Since 2006, Wells Fargo has sponsored the Global Payments Advisory Group (GPAG), a forum for premier international financial institutions to meet and talk about issues affecting their industry. More than 475 participants from more than 200 international banks in more than 85 countries now participate in GPAG. 

GPAG is a forum for international business leaders with expertise related to financial institution and payment industry direction, with the objective to conduct dialogue and share strategic input between group members.

GPAG meets periodically via teleconference and once a year in person during the GPAG Annual Conference in San Francisco, California. Wells Fargo also hosts annual regional events in APAC, EMEA, and the Americas. The GPAG Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity for group members to connect with one another and participate in high level discussions on the topics and issues facing the payments and global banking industry. Our 2019 Annual Conference, which was our 10th annual, saw more than 59 group members participate.

Only 10 financial institutions participated in the inaugural GPAG event. Since its founding, GPAG has continued to grow each year in terms of providing a forum for engagement and industry leadership discussions. GPAG members are comprised of senior level executives and management whose knowledge and experience contribute to the overall dialogue in highly meaningful ways.

June 8-11, 2020


Held in San Francisco each year, our annual meeting features thought leaders on trends and issues affecting the financial institutions industry. Attendees gain insights on current and emerging industry topics including cyber security and fraud, regulation, compliance, innovation and Fintech strategies, cross border payment opportunities and challenges, as well as market and economic updates.

We encourage and seek representation from all major markets and encourage senior leadership participation whose knowledge and experience contribute to the overall dialogue in a highly meaningful way.

Sample agenda topics

  • Cross-border payment trends and whether there is a role for correspondent banking
  • Economic, credit, emerging market, and geo-political updates
  • Cybersecurity and financial crimes risks: Top cyber threats for 2019, new breach frontiers - biometrics and gaming, and susceptible breach targets such as the cloud and wireless networks

Networking activities

  • Information sharing sessions by participants 
  • Offsite brainstorming sessions

2019 – Singapore

2019 – San Francisco

Fintech discussion with Al Ko, CEO of Early Warning Services, LLC

George Doolittle, Wells Fargo – Head of Global Payment Services, moderates panel discussion on the future of correspondent banking

George Doolittle, Wells Fargo - Head of Global Payment Services, opens the conference and welcomes the attendees

Thierry Chilosi, Marketing Director, Head of SWIFT gpi Customer Success Team, provides update on SWIFT initiatives

Emma Sacre, Commonwealth Bank of Australia Executive Director, Banks & Government, provides insight on recent industry changes in Australia

Kenneth Wong, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Head of GTB Product Strategy and Innovation, compares Zelle to Canada’s payment network

Lou Anne Alexander, Early Warning Services, LLC - Group President of Payment Solutions, reviews Zelle payment network

Commentary from Maram Al-Jazireh, Arab Bank PLC – Head of Financial Institutions

Ashish Sharma, Wells Fargo – COO of Global Payment Services, closes the conference with concluding remarks

Team building activity at Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa, CA

2018 – San Francisco

Clients enjoy lunch break at Napa, CA

Visit to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Clients participate in focused group discussion

2018 GPAG Annual Conference participants

Client listens to panel discussion

2017 – San Francisco

Client listens to panel discussion

Clients participate in team building activity

Evening reception

Visit to iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Client networking at Napa, CA

2016 – San Francisco

Clients collaborate on business case study

Clients listens to presentation

Clients engaged in team building activity

Evening reception at Wells Fargo Museum

2016 GPAG Annual Conference Participants