VIDEO Best Bank Awards

Global Finance Best Bank Awards 2013

The full ceremony, held this year in Washington, DC during the week of the IMF/World Bank annual meeting.

Dr. Lutz-Christian Funke, KfW

The Director at KfW — named the safest bank for 2013 by Global Finance — says the jitters about Europe’s southern economies have finally started to settle down.

Marco Roddenhof, Rabobank

The Global Head (Capital Markets) at Rabobank — named the safest commercial bank by Global Finance — says the restructuring of Europe’s banking sector still has a ways to go.

Albert Essien, Ecobank

Ecobank’s Deputy Group CEO, Corporate & Investment Bank, on Africa’s vast potential — and why it’s crucial the potential is realized ‘very quickly.’

Diana Layfield, Standard Chartered Bank

The CEO (Africa Region) for Standard Chartered Bank on the sudden interest in Africa’s burgeoning consumer class.

Theodore Roosevelt IV, Barclays

Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director (Investment Banking) at Barclays Capital, on the mood at this year’s IMF/World Bank meeting.

Ilan Goldfajn, Itaú

The bank’s chief economist believes Brazil is more vulnerable to QE III’s eventual end than other countries in Latin America.

Adnan Ahmed Yousif, Al Baraka

The President and Chief Executive of Al Baraka Banking Group says Islamic banks haven’t been hurt by the global financial crisis because they don’t buy debt or use derivatives.

Carlos Briceño Ríos, Banco Lafise Bancentro

The General Manager at Banco Lafise Bancentro discusses Lafise’s winning the award as Best Bank in Nicaragua for a second straight year. He also explains why tapering by the US Federal Reserve won’t have a big impact on the country’s economy.

Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

The head of the central bank of the Philippines says the country has been able to keep its economy rolling along — despite the specter of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve Board. And in a contrarian take, he also says he’s bullish on prospects for emerging markets.