Financial Education, quo vadis?

At the crossroad of individual empowerment

Tuesday, 22 May 2018​




Robin Edme Edme.jpgRobin EdmeRobin Edme is currently Senior Policy Officer Green and Sustainable Finance at DG FISMA of the European Commission, where he focuses on designing new investment and capital allocation frameworks through the development of responsible, green and long term finance, beneficial to low-carbon, resource efficient and fair economies. He is part of the Secretariat of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance set up by the Commission in December 2016. Before joining the Commission, Robin Edme has been Senior Advisor Long Term & Responsible Finance to the Commissioner General for Sustainable Development of the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea for 5 years. He lead the development of the French public SRI label, as well as the of the Energy & Ecological Transition for Climate Label; he also lead, from the government side the organisation of the first edition of the International Award on Investor Climate-Related Disclosures, which was held in Paris in October 2016. He was the Chair (4 years) of the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47, a government led initiative promoting corporate sustainability reporting at international and regional levels, a member (6 years) of the Global Sustainability Standards Board of the GRI for 6 years and a Council member of the IIRC. He is one of the founders and former President of the Forum pour l’investissement responsable (French Social Investment Forum) and of Eurosif. Robin Edme is a well-know and internationally recognized influencer in the field of sustainable and green finance, as well in the field of extra-financial reporting. Born in 1956, Robin EDME graduated from ENA, HEC Business School and IEP Paris; he also holds a Masters Degree in Public Law and a Doctorate Degree in Industrial Policy. DG FISMA, European CommissionSenior Policy Officer Green and Sustainable Finance
Jean-Paul Servais (3).jpgJean-Paul ServaisA member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the European Systemic Risk Board, the European Sales and Marketing Association, and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, Mr. Servais is also chairman of the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee established by ESMA. He is chairman of the Audit Committee of IOSCO-OICV and also a member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext College of Regulators and the Euroclear College of Regulators. He serves as professor and deputy director of the special Masters in Tax Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles. A lecturer worldwide, he is author or co-author of more than 280 contributions for various colloquia and study days, both at a national and international level, as well as articles and publications. He holds master's degrees in law and in economics in business management.Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) in BelgiumChairman
Danièle Vander Espt Vander Espt.jpgDanièle Vander EsptIn January 2012 Danièle Vander Espt joined the Belgian financial regulator, FSMA, where she was mandated with the task of developing the financial education programme for Belgium. The programme was launched in January 2013 with the brand name Previously, Danièle Vander Espt was Marketing & Communications Director at B-Post (Belgian Post Group). Before joining the public sector, she developed her carrier in the private financial & insurance industry. She held various functions in the field of commercial, support and strategic services for international groups such as Winterthur Insurance and KBC Bank. She holds a master degree in Economy from the Catholic University of Louvain (KULeuven) and extra postgraduate degrees in Marketing & Advertising (Solvay Business School) and Finance (KULeuven). She was recently promoted Fellow of the Business Faculty of the KULeuven, a distinction granted to her for her effective contribution to public policy, based on scientific principles of Economy and Applied Economy. Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) in BelgiumDirector in charge of Financial Education
Kristof De Witte De Witte 2.jpgKristof De WitteKristof De Witte is a tenured associate professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven, Belgium, and he holds the chair in ‘Effectiveness and Efficiency of Educational Innovations’ at Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Kristof De Witte is further an affiliated member of the CESifo Network (Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Ifo Institute), and of the Finish VATT Institute for Economic Research. At KU Leuven he coordinates the higher secondary teacher training program in economics, and the research group ‘Leuven Economics of Education Research’. The research interests of Kristof De Witte comprise education economics, financial literacy education, performance evaluation and political economy. He published his work in many leading academic journals including ‘The Economic Journal’, ‘Journal of Urban Economics’, ‘European Journal of Operational Research’, ‘Economics of Education Research’, ‘European Journal of Political Economy’ and ‘Scientometrics’. He currently runs a research program to examine the effectiveness of financial literacy education. About 8000 pupils are randomly assigned to different financial literacy tools. In addition, he holds the ‘Wikifin Research Chair on Financial Literacy’, which focusses on the financial literacy and financial behavior of financially vulnerable groups. KU LeuvenAssociate Professor; Wikifin Research Chair on Financial Literacy
Caroline Jenner Jenner.jpgCaroline JennerCaroline Jenner started her career as an entrepreneur. Her interest in entrepreneurship education began in Slovakia in the early 90’s when she helped set up Junior Achievement (JA) there. She became CEO of JA Slovakia in 1993 and subsequently moved into a regional role for JA Central and Eastern Europe. Her work has involved multi-level collaboration with educators, business people and policy makers across Europe. Reducing youth unemployment is at the heart of JA’s mission to create more entrepreneurs and job creators, build work readiness skills and improve financial literacy. She became CEO of JA Europe in 2003. In addition to managing JA’s large network, JA Europe leads EE-HUB.EU and coordinates the Entrepreneurial Skills PassTM. Based in Brussels, Caroline contributes to policy work; she is a frequent speaker, moderator and panelist. Caroline has Canadian and Belgian citizenship.JA Europe; JA WorldwideCEO; Global Head of Regional Growth and Development
Philip List List.jpgPhilip ListIn October 2015 Philip List was appointed as a director of the Erste Financial Life Park (FliP). FliPs main objective is to promote the responsible handling of money, as well as knowledge about financial & economical coherencies. FliP will become the Financial Education Brand in the region Erste Group is active in. An expansion of Flip is currently planned for the Czech Republic and Romania. Philip has gained a lot of experience in the past few years in diverse management positions within Erste Group. From 2009 to October 2015he was Head of Group Marketing. Erste Financial Life Park (FliP)Director
Adele Atkinson Adele.jpgAdele AtkinsonAdele Atkinson is a senior policy analyst within the OECD Financial Education and Consumer Protection Unit and lead expert on the OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE) project on Financial Education in the Commonwealth of Independent States. She has almost 20 years’ experience of undertaking policy research relating to education, personal finance and social policy. Her work currently focuses on the implementation of financial education policy recommendations, assessing levels of financial literacy of youth and adults and the role of financial education in increasing financial inclusion and supporting migrants, small business owners and other vulnerable groups. Adele has a PhD from the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK. Prior to joining the OECD in 2010 she was a research fellow at the Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol. OECDSenior Policy Analyst within Financial Education and Consumer Protection Unit