Non-executive director and ecoDa Board Member



Paola Schwizer is Full Professor of Financial Markets and Institution at the University of Parma, Italy, where she teaches Risk Management and Financial Markets and Institutions. She is Deputy Chair of the Board of the Graduate program in Finance and Risk Management. She is Affiliate Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Banking and Insurance Department. She is member of the Faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Economics and Management of Innovation and Sustainability, Universities of Parma and Ferrara. She is associate of ECGI, European Corporate Governance Network.

She is President of Nedcommunity, the Italian Association of non-executive and independent directors and member of the board of directors of ecoDa, The European Confederation of Directors’ Associations in Brussels. She is a member of the board of directors of Credito Emiliano and Servizi Italia and of the board of statutory auditors of several companies.

Her academic research interests include: corporate governance, risk governance, regulation, internal control systems, bank strategy and organization. She is author and co-author of many books and articles, among others: “Risk Culture in Banking”, Palgrave 2017; “Don’t Stand So Close to Me: The role of supervisory style in banking stability”, Journal of Banking and Finance, 2015 and “The determinants of reputational risk in the banking sector”, Journal of Banking & Finance, 2013.


 10:00 - 10:50 (05/10/2018)

 ROOM N105

(ROOM N105) C.S 5.4. Integrated thinking for Integrated Governance

In recent times, institutional investors, policy makers and other market players have increasingly expressed their expectations towards companies they invest in to publicly articulate the strategic framework for long-term value creation and explicitly affirm that it has been reviewed by the board of directors.

Board of directors are also requested to describe the process implemented in order to verify the strategy of the company and help investors and other stakeholder understand their ability to address big changes in environment, customer behaviours, technology and others. But are boards ready to lead the change in integrating long term goals into strategic planning and decision-making processes? And how can internal auditors and risk managers cooperate and support integrated governance processes? The presentation will focus on best practices in corporate governance and board work aimed at enhancing the strategic function of the board of directors, the effectiveness of oversight on non-financial reporting, long term value creation of business models and related risk assessment and risk management issues. Data on the awareness and engagement of directors, and mainly non-executive directors, on ESG topics and related risks, KPIs and controls, will be presented, in order to help identify areas for an increased cooperation between board and internal auditors.







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