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The concept of a program for bankers from nations bordering the Pacific Ocean first occurred to Dr. Kermit O. Hanson, then Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Washington and concurrently Educational Director of the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS), when he was returning to Seattle on a flight from Australia in late November 1975. A tour of Pacific Rim nations and the awareness of the significant developments in the western Pacific convinced Dean Hanson that real potential for economic growth and opportunity existed among the nations bordering on the Pacific.

On December 1975, Dean Hanson first presented the concept of the program to bankers from the western United States serving on the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS) Administrative Committee. None of the members had experience in international banking and the reaction was one of caution since the idea seemed very foreign. However, they gradually did agree to support a program and present the concept to the PCBS Board of Directors.

The Board Chairman, at the time, Alvin J. Schoenhals, Senior Vice President of Zions First National Bank in Salt Lake City; Vice Chairman Ralph J. Crawford, Vice Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, in San Francisco; and a few other Board members reacted very positively. Their interest prompted the Board to appoint a task force chaired by Crawford to explore the nature, need and feasibility of a program for Pacific Rim bankers.

Effective January 2018, The Pacific Rim Bankers Program (PRBP) was renamed the Global Bankers Program (GBP). This change reflects both the true level of excellence that the PRBP curriculum has delivered over the past 40 years and the increasing geographical diversity of participants who are now attending the Program.

When Dr. Kermit Hanson, former Dean of the UW Business School, first envisioned this Program over 40 years ago, he had 3 primary goals in mind:

  • Examine issues of mutual interest to all Pacific Rim nations
  • Improve participants’ abilities to handle banking and management problems
  • Facilitate banking relationships between the U.S. and other Pacific Rim nations

These goals still hold true for the program today, but have become increasingly broader in nature as we now attract participants to the Program from well beyond the Pacific Rim including countries such as Argentina, Canada, Chile, the Dominican Republic, India, and Panama, to name a few.

The name change comes largely in response to feedback from our Program Administrative and Advisory Boards, as well as our desire to reflect the ongoing evolution of the Program. We are excited for this next chapter in this long-standing and special Program.

Support the Program
Support the Global Bankers Program by making a donation to the Kermit O. Hanson Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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Ashish Sharma
Board President
Chief Operating Officer

Global Payments Services
Wells Fargo Financial Institutions Group
San Francisco, CA U.S.A.


Christine Bravo
(GBP 2016)
Senior Vice President
International Financial Institutions Group
U.S. Bank
Minneapolis, USA


Tod Burwell
President and CEO
Washington DC, USA


Leon Ferro
MD, Head of Banks, North America
Standard Chartered Bank
New York, USA


John Ladany
Managing Director Correspondent Banking Group Treasury and Trade Solutions
New York, USA


Emma Sacre
Executive Director
Financial Institutions Group
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Sydney, Australia


David Scola
Head of North America
New York, USA


Jeff Shell
Managing Director and Head
Global Financial Institutions Group
BMO Capital Markets
Toronto, Canada


Bryan Stagg
(GBP 1994)
Executive Director and Head of Banks
Victoria, Australia


Walter Yao
Director, Risk, Policy and Analysis Group Financial Institution Supervision & Credit
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, USA


Thomas DuCharme
Executive Vice President
Head of Financial Institutions & Global Corporate Banking
Wells Fargo Bank
New York, USA


Elise Fairbairn
Managing Director
Transaction Banking Solutions Institutional Banking & Markets
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Sydney, Australia


Frank Hodge
UW Foster School of Business Seattle, USA


David S.C. Kwok
(GBP 1981)
Managing Director & Chief Executive
Shanghai Commercial Bank Limited
Hong Kong, SAR


Akhil Lamba
Managing Director and Global Head
Global Transaction Banking
TD Securities – TD Bank Group
Toronto, Canada


David K.P. Li
Chairman & Chief Executive
The Bank of East Asia Limited
Hong Kong, SAR


Joseph Jye-Cherng Lyu
Bank of Taiwan
Taiwan, ROC


Can Van Luc
Chief Economist and Senior EVP
Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
Ha Noi, Vietnam


Khan Prachuabmoh
(GBP 1980)
Bank of China (Thailand)
Bangkok, Thailand


Ashwini Tewari
Country Head (US Operations)
State Bank of India
New York, USA