The GABV and Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) hosted a provocative keynote talk and round table discussion on Thursday 10 October in Washington DC.
CEOs from the world’s leading values-based banks, pioneering thinkers, faculty and graduate students explored how to deliver a profound shift to a more sustainable banking industry and why it matters. See below for speaker details.
The discussion focused on what a banking industry made up of socially responsible, financially robust and sustainable banks could look like. An international audience took part in a Twitter Chat alongside the event (see the bottom of this post), and could watch the event online via a web cast (now available to view at the bottom of this post).
More about speakers/panellists at our event:
John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative working to transform finance to serve a more just, regenerative and sustainable economic system. Through the work of Capital Institute, his syndicated “Future of Finance” blog and regular public speaking engagements, John has become a recognized thought leader in the New Economy space generally, and the financial system transformation challenge in particular. Fullerton delivered a keynote speech, exploring a very different financial future and what it will take to get there.
A panel discussion followed with contributions from:
Tamara Vrooman is the CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union. Under Tamara’s leadership, Vancity became the first carbon neutral credit union in North America, the first Canadian financial institution invited to join GABV, the largest organization in Canada with a living wage policy, and in 2011 achieved the best earnings performance in its 65-year history.
David Reiling is a social entrepreneur with a long history of innovation in community development finance. As the CEO of Sunrise Banks, David’s visionary leadership has positioned his social enterprise for long term financial sustainability and positive social impact. Under David’s leadership Sunrise Banks became the first Minnesota bank certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 2001 and the first Minnesota B Corp in 2009.
Peter Blom has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Triodos Bank since 1997. He has worked for Triodos since 1983 and was its managing director from 1989 to 1997. Peter Blom is member of The Club of Rome, Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Member of the Board of The Dutch Banking Association, member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Food, and Deputy Chairman of the Multifunctional Agriculture Taskforce.
Jorge R Leon Lince is currently a second year MBA student at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has over 5 years of experience working in the low income housing markets in Mexico. During the spring and summer, he worked for ShoreBank International as an International Development Finance Intern in its Inclusive Finance practice. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Mathematics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Arnold Ekpe was Chief Executive Officer of the Ecobank Group from 2005 to 2012. He previously held the same position from 1996 to 2001. With 30 years banking experience in the industry, Mr. Ekpe has held several senior positions in African and international banking. He was Head of Sub-Sahara Africa Structured Trade and Corporate Finance at Citibank in the 1990s. In that position, he played a leading role in building Citibank’s corporate finance business in Africa, including several landmark transactions. He is also a former Managing Director of UBA.
Melissa Bradley, Executive-in-Residence GSEI, moderated the panel