Burkhard Balz

Member of the Committee for Economic & Monetary Affairs, European Parliament

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BIOGRAPHY

Burkhard Balz joined the German centre-right Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) in 1989. He was elected Member of the European Parliament in June 2009 and re-elected for a second term in May 2014, representing the CDU in the largest political group of the European Parliament, the European People's Party (EPP). In the present legislative term Burkhard Balz became Member of the EPP Group Bureau.

Since 2009 he has been a full Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. After serving as EPP Vice-Coordinator in the Committee for five years, he was appointed EPP Coordinator in July 2014. In this capacity he acts as the spokesperson for economic and financial services, economic governance and monetary policies as well as on the European framework for competition law and tax policies. In addition to his work on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Burkhard Balz has been a substitute Member of the Committee on Budgets since 2012. He is also a full Member in the newly established Committee on Inquiry on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion.

Burkhard Balz is very much engaged in the European Parliament's external relations with Asia. Since 2009 he has been a Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In November 2014, he accepted to chair the Hong Kong Friendship Group in the European Parliament.

His successful career in banking equipped Balz with an in-depth knowledge of the European and global financial markets. Before joining the European Parliament, Burkhard Balz completed a bank apprenticeship and managed the relations with institutional clients, most recently as Vice-President for the Commerzbank AG Hanover branch. Burkhard Balz successfully completed his studies in law at the University of Göttingen.

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Meet Our Speakers

This year the Santander International Banking Conference is bringing together representatives from the most relevant public and private institutions who will take part in different keynotes, conversations and panels throughout the day.

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Ana Botín
Executive Chairman, Banco Santander
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José Antonio
Álvarez
Chief Executive Officer, Banco Santander
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Markus Kerber
Director General and Member of the Presidential Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
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Andreas Dombret
Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
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Martin Hellwig
Director, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
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John Berrigan
Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
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Mauro Grande
Board Member and Director Strategy and Policy Coordination, Single Resolution Board
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Verena Ross
Executive Director, European Securities and Markets Authority
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Robert Frohwein
Chief Executive Officer, Kabbage
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Luis María Linde
Governor , Bank of Spain
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Frank D`Souza
Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, Cognizant; Member of the Board of Directors, General Electric; Member, Santander International Advisory Board
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Eileen Burbidge
FinTech Envoy, HM Treasury
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Liliana
Rojas-Suárez
Senior Fellow , Center for Global Development
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Christopher
Woolard
Director of Strategy and Competition, UK Financial Conduct Authority
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Robin Niblett
Director, Chatham House
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Burkhard Balz
Member of the Committee for Economic & Monetary Affairs, European Parliament
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Giuseppe Siani
Deputy Director General of Microprudential Supervision IV, ECB Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM)
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Shriti Vadera
Chairman, Banco Santander UK
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Jose María Roldán
Chairman, AEB
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Silvia Marques
Director of Regulation, Central Bank of Brazil
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Luis de Guindos
Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry and Competitiveness, Government of Spain