The banking sector believes that dialogue between society, business and institutions is essential to address future challenges. Through this collaboration, we can discover innovative solutions and promote sustainability, digitalisation and financial education, the central themes of the event's three discussion panels.

To this end, the event will bring together, among others, senior officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, the Treasury, the Bank of Spain and the Xunta de Galicia, as well as from Latin American institutions, the banking associations AEB, CECA and Unacc, and a broad representation of their member entities.

The event will be held on Thursday 14 September 2023 (9.30 a.m. CET) at the Abanca Sociocultural Centre in Santiago de Compostela (Plaza de Cervantes, 19) and will be broadcast via streaming.


9.00am – 9.30am. Record

9.30am – 10.00am. Welcome

Mr Juan Carlos Escotet. Chairman of Abanca
Mr Alfonso Rueda. President of the Xunta de Galicia

10.00am – 10.45am. Banks as a lever for economic growth: domestic and international

Mr Francisco Serrano. Chairman of Ibercaja
Mr Diego Labat. Chairman of the Central Bank of Uruguay
Moderated by: Mr José María Méndez. CEO of CECA

10.45am – 11.30am. Dialogue between banks and business: sustainability

Mr Álvaro López Barceló. Director General of the Treasury and Financial Policy
Mr Javier Rodríguez Soler. Global Head of Sustainability and Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB) at BBVA
Mr Francisco Botas. CEO of Abanca
Mr Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera. Chairman of the Spanish Group for Green Growth
Moderated by: Ms María Abascal. Managing Director of the AEB

11.30am – 12.15pm. Dialogue between banks and universities: innovation and digitalisation

Ms Ana Puente. Deputy Director General of Sustainable and Digital Finance at the General Secretariat of the Treasury and International Finance
Mr Enrique Ávila. Deputy Director General of Operations and Technology at Banco Sabadell
Mr Santiago Carbó. Director of Financial Studies and Executive Director of the Financial Digitalisation Observatory at FUNCAS
Mr Fernando Martínez-Jorcano. Corporate Chief Media Officer at Kutxabank
Moderated by: Mr Antonio Romero. Corporate Director of Association Services and Resources at CECA

12.15pm – 12.30pm. Break / Coffee

12.30pm – 1.15pm. Dialogue between banks and society: social commitment and financial education

Ms Raquel Azcárraga. Director of Sustainability at Bankinter
Mr José A. Díaz. Head of the Financial Education Department at Edufinet-Unicaja
Mr Jesús Antonio Méndez. CEO of Caixa Rural Galega
Mr Alberto Ríos. Director General for Financial Conduct and Banknotes of the Bank of Spain
Moderated by: Ms Cristina Freijanes. Secretary General of Unacc

1.15pm – 2.00pm. Latin America and Europe: banking as an element of social and financial cohesion

Mr Ricardo Bonilla. Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia
Mr José Antonio Álvarez. Deputy Chairman of Banco Santander
Moderated by: Ms Alejandra Kindelán. Chairwoman of the AEB

2.00pm – 2.15pm. Closing ceremony

Ms Nadia Calviño. First Vice-President and Acting Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation

2.15pm. Spanish wine