Keynote Speaker – (IBDE) 9th International Banking and Finance Forum, Cass Business School, London, UK, April 7, 2016.


International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) is a London-based membership organisation providing leadership in promoting international trade and investment flows, financial and professional services, energy, infrastructure and ICT sectors as well as championing corporate, commercial and trade diplomacy. IBDE delivers its services, which effectively contribute towards the strengthening of dialogue on international political, business and economic issues, through enhanced consultation and resource-sharing between business people, policymakers, academics and the diplomatic communities. Bridging the gap between business and governments is the game changer for business people and diplomats today, and this is the focus of IBDE.

IBDE provides an independent, accessible platform for debate and exchanges of views to help inform international trade & investment policy and decision-making. In its approach IBDE considers the risks to business, including political risks, and the political aspects of business risk.

Through commercial and trade diplomacy and selected high-profile events such as investment forums, round-tables, workshops, conferences, seminars and networking opportunities, IBDE supports international businesses and diplomatic missions in identifying key trade and investment opportunities as well as debating regulatory and political issues impacting global markets.

The IBDE’s Advisory Board, chaired by Sir Roger Gifford, brings together the most senior business leaders, ambassadors and policymakers, including Sir Winfried Bischoff, Sir Mark Boleat, Sir Roger Carr, Sir Simon Fraser, Martin Gilbert, Sir George Iacobescu, Catherine McGuinness, Dame Helena Morrissey DBE, Sir Michael Rake, Anne Richards CBE, and the Ambassadors of Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, among many others. Find out more about the IBDE Executive Board and Advisory Board.

Since its incorporation over 7 years ago, IBDE has consistently received excellent feedback on its activities from its strategic partners like City of LondonEuropean CommissionForeign & Commonwealth OfficeUK Department for International Trade, major Corporates and Embassies, as well as leading academic institutions such as the University of OxfordUCL, and Cass Business School to name a few.

Beside its regular trade & investment promotion programmes, IBDE runs a highly successful international program focusing on responsible banking and investment, effectively restoring resilience, trust and confidence in global financial markets. Consequently, the banking and finance forums, as part of this programme, have made a significant contribution to addressing the principal regulatory changes in the banking landscape. They have focused policymakers’ and industry participants’ attention on the appropriate role and structure of banking supervision and regulation and the crucial role that the financial services industry plays in the effective financing of the so called real economy, thereby setting economic growth back on track.

Between 2013 and 2016, IBDE has been the Official International Delivery Partner of the International Business Festival – a major initiative funded by HM Treasury and fully backed by the UK Government. The first festival, IFB2014, which took place in Liverpool during June and July 2014 hosted 415 business events and 68.600 delegates from 92 countries across the globe. The IFB2016 was held in Liverpool from June 2016. It hosted 80 world-class conferences and 26.000 delegates from over 100 countries. High profile attendees at the IFB2016 included Noble Laureates, global business leaders, senior government ministers and Her Majesty The Queen. The 2018 International Business Festival will take place in Liverpool, UK in June 2018.

IBDE is also proud to have played an important and constructive role in the UK’s EU Referendum debate. From June 2015 – October 2017, IBDE hosted 18 seminars debating the consequences of Brexit. The aim of seminars was both inclusive, in that they have attracted leading representatives from various institutions and field of politics, policy makers and opinion shapers (including businesspeople, politicians, diplomats, academics, civil society representatives and the media) as well as thematically comprehensive in their content, having offered speakers and the audience an opportunity to explore the various viewpoints of the Brexit debate. Given IBDE is the only organisation that covers international commercial and trade diplomacy, it will continue to play an invaluable role in the post-EU referendum policy dialogue.




Registration, networking and refreshments



Opening of the Forum

  • Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman, IBDE
  • Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean, Cass Business School
  • His Excellency Simon SmitsAmbassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


Session one: Responsible Banking; Green Finance; Financial Services Regulation

  • Sir Roger Gifford, Head of UK, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and Chair of Green Finance Initiative
  • Chris AllenGlobal Group Head of Regulatory Policy, Barclays
  • Dr Colin Lawrence, Partner, MD & Global Head of Strategy and Research, Parker Fitzgerald
  • Brian CaplenEditorThe Banker
  • Moderator: Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman, IBDE


Session two: Alternative Finance for SMEs; Capital Markets Union

  • Cyrus Ardalan, Chairman, OakNorth Bank
  • Steve Pateman, Chief Executive Officer, Shawbrook Bank
  • Rhydian Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, RateSetter
  • Dr Barbara Casu Lukac, Director, Centre for Banking Research, Cass Business School
  • Moderator: Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman, IBDE


Networking and coffee



Session three: FinTech Innovation, Big Data, Mobile Banking, Cyber Security

  • Usama Fayyad, Chief Data Officer, Barclays
  • Steve Davies, Partner & EMEA Fintech Leader, PwC
  • John Trundle, Chief Executive Officer, Euroclear UK & Ireland
  • Ruth Wandhöfer, Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, Citi
  • Moderator: Rex Rexhmati, Commercial Director, IBDE


Closing Remarks:
  • .Adam Farkas, Executive Director, European Banking Authority (EBA)


Networking Lunch


*Program is subject to review and change without notice.


Conference Host

Professor Marianne Lewis


Cass Business School

Conference Chair

Rudi Guraziu

Executive Chairman



Chris Allen

Global Group Head of Regulatory Policy


Cyrus Ardalan


OakNorth Bank

Brian Caplen


The Banker

Dr Barbara Casu Lukac

Director of the Centre for Banking Research

Cass Business School

Steve Davies

Partner & EMEA Fintech Leader


Adam Farkas

Executive Director

European Banking Authority (EBA)

Usama Fayyad, Ph.D.

Chief Data Officer


Sir Roger Gifford

Head of UK, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)

Chair, Green Finance Initiative

Dr Colin Lawrence

Partner, MD & Global Head of Strategy and Research

Parker Fitzgerald

Rhydian Lewis

Chief Executive Officer


Steve Pateman

Chief Executive Officer

Shawbrook Bank

Rex Rexhmati

Commercial Director


His Excellency Simon Smits


Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

John Trundle

Chief Executive Officer

Euroclear UK & Ireland

Ruth Wandhöfer

Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy


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