Event Summary

October 2017 Program Highlights


The Bretton Woods Committee would like to thank all our members and friends who joined us last week for Committee events! Of course, the highlight was our 2017 International Council Meeting – Solutions for Sustaining Economic Cooperation – where we had an insightful discussion on the future of global economic cooperation; global and regional economic growth prospects; risks to the financial system; the changing role of financial technology; and harmonization of regulatory reform efforts.

Among the distinguished speakers were:

  • Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz SE
  • Stefan Ingves, Governor, Sveriges Riksbank; Chairman, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
  • Gail Kelly, former CEO & Managing Director, Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Joaquim Levy, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, World Bank Group
  • John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays
  • Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, BlackRock
  • Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of Research, International Monetary Fund
  • Vanessa Rubio-Marquez, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico
  • Francois Villeroy de Galhau, Governor, Banque de France
  • Axel A. Weber, Chairman of the Board, UBS AG and UBS Group AG
  • Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

See the links below for press coverage of the Bretton Woods Committee 2017 International Council Meeting:

Please check back to our website www.brettonwoods.org in the days ahead for a full event summary and recording.

Special thanks to our Contributor, SICPA Holdings, for sponsoring the event.


Members and Friends Networking Reception

Thanks to all of our members and friends who stopped by our reception on October 11. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know many of you, and discussing the important role of the Bretton Woods institutions in a shifting global environment. Special thanks to Committee member Tony Fratto for hosting the evening at his offices, Hamilton Place Strategies.

The Future of Economic Cooperation and Financial Reform: Dinner and Discussion

In advance of the International Council, the Committee hosted a dinner and discussion on the future of economic cooperation and financial reform. Topics included emerging geopolitical risks; balancing monetary and fiscal policy with structural reforms; and much discussion on capital requirements and regulatory reform. Special thanks to Committee Co-Chair Jim Kolbe and members John Negroponte, John B. Taylor, and Bill Coen for offering remarks to kickstart the discussion.