BRUSSELS/BARCELONA, 29 September 2021 – The World
Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) and CaixaBank are launching today
Innovation Forum 2021 ‘The
horizon of banking (r)evolution’, a 3-day online event on the
latest trends in the banking sector.
This Forum offers an in-depth view of some of the most
relevant topics impacting the sector such as artificial intelligence, data
mining, cloud, instant payments and other fintech trends.
“Banks are perfectly situated at the intersection of
customer interaction, big data and sheer IT-power. We have the potential to go
to the forefront of innovation and I hope that this Innovation Forum will be
one of the catalysts that help release this potential”, said Chris De
Noose, Managing Director of the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute
“One very important lever at our disposal to tackle
the challenges the financial sector is facing is the use of technology and
digitalisation, bearing in mind that technology only becomes a competitive
advantage when it is used to serve citizens”, said José Ignacio Gorigolzarri,
Chairman of CaixaBank.
This event, open to the public, will foster insightful
discussions among top executives, renowned academics, and high-level decision
makers. Among the speakers: Peter Simon, WSBI Managing Director; Carme Artigas,
Secretary of State for Digitalisation of the Government of Spain; Ulku Rowe,
Google Cloud CTO Office Technical Director; Miguel Alava, Amazon Web Services
Iberia Managing Director; and Alba Ruiz Laigle, Senior Director of Business
Development of Alipay and Alibaba Group in Spain and Portugal.
The full programme and registrations are available here.
Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) is a global network of 100 members
in 70 countries over four continents. Founded in 1924, it represents the
interest of banks working responsibly and closely with their communities and
SMEs. Together, WSBI members manage assets worth nearly $12,000 billion, serve
1.3 billion clients and employ over 2 million people.
is the leading financial group in Spain and one of the most significant in Portugal,
where it controls 100% of BPI. The bank, chaired by José Ignacio Goirigolzarri
and directed by Gonzalo Gortázar, has 21 million customers in the Iberian
market, and the largest commercial network on the peninsula. It has more than
6,100 branches and more than 15,000 ATMs, and is the industry leader in the
digital banking sector with a percentage of digital customers of 70.6%.
is committed to a socially responsible universal banking model, based on trust,
quality, and specialised products and services adapted to each segment. Its
mission is to contribute to the financial well-being of its clients and to
support the progress of society.