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2021 BAFT Virtual Global Annual Meeting (100th Anniversary)

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The Conference Continues Until July 31!

Although the livestream sessions of the Conference has ended, the platform remains open until July 31, 2021 for all attendees to access. We invite you to sign back in at globalannualmeeting.baft.org and watch sessions you missed or re-watch sessions again. You can also still access the attendee list and continue to connect with your peers, clients and other attendees via video and chat messaging within the platform.

Watch Session Recording NOW until July 31

Where Transaction Banking Meets

And indeed they did! With record breaking numbers, we brought attendees and A-list speakers from all regions, areas of specialization and seniority levels together in one global event.


The 100 year history of BAFT as narrated by Steve Bash, former BAFT Chairman of the Board.

Program

June 7, 2021
June 8, 2021
June 9, 2021
June 10, 2021
On Demand
June 7, 2021

08:00 EST / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CET / 16:00 GST

Global Finance Awards Networking Lounge

Conference attendees and guests to the Global Finance awards are invited to join a networking event prior to the awards ceremony. You will be able to move from one table to another, and meet other conference attendees and guests.

08:30 EST / 13:30 BST / 14:30 CET / 16:30 GST

Global Finance Awards

Global Finance will present the 2021 Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance awards during BAFT’s 2021 Virtual Global Annual Meeting. Please join us for this live ceremony. For the first time, Global Finance will also present the Innovators in Trade Finance as part of this annual event.​

Global Finance’s awards and recognition programs are backed by its legacy of editorial accuracy and integrity. Corporate and financial readers rely on them as the trusted standard of excellence for the financial industry.

Room will be open starting at 08:00 EST for open networking. Awards program begins at 08:30AM EST.

Sponsored by Global Finance

09:30 EST / 14:30 BST / 15:30 CET / 17:30 GST

Welcome

 Emcees

   Michael Hogan and James Peterson

09:35 EST / 14:35 BST / 15:35 CET / 17:35 GST

Spotlight Session: China, Globalization and World Order

Host

Mark Borton

Head, Transactional and Trade Asia
National Australia Bank

Speaker

Honorable Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister, Australia
President & CEO, Asia Society

10:00 EST / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CET / 18:00 GST

100th Anniversary Virtual Photo Booth

Kick off the Conference with a commemorative anniverary virtual photo with your colleagues. Invite one or invite them all to join the fun – be wacky, celebratory or simply say “happy 100 BAFT!”
Photo booth hours: 10:00 – 14:30 EST

10:00 EST / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CET / 18:00 GST

Cross Border Faster Payments Systems

Many facets of daily life have accelerated toward digital, largely driven by consumer, business needs and technological innovation. And the adoption of real-time payments is happening worldwide. It is expected that the development from the domestic real time payments will expand to regional and further to global level.
In this project, we dive into the current state and demands for faster payments, explore how a realistic cross border faster payment scheme would look like. To get closer to realize cross border faster payments, we identify today’s industry challenges and review how existing solutions, which have aided in bringing forward the cross border payments developments, are addressing these challenges.
Further zooming into multiple leading payment systems that support or intend to roll out cross border payments today – these key attributes are dissected and put together side by side to study the structure, characteristics and best practices for a cross border faster payment scheme.
Our goal is to determine the standards and visualize a possible model of adoption for a viable cross border faster payment network that work to support the need for increased speed which has derived from the evolution of global commerce.

10:30 EST / 15:30 BST / 16:30 CET / 18:30 GST

Trade Commodity Finance

 The COVID-19 pandemic and tariffs weakened demand for commodities which drove down prices, squeezing profits for commodity traders. This in turn led to the exposure of frauds undertaken by some large traders and large losses sustained by the few main financial institutions backing the industry. A number of banks have since left the Commodity Financing space and many others are reconsidering their footprint. 

Working capital finance is the lifeblood of Commodity Traders, but compressed margins on funded assets coupled with considerable losses are putting pressure on return on capital for banks. The exit of large financial institutions will both reduce the financing available for commodities and raise borrowing costs to Commodity Traders. Given their high volume, low margin business model this will put further pressure on tight profits. 

This presentation will cover:

  1. The role of commodity traders in supporting global trade and the common risks of financing.
  2. The impact of COVID-19 and fraud cases on bank financing, and liquidity in the space going forward.
  3. The role of multilateral agencies, insurance companies and institutional investors in supporting this space.
  4. The role of FinTechs (e.g. risk distribution, fraud mitigation through blockchain, etc.).
  5. Other possible solutions to the liquidity and funding gap left by large bank exits.

10:56 EST / 15:56 BST / 16:56 CET / 18:56 GST

Stretch Break

Sponsored by JP Morgan

10:59 EST / 15:59 BST / 16:59 CET / 18:59 GST

BAFT 100th BAFT-Pardy Trivia Game #1

Join us for fun trivia on everything about Transaction Banking and BAFT! And see who'll be named the first BAFT-Pardy champion!

Host

Mark Garfield

Head of Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorporation

11:14 EST / 16:14 BST / 17:14 CET / 19:14 GST

BAFT Future Leaders Class of 2021 Presentation: Sustainable Finance in Transaction Banking

 BAFT published a whitepaper in 2020 titled “Sustainable Finance: Can Green Be Profitable?” which focused on summarizing the current sustainable Trade Finance landscape and discussed key challenges which included:

  • The lack of a unified definition
  • The lack of a globally accepted standard, methodology or sustainability metrics that cut across borders, industries and size

BAFT seeks to build on last year’s findings by addressing three (3) key elements: 

  • Recommending a definition of sustainable finance as it relates to Transaction Banking which could be readily adopted as a global standard, and can be easily measured and verified by a credible third party enables information disclosures based on industry standards; 
  • Building a common Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) framework based on which a ratings grid for banks can be developed and which aims at aligning ratings providers and using technology for monitoring and governance; and
  • Highlighting potential incentives for banks to support sustainable programs in Transaction Banking, including financial incentives that enhance profitability of related transactions.

11:40 EST / 16:40 BST / 17:40 CET / 19:40 GST

Transaction Banking Post Covid-19

 SARS-CoV-2, or more commonly referred to COVID-19, has substantially impacted our personal and professional lives over the last 12+ months. The pandemic has impacted organizations of all sizes and across all sectors, but to different extents. Transaction Banking, an area that has long been seen as a relationship driven business, has been forced to deal with a number of challenges, not least; travel restrictions, interest rate cuts, lower revenues and adjusting their operating models to enable employees to work remotely. 2021 BAFT Future Leaders have been asked to explore the potential effects COVID-19 have had on Transaction Banking and what that means post COVID-19. Our presentation focuses on examining three identified phases of the pandemic which are broadly defined as:

  • Phase 1 – Crisis Management 
  • Phase 2 – Living with COVID-19 
  • Phase 3 – Post COVID-19 environment 

This presentation further explores the impacts of COVID-19 on three central areas of Transaction Banking (for each phase of the pandemic): 

  • Impact on Clients 
  • Impact on Banks 
  • Impact on Human Capital 

12:05 EST / 17:05 BST / 18:05 CET / 20:05 GST

DEI in Transaction Banking

 The presentation sets out to feature Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) best practices and trends in the financial sector across various regions and provide recommendations to BAFT that will help it as an organization and the broader transaction banking community become champions for DEI within the Financial Services and Banking sector. 

The presentation will cover:

  1. BAFT survey results extracted from more than seventy-five (75) respondents participating across various geographies. The survey consisted of questions addressing historical DEI practices, future endeavors, and challenges perceived by the participants.  
  2. Themes – A comprehensive regional analysis, based on independent research and interviews, of each region’s historical and evolving approach to DEI, as well as best practices and challenges found in the financial sector and beyond.
  3. Ranking – A ranking of gender gap index extracted from the Global Gender Gap Insight Report of 2020.
  4. Drivers and challenges 
  5. Recommendations to develop and succeed in the DEI space for BAFT and its member institutions for consideration. While the recommendations approach DEI holistically, as demonstrated by the various trends and findings throughout this paper, DEI can differ dramatically based upon the region in which an institution lies and as such, the recommendations address how the topic of DEI will need to be defined and tailored at a regional level as well.

12:35 EST/17:35 BST/18:35 CET/20:35 GST

Wrap Up

Emcees

Michael Hogan and James Peterson

12:30 EST/17:30 BST/18:30 CET/20:30 GST

100th Anniversary Past-Chair Reception (Closed Event – Invite only)

12:35 EST/17:35 BST/18:35 CET/20:35 GST

The Future of You

Imagine that you will no longer be constrained by the skills that you are born with - you will be able to get smarter, healthier, stronger and know more about yourself and your friends – perhaps more that you want? Sara has written a visionary, mind-blowing book about how new technology and AI will change the way we walk, talk, think, and behave. In her book she reveals ground-breaking technology – some of it that she has tested herself.

Host

Frederick Björkman
Head of Banks, FI Coverage
SEB 

Speaker

Sara Ohrvall

Author, The Future You
Chief Transformation Officer, SEB

13:00 EST / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CET / 21:00 GST

Sustainable Finance Today: The Investor Perspective

Fireside chat with Shawn Keegan, Alliance Bernstein and Ana Carolina Oliveira, ING. The conversation will cover how investors are approaching sustainability and green finance issued by Financial Institutions, as well as investor perspectives on defining project eligibility, impact and reporting. An overview of the latest market trends, including the increasing relevance of social topics. A not to be missed session for anyone interested, or curious about the sustainable finance market.

Speakers

Shawn Keegan

Senior Vice President – Portfolio Manager
Alliance Bernstein

Ana Carolina Oliveira

Director, Head of Sustainable Finance Americas
ING

Sponsored by ING 

13:35 EST / 18:35 BST / 19:35 CET / 21:35 GST

World Wine Series: Come Travel the World with Wine

We know you have all been missing global travel. This is a chance to sit back in your chair and savor the world through wine. Three of the BAFT members (not necessarily sommeliers, but definitely passionate and patriotic wine lovers) will introduce you to the history and flavors of a particular wine region close to their hearts.
On Monday we will begin with the South African wine regions by Nick Smit from ING.
On Tuesday we will continue comparing the French and the America wines with Julian Oldale from BNP Paribas.
On Wednesday we will close the series with a visit to the Antipodean wine regions of Australia and New Zealand with Oz Akdeniz from Citi.

June 8, 2021

06:45 EST / 11:45 BST / 12:45 CET / 14:45 GST

Open Networking

Connect. Meet. Mingle. Join a conversation or start your own discussion. Move freely move from one table to the next. This is not a breakout room. And it is as real life as you can make it in a virtual networking event.

7:15 EST / 12:15 BST / 13:15 CET / 15:15 GST

Outside the Box: How Globalization is Changing

Host

Steve Nichols
Asia Representative
BAFT

Speaker

Marc Levinson
Economist & Author, “Outside the Box”

7:15 EST / 12:15 BST / 13:15 CET / 15:15 GST

Art in the Roaring ‘20: A Conversation with Axel Ruger, Head of The Royal Academy of Art in London

Take a step back into the world of art when BAFT was founded with the head of the Royal Academy of Art, Axel Ruger. We’ve asked Axel to choose three pieces of art from the ’20 that personifies what was going on in the mind of people and in particular artist at that time. How had war, pandemics, the collapse of an old order affected art and the artist of that time. Axel Rüger was appointed as the new head of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2019. The Royal Academy of Arts exists now for more than 250 year and recently unveiling a £56m redevelopment. Before that Axel had been in charge of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum for more than a decade. And before the Van Gogh Museum appointment, Axel was curator of Dutch paintings at the National Gallery in London. Axel was born in Dortmund and studied art history in Berlin, Cambridge and Ontario. Known for being personable and down to earth, he makes regular appearances on TV and radio and is highly regarded in the art world. While at the National Gallery his exhibitions included the highly acclaimed Vermeer and the Delft School in 2001 and Masterpieces of Seventeenth Century Dutch Portrait Painting in 2007. At the Van Gogh Museum, Axel oversaw major renovations and a full redisplay of the collection. During his tenure, visitor numbers grew from 1.4 million to about 2.2 million a year.

Host

Nick Smit
Head of Financial Institutions, North America
ING

Speaker

Axel Ruger
Secretary & Chief Executive
The Royal Academy of the Arts

Sponsored by ING

08:00 EST / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CET / 16:00 GST

Welcome

Emcees

Michael Hogan and James Peterson

08:04 EST / 13:04 BST / 14:04 CET / 16:04 GST

Opening Remarks

Welcome Remarks

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

08:27 EST / 13:27 BST / 14:27 CET / 16:27 GST

Keynote Session: One on One with HSBC Americas CEO

Host

Rob Nichols
President & CEO
American Bankers Association

Speaker

Michael Roberts
CEO US & Americas
HSBC 

08:53 EST / 13:53 BST / 14:53 CET / 16:53 GST

Global Market View

While the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on global growth in 2020, the quick action taken by central banks and governments has helped economic recovery. Global GDP is expected to grow by around 6% in 2021, with China & the US leading the way. Now that the dust has settled on the US election and Brexit, will global recovery prospects be supported by the various bi/multi-lateral trade agreements? How critical is vaccine roll-out to economic recovery? Can the global economy continue to recover without further fiscal and monetary stimulus? What role will global trade flows play in accelerating global growth? How long will it take for supply chains to return to pre-Covid levels? Our panelists will discuss and debate these topics to inform our view of 2021 and beyond.

Moderator

Jake Jacobson
Global Trade Finance Risk and Compliance Leader
EY

Panelists

Peter Hall
Vice President & Chief Economist
Export Development Canada (EDC)

Christian Keller
Head of Economic Research
Barclays Bank

09:35 EST / 14:35 BST / 15:35 CET / 17:35 GST

Stretch Break

Sponsored by Deutsche Bank

09:39 EST / 14:39 BST / 15:39 CET / 17:39 GST

Industry 4.0 – From IoT Data Streams to the Machine Economy

Technologies like IoT, AI and advanced analytics are quickly digitizing entire industries, especially in the manufacturing and transport space. Industry 4.0 is the term broadly used for this so called fourth industrial revolution, which has seen many companies starting to move towards fully digital value chains and manufacturing processes. Linking industrial IoT data streams to payments and financing will make it possible to create new solutions and services based on real time data and events.

Moderator

Sven Korschinowski
Partner, Payments, Fintech and Digital Transformation
KPMG

Panelists

Jochen Siegert
Managing Director
Head of Asset Platforms
Deutsche Bank

Ville Sointu
Head of Emerging Technology
Nordea

Ralf Steger
Head of Financial Services
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

10:22 EST / 15:22 BST/ 16:22 CET / 18:22 GST

100th Anniversary BAFT-Pardy Trivia Game #2

Join us for fun trivia on everything about Transaction Banking and BAFT! And see who'll be named the first BAFT-Pardy champion!

Host

Mark Garfield
Head of Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorporation

10:37 EST / 15:37 BST / 16:37 CET / 18:37 GST

Transaction Banking Global Leaders: A View from the Top

An open dialogue and discussion with transaction banking leaders on global trends, the future of Transaction Banking in our new world, opportunities and challenges, innovation, sustainability, attracting and retaining talent, and other topics.

Moderator 

Karin Walchshöfer
Managing Director & Head, EMEA
Global Financial Institutions Group
BMO Capital Markets

Panelists

Andy Kollegger
Group Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Institutional Clients
UBS

Diane Reyes
Head of Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Michael Spiegel
Global Head of Transaction Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

Session qualifies for 1.0 CPD credit

11:21 EST / 16:21 BST / 17:21 CET / 19:21 GST

Wrap Up

Emcees

Michael Hogan and James Peterson

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:30 CET / 19:30 GST

Transaction Banking 2025 – Growing Revenues, Protecting Your Business: The Key Relationships Between AI, Data Analytics and Money

This interactive discussion will feature expert insights as to how the payments and trade finance businesses can derive significant value from the use of artificial intelligence solutions. Learn about practical use cases for increasing payments efficiency, as well as digitization within trade. The session will tie into the ongoing evolution of transaction banking over the next five years, including how technology and AI will play a markedly increasing role in personalization, operational efficiency and fighting financial crime to protect the business.

Speakers

Jim Logan
Americas Sales Director
Pelican

Parth Desai
Chairman & CEO
Pelican

Rajiv Desai
SVP, North American Operations & Sales
Pelican

Sponsored by Pelican

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:30 CET / 19:30 GST

Enhance Your International Trade and Payments Business by Leveraging Your RMA Resources

Join SWIFT to enhance your knowledge of SWIFT RMA tools to build efficiencies in growing and sustaining your RMA network. Additional perspectives from a regional bank and a correspondent bank will add to the interactive conversation.

Moderator

Vanessa Lin
Managing Director, Head of Relationship Management for North American Banks, Treasury Services
BNY Mellon

Panelists

Brian Gordon
Senior Vice President & Manager, International Banking Group
Commerce Bank

Joon Kim
Global Head of Trade
BNY Mellon

Dan Moran
Solution and Security Architect
SWIFT

Amy Sahm
Senior Vice President & Manager, International Group
Fulton Bank

Sponsored by SWIFT

12:20 EST / 17:20 BST / 18:20 CET / 20:20 GST

Ask the Expert: Navigating Africa

This is your opportunity to ask our experts in an open forum format.

Panel of Experts

Kevin Holmes
Head, Trade Product Management
Transactional Products and Services
Standard Bank

Ihunanya Onuoha
Group Head of Corporate Operations
Access Bank

Preashnie Padayachee
Head of Treasury Services Sales – Sub Saharan Africa
J.P. Morgan

12:30 EST / 17:30 BST / 18:30 CET / 20:30 GST

Uncovering the Sanctions-Skirting Secrets of Shipping

Deceptive shipping practices are rising, as increasingly sophisticated tactics evolve and change to avoid detection and exploit opaque ownership structures and regulatory shortcomings. Just how many vessels are involved in deceptive activity, what are their characteristics, and which tactics are they using? How can you accurately detect suspicious ship-to-ship transfers, dark port calls, and identify spoofing and other evasions methods such as flag-hopping?  How can technology help identify these ships and why can improved AIS vessel analytics reveal subterfuge practices ahead of regulators? Join us for a workshop/panel discussion where we uncover the sanctions-skirting secrets of shipping and how to deploy them to identify risk.

Moderator

Austin John
Senior Product Manager
Lloyd’s List

Panelists 

Michelle Wiese Bockmann
Markets Editor/Analyst
Lloyd’s List

Andrew Fierman
Head of Sanctions
Barclays – Americas

Edward Stoltenberg
Director, Global Trade Product Development, Risk and Compliance
Citi

Sponsored by Lloyds List Intelligence

13:00 EST / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CET / 21:00 GST

The Increasing Importance of Cybersecurity from Both a U.S. Bank and Law Enforcement Perspective

With ever-increasing cyber threats from state actors to individual hackers, financial institutions and government agencies must help protect their clients and citizens by constantly updating how they approach cybersecurity. Threats can include such methods as phishing, business email compromise, DDoS attacks and more. During this session our panel will explore some of the latest attacks, threats and tactics that are being deployed against corporations, banks and individuals.

Moderator

Shannon Manders
Editorial Director
Global Trade Review (GTR)

Panelist

Jessica Nye
Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

Jennifer Rosario
VP, Senior Manager IT Risk Governance
First Citizens Bank

13:00 EST / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CET / 21:00 GST

Trade Information Network – A Case Study

Panel discussion on a use case on Trade Information Network, with perspectives shared by Deutsche Bank, Roche, Trade Information Network chaired by Persistent Systems. Session will be followed by a demo.

Moderator

Rajasekar Sukum
Persistent

Panelists

Sudhir Dole
CEO
Trade Information Network

Kirsten Kunz
Global Head Trade Flow Product & Process
Management
Deutsche Bank

Jens Noffke
Global Procurement Care for Cash Lead
Roche

Vicky Soneja
CTO
Trade Information Network

Sponsored by Persistent

13:00 EST / 18:00 BST / 19:00 CET / 21:00 GST

Open Networking

Connect. Meet. Mingle. Join a conversation or start your own discussion. Move freely move from one table to the next. This is not a breakout room. And it is as real life as you can make it in a virtual networking event. Today's networking features special table discussions on IBOR transition in the US and Careers in Trade.

13:30 EST / 18:30 BST / 19:30 CET / 21:30 GST

Addressing Climate Risks in the Financial System: Data, Tools and Reporting Standards

Financial risks associated with climate change are causing unexpected losses in the banking system. From infrastructure finance to household mortgages, there are enormous credit implications associated with a world of more extreme weather and rapid technological change. This session will explore what leading banks and financial institutions are doing now to navigate a new economic landscape being shaped by concerned customers, shareholders, and regulators.

Presenter

Charlie Donovan

Visiting Professor of Finance, University of Washington Foster School of Business

Executive Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College Business School 

Sponsored by the University of Washington Foster School of Business

14:00 EST / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CET / 22:00 GST

World Wine Series: Come Travel the World with Wine

We know you have all been missing global travel. This is a chance to sit back in your chair and savor the world through wine. Three of the BAFT members (not necessarily sommeliers, but definitely passionate and patriotic wine lovers) will introduce you to the history and flavors of a particular wine region close to their hearts.

• On Monday we will begin with the South African wine regions by Nick Smit from ING.
• On Tuesday we will continue comparing the French and the America wines with Julian Oldale from BNP Paribas.
• On Wednesday we will close the series with a visit to the Antipodean wine regions of Australia and New Zealand with Oz Akdeniz from Citi.

June 9, 2021

05:35 EST / 10:35 BST / 11:35 CET / 13:35 GST

Seamless by Design: How an Interconnected Real-Time Cross-Border Payment Ecosystem will Drive Value for ASEAN Member States

Join the discussion as we explore how an interoperable, real-time cross-border ecosystem will drive the modernization of payments among ASEAN members and meet the demands of an increasingly borderless digital economy by creating efficiencies, enhancing certainty and transparency, and ensuring security.

Panelist

Rama Sridhar
Executive Vice President, Digital & Emerging Partnerships, New Payment Flows

MasterCard

Sponsored by MasterCard

06:00 EST / 11:00 BST / 12:00 CET / 14:00 GST

100th Anniversary Virtual Photo Booth

06:15 EST / 11:15 BST / 12:15 CET / 14:15 GST

ESG: The Rise of the S

Environment and Climate continue to be a fundamental risk to the future of our planet. Over the past 12 months, Societal imperatives have also come firmly to the fore. How can financial services help in driving societal change and financial inclusion? The private sector and financial services companies have a significant role to play in engaging, leading and influencing the change, whether through a lens of product commercialization, through direct support within the communities where they operate or through their recruitment policies.

Moderator

Esther Galiana
Global Head, Financial Institutions
BBVA

Speaker

Matt Jolley
Head of ESG Origination
Barclays Bank

Andrea Sullivan
Head of International Environment, Social & Governance
Bank of America

06:30 EST / 11:30 BST / 12:30 CET / 14:30 GST

Digital Standardization Initiatives

Speakers

Oswald Kuyler
Managing Director DSI
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Henry Roxas

Head of Trade Finance
R3

07:00 EST / 12:00 BST / 13:00 CET / 15:00 GST

Women Leaders at the Banking Helm in MENA

Although the pandemic has cast a dark shadow on our daily lives, our economies and our mental health, it has also cast a shining light on the few women leaders, who rose to the occasion and navigated the pandemic well enough to guide their countries to safer shores. The same applies to the few women leaders in the financial services industry who not only rightfully earned their positions at the helm but also excelled in their normal daily business activities and in ensuring the resilience of their institutions in the face of different challenges. Our chat will be with renowned female executives who climbed their way to the top of the banking industry in MENA. They will share their experiences, their challenges in (What is generally perceived as) a male-dominated region, their post-pandemic outlook for the industry/the market and finally the “North Star” that they continue to follow throughout their entire banking journey.

Moderator

Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

Panelists

Elham Mahfouz
CEO
Commercial Bank of Kuwait

Rola Abu Manneh
CEO
Standard Chartered Bank UAE

Mervat Zohdy El Sayed Soltan
Chairperson
Export Development Bank of Egypt

07:00 EST / 12:00 BST / 13:00 CET / 15:00 GST

The Future of Finance: What We’ve Learned from Fintechs

FinTechs have revolutionised the banking industry over the past decade, pushing traditional banks out of their comfort zone and encouraging them to think harder about innovation, efficiency and affordability. What some may have perceived as a threat to the traditional banking system has gradually developed into a symbiotic relationship between FinTechs and banks. During this session, we take a look at the journey of Barclays and their FinTech partners over the last decade, with the objective of reshaping consumer experience, and building on traditional banking ‘pipes’ to create new customer experiences for individuals and businesses. We also speak to SWIFT on its collaboration with FinTechs and some of the latest innovations that we can look forward to. 

Moderator

Christof G Maetze
Consultant

Panelists

Wolfgang Bardorf
Group Treasurer
Checkout.com

Vikesh Patel
Head of UK and Ireleand
SWIFT

Martin Runow
Global Head of Paymens, FX & Digital
Barclays

Sponsored by Barclays Bank

08:00 EST / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CET / 16:00 GST

Welcome

 Emcees

   Michael Hogan and James Peterson

08:03 EST / 13:03 BST / 14:03 CET / 16:03 GST

Looking at Trade – Rebuilding, Rethinking and Reshaping

Global Trade has been affected not only by the Covid-19 pandemic but also by a wide range of other factors, including the emergence of supply chain disruptions, complex geopolitical relations and even protectionism vs. international integration. How do all these pieces fit together, if they do at all? And what can we expect to see in the future. Grappling with thes provocative topics the panelists intend to look further down the road and to draw conclusions on the further evolvement of global trade. How can global interactions (UN, WTO, WHO, International Court of Justice) possibly help?

Moderator 

Michael Hogan
Financial Services Consultant

Panelists

Mencia Bobo Aritio
Global Head of Trade and Working Capital Solutions, SCIB
Santander

Rebecca Harding
CEO & Founder
Coriolis Technologies

Dr. Michael Leigh
Academic Director, European Public Policy
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS – Europe

Session qualifies for 1.0 CPD credit

09:01 EST / 14:01 BST / 15:01 CET / 17:01 GST

Liquidity Management - A View from the Top with Marc Bayle de Jesse, CLS Group CEO

The pressure to reduce settlement risk is increasing through enhanced regulatory pressure across the globe. Is there a common solution to aid in risk reduction while optimizing liquidity usage and streamlining settlements in an efficient manner? We’ll be hearing from Mark Bayle de Jesse, CLS Group CEO to discuss these and learn how their multilateral netting basis to clearing FX transactions could just be the answer!

Host

Sandra Laielli van Scherpenzeel
Global Head Cash Banks
UBS Switzerland AG

Speaker

Marc Bayle De Jesse
CEO
CLS Group

09:31 EST / 14:31 BST / 15:31 CET / 17:31 GST

Stretch Break

Sponsored by Barclays

9:35 EST / 14:35 BST / 15:35 CET / 17:35 GST

100th Anniversary BAFT-Pardy Trivia Game #3

Join us for fun trivia on everything about Transaction Banking and BAFT! And see who'll be named the first BAFT-Pardy champion!

Host

Mark Garfield
Head of Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorporation

09:50 EST / 14:50 BST / 15:50 CET / 17:50 GST

Open Banking and the Promise of APIs: A Reality?

The discussion on open banking and APIs has been in process for years, but are there real results? Is the revolution here? It is, though the evolution and development timing may be different for Banks and Clients. J.P. Morgan has developed a wide range of APIs and explains the journey and learnings for focus areas on building what Clients need. Autoneum, the global automotive supplier, has taken advantage of the promise of APIs and shares the approach and development process to streamline their treasury.

Moderator 

Patrik Havander
Head of TxB Market Development Transaction Banking
Nordea

Panelist

Mario Benedict

Head of APIs and Digital Product Solutions, EMEA, Wholesale Payments
J.P. Morgan

Janko Hanh
Head of Treasury Operations
Autoneum Management

10:33 EST / 15:33 BST / 16:33 CET / 18:33 GST

The Central Bank and Digital Currencies

Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) are proliferating fast, their geopolitical significance is moving to the fore and that is not lost on those bodies with global responsibility for the stability of the financial & monetary system.

Moderator 

Jeremy Wilson
Chairman
White Chapel Think Tank

Panelists

Dante Disparte
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Global Policy
Circle

Rachel Greener
Senior Specialist, Central Bank Digital Currencies
Bank of England

Ross Leckow
Senior Advisor, Fintech – Strategy and Legal
BIS Innovation Hub

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:30 CET / 19:30 GST

Wrap Up

 Emcees

   Michael Hogan and James Peterson

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:130 CET / 19:30 GST

Champions for Equality: How To Be An Agent of Change

Women and allies have been calling for gender equality for a long time and while progress has been made, a collective effort is still required to dismantle barriers. Around the globe, there is growing attention to systemic racism and sexism and a global movement toward workplace equality. Change starts with individuals taking responsibility for their own attitudes and behaviors and leadership to drive systemic improvements to workplace policies, practices, and culture. Time is of the essence, customers, employees, and investors increasingly see equity and inclusion as not just a nice-to-have but a must-have.

Moderator

Nick Smit
Head of Financial Institutions, North America
ING

Panelists

Emma Loftus
Executive Vice President & Head of Treasury Management
PNC

Michaela Ludbrook
Head of Corporate Banking Americas and Corporate Coverage
Deutsche Bank

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:130 CET / 19:30 GST

Three Big Payments Changes Your Corporate Clients are Considering

 Learn how your bank can add value as your biggest corporate customers assess new technologies improving global payments. As the international payment landscape changes and a drive for efficiency has emerged, your most valuable corporate clients are ready for good advice! Attendees of this bank-centric session will leave with a better understanding of three important questions corporates are asking right now, and how to support them with effective answers:

  • When is the right time to Integrate Enterprise Systems with multiple Global Payment platforms?
  • What can corporates achieve from ISO 200022?
  • How to achieve transparent FX pricing in emerging markets?

Speakers

Tom Scarpulla
Vice President, SWIFT & Technology Sales
StoneX Group Inc.

Sue-Ellen Speight
Senior Vice President, Global Payments
StoneX Group Inc. 

Sponsored by StoneX

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:130 CET / 19:30 GST

The Future of Trade Receivables

Following the collapse of Greensill, the shortfalls of trade receivables have been forefront in the news. Yet at the same time, the fundamental model of transaction banking is becoming more transparent. This panel will consider the near future of trade receivables in this environment of both rapid innovation and deep distrust. Some of the topics to be covered include tokenization, the demand for liquidity, and new trade platforms.

Speakers

Joon Kim
Global Head, Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management
BNY Mellon

Alisa DiCaprio
Head of Trade and Supply Chain
R3

Sponsored by R3

11:30 EST / 16:30 BST / 17:130 CET / 19:30 GST

Open Networking

Connect. Meet. Mingle. Join a conversation or start your own discussion. Move freely move from one table to the next. This is not a breakout room. And it is as real life as you can make it in a virtual networking event.

12:00 EST / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CET / 20:00 GST

Basel III, Kicking Up a Gear Post-Covid

Regulatory landscape overview. Where are we, where are we going?

Moderator

John Taylor
Professor, International Finance and Trade Law, Centre for Commercial Law
Queen Mary University of London

Panelists

Vincent Davignon
Head of Trade Finance, Factoring and Correspondent Banking for International Retail Banking
BNP Paribas

Diana Rodriquez
Vice President, International Policy
BAFT

12:20 EST / 17:20 BST / 18:20 CET / 23:20 GST

Opportunity and Uncertainty: Post Pandemic Strategies for Banks

The Post Pandemic world will present unprecedented growth opportunities for Banks, but with these opportunities will come new challenges. This session will focus on tactical actions that Banks can take to position themselves to take advantage of new and emerging trends in the new normal. Some of the tactics covered will include:

  • Accelerated Technology Adoption
  • Increased Digitization and Data Possibilities 
  • Product Innovation and Growth
  • AI & Analytics to Curate the Client Experience
  • New Delivery and Client Service models

Speakers

James Cook
Head of Global Payments
TickTrade Systems

Steve Joseph
Head of AI and Client Analytics
TickTrade Systems

Sponsored by TickTrade Systems

12:30 EST / 17:30 BST / 18:30 CET / 20:30 GST

21st Century Supply Chain Finance - Reinventing the Wheel or Back to the Drawing Board?

In this panel session, we explore the evolution of the Supply Chain Finance Payables Finance technique from an accounting, corporate and bank perspective, highlighting its core principles and their misuse. Supply Chain Finance has a vital role to play in the post-pandemic recovery, as well as helping to accelerate ESG and sustainability initiatives.

  • Back to the basics – the role of Supply Chain Finance (Payables Finance) and core principles
  • IFRS and FASB – exploring the accounting treatment of Supply Chain Finance
  • The use (and misuse) of Supply Chain Finance
  • The evolution of Supply Chain Finance
  • Use cases of Supply Chain Finance in ESG, as well as emerging technologies

Moderator

Deepesh Patel
Editorial Director
Trade Finance Global (TFG)

Panelists

Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Product
BAFT

Christian Hausherr
Chairman, Global Supply Chain Finance Forum
Europe Supply Chain Finance Product Head, Deutsche Bank

John Monaghan
Global Head – Working Capital Advisory
Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi

12:30 EST / 17:30 BST / 18:30 CET / 20:30 GST

The World When BAFT was Founded: A Conversation with Historian, Jim Grant

What was the world like when BAFT was founded 100 years ago? What were on the mind of financiers and policy makers in 2021 that lead to the creation of an association focused on trade. World War I was still on everyone’s mind, the colonial blocks of trade were slowly collapsing, the USA was a new kid on the block, the worst pandemic ever, the Spanish flue, was finally over and, to crown it all, the 1920s stated off with a short, but brutal recession. Join a conversation with historian and writer, James Grant. James Grant is the founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a leading journal on financial markets, which he has published since 1983. He is the author of seven books covering both financial history and biography. Grant’s journalism has been featured in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Jim Lehrer’s News Hour, and CBS Evening News.

Host

Nick Smit
Head of Financial Institutions, North America
ING

Speaker

Jim Grant
Historian & Writer

Sponsored by ING

13:00 EST / 18:00 BST / 19:00CET / 21:00 GST

Data from an FI Perspective: Opportunity and Responsibility

Within the Financial Services sector, a data and analytics transformation has been underway for several years now, and it has not been without its challenges. Banks need to define the scope of their data programs clearly enough to ensure relevancy, impact and scalability whether in conversing with regulators, transforming employee performance or identifying new opportunities with clients.

Moderator

Walter Mix
Managing Director & Financial Services Practice Group Leader
Berkeley Research Group

Panelists

Carl Lambert
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics
National Bank of Canada

Andrea Sharrin
Head of Financial Crime Americas & IB
Barclays Bank

J. Christopher Ward
Executive Vice President
Digital & Innovation, Treasury Management
PNC

13:15 EST / 18:15 BST / 19:15CET / 21:15 GST

From Digitization to Consumerization – The Power Players Behind B2B Payments

The complex world of B2B payments is constantly evolving. With digitization now laying a solid foundation, the industry begins to move toward a far more meaningful consumerization of B2B payments. Corporates of all sizes around the world should have the power and ease-of-use to choose the best way to pay and be paid, both domestically and internationally. And more often than not, that means a combination of payment methods and networks best suited to their needs. As this transformation continues to unfold, the next door to unlock is bringing the B2B payables and receivables process into the 21st century, extending optionality beyond the payment flow itself. Join us in this session to discuss the power players propelling the B2B payments industry forward.

Moderator

Cher Keck
Vice President, Global Head of Sales
Visa B2B Connect

Panelists

Art Brieske
Managing Director, Head of Payments
Goldman Sachs Transaction Banking

Ajith Thekadath
Vice President, Global Head of Product
Visa B2B Connect

Sponsored by Visa

14:00 EST / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CET / 22:00 GST

World Wine Series: Come Travel the World with Wine

We know you have all been missing global travel. This is a chance to sit back in your chair and savor the world through wine. Three of the BAFT members (not necessarily sommeliers, but definitely passionate and patriotic wine lovers) will introduce you to the history and flavors of a particular wine region close to their hearts.

  • On Monday we will begin with the South African wine regions by Nick Smit from ING.
  • On Tuesday we will continue comparing the French and the America wines with Julian Oldale from BNP Paribas.
  • On Wednesday we will close the series with a visit to the Antipodean wine regions of Australia and New Zealand with Oz Akdeniz from Citi.

15:00 EST / 20:00 BST / 21:00 CET / 23:00 GST

VIP Virtual Tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Commonly referred to as ‘The Met’, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the United States, which pre sents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. In celebration of BAFT's 100th Anniversary, we are offering a complimentary VIP tour of The Met on a first come, first served basis for the first 40 individuals who sign up to attend the virtual tour of the museum. Connect with more than 5,000 years of art and culture at The Met during this 60-minute online live virtual tour led by a Museum guide with additional Met staff on hand to assist with any inquiries. The interactive VIP Virtual Tour will feature an array of the Museum’s highlights allowing you to discover works of art that highlight the diversity and breadth of the Museum’s collection.

17:00 EST/22:00 BST/23:00 CET/01:00 GST

Sponsored session by ANZ

June 10, 2021

5:00 EST/10 BST/11:00 CET/13:00 GST

The DNA of Our Digital Identity

The pandemic has triggered a much needed stimulus to the digitization agenda of the banking sector. Banks have been forced to embrace technology at a much faster pace to not just deliver its services to consumers but also support the cultural shift in working practices of its employees. At the same time, financial authorities such as FATF have been encouraging the creation of digital identity to create efficiency in CDD and also boost financial inclusion of the underserved population. In this session, we take a look at the digitization drives of banks in areas like branches, payments, mobile banking, hybrid working, the associated risks and also hear from FATF on their vision for Banks on digital identity.

Moderator

Ian Pettigrew
Innovation, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Panelist

Sherif ElBehery
CEO
Misr Digital Innovations

Chahdan Jebeyli
General Manager, Group Head Legal & Compliance
Bank Audi s.a.l.

Wisam Mahmoo
Co-Head – Global Transaction Banking
Mashreq Bank

05:45 EST / 10:45 BST / 11:45 CET / 13:45 GST

3D Virtual Art Exhibit by Jochen Cerny

Join a virtual tour of contemporary and modern classics remastered by one of our very own BAFT members, Jochen Cerny, formerly with Commerzbank, now a renowned artist! Jochen will be available for an open forum immediately following the virtual tour.

Featured Artist

Jochen Cerny
Artist

06:15 EST / 11:15 BST / 12:15 CET / 14:15 GST

Payment Dilemmas: A MENA Tale

The payment landscape is undergoing some significant changes. The post-financial crisis fintech revolution have re-shaped client expectations on how a payment is to be made and how much it should cost. Dramatic changes in regulatory environment coupled with geopolitics have made access to USD clearing harder and more costly. This session will discuss how MENA has been dealing with the changing dynamics in the payments landscape and the different initiatives that are currently being developed to address the region’s particular payment needs within that context.

Moderator

Andreas Meletiou
Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions
Mashreq Bank

Panelists

Sido Bestani
Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey, Africa
SWIFT

Marwan Forzley
CEO
VEEM

Mehdi Manaa
CEO
BUNA

06:30 EST / 11:30 BST / 12:30 CET / 14:30 GST

Open Networking

Connect. Meet. Mingle. Join a conversation or start your own discussion. Move freely move from one table to the next. This is not a breakout room. And it is as real life as you can make it in a virtual networking event.

07:00 EST / 12:00 BST / 13:00 CET / 15:00 GST

No More LIBOR: What’s Next for the Export Finance Industry?

TXF Research, in partnership with BAFT and Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch its inaugural piece of research looking at the cessation of LIBOR in the export finance industry. Transitioning from LIBOR to alternative rates is a time and resource intensive undertaking, and one that impacts any lender or borrower with LIBOR exposures. This piece of research focuses on LIBOR cessation in the export finance industry, specifically, how the corporates and the banks are tackling LIBOR transition. Join this session for the first glimpse at the survey results from 130+ institutions and hear from our esteemed panel as they analyze the results of this inaugural research on the cessation of LIBOR.

Moderator

Diana Rodriguez
Vice President, International Policy
BAFT

Panelists

Luka Lightfoot
Partner, Baking & Finance
Baker McKenzie

Dr. Tom Parkman
Head of Research
TXF

07:15 EST / 12:15 BST / 13:15 CET / 15:15 GST

Macro Economic/Market Forces in MENA

The pandemic and impact on economic growth in the region; new regulations/nationalistic move, ie Saudi Arabia mandating business must have offices in Saudi Arabia to earn contracts/business in the country starting 2025, etc.

Host

Chavan Bhogaita
Managing Director & Head of Market Insights & Strategy, Global Markets – Market Insights & Strategy
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Speaker

Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin
Executive Director, International Monetary Fund
Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Development Agenda

08:00 EST / 13:00 BST / 14:00 CET / 16:00 GST

Welcome

 Emcees

    Michael Hogan and James Peterson

08:07 EST / 13:07 BST / 14:07 CET / 16:07 GST

Focus, Simplicity and Enriching Lives

A discussion with Apple on evolving customer and employee experience, doing good and doing well.

Host

Peter Zotos
Head of North America Banks and Broker Dealers Client Coverage
Treasury Services
J.P. Morgan

Speaker

Todd Schofield
Worldwide Industry Lead, Financial Services

08:32 EST / 13:32 BST / 14:32 CET / 16:32 GST

Sustainable Trade Finance

Environmental, Society and Governance standards are increasingly in focus for investors, the public and regulators alike. Most banks have ESG staff functions, issuing green bonds and promoting sustainable investing. From a trade and supply chain perspective we offer a lot of tools to further support the ESG agenda. Within trade and supply chain finance we can nudge our customers to opt for sustainable sourcing, low-emission transport and providing ESG-friendly products.

Moderator 

Duncan Lodge
Global Head of Traditional Trade, EMEA and Head of Trade & SCF Product
Bank of America

Panelist

Robert Barnes
CEO
Trade IX and the Marco Polo Network

Mari-Laure Gastellu
Global Head of Trade Services
Societe Generale

Ingrid Holmes
Executive Director
Green Finance Institute

Session qualifies for 1.0 CPD credit.

09:14 EST / 14:14 BST / 15:14 CET / 17:14 GST

External Factors Impacting the Transaction Banking Business: Practical Insights into RWA Management, Benchmark Rate Reform and Basel IV

An evolving regulatory environment, changes in accounting rules and benchmark rate standards have all contributed to the seismic shift in Banks’ & Financial Institution’s strategy over the last few years. This compounded by a challenged business environment due to Covid has had a propounding impact on the way Banks view and operate their transaction banking businesses. These various factors have not had a homogenous impact globally; local interpretation and implementation timetables, have created a lack of consistency in application.This session will help us understand the major impacts, how banks can work within this new context while ensuring overall returns and reinforce the importance of, as industry advocates, we need to have one voice.

Moderator 

Geoffrey Brady
Head of Global Trade and Supply Chain
Bank of America

Panelists

Scott Nagel
Assistant Vice President, Supervision Group
Federal Reserve Board, New York

Bhaskar Sen
EVP & Head of ERM, Credit Risk
Operational & Fraud Risk
First Abu Dhabi Bank

09:56 EST / 14:56 BST / 15:56 CET / 17:56 GST

Stretch Break

Sponsored by JP Morgan

10:00 EST / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CET / 18:00 GST

100th Anniversary FINAL BAFT-Pardy! Trivia Game

Find out who will be crowned the first BAFT-Pardy Champion!

Host

Mark Garfield
Head of Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorporation

10:15 EST / 15:15 BST / 16:15 CET / 18:15 GST

The Office is Dead – Long Live the Office!

The pandemic has thrown traditional office-based work on its head. How have organisations been managing through this period? How have perceptions of “working from home” changed? What will the future work environment look like for us all as cities reopen? What skills and competencies will be necessary for individuals, leaders and businesses to succeed? Join us to explore the past, present & future of work.

Moderator

James Pearson
EVP & Global Head, FI & NBFI, Corporate & Investment Bank
Mashreq

Panelists

Francesco Ceccato
CEO
Barclays Bank Europe

Kunal Jhanji
Partner, Financial Institutions and Payments
Boston Consulting Group

Katherine Zaveri
Vice President, Global Payments
StoneX

10:58 EST / 15:58 BST / 16:58 CET / 18:58 GST

Business Transformation: One on One with Bain & Company Worldwide Managing Partner

During this capstone session, we tie the key conference theme and topics we’ve listened to during the week – the three facets of business transformation: digital/technological, environmental, and social. How have these affected company valuations? What role does talent and corporate culture play? How are banks and other service industries enabling this change? Find out directly from the Chairman of the Board and Worldwide Managing Partner of Bain & Company, one of the top consulting firms globally.

Host

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Speaker

Manny Maceda
Worldwide Managing Partner
Bain & Company

11:31 EST / 16:31 BST / 17:31 CET / 19:31 GST

Closing Keynote: One on One with Bank of America CEO

Host

Rob Nichols
President & CEO
American Bankers Association

Speaker

Brian Moynihan
Chairman & CEO
Bank of America

11:53 EST / 16:53 BST / 17:53 CET / 19:53 GST

Closing Musical Celebration by SongDivision

Join us for a musical celebration led by world-class musicians who have performed with artists like Cher, Smashing Pumpkins, Aerosmith and more! SongDivision brings the conference to a close with requested songs, musical trivia and a special 100th anniversary celebratory song you will help co-write. Stay for this not-to-be missed closing event!

Speaker

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

On Demand
ESG: Leading From the Front

Phil Bowkley, Head of International Corporate Banking at Barclays, and Tod Burwell, CEO of BAFT, explore what ESG looks like in a post-pandemic world, and the role that Financial Institutions can play.

Host

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Speaker

Phil Bowkley
Head of International Corporate Banking
Barclays

ISO 20022 – Coming Your Way in Less than 18 Months

With the second most traded currency EUR going live Nov 21st, 2022 just few days after SWIFT’s deployment of ISO 20022 in correspondent banking, this panel of senior experts will take stock of industry’s ISO 20022 readiness, implications and the associated risk for the global payment industry. A “must attend” to stay current with ISO 20022 adoption.

Moderator

Paula Roels
Head of Market Infrastructure & Industry Initiatives
Deutsche Bank 

Panelists

Stephen Lindsay
Business Lead – SWIFT Platform
SWIFT

Dimiti Pattyn
Deputy Director General
DG Market infrastructure & Payments
European Central Bank

Frantz Teissèdre
Head of Interbank Relationships
Societe Generale

Digitization of Banking Processes as a Tool for Revolutionary Banking in Africa

Africa seems to be a mystery for many, but does it need to be? During this open conversation with Ade Bajomo, Access Bank's Information Technology and Operations Head, we'll unravel what makes Africa unique and learn what makes this region very special and a key player in the global market. Topics covered include African Banking - banking profile and tools; cryptocurrencies, and the latest in innovation, especially as a result of the pandemic.

Host

Mayowa Kuyoro
Partner
McKinsey

Speaker

Ade Bajomo
Executive Director, Information Technology & Operations
Access Bank Plc

Banking the Underbanked

Many small companies in Africa are raring to do business, but they struggle to access the funds that would allow them to do so. This difficulty disproportionately impacts female owned businesses on the continent. This session considers funding solutions for small African companies, from development bank and multilateral solutions to tech providers.

Moderator

Eavie Burnett
Content Manager
TXF

Panelists

Eric Intong
Head of Sovereigns, Financial Institutions & Corporates,
Africa and Core Banking Implementation Programme Lead
Afreximbank

Janet Mulu
CEO
ImpactDev Africa

Assessing Indebtedness: A Macroeconomic Overview

The pandemic has seen governments ramp up stimulus packages, but does this deepen the debt distress of some African countries? Following data provided at the World Bank's Spring Meeting, this session assesses the best prospects for investment in Africa as well as which countries demonstrate worrying levels of indebtedness.

Speaker

Robert Besseling
CEO
Pangea Risk

A Conversation on the Evolving Asia Payments Landscape

Moderator

Samantha Pelosi
Senior Vice President, Payments & Innovation
BAFT

Panelist

Kevin Garlan
Payments Product Lead
Goldman Sachs

Lewis Sun
Head of Global Banking Sales, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

The Future of Trade

What are the challenges and opportunities facing the trade industry today? Hear from two global heads of trade on the outlook of the industry.

Moderator

Louise Taylor-Digby
Head of Trade Strategy
SWIFT

Panelists

Kai Fehr
MD, Global Head of Trade & Working Capital
Standard Chartered Bank

Sriram Muthukrishnan
MD & Group Head of Trade Products
DBS

Speakers

June 7, 2021
June 8, 2021
June 9, 2021
June 10, 2021
June 7, 2021 - Day 1 - Monday
Mark Garfield
Mark Garfield
Chair, Board of Directors
BAFT

Mark Garfield’s current role is Head of Global Financial Institutions at Zions Bancorporation responsible for foreign bank relationship development. He joined Zions Bancorporation in 2005. He has over 30 years of banking experience with 25 years in international banking management covering trade finance, trade services, foreign exchange, correspondent banking and product development. Throughout his career he has worked closely with corporate and commercial entities in the Midwest and Western U.S. providing banking support for cross-border trade. Mr. Garfield currently serves as a Director of BAFT and Chair of the Utah District Export Council. He served on the DEC National Advisory Board and Board of the World Trade Center, Utah.

Michael Hogan
Michael Hogan
Managing Director
Regional Head of Transaction Banking EMEA
MUFG

Mr. Michael Hogan is Managing Director and Head of Transaction Banking EMEA at MUFG, having joined in 2015. Mr. Hogan leads the coverage of the transaction banking business, including client sales and product management across the EMEA region. He is also responsible for deepening existing client relationships and identifying and developing new client business across a broad sector, comprising both multinational and large local corporates. He has a career in banking and finance spanning over 25 years, with a proven track record across General Management, Relationship Management, Product Sales and Management and Marketing.

James H. Peterson
James H. Peterson
(Retired)
Managing Director
The Northern Trust International Banking Corporation

James H. Peterson (Retired0 was a Managing Director of The Northern Trust International Banking Corporation and heads the Global Marketing and Relationship Management team. He is responsible for global business development and managing our international banking relationships. Mr. Peterson also coordinates the credit aspects of client relationships. Prior to joining Northern Trust, he held International Cash Management, International Marketing, International Correspondent Banking and International Operations positions with Money Center and Super regional U.S. Banks.

Oz Akendiz
Oz Akendiz
North American Trade Sales Head
Citibank

Oz Akdeniz is the North America Trade Sales Head at Citibank overseeing a team of Trade and Supply Chain professionals who work with Citi’s Institutional Client Group (ICG). Throughout his career Oz has been passionate about delivering innovative solutions to Multi-National Clients who operate in complexities of international corporate banking.

Nick Smit
Nick Smit
Head, Financial Institutions Americas
ING

Nick Smit is a Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions North America, with responsibility for originating and executing transactions for financial institution clients in North America, including asset managers, insurance companies, and banks. Nick has 18 years experience in the financial industry, primarily in corporate and global client relationship management. After he joined ING in 1995 as an Account Manager in Global Clients based in Amsterdam, he held various management roles within ING’s global banking network, including Head of Corporate Banking in Geneva, Head of Global Clients and Head of Corporate Clients for the Nordic Region based in Brussels, and Chief of Staff for ING’s global corporate and institutional business based in Amsterdam. Prior to joining ING, he worked in international trade and export finance at Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg.

Julian Oldale
Julian Oldale
Head of Transaction Solutions for Banks
BNP Paribas
Fredrik Björkman
Fredrik Björkman
Head of Banks, Financial Institutions Coverage
SEB

Fredrik Björkman is the Head of Banks within the Financial Institutions Coverage organisation of SEB’s Large Corporates & Financial Institutions division. In this role as segment head, he is responsible for managing the overall relationships with SEB’s global banking clients and partners. Mr Björkman joined SEB in 1999 and has served in different investment banking advisory positions in SEB; Corporate Finance (1999-2002) and Capital Markets Loan Origination (2002-2007) as well as in the Group Strategy and Business Development team (2007-2013) where he had a responsibility for the Group’s proprietary M&A transactions. He joined Financial Institutions Coverage in 2013 and was appointed Head of Banks in January 2017.

Sara Öhrvall
Sara Öhrvall
Chief Transformation Officer
SEB

Sara Öhrvall is Chief Transformation Officer at SEB. Sara is responsible for the digital and sustainability transformation agenda and is a member of the Executive Management Team. Prior to joining SEB, Sara was a Board Director of SEB as well as one of the major owners of the bank, Investor AB. She is also a Board Director of Vinnova (Sweden’s Innovation Agency), Bonnier News, Bonnier Books, SNS and an international advisory board member of Stockholm Resilience Center. Sara has a background in media, as Senior Vice President, R&D at Bonnier, the leading Nordic media group of 175 companies in 15 countries. Sara has also worked as Product Development Director at Volvo Cars and as an entrepreneur starting two different consulting firms. She used to be a tech columnist in the financial daily newspaper in Sweden and in 2020 she debuted as an author with the book ”Your Future Self”, about the use of emerging technologies for human augmentation.

June 8, 2021 - Day 2 - Tuesday
Tod Burwell
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has nearly 30 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

Paul Camp
Paul Camp
CEO Treasury Services
BNY Mellon

Paul Camp is the Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon Treasury Services and a member of the BNY Mellon Executive Committee, the company’s senior-most governing body. The Treasury Services business offers solutions in global payments, trade services, cash management, and foreign exchange. It operates in 36 countries, helping organizations optimize cash flow, manage liquidity, and make payments more efficiently in more than 120 currencies. Its services help clients conduct payment operations, ensure adequate liquidity, and manage risk.

Peter Hall
Peter Hall
VP & Chief Economist
Export Development Canada (EDC)

Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 30 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues. Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada.

Kevin Holmes
Kevin Holmes
Head, Trade Product Manager
Standard Bank

Kevin Holmes currently serves as the Head of Trade Product Management team, within the Transactional Products and Services business. Kevin joined Standard Bank in 2008. Prior to assuming his current role, Kevin managed the Trade Solutions Structuring team, responsible for the structuring and execution of a bespoke range of trade finance and working capital solutions for Standard Bank’s Corporate client franchise across the African continent. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a Certified Associate of the Institute of Bankers (CAIB) and holds a Management Advancement Program through WITS Business School.

Jeff Jancula
Jeff Jancula
Chief Information Security Officer
First Citizens Bank
Christian Keller
Christian Keller
Head of Economic Research
Barclays

Christian Keller is a Managing Director and Head of Economics Research at Barclays, leading a global team covering both Developed and Emerging Markets. Mr. Keller is based in London and joined Barclays in 2007 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he had worked since 1999. Based at the IMF headquarters in Washington D.C., Mr. Keller worked on IMF programs with Emerging Market economies in Europe, Latin America and Asia, and served as the IMF’s Resident Representative in Turkey from 2005-7. Mr. Keller graduated with a PhD in Economics from University of Köln, Germany, and holds a joined-MA in Economics and Finance from University of Köln and HEC, Paris.

Andy Kollegger
Andy Kollegger
Group Managing Director and Head Corporate & Institutional Clients International
UBS

Andy Kollegger runs the International Corporate and Institutional Clients business at UBS. He’s a member of the Executive Committee of UBS Switzerland AG, serves on the board of SIX Group AG and he is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. Andy has been with UBS for over 30 years. He started his career in securities lending and prime brokerage, co-lead the firms securities execution business and was a founding member of the “UBS - The Bank for Banks” initiative before joining the corporate bank in 2011. Andy is a certified Swiss banking expert and Alumni of the Stanford Executive Program.

Sven Korschinowski
Sven Korschinowski
Partner Payments, FinTech & Digitale Transformation
KPMG

Sven Korschinowski is focused on digital strategies and FinTech. He is Head of FinTech and Innovation for the German practice and a key member of the KMPG Global FinTech team. In his role he has advised financial service firms on the successful implementation of FinTech and regulatory project, led integration discussions between banks and robo-advisors and conducted commercial due diligence for firms purchasing digital platforms.

Shannon Manders
Shannon Manders
Editorial Director
GTR

Ms. Shannon Manders is the Editorial Director of GTR, the world's leading international trade finance publication. She is also a freelance financial journalist, editor and editorial consultant with 12 years of experience reporting on and producing print and online publications on the global trade and trade finance sector. Ms. Manders has extensive experience in moderating discussions, both at GTR’s own conferences and at a range of other top industry events hosted by the likes of the ICC Banking Commission, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, SWIFT (Sibos) and the Commonwealth Business Forum. She regularly covers stories from international locations, and has hosted numerous roundtable discussions and webinars. Ms. Manders was awarded “Best Trade Editor” in the 2019 TFG International Trade Awards.

Jessica Nye
Supervisory Special Agent
FBI
Preashnie Padayachee
Preashnie Padayachee
Executive Director, Head of Treasury Services, Sub Sahara Africa
J.P. Morgan
HSBC

Preashnie Padayachee is an Executive Director at J.P Morgan and the Head of Treasury Services for Sub-Saharan Africa. She is based in Johannesburg where she runs the Cash Management and Trade Finance business for the continent. Preashnie also has oversight for Corporate Cash Product and Customer service management and is accountable for developing and implementing growth strategies across the different lines of business at J.P. Morgan. She works closely with the management teams regionally and globally in building the firm’s expansion strategies, in-country client franchises and product capabilities

Diane Reyes
Diane Reyes
Group General Manager
Global Head of Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Ms. Diane Reyes leads a multi-billion dollar business operating across five regions, in over 60 countries and territories. She represents HSBC on the BAFT Global Transaction Banking Leaders Forum. She is a senior sponsor for the Diversity program within HSBC’s Global Commercial Bank and has also chaired various councils on women's career development. Ms. Reyes has been featured regularly in the last ten years in the US Bankers Magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Banking’ and ‘Women to Watch” categories, ranking number 5 in 2016. Diane earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and completed the Program for Executives at Carnegie Mellon University.

Axel Rüger
Axel Rüger
Head of the Royal Academy of Art in London
Deutsche Bank

Axel Rüger was appointed as the new head of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2019. The Royal Academy of Arts exists now for more than 250 year and recently unveiling a £56m redevelopment. Before that Axel had been in charge of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum for more than a decade. And before the Van Gogh Museum appointment, Axel was curator of Dutch paintings at the National Gallery in London. Axel was born in Dortmund and studied art history in Berlin, Cambridge and Ontario. Known for being personable and down to earth, he makes regular appearances on TV and radio and is highly regarded in the art world. While at the National Gallery his exhibitions included the highly acclaimed Vermeer and the Delft School in 2001 and Masterpieces of Seventeenth Century Dutch Portrait Painting in 2007. At the Van Gogh Museum, Axel oversaw major renovations and a full redisplay of the collection. During his tenure, visitor numbers grew from 1.4 million to about 2.2 million a year.

Jochen Siegert
Jochen Siegert
Managing Director – Head of Asset Platforms
Deutsche Bank
Ville Sointu
Ville Sointu
Head of Emerging Technology
Nordea

Ville Sointu leads Nordea’s emerging technologies research and development team. He’s been working in financial technology space since 2002 and has held several key positions worldwide in financial services and connected devices industries. Ville is also a member of Mobey Forum’s board of directors and several industry working groups in EBA, Finance Finland, EBF and OECD.

Karin Walchshöfer
Karin Walchshöfer
Managing Director and Head, EMEA, Global Financial Institutions Group
BMO Capital Markets

Ms. Karin Walchshöfer is Managing Director and Head, EMEA for the Global Financial Institutions Group at BMO Capital Markets, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the growth and management of the bank’s relationships with financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is based in the UK and manages teams in London, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. Ms. Walchshöfer joined BMO in 2000. Prior to this, she worked at National Westminster Bank in London where she held various positions in their Correspondent Banking and Card Services units. Ms. Walchshöfer was appointed to represent BMO on the European Council of BAFT in 2008. She also is a member of the BAFT Membership Committee.

Brian Gordon
Brian Gordon
Senior Vice President and Manager
Commerce Bank

Mr. Brian Gordon started his banking career at National Bank of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1989 while attending the University of Nebraska. In 2000 he joined Wells Fargo (via acquisition) where he focused his calling in the 7 states surrounding Missouri as a business development officer for the Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank. He then joined Sovereign Bank in the Mid-Atlantic & New England markets to build from scratch a structured trade finance group. Before returning to the Midwest to join Commerce Bank, he was with HSBC in New York City as an international business development officer covering CT, NJ, NY, PA, MD, VA, and Washington DC.

Jake Jacobson
Jake Jacobson
Partner
Ernst & Young

Jake Jacobson is practice leader commercial, corporate, and small business banking technology. Working with our world class CCSB business, strategy, and process experts EY is helping banks modernize and innovate around corporate lending, treasury and cash management, payments, trade, and supply chain. Jake joined EY in 2014, before that he was a director of strategy at IBM. Jake earned a BS in finance from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Joon Kim
Joon Kim
Global Head, Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management
BNY Mellon

Mr. Joon Kim has 25+ years of experience. He has held various senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank and American Express Bank, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Transaction Banking Sales for Corporate and Commodities for the Americas region. His various experiences include leading Trade Sales, Trade Product Management and Relationship Management teams, with an emphasis on development and sales of trade finance, supply chain financing, receivable services, trade processing and cross-border cash and liquidity management solutions to global financial institutions and corporations.

Daniel Moran
Daniel Moran
Solution and Security Architecture
SWIFT

Dan Moran has over 30 years of experience in the technology & financial services industry. He has held a variety of IT, consulting & commercial roles in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including leading the SWIFT Customer Security Program for Americas-UK region. Dan is an avid advocate for good practices in cyber security defence, detection & response. With a background in software and finance, Dan has proven expertise in helping customers flourish even in the most challenging and critical business environments.

Rob Nichols
Rob Nichols
President & CEO, American Bankers Association
Chairman, International Banking Federation (IBFed)

Rob Nichols is the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $20 trillion banking industry. Rob joined ABA in August 2015 following ten years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Rob served in the George W. Bush administration as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the Treasury Department, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate. In this role, he acted as chief spokesperson and head of the office of public liaison, serving as Treasury’s lead representative with the media, business, professional trade organizations, consumer groups and the public. Rob’s earlier career highlights include working as communications director to U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and press secretary to the late Rep. Jennifer Dunn, a former member of the House leadership, and in the West Wing as an aide in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Steve Nichols
Steve Nichols
Asia Representative
BAFT

Mr. Steve Nichols is the BAFT Representative for Asia. Based in Signapore, he is responsible for growing the BAFT transaction banking community in Asia. Formerly an executive vice president and head of Global Trade Services for the Wells Fargo International Group (IG)., he was responsible for setting and implementing the overall trade strategy and direction for trade activities and ensuring that Wells Fargo trade businesses and initiatives are synchronized as an integrated business.

Amy Sahm
Amy Sahm
Senior Vice President and Manager, International
Fulton Bank

Ms. Amy Sahm joined Fulton Financial’s International Group in 2002 following a long-term career in the Japanese banking and trade industry. She works as department manager, overseeing product development, operations, sales and risk management. The International Group at Fulton is responsible for foreign exchange risk management and all international transactional products and services including Trade Finance for Fulton’s customer base. The International Group primarily serves import / export SME clients within Fulton’s five state footprint. She serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of both the World Trade Center of Harrisburg and the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council supporting the US Commercial Service Export Assistance Center.

Charles W Donovan
Charles W Donovan
Professor - Foster School of Business
University of Washington

Charlie Donovan joins the University of Washington Foster School of Business as a full-time Visiting Professor of Finance. In addition, he is the Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School and Academic Director of the MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance. He is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Finance. In his corporate career, Charlie has been a clean tech company co-founder and CFO. He was previously Head of Structuring and Valuation for Global Power at BP plc and part of the strategy team that launched BP Alternative Energy with an $8 billion funding commitment. Charlie began his career as an Energy Policy Analyst with the US Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration. Professor Donovan holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, graduated from the MBA program at Vanderbilt University, and completed a Doctorate in Management at IE Business School. He is the editor and co-author of Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future, now in its 2nd edition.

Marc Levinson
Marc Levinson
Author

Marc Levinson is an independent historian and economist. Formerly an economic journalist, he served as finance and economics editor of The Economist in London. At JPMorgan Chase, he developed a unique industry economics function and then initiated the bank’s ESG research for investors. He later served as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. His books include The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, a prizewinning history of an innovation that made globalization possible, and Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas, published in 2020.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts
Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA and Americas
HSBC Bank

Michael Roberts is President, CEO and Executive Director of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., and also serves as Chairman of HSBC Bank USA, N.A., and HSBC USA Inc. He is a Group Managing Director of HSBC Holdings plc and a member of the Group Executive Committee. His appointment to these roles took effect in October 2019. Mr Roberts was appointed as CEO, Americas, with oversight responsibility for Canada and Latin America, with effect from April 2021. He oversees HSBC Holdings plc’s Americas businesses which serve domestic and international customers across Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking & Markets. Previously Mr Roberts was at Citigroup, most recently as Global Head of Corporate Banking and Capital Management and Chief Lending Officer. In these roles, he managed 1,500 bankers across 100 countries, and was responsible for lending to institutional, private banking and retail customers globally. During his 33-year career at Citi, he held various senior leadership roles in the US and abroad, including Head of Global Financial Institutions, Head of Global Automotive and Industrials, CEO of Citibank Canada, and positions in France, Belgium and Turkey.

Jennifer Rosario
Jennifer Rosario
VP, Senior Manager IT Risck Governance
First Citizens Bank

Jennifer Rosario is an IT Risk and Cyber Security leader with over 20 years of experience in IT Operations, IT Service Management, and Information Security (IS). She has a proven background in delivering expert-level cyber security guidance, developing, implementing and maturing IS programs. Her passion comes from bringing people, process and technology together to deliver value to the business. Jennifer’s certifications include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), and ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Foundation.Joydeep has been instrumental in leading several large scale digital platform creation across markets in Asia. He is also a member of several policy-making groups in Asia focusing on financial sector reform and corporate governance. Joydeep serves on McKinsey's Global Client Council and the Global Knowledge Council which sets the Firm's knowledge and client agenda. He has led McKinsey’s Banking Practice in Asia for several years and currently leads McKinsey’s Strategy, Organization and Corporate Finance Practices in the region. Joydeep is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and is a graduate of the Shriram College of Commerce. Prior to joining McKinsey, Joydeep has spent 5 years with HSBC in various executive roles.

Michael Spiegel
Michael Spiegel
Global Head Transaction Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

Michael Spiegel is the Global Head of Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered and a member of the Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking Management Team. He is responsible for the strategic positioning of the business, including trade development and delivery of solutions across cash management and trade and working capital financing to corporate and financial institution clients. Most recently, Michael was the Global Head of Trade, responsible for the global delivery of trade solutions and products across Documentary Trade, Account Receivables and Supply Chain Financing for corporates and financial institutions. Michael is a veteran transaction banking and client coverage specialist. His career spans more than three decades in Europe, the United States and Asia where he has held senior management positions in Global Transaction Banking and Client Coverage.

Ralf Steger
Ralf Steger
Head of Financial Services
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen

Ralf Steger leads Heidelberg`s Financial Services Division and is a member of the several expert councils for Trade Finance in the German Association for Machine Manufacturers (VDMA) and Federation of German Industries (BDI). Ralf is also Managing Director for Heidelberg`s own Captive “Print Finance International”. Ralf`s background is banking. He plays a leading role in Heidelberg`s EaaS Model “Subscription” that had been launched some 2 Years ago. Ralf is also Co-Founder of Tr8fin a FinTech focused on digitization of small ticket transactions under ECA coverage. She is responsible for the company’s engagement with all digital ecosystems, strategic partnerships and business expansion into new payments for Asia-Pacific. She is widely recognized as an expert business manager with deep insights on emerging trends in the region and is passionate about nation building digitization agendas and entrepreneurial businesses. Beyond payments, Rama is passionate about supporting the gender across multiple causes of education, career mentoring, entrepreneurship guidance and health care. Besides her corporate role, Rama is also a Sub-Committee Member of the Future Economy Council of the Singapore Government, that focuses on Infocomm & Media, Financial Services and Professional Services. She is also a Board Member of ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, a company set up under the aegis of the Monetary Authority of Singapore to promote financial services innovation and inclusion in less developed markets within the ASEAN region and a platform for collaboration and innovation for financial institutions and FinTech firms.

June 9, 2021 - Day 3 - Wednesday
Mencía Bobo Aritio
Mencía Bobo Aritio
Global Head of Trade and Working Capital Solutions, SCIB
Santander

Mencía Bobo Aritio, with more than 14 years’ experience in the financial sector, has held several positions in Global Debt Finance (GDF), Risk Division and Global Transaction Banking (GTB) since she joined Santander Corporate & Investment Banking in 2006. She joined Santander in 2006 as a member of the Global Project Finance Group, where she led complex structured transactions across different geographies and industries. In 2010, she moved to the Risk division, as Director of Structured Finance, becoming responsible, at a global level, for the Infrastructure and Natural Resources sector.

Marc Bayle De Jesse
Marc Bayle De Jesse
Chief Executive Officer
CLS Bank

Marc Bayle De Jesse has a career that spans more than three decades in market infrastructure roles, positioning him well to lead CLS through the next phase of its evolution as it continues to strengthen its resilience, control functions and infrastructure as well as drive the uptake of its settlement, processing and data solutions. Before joining CLS, Marc spent over 20 years at the European Central Bank (ECB) where most recently, he was a Director General, Market Infrastructure, responsible for defining and steering the implementation of policies in market infrastructure and payments. He also held a number of other senior roles during his time at the ECB; he managed the T2S Programme and, before that managed dossiers related to the promotion of market integration and the definition of the Eurosystem’s operational framework. As Chairman of the European System of Central Banks Market Infrastructure and Payments Committee, and member of the BIS Committee for Payments and Market Infrastructure, he contributed significantly to the development of regulations and international standards for financial market infrastructures.

Mario Benedict
Mario Benedict
Head of APIs and Digital Product Solutions
EMEA | Wholesale Payments
J.P. Morgan
Janko Hahn
Janko Hahn
Head of Treasury Operations
Autoneum

Janko Hahn started as Treasury Manager at Rieter Management AG in April 2010 and then joined the newly founded Autoneum Group Treasury department, when the Rieter Automotive Division was separated and got listed independently at the Swiss Stock Exchange in May 2011. Since September 2011 he is heading the Treasury Operations at Autoneum Management AG in Winterthur. Prior to his time at Rieter and Autoneum he worked for Timberland Switzerland GmbH in Schaffhausen in various Treasury roles since 2005 after finishing his studies of Economics at the University of Augsburg, Germany. Janko Hahn is married and has three kids.

Dr. Rebecca Harding
Dr. Rebecca Harding
CEO & Founder
Coriolis Technologies Limited

Dr. Rebecca Harding is an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance and CEO of Coriolis Technologies, providing data as a service to the trade and trade finance space. She is the co-author of the acclaimed “The Weaponization of Trade: the Great Unbalancing of Policy and Economics" and “Gaming Trade: Win-Win Strategies for the Digital Era.” She frequently appears on Ian King Live, Sky News, BBC World and BBC Radio 5 live, Newsnight and Radio 4 and is cited in the Broadsheet press, including recent articles in the Financial Times, Telegraph and CityAM, and citations in the Telegraph, the Times and the New Scotsman. She is a regular guest anchor on CNBC’s Squawk Box. She has written 11 books and over 200 academic articles and public policy reports.

Patrik Havander
Patrik Havander
Head of TxB Market Development
Transaction Banking
Nordea
Sandra Laielli van Scherpenzeel
Sandra Laielli van Scherpenzeel
Head of Cash Advisory
UBS
Carl Lambert
Carl Lambert
Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer
Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
National Bank of Canada

Carl Lambert is responsible for measuring and maximizing the value created by advanced analytics and artificial intelligence at National Bank of Canada. He has been working in the field of analytics since the beginning of his career in 1995. He taught actuarial science at the University Laval, UQAM and the University of Montreal for 8 years while working as an executive in the Financial Services and the Insurance Industry for 26 years. He is a member and founder of the CDAO Council of the Conference Board of Canada. He joined National Bank in June 2020. Carl is a father to 6 children and his passions are the guitar and motorcycle.

Dr. Michael Leigh
Dr. Michael Leigh
Senior Fellow
Bruegel

GIS Expert Dr Michael Leigh is a senior fellow at the Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel and adjunct professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Bologna. In 2017 he was an Erskine fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has written and lectured extensively about the European Union and transatlantic relations. Sir Michael served as director-general for enlargement at the European Commission after a career of more than 30 years in European institutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T.

Stephen Lindsey
Stephen Lindsey
Head of Standards
SWIFT

Stephen Lindsay joined SWIFT in 2007 and currently leads the business stream evolving SWIFT’s strategic platform to enable instant and frictionless cross-border transactions. Previously Stephen ran the Standards team at SWIFT, responsible for the development, maintenance and adoption of key financial industry standards including ISO 20022. Prior to joining SWIFT, Stephen spent 17 years as a technical architect and product manager for a financial software vendor, specializing in the design and implementation of payments and integration software for an international market.

Manny Maceda
Manny Maceda
Worldwide Managing Partner
Chairman of the Board
Bain & Company

Manny Maceda is the Worldwide Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Bain & Company. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm's strategy and people across Bain's global network of over 60 offices in 37 countries. Manny leads the firm in its mission to help clients create high levels of value while overseeing a culture perennially named as one of the world’s best places to work. Throughout his 30-year Bain career, Manny has advised CEO’s from around the globe while being recognized as one of the foremost experts on advising companies through large-scale transformations.

Walter J. Mix III
Walter J. Mix III
Managing Director & Financial Services Practice Group Leader
Berkeley Research Group

Mr. Walter J. Mix III is a Managing Director and heads the Financial Services practice at Berkeley Research Group. He is a former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and also previously served as a banking executive at Union Bank of California. He advises domestic and international bank clients on corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, and financial advisory assignments. He has significant experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, and capital planning. He joined BRG from LECG, LLC and before that The Secura Group; serving as managing director in both firms. He serves as chairman of the International Bankers Association of California.

Dimiti Pattyn
Dimiti Pattyn
Deputy Director General
ECB
Paula Roels
Paula Roels
Head of Market Infrastructure & Industry Initiatives
Deutsche Bank
Frantz Teissedre
Frantz Teissedre
Head of Interbank Relationships
Societe Generale

Frantz Teissèdre joined Societe Generale Group in 1996 as a financial controller of the International Department after graduating in ESCP-EAP Master Degree in Finance and Marketing. In 1998, he was appointed as SG Group’s Investment Bank Division financial analyst in the insurance and banking sector. In 2002 he moved to Fiditalia SpA, one of SG Group’s largest financial services companies. He was then in charge of commercial development. In 2008, he was appointed head of Fiditalia National Partnerships and Communication Division and was subsequently nominated member of Fiditalia’s executive committee. In 2012, he joined SG Groups’ Global Transaction and Payment Services Division as Deputy Head of the Interbank Relationships Department. In 2014, he is appointed Head of SG Interbank Relationships Department.

J. Christopher Ward
J. Christopher Ward
VP & Chief Analytics Officer
PNC

SJ. Christopher (Chris) Ward serves as the executive vice president and head of product for the treasury management line of business at PNC. In this role, he manages the development and operations of PNC’s treasury management product line. Ward is focused on continuous payments modernization and application of the latest technology to enhance the client experience and drive new business growth. In addition, he provides a critical role in client relationship management with high-value clients. Ward also brings his wealth of experience to The Clearing House, where he serves as Chairman of the Board. Prior to joining PNC, Ward held a number of leadership positions at Capital One, including head of product management innovation and integration for the treasury management business. He led strategic product development and commercialization initiatives to drive revenue growth, ensure customer retention and enhance customer satisfaction.

Maram Al-Jazireh
Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

Maram Al-Jazireh is SVP/ Global Head of Financial Institutions at Arab Bank and is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also a member of the Financial Institutions Credit Committee. Maram grew up in Kuwait and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining Arab Bank in 2001, she worked at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International, Cairo Amman Bank, Citibank N.A, Amman and ABN Amro Bank, Dubai. She is co-chair of BAFT MENA Council and an advisory board member of Beyond Capital’s governance committee. She is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and founder of Mid The Art Reach Project.

Vincent Davignon
Vincent Davignon
Head of Product Management and Regulatory Affairs, Trade Finance
BNP Paribas

Mr. Vincent Davignon is since July 2018 in charge of the Trade Product Management and Regulatory Affairs reporting to the Global Head of BNPP Trade Finance. He has over 25 years of experience in the Banking industry. Before that he has been in charge European Desk Manager (based in New York), head of Cash management Business Development and head of Corporate Trade Finance. For the last ten years, he was the head of the International Retail Banking Trade Finance having the responsibility to lead 60 sales specialists spread between Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, The USA (Bank of the West), Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast and Gabon.

Stacey Facter
Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products
BAFT

Stacey Facter has been Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT for the last six years. 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 helps members 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.

Esther Galiana
Esther Galiana
Global Head Financial Institutions
BBVA

Esther Galiana is the Global Head of Financial Institutions at BBVA. She is also involved in BBVA´s agenda regarding transformation and sustainability. Ms. Galiana has extensive corporate & investment banking experience combined with corporate experience in the health care sector. Additionally, she has been active in strategy and business development at BBVA e-commerce and BBVA Wholesale Banking & Asset Management. Prior to BBVA, she worked with Santander New York in Structured Trade Finance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Galiana worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in banking supervision. She has been Vice Chair of BAFT and co-chair of the BAFT Europe Council. Ms. Galiana is also a professor at the Masters in Banking and Financial Regulation of the University of Navarra.

Christian Hausherr
Christian Hausherr
Product Manager, Supply Chain Finance
Deutsche Bank

Mr. Christian Hausherr is the European Product Head of Supply Chain Finance for Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance solution, bringing to the role over 20 years of experience in Banking, In-house Consulting and Product Management for Cash Management and Supply Chain Finance. Mr. Hausherr spent his career within Deutsche Bank in various divisions and regions, mostly spanning across Europe and the Transaction Banking business. He holds a diploma in business administration from the University of Bayreuth and has worked in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, the US, as well as in India and Uganda on Corporate Social Responsibility assignments in the financial and educational sector.

Deepesh Patel
Deepesh Patel
Editorial Director
Trade Finance Global

Mr. Deepesh Patel is Editorial Director at Trade Finance Global (TFG). In this role, he leads efforts in developing TFG’s brand, relationships and strategic direction in key markets, including the UK, US, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. This includes TFG’s fintech platform and blockchain projects. Mr. Patel regularly chairs and speaks at international industry events including at the World Trade Organization Public Forum, The Telegraph’s Future of Trade & Export, BCR Consortia, TXF Geneva, Excred Commodities, as well as FCI and ITFA’s Annual Conference. He is a regular contributor to specialist trade journals and is Editor of the publication 'Trade Finance Talks'. In addition to his work at TFG, he is a strategic advisor for WOA, a board member of ITFA’s Emerging Leaders Committee, and sits on the Fintech Working Group of the Standardised Trust.

Diana Rodriguez
Diana Rodriguez
Senior Director, International Policy
BAFT

Ms. Diana Rodriguez leads BAFT’s (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade) global government relations strategy, focusing primarily on prudential policy and global trade policy matters. Her advocacy portfolio includes Basel III implementation, reforms to the European banking law and U.S. trade policy. She coordinates joint advocacy with partner trade associations and other global stakeholders to advance BAFT policy priorities. Prior to joining BAFT, Diana served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor for International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. There, she advised the SBA Administrator on a global portfolio of trade policy and trade finance matters, and oversaw the Agency’s global entrepreneurship promotion efforts in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Before that, she served as a Director in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division leading trade policy efforts in Mexico.

John Taylor
John Taylor
International Advisor, Centre for Commercial Studies
Queen Mary University of London

John Taylor is the International Advisor to the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and a consultant on international law, finance and corporate governance. His cross-border corporate and finance experience, over 50 years, is exceptionally diverse. John has practiced in leading law firms in Australia, the UK and the USA and held senior international management roles in law and finance in banks, a private equity firm and a global fund manager. At various times during his career, he has held increasingly responsible legal and banking positions in three international financial institutions (the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he was a former General Counsel) and in Banque Paribas Capital Markets, Emerging Markets Partnership and Invesco UK.

Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy Wilson
Former Vice Chairman, Barclays Corporate Banking
Chairman, White Chapel Think Tank
Rola Abu Manneh
Rola Abu Manneh
Chief Executive Officer
Standard Chartered Bank UAE
Dante Disparte
Dante Disparte
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Global Policy
Circle

Dante Disparte is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy for Circle, a leading digital financial services firm building the most trusted treasury and payments infrastructure for the internet, including the fastest growing dollar digital currency, USDC. Prior to joining Circle, Dante served as a founding executive of the Diem Association, leading public policy, communications, membership, and social impact. Dante comes to Circle with two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert, most recently as founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, a strategic risk advisory and insurance brokerage based in Washington, D.C. Dante also serves as an appointee on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council, the United States’ federal emergency response agency. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium, helping drive global standards and regulatory harmonization for digital currencies.

Sherif Elbehery
Sherif Elbehery
Chief Executive Officer
Misr Digital Innovations

Sherif Elbehery is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Misr Digital Innovations, a Banque Misr subsidiary. Sherif brings a variety and diversity of expertise to the role having worked in various areas throughout his career in SMEs, Retail banking, Finance, Business Development and Strategy capacities. Prior to this post he held the role of Head of SMEs & Micro Finance and Islamic Banking for Banque Misr. Before joining Banque Misr Sherif has been the Director of Retail & Business Banking for Barclays Bank Egypt. He joined Barclays Bank Egypt in 2010 as the Director of Strategy, Planning, and Marketing & Corporate Affairs. Prior to that, he was based in UAE- Barclays Africa Centre, where he has spent nearly four years moving between senior roles in the Emerging Markets Centre and Russia.

Jim Grant
Jim Grant
Historian & Author
Grant’s Interest Rate

James Grant is an American writer and publisher. The founder of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the financial markets, he is the author of Money of the Mind (1992), The Trouble with Prosperity (1996), John Adams: Party of One (2005), Mr. Speaker: The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster (2011), and The Forgotten Depression (2014) among other works. His most recent publication is Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian (2019), a biography of the brilliant and influential English banker, economic and political writer, and editor of the Economist, whose ideas about central banking informed the U.S. Federal Reserve's response to the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-09.

Rachel Greener
Rachel Greener
Senior Specialist, Central Bank Digital Currencies
Bank of England
Matthew Jolley
Matthew Jolley
Head of ESG Origination
Barclays Bank

Matt Jolley is Head of ESG Origination for the Corporate Bank at Barclays, a role which involves supporting global coverage and origination colleagues to bring sustainability discussions and solutions to their clients, and supporting the development of appropriate green and sustainable product solutions. Matt has been in corporate banking for over 20 years across a variety of client coverage, debt finance and leadership roles in Australia and the UK. He has been with Barclays for the last 9 years, and prior to moving to his new role this year he was Head of Asia, Middle East & Africa Subsidiary coverage in International Corporate Banking.

Ross Leckow
Ross Leckow
Senior Advisor, Fintech-Strategy and Legal
BIS Innovation Hub

Ross Leckow is Senior Adviser Fintech - Strategy and Legal in the Innovation Hub of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland. Mr. Leckow advises on the Hub’s strategy and work programme, leads all work on the Hub’s institutional design and expansion into new jurisdictions, and is responsible for all legal matters relating to the Hub. Before joining the BIS in 2019, Mr. Leckow served as Deputy General Counsel in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. He directed the Legal Department’s work on IMF crisis lending operations in member countries, the design of the legal and policy framework governing IMF activities, and the provision of legal policy advice to member countries on issues of financial sector reform. Beginning in 2015, Mr. Leckow co-led the development of the IMF’s extensive Fintech programme comprising both policy development and country operations.

Emma Loftus
Emma Loftus
Executive Vice President & Head of Treasury Management
PNC
Elham Mahfouz
Elham Mahfouz
Chief Executive Officer
Commercial Bank of Kuwait

Ms. Elham held a Bachelor with honor degree in Business Administration, American University in Cairo with 34 years of banking experience. Ms. Elham joined Commercial Bank of Kuwait in the year 2000 as Manager, International Banking Division and progressively held top-executive positions holding the position of GM – New York Branch, Acting GM – International Banking, GM – International Banking. Ms. Elham was assigned to take over the duties and responsibilities as Acting CEO from June 2010 until February 2012. She was promoted to Deputy CEO in April 2012. Then on 1/11/2013 she was appointed as Acting CEO. She was confirmed as CEO of the Bank from 20th November 2014. In her capacity as CEO of the Bank she is in charge of directly supervising and leading the profit centers/ divisions at the Bank in addition to the support departments such as (Operations, ITD, HRD, etc.). Ms. Elham is responsible for the preparation and development objectives and vision. Ms. Elham directs and controls the development of the Bank’s operations in accordance with strategic guidelines, thus contributing to the achievement of the Bank’s mission, strategy, goals and objectives. Ms. Elham is the Chairperson in various Executive Committees such as the Credit & Investment Committee, ALCO, and Management Committee and participates in the meetings of the Board related committees.

Michaela Ludbrook
Michaela Ludbrook
Head of Corporate Banking Americas and Corporate Coverage
Deutsche Bank

Michaela Ludbrook joined Deutsche Bank in 2014 in New York and serves as the Americas Corporate Bank Head and Corporate Coverage Co-Head. She joined Corporate Banking in 2018 as the Head of Strategic Execution, and also led the Securities Services Business from 2019. She is a member of both the Corporate Banking Global and the Americas Executive Committees. Previously, she served as the Global Head of Equities and Fixed Income/Currencies Operations and led the Americas Cross Operations Leadership Forum. Previously she worked at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan based in London, New York and Tokyo.

John Monaghan
John Monaghan
Global Head, Working Capital Advisory
Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions

John Monaghan has been with Citi for 16 years and during this time has held senior TTS Trade roles, bringing forth various trade finance and liquidity solutions to meet our Corporate, FI and Public Sector client needs. Prior to Citi, John worked in similar roles for ABN AMRO bank as part of their Transactional Banking unit. John was previously the Global Head of Trade Working Capital Finance.

Mervat Soltan
Mervat Soltan
Chairperson
Export Development Bank of Egypt

Appointed as the Chairperson of Export Development Bank of Egypt on the 20th of November, 2016 with the mandate to drive the Bank’s strategic role in helping to grow the Egyptian export sector. She possesses over 35 years of banking experience in local, regional and global institutions and brings to EBE vast experience through her senior international and regional roles within these banks. Mervat served various senior positions from 1991 until 2017. She worked as the Regional Head of Financial Institutions coverage for North Africa and Levant in HSBC Middle East, Dubai; Vice President Global Transaction Banking in Deutsche Bank Egypt covering the same North Africa and Levant region. In addition, she held other various senior roles within local and regional banks and helped develop the business strategy for these banks’ growth in the Egyptian Market.

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Steven Beck
Steven Beck
Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance
Asian Development Bank

Mr. Steven Beck has managed the exponential growth of ADB’s Trade Finance Program and implemented its first supply chain finance business. Prior to joining ADB, he worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and was an advisor to the Canadian Minister of Finance. Mr. Beck played a key role in the start-up of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and was a consultant for USAID in Southern Africa and for a start-up financial institution in Armenia. Mr. Beck is on the Advisory Board of the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission, and a member of the WTO Working Group for Trade Finance.

Geoffrey Brady
Geoffrey Brady
Managing Director & Head of Global Trade and Supply Chain
Bank of America

Geoff Brady is managing director and head of Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance in Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America. In this role, he oversees management of the origination and delivery of supply chain, receivables and trade finance products that provide liquidity, risk mitigation, and working capital optimization for the bank’s Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking clients. He is based in New York. Prior to joining the bank in August 2018, Brady was the Americas region executive for JP Morgan’s Global Trade & Loan Products business. Brady has more than 20 years of experience in banking and has held management roles in a variety of businesses including Portfolio Management and Payments in addition to Trade Finance.

Tod Burwell
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has nearly 30 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

Francesco Ceccato
Francesco Ceccato
Chief Executive Officer
Company Barclays Europe

Francesco is the Chief Executive Officer at Barclays Europe. Based in Dublin, he serves on the Board of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, and leads the Barclays Europe Executive Committee. Barclays Europe is Barclays’ principal platform for regulated activities in the EEA. It has approximately €93bn in IFRS total assets and €3bn in equity. Francesco joined Barclays in London in 2010, as Global Head of Barclays Corporate Development, where in addition to corporate activity on Barclays’ behalf, he was responsible for all Principal Investments across Barclays Group. In 2018, he moved to the Investment Bank as Co-Head of Barclays EME Financial Institutions Group and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer for Barclays Europe in 2020. Prior to Barclays, Francesco worked as a Senior Banker at JP Morgan in New York. Before JP Morgan, he held a number of senior roles at Bear Sterns, Lazard and GE Capital.

Kunal Jhanji
Kunal Jhanji
Partner
Transaction Banking
BCG

Kunal Jhanji is a core member of Boston Consulting Group’s Financial Institutions practice. He leads BCG's payments work in the UK and is a member of the firm’s Transaction Banking and Payments management team. He has extensive experience working on payments topics with banks, core payments providers (schemes, acquirers, PSPs), and non-banks (regulators, merchants, fintechs). Kunal also leads BCG's global open banking proposition. He recently defined an innovative partnership strategy, including RFP support, for a cobranded loyalty credit card partnership deal at a European bank; and was part of the BCG leadership team of a large program for a major African bank for its new digital transaction bank and payments build. Prior to joining BCG, Kunal was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, EY, and Deloitte. At Wyman, he was COO for the European payments practice, and he also served as head of policy for the Open Banking Implementation Entity, UK, while on secondment.

Duncan Lodge
Duncan Lodge
Global Head of Traditional Trade, EMEA
Bank of America
Manny Maceda
Manny Maceda
Worldwide Managing Partner
Chairman of the Board
Bain & Company

Manny Maceda is the Worldwide Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Bain & Company. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm's strategy and people across Bain's global network of over 60 offices in 37 countries. Manny leads the firm in its mission to help clients create high levels of value while overseeing a culture perennially named as one of the world’s best places to work. Throughout his 30-year Bain career, Manny has advised CEO’s from around the globe while being recognized as one of the foremost experts on advising companies through large-scale transformations.

James Pearson
James Pearson
EVP - Global Head, FI & NBFI I Corporate & Investment Bank
Mashreq

James Pearson is the Global Head of Financial Institutions at Mashreq Bank, which includes coverage of clients in the Banks, Central Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions segments. The Financial Institutions business is an integral part of Mashreq Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking Group. In his role at Mashreq, James is responsible for devising and implementing the overall business strategy for the Financial Institutions segment working closely with Head of CIBG to deliver a broader range of products to the Bank’s clients while driving other growth initiatives. James possesses over 30 years’ experience in corporate and investment banking and has worked extensively with banks, insurers, investors and intermediaries. Before joining Mashreq, he worked with Nomura where he served as Head of Financial Institutions, Asia (ex-Japan). Prior to Nomura, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore for seven years, where he was the Global Head of Financial Institutions Industry Coverage and Global Head of Insurance Clients.

Todd Schofield
Todd Schofield
Worldwide Industry Team
Apple
Bhaskar Sen
Bhaskar Sen
Financial Services
Bank FAB
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Chief Executive,
Green Finance Institute

Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas is CEO of the Green Finance Institute, backed by UK Government and City of London Corporation. Rhian spent 20 years in banking and was awarded an OBE for services to green banking. She is an Emeritus Member of TCFD and co-chair of TNFD. She is a member of numerous advisory groups and boards across UK Government.

Katherine Zaveri
Katherine Zaveri
Vice President of Global Payments
StoneX Group Inc.

Katherine Zaveri is Vice President of Global Payments at StoneX, where she specializes in helping banks, international NGOs and corporate clients deliver funds to the developing world. Prior to joining StoneX in 2015, Katherine began her career in finance working under Ray Dalio at Bridgewater Associates. In 2019, she was selected for the BAFT Future Leaders Program, where she co-authored a whitepaper on the future role of banks in correspondent banking. Katherine has lived and worked throughout Central and South America and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Peter Zotos
Peter Zotos
Managing Director, North American Banks & Broker Dealers
Wholesale Payments
JP Morgan

Peter Zotos is Managing Director and Client Executive for the North American Banks & Broker Dealers segment in Wholesale Payments at J.P. Morgan. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the growth of the client base and the delivery of cash management, clearing, trade finance, and liquidity management solutions for clients. Mr. Zotos has served in a number of leadership roles internationally during his career, including Global Head of Network Management and Head of Correspondent Banking for the Americas with Standard Chartered Bank and has experience across the full range of transaction banking products including Cash Management, Clearing, Trade Finance and Custody.

Robert Barnes
Robert Barnes
Chief Executive Officer
TRADEIX

Mr. Rob Barnes is co-founder of TRADEIX. Mr. Barnes’ trade finance experience and expertise started in the logistics and financial technology sectors. In 2002, he founded PrimeRevenue Inc and was the CEO of one of the pioneers of supply chain finance (SCF) applications. He developed the largest non-bank SCF application with over $120B in annual processed volume through a combination of technology and services. In 2007, Mr. Barnes founded the consulting company Aradya and advised banks including HSBC, RBS, Morgan Stanley and Westpac on supply chain and trade finance.

Chavan Bhogaita
Chavan Bhogaita
Managing Director & Head of Market Insights and Strategy
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Mr. Chavan Bhogaita currently works as Managing Director & Head of Market Insights and Strategy at First Abu Dhabi Bank. Earlier, he worked with the Alternative Investments and Fixed Income teams within the bank’s Global Markets Division. He joined NBAD in 2009, specialising in GCC credit markets (bonds and sukuk) across all sectors. He has over 25 years of professional experience in banking and finance, of which 20 years have been in credit research and analysis. His previous roles include Head of Middle East Credit Research at HSBC (Dubai), Head of Credit Research at Commerzbank (London), and senior credit analyst at Bear Stearns (London), and 6 years prior to his time in financial markets were spent in the areas of corporate recovery & insolvency, audit, and corporate finance in the UK.

Marie-Laure Gastellu
Marie-Laure Gastellu
Global Head of Trade Services
Societe Generale

Marie-Laure Gastellu is the Global Head of Trade Services since November 2016. Engaged in the transformation of trade finance, she is an executive banker with 30 years of experience in banking, transformation, innovation and management of large French and international teams. Marie-Laure joins Societe Generale in 1989 within the internal consulting department. In 1994, she takes responsibility for a portfolio of corporate clients in Paris and then in New York, and runs SG Americas’ Marketing division from 2001 to 2004. Until 2006, Marie-Laure is Global COO of Societe Generale’s division for corporate clients and investors, and then Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO Daniel Bouton between 2006 and 2009.

Diana Rodriguez
Diana Rodriguez
Senior Director, International Policy
BAFT

Ms. Diana Rodriguez leads BAFT’s (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade) global government relations strategy, focusing primarily on prudential policy and global trade policy matters. Her advocacy portfolio includes Basel III implementation, reforms to the European banking law and U.S. trade policy. She coordinates joint advocacy with partner trade associations and other global stakeholders to advance BAFT policy priorities. Prior to joining BAFT, Diana served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor for International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. There, she advised the SBA Administrator on a global portfolio of trade policy and trade finance matters, and oversaw the Agency’s global entrepreneurship promotion efforts in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Before that, she served as a Director in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division leading trade policy efforts in Mexico.

Sido Bestani
Sido Bestani
Managing Director – Middle East, Turkey, Africa
SWIFT

Sido Bestani, as Regional Director for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa, leads major SWIFT initiatives in the region, working on synergies, collaboration and business development, between SWIFT’s offices in Africa and the Middle East – Johannesburg, Nairobi, Accra, Dubai. From 2008 – 2015 he was Head of Middle East & North Africa and led the creation of SWIFT’s consultancy hub in Dubai in 2012. He began his career as an IT consultant then worked for an insurance company in Paris as a trader. From there, Sido joined SWIFT for five years, first as an instructor in training then as a relationship manager, before moving to CACEIS in Paris for five years where he gained extensive project management and sales experience in the securities business. He re-joined SWIFT in 2008. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Master in Mechanical Engineering.

Jochen Cerny
Jochen Cerny
Photographer
Previously Managing Director & Senior Relationship Manager, Commerzbank

Mr. Jochen Cerny was a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Manager at Commerzbank, Frankfurt with global responsibility for major Financial Institutions in North America, UK, Japan, Australia and Portugal. After finishing Law School, he started his career as a General Council at a major German Trust company. He joint Commerzbank in 1987 to become involved in the international business. Prior to his latest assignment at Commerzbank’s Head Office in Frankfurt, he established the Financial Institutions Group at Commerzbank’s New York Office where he worked for nearly 10 years. Jochen is a Co-founder and former Co-Chairman of the EAC (BAFT’s European Advisory Council). He spearheaded the BAFT initiative to create a Global Master Risk Participation Agreement which has become the legal standard in the modern Trade Finance world. Joydeep has been instrumental in leading several large scale digital platform creation across markets in Asia. He is also a member of several policy-making groups in Asia focusing on financial sector reform and corporate governance. Joydeep serves on McKinsey's Global Client Council and the Global Knowledge Council which sets the Firm's knowledge and client agenda. He has led McKinsey’s Banking Practice in Asia for several years and currently leads McKinsey’s Strategy, Organization and Corporate Finance Practices in the region. Joydeep is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and is a graduate of the Shriram College of Commerce. Prior to joining McKinsey, Joydeep has spent 5 years with HSBC in various executive roles.

Marwan Forzley
Marwan Forzley
Co-founder and Chief Executive Office
Veem

Marwan Forzley is an innovator and visionary who is passionate about building companies through disruptive technologies and global strategies. After founding and selling eBillme to Western Union, Forzley became the GM of eCommerce and Strategic Partnerships with Western Union. Forzley is now the co-founder and CEO of Veem, a global payments network helping small businesses transfer money domestically and internationally. Veem is revolutionizing global business payments with innovative technologies like blockchain to help small businesses grow at home and abroad. Forzley is also the author of “Small Business in a Big World: A Comprehensive Guide to Doing International Business”, which teaches small businesses everything they need to know about taking their operations to the international level, from business culture to negotiation tactics.

Ingrid Holmes
Ingrid Holmes
Executive Director
Green Finance Institute

Ingrid Holmes is the Executive Director of the Green Finance Institute. The GFI sits at the nexus of the public and private sectors and convenes and leads sectoral coalitions of global experts that identify and unlock barriers to investment towards impactful, real-economy outcomes, to benefit our environment, society, and business. Key areas of focus currently include energy efficiency in buildings, electric vehicle roll out, emerging markets infrastructure financing and financing nature based solutions. Ingrid was previously a Director and Head of Policy and Advocacy at Federated Hermes International. She was also the firm’s climate change coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience working on environmental policy and sustainable finance issues. Prior to joining Hermes Ingrid was a Director at sustainable development think tank E3G, leading a range of global initiatives on sustainable and inclusive finance. She has also held positions at the low carbon asset manager Climate Change Capital; been an energy and environment adviser in the UK Parliament; and adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to that she had a career in science publishing and journalism.

Ian Pettigrew
Ian Pettigrew
Innovation – Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC Bank

Regional Head of Innovation for HSBC Global Liquidity and Cash Management in Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Currently responsibilities include driving innovation in the liquidity and cash management space throughout the HSBC MENAT region, including working collaboratively with clients, partners and fintech firms to create new products and services which can support digital transformation journeys.

Chahdan Jebeyli
Chahdan Jebeyli
General Manager & Group Head, Legal and Compliance
Bank Audi

Mr. Jebeyli is the Group Head for legal and compliance, covering all Group Audi entities. He is a General Manager, member of the Group Executive Committee, Chairman of the Compliance Officers Committee of the Association of Banks in Lebanon and President of Compliance Officers Committee at the World Union of Arab Bankers. Prior to joining Bank Audi in 1997, he was the Managing Director for Legal & Compliance at Citibank – Middle East & North Africa. Before Citibank, he was in private legal practice in the USA with focus on commercial and banking matters. Mr. Jebeyli is a former Lebanese Judge and a member of the N.Y. and American Bar associations. He has an LLM in International Banking from Boston University, School of Law.

Luka Lighfoot
Luka Lighfoot
Partner, Banking and Finance
Baker McKenzie

Luka Lightfoot advises lenders, DFIs, ECAs, sponsors and borrowers on a wide variety of international and emerging markets financing transactions and restructurings. He is primarily involved in cross-border export and project finance, structured trade finance, syndicated lending and restructurings.

Andreas Meletiou
Andreas Meletiou
Senior Vice President, Financial Institutions
Mashreq Bank

Andreas Meletiou is a Senior Vice President in the Financial Institutions Group at Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution. Andreas joined Mashreq in January 2021 and is responsible for leading and implementing the overall business strategy for our East Asia, Russia, CIS, GCC and Turkey markets. Andreas is also responsible for Mashreq’s FI Branch and “Corridors” strategy and the FI teams in Mashreq’s branches in New York, London and Hong Kong. Andreas brings over two decades of experience in corporate and investment banking and has worked extensively with banks and NBFIs in many regional markets. Prior to joining Mashreq, Andreas was the Global Head of Financial Institutions in ADIB. Before ADIB, Andreas held various positions at Standard Chartered Bank, including as CEO of Iraq, Regional Head of GTB FI (MENAP) and Chief of Staff to the Global FI Head.Moynihan participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, including the World Economic Forum International Business Council (chair), the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute, the Business Roundtable, the Clearing House (chair), the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable (co-chair), the Business Council and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. He is also a member of the Vatican Council for Inclusive Capitalism and co-chair of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin
Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations Special Envoy on Financing
International Monetary Fund

Dr. Mohieldin, is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in international finance and development. He is an Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. He has been United Nations Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Development Agenda since February 2020. He was the former Minister of Investment of Egypt from 2004-2010, and most recently, served as the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships. His roles at the World Bank also included Managing Director, responsible for Human Development, Sustainable Development, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Finance and Private Sector Development, and the World Bank Institute; World Bank President's Special Envoy on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Post-2015 Development Agenda (later, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)), and Financing for Development; and Corporate Secretary and Executive Secretary to the Development Committee of the World Bank Group's Board of Governors.

Brian Moynihan
Brian Moynihan
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Bank of America

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world. Bank of America has been recognized as a leader in financial services, including on Fortune magazine’s list of The Best Big Companies to Work For, named Global Finance’s Best Bank in the United States and North America in 2020 and placed on Forbes’ World’s Best Employers List in 2019. The company is the top global bank on Fortune’s Change the World list. It was also the 2019 Catalyst Award winner for supporting the continued development, empowerment and advancement of women in the company and around the world, and is recognized annually as a top employer by Working Mother, LATINA Style, Black Enterprise, Military Times and U.S Veterans Magazine. Bank of America is included in the Forbes Corporate Responders List of 25 companies leading through the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. Moynihan participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, including the World Economic Forum International Business Council (chair), the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute, the Business Roundtable, the Clearing House (chair), the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable (co-chair), the Business Council and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. He is also a member of the Vatican Council for Inclusive Capitalism and co-chair of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Scott Nagel
Scott Nagel
Assistant Vice President, Supervision Group
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Scott is an AVP in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Supervision Group, where he serves as a team lead in the Federal Reserve System’s LISCC Capital program with a focus on pre-provision net revenues. Previously, he led efforts in the development of supervisory approaches to the LIBOR transition. From 2016 to 2019, Scott was a member of the Secretariat of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, where he supported the development of the BCBS market risk and leverage ratio standards. He is a graduate of Haverford College and of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Tom Parkman
Dr. Tom Parkman
Head of Research
TXF

Tom is responsible for delivering all of TXF’s market sentiment reports that span the commodity trade finance, export finance, project finance, and trade finance sectors. These include our in-house flagship reports, namely the Global Commodity Trade Finance Industry Report, the Global Export Finance Industry Report, and the Global Trade Finance Report and our array of more focused reports for our Intelligence subscribers. Tom also produces bespoke reports for paying clients who want to explore a topic in detail, but do not have the experience or time to explore it.

Joydeep Sengupta
Joydeep Sengupta
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Joydeep is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. Over the last 25 years, he has focused on helping leading institutions around the world transform the performance and health of their businesses. He has deep expertise in architecting and leading multi-year business transformations with a large variety of institutions across Asia and Europe. His experience in banking, digital, analytics, strategy, organization, culture, change management and leadership enables him to counsel and work closely with CEOs and Boards on creating stakeholder value and sustainable change. Joydeep has been instrumental in leading several large scale digital platform creation across markets in Asia. He is also a member of several policy-making groups in Asia focusing on financial sector reform and corporate governance. Joydeep serves on McKinsey's Global Client Council and the Global Knowledge Council which sets the Firm's knowledge and client agenda. He has led McKinsey’s Banking Practice in Asia for several years and currently leads McKinsey’s Strategy, Organization and Corporate Finance Practices in the region. Joydeep is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and is a graduate of the Shriram College of Commerce. Prior to joining McKinsey, Joydeep has spent 5 years with HSBC in various executive roles.

Rama Sridhar
Rama Sridhar
Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific
Digital & Emerging Partnerships, New Payment Flows

Rama Sridhar is an experienced business head, strategist and a senior leader in payments. She has led businesses across geographies and industries in Asia Pacific, for over 3 decades, contributing her critical strategic thinking, commercial acumen and ability to drive transformational growth. She is responsible for the company’s engagement with all digital ecosystems, strategic partnerships and business expansion into new payments for Asia-Pacific. She is widely recognized as an expert business manager with deep insights on emerging trends in the region and is passionate about nation building digitization agendas and entrepreneurial businesses. Beyond payments, Rama is passionate about supporting the gender across multiple causes of education, career mentoring, entrepreneurship guidance and health care. Besides her corporate role, Rama is also a Sub-Committee Member of the Future Economy Council of the Singapore Government, that focuses on Infocomm & Media, Financial Services and Professional Services. She is also a Board Member of ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, a company set up under the aegis of the Monetary Authority of Singapore to promote financial services innovation and inclusion in less developed markets within the ASEAN region and a platform for collaboration and innovation for financial institutions and FinTech firms.

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You can connect with attendees before, during and after the event. Simply click the Attendee Directory, and you can video call, search, message, exchange contact details or arrange meeting times with fellow attendees.

With the 1:1 video call functionality, you will be able to see your fellow attendee and they will see you as well.

Will you go back to an in-person event next year?

For the safety of our members, speakers and attendees, we are currently only offering virtual events. As the situation improves, we will re-evaluate the best medium – in-person or virtual, to offer our BAFT events going forward. Please check baft.org/events for the latest updates on our conference and event offerings.

Virtual platform is still open until July 31 at globalannualmeeting.baft.org. Watch several thought leadership workshops on demand, check out sponsor booth or reach out directly to our sponsors for additional information. You can use the video or messaging functionality from the platform.

Watch Session Recordings NOW until July 31

BAFT celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2021. To join us in celebrating this milestone year, we encourage you to submit no more than a 15 second video to share your experience with BAFT and or greet the association on its anniversary. Selected videos will run throughout the year in various channels such as virtual and in-person events, on the BAFT website and social media channels.

Learn More & Submit Your Video

Testimonials

“It was a positively packed agenda. Logistically and technically it went extremely smooth and topics were well chosen with a more diverse offer than previous years (well-being, D&I, SDG have also taken a more prominent role in today's society, for sure). Just wanted to extend my thanks for a well-organized 4 days with superb relaxing wine and cultural intermezzos (not to mention the photo booth, finale, and so many other things !). ”

Conference Attendee

Antwerp, Belgium

“Our sponsorship was certainly put to good use and the fact that we had the chance to include a good number of our executives (who would not have normally been involved in the BAFT conferences) was definitely the cherry on top. ”

Conference Sponsor

Amman, Jordan

“I liked the arrangement, the scheduling, the topics, the speakers and the fun events! Well done! ”

Conference Attendee

Kansas, USA

“We are glad we could get involved and be a sponsor of this year's virtual conference. The conference was a great success. ”

Conference Sponsor

Toronto, Canada

“Congratulations to a fantastic event! I am looking forward to enjoy the sessions I missed via the on demand button - so good that this opportunity exists! ”

Conference Attendee

Stockholm, Sweden


Sponsors