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Should there be gender quotas on boards?

December 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
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This event is part of two distinct series organised by the Florence School of Banking and Finance: #FBFDiscuss! and Women in Finance.
This Oxford-Union style debate will bring together Sylvie Goulard (Deputy Governor, Banque de France) as a proponent and Renée Adams (Professor of Finance, University of Oxford) as an opponent to debate around the motion: ‘Should there be gender quotas on boards?’. The debate will be moderated by Elena Carletti (Professor of Finance, Bocconi University).
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.


Sylvie Goulard (Deputy Governor, Banque de France) was appointed second deputy governor of the Banque de France on January 2018. She carried out most of her career in European institutions. As a MEP, she was rapporteur for two own-initiative non-legislative reports on eurobonds and the role of the EU in global finance, and a member of temporary commissions on the financial crisis and tax matters (following LuxLeaks and the Panama Papers). From 2010 to 2017, she chaired the European Parliament Intergroup against Extreme Poverty. She served as Minister of the Armed Forces (May-June 2017) in the first government of Édouard Philippe.




Renée Adams (Professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford) is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Foundations of Law and Finance Research Center at Goethe University and the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research. She is an expert on corporate governance, bank governance and gender. Her work has a strong policy orientation and draws on economics, finance, management and psychology. Professor Adams’ interest in diversity is not limited to research. She co-founded AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s committee for women, in 2015 and chaired it until 2020.




Elena Carletti is Professor of Finance at Bocconi University. She is also founding director of the Florence School of Banking and Finance Florence School of Banking and Finance at the European University Institute, is a member of Board of Directors of Unicredit SpA and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).





  • Adams, R., ‘Women on boards: The superheroes of tomorrow?’, The Leadership Quarterly 27 (2016) 371–386, link