Top management

Interim Chairperson

Jo Swyngedouw acts as interim Chairperson of the EBA since 1 January 2019. Jo is Head of Prudential Policy and Financial Stability Department at the National Bank of Belgium (NBB). The department develops prudential policy for banks and monitors financial stability. Before joining the NBB on 1 April 2011, Jo was deputy director of the prudential policy department of the former CBFA.

Jo has a long-standing experience in prudential supervision and is member of several international prudential committees and fora. Since the inception of the European Banking Authority (EBA), Jo is alternate or member (since 2013) of the Board of Supervisors. Since June 2017, he is member of the Management Board and since July 2018 he is alternate Chairman of the EBA. Jo is also alternate member of the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision and member of the Supervision and Implementation Group of the Basel Committee and among others, he was previously alternate member of the Supervisory Board of the ECB (2014-2017).

Jo studied law and economics (M.A.) at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium).

The Executive Director

Adam Farkas is the Executive Director of the European Banking Authority (EBA). He was appointed in March 2011 and is serving a term of five years. He is in charge of the management of the Authority and prepares the work of the Management Board. In this respect, he is responsible for implementing the EBA's annual work programme under the guidance of the Board of Supervisors and under the control of the Management Board.

Prior to this appointment, Adam Farkas served as Chairman of the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority. He started his career as an Assistant Professor at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences. He has also been a consultant to various financial institutions in Budapest and London, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He became Managing Director and Member of the Board at the National Bank of Hungary where he was responsible, among other things, for reserve management, open market operations, treasury, and government banking services. He also worked in the private sector as co-CEO of CIB Bank Ltd. a subsidiary of the Intesa Group and later as CEO of Allianz Bank Ltd. (Allianz Group) where he was responsible for the establishment of a new commercial bank with universal banking licence for the market leading insurance company in Hungary.

He holds a doctorate in Finance from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a M.Sc. from the Sunderland University (UK).