Annual Meeting

Melbourne 2014

The GABV’s 2014 annual meeting took place in Melbourne in March and marked the fifth anniversary of a growing network of values-based banks.

The event represented an opportunity to reflect on the development of a genuine sustainable banking movement and a chance to focus more squarely on increasing the success of the businesses in the GABV’s growing network.

The GABV’s sixth annual meeting also drew on the expertise of innovative practitioners and thought leaders inside and outside the region to positively influence the external context that the pioneering banks in the GABV work in.


On 5 March, two special public events were also held. A screening of a special short film, highlighting the impact of values based
banks around the world was shown at both events. Please click here to view the film.


A ticketed lunch with business leaders from the financial services, insurance and professional services, as well as government representatives and academics, explored the theme of:

Redefining capitalism – financing our future prosperity

Net Balance, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia and Asia-Pacific Banking+Finance supported the event.


Banking on a more sustainable world

A free public forum for 500 people, featuring international and Australian experts, was held in the Deakin Edge venue, in partnership with RMIT University and Social Traders. The forum was hosted by Australian broadcaster, Jon Faine.

A panel discussion was followed by audience questions and interaction, in person and social media.

Panelists for the business lunch and public forum included:


1        Professor Durreen Shahnaz, Durreen is the Founder and Chairwoman of Impact Investment Exchange Asia and Founder and Managing Director of Shujog. In a career spanning over two decades, Durreen has built a track record as a successful banker, media executive and social entrepreneur. Durreen began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley (New York) followed by stints at Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), World Bank (Washington, D.C.), and Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong). As a media executive, she headed up the Asia operations of Hearst Magazine International, Reader’s Digest Asia, and Asia City Publishing. She also founded, grew and sold oneNest, a social enterprise and global marketplace for handmade goods.


2        Paul Gilding, Paul is an independent writer, advisor and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. An activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years, his personal mission and purpose is to lead, inspire and motivate action globally on the transition of society and the economy to sustainability. He pursues this purpose across all sectors, working around the world with individuals, businesses, NGOs, entrepreneurs, academia and government.

pavan_photo33        Pavan Sukhdev, Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a specialist consulting firm which helps governments and corporations discover, measure, value, and manage their impacts on natural and human capital. He is a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, where he was awarded the 2011 McCluskey Fellowship and wrote his book “Corporation 2020”. Earlier, he was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, and lead author of their report “Towards a Green Economy”.

VROOMAN Tamara ORIGINAL4        Tamara Vrooman, CEO Vancity Credit Union and Board Member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. As Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s largest community credit union, Tamara harnesses the strength to fulfil its vision of redefining wealth for members and communities.


GlenSaunders5        Glen Saunders, Glen is an investment banker, company director, financial and strategic consultant and chartered accountant with extensive experience in banking, investment, financial and strategic planning. He was a main board director of the Dutch Triodos Bank until 2001 overseeing its rapid growth in the UK. He has served as a director of numerous financial investment initiatives including the Western Partnership for Sustainable Development and the Local Investment Fund, a public-private partnership in the UK. He is currently a director of a number of companies with an emphasis on responsible investment and related services. He chairs Prometheus Finance in New Zealand and Social Enterprise Finance Australia. He is chair of Sustainalytics. He is an adviser to New Zealand government departments and agencies and is assisting some of New Zealand’s largest foundations in developing their investment activities.


6        Rumee Ali, Director of BRAC Bank (Bangladesh) and Board Member of GABV. Mr. Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali, joined the Board of BRAC Bank in 2007 and was elected the Chairman, in 2008 taking over from the Founder Chairman Mr. Fazle Hasan Abed. He is the Managing Director, Enterprises and Investments at BRAC.

Rumee Ali has served at different levels in local and international banking sectors. Prior to joining in BRAC in 2007, he served as the Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank from 2002 to 2006 and was responsible for Supervision and driving regulatory reforms, particularly in the area of Risk Management. He Chaired the Anti Money Laundering Task Force and the National Committee for Implementation of Basle II during his tenure with the central bank.

Birgden_H_115x150 7 Helga Birgden, Partner and Head of Responsible Investments for Asia Pacific at Mercer. Helga provides clients with research and advice on impact investing, climate change and environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. She recently co-authored the Global Investor Initiatives on Climate Change report for the IFC, World Bank Group and G20 (2013).


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