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TRANSFORMING FINANCE

GABV ANNUAL MEETING
Engaging with values-based frontrunners
In the Spring of 2009, 10 CEOs from values-based banks met in Zeist, a small town in The Netherlands, to try to change the world. Ever since, the GABV Annual Meeting has become the key moment for the Banking on Values movement. Hosted by a member bank, it has created a genuinely unique moment of exchange, inspiration and revitalization.

Annual Meeting Italy 2024

Annual Meeting Italy 2024

Annual Meeting Italy 2024

The GABV Board in 2024

Annual Meeting Italy 2024

Annual Meeting New York 2023

Annual Meeting New York 2023

Annual Meeting New York 2023

Global Dhaka Meeting 2022

Global Dhaka Meeting 2022

Annual Meeting Paris

Annual Meeting Paris

Annual Meeting 2020

Annual Meeting 2020

Annual Meeting 2020

Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Meeting 2017

Annual Meeting 2017

Annual Meeting 2017

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2016

3th Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2016

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The Annual Meeting in a nutshell

17
annual meetings in 10 different countries
14
hosting cities from 5 continents
70
banks participating
 
10,000+
total participants
 

Previous editions

Prior to the pandemic, the GABV Annual Meeting had been hosted in person – from Kathmandu to Berlin; from Lima to Vancouver. Every year, a host bank invites the CEOs of GABV member banks to meet around a theme that is of global interest and that also reflects our evolution in the banking industry.

Over the course of three days, participants, including CEOs and a broader audience connected to the Banking on Values movement discuss the future of the financial sector and focus on how values-based banks can play a role in addressing the biggest social and environmental challenges.

See the highlights of previous editions to have a glimpse of this unique forum.

Italy 2024

The World at a Crossroads. Values in Finance and Technology to Transform Society

Hosted by Banca Etica in Padua and Milan, the programme explored how values-based banking can harness the power of technology while avoiding its pitfalls to transform customers and the economy. With a clear focus on the practice of values-based banking, it fostered solidarity and peace in a world at a crossroads..

Italy 2024
The World at a Crossroads. Values in Finance and Technology to Transform Society
Minneapolis 2021

Shaping the Future of Finance: Values-based Banking for a Changing World

Hosted by Sunrise Banks, it was the first virtual edition due to the pandemic. From conservations to futurists, scientists to economists, it brought together a diverse breadth of inspiring voices to work with bankers best placed to shape a more sustainable and resilient future for finance.

Minneapolis 2021
Shaping the Future of Finance: Values-based Banking for a Changing World
Bern 2020

Every Degree Matters

Alternative Bank Switzerland hosted the 2020 GABV Annual Meeting in Bern on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. The meeting focused on Climate Change and the role of the financial sector. A special public event drew over 300 high-level participants involving the Swiss Youth movement and the Swiss financial sector.

Bern 2020
Every Degree Matters

A learning experience

The GABV Annual Meeting is not only a place for thought-provoking discussions but it’s also a learning hub. Members are encouraged to share their customer stories and the host bank organises visits and presentations, marketplace or exhibits with their customers. More than just a showcase, this experience with the customers allows the participants to connect first-hand with real impact across a variety of sectors. The event programme has also space for music, arts and leisure activies.
Paris learning journey
Learning experience Paris
Paris learning journey
Learning experience
Learning experience
Learning experience
Learning experience
Learning experience
Learning experience
Learning experience
Learning experience 2019
Learning experience 2019
Learning experience 2019
Learning experience 2018
Learning experience 2018
Learning experience 2017
Learning experience 2017
Learning experience visit to Mibanco
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Beyond CEOs

Originally the GABV Annual Meeting was focused on CEOs and senior leaders leading the way in values-based banking. Over the years, it has grown to include participants of the Leadership Academy, Communities of Practice – partner groups that aid member banks, and other partner organisations. With each new meeting, we welcome new member banks, prospective members, and those in transition to becoming values-based.

Hosts of the meeting are able to engage their own co-workers in various elements of the meeting. This provides opportunities for a wide group of practitioners to learn from the world’s leaders in values-based banking, helping to embed a values-based approach more deeply in the host bank.

Keynote Speakers

Every year, the Annual Meeting has also been hosted by some influential speakers across the world. Since the launch event in 2009 with Achim Steiner, former UN Environment Programme’s Executive, and HRH Queen Maxima in the Netherlands, other personalities have accompanied the GABV Annual Meetings; from Rt. Honourable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, to author of Theory U Otto Scharmer, and activist and author Naomi Klein.

Ten Years to Transform Humanity

Johan Rockström, climate scientist
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The Future of Finance

Kate Raworth, author of The Doughnut Economy
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Migrants exChange

Tina Kurdi, refugee advocate and author
What our participants say
Why participating on the GABV Annual Meeting? Read some testimonials and find it out.

“The GABV conference will definitely give me a better perspective to tackle some of our main banking challenges.”

Upendra Poudyal, former CEO NMB (Nepal) and GABV Regional Representative Asia-Pacific Chapter

“Here I get evidence that values-based banking works in different economies and countries. And I can use this knowledge to engage with my Board, with my staff and say to them: this is real.”

Damien Walsh, CEO Bank Australia

“This event it is always reenergizing; you are refilled with new ideas and learn from your partners. Sometimes you are nervous when you feel alone. But with so many friends, you become more brave.” 

Bold Magvan, CEO Xac Bank, Mongolia

“We take inspiration for our own work. To have a conversation, being part of a group really does fuel you in terms of energy and new ideas. And also, collegiality.”

Laurie Spengler, President & CEO of Enclude Holding

“The GABV gives us such exposure outside of our local markets place. It is not only the regional or the national but the global aspect of that perspective.”

David Railing, CEO Sunrise Banks, USA

“The alliance has come to inspire us, to renovate our aspirations in doing banking on values. The discussions in this for a are revitalizing.”

Beltrán Macchi, CEO Visión Banco, Paraguay

“GABV gives us access to peers, best practices and support for banking on values against the conventional model of financial first and only considerations.”

Kat Taylor, Co-founder Beneficial State Bank, USA

“When I network with CEOs from other values-bases banks and like-minded organisations from across the globe, one learns so much more and one is able to bring best practices to its own environment.”

Selim Hussain, CEO BRAC Bank, Bangladesh

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Join us in 2025

Centenary Bank will host the 2025 GABV Annual Meeting in Kampala (Uganda), from 10-13 March, 2025. This event is by invitation only.

Do you want to know more? Visit the past event page

Interested in joining the GABV? Check our membership benefits and criteria