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:
BAFT Connect – MENA Day will be held the week after GTR MENA 2022 Dubai to continue conversations and focus on topics most important to MENA members and the region:
Experience as close to in-person networking in a virtual setting with BAFT Connect. Join roundtable discussions on trending hot industry topics hosted by senior MENA bank executives covering digital banking, ESG, regional development banks, country spotlights, and more. Participants are also welcome to set up private meetings with other attendees.
Attendance is complimentary for the February session. Registration closes on Monday, February 21.
As a registrant, you can choose to stay for the entire session or drop in when convenient. The session will run 90 minutes, with extra time for networking.
Registration for the February 23 session of BAFT Connect is now open. The session will be held on:
Registration closes Monday, February 21.
If you require assistance with your registration, please email [email protected].
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
· 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact us to tailor and book your package today!
Program Manager, BAFT Connect
Phone: +1 (617) 733-1984
Email: [email protected]
Experience as close to in-person networking in a virtual setting with BAFT Connect. Conduct bilateral meetings, network with fellow attendees or participate in roundtable discussions led by subject matter experts from the MENA region.
See below for a list of table discussions and facilitators:
The Emergence of Egypt
ESG in MENA Banking
An Eye on Morocco
MENA Macro Discussion
Multilateral/Developmental Banks’ Regional Approaches
Neobanks and Digital Banking in MENA
“I expect this will be my favourite booking in my calendar every month.”
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.”
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!”
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.”
Managing Director & Head of Correspondent Banking, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank