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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.
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Mr. Ashish Sharma
Board President
Senior Vice President
Head of Strategic Payment Solutions
Wells Fargo Financial Institutions Group
San Francisco, CA U.S.A.


Mr. Tod Burwell
President & CEO
Washington, DC U.S.A.


Mr. Quynh (John) Ngoc Do
(PRBP 2012)
EVP, Head of Treasury
Bank for Investment and Development
of Vietnam – BIDV

Hanoi, Vietnam


Mr. Leon Ferro
MD, Head of Banks, North America
Standard Chartered Bank
New York, NY, U.S.A.

Mr. Yung-Chang (Jim) Ho
Head of Greater China Business
Development & Advisory
Cross-Border Strategy & Governance
Wells Fargo International Group
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.


Mr. John Ladany
Managing Director
Correspondent Banking Group
Treasury and Trade Solutions
New York, NY U.S.A.


Mr. Sanjay H. Mody
SVP-Head of Global Operations
Corporate Management
East West Bank
Pasadena, CA U.S.A.


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

Mr. David Scola
Managing Director
Head of Financial Institutions
Corporate Banking
London, England


Mr. Jeff Shell
Managing Director & Head
Global Trade & Banking
BMO Capital Markets
Toronto, Ontario Canada


Mr. Bryan Stagg (PRBP 1994)
Executive Director and Head of Banks
Victoria, Australia


Mr. Walter Y. Yao, CFA, CPA
Director, Risk, Policy and Analysis Group
Financial Institution Supervision & Credit
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA U.S.A.

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


Dr. James Jiambalvo
UW Foster School of Business
Seattle, WA U.S.A.


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

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


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


Mr. Joseph Jye-Cherng Lyu
Bank of Taiwan
Taiwan, ROC

Mr. Khan Prachuabmoh (PRBP 1980)
Bank of China (Thailand)
Bangkok, Thailand


Ms. Roosniati Salihin (PREBS 1982)
Deputy President
Panin Bank
Jakarta, Indonesia


Mr. Ashwini Tewari
Country Head (US Operations)
State Bank of India
New York, NY U.S.A