Sven Afhüppe

Sven Afhüppe is Editor-in-Chief of the German financial newspaper Handelsblatt.


Mr Afhüppe joined Handelsblatt in 2006, becoming Deputy Editor-in-Chief in 2011 and later Co-Chief Editor, together with Hans-Jürgen Jakobs.

He previously worked as a correspondent, mainly in Berlin, for news magazines Der Spiegel (2004-06) and WirtschaftsWoche (1999-2004), covering economics, finance and politics.

Mr Afhüppe studied Economics at the University of Münster and attended the Georg von Holtzbrinck School of Financial Journalism in Düsseldorf.

Ignazio Angeloni

Mr Angeloni joined the Supervisory Board of the ECB in March 2014. Since February 2017 he has also been a non-voting member of the Single Resolution Board.


He began his career in the 1980s in the Research Department of the Banca d’Italia where, in 1995, he was appointed Director of the Monetary and Financial Sector. In 1998 he moved to the ECB as Deputy Director General of Research. In 2005 he joined Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance as Director for International Financial Affairs. In that role he also acted as G20 Finance Deputy, and Deputy Governor for Italy in the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank.

In 2008 he moved back to the ECB as Advisor to the Executive Board, then Director General for Macro-Prudential Policy and Financial Stability. In that capacity he coordinated the ECB’s negotiations and preparation for the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

Mr Angeloni graduated from Università Bocconi and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD in Economics). A former Fellow of the Brussels think-tank Bruegel, he has taught at a number of universities and is the author of books and articles in leading international academic journals.

Andrea Cabrini

Andrea Cabrini is Managing Editor of television channel Class CNBC, the Italian language version of CNBC.


He is also Co-Managing Editor of Milano Finanza, Italy’s leading print and digital financial magazine.

A financial journalist and presenter, Mr Cabrini has three decades’ experience of covering the economy, global markets, and the banking and asset management industry.

He hosts a weekly talk show, “Partita Doppia”, where business, politics and finance are discussed.

He is also curator of “Italia 4.0”, a multimedia project on digital transformation.

He moderates at Italian and international finance-related events, including G7 multistakeholder conferences and Global Economic Solutions forums.

Prior to joining Class Editori (which holds a majority stake in Class CNBC), Mr Cabrini worked for ten years as Editor in Chief and presenter at Mediaset, Italy’s first private media company. He left in 2000 to set up Class CNBC and to develop the broadcasting side of Class Editori.

He studied Politics at the Università degli Studi di Milano and obtained a Master’s degree at Istituto per la Formazione al Giornalismo in 1986.

Melinda Crane

Melinda Crane is a journalist, political commentator and television presenter.


Born in the United States, her area of focus is Germany, where she has been based since the 1980s.

She is Chief Political Correspondent for the English language version of Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s public international broadcaster. She has also hosted DW’s political talk show “Quadriga” and its current affairs programme “People & Politics”. She also comments on US politics for the German news broadcaster n-tv and is frequently invited to discuss current affairs on German television.

She has written for The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe, among others.

Dr Crane studied History at Brown University, followed by Law at Harvard Law School. She received her PhD in Political Economy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Andreas Dombret

Dr Andreas Dombret has been a member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank since 2010.


He is responsible for Banking and Financial Supervision, Economic Education and the University of Applied Sciences as well as Technical Central Bank Cooperation, Risk Control and the Bundesbank’s representative offices abroad.

He is also the Bundesbank’s Deputy for the International Monetary Fund, and is a member of the ECB’s Supervisory Board and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS).

Previously, Dr Dombret worked from 1987 to 1991 at Deutsche Bank’s head office in Frankfurt; from 1992 to 2002 at JP Morgan in Frankfurt and London; and from 2002 to 2005 as Co-Head of Rothschild Germany in Frankfurt and London. He went on to serve at Bank of America as Vice Chairman for Europe and Head for Germany, Austria and Switzerland between 2005 and 2009.

He studied business management at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and was awarded his PhD by Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi has been President of the ECB and Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board since November 2011.


Since June 2013 he has also chaired the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision at the BIS. From 2006 to October 2011 he served as Governor of the Banca d’Italia. Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International, and a member of the firm-wide Management Committee (2002-05). He was Director General of the Italian Treasury (1991-2001), during which time he chaired the committee that revised Italy’s corporate and financial legislation and drafted the law that governs Italian financial markets.

Mr Draghi graduated from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1970 and received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He is the author of a number of articles on international and European monetary and financial issues.

Elisa Ferreira

Elisa Ferreira is Vice-Governor of the Banco de Portugal.


She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the ECB.

Prior to joining the Board of the Banco de Portugal, from 2004 to 2016 Ms Ferreira was a Member of the European Parliament, where she served on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and as Coordinator for the second biggest political group. She was actively involved in several legislative proposals of the European Parliament, including the Regulation establishing the Single Resolution Mechanism and the Single Resolution Fund (SRF) (Rapporteur, 2014); the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (Shadow Rapporteur, 2013); and the European Parliament’s Opinion on cross-border banking crisis (Rapporteur, 2012). She was also Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteur for two of the Regulations from the “two-pack” and “six-pack” legislation package on economic governance in the European Union (2011-12).

Ms Ferreira was also a Member of the First and Second Special Committees on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE I & II) (2015-16); the Financial Assistance Working Group to the Eurozone countries (2016); the Special Committee on the policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union (2010-11); and the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crises (2009-11).

Ms Ferreira has been a Member of the Portuguese Parliament (2002-04), Minister for Planning (1999-2002) and Minister for the Environment (1995-99). She is also a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Porto.

Ms Ferreira graduated from the University of Porto in Economics (1977). She continued her studies in Economics, obtaining a Master’s degree (1981) and a PhD (1985) from the University of Reading (United Kingdom).

She was awarded the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ by the Portuguese Republic (2005).

Martin Ford

Martin Ford is a futurist and author.


He writes on future technology and its implications for society and the economy. He is the author of two books: “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” (winner of the 2015 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and translated into more than 20 languages); and “The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future”. He has had articles published in leading newspapers and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows.

Mr Ford has over 25 years’ experience in the fields of computer design and software development. He is the consulting expert for Société Générale’s new “Rise of the Robots” index, which will focus specifically on investing in companies that will be significant participants in the artificial intelligence and robotics revolution. He has also founded a Silicon Valley-based software development firm.

Mr Ford holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in Business from the University of California, Los Angeles.

José Manuel González-Páramo

José M. González-Páramo is a member of the Executive Board of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA).


Appointed to the Board of BBVA in 2013, his responsibilities include acting as the group’s Chief Officer for Global Economic Regulation and Public Affairs, and Chairman of its International Advisory Board.

Since December 2016 he has also been the Europe Chair of the TransAtlantic Business Council (TABC), the official business advisory group to the European Commission and the US administration on international trade, investment and regulatory issues.

Mr González-Páramo served as a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank from 2004 to 2012. Prior to this he was a member of the Banco de España’s Governing Council (1994-2004) and its Executive Committee (1998-2004).

From 1985 to 1994 he was an economic adviser to various public and private institutions, including the Banco de España (1989-94), the European Commission, the IMF and the World Bank Group.

He was appointed Professor of Economics at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, in 1988 and at IESE Business School in 2012.

A former Fulbright scholar, Mr González-Páramo holds a PhD, MPhil and MA in Economics from Columbia University, and a PhD from Universidad Complutense.

Jordi Gual

Dr Jordi Gual has been Chairman of CaixaBank since July 2016.


Before taking on this post he was CaixaBank’s Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Chief Economist, and Director-General of Planning and Strategic Development at CriteriaCaixa. He joined the “la Caixa” Group in 2005.

He is a Professor of Economics at IESE Business School and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London.

He has served as an Economic Advisor at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels; and as a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

He is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Erste Group Bank and of the Market Monitoring Group of the Institute of International Finance (IIF). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Corporate Governance Institute, Chairman of FEDEA and Vice President of the Círculo de Economía. He serves on the boards of the CEDE Foundation, the Institució Cultural del CIC, the Real Instituto Elcano and the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering (ELISAVA).

He graduated in 1979 with honours in Economics and Business. A former Fulbright Scholar, he holds a PhD in Economics (1987) from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999, he was among the winners of the European Investment Bank Prize for research. Dr Gual has published extensively on banking issues, European integration, regulation and competition policy.

Sabine Lautenschläger

Sabine Lautenschläger is a member of the Executive Board and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank.


As a member of the Executive Board she is also a member of the Governing Council, which is responsible for monetary policy for the euro area. Since her appointment as Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board in February 2014, she has been responsible for ECB Banking Supervision, which she represents on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Until 2016, she was also a member of the Single Resolution Board (SRB).

Ms Lautenschläger started her career at the Bundesaufsichtsamt für das Kreditwesen (BAKred – Federal Banking Supervisory Office), the forerunner of the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin – Federal Financial Supervisory Authority). During her time at BAKred she held several management positions and was ultimately appointed Chief Executive Director of Banking Supervision in 2008. In 2011 Ms Lautenschläger moved to the Deutsche Bundesbank, serving as Vice-President until January 2014, when she was appointed to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank.

Ms Lautenschläger studied Law in Bonn.

Stefano Micossi

Since April 1999 Stefano Micossi has been Director General of Assonime, a business association and private think tank in the areas of corporate law, capital markets, corporate taxation, competition and regulation policy.


From 1991 until recently he was a professor in the Department of Economics at the College of Europe, where he was appointed an honorary Professor in May 2016. He has also been Chairman of the Scientific Council School of European Political Economy (SEP) at LUISS University since 2013.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti since 2016; the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of EuropeanIssuers, the European association of listed companies (since 2009); the Board of Directors of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels (since 2005); and as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels (since 2003).

He was previously Chairman of the Board of the CIR Group (2009-13); Director General for Industry at the European Commission (1995-98); Director of Economic Research of Confindustria (1988-94); and head of International Research in the Banca d’Italia’s Research Department (1986-88), where he started his career as an economist in 1973.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is a Berlin-based correspondent for Bloomberg Television.


He also co-anchors “Bloomberg Markets: European Open”, covering business, economic and market-moving stories from around the world.

Throughout his career at Bloomberg Television, Mr Miller has interviewed top CEOs, government ministers and central bank governors. He has also covered the gatherings of the G7 and G20 and led Bloomberg TV’s coverage of the German elections and Brexit from Brussels.

He joined Bloomberg News in 2000 as a stocks reporter based in Frankfurt, covering Germany-based technology, telecom and media companies. In 2003 he moved to London to cover European markets for Bloomberg Television’s US operations.

Mr Miller graduated with a degree in International Business from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He also spent a year studying Economics at Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany.

Jean Pierre Mustier

Jean Pierre Mustier was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UniCredit S.p.A. in July 2016.


He was previously a partner at Tikehau Capital, which he joined in January 2015. His primary focus was on the firm’s international expansion. He also contributed to its various businesses, including private debt and private equity, as well as equity participation investment.

He served as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking and as Deputy General Manager at UniCredit S.p.A. from March 2011 to January 2015.

In 2010 he advised various financial institutions and raised large amounts of funds for various non-profit institutions and social enterprises.

Mr Mustier joined Société Générale in 1987 and remained with the group until 2009, where he held a variety of positions. These included Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SG Gestion and Société Générale Asset Management, and Chief Executive Officer of SG Corporate and Investment Banking, a division of Société Générale Group.

Previously he was a member of the Supervisory Board of UniCredit Bank Austria AG between April 2011 and May 2013. He also served as a Director of LCH Clearnet Group Ltd until August 2009 and Boursorama between May 2004 and August 2009.

Mr Mustier is a Trustee of the French Lycée in the United Kingdom.

His personal interests include philanthropy, rugby and running.

Mr Mustier is a graduate of École Polytechnique and École des Mines de Paris.

Danièle Nouy

Ms Nouy joined the ECB in January 2014 as Chair of the Supervisory Board, following a 40 year career in banking supervision.


She began her working life as a supervisor at the Banque de France and was posted to the United States as its representative in New York, before returning to France as a policy expert in the Foreign Department. She became the head of the Research Department and policy group in 1987 and was appointed Director of Financial Supervision in 1990. In 1993 she became the French member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and in 1998 was appointed Secretary General, a position which she held until 2003. Returning to France, she became the head of the French supervisory authority.

Ms Nouy holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris, and a post-graduate diploma in Law. She has authored numerous articles on international and European financial supervision and regulation.

José María Roldán

Chairman and CEO of the Spanish Banking Association and Vice-President of the European Banking Federation


Since April 2014 José María Roldán has been Chairman and CEO of the Spanish Banking Association.

Previously he served for 13 years as Director General of the Banking Regulation and Financial Stability department of the Banco de España and as a member of its Executive Board. He has also been Vice-President of the European Banking Federation (EBF) since May 2015.

During his time in office as Director General at the Banco de España, he was a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), and chaired both the Standards Implementation Group (SIG) of the BCBS and the Joint Forum during the BCBS’s tenure.

After serving as President of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), he founded and was the first Chairman of the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS), the forerunner of the European Banking Authority (EBA). He also chaired the former Banking Advisory Committee (BAC) of the European Union.

Mr Roldán joined the Banco de España in 1989 as a Senior Economist in the Research Department. In 1994 he took up a post at the European Monetary Institute (the forerunner of the European Central Bank) in Frankfurt.

Belén Romana

Belén Romana is a non-executive Director of Santander Group, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and a non-executive Director of Aviva plc.


Until February 2015 she served as President of Sareb, the asset management company created to manage certain non-performing, property and other assets of the Spanish banking system. She was also a member of the European Expert Group on a debt redemption fund and eurobills.

She was formerly Director General of the Spanish Treasury and a member of the board of the Banco de España and of the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores. She has also served as head of the Spanish delegations to the European Union Financial Services, Banking Supervision and Securities Committees and as Director General for Economic Policy at the Spanish Ministry of Economy. She has served on the boards of directors of Acerinox, Banesto, Ageas NV, and a number of state-owned companies and agencies.

A former Secretary General of the Círculo de Empresarios (a private institution representing business leaders in Spain ), she also served as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at the Spanish telecommunications company ONO Group. She holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Dirk Schoenmaker

Dirk Schoenmaker is a Professor of Banking and Finance at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, and a Senior Fellow at the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel.


He is also a Research Fellow at the CEPR and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board at the ECB. Before joining RSM and Bruegel, Mr Schoenmaker was Dean of the Duisenberg School of Finance and worked at the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the Bank of England. He is the author of “Governance of International Banking: The Financial Trilemma” (OUP) and “From Risk to Opportunity: A Framework for Sustainable Finance” (RSM) as well as co-author of the textbook “Financial Markets and Institutions: A European Perspective” (CUP).

Paul Tucker

Sir Paul Tucker is Chair of the Systemic Risk Council, and a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.


He was previously Deputy Governor at the Bank of England, sitting on its monetary policy, financial stability, and prudential policy committees. Internationally, he was a member of the G20 Financial Stability Board, leading its work on “too big to fail”; a director of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS); and Chair of the BIS Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems.

He is also a director at Swiss Re, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies, a visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a governor of the Ditchley Foundation.

Dirk Vater

Dr Dirk Vater is a partner in the Frankfurt office of management consulting firm Bain & Company, which he joined in 2004.


He is currently head of its global Retail Banking practice. He has over 20 years of consultancy experience, working with financial services institutions around the globe.

Dr Vater’s expertise lies in major transformation programmes and strategic development for financial institutions, especially in retail and SME banking. In the last ten years his assignments have been focused on digitalisation projects.

Prior to joining Bain & Company, Dr Vater was a partner in The Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt.

He received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Chemnitz and graduated in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim.