The BAFT Global Councils Forum serves as the leading international forum bringing the financial community, its partners, and providers together.
The forum’s aim is to foster collaboration to shape market practice, influence regulation and legislation through advocacy, develop new industry capabilities, and provide education and training that contribute to the safety and soundness of the global financial system.
The Global Councils Forum is an excellent way to kick-start your SIBOS week! The forum features a half-day program including short thought leadership sessions and dedicated networking activities so you can meet with your colleagues, clients and prospects in an exclusive, smaller group setting in the morning prior to the start of SIBOS 2022.
This is an invite only event with limited seating. The forum is a gathering of 100 senior bank executives, heads of transaction banking, trade, compliance, payments, and innovation, plus other key industry decision makers and featured speakers.
This is a free, invite only event, held in conjunction with SIBOS, hosted at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Invitees will receive a link to RSVP their attendance.
08:30 - 09:30
President & CEO
“Business managers should buy a pair of Facebook’s (Meta’s) Oculus glasses and watch Stranger Things on Netflix.” — Rik Vera
Although the Metaverse started with the gaming industry, we are now seeing it slowly trickle into different industries including banking. With digital currencies being considered and the virtual exchange of goods and services sparking the interest of different stakeholders, some transaction bankers are asking themselves the existential questions of what, why and how to be included in this change, whereas others are still skeptical. Newer and stranger things are happening in the banking industry and bankers need to get ready for it.
International Keynote Speaker & Author
The growth of fintechs in the payment space has presented plenty of partnership opportunities which we have explored in many ways. ‘Banking Fintechs' is one such way of extending that partnership and banks could learn and participate in the growth of fintechs. Fintechs could also benefit hugely in understanding some of the challenges of the banking sector and the expected standards in governance for an effective partnership. We explore how banks and fintechs could both raise standards.
Head of Fintech & Non-Bank PSPs, UK FIG
Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank
Chief Operating Officer
Managing Director & Americas Head of International Corporate Banking
Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank
The past 24 months have brought great disruption to the workplace and it is not slowing down. In addition to changing where they work, many people have changed who they work for. This summer, 4 million Americans quit their jobs and joined the great resignation. People left for better hours, more money and mostly, more flexibility. What is the impact to the top and bottom line, and will this change bring additional opportunity? This panel will explore the new realities of today’s workforce, addressing the impact on the bottom line, the war on talent, and the role employee wellness plays.
CEO & Founder
The Meyer Partnership
Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand
Managing Director & Global Head of Financial Institutions, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
Supply chain challenges have been front and center in recent times. From port congestions, the blocked Suez Canal, to labor shortages, and production shut downs leading to inventory shortages. We have seen it all. While some of these factors were already in play pre-COVID, they have become even more of a challenge today. Geopolitical factors as well as inflation add further complexity to the mix. How are corporates and logistic companies dealing with these challenges, and how can banks and financial intermediaries help? What are the new solutions and structural changes being looked at to enable corporates to better navigate supply chain complexities and challenges?
Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America, Transaction Banking – Americas
Senior Executive Officer & Board Director
DP World Financial Services
Global Head Agri Commodities, Trade & Commodity Finance
12:30 - 14:00
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 over 25 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 JPMorgan 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.
Nadine is based in London, and is the Global Head of Financial Institutions for Global Liquidity and Cash Management (GLCM). The Financial Institution business spans 30 countries, with clients in the following sectors: Banks, International Investors, Insurances, Financial Sponsors and the Public Sector. Nadine has been a member of the GLCM ExCo for the past 10 years and has been a key sponsor of several global initiatives, to drive employee wellbeing and diversity across the GLCM workforce of circa 3.5k employees. She continues to actively mentor individuals in formal and less formal programmes. Over the past year Nadine has also acted as an executive sponsor for ESG Initiatives within GLCM.
Previously CEO of XE.com, Ledsham is responsibility for scaling the global payment company’s underlying compliance and payment infrastructure as the firm continues to grow internationally. Previously CTO at 10X Future Technologies, Drennan has also held roles at BBC Worldwide, Amazon and Virgin Media. He will take on responsibility for the build and development for Currencycloud’s platform and supporting technology solutions.
Steven Lotito is Managing Director and Head of Trade Finance in Transaction Banking for the Americas at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. In his role, Steven manages the sales and product management organizations responsible for advising the bank’s client’s in the Corporate, Commercial and Japanese Corporate Banking segments in North America navigate some of the most important trade markets by delivering timely information on international markets, bringing innovative products to market, and providing trade financing solutions and risk management strategies. Steven has more than 30 years of experience in commodity finance and international trade finance. Prior to MUFG, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, North America; and Director and Head of Transaction Banking for the Americas at HSBC Bank USA and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group respectively. In addition, he has held senior trade and commodity finance roles at ABSA Banking Corp., Ecoban Finance Ltd., Phibro Inc., and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Nicole Meyer, Founder & Managing Partner of The Meyer Partnership, has over twenty years’ experience in Transaction Banking, having spent most of her career at Citibank, her last role as Managing Director, Team Leader for Citibank’s North American Financial Institutions Cash Management sales team. At Citibank, Nicole’s roles ranged from Business Development to Implementation Head for e-Banking Solutions to North American Cash & Trade Six Sigma Process Reengineering Head. Prior to Citibank, Nicole worked for The First National Bank of Chicago and Shawmut Bank Boston. She started her career in sales at Xerox. Nicole’s search experience includes hiring mid and senior-level executives for roles ranging from the Global Head of Transaction Banking, to the Global Head of Payments, to Heads of Regions and Countries, Heads of Product, Sales, and Service, and Heads of Operational Risk. Her expertise is in the areas of Cash Management, Digital, Payments and Liquidity, Trade/Working Capital/Supply Chain Finance, Securities Services/Custody, and Corporate and Commercial Banking. In her free time, Nicole channels her passion for empowering women as a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 6000 in New York City.
Sinan has 22 years of experience working in executive roles across various industries, focusing on several areas of banking, financial services & logistics i.e. trade & structured finance solutions, supply chain finance, new ventures and business development. Sinan joined DP World in April 2021, set up DP World Trade Finance where he continues to serve as Senior Executive Officer and Board Director, and globally leads DP World’s Trade Finance arm. In March 2017, he set up Maersk Trade Finance business in UAE, obtained regulatory license, rapidly grew business, and served as Senior Executive Officer, Board Director and Regional Trade Finance Head for Indian Subcontinent, Middle East & Africa region until 2021. Previously, Sinan was Regional Director of UK Export Finance (a British Government Department and the official Export Credit Agency of the UK) for Europe, MENA and Central Asia region, established UKEF’s overseas presence and originated trade & project finance deals. Prior to UKEF, he headed Trade Finance/Financial Services unit of CNH Industrial for Africa-Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Before CNH, Sinan held the position as Auditor at VakifBank and covered many areas of banking & financial services.
Michiel has over 17 years of TCF experience in different Commodity Sectors (Agriculture, Metals + Mining and Energy) having been based in London and the Netherlands throughout his career. Michiel has an engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology and is a keen cyclist in his spare time.
After spending over 25 years in C-level jobs in sales, marketing and general management at companies such as Desso, Armstrong and Domo Contract Flooring, Rik has always built his businesses on innovation, new business models, customer centricity and technology as a powerful enabler and now he uses that experience to inspire companies to develop their own strategy fit for a digital and connected world.
“Good event for networking with peers and getting an early insight on the topics that will be prevalent at SIBOS.”
London, United Kingdom
“Excellent program and very well presented.”
“Excellent sessions with a good variety of topics covered, and a good audience, which enabled efficient networking.”
“The setting, format and timely information that was discussed were great.”
“A well structured event with a good gathering of a cross section of BAFT's membership that made attending fruitful.”
Pretoria, South Africa