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Women in EU Finance Network

A conversation for women working in the EU financial services and investment policy arena.


About the series:

The “Women in EU Finance Network” is an ICAEW Europe initiative to bring together professionals interested in gender equality in the EU financial services and investment policy arena. We organise regular events to help share success stories, discuss persistent challenges and drive change by strengthening the connections between women (and men) working in financial services in Brussels and beyond, irrespective of seniority.

If you would like to know more about this initiative, please do get in touch via europe@icaew.com.

Upcoming events:

Is there a financial literacy gender gap?

19 June 2019, Brussels

Adequate financial literacy underpins the ability of individuals to be effective participants in the economy, enabling them to make informed financial choices and understand the financial risks they face. While financial education can play an important role in helping improve the economic empowerment and financial independence of all Europeans, is there a particular issue when it comes to women’s financial literacy? Join us at our next Women in EU Finance Network breakfast to exchange views with Anne-Françoise Mélot (Head of Unit – Free movement of capital and application of EU law, DG FISMA), Anna Fall (Chief Brand & Communications Officer, Intrum), Raymond Frenken (Head of Communications & Financial Literacy, European Banking Federation) and Diana Filip (Deputy CEO, JA Europe) on what can be done at EU level to support the long-term financial independence of women.

The breakfast is organised by ICAEW in collaboration with Intrum.

Supporting women’s careers in the EU financial services arena

4 July 2019, Brussels

What can be done to help women get ahead in the EU financial services and insurance policy arena? From recruitment policies to talent management and lifelong mobility, are different forms of career support needed to enable women to reach their full potential for their personal benefit and that of their employer? Meet our panel of experts to learn about the practical successes in enhancing the gender mix in EU institutions and in stakeholder bodies – as well as the specific challenges that need tackling. With Anne-Sylvie Catherin (Director General for Human Resources, European Central Bank – ECB), Louise Harvey (Non-Executive Chair, FTI Consulting), Constance Kann (Director, Institutional Relations and Public Affairs, European Investment Bank – EIB) and Maria Demertzis (Deputy Director, Bruegel). The conversation will continue over drinks.

The roundtable is organised by ICAEW and kindly supported by the ECB and FESE.

To find out more and register email europe@icaew.com

Is sustainable finance gender neutral?

10 September 2019, Brussels

As the EU continues to take a leadership role in the field of sustainable finance, pressing ahead with the urgent transition towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, does the focus on green finance limit the attention paid to social and governance considerations, including where they impact women? We look forward to debating whether the EU’s sustainable finance agenda needs a stronger gender perspective at our September Women in EU Finance Network breakfast in collaboration with Accountancy Europe.

Past events:


Closing the pension gender gap

On 26 March, ICAEW Europe and AGE Platform Europe co-hosted a Women in EU Finance breakfast focused on the role of the financial services sector in addressing the pension gender gap in Europe. Reflections on the scale of the challenge and potential steps to start tackling the gap were shared by Nathalie Berger (Head of Unit - Insurance and Pensions, European Commission), Anne-Sophie Parent (Secretary-General, AGE Platform Europe), Michaela Koller (Director General, Insurance Europe), Goedele Van der Linden (Director, Government Relations for Europe, Marsh & McLennan Companies) and Elisabeth Ottawa (Deputy Head of Public Policy, Schroders).


Exploring gender issues in Fintech

On 27 November, ICAEW Europe and EY co-hosted a third Women in EU Finance breakfast exploring the role FinTech can play in fostering gender parity and making women part of the gender equation. The discussion was informed by contributions from Felicia Stanescu, Head of Unit, Financial Services Policy and International Affairs, European Commission, Ilona Gattung, Executive Director - EY Belgium, Patricia Boydens, Chief Commercial Officer, Harmoney / VP of FinTech Belgium and Christine Kiefer, Founder, Fintech Ladies.

The female voice in financial communication

On 17 October, ICAEW Europe hosted the second meeting of the “Women in EU Finance Network”, bringing together women working in the EU financial and investment policy are to discuss gender issues in financial communication. The discussion informed by contributions from Letizia Lupini, Press Officer for Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission, Rebecca Christie, Writer/Journalist and Lynn Nicholson, Communication Director, Invest Europe.

Women in EU Finance – inaugural meeting

On 10 July, ICAEW Europe launched the first discussion in a new light-touch initiative to bring together women working on EU finance and investment policy. Following a debate during last year’s Invest Week on how to encourage greater gender representation and awareness in financial policy, we hope the network will provide an informal platform to discuss related trends and regulatory developments while exploring the contributions made by (primarily) women in this area. The inaugural discussion was joined by Paulina Dejmek-Hack, Financial Adviser to the President of the European Commission, Kay Swinburne MEP, Vice-Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and Chris Muyldermans, Counsel Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Public Affairs, KBC.