International Symposia

PIFS annual international symposia bring together approximately 100 senior policymakers, financial sector executives, and prominent academics to foster dialogue on policy issues impacting the global financial system. PIFS symposia are 2.5 day invitation-only events that are subject to Chatham House Rules. Each year, the location of a given symposium rotates between the US and that region.

After each symposia, Bill Grimes, Professor of International Relations at Boston University, drafts a report that focuses, without attribution to any specific attendees, on the common topics and issues that emerged from the symposia. The report is disseminated to all attendees and to policymakers across the globe.

Harvard Law School is the non-financial sponsor of PIFS international symposia. PIFS also partners with the International House of Japan for its US-Japan symposium and the China Development Research Foundation for its US-China Symposium. In 2019, PIFS will partner with the French Treasury Department for its EU-US symposium.

Japan

The Program on International Financial Systems entered its twentieth year of hosting Japan-U.S. Symposia in 2017. This annual event attracts senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and Japan for intensive, off-the-record dialogue on issues affecting international capital markets.

Europe

The Program on International Financial Systems entered its fifteenth year of hosting Europe-U.S. Symposia in 2017. This annual event attracts senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and Europe for intensive, off-the-record dialogue on issues affecting international capital markets.

China

The Program on International Financial Systems entered its fourteenth year of hosting China-U.S. Symposia in 2017. This annual event attracts senior financial leaders, high-ranking government officials, and distinguished academics from the United States and China for intensive, off-the-record dialogue on issues affecting international capital markets.

Contact

To request an invitation to the upcoming Symposium, please email Whitney Vasey.