On 29 – 31 May 2013, the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) and the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) hosted a conference on “Financial Globalisation and Sustainable Finance: Implications for Policy and Practice”. The conference was held at USB’s Bellevillepark Campus in Cape Town. The programme committee included Stefanie Kleimeier and Rob Bauer from Maastricht University & ECCE and Meshach Aziakpono and Sylvanus Ikhide from USB.
Over the course of two days, more than 80 papers were presented in parallel sessions. Session topics ranged across the whole width of the conference’s theme. During the financial globalisation related sessions, participatns heard presentations and discussed about exchange rate arrangements and volatility, financial & economic development, liberalisation, financial FDI or monetary policy.
Sustainable finance sessions were arranged along different points of view including corporate finance, banking and markets oriented sessions. As the long-term effects of the 2007/08 financial crisis can still be felt in many economies worldwide, several of our sessions linked globalisation and sustainability to the crisis with topics ranging from crises & spillover, through monetary policy & crises, to bank regulation and crisis lessons for financial markets.
The sessions were anchored by two keynote speakers, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (CON), Governor of the Centrol Bank of Nigeria and Bill Megginson, Rainbolt Chair in Finance at the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business. Mallam Sanusi focused in his speech on banking sector reforms in Nigeria and the implications for financial globalisation and sustainability while Bill Megginson explored the global impact of sovereign wealth funds as investors and development financiers.
Papers presented at the conference can be found on the official conference website. The videos of both keynote speeches are also available.
A special thanks to our sponsors Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA), Universteitsfonds Limburg (SWOL) and JP Morgan as well as to the Journal of Banking and Finance, which will dedicate a special edition to selected papers presented at the conference.
By Stefanie Kleimeier
Associate Professor of Finance at Maastricht University