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BAFT Congratulates 2018 Graduates of Future Leaders Program

by BAFT Admin | May 08, 2018
WASHINGTON – BAFT, an international financial services association, today announced the graduates of its Future Leaders program class of 2018.


BAFT Congratulates 2018 Graduates of Future Leaders Program


WASHINGTON – BAFT, an international financial services association, today announced the graduates of its Future Leaders program class of 2018. The program – now completing its third year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the transaction banking industry.  The graduates were recognized during the annual BAFT North America Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Nominated by their respective institutions, the class of 2018 included 31 individuals from 16 countries and a variety of disciplines within transaction banking. This year’s group was split into four project teams to address current industry issues such as correspondent banking relationships, cybersecurity threats and defense, artificial intelligence, and transaction banking recruitment.

“The Future Leaders class of 2018 continued the impressive tradition of past graduates,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO of BAFT. “We’re proud that this program has provided a learning and development experience for the next generation of transaction banking leaders, an opportunity for them to build their network, and offer fresh ideas to solve current industry challenges.”

The class of 2018 began the program at the BAFT Global Annual Meeting in London and were supported by several class of 2017 program alumni and BAFT board members who served as mentors and project sponsors.

BAFT congratulates the following graduates from the Class of 2018:

  • Adam Hanke – Natwest/RBS
  • Adriaan Bellaart – ING Bank NV
  • Allison Vara – JPMorgan
  • Andrew Smart – Scotiabank
  • Aoun Al Aoun – Arab Bank Plc
  • Agharza Bakhshiyev – Kapital Bank
  • Beatrice E. Lee – HSBC Bank
  • Bret Berta – Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS)
  • Charlotte Kissmeyer – Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)
  • Cristina Thome Certucha – Société Generale
  • Dario J. Sanchez – Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Elie Medlege – Banque Libano-Française
  • Hiren Shah – Pelican
  • Janice Durisin – Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP
  • Janna Webskowski – US Bank NA
  • Joëlle Schmidt – Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)
  • Karen Sabioni Oliveira – BNP Paribas SA
  • Karen Veslemøy Hveem – Danske Bank
  • Kerim Yebari – Deutsche Bank AG
  • Kit Lin – Barclays
  • Kristin Francis – PNC Bank
  • Marcus Jacobsson – Swedbank AB
  • Melissa Gomes Ribeiro – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mónica Couret – BBVA
  • Nimesh Avantha – Standard Chartered Bank
  • Ozgur Akdeniz – Australia and New Zealand Banking Group
  • Pani Oritis – Santander UK
  • Poppy Biswal – KeyBank National Association
  • Renny Narvaez – BNY Mellon
  • Steve Darnell – BMO Capital Markets
  • William M. Santoro – IBM

Learn more about BAFTs Future Leader Program here


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BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, helps bridge solutions across financial institutions, service providers and the regulatory community that promote sound financial practices enabling innovation, efficiency, and commercial growth. BAFT engages on a wide range of topics affecting transaction banking, including trade finance, payments, and compliance. The association website is