Certificate in Introductory Transaction Banking (CITB)

About the Certification

BAFT’s Certificate in Introductory Transaction Banking (CITB) is targeted at individuals who are new to transaction banking products and services. This certificate is tailored to those that are either joining a bank directly from college, from a separate line of business and/or industry, as well as those junior level employees looking to have a broader knowledge of their role in transaction banking. 

The target candidate has under three years of transaction banking experience, or has only had exposure to parts of transaction banking.

Topics Covered: Cash management, trade finance, compliance, cross-border payments, correspondent banking, and innovation.

Who Should Attend: Relationship Managers, Product Managers, Credit Officers, and Associates, Analysts, Interns, and new hires involved in cash management, trade finance, regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, financial crime compliance, and international banking.

What You Will Learn: Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the key transaction banking services including cash management, trade finance, compliance, correspondent banking and cross-border payments; in addition to common industry terminology, and the role these products play in the banking industry. Finally, students will understand the rich history of transaction banking, where it stands in its evolution today, and look into the innovative efforts being made by the industry.

Earn Continuing Professional Development Credits (CPDs)

CITB has been approved for 7 CPDs from the American Bankers Association and the ICC Academy and 3 CPDs the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Certificate Structure


Comprising 7 courses, the industry-validated certificate was developed by a group of leading transaction banking experts from BAFT’s global community. Each course has been tailor-made to develop the skills needed to walk away with an understanding of the core components of transaction banking prior to diving more deeply into bank specific processes and procedures.

Course Overview


CITB Certificate

CITB Instructors

Craig Weeks

Mr. Weeks is an independent banking consultant, lending his expertise to organizations in regards to trade finance, supply chain, and transaction banking operations. Craig has over 20 years of experience, with a significant portion spent with JPMorgan, where he served as Managing Director and Head of Global Trade Sales. In addition, Craig serves as an advisor to the Global Trade Professionals Alliance, as well as an Executive Practicum Adviser within the North Carolina State University Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (and a member of the SCRC Advisory Board). In March 2019, Craig was appointed to the Trade Finance Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Alexander Malaket

Mr. Malaket is a consultant in international trade, trade financing and trade-related international development. President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., based in Canada. Alexander is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains” (UK, 2014), Deputy Head of the Executive Committee, ICC Banking Commission (Paris), and a member of various international boards and industry associations.

CITB Advisors

George Andrianos
Managing Director & Head of Product, Strategy and Innovation
Trade & Treasury Solutions
BNP Paribas

George Andrianos manages Product, Strategy & Innovation across the Americas for Trade & Treasury Solutions at BNP Paribas. In addition to Product Management, this also includes Channels, Distribution, Implementation, and Collateral Audit. He has 30+ years of experience in transaction banking with an extensive track record developing products, originating transactions, and managing productive teams

Inna Gogoua
Vice President & Director, Financial Institutions Group
PNC Bank

Inna Gogoua is a Vice President & Director in the International Financial Institutions group in Capital Markets for PNC Bank, NA. She is responsible for relationship, credit and compliance management and coordinating all aspects of PNC’s relationships with international banks. She is a board member and former chair of the board of Cleveland Foreign Credit group, an association for corporate companies, financial institutions and intermediaries engaged in facilitation of international business. Ms. Gogoua is a member of BAFT’s Future Leaders Council.

Charles Kohler
Executive Vice President, Global Payment Services
Wells Fargo

Charles Kohler is an Executive Vice President with the Global Payment Services group, part of Wells Fargo’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Based in New York. Charles is currently responsible for global client management and consulting. Before joining Wells Fargo, he worked at Deutsche Bank as the Managing Director of sales and relationship management for Financial Institutions in the Americas. Mr. Kohler also sits on BAFT’s North America Council and has more than 30 years of transaction banking experience.

John Ladany
Managing Director, Treasury and Trade Solutions
Correspondent Banking Group

John Ladany joined Citibank in September 2003. He is a Managing Director in the Correspondent Banking Group, Treasury and Trade Solutions in New York. John focuses on all aspects of Trade for the CBG globally. This includes export letters of credit, standby L/Cs/performance guarantees/bid bonds, reimbursements, various forms of outsourcing, and the types of trade financing favored by banks. Mr. Ladany was employed by The Bank of New York from 1993 to 2003 as a trade product specialist and salesperson. Prior to that he worked for Bankers Trust Company for nine years in cash management operations, trade product management, and trade sales. John is also active in BAFT, serving as co-chairman of its Trade Finance Committee.

Barry Tooker
Chief Product Officer & Global Head of Product Management

Barry Tooker currently serves as the Chief Product Officer and Global Head of Global Product Management for iSoftware4Banks, Inc. He is a recognized expert in wholesale banking and has been involved in operations and systems transformation and modernization related projects for global banks and software firms as both a line manager and consultant for more than 45 years. Throughout his career, he has managed day to day operations for major money center and super regional banks. He has planned, organized, directed and managed major banking initiatives—including leading payment systems transformation efforts and other critical software installation projects—for financial services organizations around the world. Barry also serves on BAFT’s Payments Committee.


To complete registration and payment you will be taken to the BAFT Learning Management System.

Access: This includes access to all 7 on-demand e-courses and a Certificate in Introductory Transaction Banking upon completion.

Payment: Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover. For alternative forms of payment please contact [email protected].

Group Rates: For group pricing please email [email protected].


Non-members who select BAFT Member pricing are responsible for the remaining balance. Verify your organization is a member of BAFT by viewing the BAFT Member List prior to registering.

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BAFT Member Price: $799 USD
Non-Member Price: $999 USD
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