To start of our series: "A look into the Crystal Ball on the Future of Finance," hear from Gerald Walker, CEO of ING AMERICAS, along with Richard Beales, Global Deputy Editor at REUTERS BREAKINGVIEWS as they discuss forward-looking innovation in the sustainable finance space. What are the challenges of implementation? How has the Pandemic accelerated the shift towards sustainable financing? And more !
Gerald Walker was appointed CEO of ING Americas in June 2017. Prior to this role, he held a a range of senior positions within ING including CEO UK, Ireland, Middle East and Africa, Global Head of Transaction Services, Global Head of Securities Services, and Global Head of Lending.
Beyond the Americas, Gerald is a member of ING’s Wholesale Banking Management Team and a member of ING’s Management Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation in New York and a Trustee of The Committee for Economic Development (CED) in Washington D.C.
Previous non-executive roles have included Chairman of the Board of The Association of Foreign Banks (UK), Board Director of TheCityUK, Advisor to the Board of The International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (UK), Board Director of the European Association of Banking & Financial History (Germany) and Member of the Wholesale Advisory Committee of the British Bankers Association.
During his career, he has lived and worked in London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and, since 2017, New York. A Freeman of the City of London, Gerald is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers of the City of London.
He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from The University of Edinburgh (UK) and has studied at INSEAD (France) and IMD Business School (Switzerland).
Richard Beales, Global Deputy Editor, joined BREAKINGVIEWS in 2007 from the Financial Times, where he was U.S. markets editor and a Lex columnist. Prior to the FT, he spent more than 10 years as an investment banker at Schroders and Citigroup, based largely in Hong Kong and working on project finance, mergers and acquisitions. He has also lived in Sydney, Australia, and began his working life in London at Mars & Co, a management consultancy. Richard holds a masters in business journalism from New York University and a degree in biochemistry from St John’s College, Cambridge.