Massive tectonic shifts are rocking the entire financial industry and challenging the central banks, financial regulators and policy makers across the continents. The incumbent banks and other financial intermediaries are under challenge by emerging non-bank digital entrants and changing economic landscape. The expectations of society have never been greater.


Against the backdrop of these momentous times in the history of banking and finance, the delegates from around the world will meet from the 12th to 13th of July 2018 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This global gathering provides central bankers, policy-makers and senior government officials a unique platform to examine the rapidly changing world of banking and finance. The conference will help regulators and policy-makers in identifying the tectonic shifts in financial industry, responding to full-scale digitization and next best practices in holistically embedding sustainability. This global forum will provide an opportunity to discuss practical measures that are needed to create a stable, resilient, green and socially responsible financial services sector.

Moreover, the delegates will also have an opportunity to visit the sustainability initiatives of Karlsruhe.


The Paradigm Shift
Embarking on a Sustainable Journey » From short term profit orientation to long term success.

Future Proofing
Securing future market position by: creating the culture of innovation; responding to the challenge of change in the financial industry; and redefining success in the age of disruption


The conference offers a distinctive opportunity to explore:
The 21st century strategies and practices in banking and finance
Critical role of financial sector players in transforming the world
Leadership responsibilities and opportunities for financial institutions in times of depleting natural resources, rapid technological advancement and fast changing global political economy

Share and Network

Demonstrate your institution’s sustainability initiatives
Connect with people committed to make a positive change in the financial industry
Get valuable feedback on your action steps
Build global partnerships for your sustainability journey

The focus sessions will include inspiring, informative & engaging discussions on:

Financing innovations for sustainability
Latest developments in financial inclusion and SME Finance

Large-scale project financing for achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Green and responsible investments

This global forum was launched in 2011 by European Organisation for Sustainable Development and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia & the Pacific in cooperation with the City of Karlsruhe. It was initiated under the auspices of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions and was endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme - Financial Institutions (UNEP FI).