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.  

Video | Conference opening

Ana Botín speech
Ana Botín, executive chairman of Grupo Santander, and Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action, discuss the transition to net zero and other topics

Video | The Climate Challenge, Commitment and COP26

The Climate Challenge, Commitment and COP26
Bill Winters, CEO of Standard Chartered, talks about sustainability

Video | Europe’s crossroads: Beyond the pandemic

Europe’s crossroads: Beyond the pandemic

Video | Lessons learned and the future for pandemics

Lessons learned and the future for pandemics

Video | Bridging the Great Divide: Post-pandemic challenges and emerging economies

Bridging the Great Divide: Post-pandemic challenges and emerging economies

Video | Regulatory Reset: Financial services and rules of the game in an economy in transformation

El reajuste regulatorio: los servicios financieros y las reglas del juego en una economía en transformación

Video | Global outlook / digital currencies / tech in markets

Global outlook / digital currencies / tech in markets

Video | Closing

Nadia Calviño, Deputy Prime Minister of Spain and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation
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