Banking & Capital Markets


As part of the Financial Services Industry Partnership Community at the Forum, the Banking and Capital Markets is an exclusive network of over 50 Partner companies including banks, stock exchanges, rating agencies, and other capital market service providers. Through public-private cooperation, Partner companies collectively shape the agenda of the World Economic Forum by engaging in dialogue designed to identify solutions to pressing global, regional, and industry challenges.

Partners participate in setting the global and industry agendas through collaborative involvement in projects, dialogue series, and communities that are designed based on the interests of the Banking and Capital Markets' community. These activities leverage the Forum’s unparalleled ability to convene senior decision makers from all different sectors, creating an effective platform for collaboration, innovation, and leadership.

The Banking and Capital Market Industry Partners’ enjoy privileged access to the Forum’s networks across business, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations. Industry Partnership also allows a company’s CEO or Chairman to participate in the Financial Services Governors community at the Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos.

Key annual milestones in the Industry Partnership Programme are the Financial Services Governors’ Meeting at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos; the Industry Strategists Meeting; the Financial Services Roundtable in conjunction with a Forum Regional Summit; and Initiative working sessions.

Portfolio of Industry Initiatives/Projects

Financial services industry initiatives are shaped by Industry Partners in collaboration with the public and multilateral sectors, academia and Forum project teams. Initiatives provide opportunities for sustained interaction through dedicated activities throughout the year. Senior, multistakeholder steering committees and working groups ensure the strategic direction and quality of the work. The current portfolio of Financial Services initiatives includes:

  • Accelerating Local Capital Market Development 
    Capital markets play a critical role in economic development through the efficient allocation of domestic and international savings into productive investments. However, in many emerging economies, capital markets remain underdeveloped or are altogether non-existent. This presents several challenges: domestic institutions, such as pension funds and insurers, struggle to match their liabilities with appropriate local assets; foreign investors struggle to fund important assets, such as infrastructure, due to information asymmetry, transaction costs and unhedgeable currency exposure; local companies with access often resort to raising capital in G10 foreign currencies, putting them at risk of severe exchange rate volatility, etc. This project asks whether the process of developing a well-functioning local currency capital market can be accelerated and what concrete initiatives need to be catalysed. Specific areas of focus include: a) accelerating the development of local corporate bond markets; b) creative approaches to developing market infrastructure for local equity and bond markets and c) the role of local market players: pension funds, insurers and fund managers, in achieving these objectives.
  • Disruptive Innovations in Financial Services
    With the accelerating pace and adoption of technological change, a number of emerging, or existing, technologies have the potential to significantly disrupt the traditional business models across financial services. Although these changes have the potential to negatively impact profitability and market share, they also represent an enormous opportunity for financial institutions that are adaptive. A competitive advantage exists for those financial institutions that can identify, adopt and/or adapt to truly game-changing technologies, with the potential of rendering successful businesses more nimble, competitive and efficient.
  • Promoting Global Financial Inclusion
    Financial exclusion represents a market failure. While proven demand for financial services exists, supply has not developed for various reasons. Today, over half of the world's working-age population (~2.5 billion adults) does not use quality, affordable financial services. The Financial Inclusion initiative focuses on different dimensions of financial inclusion, including: access to credit, savings, payments, insurance, financial capability, enabling a favourable and consistent regulatory environment, building trust in the system, and the delivery of funds via technology. The initiative aims to use the Forum’s unique multistakeholder platform to facilitate opportunities for cross-industry and cross-sector collaboration to jointly tackle key issues, share common pitfalls and best practices, and identify a joint innovation agenda.
  • The Role of Financial Services in Society
    In recent years, the financial services industry has come under increased scrutiny, in particular for its role in contributing to the financial crisis, and in light of on-going scandals. The resulting deterioration of public confidence has led many to question the role of financial services in society. Building on a multi-year effort, led by chief executives and senior managers of financial institutions, regulators, economists, academics and civil society representatives to restore trust in the financial system, questions remain on a number of critical issues, including: improving conduct within the industry, managing trade-offs between innovation and safety, and supporting credit growth without creating asset bubbles. The Role of Financial Services in Society initiative provides an opportunity for the financial services community to address these questions and assess how the industry can better contribute to economic and social value creation.

Global Agenda Councils
The Banking and Capital Markets Industry Partners also has 4 related councils for the 2014 - 2015 Global Agenda Councils:  
Future of Banking
Future of Financing & Capital Markets
Global Financial System

For more information contact: 

Giancarlo Bruno, Senior Director, Head of Financial Services, 
Matthew Blake, Director, Head of Banking & Capital Markets,  
Nadia Guillot, Senior Community Manager, Banking & Capital Markets,
Michael Koenitzer, Associate Director, Banking & Capital Markets,
Tiffany Hart, Team Coordinator, Banking & Capital Markets,