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Climate Risks Academy @ Online
Apr 30 – May 21 all-day

Co-organized with Oliver Wyman, in scientific cooperation with the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance

Academy dates: 30 April – 21 May 2021

Academy directors: Andrea Federico (Oliver Wyman); Pierre Schlosser (European University Institute, Florence School of Banking and Finance)

Core Faculty: Jan Cornillie, Jos Delbeke (European University Institute-School of Transnational Governance); Paul Fisher (Oliver Wyman and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Cambridge University); Ilya Khaykin, Cornelia Neumann, Alban Pyanet (Oliver Wyman); Anne Platou (DNB Bank ASA); Bas Van Ruijven (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA); Peter Vis (Rud Pedersen Public Affairs & European University Institute-School of Transnational Governance)

Guest contributors: Adrien Amzallag, Julien Mazzacurati (European Securities and Markets Authority); Beverley Adams (Marsh Risk Consulting)
David Carlin (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Alternative); Reby Gulcan(Global Infrastructure Partners); Paul Hiebert (European Central Bank); Angel Monzon, Raffaele Passaro, Hanno Stremmel (European Banking Authority)

Teaching Associates: Maria Ana Barata, Christy Ann Petit (European University Institute, Florence School of Banking and Finance)

Area: Risk Management

Level: Introductory / Intermediate

Target: International micro-prudential and macro-prudential authorities, EU officials, EBA, ESRB, SRB, National Supervisory Authorities, Financial stability and research departments of Central Banks, staff members of Financial Institutions, Lawyers, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral researchers.

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Sustainability challenges and opportunities for banks, central banks and investors @ Online
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm


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Sustainability is at the core of the EU green agenda and global concerns to preserve natural resources, with the objective to reach net-zero by 2050. Sustainability – in its environmental, economic, and societal dimensions – raises key challenges for public and private actors alike. They need to transform their approach, find the right instruments and policies, comply with new standards and rules (e.g. taxonomy, disclosures), and answer a strong demand from society. Banks and investors can find opportunities in revisiting their strategy, business models, and products within sustainable finance while ensuring business resilience. Central Banks are also actively examining the challenges and opportunities of sustainability for their [monetary policy, financial stability, and supervisory] functions. Both innovation and investment are critical to ensure climate change mitigation and transition.

This online debate will ask:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities in integrating sustainability concerns in operational activities and strategies for banks, central banks, and investors?
  • Should sustainability be a strategic priority?
  • How can sustainability requirements be aligned with the interests of investors, shareholders, and generally EU financial end-users? Is this long-term objective compatible with short-term interests?
  • What are the instruments in central banks’ policy toolkit to address sustainability challenges?
  • What can be the role of independent board members in ensuring sustainability in the bank’s business model and strategies?
  • What are the main elements that bank board members should look at in order to foster sustainability? Are there instruments to support boards in their actions?


Thorsten Beck (The Business School (formerly Cass) and Florence School of Banking and Finance, European University Institute)
Thorsten Beck is currently professor of banking and finance at The Business School (formerly Cass) in London. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the CESifo. He was professor of economics from 2008 to 2014 at Tilburg University and the founding chair of the European Banking Center there from 2008 to 2013. Previously he worked many years in the research department of the World Bank and has also worked as consultant for – among others – the European Central Bank, the Bank of England, the BIS, the IMF, the European Commission, and the German Development Corporation. He is also a member of the Advisory Scientific Council of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) and is co-editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance. His research, academic publications and operational work have focused on two major questions: What is the relationship between finance and economic development? What policies are needed to build a sound and effective financial system? Recently, he has concentrated on access to financial services, including SME finance, as well as on the design of regulatory and bank resolution frameworks. In addition to numerous academic publications in leading economics and finance journals, he has co-authored several policy reports on access to finance, financial systems in Africa and cross-border banking. His country experience, both in operational and research work, includes Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia and several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to presentation at numerous academic conferences, including several keynote addresses, he is invited regularly to policy panels across Europe. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and an MA from the University of Tübingen in Germany.  


Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva (Deputy General Manager Bank for International Settlements)
Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva became Deputy General Manager on 1 October 2015. Before joining the BIS, Mr Pereira da Silva, a Brazilian national, had been Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil since 2010. Prior to that, he worked in various positions for the World Bank in Washington DC, Tokyo and southern Africa. He also served as Chief Economist for the Brazilian Ministry of Budget and Planning, and as Brazil’s Deputy Finance Minister in charge of international affairs.

Belén Romana (Non Executive Director, Santander, Aviva and SIX Group.)
Appointed to the board of Aviva plc on 26 June 2015. Belén is a highly respected former senior Spanish civil servant. In 2000 she was promoted to Director General for Economic Policy, with responsibility for coordinating macroeconomic and microeconomic policy across several industry sectors. In 2003 she was appointed Head of the Spanish Treasury, reporting directly to the Minister of Economy and Finance. She has a significant knowledge of financial services, including insurance and regulation, and a broad European experience working with European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Belén was formerly President and Chairman at Sareb (asset management company), where she managed various stakeholders with interests in Spain’s economic stability across Europe; Secretary General at Círculo de Empresarios; and Strategy and Corporate Development Director at ONO (telecommunications company) with responsibility for investor relations, risk management and the internal audit departments. She has also held Non-Executive positions at Ageas (insurance), Acerinox (stainless steel manufacturing conglomerate) and Banesto (banking). Belén is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of Banco Santander (banking) and is a member of the advisory board of the Foundation Rafael del Pino and co-chair of the Global Board of Trustees of The Digital Future Society.

Axel A. Weber (Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS Group AG)
Axel A. Weber has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS since 2012. He is chairman of the Institute of International Finance, a board member of the Swiss Bankers Association and a member of the Group of Thirty as well as the Trilateral Commission, among others. Mr. Weber was president of the German Bundesbank between 2004 and 2011, during which time he also served as a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, German governor of the International Monetary Fund and as a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors. Mr. Weber’s academic career includes professorships at the Universities of Cologne, Frankfurt / Main, Bonn and Chicago. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Siegen, where he also received his habilitation.

This seventh online seminar takes place in the framework of the Challenges for Bank Board Members series, which aims at building a community of professionals from the banking and finance industry interested in deepening their knowledge about bank boards’ functioning and learning how to challenge bank management effectively. Seminar speakers include an international faculty of regulators, supervisors, and academics together with bank and finance professionals. The Challenges for Bank Board Members series is part of the new FBF Bank Board Academy for Non-Executive Directors.

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A green mandate for the ECB? #FBFDiscuss! @ Online
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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The first event of the #FBFDiscuss! series will develop around the motion: “This house believes that the ECB should include climate change mitigation within its mandate.”

Greening the mandate of the European Central Bank (ECB) is intensely debated in policy and academic circles, also in the context of its monetary policy strategy review, with results expected later in 2021. The political, economic, and legal room for manoeuvre is questioned to address the challenges posed by climate change mitigation within the central bank’s mandate. Is the ECB mandate fit for green purposes? Could the operational framework of monetary policy contribute to broader EU policies to fight climate change?


Dirk Schoenmaker, Professor of Banking and Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management.

Dirk Schoenmaker is a Professor of Banking and Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Director of the Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation. He is also a Fellow at the think tank Bruegel. His research covers the fields of sustainable finance, central banking, financial supervision and European banking. Before joining RSM, Dirk worked at the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the Bank of England. Dirk is (co-)author of Principles of Sustainable Finance (OUP), Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective (CUP) and Governance of International Banking: The Financial Trilemma (OUP).


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Hans-Peter Gruener, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim.

Hans Peter Grüner is Professor of Economics, Economic Policy at the University of Mannheim. His research focuses on the design of political and economic institutions (mechanism design), European financial and monetary policy, political reforms, capital markets and the distribution of wealth.  He has been a consultant to various companies and government institutions including UBS, BMW, the European Commission and the European Central Bank. He is a Research Fellow of CEPR, London and an Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Grüner has published in leading international journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Journal of Economic Theory and the Journal of Public Economics.


  • Dirk Schoenmaker, ‘Greening Monetary Policy’ (2021) 21 Climate Policy 581, link.
  • Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), Adapting central bank operations to a hotter world – Reviewing some options, Technical document, March 2021, link.

#FBFDiscuss! is a new Oxford-Union style debate format that will bring together two contestants from academia to debate a specific motion. After the opening statements, the event will see the direct participation of the public who will have the chance to pose their questions and vote for their favourite opinion.

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Joint FBF – European Economy – Online seminar on Banking and COVID @ Online
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

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Joint FBF- European Economy Online seminar on Banking and COVID Thursday 20 May (13.00-14.15, CEST)

In collaboration with the EUI’s Department of Economics

The 2021.1 issue of European Economy – Banks, Regulation and the Real Sector discusses the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the banking industry and the real economy. The papers assess the supportive role of banks to the recovery and the liquidity of non-financial institutions, the regulatory initiatives adopted to boost credit and support the real sector, the “exit strategy” from the pandemic crisis and emergency policies and contributes to the debate about the future of banks and of a well-developed Capital Market Union in Europe.

Chair and Moderator:
Thorsten Beck, Cass Business School and EUI’s Florence School of Banking and Finance
Giorgio Barba Navaretti, University of Milan
  • Loriana Pelizzon, SAFE/Goethe University, University Ca’ Foscari
  • José Manuel Campa, European Banking Authority
Concluding remarks:
Giacomo Calzolari, European University Institute
Anti-Money Laundering Academy @ Online
May 31 – Jun 18 all-day

In cooperation with Oliver Wyman

Course dates: 31 May – 18 June 2021

Academy Directors
Andrea Federico (Oliver Wyman); Pierre Schlosser (Florence School of Banking and Finance, European University Institute)

Academy Coordinators
Anthony Charrie (Oliver Wyman); Christy Ann Petit (Florence School of Banking and Finance, European University Institute)

Core Faculty
Carolin Gardner, Endija Springe (European Banking Authority); Dominik Käfer, Sean Kennedy, Lisa Quest, Daniel Tannebaum (Oliver Wyman); Olena Loboiko (European Commission, DG FISMA); Eleni Tsingou (Copenhangen Business School)

Guest contributors
Martin Andersson, Alexandre Cailleteau, Anton Kraminkin, Jayant P Raman (Oliver Wyman); Michael Levi (Cardiff University)

Area: Risk management

Level: Intermediate

Target: Members from SSM, EBA, European Commission, National Supervisory Authorities, Financial Institutions Professionals, Compliance Officers, Lawyers, Academics, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral researchers.

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Sitting on Boards: Better Check and Control of Risks @ Online
Jun 4 – Jul 2 all-day

Course dates: 04 June – 02 July 2021

Training Programme

Sitting on Boards: Better Check and Control of Risks

Online training, fees apply

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MIFID II/MIFIR: Evolution and Revolution
Jun 14 – Jul 2 all-day

Course dates: 14 June – 02 July 2021

Course Directors: Veerle Colaert (KU Leuven University); Matteo Gargantini (University of Utrecht)

Guest Instructors: Federico della Negra (European Central Bank); Eugenia Macchiavello (University of Genova); Diego Valiante (University of Bologna)

Interview Partners: Francesco Costantino (Regulatory Consulting), Christiane Hölz (DSW/Better Finance), Rainer Riess (FESE)

Area: Regulation, Supervision and Resolution

Level: Intermediate

Target: EU Officials (ECB, SSM, SRB, ESRB, EBA, ESMA, ESM), National Supervisory Authorities, economists and risk managers in financial institutions and private banks, lawyers and accountants, Ph.D. students, post-graduate researchers, assistant professors.

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Sitting on Boards: Better Quality and Better Governance @ EUI Premises, Florence
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day

Course dates: 01 – 03 October 2021

Training Programme

Sitting on Boards: Better Quality and Better Governance

Residential* training, fees apply

*Format subject to changes, depending on the circumstances.

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Empirical Methods in Sustainable Finance @ EUI Premises
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day

Course dates: 10-12 November 2021

Venue: EUI Premises, Florence

Course Instructors: Andrada Bilan (Swiss National Bank), Steven Ongena (University of Zurich)

Area: Statistical and Econometric Methods

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Target: EU Officials (ECB, SSM, SRB, ESRB, EBA, ESM), National Supervisory Authorities, Financial Stability officers, Economics Departments And Forecasting Departments of Central Banks, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral researchers, Research department officers of private banks.

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Digital Currencies Academy @ EUI Premises, Florence
Nov 15 – Nov 18 all-day

Course dates: 25-28 May 2021

Venue: EUI Premises, Florence

Course Instructors: Thorsten Koeppl (Queen’s University – Course director); Katrin Assenmacher (ECB); Christian Catalini (Libra, Facebook); James Chapman (Bank of Canada); Anne Choné (ESMA); Daniel Heller (Fnality International); Klaus Löber (ECB); Cyril Monnet (University of Bern); Elisabeth Noble (European Banking Authority); Senior Policy Makers, Academics and Private Sector.

Area: Risk Management

Level: Introductory/Intermediate

Target: EU Officials (ECB, SSM, SRB, ESRB, EBA, ESM), National Supervisory Authorities, Senior Policy Officers of Prudential Supervisors/National Central Banks, Treasurers with Banks, Funding Strategists.

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