European Retirement Week: Wake up to the pension challenge

Start the day with a stimulating short exchange between BETTER FINANCE’s Aleksandra Mączyńska, the European Banking Federation’s Wim Mijs and Insurance Europe’s Michaela Koller on the importance of financial literacy in boosting pension resilience. Special guest: Anne Nolan, associate research professor at Ireland's Economic and Social Research Institute.

The event takes place at 9:00 CET on 2 December.


Anne Nolan is an associate research professor in the social research division, and joint research area coordinator for health and quality of life research at Ireland’s Economic & Social Research Institute. She is also a research affiliate at the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College Dublin and is on the study team management group of the Growing up in Ireland study. Her main research interest is health economics, with a particular focus on healthcare financing and access, socio-economic inequalities in health and Irish health policy.

Michaela Koller has been director general of Insurance Europe since 2007. She is currently secretary general of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) and chairs EIOPA’s insurance and reinsurance stakeholder group. She was previously a member of the management committee of the European Savings Banks Group and the World Savings Banks Institute.

Aleksandra Mączyńska is the executive director responsible for research and advocacy work of BETTER FINANCE — the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users. She sits on the EC’s Financial Services User Group advising in the preparation of legislation and policy initiatives that affect financial services users. She is also part of the EC Consumer Policy Advisory Group and vice-chair of EIOPA’s Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group. Previously, she worked for the Polish consumer and competition watchdog.

Wim Mijs was appointed CEO of the European Banking Federation in 2014. He was previously CEO of the Dutch banking association, NVB, for seven years. He began his career at the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague, before joining ABN AMRO, rising to become head of government affairs.