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19th Annual International Conference on Policy Challenges for the Financial Sector

June 5-7, 2019

Washington, D.C.

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    The Nineteenth Annual International Conference on Policy Challenges for the Financial Sector co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is taking place from June 5-7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

    The central theme of this year’s conference is “Safe, But Safe Enough?”.  The participants will update their knowledge and share their experience on issues related to the new regulatory architecture and its adequacy to prevent another global financial crisis, technology risk and opportunities, the level of the Basel III requirements, developments in supervisory practices, integrity and safety (AML/CFT), and the independence of the supervisory authorities.

    Around ninety Central Bank Governors, Deputy Governors, Heads of Supervision and other senior financial sector officials from around the world gathered at this event. The Heads of the organizing institutions, Mike Gibson, Director, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor and Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund, and Alfonso García Mora, Global Director, Finance Global Practice of The World Bank Group, as well as many distinguished guest speakers, spoke during the conference.

  • Agenda (pdf)

    Day 1 Keynote Address

    Eugene Ludwig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Promontory Financial Group, an IBM Company

    Session 1: What are the current vulnerabilities to global financial stability and what can we do to prevent another global financial crisis

    Unathi Kamlana, Head Policy, Statistics & Industry Support Department, South African Reserve Bank

    Arthur Murton, Deputy to the Chairman for Policy, U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

    Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker, Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation

    Ye Yanfei, Senior Advisor, Policy Department, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission


    Session 2: Technology Risks and Opportunities

    Ben Gully, Assistant Superintendent of Risk Support Sector, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

    Douglas Elliott, Partner, Oliver Wyman


    Day 2 Keynote Address

    John Vickers, Warden of All Souls College at Oxford University
    Presentation | Speech


    Session 3: Is Basel III Enough?

    Maurene Simms, Deputy Governor, Bank of Jamaica

    Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative, Center for Global Development
    Presentation | Task Force Report

    Toby Fiennes, Head Financial System Policy and Analysis, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

    Sean Campbell, Director of Policy Research, Financial Services Forum


    Session 4: Back to Basics


    William Coen, Secretary General, Basel Committee for Banking Supervision

    Giuseppe Siani, Deputy Director General, Microprudential Supervision IV, European Central Bank

    Socorro Heysen, Superintendent, Banking, Insurance & Private Pension Fund Authority of Peru

    Elsie Addo Awadzi, Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana


    Session 5: Integrity and Safety

    Edouard Fernandez-Bollo, Secretary General, Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority of France and Chair of the BCBS AML/CFT Expert Group

    Jeremy Warren, Managing Director, Global Financial Crime Compliance, JPM Chase

    Pieter Smit, Executive Manager, Financial Intelligence Unit, South Africa

    Braddock Stevenson, Deputy Associate Director for Enforcement, Financial Crime Enforcement Network


    Day 3 Keynote Address
    Fernando Restoy,
    Chairman, Financial Stability Institute

    Session 6: Independence

    Chiara Zilioli, Director General Legal Services, European Central Bank

    Mauricio Costa de Moura, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Brazil

    Jacek Jastrzebski, Chair of the Board, Polish Financial Supervision Authority

    Nicolas Veron, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics & Bruegel