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

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Christine BravoGBP 2016

Title

Senior Vice President – International Financial Institutions Group

Company

US Bank
Minneapolis, USA
 

Tod Burwell

Title

President and CEO

Company

BAFT- Bankers Association for Finance and Trade
Washington DC, USA
 

Leon Ferro

Title

Managing Director – Corporate & Institutional Banking

Company

Standard Chartered Bank
New York, USA
 

John Ladany

Title

Managing Director – Treasury and Trade Solutions

Company

Citibank
New York, USA
 

Ryan Masters

Title

Executive Director – Strategic Relationships

Company

SWIFT
New York, USA
 

Emma Sacre

Title

Executive Director – Banks and Government

Company

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Sydney, Australia
 

Ashish Sharma

Title

Chief Operating Officer – Global Payments

Company

Wells Fargo Corp & Invest. Banking
San Francisco, USA
 

Jeff Shell

Title

Managing Director and Head – Global Financial Institutions Group

Company

BMO Capital Markets
Toronto, Canada
 

Bryan StaggGBP 1994

Title

Global Head of Banks

Company

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
Victoria, Australia
 

Walter Yao

Title

Director, Risk, Policy, & Analysis Group – Financial Institution Supervision & Credit

Company

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, USA
 

Thomas DuCharme

Title

Executive Vice President – Head of Financial Institutions & Global Corporate Banking

Company

Wells Fargo Bank
New York, USA
 

Elise Fairbairn

Title

Managing Director – Transaction / Institutional Banking & Markets

Company

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Sydney, Australia
 

Frank Hodge

Title

Dean – Foster School of Business

Company

University of Washington
Seattle, USA
 

David KwokGBP 1981

Title

Managing Director & Chief Executive

Company

Shanghai Commercial Bank Limited
Hong Kong, SAR
 

Akhil Lamba

Title

Managing Director and Global Head – Global Transaction Banking

Company

TD Securities – TD Bank Group
Toronto, Canada
 

David Li

Title

Chairman & Chief Executive

Company

The Bank of East Asia Limited
Hong Kong, SAR
 

Joseph Lyu

Title

Chairman

Company

Bank of Taiwan
Taiwan, ROC
 

Can Van Luc

Title

Chief Economist and Senior EVP

Company

BIDV – Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
 

Khan PrachuaabmohGBP 1980

Title

Advisor

Company

Bank of China (Thailand)
Bangkok, Thailand
 

David Scola

Title

Chief Executive of Americas and U.K.

Company

SWIFT
New York, USA
 

Ashwini Tewari

Title

Country Head (US Operations)

Company

State Bank of India
New York, USA