Delegates gather for World Conference
15 Jul 16
Delegates from across the globe are gathering in Belfast for the 2016 World Credit Union Conference.
The annual gathering is organised by the World Council of Credit Unions, and around 1,700 delegates are travelling to Northern Ireland for the premier global credit union event, which runs from 17 to 20 July.
The conference was last held in the United Kingdom when Glasgow was the host city in 2011, and this year sees the largest ever contingent of British credit union delegates at a World Credit Union Conference, including 15 young credit union leaders from the CU Futures programme.
Delegates are arriving over the weekend, and the conference officially begins with Sunday evening’s Opening Ceremony, at which one of the CU Futures, Debbie Smith-Hands from Pennine Community Credit Union, will have the honour of carrying the Union Flag.
Delegates will hear from keynote speakers including Ian Goldin – former Vice President of the World Bank and now Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford; and Theresa Payton – former White House Chief Information Officer who now runs a security, risk and fraud consulting company that works to help organisations understand and improve their IT systems.
There are also a range of breakout sessions covering a host of topics on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as specialist sessions run by the Global Women’s Leadership Network and the World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) programme.
ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: "The World Conference is a special opportunity to hear some of the global leaders in their fields address a credit union audience.
“I’m delighted that so many British credit unions have made the most of the event being closer to home this year to take advantage of the unique opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing with our international colleagues which the World Conference provides.”
ABCUL is part of a truly global credit union movement. Across the world, 217 million people are members of 57,000 credit unions in 105 different countries.