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Okan Pekin

New division builds on Citi's competitive streak

Citi launched a new division at the end of last year to combine prime finance, futures and clearing, custody, and fund services. Its global head, Okan Pekin, discusses why the change will put Citi ahead of its rivals and how it will enable the bank to win more business from hedge funds.

Anthemis Group founder thinks ahead

Anthemis Group founder thinks ahead

New players, new technology and new processes are changing the face of the financial services industry. Udayan Goyal, founder of Anthemis Group, is investing in the agents of this change – new service providers that are looking to take some of the value chain away from the banks.

Gaetano Miccichè

Intesa Sanpaolo head of CIB takes a more global view

Intesa Sanpaolo's head of corporate and investment banking, Gaetano Miccichè, discusses the bank's international expansion plans and the challenges it is facing in its home Italian market thanks to a slow and underdeveloped domestic economy.

Gerard Pannekoek

IPXI president brings trade solution to intellectual property problem

Licensing intellectual property has traditionally been inefficient, opaque, expensive and inclined to legal action, but the chief executive of Intellectual Property Exchange International believes he has the answer. 

Ecobank enters a new phase

Down but not out: Ecobank enters a new phase

Ecobank’s reputation took a battering last year as it became mired in a well-publicised corporate governance crisis. Its new chief executive, Albert Essien, has restored some calm, and he tells Paul Wallace how he hopes to make the kind of returns that will entice more international investors to buy its stock.

Pol Navarro

Banco Sabadell innovation chief gets head start on Google Glass

Banco Sabadell is trailblazing when it comes to harnessing Google’s Glass technology – a wearable headset that links users to the internet. Jane Cooper talks to the bank’s head of innovation, Pol Navarro, and asks, is this the future of banking?

Mozambique CBG strives for financial sophistication

Central bank governor Ernesto Gove is bullish about Mozambique’s economic prospects, but acknowledges that the banking sector and capital markets need to be developed for the country to truly benefit from its energy boom. 

John Rwangombwa

CBG focuses on keeping Rwanda steady

Rwanda’s macroeconomic performance over the past decade has been impressive, and the central bank governor says that developing the country’s bond markets is crucial to ensuring that remains the case.

Max Lami

Oppenheimer Europe chief happy in the middle

Although Oppenheimer Europe has grown its business substantially in the past five years, its chief executive, Max Lami, says the investment bank still wants to bulk up further in fixed income and mergers and acquisitions. 

Dorin Drăguţanu Moldova

Moldova CBG hitting the inflation target

Since taking office as governor of the National Bank of Moldova in 2009, Dorin Drăguţanu has implemented the country’s first inflation-targeting policy, has seen interest rates on loans and deposits decline and has welcomed amendments to the law on financial institutions. He speaks to The Banker about challenges surrounding transparency in the banking sector and economic implications of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

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