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World Savings Day online kick-off event

"When you save a bit, big things follow."

19 October 2020 | 10:00 CET


10:00 Welcome Speech

Chris De Noose, Managing Director, WSBI-ESBG

10:05 World Savings Day celebration videos from around the world

10:10 Initiative: “Money Box” Kid

Shekinah Dare, Economist/Financial Educator, Centrale Bank van Curaçao en St. Maarten

10:15 Speech: Saving in an uncertain world

Iona Bain: Writer, speaker, author & broadcaster specialising in young people & finance, founder of Young Money Blog

10:25 Speech: When children learn to save, big things follow
Roeland Monasch
, CEO, Aflatoun International

10:35 Closing remarks

Chris De Noose, Managing Director, WSBI-ESBG



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Iona Bain

Iona Bain is the UK's go-to voice on young people and their personal finances. She founded the award-winning Young Money Blog in 2011, was named Freelancer of the Year in 2018 and was shortlisted for prestigious Georgina Henry prize at the UK Press Awards in 2020. She is a regular presence on British TV and radio. Recent appearances include the BBC's flagship political programme Question Time and she is the resident financial expert at Radio 1, the UK's biggest youth radio station, where she frequently broadcasts her financial advice to young people across the country. She has written for nearly all the UK's main newspapers and news/financial websites, most notably the Financial Times. She is also a regular speaker at flagship conferences in the UK and beyond. She wrote her first book, Spare Change, in 2016 and her second book, Own It!, will be published in March 2021. It focuses on how young people can 'own' their financial future through long-term saving and investing.


Roeland Monasch

Roeland Monasch is the CEO of Aflatoun. Aflatoun International is a Social Franchise delivering Social and Financial Education through a network of 300+ partner organizations. Its mission is to inspire children and young people to socially and economically empower themselves to become agents of change for a more equitable future. Aflatoun International’s programmes are implemented in 100+ countries, reaching more than 10 million children and young people in 2019. In addition to the content itself, Aflatoun International provides all the technical support necessary to develop, implement, evaluate and scale-up Social, Financial and Entrepreneurship Education.

Until June 2015 Roeland was the UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone. He was responsible for the UNICEF response during the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in the country. He also worked as UNICEF Representative in Georgia (2009-2012) focusing on the de-institutionalization of all children living in large orphanages established during the Soviet Union era. He served as UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe during the Humanitarian Crisis (2008–2009) [Cholera/Political violence/Hyperinflation]. He joined that Country Office in 2004 as Programme Coordinator.

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