Certificate in Transaction Risk for Trade (CTRT)

About the Certification

BAFT’s Certificate in Transaction Risk for Trade (CTRT) is targeted towards sales and other trade professionals to help in identifying prospect companies and determine which trade products are appropriate for each of them. This certification is also highly relevant for other professionals involved in assessing and managing various risks associated with trade transactions. 

This risk certificate is also helpful for trade professionals and bankers with under three years of experience who have not yet received training in trade and trade products specifically related to risk management.

Topics Covered: Customer onboarding, documentation, and types of risk including trade finance, compliance, operational, credit, reputational, jurisdictional, product, and legal.

Who Should Attend: Sales Managers, Product Managers, Relationship Managers, Credit Officers, Compliance Officers, Risk Officers; including Associates, Analysts, Interns, and new hires involved in financing trade.

What You Will Learn: Participants will gain a high-level understanding of the key transaction risks associated with trade products including credit, operational, reputational, compliance, and jurisdictional risks. Participants will also learn about common industry terminology as well as apply their learning to an end-to-end trade transaction case study between the United States and Vietnam from the point of view of the importer, exporter and bank counterparties. Finally, students will understand how to mitigate such risks with common product sets available to the bank.

Earn Continuing Professional Development Credits (CPDs)

CTRT has been approved for 3.5 CPDs from the American Bankers Association and 7 CPDs from the ICC Academy and the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Why This Certification:

  • Only course dedicated to all areas of risks associated with trade transactions including 5 C’s of credit
  • Increase the speed of on-boarding and training in a fast paced banking environment
  • CTRT has global application and is benchmark training for the entire trade industry

Certificate Structure


Comprising 5 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 all types of transaction risks related to trade and how a banker would choose products to mitigate them.

Course Overview


CTRT Certificate

CTRT Instructors

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.

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.

CTRT Advisors

Andy J. Arduini
Senior Vice President & Group Head, Structured Lending, Supply Chain Finance & Global Advisory
Huntington National Bank

Mr. Arduini joined Huntington Bank, headquartered in Columbus, OH, in 2009. He has responsibility for Huntington’s Structured Lending, Supply Chain Finance & Global Advisory Practices. He also oversees the bank’s country risk management program. Mr. Arduini has corporate lending and cross-border business experience dating back to 2001, primarily at GE Capital and ABN AMRO prior to Huntington. He earned a MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University and a post-graduate certificate in Executive Leadership from the Wharton School of Business. He is a CTP holder and maintains certifications in supply chain finance (CSCF) and payments (CertPAY) from the London Institute of Banking and Finance.

Lisa Chin
Director, Global Financial Crimes Division (GFCD)
MUFG Union Bank

Lisa Chin has been the Global AML Head of Trade Finance for MUFG Bank since 2019. Previously, she spent 25 years with JPMorgan Chase, first in the Trade Finance department, then in the AML department supporting Trade Finance. In 2015, she moved to HSBC Bank as the U.S. Head of AML Compliance for Trade Finance. In 2017, she became the Chief Examiner for The London Institute of Banking and Finance’s new certification, Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC). Lisa currently holds her CDCS and CAMs certifications.

Kaushik Chakravorty
Director, Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Kaushik Chakravorty is a Director in the Financial Institution Sales group in Global Transaction Services at Bank of America. Based in Toronto, Kaushik is responsible for client coverage of the Canadian and part of the US market. He joined the bank in 2013 and has over 20 years of transaction banking experience across Asia and North America. He has specialized in structuring balance sheet friendly working capital, cash management, and trade and supply chain solutions for corporates as well as correspondent banking services for financial institutions. Previously, Kaushik worked at ANZ Banking Group, BNP Paribas and American Express Bank where he held various roles in transaction services spanning product development and sales. He has led and participated in multiple panel discussions on trade finance.

Thomas F. Matthias
Vice President, Global Trade
Regions Bank

Thomas F. Matthias is a Global Trade Sales Officer for trade finance and trade banking services in Regions’ Global Trade Finance Department. In this capacity, he is responsible for delivering customized trade finance solutions for Regions’ clients engaged in international business. Mr. Matthias joined Regions Bank in 2016 as Vice President with trade finance and trade banking business development responsibilities for the Georgia East Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia markets. Thomas F. Matthias has been involved in International Markets for the past 25 years. Prior to joining Regions Bank, Mr. Matthias was First Vice President at SunTrust Bank in the same role and was the Lead Credit Officer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States responsible for Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Small & Medium Enterprises. Mr. Matthias holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Pinho
Senior Vice President & Assistant Group Manager, Trade Finance
PNC Bank

Daniel Pinho is a Senior Vice President & Assistant Group Manager in the Trade Finance group for PNC Bank, NA. He is responsible for marketing, selling, originating, and servicing a specialty loan portfolio to support trade finance. He also directly provides support for significant customer account relationships. Mr. Pinho is a member of the North America Council and co-chairs the Structure Trade Finance committee at BAFT.

Stacey A. Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products

For the last seven years, as Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT, Ms. Facter is responsible for managing all the Association’s activities related to trade products and serves as the primary subject matter expert for trade issues, overseeing and managing BAFT’s trade councils, committees and working groups and helping develop guidance tools for the trade industry. Ms. Facter serves as a public spokesperson for the organization to stakeholders, regulators and policy makers on industry matters affecting the international trade finance community and is BAFT’s primary technical resource for trade related education and training. Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management. She was credit trained at Irving Trust Company and holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business.


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

Access: This includes access to all 5 on-demand e-courses and a Certificate in Transaction Risk for Trade 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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