More than 1,800 people attended Deutsche Bank’s 11th annual Women in European Business Conference at London’s Barbican Centre on Tuesday.
Distinguished guest speakers and panellists from finance and business explored the conference theme, ‘Tomorrow starts today – agile minds shape the future’, identifying the opportunities that facilitate economic growth, invigorate business and lead to a shared agenda of recovery. The audience included professionals from across the financial services sector: investment banks, accountancy, management consultancy and law firms.
Katherine Garrett-Cox, Chief Executive, Alliance Trust Plc and Member of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG, made opening remarks and offered a special welcome to Flavio Valeri, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank in Italy, who was hosting a live broadcast of the event for clients and colleagues in Milan.
Güler Sabanci, Chairwoman and Managing Director of Sabanci Holdings, gave the keynote address. Sabanci highlighted the four things she believes European leaders need today: vision, understanding of key problems, good communications and strong leadership based on trust. She also spoke about how she is changing expectations of shareholders and the public through social enterprise.
Katty Kay, Lead Anchor, BBC World News America, then led a panel discussion with: Anshu Jain, Co-Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank; Dame Clara Furse, Member of the Board of Directors: Nomura Holdings, Legal & General, Amadeus IT and the UK Department for Work and Pensions; Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of Big Society Capital and The Portland Trust; Director, Social Finance USA; and Katherine Garrett-Cox.
The panel discussed the agile thinking that enables a shared agenda of economic recovery, where business leaders innovate and create opportunities in the evolving commercial environment. Jain talked about the characteristics the bank of the future needs, emphasising the importance of rebuilding the contract between banks and society which had been damaged in 2008. He also said that an important part of what politicians and regulators could do to ensure economic recovery would be to promote a fair and common set of regulations worldwide for banks. When asked what qualities are the most important for growth in business, his response was: creative thinking, imagination and vision.
The conference’s closing speaker was Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author and staff writer for The New Yorker. Gladwell presented the concept of ‘generational paradigm shifts’ to explore the kinds of changes that a younger generation brings to a working environment, and how networks influence behaviour and motivation.
Deutsche Bank sponsors similar events in Frankfurt, New York and Singapore. For more details, please visit www.womeninbusiness.db.com.