Talk of Feleban


The banking sector in Latin America is facing a number of challenges including rising interest rates, inflation, the need to digitise and a different political landscape. With large unbanked and underserved populations, fintech startups are booming in the region. How are the incumbents in the region adapting to these challenges?

Join Barbara Pianese, The Banker's Latin America editor, as she discusses The talk of Felaban 2022 exploring the hot topics for Latin American banks at the moment. The podcast was recorded in Guatemala City at the annual congress of Felaban, the Federation of Latin American Banks.

A chat with Bantrab’s CEO

Barbara Pianese, The Banker's Latin America editor, chats with Herbert Hernández, Bantrab CEO, about the bank's mission and the Guatemalan economy

Brett King on Latam’s digitalisation journey

In this third episode, Barbara Pianese discusses digitalisation and banking in Latin America with fintech entrepreneur Brett King.

Latam banks between fintechs and regulatory changes

The second episode of this series focuses on the relationship between banks and fintechs, recent regulatory developments for the banking sector in the region, and sustainable finance. 

Banking in a challenging macroeconomic environment

Our first episode focuses on how the current challenging macroeconomic and political context is affecting the Latin America region, and how banks are coping in the current high interest rate environment. We also discuss recent developments regarding financial inclusion in the region. 

Our guests are: 

  • Martin Spicer, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Finance Corporation
  • Germana Cruz, CEO and head of financial institutions, Latin America, Standard Chartered
  • Alejandro Garcia, regional group head for financial institutions, Latin America, Fitch Ratings
  • Mauricio Zuluaga, liquidity management director, Citi Latin America
  • David Goldschmidt, vice-president, head of cross-border real-time payments, Mastercard

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