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Nout Wellink, former president of the Dutch Central Bank, has been invited to talk to Room for Discussion, the discussion platform for economics students at the UvA, on 4 December. The students will host Augusto López-Claros, director of Global Indicators and Analysis at the World Bank, the following day.

Ratan Tata at Room for Discussion

Wellink will share his experiences, and the consequences of his policy and outlook on the past and future of the Dutch banking system. In addition, the Room for Discussion interviewers will ask him about his role as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Bank of China. Is China running the risk of a financial crisis with its property bubble and extensive 'shadow banking' system?

López-Claros is scheduled to present the Doing Business Report (DBR) on 5 December. Economics students will then talk to him about the global trends highlighted in the report, the role of the World Bank today and the effects of the DBR on government policy.

About Room for Discussion 

Room for Discussion is a weekly interview programme organised for and by students of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam. Students interview academics, politicians, business and opinion leaders in a specially designed ‘living room’ in front of a large audience. The guests hosted by Room for Discussion in the recent past include Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the CEO of Tata Group Ratan Tata, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the President of the Dutch Central Bank Klaas Knot and the President of the European Central  Bank Mario Draghi.

Time and location

The debate with Wellink will be held on Wednesday, 4 December at noon and the interview with López-Claros on Thursday, 5 December at 12:30.

Location: Hall E, Faculty of Economics and Business, Roetersstraat 11, Amsterdam.