Episode 228: The Bankers’ BookShelf – Banking in 2035: three possible futures

In a dynamic conversation on the Bankers’ Bookshelf podcast, Paolo Sironi and Edwin Saliba from Economist Impact delve into the future of banking through qualitative scenarios and quantitative data. They explore Economist Impact’s report “Banking in 2035: Three Possible Futures,” outlining five Mega Trends shaping banking, including digital transformation and economic fragmentation. The discussion focuses on three potential scenarios: trust-building in a transformed banking sector, collective action on climate change, and navigating a fragmented world. Each scenario presents unique challenges and opportunities, from rebuilding trust through digitalization to addressing cybersecurity risks. Despite banking executives’ cautious optimism, there’s a gap between awareness and action, highlighting the need for proactive strategies to prepare for an uncertain future. The podcast concludes with a glimpse into future episodes, promising continued exploration of critical topics in banking and fintech.

About our guest:

Edwin Saliba has more than 10 years of experience working with governments, UN agencies, and the private sector on solving pressing public policy challenges. His interests lie in the areas of climate change, technology, and public finance. Edwin completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at the American University of Beirut, and graduated with an MPA from Columbia University. He is originally from Lebanon, and currently lives in New Jersey, US. In his free time, Edwin enjoys volunteering, reading, and outdoors activities, among many other hobbies.

READ THE REPORT: https://impact.economist.com/perspectives/sites/default/files/banking_in_2035_three_possible_futures_briefing_paper.pdf

IBM FinTech Strategy and Author
About the Author
Paolo is one of the most respected voices in the FinTech industry globally, providing business expertise and strategic thinking to a network of executives among banks, insurers, startups and investment firms. Celebrated author on quantitative finance, digital transformation and economics theory, he explores the biological underpinnings of financial markets and how to bolster with technology and business innovation the global economy’s immune system in today’s volatile times.