2023 Future of Finance Forum

The Wharton School gathered leading thinkers in academia, practice, and government for the inaugural Future of Finance Forum on October 17-18, 2023. Roundtable sessions and fireside chats explored the most pressing current issues in finance under the theme, “Paradigm Shift: Powering with Innovation & Financial Technology.”

The Future of Finance Forum included a roundtable discussion on banking with Richard Vague of Gabriel Investments, Richard Green of Firstrust Bank, Sharon S. Yang of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Eric Boughner of BNY Mellon, Jelena McWilliams of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Art Murton of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Amias Gerety of QED Investors. Also pictured are Itay Goldstein and Sarah Hammer.

Roundtable discussion on banking participants Eric Boughner, Richard Green, Amias Gerety, Jelena McWilliams, Arthur J. Murton, Sharon S. Yang, and Richard Vague. Pictured on the far left is Itay Goldstein, Wharton Finance Department Chair, and on the far right, Sarah Hammer, executive director at Wharton.

Elevating Research Impact

The forum was chaired by Sarah Hammer, executive director at Wharton. A series of roundtables and fireside chats were moderated by the faculty directors of Wharton’s finance research centers, including:

Additional Wharton and Penn faculty speakers included Professors Cary Coglianese and Kevin Werbach.

Roundtable Summaries

Knowledge at Wharton, the business journal from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania published these summaries from the Future of Finance roundtable discussions:

Opening remarks were made by Senior Vice Dean of Research, Centers, and Academic Initiatives Joao Gomes, who noted Wharton’s role as the global leader in financial research and education.

A keynote fireside chat with H. Rodgin "Rodge" Cohen, Senior Chair of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, led by Professor Sarah Hammer, Future of Finance Chair and Executive Director

Sarah Hammer moderates a discussion with H. Rodgin “Rodge” Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Adrienne Harris, Wharton Professor Burcu Esmer, and Sarah Hammer.

Addressing Timely and Intricate Questions in Finance

Discussions encompassed the post-banking crisis landscape and the new order of the global banking ecosystem, explored the global framework and existential risks associated with artificial intelligence, dissected the most promising avenues for sustainable investments, scrutinized the complex policy matters surrounding digital assets and digital currencies, and weighed the implications of an instant payment system on financial inclusion.

Additional speakers included CFTC Commissioner Caroline Pham, former CFTC chairmen J. Christopher Giancarlo, Timothy Massad, and Heath Tarbert, Time “Hero of the Planet” Richard Sandor, and Bob Litterman of Kepos Capital. For the full list, please visit the event website.