Last update: 02/11/2021
The first International Banking Conference took place in 2008 against a different backdrop, with prominent figures in finance, politics and law coming together to discuss the challenges of the time and how to overcome them. Since then, it’s become a key event on the banking industry calendar.
Amid a new economic landscape, initiatives to bridge the social gap and ways to drive more sustainable growth, the International Banking Conference brings together public and private sector experts from all four corners of the globe every year to dissect the present and future of the economy.
After years of holding the conference behind closed doors, we opened it to the public in 2019; since then, anyone has been able to sign up. These timely and pertinent debates help the attendees draw up strategies and make decisions.
2021 International Banking Conference
In this year’s conference titled “Turning Point: Roles and Responsibilities in the post-covid world”, guests analysed the role of citizens, companies, governments, education institutions, NGOs and multilateral organizations in the pandemic-hit world where the gradual lifting of harsh restrictions means new commitments and actions. Social concerns and environmental protection will underpin discussions.
Banco Santander Executive Chairman Ana Botín opened the event, which included such high-calibre speakers as Pablo Hernández de Cos, governor of Banco de España; Rebeca Grynspan, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Jeremy Farrar, director of The Welcome Trust; and MEP Danuta Hübner. Nadia Calviño, deputy prime minister of Spain and minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, attended the closing ceremony.