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World Savings Day 2018 Kick-Off

World Savings Day 2018 Kick-Off
Date: 24/10/2018 - 24/10/2018
Location: WSBI-ESBG Offices, Brussels

WSBI will hold its annual World Savings Day Kick-off Event on 24 October, one week prior to the annual celebration taking place around the globe. The mid-morning event, held from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30, will kick off with opening remarks by WSBI Managing Director Chris De Noose.

Keynote speaker: Natalie Torres-Haddad

WSBI has invited TedEx featured speaker Natalie Torres-Haddad to share her insights on the need for financial education. 

Born in El Salvador and raised in Inglewood, Los Angeles, Calif., her childhood and early adulthood was surrounded by people facing permanent debt. Determined to be the exception, she bought by age 24 her first rental property and several there after. 

He experiences and success in personal financial matters have been put to print. She is an award-winning author of the 2016 International Latino Book Awards for her published book Financially Savvy in 20 minutes – the first Salvadorian-American woman-published book dealing with student debt for millennials.  Along with her writing success, Natalie is a workshop facilitator, a real estate investor and brand collaborator. 

She is most known in the City of Angels for founding the city’s Prom Closet helping more than 1,000 budget-conscious high school girls better afford fashion costs associated with dressing up for the traditional American high school student annual dance event. ​Her efforts to teach financial literacy have been covered in the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Fox 11, Univision, KCAL9, La Opinion and Toastmasters Magazine. She sits on multiple non-profit boards and has travelled to more than 30 countries. She has lived in Spain and France and resides in Huntington Park, Calif., with her husband and two dogs.  

A first-generation immigrant to the United States, she is part of the four per cent of Latinos in the United States with a university graduate degree. She holds a Master of  Public Administration degree from California State University, Northridge, and Bachelor of Science​ in Finance and International Business from California State University, Long Beach.

Panel features European Commission's Emmanuele ​Ciriolo

​​​​The event will also feature a panel discussion featuring Emmanuele Ciriolo, Behaviroral Economist/ Foresight, Behavioural Insights and Design for Policy, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. World Savings Day 2018 promotional videos will also be on display along with the world premiere of the latest recording of the “Hymn of Thrift”. A networking lunch is scheduled immediately following.


To reserve your place, please e-mail WSBI by Monday, 22 October 2018 at:

​About World Savings Day 2018: 31 October

Savings helps people make their wishes come true. World Savings Day on 31 October is a chance to share that story. That's why WSBI this years has created the theme “What do you wish for?".

As savings are a path making dreams realised, WSBI has developed this year a revamped website for World Savings Day. The association and its more than 100 members in 80 countries are gearing up to celebrate peoples' efforts to save and realise their dreams. 

The global association will be using the hashtags #WhatDoYouWishFor? and #WorldSavingsDay2018 on Twitter and will share with @WSBI_ESBG how wishes come true.  

Why it's important

WSBI is once again at the helm for Wo​rld Savings Day. For WSBI and its members, World Savings Day places added focus on the stabilising role played by savings and retail banking in the overall financial system. It evokes some of the ethos of local banks: responsible partners in communities, close to the customer, serving households, small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) and local authorities. WSBI member banks demonstrate their locally focused approach to banking through World Savings Day activities in the communities they serve. 

Examples of what's being done in countries around the world are available on the site. Those examples show that World Savings Day is good fun, educational and inclusive.

>> Learn more about World Savings Day taking place on 31 October 

>> Visit the dedicated website