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WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS by Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy and Adrienne A. Harris, Professor of Practice, Ford School of Public Policy
OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
Opening Reception for all attendees
Breakfast for all attendees
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS by Michael S. Barr & Adrienne A. Harris
KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO, Financial Health Network
Coffee & Networking
PANEL NO. 1 –CENTRAL BANK APPROACHES TO FINANCIAL INCLUSIONModerator: Greta Bull, CEO, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) with panelists:
|11:45 a.m.-Noon||Attendees move to Great Lakes Room for buffet lunch|
LUNCH PANEL (PANEL NO. 2)–INNOVATION & CENTRAL BANKINGModerator: Chris Calabia, Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with panelists:
|12:50-1:00 p.m.||Attendees transition back to Auditorium|
PANEL NO. 3 –DIGITAL CURRENCIES, DISTRIBUTED LEDGERS & CROSS-BORDER PAYMENTSModerator: Adrienne Harris, Professor of Practice, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, with panelists:
Coffee & Networking
PANEL NO. 4–ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND FINANCIAL INCLUSIONModerator: Jo Ann Barefoot, CEO, Barefoot Innovation Group and Hummingbird, with panelists:
CLOSING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION with Michael S. Barr, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and
CONFERENCE CLOSING REMARKS by Michael Barr
Wednesday - Thursday, October 2 - 3, 2019
University of Michigan
Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Stefan Ingves, Governor of Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden
Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking
Njuguna Ndung’u, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO of Financial Health Network
Central Banks are increasingly playing an important role in financial inclusion. The World Bank describes financial inclusion as the idea that “individuals and businesses should have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way.” As technology continues to change the financial sector, there may be new ways these institutions can undertake this work.
The Central Bank of the Future conference, which will take place October 2-3, 2019, contributes to a research initiative undertaken by the University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to consider how the role of a central bank could evolve in the future to enable central banks around the world to make greater contributions toward financial inclusion. The project will consider not only the traditional roles that central banks have played in setting monetary policy, supervising the financial sector, and overseeing payments systems, but also other functions. Ultimately, the research intends to identify technologies, processes, or tools that could benefit a central bank in supporting public policy objectives related to inclusion, and consider whether other sectors, including philanthropy, might have a role to play in supporting the development of those tools. (To learn more about the overarching project, or to read the first working papers in the series, click here.)
The Central Bank of the Future conference will convene international experts and practitioners to examine how the core functions of a central bank contribute to financial inclusion, poverty allevation, and a more inclusive economy – and what could be improved. Topics will include, among other areas, technology and financial inclusion, digital currencies (fiat and non-fiat), distributive ledgers, and cross-border payments, and anti-money laundering (AML) practices. Speakers and attendees will include governors, deputy governors, and former governors from financial regulators around the world, individuals from the IMF, World Bank, and other standard-setting bodies, along with policymakers, academic researchers, fintech executives, and other financial ecosystem stakeholders.
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE
Support for the Central Bank of the Future conference was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, and Michigan Ross' Business + Impact. We also appreciate the support of the following University of Michigan student groups: Domestic Policy Corps and Michigan FinTech.