Keynote Speakers


Gerrit Zalm

Chairman of the Board – ABN AMRO Bank, will open the conference.

Gerrit Zalm was appointed to the ABN AMRO Bank Managing Board on 23 December 2008 in the role of Vice-Chairman. In 2009, he became Chairman of the ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland Transition Team that was responsible for the integration of ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland up to 1 april 2010. On 28 February 2009, he was appointed Chairman of the Managing Board. He was appointed to the Managing Board of ABN AMRO Group N.V. and Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. (as per 1 July 2010, merged with ABN AMRO Bank N.V.) in the same position on 1 April 2010.

Before joining the bank, Gerrit Zalm was Minister of Finance in the two ‘purple’ cabinets in the Netherlands (socialist, democrat and right-wing; from 1994-2002), chairman of the VVD Liberal Party in the Lower House (2002) and Minister of Finance (2003-2007). Prior to this, he was head of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and held various positions at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.



Caroline Princen

Board Member – ABN AMRO Bank

Caroline Princen was appointed to the Managing Board of ABN AMRO Group N.V., on 1 April 2010 and is responsible for ICC: Change and Integration, Communication, Compliance, HR, Legal, and Sustainability. Caroline Princen started her career in 1992 as an advisor with YDL Management Consultants. She made Partner in 1996 and as of 2001 she was appointed Managing Partner at YDL. She acted as management consultant in the field of turnaround and change management for various national and international companies such as ABN AMRO, KLM, Douwe Egberts, KPN and Swiss Cargo. In 2005, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nedstaal B.V. Caroline Princen was elected Topvrouw van het jaar 2008 (which roughly translates as “Top Woman of the Year 2008”).

In 2009, she joined the ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland Transition Team that was responsible for the integration of ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland up to 1 April 2010 with a focus on Communication, Compliance, HR, Legal, and Sustainability.



Michael Cashman

European Parliament Member

Previously an actor and playwright, Michael founded and chaired the Stonewall Lesbian and Gay Rights Group in the United Kingdom. An active member of the Labour Party since 1975, he helped establish a key campaigning unit and took a high profile across most elections. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2013.

Michael is currently Member of the European Parliamentfor the UK’s West Midlands region. He was first elected in 1999, and currently fulfills his third mandate. He is the European Parliamentary Labour Party Spokesperson on Development, a full member of the Committee on Petitions, a substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, as well as the European Parliament’s standing rapporteur on transparency and access to documents.

He is also the Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with South Africa, and a substitute member of the Africa Caribbean Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA)


Natacha Kennedy

Natacha Kennedy

University Lecturer

Natacha has identified as a transgender girl since she was very young. After obtaining a degree in languages she worked as a primary school teacher. After obtaining distinction for her MA in 2007 she became a university lecturer at Goldsmiths College, London University. Her current research interests include transgender children and cultural cisgenderism. She is currently undertaking research for her PhD, which is focusing on trans children and young people. Natacha has also written about trans issues for the Guardian newspaper and campaigns for trans human rights in the UK, Europe around the world, currently being part of a group that organizes the London International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Natacha is also co-chair of Camden LGBT Forum, the group which organises the largest programme of events in Europe for LGBT History Month, works with Trans Media Watch and has just started the UK Transgender Teachers Association to support trans educators. She also works with a group called In Front of You to support parents of trans children.