Online Event, 2 June 2020 at 2 pm (CET)

The 8th edition of the global Prize Ethics & Trust in Finance for a Sustainable Future is officially launched online on 2 June 2020 at 2 pm (CET). For this occasion, two Round Tables will explore the role of ethics and trust in shaping a more sustainable and resilient financial system for the post-pandemic world.



  • Josina Kamerling, Co-President of the Jury & Head of Regulatory Outreach, CFA Institute

Keynote Address

Round Table 1: Finance serving the post-pandemic world

Moderator: Paul H. Dembinski, Co-President of the Jury & Director of the Observatoire de la Finance

Round Table 2: Challenges for financial training and education in the post-pandemic world

Moderator: Clare Payne, Chief of Global Strategy, Tobacco Free Portfolios & laureate – 2007

The launch of the 8th edition of the global Prize Ethics & Trust in Finance for a Sustainable Future will encourage candidates to reflect on the role of ethics to help shape a more sustainable and resilient financial system for the future. Such intellectual effort is made all the more necessary and urgent by the recurring financial crises in the last decades, the mounting challenge of climate change and the current pandemic which has already triggered considerable financial stress and may plunge the world in a major economic and social crisis. The subjects of ethics and trust in finance have a pivotal role to play in bringing about a positive change in our future, post-pandemic world. We look forward to exploring bright new ideas from a diverse group of brilliant people.



Gary Baker is Managing Director of Research, Advocacy and Ethics at CFA Institute, as well as being responsible for the EMEA region.  Based in London, he joined in 2016 following a 30-year career in institutional equity research working in Asia, Australia, US and Europe.  Gary is a graduate of Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Andrea Bancone –  Global Custody Analyst and Service Manager at Euroclear Bank, is a young professional with more than four years-experience in the financial and securities services domain . He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Legal Theory from Sapienza University of Rome with a full time post-graduate diploma in Project Management and International Business from IL Sole24ORE Business School.
Helen Brand OBE is chief executive of ACCA, the global body for professional accountants. Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable knowledge of the 179 markets across which ACCA operates. She is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), sitting as Vice-Chair on the IIRC Board. Helen is a regular media commentator on the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in society.
Paul H. Dembinski is economist and political scientist by training. Professor, he holds the chair for International Competition and Strategy at the UNiversity of Fribourg in Switzerland; 2019 he has been made doctor honoris causa of the SGH Warsaw School of Economic. Paul is also the initiator and Director of the Observatoire de la Finance (1996) in Geneva whihc mission is to promote awareness of ethical concerns in financial activities and the financial sector. Since its inception in 2005, he co-chairs the Jury of “Ethics & Trust in Finance” Global award.
Valdis Dombrovskis is Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People since 2019. He also serves as a European Commissioner in the von der Leyen Commission as European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union since 2016. He also held the role of Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue from 2014 to 2019.
Josina Kamerling is Head of Regulatory Outreach for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region for CFA Institute. She is responsible for supporting CFA Institute policy development in the region, advancing the impact of advocacy efforts, and promoting capital market integrity and investor protection.
Ross Murdoch is a lawyer in the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division of the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), specialising in regulatory and white collar investigations and litigation. He returned to the FCA in April 2020, having spent a year on secondment to the U.S. Department of Justice, Fraud Section.
Babatunde Onabajo is the Director of ChurchMapped Limited, a social network and travel website. He was the recipient of the Ethics & Trust in Finance Prize in 2017, and the youngest recipient to date (aged 24).
Clare Payne was Awarded the Inaugural Ethics in Trust in Finance Prize for her paper titled ‘Ethics or Bust’, written prior to the financial crisis of 2008. At the time, Clare managed the Integrity Office of Macquarie Bank. She then went on to author a book titled, A Matter of Trust – The Practice of Ethics in Finance. Clare now holds the position of EY Fellow for Trust and Ethics and is an advocate for tobacco-free finance. She has been recognised as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an Australian ‘100 Women of Influence’.
Thierry Philipponnat is a member of the Board of the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) and a member of the Sanctions Committee of the French Banks and Insurance Companies Supervisor (ACPR). He chairs the AMF’s Climate and Sustainable Finance Commission as well as its Market consultative Commission.He is also a member of the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance. In October 2019, Finance Watch appointed Thierry Philipponnat as its Head of Research and Advocacy.
Charles Pictet acted as a financial regulator in Switzerland from 2005 until 2012 in his capacity as a member of the board of FINMA. Prior to this, he worked at Pictet & Cie, a Geneva-based Swiss private bank, where he spent 25 years as a partner and senior partner. He was President of the Geneva Private Bankers Association, Vice President of the Swiss Private Bankers Association, and a member of the Board of the Swiss Bankers Association. He also served as Vice President of Economie Suisse. He is currently a member of the Board of Europa Nostra.
Andrea Roncella holds a Ph.D in Economics and Business at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). He was appointed Visiting Scholar at the Mendoza College of Business (University of Notre Dame, IN, USA). He previously worked as Research Fellow at the Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce (Rome, Italy). His research focuses on finance, ethics, and the financialization of society.
Mehtab Rose-Palan has 16 years of experience in the Banking sector. She started as a teller and currently works as Risk Executive for the SME Sector.
Brett Scott is an activist, author and former financial broker. He is the author of the Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto:2013), and has a new book forthcoming on the dangers and dynamics of digital finance.