financial services’ scenarios and configurations, trends in monetary and regulatory policy, opportunities in sustainable finance and new business models around AI, fintech and blockchain. Our speakers will also strategise on the future of the European financial ecosystem, exchanging views how they are planning for a new decade shaped by innovation and technological development.

Join us once again in Dublin to share insights, ideas and expertise on the disruptive forces that are shaping the financial sector into the future and discuss where opportunities lie.


Agenda - 13th Feb

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:50am
    Welcome and Introduction

    Preliminary Remarks, Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland

  • 8:55am
    Welcome from Taoiseach

    Leo Varadkar TD, An Taoiseach,Ireland

  • 9:05am
    Special Presentation

    Philip Lane, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland and Member, Governing Council, European Central Bank (ECB)

  • 9:25am
    Opening Keynote Address

    Anne M. Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America

  • 9:50am
    Keynote Address

    Ronald P. O'Hanley, President and Chief Executive Officer, State Street Corporation

  • 10:15am
    Networking Break
  • 10:40am
    View from the Top Panel Discussion: The Financial System 10 years On

    The financial ecosystem has been completely transformed in the last ten years. A decade after the 2008 financial collapse, what lessons can be drawn?  Is the financial system more resilient now than in 2008? Have the root issues and structural problems that facilitated the crisis been fixed? The panel will confront their views on where we have been and where we are headed, pinpointing the key trends, opportunities and threats that demand attention from financial services leaders in 2019 and beyond. Special attention will be placed on the the reorganisation of financial services post Brexit and the implications of the emergence of a multi-polar European financial system.

  • 11:30am
    On-Stage Interview
  • 11:55am
    Special Presentation
  • 12:15pm
    Focus on Monetary Policy
  • 12:30pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:40pm
    Afternoon Introduction
  • 1:50pm
    Special Presentation
  • 2:10pm
    Panel Discussion: The Future of Financial Markets Infrastructures

    This session will explore the new developments and market requirements for FMIs and will focus on the most recent efforts in the area of payments and securities settlement to further integrate Europe’s financial markets in line with the Capital Markets Union (CMU). The discussion will also evaluate the impact of distributed ledger technologies for payments and post-trading and analyse the actions needs to ensure the safety of these systems against fraud and cyber-attacks.

  • 2:55pm
    Panel Discussion: Asset Administration
  • 3:20pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:35pm
    Spotlight Session: Investment Management
  • 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Fintech, AI & Blockchain Shaping the Future of Financial Services

    Advances in artificial intelligence, cloud computing and distributed ledger technology open new horizons for financial institutions and have the potential to revolutionise back and front offices in banking, investment management and insurances firms. How will these developing technologies continue to transform financial services industry in the years to come? How does AI fit into financial services institutions’ strategies? What are the hurdles and challenges with regard to internal organisation, cyber security, risks and data privacy?

  • 4:50pm
    Closing Keynote Addresses and Conversation
  • 5:40pm
    Chair’s Remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Networking Reception


Michael L. Corbat

Michael L. Corbat

Chief Executive Officer

Michael L. Corbat is Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, the world's global bank, with approximately 200 million customer accounts and activities in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

Since becoming CEO in 2012, he has focused on leveraging Citi's unique global network to serve its institutional and consumer banking clients with an emphasis on strong execution and the highest ethical standards. In the process, Mr Corbat has made Citi a simpler, smaller, safer and stronger institution. Citi has improved the quality and consistency of earnings, and Mr Corbat is committed to creating shareholder value by serving Citi's stakeholders and fulfilling Citi's mission of enabling economic growth and progress.

Mr Corbat has been at Citi and its predecessor companies since his graduation from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1983. Prior to his current role, Mr Corbat was CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa where he oversaw all of Citi's business operations in the region, including consumer banking, corporate and investment banking, securities and trading and private banking services. Previously, Mr Corbat served as the CEO of Citi Holdings, Citi's portfolio of non-core businesses and assets. In this role, he oversaw the divestiture of more than 40 businesses and divested more than $500 billion assets, reducing risk on the Company's balance sheet and freeing up capital to invest in Citi's core banking business.

Mr Corbat has also served as the CEO of Citi's Global Wealth Management unit and was Head of the Global Corporate and Global Commercial Bank at Citi, a role in which he led the firm's efforts to provide best-in-class financial services to top-tier multi-national corporations and financial institutions around the world.

Mr Corbat has been honoured by several civic and cultural organizations. He also serves as President of the Federal Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board, Vice Chairman of The Clearing House Association Supervisory Board, and Co-Chair of the Partnership for New York City, and he sits on the Board of Trustees of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

Anne  Finucane

Anne Finucane

Vice Chairman
Bank of America

Anne M. Finucane is Vice Chairman at Bank of America and Chairman of the Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe. As a member of the executive management team, Ms Finucane is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts. She focuses on the company's outreach to shareholders on social and governance issues, implementing innovative ways to deploy capital and expanding on our environmental business opportunities in support of our responsible growth strategy. In addition, she oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing and communications.

Finucane chairs the Global ESG Committee at Bank of America, which directs all of the company’s ESG efforts. She stewards Bank of America’s $125 billion environmental business initiative, including its $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative to mobilize market capital to deliver new investment into high-impact clean energy projects. She oversees the company’s $1.6 billion Community Development Financial Institution portfolio and chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, including its 10-year, $2 billion charitable giving goal.

Active in the community, Ms Finucane serves on both corporate and nonprofit boards of directors including Carnegie Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Ireland Funds, the World Bank Group’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), CVS Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Partners Healthcare, and Special Olympics. She served on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms Finucane has received numerous professional and public service accolades. Most recently, she was named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List, Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List, and AdWeek’s 2016 Power List: Top 100 Leaders in Marketing, Media & Tech. In 2013, she received the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award and the International Women’s Media Foundation Leadership Award. She was named the 2013 Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York, and American Banker magazine annually names her as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.”

Leo Varadkar TD

Leo Varadkar TD

An Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) on 14 June 2017.  
He was appointed Minister for Tourism, Transport & Sport in March 2011. He was subsequently appointed as Minister for Health (2014 to 2016) and then served as Minister for Social Protection until his election as Taoiseach.
He was first elected to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in June 2007 for the Dublin West constituency.
He was elected to Fingal County Council in 2004, securing the largest personal vote in Ireland in those local elections. During his period on the Council, he served as Deputy Mayor.
Leo Varadkar studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a General Practitioner.
He was born in 1979 and lives in Dublin.

Ronald P. O'Hanley

Ronald P. O'Hanley

President and Chief Executive Officer
State Street Corporation

Ronald P. O’Hanley is President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Corporation. He is also a member of State Street Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Ron was previously President and Chief Operating Officer of State Street Corporation, and before that President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. He joined State Street in 2015.

Prior to State Street, Ron was President of Asset Management & Corporate Services for Fidelity Investments, responsible for all Fidelity asset management organizations and Fidelity’s corporate functions and enterprise technology. He served at Fidelity from 2010 to 2014.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Ron served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management in Boston, a position to which he was named in 2007. During this time, he also served as Vice Chairman of Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and was a member of its Executive Committee. Additionally, Ron oversaw all of Bank of New York Mellon's activities in Asia. Prior to the 2007 merger of Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation, he was Vice Chairman of Mellon Financial Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon Asset Management. He served at Mellon and Bank of New York Mellon from 1997 to 2010.

Prior to Mellon, Ron was with McKinsey & Company, Inc., from 1986 to 1997 and was elected a Partner in 1992. He founded the Investment Management practice worldwide and was Co-founder and Co-leader of the firm's North American Personal Financial Services practice. Additionally, he was a member of the Worldwide Property & Casualty Insurance practice. During his tenure with McKinsey, Ron served in the company’s Boston, New York, and Stockholm offices, where he focused primarily on financial services.

Ron received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University in 1980 and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1986.

Ron serves on the boards of Unum Corp. and Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. He also serves on the boards of The Boston Foundation, the IYRS School of Technology and Trades, Syracuse University and WBUR. Ron’s philanthropic and civic interests include corporate governance, retirement/healthcare policy and funding, education, and climate. He has led several initiatives on gender equality.

Clare  Woodman

Clare Woodman

Head of EMEA and CEO
Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Clare Woodman is Head of EMEA and CEO of Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc. She is a member of both the global operating and management committees. Clare was previously Global Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Group. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2002 from Clifford Chance.

Clare is a Trustee of the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, overseeing the firm’s longstanding partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, and she is an active sponsor of the firm’s Women's Business Alliance.

Clare holds senior non-executive roles at The UK Finance Board, The Banking Standards Board, TheCityUK and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

Clare studied at the London Business School where she obtained her MBA.

James Lau

James Lau

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury
Government of Hong Kong

James Lau, JP was appointed the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on 1 July 2017. 

Mr Lau joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer (AO) in 1979 and was promoted through the ranks to AO Staff Grade C in April 1988. He joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in April 1993 and was the Head and Executive Director of various divisions of the HKMA until 2004. In July 2004, Mr Lau was seconded to the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation as Chief Executive Officer until he retired in December 2012. He was appointed Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in January 2014. 

Mr Lau holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science and Statistics) Honours degree and a Master of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Sir Gerry Grimstone

Sir Gerry Grimstone

Barclays Bank

Sir Gerry Grimstone is Chairman of Barclays Bank plc, Europe’s largest investment bank, which oversees Barclays’ Corporate and Investment Bank, Private Bank, and International Cards and Payments businesses. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Barclays plc. He is also the immediate past Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen, the UK’s largest savings and investments business. He still chairs Standard Life’s business in China, Heng An Standard Life, a joint venture with TEDA, headquartered in Tianjin with branches in over 80 cities throughout China. He chairs TheCityUK/China-Britain Business Council’s China Market Advisory Group and also sits on the Board of HDFC Life in India, one of India’s largest life insurance businesses. He is the UK chair of the India-UK Financial Partnership and the UK Chairman of the UK- India CEO Forum which have been set up by the Indian and British Governments.  Sir Gerry is the board advisor to the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and an Independent Non-Executive Board Member of Deloitte North West Europe. Within the UK public sector, he is the Lead Non-Executive on the Board of the Ministry of Defence, and is a member of HM Treasury’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board. From 2012 to 2015, Sir Gerry served as the Chairman of TheCityUK, the representative body for the financial and professional services industry in the UK. He was previously a senior investment banker at Schroders and ran businesses in London, New York and Asia Pacific, including Japan. He specialised in mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising for major companies worldwide. Prior to that, he was an official in HM Treasury where he was responsible for privatisation and policy towards state-owned enterprises.

Masazumi  Wakatabe

Masazumi Wakatabe

Deputy Governor
Bank of Japan

Masazumi Wakatabe is a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan. Prior to joining the Bank of Japan, he was a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University from April 2005, and also a visiting scholar at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business of Columbia Business School from March 2017 to February 2018. He holds a BA in Economics from Waseda University, and a MA in Economics both from Waseda University and from the University of Toronto.

Raphael  Bostic

Raphael Bostic

President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. Raphael W. Bostic took office June 5, 2017, as the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

From 2012 to 2017, Bostic was the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC).

He arrived at USC in 2001 and served as a professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. His research has spanned many fields, including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. He was director of USC's master of real estate development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.

Bostic also served USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate as the interim associate director from 2007 to 2009 and as the interim director from 2015 to 2016. From 2016 to 2017, he was the chair of the center's Governance, Management, and Policy Process department.

From 2009 to 2012, Bostic was the assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In that role, he was a principal adviser to the secretary on policy and research, helping the secretary and other principal staff make informed decisions on HUD policies and programs, as well as on budget and legislative proposals.

Bostic worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1995 to 2001, first as an economist and then a senior economist in the monetary and financial studies section, where his work on the Community Reinvestment Act earned him a special achievement award. He served as special assistant to HUD's assistant secretary of policy development and research in 1999. He was also a professional lecturer at American University in 1998.

Bostic was born in New York City in 1966 and grew up in Delran, New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with a combined major in economics and psychology. He earned his doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 1995.

He has previously served on many boards and advisory committees, including the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, Abode Communities, NeighborWorks, the National Community Stabilization Trust, the Urban Land Institute, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the National Economic Association, and Freddie Mac.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.

Updated June 9, 2017

Liu   Liange

Liu Liange

Vice Chairman and President
Bank of China

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2018 and President of the Bank of China since August 2018. Mr LIU joined the Bank in 2018. He served as Vice Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of China from July 2015 to June 2018. Mr LIU served as Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of China from March 2007 to February 2015. He also served as Director of the African Export-Import Bank from September 2007 to February 2015, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Sino-Italian Mandarin Capital Partners from March 2009 to June 2015, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Regional Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (Asia) from March 2014 to May 2015. Mr LIU worked in the People’s Bank of China for many years, and successively served as Deputy Director – General of the International Department of the People’s Bank of China, President of the Fuzhou Central Sub-branch of the People’s Bank of China and Director of the Fujian Branch of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Director General of the Anti-Money Laundering Bureau (the Security Bureau) of the People’s Bank of China. He graduated from Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China with a Master’s degree in Economics in 1987. He holds the title of Senior Economist.

Ingrid  van Wees

Ingrid van Wees

Vice-President, Finance and Risk Management
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Ingrid van Wees is the Vice-President for Finance and Risk Management of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She assumed the position in December 2016. 

Ms  van Wees is responsible for the overall management of the operations of the Office of Risk Management, the Controller’s Department, and the Treasury Department.

Before ADB, Ms van Wees was a senior official at the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG). Her responsibilities included origination and portfolio management of debt and equity investments in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and treasury. Prior to DEG, Ms. van Wees held management positions in corporate finance and business development at international corporations.

She holds a Master's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and a MBA degree from INSEAD.

Philip Lane

Philip Lane

Central Bank of Ireland

Philip R. Lane is the 11th Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, taking office on 26 November 2015.

During 1997-2015, he was on the academic staff at Trinity College Dublin and he remains affiliated with the university as Whately Professor of Political Economy (on leave). Prior to joining the central bank, he also chaired the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board and was Director of the International Macroeconomics and Finance Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

In 2001, he was the inaugural recipient of the German Bernacer Award in Monetary Economics for outstanding contributions to European monetary economics; in 2010, he was co-recipient of the Bhagwati Prize from the Journal of International Economics. He has also acted as an academic consultant for the European Central Bank, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, OECD, Asian Development Bank and a number of national central banks. He is a former managing editor of Economic Policy.

Yves Choueifaty

Yves Choueifaty

President and CIO

Mathematician and Former CEO of Credit Lyonnais Asset Management (“CLAM”, AUM €70B). Having spent more than 10 years with CLAM in diverse senior roles (CIO, Head of Financial Engineering and Quantitative Investment Management), Mr Choueifaty left in 2004, went back to Mathematics research and founded the Maximum Diversification® approach and TOBAM in 2005.


As one of the pioneers of the smart beta movement, Yves Choueifaty is a frequent speaker at conferences and is a member of The 300 Club (17 members throughout the world), whose mission is to raise awareness about the potential impact of current market thinking and behaviors.


Mr Choueifaty graduated in 1992 from ENSAE (leading French Engineering School) in Statistics, Actuarial studies, Finance, and Artificial Intelligence.


Fiona  Gallagher

Fiona Gallagher

Managing Director, Global Head of Securities Services and Chief Country Officer for Ireland
Deutsche Bank

Fiona Gallagher is Managing Director, Global Head of Securities Services and Chief Country Officer. She is based in Dublin.

Deutsche Bank Securities Services provides custody, clearing and settlement, as well as fund administration services across 30 markets globally. Deutsche Bank Ireland employs 750 people across the Transaction Bank, Operations, Global Investment Solutions and the Chief Data Office.

Fiona joined Deutsche Bank in 2004 and has held a number of leadership roles including Head of EMEA Coverage for GTB focused on priority financial institutions, Global Head of Relationship Management and Global Head of Private Placements for Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions covering both corporate and financial clients.

Fiona previously worked in Debt Capital Markets at both Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch in London and New York respectively.

Fiona graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Civil Law, and in 1998 earned a postgraduate degree in Business Studies with First Class Honours from the Business School at University College Dublin.

Heather  Humphreys TD

Heather Humphreys TD

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Heather Humphreys was first appointed to Cabinet in July 2014.

She was also the first rural TD in seven years to be appointed to the position of Minister in the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

She worked with Ulster Bank and prior to her election to Dáil Éireann she was Manager of Cootehill Credit Union.

Minister Humphreys’ financial experience in both personal and business matters combined with a rural background makes her a strong voice for businesses in rural Ireland. Having spent most of her life in the border area, Minister Humphreys is also acutely aware of the challenges facing SMEs as a result of Brexit.

As Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Minister Humphreys led the successful 2016 Centenary Programme and during her time as Minister with responsibility for rural affairs, she launched the Action Plan for Rural Development.

Prior to being appointed to Cabinet, Minister Humphreys served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.

Carl Tannenbaum

Carl Tannenbaum

Executive Vice President & Chief Economist
Northern Trust

Carl Tannenbaum is the Chief Economist for The Northern Trust.  In this role, Mr Tannenbaum briefs clients and colleagues on the economy and business conditions, prepares the bank’s official economic outlook and participates in forecast surveys.  He is a member of the bank’s investment policy committee, its capital committee, and its asset/liability management committee.

Mr Tannenbaum publishes weekly commentaries and is frequently interviewed by media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mr Tannenbaum spent four years at the Federal Reserve, where he led the risk section.  He was deeply involved in the central bank’s response to the 2008 financial crisis, helped to create and conduct its stress testing program, and advised senior Federal Reserve leaders on developments in banking and the financial markets.

Mr Tannenbaum began his career in banking at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO, a global banking organization with $1 trillion in total assets.  He served for more than 20 years there as the organization’s Chief Economist and Head of Balance Sheet Management.

Mr Tannenbaum is a member and past Chairman of the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee, the National Association for Business Economics, the Conference of Business Economists, and the North American Asset/Liability Management Association.

Mr Tannenbaum also serves on the Board of Working in the Schools (WITS), a literacy organization that supports the Chicago Public Schools.

Mr Tannenbaum holds an MBA and a BA in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago.

Paschal Donohoe TD

Paschal Donohoe TD

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform
Government of Ireland

Paschal Donohoe is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and in June 2017 was appointed as the Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform.

Prior to his appointment as the Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, he served, from May 2016-June 2017, as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and from July 2014-May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Mr Donohoe has also held the position of Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013-July 2014.

He was elected as a TD in February 2011, where he topped the poll in Dublin Central. Prior to his election, he was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011. He served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 to 2007.

Minister Donohoe was formerly the Chair of Ireland’s Future in Europe Oireachtas Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee and, as a Senator, he served as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport.

During his time as member of Dublin City Council, Minister Donohoe served as Chair of the Environment & Engineering Strategic Policy Committee, as a member of the Corporate Policy Group and also as Chairman of the Central Area Committee.

Minister Donohoe is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College, with a Degree in Politics and Economics and has attended St. Declan’s CBS, Cabra.

Lisa Kidd Hunt

Lisa Kidd Hunt

Executive Vice President, International Services and Business Initiatives
Charles Schwab & Co.

Lisa Kidd Hunt is Executive Vice President of International Services and Business Initiatives for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where she leads global products and services along with four broker dealers outside the United States, and drives strategic initiatives for the firm.


Ms Hunt has worked in the securities industry for 32 years, the past 26 with Charles Schwab. She has extensive general management, sales and client service, and product experience and always focuses on driving profitable long-term growth while creating more meaningful outcomes for clients.


Ms Hunt was the 2018 Chairperson of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and currently serves as Chair Emeritus. Prior to that industry appointment, Ms Hunt led International Services and Business Initiatives for Schwab, including launching a social media program for the firm’s relationship management and business development employees.


Previously, Ms Hunt served as the head of Schwab's branch network and acquisition delivery, leading over 2,000 employees in more than 325 branches and the acquisition delivery group.


Before that, she served as EVP, Schwab Investor Development and focused on providing Retirement and Stock Plan Services participants a path for financial fitness through world class service and advice.


Ms Hunt also served high net worth investors as Senior Vice President of Schwab Private Client and led Local Marketing, Sales Training and Relationship Support. Prior to joining Schwab in 1992, she worked as a municipal bond trader.


Ms Hunt received her Bachelor's degree in Finance with an emphasis in economics from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is a fellow with the International Women’s Forum and has participated in executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and Cambridge University, and is a current participant in The Securities Industry Institute. In addition to serving on the SIFMA Board of Directors, Ms Hunt serves on the Board of Directors of the SIFMA Foundation. Hunt is an advisory board member for the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, an Advisory Board member for Scout, a lifestyle brand and a former board member of EBRI.

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a director and global co-head of Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Alzbeta worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Mr. Lars Thunell.


In her current position, Alzbeta revitalized and grew IFC Climate Business which now accounts for a quarter of all IFC investments. She created and currently executes the new climate business strategy which envisages further growth of business anchored in new technologies and their facilitating role in business growth, particularly in emerging markets. Her team also piloted and implemented carbon pricing for the Corporation’s largest investments, and a corporate disclosure of carbon footprint.

Alzbeta joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation (EDC Canada) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, Hans Merensky (South Africa), Grupo Los Grobo (Argentina), ShoreCap Investment Fund (US) and as the founding board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society in Russia.


IFC is a Member of the World Bank Group and is the world’s largest multilateral financier of the private sector in emerging markets. IFC’s portfolio is over $60 billion, comprising investments in some 1,800 companies worldwide.

Andrew  Douglas

Andrew Douglas

Managing Director, Government Relations and Chief Executive Officer
DTCC’s European Trade Repository (DDRL Europe).

Andrew Douglas is the Managing Director of Government Relations for Europe & Asia at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and Chief Executive Officer of DTCC’s European Trade Repository (DDRL Europe).


As CEO of DDRL Europe, Douglas leads day-to-day operations with responsibility for all aspects of the European business, including new product development, regulatory outreach and strategy.


As Managing Director of Government Relations, Douglas plays a key role in representing DTCC's public policy positions to officials of the European Union and its Member States as well as multiple jurisdictions in Asia. He represents DTCC in dealings with other European organizations, such as regulators, central banks and industry associations. He is also responsible for communicating DTCC's European policy agenda and for building upon existing relationships with key individuals and groups in the public policy-making process. In addition, he represents DTCC at relevant forums, advises senior management on pending legislation and policy issues and provides input to DTCC line business managers about European issues relevant to their products.


Douglas joined DTCC from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), where he most recently served as head of that Belgium-based cooperative's Securities Research and Development Team. During his tenure at SWIFT, he was instrumental in developing the "Giovannini protocol," which harmonized communication standards among equity post-trade infrastructures in Europe.


Prior to joining SWIFT in 1999, Douglas spent two years as head of the middle office and client service teams for fixed income and money market products at Deutsche Bank's investment bank. He began his financial services career in 1988 at Citibank, where he worked in the clearing and custody business. Mr. Douglas has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Surrey.



Brian P. Lamb

Brian P. Lamb


As CEO, Brian is responsible for all global operations for EquiLend, its affiliates and subscribers. He brings 20 years of hands-on experience and a deep knowledge of the global securities finance industry with an emphasis on technology solutions.

Prior to joining EquiLend, Brian spent 17 years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI). While at BGI, Brian held various positions, including head of Global Derivatives Services and Cash Strategist. Brian spent many years in securities finance while at BGI. His roles in that area ranged from Product Manager for Fixed Income Securities Lending, as well as Program Manager and alternate board member of EquiLend. He is one of the thought leaders among the initial ownership group that helped design the EquiLend platform.

Brian is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Michael D’Arcy TD

Michael D’Arcy TD

Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance
Government of Ireland

Michael D'Arcy is the Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) since 2016 and previously, from 2007 to 2011, for the Wexford constituency. He served as a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2011 to 2016.

Mr D'Arcy was co-opted to Wexford County Council as a councillor for Gorey in 2003 and re-elected at the 2004 local elections. He was elected TD for Wexford at the 2007 General Election. He served as the party Deputy spokesperson on Justice, with special responsibility for Equality, from 2007 to 2010, and was the party Deputy spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, with special responsibility for Telecommunications, from 2010 to 2011.

José María   Roldán

José María Roldán

Vice President
European Banking Federation (EBF)
José María Roldán is Chairman and CEO of the Spanish Banking Association since April 2014, after 13 years as Director-General at the Banking Regulation and Financial Stability department of the Bank of Spain and member of its Executive Board. From May 2015, he is also the Vice-President to the European Banking Federation (EBF).


During his tenure in office as Director-General he was part of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), and chaired both, the Standards Implementation Group (SIG) of the BCBS and the Joint Forum during the tenure of the BCBS.


He founded and was the first Chairman of the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS); the forerunner of the European Banking Authority (EBA), after being President of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) and chaired the extinct Banking Advisory Committee (BAC) of the EU.


Mr. Roldán joined the Bank of Spain as Senior Economist of the Research Department in 1989, but in 1994 he takes up a post at the European Monetary Institute (the forerunner of the European Central Bank) in Frankfurt.

Seán  Páircéir

Seán Páircéir

Partner, Global Head of Investor Services
Brown Brothers Harriman.

Seán Páircéir, Partner, Global Head of Investor Services for Brown Brothers Harriman

Prior to assuming this role in January 2016, Seán was head of the Investor Services Relationship Excellence group, co-head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Supervising Partner for BBH’s Dublin and London offices.

Seán has over 25 years of financial services experience. After joining BBH in 2000 as a Managing Director resident in Dublin, he was appointed Partner in 2010. Seán is also a director of: Brown Brothers Harriman Trustee Services (Ireland) Limited, Brown Brothers Harriman Investor Services Limited (London), Brown Brothers Harriman (Luxembourg) SCA, Brown Brothers Harriman (Poland) Sp. z o.o. and Brown Brothers Harriman Services AG (Switzerland).

Having spent his entire career in the financial services industry, Seán has been a significant contributor to BBH’s success in building its footprint in global funds servicing. He has served as a member of the Investment Management Advisory Committee of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA); has played a leadership role in the broader global funds industry as the Chairman of the Irish Funds Industry Association; and as a member of the Irish Government's International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) Funds Group. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to publications on regulation and product innovation.

Seán is a graduate of University College Dublin.

Martin Shanahan

Martin Shanahan

IDA Ireland

Martin D. Shanahan is CEO of IDA Ireland. IDA (Industrial Development Agency) is Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Martin took up this position on the 1st September 2014. Prior to this, Martin was Chief Executive of Forfás – Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. Martin has been at the forefront of the development of enterprise and innovation policy in Ireland for many years including leading the development of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2011-2014. Martin is a board member of IDA Ireland and Chair of its Investment Committee. Martin is also a member of the National Competitiveness Council. He has previously been a member of the Management Advisory Committee of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Ireland’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Martin holds an M.Res (Educational Research) from Lancaster University, a M.Sc. and H.Dip from Dublin Institute of Technology and a B.Sc (Mgmt) from University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has undertaken executive education in economics at Oxford University and in innovation for economic development at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard.



Arthur Beesley

Arthur Beesley

Ireland Correspondent
Financial Times

Arthur Beesley is Dublin correspondent with the Financial Times, covering Irish politics, Brexit, business and the economy.

Previously he was European Diplomatic Correspondent, based in Brussels. Mr Beesley joined the FT in 2016 after 18 years with the Irish Times, where he covered politics, economics, business and Europe. He studied journalism at Dublin City University. 

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

US Banking Editor
Financial Times

Laura Noonan is the FT’s US Banking Correspondent, having recently been the Investment Banking Correspondent, where she writes on  some of the world’s biggest banks and on industry trends. Before joining the FT  in 2015, Ms Noonan covered European banking for Reuters, and the Irish banking crisis for the Irish Independent.  She is also a CFA charterholder.

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Financial Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In this role, he shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. He also contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.


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