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Banking and Capital Markets, Finance

FT Banking Summit 2017

Thinking through uncertainty

London |
Speakers include:
Silvia Pavoni

Silvia Pavoni

The Banker

Brian Caplen

Brian Caplen

The Banker

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

Financial Times


Taking place as part of the FT Banking week, the FT Banking Summit 2017, takes a rigorous look at the complex dynamics governing today’s uncertain economic and financial climate in order to chart a course for a sustainable, secure and successful banking sector.

Senior financial services leaders, economists, policy-makers and technologists will convene to combine their insights and expertise on issues including regulation, geopolitical risk, digital finance, cyber security and the future of banking.

While the crystal ball remains confined to the world of wishful thinking, the best prepared will always be the best informed. Talking, and thinking, through the issues from multiple viewpoints will be the key to managing profound uncertainty in the financial sector.

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"A very well crafted event with relevant and meaningful content for a wide audience addressing pertinent current economic conditions"

– Martin Lee-Warner, Raiffeisen Bank International

"This was a thoroughly engaging and informative programme. The structure was very effective"

Michael Topley, Barclays

"Grade A content and speakers as you would expect and completely on brand for the FT"

– Michael Sparks, BNY Mellon

"Thank you for the invitation to the FT Banking conference, the organization was impeccable and the content very thought provoking on a number of fronts"

– Simon White, Blackrock


Full Overview

“Some think that by preparing to deal with crises you make them more likely. I think the wiser judgment is the contrary. In this area at least, if you want peace or stability, it's better to prepare for war or instability“-Timothy FGeithner

Populist sentiment appears to view the world in increasingly binary terms, and for the world’s banks expectations are similarly bifurcated. Do they face a powder keg of potential threats or a treasure chest of opportunities – or both? Either way, the financial sector’s success depends upon its ability to decipher the nuances. Powerful paradoxes can make a mockery of prediction and forecasting: is China really an emerging beacon of much needed stability, leadership and hope for the globalised economy? Or will its weaknesses be a major driver in the burgeoning of a freshly unfolding financial crisis? Will Brexit result in new growth and greater freedoms for the City, the UK and beyond? Or are we lulling in relative calm before an economic storm – constraining Britain’s prospects but unlimited in its reach? Might a sea-change in the White House lead to welcome ‘business-friendly’ policies? Or is optimism and the ‘Trumponomic’ sugar-rush already fast being quelled as security and stability in the West look increasingly at risk?

And while banks are keen to emphasise their collaborative camaraderie with FinTech start-ups in a bid to enhance, as well as demonstrate, their own digital credentials - nevertheless, tensions abound. From proliferating cyber risks to the rise of job-robbing robobanking, from the competitive freedoms enjoyed by ‘challenger’ banks to the IT nightmares facing legacy banks with outdated systems, digitised finance brings its own cause for ambivalence.


Taking Place as part of FT The Banking Week

The Financial Times and The Banker will host a number of topical and forward-looking multi-format conferences during the week of 27 to 30 November 2017 in London.

Read more about this prestigious series of consecutive half and full-day conferences – to include and The Banker's exclusive Bank of the Year Awards here


FT Contributors (7)

Silvia Pavoni

Silvia Pavoni

Economics Editor
The Banker

Silvia Pavoni is the economics editor of The Banker, a monthly publication part of the Financial Times group, for which she has written on international trade agreements, sovereign debt crises, capital markets and financial technology.

Ms Pavoni is in charge of The Banker’s Latin America section, the research behind the annual ranking of international financial centres as well as video and audio content for She has reported from developed and emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the UK and Hong Kong, among many others, with both written and filmed pieces.

As part of her role, she regularly interviews finance ministers, central bank governors, policy makers and senior bankers. She represents The Banker at various international events, including the annual meetings of the IMF/World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and has chaired numerous conferences and panel discussions on banking, trade and investment.

Previously, she was in charge of Centaur Media’s specialist database on public private partnerships, which was tasked with providing data to the UK Government. She has also conducted research for organisations such as the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK and the Italian Trade Commission.

Ms Pavoni holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Brian Caplen

Brian Caplen

The Banker

Brian Caplen is Editor of The Banker, one of the world’s leading financial journals, and part of the Financial Times Group. He is Executive Editor of fDi magazine which deals with foreign direct investment.
He regularly appears on the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Al Jazeera to comment on international banking, economic and financial issues. He frequently lectures on financial topics.
He also worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years. He has travelled extensively and done numerous high level interviews with prime ministers, finance ministers, central bank governors and senior executives.
He has a first class honours degree in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

Investment Banking Correspondent
Financial Times

Laura Noonan is the FT’s Investment Banking Correspondent, where she writes on  some of the world’s biggest banks and on industry trends. Before joining the FT  in 2015, Ms Noonan covered European banking for Reuters, and the Irish banking crisis for the Irish Independent.  She is also a CFA charterholder.

Caroline  Binham

Caroline Binham

Financial Regulation Correspondent
Financial Times

Caroline Binham covers the gamut of financial regulation for the FT, from benchmark-rigging scandals to ringfencing. She was previously the FT's award-winning legal correspondent, with a particular focus on white-collar crime. Prior to joining the FT four years ago, Ms Binham covered financial regulation during the crisis at Bloomberg News. In a previous journalistic life, she worked at Conde Nast for titles including Tatler and Traveler. She has lived and worked in Paris, Rome and New York.

Martin Wolf, CBE

Martin Wolf, CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. His book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis was published by Penguin in 2014.


Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.


Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994 and the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and the “Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary” for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012 and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.


Mr Wolf is also the author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004) and Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.

Martin Arnold

Martin Arnold

Banking Editor
Financial Times

Martin Arnold has worked for the Financial Times since 1999 and been Banking Editor since January 2014, leading the FT's global coverage of banks and overseeing the 10-person financial services reporting team. His two previous jobs were as Deputy Companies Editor, helping to oversee the corporate coverage online and in print, and as Private Equity Correspondent, when he won the BVCA award of private equity correspondent of the year for 2007. Before that, he spent five years as Paris Correspondent, covering the French political scene, the presidential elections, and several industry sectors including finance. Early on in his career he covered technology for in London and worked in New York covering consumer industries during the dotcom boom and bust of 1999-2000.

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Financial Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since January 2014. In this role, Mr Jenkins shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. Mr Jenkins contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column. Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor since 2009, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this post he was Companies Editor and
Assistant Editor, and before that he was the Editor of international company news. Mr Jenkins joined the FT Group in 1996 as Editor of the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming UK companies reporter in 2000. Prior to taking up the post as International Company News Editor, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT.


Agenda - 30th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 8:50am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, FT

  • 9:00am
    Keynote: Macro-Economic Outlook
  • 9:30am
    Morning Security Briefing

    This keynote session delivers dispatches from the frontline of global intelligence regarding the cyber threats faced by the world today.

  • 9:50am
    Global Leaders’ Roundtable: A new global order?

    To say that globalisation is in retreat, capitalism is facing defeat and the world will see the demise of ‘global elites’ is too broad-brush, too easy. The reality is more complicated, more difficult to define but no less startling and demanding. What is clear is that change is afoot. So how will banks keep their ears to the ground, their customers secure and their businesses intact?

    • What are the economic and financial impacts of today’s ‘voxpopuli’ and geopolitical risks?
    • How can the industry better predict and prepare for directions of travel in global (in)stability and (in)security?
    • From cross-border to cross president: do changing attitudes regarding immigration and trade spell clear retreat for economic globalisation?
    • If so, how should banks be planning ahead?
    • Is the world of global, multi-lateral co-operation, governance and regulation in retreat? If supranational bodies are becoming obsolete what can we expect for the dream of levelling playing fields?
  • 10:30am
    Investor Opinion: All eyes on executive pay

    As populist anti-elite sentiment swells, and political will shifts, investors are set to become increasingly vocal on executive pay. What’s in store for banker remuneration?  

  • 11:00am
    Divide and Rule? Regulating a fracturing globe

    While regulators and banks have been striving towards increasing global harmonisation, integration and fluidity, political will - whether by design or implication - seems to be threatening to throw its weight behind a splintering of global cooperation and governance. How should banks and regulators react?

    • Basel IV: are regulators shifting their thinking on capital requirements in Europe? As finalisation is stalled does the industry have a window of opportunity to shape a best-possible Basel IV?
    • US: how far is Trump going to manage a dismantling of key tenets of Dodd-Frank and what does this mean for the wider global banking industry?
    • Brexit: As the UK prepares to leave the EU what will constitute the best regulatory fit? How can the City maintain influence? Passporting Vs Equivalence Vs other…?
    • Right questions, right answers: in an ideal world how could financial regulation keep the sector safe while allowing banks the creativity to redeploy capital for growth and freedom to diversify risk management approaches?
  • 11:40am
    Networking break
  • 12:00pm
    Europe in the C-Suite: Banking on a better future for the continent?
    • From talking to walking: how is Brexit really going to impact the City and is the financial sector already on the move?
    • Italian banking: what does the crisis in Italy suggest about how Europe will manage failing banks? What’s the future for bail-in? What’s the future for Italian banking?
    • State of the Eurozone: can the Monetary Union tackle its crises and make good before it is too late? Is it already too late?
    • Can CMU be salvaged?
    • Carving up the continent: if political union unravels where will the fault-lines fall? Will southern Europe be abandoned to resolve their economic problems alone?
  • 12:40pm
    Deciphering a Complex Picture: Anticipating China’s impact on global financial and economic stability
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Film Screening: The 2017 FT FinTech Awards Finalists
  • 2:10pm
    Advisory Panel: Innovation and impact - how is FinTech shaping banking? … and is banking now helping to shape FinTech ?
  • 2:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:00pm
    The Market Decides: FT FinTech Awards live audience vote
  • 3:10pm
    Internet of Stings: Are political, cultural and cyber risks compounding to create new online “Super Risks” for banks?

    The most brilliant cyber-assault is both art and science: technical know-how combined with the psychology of language, image, behaviour and identity. The chaos of insecurity and misinformation make for a relatively inexpensive but potent weapon. How can the financial sector coordinate a robust and efficient defence?  

    • Cyber-attacks, alternative facts and twitter spats: how is the internet undermining traditional order and stability? What are the direct and indirect implications for banks and financial institutions?
    • Thinking about the industry’s evolving backdrop of the increasing perimeter in API Open Banking resulting from PSD2 style structural changes to markets
    • What is the sector’s exposure to attacks on other institutions? What can the industry do to mitigate the associated risks?
    • How far do banks understand the cyber threats, including state sponsored attacks, on financial institutions?
    • How far can banks and businesses insure the risks attached to being a digital entity?
  • 4:00pm
    Strategic Panel: What are we? Who are we? And why are we here?
    • What should a bank be today? Technology company, platform model, utility or other?
    • How are banking business models adapting so as to stay relevant, competitive and compliant?
    • Global and local citizenship: in light of tech advancement and socio-political context how can financial services adapt to ensure that they are defining and fulfilling contemporary social purpose?
    • Soft power banking: how can banks better utilise content, gamification and big data to cultivate communities and brand identity?
    • Attracting and nurturing human capital: how is the profile of the financial sector workforce changing and how can the industry compete to draw the best people? How can banks ensure that they are attracting top millennials and a richly diverse talent pool?
    • And when the robots take all the jobs…? Preparing for macro and micro impacts of AI and automation.
  • 4:50pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 5:20pm
    Concluding Thoughts: What next for global banking?

    Martin Wolf CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, FT

  • 5:50pm
    Closing remarks
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:00pm
    Summit Close

Who Attends

The banking summit annually attracts senior executives from banks, regulatory bodies, and senior representatives from consultancies and other professional service firms.

C-level and senior executives of global Retail, Corporate, Commercial, Private and Institutional banks with job titles including:

  • Operations
  • Strategy
  • Technology
  • Relationship Management
  • Planning & Performance
  • Risk & Finance
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Policy & Regulation  
  • Investment
  • Corporate Development
  • Financial Institutions
  • Digital & Mobile
  • Payments & Transactions   
  • UK Representative Offices

In addition, senior representatives of new market entrants companies, including those representing:

  • New Online Banks
  • Peer to Peer Lenders
  • Bitcoin, Crowd Funding
  • Asset Management firms

A limited number of places will also be made available to senior representatives of professional service firms, technology and payments companies and business consultancies.


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