11th International Banking and Finance Forum

Cass Business School, London

22 March 2017

The Forum will explore Brexit and the implications for the financial services sector; opportunities in Green Finance, Social Investment, FinTech, Innovation, Regulation; the role of financial services in spurring economic growth and Corporate and SME financing.


Confirmed speakers include:

Baihas Baghdadi, Global Head of Trade and Working Capital, Barclays
Sir Winfried Bischoff *, Chairman of Financial Reporting Council
Francesca Carlesi , Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Bank
Sir Roger Gifford *, Chairman of Advisory Board, IBDE; Head of SEB UK
Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman, IBDE
Alan Houmann, Chairman of Policy, IBDE; Head of EMEA Government Affairs, Citi
Christian Hunt, Global Head of Compliance & Operational Risk Control, UBS
Christian May *, Editor in Chief, City A.M.
Alex Skailes, Director, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School
John Trundle *, CEO, Euroclear UK & Ireland
Gerald Walker *, CEO, UK, Ireland and Middle East, ING

* Member of IBDE Advisory Board)




IBDE is delighted to announce its newly reconstituted Advisory Board chaired by Sir Roger Gifford.




On 5 December 2016, IBDE hosted its first Chairman’s Business Briefing. The meeting was held in line with IBDE’s post-referendum policy strategy. The Chairman's Business Briefings are designed to complement IBDE’s Ambassadorial Discussion Groups. Held under the Chatham House rule, these briefings will bring together most senior diplomats and C-level corporate executives to discuss Brexit and its implications for the UK, EU and the wider global markets. The meeting featured in the City A.M. Leader's Column

Download the Briefing Summary here

Speakers included, among others:

Rudi Guraziu

Executive Chairman


Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG

IBDE Board Director

Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered (2014-2014)

Sir Simon Fraser GCMG

IBDE Advisory Board Member

Managing Partner, Flint Global

Edward Braham

IBDE Advisory Board Member

Chairman & Senior Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

IBDE's EU Ambassadorial Luncheon discussing Brexit

On 21 September 2016 IBDE hosted its first informal EU Ambassadorial Luncheon as part of IBDE’s Ambassadorial Discussion Group. The meeting was held in line with IBDE’s EU engagement strategy and as a follow-up of IBDE’s eight seminars on debating the consequences of Brexit, which IBDE has hosted since June 2015.

Held under the Chatham House Rule, the meeting brought together senior representatives from the EU Embassies, European Commission, FCO, Department for International Trade, and the City of London, alongside members of the IBDE Board and Advisory Board, to explore the future UK-EU Relationship following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The meeting featured on the front page of the City A.M.




Part of the International Festival for Business 2016




IN CONVERSATION SERIES - Part of the Brexit Debate

Rudi Guraziu, Executive Chairman of IBDE

In Conversation with:

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Lord President of the Council & Leader of the House of Commons,Biography available here

Mark Boleat

Chairman of Policy, City of London (Member of IBDE Advisory Board) Biography available here

Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG

European Union Committee, House of Lords, Biography available here

John Mills

Chairman, JML, Deputy Chairman, Vote Leave, Biography available here



On Wednesday, 25 November 2015, IBDE hosted a highly successful event: INVEST UK – Presented by IFB2016. The event was held at FTI Consulting, 200 Aldersgate in the heart of London’s financial district. Representatives from over 30 countries attended the forum including; Belgium, Canada; Columbia; Denmark; France, Japan; Nigeria; Philippines; Poland; Romania; Singapore; Spain; Switzerland; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; Vietnam and many more. Delegates had the chance to hear first-hand from the IFB2016 Chairman about the opportunities at IFB2016 as well as investment opportunities in the UK. Speakers' presentations available here.


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Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, J.P. Morgan Securities plc; Member of IBDE Advisory Board

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP

Secretary of State for Defence, UK Government

Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine

UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)

John McFarlane



Sir Michael Rake

Chairman, BT Group

Member of IBDE Advisory Board



IBDE is a proud official partner of the International Festival for Business 2016. IFB2016 is officially supported and funded by the UK Government. The IFB2016 was held in Liverpool from 13 June to 1st July 2016. It hosted over 26.000 delegates from over 100 countries. High profile attendees included  the most Senior Government Ministers and Her Majesty the Queen. To find out more got to www.ifb2016.com


Global Economic Forum

Liverpool, 16-18 June 2014

On 16-18 June 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful Global Economic Forum 2014 in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB 2014. The conference attendees listened from over 30 distinguished decision-makers from the world of politics and business from across the world. View event photos here


5th International Banking and Finance Forum

Liverpool, 2 July 2014

On 2 July 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful International Banking and Finance Forum in Liverpool as part of the Official Programme of the IFB2014.