The Better Future of Finance

AIF 25th Anniversary Symposium | 27 October 2016, Amsterdam

AIF celebrated its 25th Anniversary on 27 October with its Symposium 'The Better Future of Finance.' More than 150 industry leaders and forward-thinking professionals gathered at De Nederlandsche Bank to explore the global challenges and opportunities facing the financial industry, and to critically look to the future.

AIF's Managing Director Brenda Childers opened the Symposium, after which the following speakers took the stage:

  • Arnoud Boot, Professor of Corporate Finance and Financial Markets at the University of Amsterdam, and Director of the Amsterdam Center for Corporate Finance:
    'Reconciling the Financial Sector with Society'
  • Raghu Rau, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance:
    'Fintech/Alternative Finance - the Facts and the Future'
  • Luigi Zingales, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, and Director of the Stigler Center, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business:
    Keynote address and Inaugural Ingo Walter Lecture

CEO of ING Group, Ralph Hamers, was present to accept the first AIF Alumni Award, given in recognition of his contribution to The Better Future of Finance.

During the Symposium, Brenda Childers also introduced AIF's new Alumni Advisory Board and its members who were present.

Short presentations by Fintech start-up Otly! and Maurits Groen of WakaWaka were also included, and special recognition was given to Renee Scheltema for her film  'Normal is Over' and the use of its trailer during the Opening of the Symposium.

Closing remarks were given by Klaas Knot, President of De Nederlandsche Bank, after which the attendees had the chance to exchange views over some food and drinks. The networking drinks were sponsored by Simmons & Simmons.

Below is a small selection of photos taken at the Symposium; more photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Watch a video of the Symposium here.

First row

Ralph Hamers


Brenda Marilou and

Onno Ruding