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2021 Virtual Trade Finance Workshop II

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Program
Speakers
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Our popular  and often sold out in-person workshops hosted annually in New York and Los Angeles have been combined into one unique virtual offering building on the success of BAFT’s prior Virtual Trade Finance Workshops.

The 2021 Virtual Trade Finance Workshop II is broken down into three four-hour modules each targeted to group sessions into a larger overarching related topical areas  –  Regulatory Environment, 2021 Work Challenges and Traditional Trade. This specific workshop offers sessions covering a variety of topics including anti-boycott, shipping, fraud,  digitization and technology, commercial/standby LCs and URDG, trade-based money laundering, SWIFT updates and more.

The smaller size of this workshop optimizes interactive discussions amongst attendees and speakers. In addition to thought leadership sessions and panels, the 2021 Virtual Trade Finance Workshop will also feature a variety of ‘Ask the Expert’ and ‘Birds of a Feather’ open forums allowing attendees to pose questions to speakers, panelists, industry leaders and peers. With no set agenda, attendees can leverage learnings and insight from industry experts in these open interactive forums, and ask questions in real-time related to sessions, presentations, or other areas of interest that were not covered.

Key Virtual Event Features

  • Access both live and on-demand sessions (available for streaming and download)
  • Message, connect and schedule meetings with fellow attendees and speakers
  • Manage your own session schedule
  • Ask questions to speakers and participate in real-time polls
  • Take notes on sessions and email them to yourself after the session
  • Download speaker presentations, sessions handouts, supporting documentation and exhibitor flyers

Who Should Attend

Bankers, importers, exporters, brokers, providers/suppliers and others involved in trade operations and LC document preparations who want a deeper dive discussion on trade finance related topics and other current trade industry issues.

Those with CDCS certifications should attend to receive CPD credits for recertification. Attendees will receive 4 CPD credits per day for attendance or a total of 12 CPD credits for all three days.

Why You Should Attend

  • Earn 12 CPD credits online for recertification from BAFT and LIBF for CDCS from the comfort of your home or office

  • The workshop is spread over 3 days into 4 hour sessions per day so you still have time to work each day while participating in sessions

  • You no longer need to worry about traveling or incurring costs for hotel rooms and airfare

  • The online format allows attendees from multiple time zone spread across multiple countries to participate

  • You can network with your colleagues and peers in this online interactive format

  • Access sessions you might have missed, or re-watch them again on demand until September 30, 2021.

Program

August 17, 2021
August 18, 2021
August 19, 2021
August 17, 2021 - Module 1: How Deep is Your Regulatory Environment?

11:30 ET / 16:30 BST / 17:30 CEST

Welcome

Speakers

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President & Trade Advisor
Citi

11:45 ET / 16:45 BST / 17:45 CEST

Red Flags & Suspicious Activity

Speakers

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President & Trade Advisor
Citi

12: 45 ET / 17:45 BST / 18:45 CEST

Anti-boycott

Are you drowing in anti-boycott concerns? Consistently rated as one of our top speakers, Cathleen Ryan will talk you through identifying anti-boycott language.

Speaker

Cathleen Ryan
Director, Office of Antiboycott Compliance
U.S. Department of Commerce

13:15 ET / 18:15 BST / 19:15 CEST

Stretch Break

13:25 ET / 18:25 BST / 19:25 CEST

Technology AML/KYC Automation

Is your bank on an even keel? TradeSun can throw you a life preserver. Hear how automation may help reduce manual transaction processes.

Speaker

Nigel Hook
CEO & Founder
TradeSun

14:10 ET / 19:10 BST / 20:10 CEST

Leveraging Your RMA Resources

14:50 ET / 19:50 BST / 20:50 CEST

Trade-Based Money Laundering

Are you worried about pirates lurking in your transaction? An expert on TBML will discuss current issues of concern.

Speaker

Kim Manchester
Managing Director
ManchesterCF

15:30 ET / 20:30 BST / 21:30 CEST

Birds of a Feather: An Open Forum

This is your opportunity to ask questions that were still outstanding from today’s sessions. This is an open forum to discuss pressing questions and issues you’ve been yearning to ask your peers and subject matter experts in a small group discussion. Attendees will break into smaller groups for an interactive conversation on the following topics: Red Flags and KYC. Take your pick on discussion topic to participate in.

August 18, 2021 - Module 2: 2021 Work Challenges

11:30 ET / 16:30 BST / 17:30 CEST

Welcome

Speakers

Raja Hafeez
Vice President
Frost Bank

Subha Srinivas
Operations Manager
U.S. Bank

11:40 ET / 16:40 BST / 17:40 CEST

State of Affairs – Port of Los Angeles

Speaker

Eric Caris
Director of Marketing
Port of Los Angeles

12:10 ET / 17:10 BST / 18:10 CEST

Maritime Risk Impact on Trade Finance

Moderator

Ami Daniel
Co-Founder & CEO
Windward

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

12:40 ET / 17:40 BST / 18:40 CEST

What’s the Latest with SWIFT?

Speaker

Sam Jebamony
Vice President & Standby LC Unit Manager
J.P. Morgan

13:10 ET / 18:10 BST / 19:10 CEST

Stretch Break

13:15 ET / 18:15 BST / 19:15 CEST

Technology in Your Working Environment

How do you transform to a digital environment? What does the word “Original” mean? A conversation on how to move forward globally with paper documents in a technology world?

Speakers

Merlin Dowse
Global Product Manager, Global Trade and Loan Products
J.P. Morgan

Mary Ann McCarty
Vice President
PNC

Elizabeth Williams, CDCS
Senior Vice President & International Trade Services Manager
BBVA USA

14:00 ET / 19:00 BST / 20:00 CEST

Eight (8) Trade Finance Products in 8-weeks to Move 8 Turbines 8000 Nautical Miles

Speaker

John Baranello
Director & Head of North America Trade Finance Product Manager
Lloyds Banking Group

14:40 ET / 19:40 BST / 20:40 CEST

Recent Developments and Cases Involving Trade Finance Fraud

Our speakers will provide an overview of fraud in the trade finance context, and examine a wide variety of recent enforcement actions that highlight how these types of cases are impacting the global trade industry.

Speakers

Adam Klauder
Senior Director, Global Investigations and Compliance
Guidehouse

Patrick J. McArdle
Partner, Global Investigations and Compliance
Guidehouse

15:30 ET / 20:30 BST / 21:30 CEST

Birds of a Feather: An Open Forum

This is your opportunity to ask questions that were still outstanding from today’s sessions. This is an open forum to discuss pressing questions and issues you’ve been yearning to ask your peers and subject matter experts in a small group discussion. Attendees will break into smaller groups for an interactive conversation on specific trade topics.

August 19, 2021 - Module 3: Traditional Trade

11:30 ET / 16:30 BST / 17:30 CEST

Welcome

Speaker

Kristine Siebel
Chair, BAFT North American Standby/Guarantee Committee
Societe Generale

11:35 ET / 16:35 BST / 17:35 CEST

ICC Opinions Updates – (TA914)

Speakers

Walter “Buddy” Baker
Vice President, Investment Banking Division
Goldman Sachs

Donald Smith
President
Global Trade Advisory

12:20 ET / 17:20 BST / 18:20 CEST

Single Issue Questions

Moderator

Kristine Siebel
Vice President & SBLC Officer, Trade Commodity Finance Operations
Societe Generale

Panelists
Yeganeh Alebrahim CDCS, CSDG, CTFP
Group Manager, Trade Finance Operations
TD Bank

Michael A. Grizzanti
Vice President, Global Trade Operations & Senior Operations Consultant
Bank of America

13:05 ET / 18:05 BST / 19:05 CEST

Stretch Break

13:15 ET / 18:15 BST / 19:15 CEST

ISDGP

Speaker

Glenn Ransier
Senior Vice President & Global Standby and Demand Guarantee Product Manager
Wells Fargo

13:45 ET / 18:45 BST / 19:45 CEST

Mock Court: Commercial, Standby, and URDG

Judge

Michael Avidon
Partner
Moses & Singer

Parties

Frank Fortes
Senior Trade Finance Expert
TD Bank

Mary Ann McCarty
Vice President
PNC

Ukamaka Okpara, CDCS
Service Specialist
BMO Financial Group

Lelia Savory
Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, International Department
First Horizon Bank

Vivek Singh
Trade Finance Expert
BNP Paribas

Subha Srinivas
Operations Manager
U.S. Bank

14:35 ET / 19:35 BST / 20:35 CEST

Ask the Expert

Moderator

Marilyn D. Williams
Senior Manager
CIBC

Panelists

Frank Fortes
Senior Trade Finance Expert
TD Bank

Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President & Trade Advisor
Citi

Kristine Siebel
Vice President & SBLC Officer, Trade Commodity Finance Operations
Societe Generale

15:30 ET / 20:30 BST / 21:30 CEST

Birds of a Feather: An Open Forum

This is your opportunity to ask questions that were still outstanding from Monday and today’s sessions. This is an open forum to discuss pressing questions and issues you’ve been yearning to ask your peers and subject matter experts in a small group discussion. Attendees will break into smaller groups for an interactive conversation on the following topics: Ask the Expert

BAFT is pleased to offer 12 CPDs for CDCS, CSDG, CSCF, and CTFC for attending all three days of the 2021 BAFT Virtual Trade Finance Workshop II on August 17, 18, and 19, 2021. Please note that we are not automatically generating certificates of attendance (although CPDs will automatically be recorded for BAFT CDCS professionals). If you require a certificate, please contact [email protected]

Speakers

August 17, 2021
August 18, 2021
August 19, 2021
August 17, 2021 - Module 1: How Deep is Your Regulatory Environment?
Normand Girard, CDCS
Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President & Trade Advisor
Citi

Mr. Jeremiah Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

Nigel Hook
CEO and Founder
TradeSun, Inc.

Mr. Nigel Hook grew up near Bletchley Park, in the United Kingdom. This led him to study computer science, cryptography, and of course, Turing machines. After graduating, he self-emigrated to the United States and founded DataSkill in 1981, in pursuit of applying artificial intelligence (AI) to solve intractable problems. One area, combatting complex crimes using data science to find clues in vast amounts of data led to clients, including the US DoD, SPAWAR, FBI, and other international intelligence agencies. Mr. Hook founded TradeSun in 2018 to apply these AI and IoT technologies to trade finance where the automation of document examination drives real-time interception of fraud, money laundering and compliance infractions.

Kim Manchester
Kim Manchester
Managing Director
ManchesterCF Consulting

Mr. Kim Manchester brings his extensive background in international banking to the global financial services industry. While based in both Hong Kong and Singapore, Mr. Manchester held senior regional and global positions in corporate banking, institutional banking and capital markets for one of the world’s largest emerging markets financial institutions. Mr. Manchester returned to Canada in 2003 and founded ManchesterCF. Based in Toronto, the practice provides financial crime risk management training programs and advisory services to financial institutions and public-sector agencies. The most successful training programs from ManchesterCF include the Financial Crime Training series for international banking and the FINTEL series for financial intelligence units.

Cathleen Ryan
Director, Office of Antiboycott Compliance
U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

August 18, 2021 - Module 2: 2021 Work Challenges
John Baranello
John Baranello
Director & Head of Trade Finance Product Management, Americas
Lloyds Banking Group

Mr. John Baranello is the North American Head of Trade Finance Product Management at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets whose responsibilities include the design, creation and implementation of local and global Supply Chain & traditional Trade Finance products, associated training and marketing, and related technical and regulatory compliance. He is the Chair of BAFT’s Supply Chain Finance Committee and former Chair of the New York/Metropolitan Division of the BAFT Documentary Letter of Credit Committee. He has been involved in the review and advisory stages of the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP), the International Standard Banking Practices (ISBP 745), International Standby Practices (ISP98), & the Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG 758) – being the first to commercialize these rules in the United States. Recognized by the FBI for his work in Trade Finance, Mr. Baranello has assumed numerous trade advocacy roles most recently with the Global Supply Chain Finance Forum.

Eric Caris
Eric Caris
Director of Cargo Marketing
Port of Los Angeles

As director of cargo marketing for the Port of Los Angeles, Eric Caris is responsible for marketing, sales, and promotional programs designed to attract and retain shipping business to the Port. A significant activity involves the negotiation of container terminal leases in collaboration with the Cargo and Industrial Real Estate Division. On the efficiency side, Cargo Marketing plays an integral part of implementing the Port Optimizer™ program, which provides supply chain stakeholders with added visibility to the supply chain.

Merlin Dowse
Merlin Dowse
Global Product Manager, Global Trade and Loan Products
J.P. Morgan

Merlin Dowse is an Executive Director and the Global Product Manager within the Core Product team. In this capacity, Merlin leads a global team that manages all forms of Digital Channels available to the clients of J.P. Morgan. The team is responsible for the end to end product development and delivery for J.P. Morgan’s proprietary platforms to 3rd party that support the bank’s wide array of Traditional Trade products and services. Merlin previously held the position of Global Product Manager for the Portfolio Management Group within Global Trade at JP Morgan. In this role he was the lead for all digitization efforts of both the internal and external processes supporting the distribution of trade assets. Prior to this he was based in London where he focused on the products supporting the Corporate client segment. Merlin worked on various initiatives ranging from the Bank Payment Obligation, SWIFT for Corporates whilst also helping expand JP Morgan’s global footprint.

Raja Hafeez
Raja Hafeez
Vice President
Frost Bank

Raja Hafeez is Vice President, Global Trade Services Division of Frost Bank, San Antonio, Texas. Raja has been with Frost for the last 11 years and is a key person for GTS initiatives and expansion.   Raja brings more than 25 years of banking experience in different roles and levels from multiple banks and countries. He has a solid network with other bankers in the region, Asia and Europe.  Raja holds the Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) designation from BAFT. He earned a Bachelor degree in Business & Finance and MBA in Global Management & Entrepreneurship University of Houston. In addition Raja is Chairperson of BAFT (Bankers Association for Finance & Trade) Trade Finance West Coast Regional Committee and member of BAFT Trade Finance Central Committee.

Adam Klauder
Adam Klauder
Senior Director
Guidehouse

Adam Klauder is a senior director in Guidehouse’s Global Investigations and Compliance practice. He is a seasoned compliance executive, attorney, and senior leader with a proven track record of guiding financial institutions and corporations through complex compliance investigations and structural reorganization. Adam has an extensive background in developing overall compliance strategy, directing high-profile global sanctions, export controls, and anti-corruption investigations, and providing strategic guidance on the build-out of corporate compliance functions.

Patrick J. McArdle
Patrick J. McArdle
Partner, Global Investigations and Compliance
Guidehouse

Patrick J. McArdle, a Partner in the Financial Crimes practice, has more than twenty years of experience in regulatory compliance, consulting and law enforcement. He specializes in Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, fraud prevention and forensic accounting investigations. Patrick was a regulatory enforcement investigator which required him to conduct highly sensitive and complex specialized investigations involving violations of bank regulations, illegal activities and suspicious transactions. This work necessitated Patrick to develop and test numerous BSA/AML compliance programs. 

Mary Ann McCarty
Mary Ann McCarty
Vice President
PNC Bank

Ms. Mary Ann McCarty is with PNC Bank and has over 38 years of experience with trade products. She currently manages the Standby Operations for PNC which includes management of all aspects of syndications. Mary Ann’s expertise is with Standby Letters of Credit and is very involved with risk management issues. She is currently an active member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee.

Subha Srinivas
Subha Srinivas
Operations Manager
U.S. Bank

Subha Srinivas is a project management and Documentary Credit Specialist with 14+ years of overall experience in International trade finance operations, Compliance, AML, Business Analysis in Banking Operations and technology related projects. Proven experience in managing multiple teams and handling complex trade process functions (Issuance, Advising, Negotiation- Document examination, Payment, Collections) across different geographical regions and time zones. Subha proficiently manage operations teams and has gained international experience through extensive travel for training and migration projects. She currently is the Vice Chair for West Coast BAFT committee and a member of National Committee for BAFT.

Michael A. Grizzanti
Vice President, Global Trade Operations & Senior Operations Consultant
Bank of America
Sam Jebamony
Sam Jebamony
Vice President & Standby LC Unit Manager
J.P. Morgan

Sam Jebamony, based in Chicago, is the Manager for Standby LC Operations at JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.
 Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in June 2009, Mr. Jebamony has headed International Trade Operations departments at various major domestic and international banks. With 30+ years trade product and operations experience, Mr. Jebamony has been an active participant in national and regional Standby LC Committees and is a member of the Council on International Standby Practices (CISP).

Kim Manchester
Kim Manchester
Managing Director
ManchesterCF Consulting

Mr. Kim Manchester brings his extensive background in international banking to the global financial services industry. While based in both Hong Kong and Singapore, Mr. Manchester held senior regional and global positions in corporate banking, institutional banking and capital markets for one of the world’s largest emerging markets financial institutions. Mr. Manchester returned to Canada in 2003 and founded ManchesterCF. Based in Toronto, the practice provides financial crime risk management training programs and advisory services to financial institutions and public-sector agencies. The most successful training programs from ManchesterCF include the Financial Crime Training series for international banking and the FINTEL series for financial intelligence units.

Ukamaka Okpara, CDCS, CSDG, CAMS
Ukamaka Okpara, CDCS, CSDG, CAMS
Service Specialist
BMO Financial Group

Ukamaka Okpara is currently a Service Specialist at the Global Trade Operations, BMO Financial Group. Her eleven years of Trade Finance experience includes a Senior Trade Finance Analyst at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where she has spent the greater portion of her Trade Finance career. Her experience in this market includes product coverage on Documentary Collections, Export Letters of Credit and extensive knowledge in Standby Letters of Credit and Guarantees. She is CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist), CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) and CSDG (Certified Specialist in Demand Guarantee) certified. Ukamaka is a member of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

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

Mr. Edward Stoltenberg is a Director for Treasury and Trade Solutions, Global AML Risk, serving as an AML resource to the Trade Business. In his current role, he is responsible for all AML aspects of the Trade AML program, working with stakeholders across the three lines of defense. Mr. Stoltenberg was selected to lead the embedding of machine learning into operations processes to detect Trade Based Money Laundering, and Sanctions red flags. Due to the successes of the before mentioned, Mr. Stoltenberg started a machine learning project to explore vessel tracking and AIS manipulation. Mr. Stoltenberg joined Citi in 2014, leading Citi’s Horizontal AML Risk Assessments, conducting reviews in areas of higher AML risk, including Trade Finance. Prior to his work in financial services, Mr. Stoltenberg served as an Armor/Cavalry Officer in the United States Army.

August 19, 2021 - Module 3: Traditional Trade
Yeganeh Alebrahim CDCS, CSDG, CTFP
Yeganeh Alebrahim CDCS, CSDG, CTFP
Group Manager, Trade Finance Operations
TD Bank

Yeganeh Alebrahim is a Group Manager at Global Trade Finance Operation at TD Securities. She leads the Commercial Letters of Credit and Documentary Collections Unit across TD Canada regional offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver as well as the Commercial LC unit in the United States and supporting TD Trade Finance Operations in Singapore. She started her Trade Finance career after her MBA in International Business and Marketing and has been in the field for 12 years. She obtained her CDCS, CSDG, CTFP throughout her career. Previously Yeganeh has been a Trade Advisor at National Bank of Canada. Prior to joining NBC she was a Trade Advisor at BNP Paribas with a focus on Oil and Gas industry Standby Letters of Credits.

Michael Evan Avidon, Esq.
Michael Evan Avidon, Esq.
Partner
Moses & Singer

Mr. Mike Avidon is a partner in Moses & Singer LLP, a New York City law firm, where he is Co-Chair of the Banking and Finance Practice Group. He is widely recognized for his knowledge of letters of credit (LCs), lending, and secured transactions. Mr. Avidon practice emphasizes secured and unsecured lending transactions, LC transactions, trade finance, supply chain finance, electronic contracting, outsourcing and white labeling agreements, and LC litigation. His LC work involves standby, direct pay, and commercial LCs as well as demand guarantees. His clients include money center banks (often acting as administrative agent for a syndicate of lenders) and other financial institutions.

Walter (Buddy) Baker
Walter (Buddy) Baker
Vice President, Investment Banking Division
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Buddy Baker is entering his 44th year of working with letters of credit and with people who work with letters of credit.  This time has mainly been spent in employment with banks that actively finance international trade, like ABN AMRO, The First National Bank of Chicago, and 5 more banks that no longer exist, but he also spent 3 years with Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, and a couple of years working as a freelance consultant to banks and exporters.  In late 2016, he returned to banking to join Goldman Sachs, where he serves as an internal expert on deals and problems involving letters of credit, based in Chicago. Mr. Baker has written numerous magazine articles and several books on how letters of credit work, including the Users’ Handbook to Documentary Credits under UCP600 (ICC Publication No.694); designed online training and certification programs for credit managers and bankers, including the standby letter of credit modules for the ICC Academy; and frequently speaks at national meetings of bankers, credit managers, and lawyers, like this one.  He recently replaced Don Smith as US delegate to the ICC Banking Commission.

Frank Fortes
Frank Fortes
Senior Trade Finance Expert
TD Financial Group

Mr. Frank Fortes is the Senior Trade Finance Expert, responsible to provide legal advice on complex trade finance transactions and training on Trade-based money laundering & sanctions. Mr. Fortes has over 10 years of experience in Trade Finance and International Business Law which he mainly built in one of the Trade Finance leading banks, the HSBC Group. Prior to joining the Toronto-Dominion Bank, he held various senior positions as Legal Counsel at HSBC France or Manager of the International Guarantees Unit of HSBC Canada. He is also CITF (Certificate in International Trade and Finance) and CSDG (Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees) certified.

Normand Girard, CDCS
Normand Girard, CDCS
Director, Global Trade Operations
BMO Financial Group

Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
Vice President & Trade Advisor
Citi

Mr. Jeremiah Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

Michael A. Grizzanti
Vice President, Global Trade Operations & Senior Operations Consultant
Bank of America
Mary Ann McCarty
Mary Ann McCarty
Vice President
PNC Bank

Ms. Mary Ann McCarty is with PNC Bank and has over 38 years of experience with trade products. She currently manages the Standby Operations for PNC which includes management of all aspects of syndications. Mary Ann’s expertise is with Standby Letters of Credit and is very involved with risk management issues. She is currently an active member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee.

Ukamaka Okpara, CDCS, CSDG, CAMS
Ukamaka Okpara, CDCS, CSDG, CAMS
Service Specialist
BMO Financial Group

Ukamaka Okpara is currently a Service Specialist at the Global Trade Operations, BMO Financial Group. Her eleven years of Trade Finance experience includes a Senior Trade Finance Analyst at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce where she has spent the greater portion of her Trade Finance career. Her experience in this market includes product coverage on Documentary Collections, Export Letters of Credit and extensive knowledge in Standby Letters of Credit and Guarantees. She is CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist), CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) and CSDG (Certified Specialist in Demand Guarantee) certified. Ukamaka is a member of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

Glenn Ransier
Glenn Ransier
Senior Vice President & Head of Documentary Trade and SBLCs
Wells Fargo

Mr. Glenn Ransier is the SVP Head of Documentary Trade and SBLCs with Wells Fargo Bank. He is currently a Technical Advisor assisting the production of official Banking Commission Opinions for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, France. He also has delegation experience at the ICC and at the International Organization for Standardization. Mr. Ransier has been an involved member of BAFT for decades and was most recently the Chair of the Oil and Commodity LC Working Group in 2015.

Lelia Savory, CDCS
Lelia Savory, CDCS
Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, International Department
First Horizon Bank

Ms. Lelia Savory is Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager for the International Department at First Horizon Bank. She has performed various roles in trade services over the past 25 years and is now responsible for the team that processes trade finance and foreign exchange related transactions. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist, co-chair of the BAFT Regional Bank Council, and the outgoing Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

Kristine Siebel
Kristine Siebel
Chair, BAFT North American Standby/Guarantee Committee
VP & SBLC Officer, Trade Commodity Finance Operations, Societe Generale

Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Societe Generale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

Vivek Singh, CDCS, CSDG
Vivek Singh, CDCS, CSDG
Head-Trade Guarantees Expertise Desk
BNP Paribas

Having started his career as a document examiner under Commercial Letters of Credit with the then ABN Amro, India, he is now heading the Trade Guarantees Expertise Desk with the Trade Finance Competence Centre of BNP Paribas, Brussels, Belgium. With 10+ years of his exciting journey in traditional Trade Finance he has had the opportunity to don several hats. Some of his previous positions include Senior LC Officer, BNP Paribas Montreal, Canada, Trade Finance Trainer for SBLCs and Commercial LCs, Client Service Manager - Trade Finance CIBC, Montreal, Canada. His most recent accomplishment is the title holder of the “ICC Belgium Registered Trainer of the Incoterms® rules 2020.

Donald Smith
Donald Smith
President
Global Trade Advisory

Mr. Donald Smith has over 43 years of experience in letters of credit starting with the UCP 222. He is retired from Citibank New York and is currently President of Global Trade Advisory, a Charlotte NC based consulting firm focused on training in the traditional trade products, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution. He has been a member of the US delegation to the ICC Banking Commission since 1998, chaired the ICC’s Uniform Rules for Forfaiting drafting group, co-chaired the International Standard Banking Practices drafting group, was a member of the group which produced the International Standby Practices ISP98. He has been a member of BAFT and its predecessor organizations since 1982, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and chaired the national Letter of Credit Committee and the Annual Conference several times.

Subha Srinivas
Subha Srinivas
Operations Manager
U.S. Bank

Subha Srinivas is a project management and Documentary Credit Specialist with 14+ years of overall experience in International trade finance operations, Compliance, AML, Business Analysis in Banking Operations and technology related projects. Proven experience in managing multiple teams and handling complex trade process functions (Issuance, Advising, Negotiation- Document examination, Payment, Collections) across different geographical regions and time zones. Subha proficiently manage operations teams and has gained international experience through extensive travel for training and migration projects. She currently is the Vice Chair for West Coast BAFT committee and a member of National Committee for BAFT.

Marilyn D. Williams
Marilyn D. Williams
Senior Manager Trade Finance
CIBC

Ms. Marilyn Williams is a graduate of Concordia University, Montreal, QC. with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Graduates Studies in Instructional Administration and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. She has over 26 years of experience with Trade Finance Operations in a number of Leadership roles. During her tenure with the organization she has worked as a Business Consultant, accountable for business controls and compliance related activities. She has also supported Operational Risk Management for Business Banking. With her passion coupled with her dedication for Trade, she has held the position of Senior Manager Trade Finance Operations; providing leadership for the Division. She is currently working on Special Projects/training supporting Trade Finance. Marilyn is a member of the BAFT South East/West Workshop Planning Group and BAFT South East Letter of Credit Committee.

FAQ's

What software or platform is this being hosted on?

The 2021 Virtual Trade Finance Workshop will be accessible on the BAFT Events app via desktop, mobile or tablet. You will need to download the BAFT Events app ahead of time either at the Google Play or Apple Store. The app is also accessible on desktop browsers at event.crowdcompass.com/vtfwii. The app will be available 2 weeks prior to the event. You will receive a personalized link from BAFT reminding you to download the event app or log in via desktop to verify your account.

The livestream sessions will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar. You need to download Zoom to your device, if you don’t have it installed. The day of the virtual event, make sure you are signed in to BAFT Events and Zoom for a seamless event experience

Why do I need the BAFT Events app?

The BAFT Events app is your gateway to the virtual event. You can access the event via your mobile phone, tablet or on the web. With BAFT Events, you can:

  • Join the live sessions, ask questions, participate in polls
  • See a list of attendees, speakers and their shared information
  • Send messages and connect with attendees and speakers before, during and after the event
  • Access the program and schedule sessions you plan to attend
  • Take notes on sessions and email them to yourself after the session
  • Access any speaker handouts, session and or sponsor flyers
  • Connect with sponsors, solution providers and exhibitors

Do I need to download anything?

Yes, you will need to download the BAFT Events app either via Google Play or the Apple Store ahead of time if you plan to use your mobile device or tablet. The app will be available prior to the event. You will receive a personalized link from BAFT reminding you to download the event app.

If you are planning to join the virtual event via your laptop or desktop computer, you simply need to use the online link sent to you as part of your account confirmation: https://event.crowdcompass.com/vtfwii.

How will I login in during the event?

To join the virtual event, simply log in to BAFT Events app from your mobile device or tablet, or go online if using a laptop or desktop computer. Make sure to type the email address you used to register for the event. You can then proceed to My Schedule, choose the session and click on ‘Join Live Webcast’ to join the session.

Will you email me information about logging in and who can help me if I have issues?

Yes, BAFT will send an email to download the BAFT Events app. A reminder will be sent closer to the event dates if you have not downloaded and set up your account yet. You can always contact [email protected] if you have issues downloading or logging in to BAFT Events.

What if I cannot attend the sessions live? Am I able to watch later?

All sessions will be recorded and available on-demand to all registered attendees via the app. An email will be sent to all attendees once these recordings are available.

What if my institution or company doesn’t allow me to access the platform?

Please test ahead of time to ensure you can join the virtual event. The BAFT Events app works best with Internet Explorer (IE) 11, as well as the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. If using a mobile device, IOS 11 or higher and Andriod 7.0 or higher work best.

The webcast for each session is via Zoom Webinar. If your device does not have Zoom installed, please make sure you download and sign in to Zoom prior to the virtual event.

To test, sign in to your BAFT Event account then select a session under Agenda or My Schedule and click on the Join Webinar link. BAFT Events works in several devices – computers, tablets and mobile phone. If one device doesn’t work, we suggest you test other devices ahead of time to make sure you can access the sessions.

Will I be able to ask questions?

Yes, you can certainly ask questions via a Q&A dialog box during each session.

Will I be able to speak with the other attendees? Will other attendees be able to see me?

You can connect with attendees before, during and after the event. Simply click the Attendees icon, and you can search, message, exchange contact details and even arrange meeting times with fellow attendees.

No, other attendees will not be able to see you during the sessions. Zoom Webinar is a one-to-many platform. You will be able to see the speakers and panelists, but they will not be able to see you.

Will you go back to in person workshops next year? Or still hold the virtual training?

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 these workshops and other events going forward. Please check baft.org/events for the latest updates on our conference and event offerings.

Who We Are

BAFT is the leading global industry association for International Transaction Banking. It helps bridge solutions across financial institutions, service providers, and the regulatory community that promote sound financial practices enabling innovation, efficiency, and commercial growth.

Get Your Brand in Front of Your Target Audience

Attendees of the Virtual Trade Finance Workshop II (VTFW) will include bankers, importers, exporters, brokers, providers/suppliers and others involved in trade operations and letters of credit documentation. The event will be held in a series of 3 modules, August 17 – 19, 2021. This workshop has been approved for 12 CPDs for CDCS® recertification. BAFT is offering exclusive sponsorship options based on your organization’s marketing, branding and lead generation goals.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Premier Sponsor – SOLD OUT
  • Recognition as a Premier Sponsor
  • Speaking spot in the conference program*
  • Two (2) complimentary conference registrations
  • Two (2) discounted conference registrations
  • Rotating sponsor banner displayed on BAFT Events mobile and desktop applications
  • Additional one-page flyer/virtual mailing to registered conference attendees pre or post-event
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each day
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Premier Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Premier Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
Supporting Sponsor – Two Available
  • Recognition as a Supporting Sponsor
  • Two (2) complimentary conference registrations
  • One (1) discounted conference registration
  • Rotating sponsor banner displayed on BAFT Events mobile and desktop applications
  • Additional one-page flyer/virtual mailing to registered conference attendees pre or post-event
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each day
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Supporting Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Supporting Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

BAFT Events Mobile and Desktop Application – One Available
  • Two (2) complimentary conference registrations
  • Dedicated sponsor splash page with company branding on BAFT Events mobile application
  • Sponsored rotating banner featured on BAFT Events mobile and desktop applications
  • Option to send one pager/virtual flyer to registered attendees pre or post-event 
  • Recognition as BAFT Events Mobile/Desktop App Sponsor during event opening of each session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
Virtual Breaks – Three Available
  • Sponsored branding, logo and/or 30 second video advertisement displayed during break in content programming
  • Recognition as Virtual Break Sponsor during event opening of each series session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Virtual Break Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Virtual Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
BAFT Events Mobile and Desktop Banner – Three Available
  • Sponsored rotating banner featured on BAFT Events mobile
  • Recognition as Banner Sponsor during event opening of each session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Banner Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Banner Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event

*subject to planning committee approval

**subject to speaker release agreement approval

Looking for something specific? We can customize your sponsorship package.

For more information please contact:
Matt Kaitz, [email protected], +1 703-200-9071


Sponsors