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December 6, 2021 - Session 1
December 7, 2021 - Session 2

A New Way to Network!

Welcome to BAFT Connect, a virtual networking club for transaction banking. The main goal is to provide connectivity for the global transaction banking community in the absence of, and as a complement to, in-person meetings.

BAFT Connect is offered as an individual membership subscription open to BAFT members and non-members alike. With a yearly subscription, subscribers will be able to:

  • Access and attend two sessions per month during a 12-month subscription period (24 sessions in total)
  • Network via video and message chat with other subscribers and guests similar to an in-person networking reception
  • Invite guests for free to join them at any of the sessions throughout the year
  • Join special topic table discussions planned for each session
  • Hear subject matter experts share their thoughts on timely topics
  • Plan bilateral meetings in a quiet private space to complement in-person meetings
  • Meet others involved in Transaction Banking from different regions, areas of expertise, and seniority levels
  • Participate in various activities planned during the year

Upcoming Sessions – December 6 – 7, 2021

Special dates and times for BAFT Connect, held in conjunction with the 31st Annual Conference on International Trade:

  • December 6: 11:10 CST / 12:10 EST / 17:10 GMT / 18:10 CET / 21:10 GST/ 01:10 SGT + 1 Day
  • December 7: 11:10 CST / 12:10 EST / 17:10 GMT / 18:10 CET / 21:10 GST/ 01:10 SGT + 1 Day

Meet featured speakers from earlier conference sessions including ESG and Sustainability on December 6 and Geopolitics and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on December 7. Additionally, small group roundtable discussions will be available covering:

  • Careers in Trade
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Trade
  • ESG in Supply Chain Finance Programs
  • Financial Inclusion/Reducing the Trade Finance Gap
  • Leveraging Data in Trade and Trade Finance
  • New Risks in Digital Trade
  •  U.S. SBA Program Expansion
  • Sizing the Supply Chain Market
  • Term SOFR
  • Trade-Based APIs
  • Trade Digitization

Attendance is complimentary to both December sessions unless you have already attended two sessions of BAFT Connect previously. Registration closes on Friday, December 3.

As a registrant, you can attend one session, both sessions, or choose to drop by for portions of each session. Each session has a one-hour duration. Choose the time that works best for you!


Test Your System

We highly encourage every attendee to test your system ahead of the scheduled sessions. This will ensure you have an optimal experience networking with your colleagues and peers the day of the BAFT Connect session.

Test Your System Here >

The system will automatically run a system check to test your internet speed, firewall, operating system and browser compatibility. Once that is completed, please test your audio and video by clicking the Test Webcam, then the Test Microphone and Test Speakers. You need to speak to test your microphone and click Play Sound Test to check your speakers.

Registration and Pre-Session Platform Authentication

This short video tutorial will cover steps to register for BAFT CONNECT, how to test your system ahead of time, and how to authenticate yourself on the platform to ensure you are all set for the day of your session.

How to Navigate the Platform

This video tutorial will provide tips on how best to use the BAFT CONNECT platform for an optimal networking experience.

Register


Registration for the December 6 and 7 sessions of BAFT Connect is now open. Sessions will be held each day at: 11:10 CST / 12:10 EST / 17:10 GMT / 18:10 CET / 21:10 GST/ 01:10 SGT + 1 Day

We are inviting anyone who has not yet participated in the October and November sessions to attend a complimentary session on December 6 and/or 7. If you have already registered for BAFT Connect and attended one session or were not able to attend a previous session, we will automatically register you for the December session and hope you can attend. Registration closes Friday, December 3.

The BAFT Connect November session was a great success – our attendees had the chance to listen to speakers on ESG and Sustainable Trade Finance and Physical Supply Chain – Port Operations and network with transaction banking professionals from around the world and participate in engaging table discussions on a wide range of topics. If you are ready to subscribe, please click on the Subscribe tab.

If you require assistance with your registration, please email [email protected].

Note: If you already registered for the October BAFT Connect Open House or the November BAFT CONNECT session, you do not need to register for the December session.

To register for this event, please login or register for an account.

FAQ's

What is BAFT CONNECT?

BAFT CONNECT is a virtual transaction-banking club for networking, shared problem solving, and content exchange on a drop-in basis. The main goal is to provide connectivity for the transaction banking community in the absence of in-person meetings. The platform provides for virtual video conferencing in the same spirit of a networking reception at a conference.

How do you join BAFT CONNECT?

Simply subscribe to BAFT CONNECT. Go to the Register tab for more information.

· Open to BAFT members and non-members for a yearly individual subscription fee.

· BAFT members receive a special member subscription rate and can invite guests to the club for free to an individual session.

When is BAFT CONNECT happening?

BAFT CONNECT will be available every 3rd Wednesday of each month throughout the year, and additionally on an ad hoc basis. The ad hoc dates will allow for community engagement on “hot topics” of developing issues. Dates may change due to holidays. Each monthly session will be 2 hours long, offered two different times to accommodate different time zones:

  • Session 1: 07:00 EDT / 12:00 BST / 13:00 CEST / 15:00 GST/ 19:00 SGT
  • Session 2: 12:00 EDT / 17:00 BST / 18:00 CEST / 20:00 GST

What is the yearly BAFT CONNECT subscription fee?

The yearly BAFT CONNECT subscription fee for BAFT members is $250 per person. The non-member yearly BAFT CONNECT subscription fee is $350 per person. A yearly subscription is based on BAFT’s fiscal calendar, September – August of the following year.

Who can join BAFT CONNECT?

BAFT CONNECT is open to BAFT members and non-members. We welcome all international transaction banking leaders and practitioners, including those in international trade finance, payments, supply chain finance, letters of credit, liquidity, and compliance.

What sponsorship opportunities are there for BAFT CONNECT?

Please visit the Sponsorship tab to view all sponsorship opportunities. Sponsoring a session is a great way to get your brand in front of your target audience of international transaction banking leaders and practitioners, including those in international trade finance, payments, supply chain finance, letters of credit, liquidity, and compliance. Please contact Melissa Edwards, BAFT CONNECT Program Manager, at [email protected] or +1 (617) 733-1984 for more information.

How do you access BAFT CONNECT?

Subscribers and their guests join a networking platform each month. Platform link and reminder emails will be sent prior to each session only to subscribers and their guests.

Once online, session attendees can mingle with other attendees by joining a table. Each attendee is free to move from one table to the next, and from one floor to the other. Attendees will be able to visually check the room ahead of time on who is sitting in each table before joining the table.

What should I expect as part of BAFT CONNECT?

· Access to up to 24 scheduled BAFT CONNECT sessions within a 12-month subscription cycle. Two sessions are offered each month.

· Ability to network via video and message chat with other subscribers and guest similar to an in-person networking reception

· Special topic tables planned each session

· Subject matter experts share their thoughts on short but timely topics

· Plan bilateral meetings in a quiet private space to complement in-person meet-ups

· Meet others involved in Transaction Banking from different regions, areas of expertise, and seniority levels

What software or platform is this being hosted on?

BAFT CONNECT is powered by Remo and will be accessible via desktop, mobile or tablet. Once you register with BAFT, we will load your email into the platform. You will receive an email from Remo with instructions to click on the session URL to verify yourself. You may confirm your attendance for the session prior to each session start date by clicking the “Save Me a Spot” in the verification page.

We highly recommend you test your system ahead of time at: https://geartest.remo.co

How will I login in during the session?

To join the session, simply click on the session URL from your desktop or mobile device. Click on “Save Me a Spot” (if the session has not already started), then click on “Join the Event”. Make sure to type the email address you used to register for BAFT CONNECT. You might need to create a Remo account to authenticate yourself.

Do I need to turn on my camera and microphone?

For an optimized experience, please turn on your camera and microphone. You can choose to allow your computer to turn on the camera and microphone for the session. On the pop-up, click Allow to give the platform access to your camera and microphone. Your camera, microphone, and speaker are all set to your default settings. If you are using something different, you can change and test it at https://geartest.remo.co.

What if I am having technical issues?

You can click on the “Having trouble” button in the check camera and microphone area, or click on the “Need help?” button on the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Remo technical support will assist you. You may also email [email protected] for assistance.

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

We encourage you to use your personal device (computer or mobile device) and or your personal email account if you have company restrictions. If you are using an email different from what you used to register for BAFT CONNECT, please email [email protected] so we can upload your personal email to the platform.

What are the system requirements of the virtual platform?

Please test ahead of time to ensure you can join the virtual session at https://geartest.remo.co. The Remo platform works on Windows 10 and Mac with the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. If using a mobile device, IOS 12.4.1 and Android 7.0 or higher work best.

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

Yes! BAFT CONNECT is all about meeting and networking with others. You will be able to move from one table to another, and move from one from to the next by double clicking on a table (or floor) that you wish to join. Once you join a table, all participants at that table will be able to see and speak to each other. You can also click on an attendee’s avatar to view their profile and to message them. See a quick demo of how to use Remo as an attendee on YouTube.

Do I need to download anything?

No, there is nothing to download. You simply join the BAFT CONNECT session by clicking on the session URL link in the email and sign in using the email you used to register for BAFT CONNECT. You might need to create a Remo account to authenticate yourself.

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

BAFT CONNECT is powered by Remo. Once you register with BAFT, we will load your email into the platform. You will receive an email from Remo with instructions to click on the session URL to verify yourself. You may confirm your attendance for the session prior to each session start date by clicking the “Save Me a Spot” in the verification page. When signing into the session, make sure to type the email address you used to register for the session with BAFT. You might need to create a Remo account to authenticate yourself. If you have questions or need further assistance, you can click on the “Need help?” button on the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Remo technical support will assist you.

Sponsorship

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

BAFT CONNECT attendees will include international transaction banking leaders and practitioners, including those in international trade finance, payments, supply chain finance, letters of credit, liquidity, and compliance.

BAFT CONNECT Sponsorship Opportunities for Annual Series

Platinum Sponsor – Two Available

  • Two (2) 30-minute speaking opportunities of your organization (two monthly sessions, for both sessions that day) to demonstrate thought leadership on relevant industry related topic(s) (subject to BAFT approval). BAFT will supply the presentation platform (can be live or pre-recorded) along with marketing and technical support.
  • Sponsor organization will be designated as a featured “session” sponsor for two (2) monthly BAFT CONNECT sessions for both sessions that day/month
  • Featured as Platinum Sponsor for entire BAFT CONNECT series with recognition as Platinum Sponsor during session openings for all series sessions
  • Eight (8) complimentary BAFT CONNECT registrations good for all sessions during 12-months (24 total sessions)
  • Sponsor branded virtual networking table for all BAFT CONNECT sessions (seats up to 8 attendees)
  • Attendee list for pre- and post-session sponsor emailing for your sponsored sessions
  • Logo included on BAFT CONNECT website, all email promotions pre- and post-session, and customized digital social media promotion and mentions (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) for all BAFT CONNECT sessions

Gold Sponsor – Four Available

  • One (1) 30-minute speaking opportunity of your organization (one month, for both sessions that day) to demonstrate thought leadership on a relevant industry related topic (subject to BAFT approval). BAFT will supply the presentation platform (can be live or pre-recorded) along with marketing and technical support.
  • Sponsor organization will be designated as a featured “session” sponsor for one (1) monthly BAFT CONNECT session
  • Featured as Gold Sponsor for entire BAFT CONNECT series with recognition as Gold Sponsor during session openings for all series sessions
  • Five (5) complimentary BAFT CONNECT registrations good for all sessions during 12-months (24 total sessions)
  • Sponsor branded virtual networking table for six (6) BAFT CONNECT sessions (seats up to 8 attendees)
  • Attendee list for pre- and post-session sponsor emailing provided for your sponsored session plus one more additional session
  • Logo included on BAFT CONNECT website, all email promotions pre- and post-session, and customized digital social media promotion and mentions (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) for all BAFT CONNECT sessions

Silver Sponsor – Four Available

  • Featured as Silver Sponsor for entire BAFT CONNECT series with recognition as Silver Sponsor during session openings for all series sessions
  • Five (5) complimentary BAFT CONNECT registrations good for all sessions during 12-months (24 total sessions)
  • Sponsor branded virtual networking table for four (4) BAFT CONNECT sessions (seats up to 8 attendees)
  • Attendee list for pre- and post-session sponsor emailing provided biannually
  • Logo included on BAFT CONNECT website, all email promotion pre- and post-session, and customized digital social media promotion and mentions (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) for all BAFT CONNECT sessions

Virtual Networking Table Sponsor – Multiple Available

  • Sponsor branded virtual networking table for one (1) BAFT CONNECT session (seats up to 8 attendees)
  • Featured as Virtual Networking Table Sponsor with recognition as sponsor during session opening for specific sponsored session
  • Two (2) complimentary BAFT CONNECT registrations good for all sessions during 12-months (24 total sessions)
  • Attendee list for pre- and post-conference sponsor emailing
  • Logo included on BAFT CONNECT website, all email promotion pre- and post-session, and customized digital social media promotion and mentions (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) for all BAFT CONNECT sessions

Contact us to tailor and book your package today!

Melissa Edwards
Program Manager, BAFT Connect
Phone: +1 (617) 733-1984
Email: [email protected]

Session 1

11:10 CST / 12:10 EST / 17:10 GMT / 18:10 CET / 21:10 GST/ 01:10 SGT + 1 Day

Networking & Roundtables

1) Roundtable Discussions
Open forums on trending trade issues and topics facilitated by trade finance experts.

  • Careers in Trade Finance
    • Steven Lotito
      Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America
      MUFG
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Trade
    • Joon Kim
      Global Head, Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management
      BNY Mellon
  • ESG in Supply Chain Finance Programs
    • Christian Hausherr
      Product Manager, Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
      Chair, Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (GSCFF)
  • Financial Inclusion/Reducing the Trade Finance Gap
    • Vinod Madhavan
      Global Head, Trade (On Sabbatical)
      Standard Bank Group
  • New Risks in Digital Trade
    • Merlin Dowse
      Executive Director, Global Trade Finance Product Management, J.P. Morgan
      Vice Chair, ICC Banking Commission
  • SBA Program Expansion
    • Daniel Pische
      National Director of Trade Finance
      U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • SOFR
    • Tim Moran
      Term SOFR Consultant
      CME Group
  • Structured Trade
    • Madeline Sprague
      Owner
      TradeSavvy

2) Speaker’s Corner
Have questions that were not answered during the earlier sessions? This is a great opportunity for attendees to meet the speakers via video chat and ask questions in a smaller group setting.

  • Session: ESG & Sustainability
    • Marina Andres
      Managing Director & Global Head of Transaction Banking Advisory
      BBVA
    • Kristi Z. Eberhardt
      Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance
      PNC

3) Virtual Networking/Bilateral Meetings
Meet with fellow attendees by setting up video meetings ahead of time using the BAFT CONNECT platform.

Session 2

11:10 CST / 12:10 EST / 17:10 GMT / 18:10 CET / 21:10 GST/ 01:10 SGT + 1 Day

Networking & Roundtables

1) Roundtable Discussions
Open forums on trending trade issues and topics facilitated by trade finance experts.

  • ESG
    • Anirudha Panse
      Managing Director & Head of Trade Product Management, GTB Business and Product Management
      First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Leveraging Data in Trade and Trade Finance
    • Vinay Mendonca
      Managing Director & Global Head of Product, Propositions and Structuring, Trade & Receivables Finance
      HSBC
  • SBA Program Expansion
    • Daniel Pische
      National Director of Trade Finance
      U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Sizing the Supply Chain Market
    • Christian Hausherr
      Product Manager, Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
      Chair, Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (GSCFF)
  • SOFR
    • Tim Moran
      Term SOFR Consultant
      CME Group
  • Structured Trade
    • Madeline Sprague
      Owner
      TradeSavvy
  • Trade-Based APIs
    • Marie-Laure Gastellu
      Global Head of Trade Services
      Societe Generale
    • Richard Tomusk
      Product Owner, API Lifecycle
      SWIFT
  • Trade Digitalization
    • Jean-François Denis
      Global Head, Trade Solutions
      BNP Paribas

2) Speaker’s Corner
Have questions that were not answered during the earlier sessions? This is a great opportunity for attendees to meet the speakers via video chat and ask questions in a smaller group setting.

  • Session: Geopolitics
    • Amy Celico
      Principal
      Albright Stonebridge Group
    • Karen Tramotano
      Co-Founder & CEO
      Blue Star Strategies
  • Session: Peeling the Skin off the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
    • Marshall Macomber
      Senior Policy Advisor
      Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure

3) Virtual Networking/Bilateral Meetings
Meet with fellow attendees by setting up video meetings ahead of time using the BAFT CONNECT platform.

Testimonials

“I expect this will be my favourite booking in my calendar every month.”

Tarik Muzaffar

Managing Director & Global Head, Financial Institutions, Global Transaction Banking, TD Bank

“I was looking for 'Clubhouse' for Transaction Banking and this is our answer to it.”

Christian Stolcke

Global Head, Banks & Head of Corporate and Institutional Clients, Americas, UBS

“What an extraordinarily useful and interesting forum. A remarkable gathering of shared global intelligence, knowledge and practical application. And a pleasure to speak with so many colleagues in this industry. Thank you BAFT for BAFT CONNECT!”

Jeremy Wilson

Chairman, The Whitechapel Think Tank

“Very happy to hear this will be monthly. I was a skeptic at first but this has been truly awesome. This was the single best, most productive industry engagement I've been a part of since March 2020. Thank you to the entire BAFT team and well done.”

Christopher Burtch

Managing Director & Head of Correspondent Banking, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank


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