Two days about the future of financial education

Two days about the future of financial education

Last week I had the pleasure to be the master of ceremonies at the Global Symposium of the OECD. In the presence of H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, debates at this high-level symposium in Amsterdam on 20-21 April 2016 focussed on financial education amongst kids, youth, adolescents and adults.

The theme was carefully chosen: “Financial Resilience, throughout life”. Professors, behavioral designers, trendwatchers, policy makers and experts delivered were able to shine their light on topics like:

  • How to design effective financial education interventions
  • Preparing for the unexpected – avoiding financial vulnerability
  • Retirement planning – the role of financial literacy
  • Decision making by adolescents – the growing up of a brain
  • Making financial education work for youth and in schools

Highlights of the program were an interactive panel session with 4 teenagers from the International School of Rotterdam and a “talk show” with Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the President of the Dutch Central Bank Klaas Knot.

High-level participants from around the world included officials and experts from the OECD/International Network on Financial Education (INFE), ministries of finance and education, central banks, regulatory and supervisory authorities, governmental officials, international organisations, the academic community, the private sector and NGOs.