Mr. Mijs is an advocate for financial education. He will be sharing with us the background and current developments in the European Union concerning financial education and initiatives to provide consumers with a better understanding of financial services. The event will also shortly discuss the US perspective on the topic.
Wim Mijs studied law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, specializing in European and International law. After his studies, he worked at the International Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
In 1993 he joined ABN AMRO in Amsterdam. In 2002, he became the Head of Government Affairs for ABN AMRO. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the BBVA Center for Financial Education and Capability, the Industry Chair of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum. Between 2007 and 2014 he served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB. During this tenure he transformed the NVB into a modern industry association, positioning it as the key representative of the banking sector in the wake of the financial crisis. Between 2011 and 2018, he held various institutional roles within the international and European financial/banking community: chairman of the International Banking Federation; Chairman of the Executive Committee of the EBF; and Chairman of the Board of Euribor, now known as the European Money Market Institute. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Banking Federation in 2014.