Big Issues on the largest platform

Top-quality speakers and panels to provide insight, opinion, and spark debate

With 9,000 of the most influential leaders, experts and innovative minds gathering in London for Sibos 2019, it provides the perfect forum to hold debates on topics integral to the future of the financial services industry. This year’s Big Issue Debate sessions are reflective of a sector in progressive flux and evolution, with one eye gazing to the future and the other focusing on the multitude of current opportunities and challenges the industry faces.

Top-quality speakers and panels of experts will provide insight and thought provoking opinion to facilitate debate among the diverse and global delegate audience on a broad range of topics, including AI, cybersecurity, the cloud, DLT, climate change, the geopolitics of finance and the challenge of harnessing the technological savviness of Gen Zers.

The five Big Issue Debate sessions will take place on the main Plenary stage from the Tuesday to the Thursday of Sibos (24-26 September).

 Tuesday 24 September:

From banking’s origins in the 14th century Italian renaissance to the arrival of complex capital markets, high-frequency trading and the instant payment schemes we see today, the sector has undergone major change and disruption, but what of the future? Which technologies will deliver real revolutions in banking? Will data titans, such as Google and Facebook, fundamentally challenge banks’ position in the payments system? How can the banking industry adapt?

This session will look at divergent regional approaches to cloud computing, AI and privacy rules, and the associated challenges. Will one particular approach dominate or is there potential for a universal collaborative platform? What role could major financial institutions have in deploying open, neutral solutions that maximise access and opportunity globally?

Wednesday 25 September:

Banks have become adept at identifying fraud and protecting clients from loss and service disruption, however, as real-time payment initiatives continue to cut processing times and settlement becomes almost instantaneously, will cybersecurity defences be left behind? Are banks further increasing their vulnerabilities to attack as they open up payments and securities systems to third parties via APIs?

We are witnessing increased competition in the geoeconomic space and financial markets, evidenced by US trade sanctions, China’s changing role in the global economy and its push to be a leader in technological research. In this politically charged environment, how can global markets and investors navigate the uncertainty? What scope is there for a resolution in these economic hostilities, and how can governments alter their own policies to promote open, sustainable growth?

Thursday 26 September:

Much has been said and written about Gen Zers (13-22 year olds) being digital natives that value honesty, trust, transparency and authenticity, but how can banks reach this group in a meaningful way? As Gen Zers start to manage their own finances, what role can banks play in helping them to become more financially literate and forward-thinking?