WCUC Keynote Speakers Announced

Four industry experts to headline annual credit union event

March 12, 2019

MADISON, Wis.—World Council of Credit Unions has secured four world-renowned speakers for the 2019 World Credit Union Conference — the premier global event for credit unions — 28–31 July, in The Bahamas. More than 1,800 credit union executives from 60 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will focus on leadership, cybersecurity, digital technologies and the economy. 

Connie Dieken

The keynote speakers include:

Connie Dieken, Speakers Hall of Fame inductee, Connie Dieken, is the founder of  Influence360˚ and The Dieken Group, a strategic advisory firm to C-suite executives on five continents. She helps senior leaders at the world’s biggest brands influence positive change during their organizations’ defining moments. Connie has been named one of the Top 10 Female Business Owners by the National Association of Female Business Owners. Connie built her unique skill set during her 20 years as a television journalist for NBC and ABC stations in the United States of America. Her reporting has been honored with five Emmy Awards® and two Telly Awards®.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger

Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a leading authority on technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. He’s the founder of Trend Mastery and the host of the Strategic Business Insights video. Patrick has headlined for dozens of Fortune 500 companies with his specialty in big data, artificial intelligence, Fintech, blockchain, and digital marketing. He is a respected author of several books and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN Money, Fortune and numerous other publications. Patrick was born in Vancouver, Canada, and received his Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Finance) from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Pippa Malmgren

Pippa Malmgren, Doctor Pippa Malmgren served as a presidential advisor to George W. Bush in the White House and on The National Economic Council where she handled all financial market issues. Dr. Malmgren also co-founded H Robotics, which manufactures modular, commercial-use drones for a wide range of industries including mining, oil and gas, insurance, construction and public safety. She was named one of the 50 Top Inspiring Women in the United Kingdom and one of the Top 100 in Tech by @WATC_WeAreTech. She is a Non-Executive Board Member of the Department of International Trade in the United Kingdom. Harper’s Bazaar has featured her in their Women at Work series. Pippa is a regular guest anchor on CNBC and a regular commentator on the BBC.

Mikko Hypponen

Mikko Hypponen,  Mikko Hypponen is a worldwide authority on computer security and the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure. He has been featured in the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American, and has lectured at the universities of Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge. He sits on the advisory boards of EUROPOL and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Hypponen has delivered hundreds of talks in over 40 countries over the last 20 years, including keynotes at the world’s foremost security conferences such as Black Hat, DEF CON, DLD, and RSA. His TED Talk from 2011 is the most watched online security talk on the internet, having been watched 1.5 million times and translated to over 40 languages.

A full conference agenda can be found at Early-bird registration rates are available until 10 May 2019. Secure your spot at the can't miss credit union event of 2019 here

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 89,026 credit unions in 117 countries serve 260 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Contact: Kadie Hochmuth
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