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October 10, 2013: The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a network of the world’s leading independent sustainable banks, Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) and Global Human Development Program hosted a keynote and panel discussion at Georgetown University on, “A Better Future for Finance: What Banking Looks Like If We Get It Right.”

Elaine Romanelli, Senior Associate Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and Peter Blom, GABC Chair & CEO of Triodos Bank, delivered the welcome remarks.

John Fullerton, Founder and President of Capital Institute, in a keynote spoke about what a banking industry made up of socially responsible, financially robust and sustainable banks really looks like and why it matters.

Following the keynote, Melissa Bradley, Professor at the McDonough School of Business, moderated a panel discussion. The panel was made up of CEOs from the world’s leading values-based banks and an MBA student from the McDonough School of Business. They explored how sustainable banks have shifted to a future focused on long-term benefits for the real economy, and its implications for the banking industry’s regulators, local and national economies, and individual consumers.

Panelists include:

  • John Fullerton, Founder and President of Capital Institute (keynote)
  • Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union
  • Arnold Ekpe, former CEO of Pan-African bank, Ecoban
  • David Reiling, CEO of Sunrise Banks, Minnesota, leaders in urban community renewal
  • Jorge R Leon Lince, MBA’14 at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
  • Melissa Bradley (moderator), Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Related Links:

Live Twitter Chat from the event – Storify

Georgetown University and GABV – GABV


GABV member banks have combined assets of $70 billion, serving 10 million customers in close to 30 countries across North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. Its membership is growing, as are its individual members, whose financial performance outpaces that of the world’s biggest banks according to recent research. All share an approach to banking that puts the interests of people and the environment first while championing business principles built on transparency, diversity and sustainability.