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2022 Global Annual Meeting

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Overview

Navigating in a Changing World

The 2022 BAFT Global Annual Meeting, where the international transaction banking community meets, will be held May 1 – 4, 2022. The conference will be a hybrid event, both in-person and virtual. Join us for this special occasion where we will kick off the program with a gala dinner commemorating the association’s 100 years of leadership in finance and trade.

This highly awaited conference for transaction bankers, and other trade, cash management, payments, and treasury executives, returns with much-anticipated dedicated timing for bilateral meetings and networking  balanced with thought-provoking and topical sessions our industry faces in navigating this ever-changing world.


   

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test is Required to Enter the Conference

This is for everyone’s wellness during the conference.

  • Non-US-Based Conference Attendees: Present your vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test at the BAFT registration desk.
  • US-Based Conference Attendees: Download the CLEAR App on your mobile device to upload your vaccination card or proof of negative COVID-19 test ahead of time. Please see the details below:
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    • Event Date: 5/1- 4
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Conference Highlights

  • 100th Anniversary Gala on May 1 and 100th Anniversary Celebration on May 3
  • General Sessions with Regional Tracks (Europe, Africa, MENA, North America, Latin America, Asia)
  • BAFT Future Leaders Class of 2022 Graduation
  • TFG International Trade Awards 2022
  • Hybrid Conference – Join us in-person or virtually
  • Dedicated Hours Sunday – Tuesday for Bilateral Meetings*

*Bilateral Meetings are an important component of the BAFT Global Annual Meeting. To allow attendees time to participate in the educational portion of the conference and hear our esteemed speakers, BAFT has designated specific times during the program for bilateral meetings. As you plan bilateral meetings, we would like to remind you of BAFT’s policy to only conduct meetings during designated hours.

    • Sunday, May 1: All Day
    • Monday, May 2: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:30 PM ET
    • Tuesday, May 3: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 01:30 PM ET
    • Wednesday, May 4: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:45 PM ET

Meetings should not be held outside of these hours. Everyone must be registered for the conference to attend bilateral meetings.


TFG International Trade Awards 2022 | In Cooperation with BAFT

Now in its sixth year running, the annual TFG Awards are presented to businesses and service providers in trade, supply chain, and receivables finance. Award winners are recognized for their outstanding contributions to global trade and finance. Hosted in cooperation with BAFT, the Trade Finance Global (TFG) International Trade Awards 2022 winners will be announced at the BAFT Global Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on May 4, 2022.


Celebrating 100 Years of Leadership in Finance and Trade


Hear from Steve Bash, former BAFT Chair and current Senior Vice President & Manager of International Banking and Trade Finance at City National Bank, as he narrates the 100 year history of BAFT from its founding until today. Register today to join us as we celebrate our centennial anniversary May 1 – 4, 2022.

Program

On-Demand
May 1, 2022
May 2, 2022
May 3, 2022
May 4, 2022
On-Demand
Africa Regional Track

Digitization as an Enabler for Trade on the Continent

Digitization is viewed as a key enabler in achieving inclusive growth and access to trade finance. Whilst the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital trade finance solutions, systemic issues remain. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for the democratization of Trade Finance

Moderator
Michelle Knowles
Pan African Head of Trade Finance Product, Trade and Working Capital
Absa Group

Panelists
Uzair Bawany
Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder
Traydstream

Blandine Gamblin
Managing Director & Regional Head of Trade Finance, Africa
Societe Generale

Okechukwu Ihejirika
Senior Manager, Trade Services
Afreximbank

Florian Wicht
Regional Lead Africa, Trade and Commodity Finance Solutions
IFC (International Finance Corporation) World Bank Group


The Extent of Enabling Intra Africa Trade Through the AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will create the largest free trade area in the world measured by the number of countries participating in the African Free Trade Agreement. The session will address key questions including how does the AfCFTA support access to Trade Finance; payments – PAPS and POC; and what are the key enablers/challenges that need to be addressed for the full benefit of the AfCFTA to be realized?

Moderator
Kevin Holmes
Head of Trade Product Management
Standard Bank of South Africa

Panelists
Trudi Hartzenberg
Executive Director
Trade Law Centre (tralac)

Bohani Hlungwane
Managing Director & Group Head of Trade and Working Capital
Absa Group


Sustainable Trade Finance – A View from an Emerging Market

Is there a lack of understanding of trade products and the African market when it comes to sustainable trade finance? Is the prioritization of climate change and the ‘E’ (environment) in “ESG” precluding the “S” (social) and “G” (governance) aspects when it comes to African sustainable trade finance and fulfilling the economic and social SDGs? The harsh reality is that much of the continent depends on extractive industries for survival however their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is a fraction of developed markets. Should the prioritization of the “E” therefore, under a “just transition”, not be for developed markets?

Moderator
Derryn Faure
FI Trade Structuring and Syndication
Investec

Panelists
Tracey Austin
Sector Director, Financial and Professional Services, UK Department for International Trade
British Consulate-General South Africa

David Banson
Investment Manager
British International Investment

George Wilson
Head, Institutional Trade Finance
Investec

Americas Regional Track

Navigating Compliance in a Changing World

Will you process this payment that is legal but has potential for reputational risk? How are you interpreting AML regulations related to crypto currencies and how do you manage the risk? These are just some of the questions correspondent banks are regularly asked regarding their appetite to process transactions which might have a higher AML risk profile. In this virtual session, compliance experts from across the Americas will provide their insight to the most frequently discussed AML topics from correspondent banks and their clients.

Moderator
Christopher Van Houten
Relationship Director, Global Financial Institutions, International Corporate Banking Americas
Barclays

Panelists
Eugenia Azcuaga
Executive Director, LATAM Global Financial Crimes Compliance
J.P. Morgan

Andy Hofmann
Global Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Officer
BMO Capital Markets

Candice Huggins
Chief Compliance Officer
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank


Supply Chain Finance in the Americas: Updates and Market Disparities 

Supply Chain Finance (SCF) is a mature and growing asset class in some parts of the Americas but in key emerging markets, the use of the product line varies in its level of acceptance and sophistication. Regulation also varies in the treatment of various instruments that are acceptable. This session will cover the wide range of how far this asset class has come in some markets, and how far it has yet to come in others. And don’t forget, ESG is fully in front of us and will have an impact for the long haul!

Moderator
Steven Lotito
Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America
MUFG

Panelists
Christian Hausherr
Product Manager, Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
Chair, Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (GSCFF)

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

Romario Alves Pinto
Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance
Inter-American Investment Corporation

Asia Regional Track

A Closer Look into COSMIC: Singapore’s New Digital Data Sharing Platform

In October 2021, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a consultation paper on introducing a regulatory framework and platform, known as COSMIC, which will enable banks to share and analyze information on customers and transactions that cross material risk thresholds, and help to identify and disrupt illicit networks and safeguard the financial system. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how COSMIC works, how it will help combat financial crime, and how work is progressing to launch the platform next year.

Moderator
Bradley Maclean
Co-Founder
Regulation Asia

Panelists
Jamil Ahmed
Head of Financial Crime Compliance, Singapore
HSBC

Lam Chee Kin
Managing Director & Head, Legal, Compliance and Secretariat
DBS


A View on Asian Trade

What’s in the minds of our heads of trade? During this lively discussion, we’ll hear from two Asia heads of trade on a variety of topics ranging from compliance with recent Russian sanctions, the persistent COVID-19 restrictions in Asia, the emergence of several digital islands including those in China and SE Asia and implications to trade digitization, fall-out from the Singapore commodity scandal and more, and what all these means to Asian trade today and in the future.

Moderator
Deepesh Patel
Editorial Director
Trade Finance Global

Panelists
Kai Fehr
Managing Director & Global Head of Trade and Working Capital
Standard Chartered Bank

Sriram Muthukrishnan
Managing Director & Group Head of Trade Product Management
DBS


Trade Digitization and the Data Journey Towards Interoperability

The trade supply chain is extensive and involves many parts of various industries to agree on a path towards digitization. In the meantime, banks have embarked on a community effort to leverage structured data over publicly available data dictionaries to further automate their business processes. The panel will discuss the need for data interoperability as a key success factor to digitization, the available means that can be leveraged, the business value brought to the community as a basis of community level adoption of key digitization schemes based on agreed definitions for key data elements, and the role of industry standards such as ISO 20022 play.

Moderator
Masayuki (Mike) Tagai
Managing Director & Industry Issues Executive, APAC
J.P. Morgan

Panelists
Patrick DeVilbiss
Director & Senior Offering Manager, Trade and Supply Chain Finance
CGI

Oswald Kuyler
Head of Strategy, Europe
MonetaGo

Louise Taylor-Digby
Head of Trade Strategy
SWIFT

Europe Regional Track

DLT : From Buzzword to Existence – Lessons from a Far

The terms DLT and Blockchain have long dominated transaction banking innovation discussions. At one point, the technology that was going to solve the many frustrations and pain points in the complex processes that banks and customers face everyday. While significant progress has been made in addressing certain pain points, there is still a lot to learn in utilizing technology to solve a problem. Join this panel of bank experts from outside the traditional transaction banking community, in sharing their insights on how DLT has become a tool for improving their customer experiences, and what we can learn from this success when considering payments or trade finance related DLT initiatives.

Speakers
Christopher Agathangelou
Head of Digital Capital Markets and Flow Credit
NatWest

Dr. Youwei Yang
Director of Financial Analytics
StoneX Group


A New Europe

We take a look at the potential major shifts in the financial and political ecosystem of Europe and beyond, as an uncertain future emerges from an unwelcome conflict. Navigating us through this change through a geo-political and macroeconomic lens, join us in considering what the future holds.

Speakers
Helge Pedersen
Chief Economist
Nordea

Jens Worning Sorensen
Partner, Policy Group A/S
Foreign Policy Columnist, Kristeligt Dagblad (The Christian Daily)


Is Open Banking, Open and Embedded Finance a Success?

Join our diverse panel of professionals as they assess whether Open Banking is achieving its objectives across the UK, Europe and the Nordics, as well as discuss what is next for both Open and Embedded Finance.

Moderator
Steve Everett
Managing Director & Head of Payables and Receivables, Client Products
Lloyds Banking Group

Panelists
Carmela Gómez Castelao
Head of Open Banking
BBVA

Vikram Kotecha
Associate Partner, FS and Fintech Strategy
EY-Parthenon

Ville Sointu
Head of Emerging Technologies
Nordea

Jan van Vonmo
Director of Research and Thought Leadership
Tink

MENA Regional Track

Spotlight on Saudi Arabia: Growth and Innovation

Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the Arab world, is known for its vast wealth in natural resources. It accounts for 15% of the world’s proven oil reserves and is the largest exporter of crude oil in the world. Apart from petroleum, the Kingdom’s other natural resources include natural gas, iron ore, gold, and copper to name a few. It has now embarked on its Saudi Vision 2030 – aimed at achieving economic and social transformation through impressive projects including the USD 500 billion project, NEOM, the Red Sea Project and ROSHN. Learn more about Saudi Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s plans to be the “vibrant society, thriving economy and ambitious nation”.

Featured Speaker
Reem A. AlTharwa
Commercial Attaché, Saudi General Authority of Trade
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC

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


Payment Innovations and Corporate Collaboration

As the world recovers from the global pandemic, the global payments landscape is changing rapidly as consumer behavior is shifting dramatically towards digital & innovative payment solutions. Banks are adapting to the disruptions of fintechs by creating new services, often through partnerships and joint ventures with technology companies and other payment providers. At stake is an industry which generated $2 trillion in revenues according to market research. This session will look at practical solutions which aim to better integrate the MENA region into the emerging worldwide landscape of faster, cheaper and more efficient payments, with an angle on security.  Highlighting three case studies, experts will cover innovation in payments and their successes – two involving solutions with corporate clients while the other with retail clients.

Moderator
Omar Sheikh
Head of Corporate Banking, Middle East
Barclays

Panelists
Tanja Hessdörfer
Director, Business Development, CBDC
Giesecke+Devrient

Tino Meissner
Product Manager, Request to Pay
Deutsche Bank

Karl Naïm
Co-Founder & CEO
Purpl

May 1, 2022 - Sunday

08:00 AM – 06:30 PM ET

Bilateral Meetings

Bilateral meetings are an important component of the BAFT Global Annual Meeting. To allow attendees time to participate in the educational portion of the conference and hear our esteemed speakers, BAFT has designated specific times during the program for bilateral meetings. As you plan bilateral meetings, we would like to remind you of BAFT’s policy to only conduct meetings during designated hours.

  • Sunday, May 1: All Day
  • Monday, May 2: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, May 3: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 01:30 PM ET
  • Wednesday, May 4: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:45 PM ET

Meetings should not be held outside of these hours. Everyone must be registered for the conference to attend bilateral meetings.

01:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET

BAFT Board Meeting

04:00 PM – 05:30 PM ET

The Past, Present, and Future Leaders Reception

Invite Only.

06:30 PM – 09:30 PM ET

BAFT 100th Anniversary Gala

A formal gala awaits our conference attendees as we kick off the Global Annual Meeting and celebrate BAFT’s centennial (or should we say 101st) anniversary. Get your formal suits and dresses ready as you walk down the “blue carpet” for a commemorative photo with your colleagues and fellow attendees. Dust off those dancing shoes and dance moves – the dance floor awaits with music all night long. And of course, we’ve created a special cocktail for this once-in-a 100th year evening for all to enjoy!

Gala Attire: Black Tie/Formal Suit and Formal Dress Recommended

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May 2, 2022 - Monday

07:00 AM – 08:00 AM ET

Networking Breakfast

08:00 AM – 08:30 AM ET

Welcome and Past President Recognition

08:30 AM – 08:40 AM ET

Nominating Committee

08:40 AM – 09:25 AM ET

Opening Keynote: Fireside Chat

Cathy Bessant, Bank of America Global Strategy Vice Chair and Hall of Famer in the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker chats candidly with Rob Nichols, American Bankers Association President & CEO on a range of issues from the global economy and future of work, to digitization and technology, and ESG.

Featured Speaker
Catherine P. Bessant
Vice Chair, Global Strategy
Bank of America

with
Rob Nichols
President & CEO
American Bankers Association

09:25 AM – 10:10 AM ET

Exploring the Banks’ Role as the World Transitions to Renewable and Climate-Resilient Economies

The transition to net zero, renewable energy-based and climate-resilient economies is inevitable. Over 100 banks from 40 different countries have pledged $68 trillion in assets to become net zero. This session will explore the challenges, opportunities and shift to renewable, energy secure, climate-resilient economies experienced by banks. In addition, it will examine how this intertwines along the ESG continuum.

Moderator
Sabry Salman
Managing Director & Global Head of Financial Institutions and Non-Bank PSPs, Corporate and Investment Bank
Barclays

Panelists
Selwin Charles Hart
Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action & Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team
United Nations

Mary Porter Peschka
Director, Environment, Social and Governance
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM ET

Networking Coffee Break

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10:30 AM – 11:10 AM ET

BAFT Future Leaders Presentations - Group I and Group II
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
  • Digitizing Trade Finance

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM ET

The State of Global Payments Today, Powering for a Better Tomorrow

Today, the world is more connected than ever. With global economies closely linked, the world relies on frictionless payments to fuel the rapid exchange of goods and services connecting businesses and people. But are our payments systems up to the task? Some may say they have empowered growth up to this point, and everything is working well. While others claim we need to overhaul and create a system that is more in line with evolving technologies and client demands. Join our panel of experts in exploring what’s working, what’s not, and the quest to build a better future.

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

Panelists
Stephen Grainger
Executive Vice President & Head of Cross-Border Services
Mastercard

Eli Polanco
Founder & CEO
Nivelo

Isabel Schmidt
Head of Direct Clearing and Asset Account Services Products
BNY Mellon

Tom Zschach
Chief Innovation Officer
SWIFT

12:00 PM – 12:35 PM ET

Featured Regional Session: MENA Macro and Geopolitical View

Following a strong rebound in 2021, the global economy is facing growing uncertainties in 2022, amid unprecedented geopolitical tensions, a rise in inflation across most economies, in addition to fiscal and monetary policy uncertainties. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has understandably taken center stage concerns as it continues to evolve with far-reaching consequences and adds another angle to an already complicated geopolitical landscape in the MENA region. Please join us as our expert panelists navigate this series of disruptive and highly dynamic variables whose impact on the region’s diverse economy may be long-lasting.

Speaker
Jihad Azour
Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

with
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

12:35 PM – Evening ET

Bilateral Meetings and Committee Meetings

Bilateral meetings are an important component of the BAFT Global Annual Meeting. To allow attendees time to participate in the educational portion of the conference and hear our esteemed speakers, BAFT has designated specific times during the program for bilateral meetings. As you plan bilateral meetings, we would like to remind you of BAFT’s policy to only conduct meetings during designated hours.

  • Sunday, May 1: All Day
  • Monday, May 2: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, May 3: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 01:30 PM ET
  • Wednesday, May 4: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:45 PM ET

Meetings should not be held outside of these hours. Everyone must be registered for the conference to attend bilateral meetings.

01:35 PM – 02:20 PM ET

Workshop — Cutting Through the Clutter: A Practical Guide to Trade Digitization

Where we are in terms of adoption today, how interoperability can drive seamless integration, and practical steps banks can take to increase their level of digitization.

Presenter
Joshua Kroeker
Chief Product Officer
Contour

02:45 PM – 03:30 PM ET

Workshop — Capital as a Service - Collaborating with Fintechs to Grow Investment Grade Business

This workshop will review the risks and opportunities presented by bank-Fintech collaboration as more tech firms penetrate into core banking business. Large public companies now expect more innovative solutions to lower working capital exposure, presenting challenges to traditional lending programs. Showcasing the world’s first Corporate Capital as a Service (CaaS) Wallet to address the challenges accelerated by Covid-19 and geopolitical stresses, you will learn how the Fintech and banking industries can collaborate to expand into new investment-grade business and reap higher margins.

Speakers
Sanjay Bonde
Chairman & CEO
Trade Capital Corporation

Michael Doran
CFO & General Counsel
Trade Capital Corporation

Andreas Neumeier
Head of Corporate Banking TMT
Truist Securities

May 3, 2022 - Tuesday

07:00 AM – 08:00 AM ET

Networking Breakfast

08:00 AM – 08:10 AM ET

Welcome

08:10 AM – 08:55 AM ET

Featured Session: A View from the Top with Global Transaction Banking Heads

Global heads of transaction banking share their perspectives on the current state of the industry – what we learned during the past few years, where we are headed, and the challenges and opportunities facing international transaction banking.

Moderator
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

Panelists
José Luís Calderón
Managing Director & Global Head, Global Transaction Banking
Santander

Manish Kohli
Global Head of Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Daniel Schmand
Global Head, International Cash Management and Corporate Bank Operations
Deutsche Bank

08:55 AM – 09:35 AM ET

Global Macro and Geopolitical View

The year 2021’s pain points of the COVID pandemic, rising inflation, fiscal/monetary policy uncertainties, and supply chain disruptions have carried over into 2022 and met with new challenges affecting the global economy and its stability. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has understandably taken over center stage as it continues to evolve with far reaching and lasting consequences. Our experts will explore interconnected risks faced by businesses, governments, households, and the financial system. Join us as they shed light on a global financial chain reaction not seen in generations.

Moderator
Nick Smit
Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions, North America
ING Bank

Panelists
Clay Lowery
Executive Vice President, Research and Policy
Institute of International Finance (IIF)

Steven Ricchiuto
Managing Director & Chief Economist
Mizuho Securities USA

09:35 AM – 10:15 AM ET

Enabling SMEs Through the Democratization of Trade Finance

SME’s play a critical role in the economy and yet remain one of the most underserved business areas in trade finance. This session will explore how digitization can democratize trade finance; the opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed to increase accessibility for this critical segment.

Moderator
David Cooperman
Managing Director, Business Consulting, Financial Services
EY

Panelists
Marissa Adams
Managing Director & Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, North America
HSBC

Gabriel Esparza
Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Michelle Knowles
Pan African Head of Trade Finance Product, Trade and Working Capital
Absa Group

Nathalie Louat
Director, Trade and Supply Chain Solutions
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

10:15 AM – 10:35 AM ET

Networking Coffee Break

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10:35 AM – 11:15 AM ET

BAFT Future Leaders Presentations - Group III and Group IV
  • Commercializing Data in Global Transaction Banking
  • Sustainability

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM ET

If CBDCs are the Answer, What is the Question?

Central banks did not care much about bitcoin because it did not meet the three functions of money. Then Libra raised its head. For the first time, the monopoly of the state over money was challenged. Now that Libra is gone, what is the rationale for CBDC? Policy makers point to a host of possible justifications, what is the impact of the current banking systems’ CBDCs on financial stability, monetary policy and cross-border payments? Our distinguished panel will discuss and shed light on the question, “If CBDCs are the Answer, What is the Question?”

Moderator
Tony McLaughlin
Emerging Payments and Business Development, Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi

Panelists
Robert Bench
Assistance Vice President, Secure Payments and Fintech
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Jai R. Massari
Partner, Financial Institutions
Davis Polk

Tom Mutton
Director, Fintech
Bank of England

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM ET

Lunch with Featured Speaker — Fair Trade: Reaching Underserved Women in Business

Fair Trade is a mechanism that provides MSME's access to markets and finance, who otherwise are left out of international trade. Learn more about this trade model, who it serves, and its growing popularity with consumers who want their purchasing dollars to do more for people and the planet.

Featured Speaker
Llenay Ferreti
CEO
Bhavana World Project Inc.

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01:30 PM – 06:00 PM ET

Bilateral Meetings and Committee Meetings

Bilateral meetings are an important component of the BAFT Global Annual Meeting. To allow attendees time to participate in the educational portion of the conference and hear our esteemed speakers, BAFT has designated specific times during the program for bilateral meetings. As you plan bilateral meetings, we would like to remind you of BAFT’s policy to only conduct meetings during designated hours.

  • Sunday, May 1: All Day
  • Monday, May 2: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:30 PM ET
  • Tuesday, May 3: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 01:30 PM ET
  • Wednesday, May 4: Before 08:00 AM ET and after 12:45 PM ET

Meetings should not be held outside of these hours. Everyone must be registered for the conference to attend bilateral meetings.

01:40 PM – 02:25 PM ET

Workshop — ISO 20022: What Practitioners Really Need to Know

You already know ISO 20022 changes SWIFT message formats and will have a significant impact on your IT teams. What may be less clear is its wider business impact on processes and teams like Compliance and Operations. This session takes a practitioner’s view of ISO 20022 to address practical questions that cut through the complexity and identify the parts of your business most impacted. Our panelists will tackle a list of ‘most asked questions’ providing insight from both a business and technology standpoint, with attendees able to contribute their questions during the session.

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

Panelists
Venkat B.V.
Head of SWIFT Bureau Business
StoneX Group

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

02:35 PM - 03:20 PM ET

Workshop — The Perfect Storm

With sanctions legislation changing and evolving, it has become critical to gain insight into ship behaviors and the way maritime data can support with the automation of AML and trade finance processing. 'The Perfect Storm' workshop, industry experts will discuss the obstacles banks face and how to overcome them. Reviewing the growing concept of risk in the backdrop of automation and how the implantation of data standards can support digital transformation and enable banks to stay ahead of the curve.

Moderator
Rosanna Boyle
Head of Product, Risk and Compliance
Lloyd’s List Intelligence

Panelists
Mike Barbary
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy
TradeSun

Merlin Dowse
Executive Director, Global Trade Finance Product Management, J.P. Morgan
Vice Chair, ICC Banking Commission

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM ET

BAFT 100th Anniversary Celebration on the Rooftop at 1333

Join us for a refreshing night out on the rooftop at 1333. The highest site elevation of any office building in DC's Central Business District, 1333's height allows for unobstructed rooftop views of notable landmarks that define Washington's skyline including the U.S. Capitol Dome, the Washington Monument, the National Cathedral, and the Arlington skyline. Enjoy the District’s scenic views from this new rooftop deck while enjoying the company of colleagues and fellow attendees. Shuttle buses will be provided.

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Location: 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

May 4, 2022 - Wednesday

07:00 AM – 08:00 AM ET

Networking Breakfast

07:40 AM – 08:30 AM ET

TFG International Trade Awards 2022

The Trade Finance Global International Trade Awards 2022, in collaboration with BAFT, aims to promote inclusive trade as a force for good. With 22 categories, the awards recognize businesses and/or individuals who provided an outstanding contribution to global trade and finance. Our independent Steering Committee, made up of subject matter experts and leaders across all areas of trade, have cast their vote. Join us at this Awards Ceremony breakfast as we announce this year’s trade awards winners!

Hosted by Trade Finance Global (TFG) in cooperation with BAFT

08:30 AM – 08:40 AM ET

Welcome

08:40 AM – 09:25 AM ET

Commercializing Data in Transaction Banking - An Opportunity or Just Wishful Thinking?

For years, the banking community have commonly claimed “data is the new oil”. Have banks actually struck oil or are they still in search of it? What does commercialization of data really mean? Our distinguished panel will answer these questions, including the ethical aspects and risks involved in managing data, the transparency and traceability of data, and role regulators play in all of this.

Moderator
Patrik Havander
Head, Transaction Banking Market Development
Nordea

Panelists
Ed Abbo
President & Chief Technology Officer
C3

Joan Gelpi
Global Head of Data and AI, Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Ishaan Nerurkar
CEO
LeapYear Technologies

Romain Witomski
Group Head, Data Science, AI and Digital Analytics
Nordea

09:25 AM – 10:10 AM ET

Technology Advancements: AI and Digitalization

As transactional banking continues to move towards a more digital experience, we bring you a panel of experts on the subject of technology, AI and digital trade. Digital payments have quickly evolved over the past years, with the advance of AI, open banking, and instant payments. Though trade digitization remains slower, the legal framework for a successful digital trade flow has evolved. From a platform perspective, how close are we to standardization/acceptance of digital trade documentation, integration and interoperability? And most importantly, how long before there is broader adoption and acceptance around the world of digital trade? The trees are asking … and they are tired of being transformed into paper!

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

Panelists
David Hardoon
Chief Data and AI Officer
UnionBank of the Philippines

Alan Koenigsberg
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Treasury and Working Capital Solutions, Visa Business
Visa

Michael Laws
Head of Global Channels Trade Finance
BNP Paribas

10:10 AM – 10:25 AM ET

Networking Coffee Break

10:25 AM – 10:45 AM ET

BAFT Future Leaders Presentation - Group V
  • ISO 20022

10:45 AM – 11:25 AM ET

Featured Regional Session: Navigating the New World of Payments, the Americas View

There’s never a dull moment in the world of payments. With the Americas representing about a third of the world’s GDP, the various payment systems and modalities collectively fuel the trans-regional growth enabling trade and commerce. In the past few years, there have been a lot of new developments and trends in this part of the world to fulfill new use cases. Join our panel across the Americas region to explore changes and trends, and learn how to navigate this new world of payments.

Moderator
Vanessa Lin
Managing Director & Regional Head of Relationship Management and Business Development, Treasury Services
BNY Mellon

Panelists
John Ciccarone
Senior Vice President, Treasury, Multicurrency and Alternate Channels
Wells Fargo

Teresita Meza-Quintanilla
Regional Head of Product, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Aldwyn Wayne
Founder & CEO
WiPay

Kenneth Wong
Head, Global Transaction Banking Product Strategy and Innovation
TD Bank

11:25 AM – 12:10 PM ET

Supply Chains in a Changed World

Due to the pandemic, the evolving global geo-political landscape and most recently the conflict in Europe and Ukraine; supply chains are being disrupted around the world, constantly testing the inventiveness and flexibility of supply chain leaders globally. Hear from our panel of experts who share their experiences on the immediate actions, rapid decisions, and longer term choices they and their clients have made to both react to change as well as to build resilience for the future.

Moderator
Rowan Austin
Head of Trade Advisory and Origination
NatWest

Panelists
John Ahearn
Group Vice Chairman & CEO Americas
Falcon Group

Eric Caris
Director of Cargo Marketing
Port of Los Angeles

Philipp Leubecher
Executive Director & Head of Supply Chain Finance Product, US
Santander

12:10 PM – 12:45 PM ET

BAFT Future Leaders Class of 2022 Graduation

Celebrate the graduation of your colleagues and our largest class since the program’s inception. Congratulations to the BAFT Future Leaders Class of 2022!

12:45 PM

Closing Remarks

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Christopher Agathangelou
Christopher Agathangelou
Head of Digital Capital Markets and Flow Credit
NatWest

Christopher joined NatWest Markets in 2017 to lead the Financial Institutions Syndicate activities across Europe. In June 2021 Christopher took on further responsibility for the broader Syndicate business and has since led various teams across Liability Management, Debt Capital Markets and Content & Advisory. Christopher currently runs Digital Capital Markets, a new pillar within NatWest Markets, focusing on the implementation of Distributed Ledger Technology across the business. Christopher also heads up our Flow Credit business which includes Syndicate, Trading and Global Credit Sales. He and his team work with corporates, sovereigns, agencies, supranationals, banks and insurance groups to raise debt products across all currencies. In this role, Christopher is responsible for driving connectivity between private and public clients with the aim of delivering the best products to our clients whilst at the same time supporting technology growth within the business. He and his team work with various partners across the market to find solutions as we transcend to market wide platforms supported by Distributed Ledger Technology. Christopher is currently driving Data Visualisation for Origination with external partners across the FinTech community and sits on the Digital Assets Steering committee for NatWest Group. In his role as Head of Flow Credit, Christopher has brought together the Primary and Secondary Credit Trading operations and works with the Global Credit Sales team to distribute risk for our customers.

Jamil Ahmed
Jamil Ahmed
Head of Financial Crime Compliance, Singapore
HSBC

Jamil Ahmed is the Head of Financial Crime Compliance for HSBC Singapore. As part of his responsibilities, Jamil oversees AML, Fraud, Tax and Sanctions risks across all HSBC’s product and businesses lines which span Private Banking, Trade, Corporate Banking and Insurance in Singapore. Prior to his current role, Jamil spent 15 years in leadership positions within Internal Audit covering various risk types including AML, sanctions, market risk and credit risk across multiple business lines and geographies. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Information Technology and is ACAMS certified.

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.

Reem Ali AlTharwa
Reem Ali AlTharwa
Commercial Attaché, Saudi General Authority of Trade
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. announces the appointment of commercial attaché, Reem Al Tharwa. Reem Al Tharwa comes to the Embassy following an extensive career of more than 20 years in corporate banking and finance. Prior to joining the General Authority of Foreign Trade as Commercial Attaché, Ms. Al Tharwa served as the General Director of Promoting Investment at the Ministry of Health. During her tenure, she worked to promote and enhance private sector participation in the healthcare sector. As commercial attaché, Ms. Al Tharwa is dedicated to promoting the economic interests of the Kingdom through facilitating support of exports, bilateral trade, and investments between the Kingdom and the United States.

Tracey Austin
Tracey Austin
Sector Director, Financial and Professional Services
UK Department for International Trade (DIT)

A dual British-South African, Tracey has returned to South Africa as the recently appointed Financial and Professional Services Director Africa for the UK Department for International Trade. During her 15 years in London, Tracey spent her time financing/investing in numerous emerging markets globally. With over 20 years of direct and fund investment experience specializing in emerging markets (especially Africa), she has worked across the finance spectrum. These include various global banks, development finance institution CDC Group plc, the largest hedge fund in Europe BlueCrest Capital LLC and more recently with family foundations/philanthropy such as Omidyar Network’s Luminate and the Pearl Initiative in the Middle East. Her latest work has been advising private clients to create impact, ESG and sustainable investing-led mandates, tools and structures, and to help alternative investment clients identify and navigate regulatory and legal challenge, seeking integrate impact, ESG principles and wider sustainability into investments and helping build the wider ecosystem.

Eugenia Azcuaga
Eugenia Azcuaga
Executive Director, LATAM Global Financial Crimes Compliance
J.P. Morgan

Head of GFCC Latam for Payments LOB, she is a Lawyer, graduated at University of Buenos Aires with more than 15 years of AML experience. Before joining JP Morgan 10 years ago she held positions in Argentina and US for ABN AMRO Bank and a local broker dealer in her home town Buenos Aires. She has also participated as a speaker in several seminars related to the industry and AML in the last years.

David Banson
David Banson
Investment Manager
British International Investment (BII)

David is an Investment Manager in the Trade & Supply Chain Finance team at British International Investment (formerly CDC Group) where he manages a portfolio of trade programs and lending to FIs and Corporates in Africa and South Asia. He has prior experience in Corporate Credit and Risk Management in Africa and is a champion for Gender smart investing, Tech and supply chain enabled lending and sustainable finance.

Uzair Bawany
Uzair Bawany
Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder
Traydstream

Entrepreneur with global experience in building business. Experienced in the banking, HR & Executive Search, Uzair completed his first MBO in 2003. Co-Founder of Traydstream, a cloud-based platform whose modular technology digitizes and brings out Trade Finance document scrutiny results against a vast, evolvable library of Trade Rules. The platform redefines and streamlines Trade Finance processing.

Carmela Gómez Castelao
Carmela Gómez Castelao
Head of Open Banking
BBVA

I’ve been delivering amazing products to clients and partners during the last 15 years, and everything starts with a paper and a pencil… we moved to digital but it’s just different tools, same goal. The secret sauce of my creativity when designing solutions to serve our clients is being able to create connections among people and make them feel comfortable to work together, finding out how to make the idea come true, and not forgetting the celebration of delivery that gives us fuel for the next challenge!

Patrick DeVilbiss
Patrick DeVilbiss
Director & Senior Offering Manager, Trade and Supply Chain Finance
CGI

Patrick DeVilbiss is a subject matter expert in trade finance and supply chain finance, with a specialized focus on the areas of receivables and payables finance. He also delivers SaaS product management services to clients, defining client needs based on industry changes, platform metrics and user feedback, as well as implementing long-term product enhancements to Software as a Service platforms. In addition, he specializes in agile development, leveraging agile development methodologies to deliver large-scale SaaS platforms to top 10 global financial institutions.

Steve Everett
Steve Everett
Managing Director & Head of Payables and Receivables, Client Products
Lloyds Banking Group

Steve Everett is the Managing Director of Payments, Global Transaction Banking, with end to end responsibility for the Payments business including relationship & sales management, financial performance, product management & development and meeting client needs. He is accountable for the development of LBG’s Payments profile and future business strategy, whilst supporting the Group to ‘Help Britain Prosper’. Mr. Everett’s previous role in LBG was MD of Product & Propositions, GTB for which he was responsible for the product management and development in Cash Management & Payments, Trade & Supply Chain Finance and Asset & Invoice Finance areas. Prior to joining LBG in 2014, he spent c15 years with RBS performing senior leadership roles spanning global transactions services (GTS), f

Derryn Faure
Derryn Faure
FI Trade Structuring and Syndication
Investec

Derryn is a dual qualified English and South African lawyer, having extensive experience as a banking / trade lawyer both in private practice law firms, as well as financial institutions in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Trade transactions in emerging markets are Derryn’s key area of expertise. With her in-depth legal knowledge and acute understanding of the nuances of emerging market trade finance, she is skilled at structuring and executing complex trade transactions, as well as being responsible for risk distribution as part of her portfolio management responsibilities.

Kai Fehr
Kai Fehr
Managing Director & Global Head of Trade and Working Capital
Standard Chartered Bank

Kai Fehr is Standard Chartered’s Global Head of Trade & Working Capital, and a member of the Transaction Banking Management Team based in Singapore. In this role, Kai is globally responsible for the strategic positioning of the business, including the development and delivery of products across traditional trade, open account, correspondent banking trade, and digital solutions for corporate and financial institutions. Kai joined the Bank from Wells Fargo, where he transformed the global trade finance business as Global Head of International Trade Services. In a trade finance career spanning more than two decades, Kai has spent the majority in Asia with roles including APAC Head of Trade and Working Capital for Barclays. He started his career in Structured Trade and Export Finance for DZ Bank in Frankfurt. Kai was the chair of the Banking Environmental Initiative (BEI) working group that helped create the sustainable shipment letter of credit. He is currently a member of The Bankers Association for Finance and Trade’s Global Trade Industry Council.

Blandine Gamblin
Blandine Gamblin
Managing Director & Regional Head of Trade Finance, Africa
Societe Generale

Blandine joined Société Générale Group after her studies on Capital Market activities. She then continued her entire career in the investment bank at SGCIB. In 2000, she joined the Trade Commodities Finance Business Unit at GBIS (Global Banking & Investor Solutions) where she held the position of Director and Managing Director. In 2015, Blandine joined the Business Unit GTPS (Global Transaction & Payment Services) as Regional Head of Trade Finance for Africa.

Trudi Hartzenberg
Trudi Hartzenberg
Executive Director
Trade Law Centre (tralac)

Trudi Hartzenberg is the Executive Director of tralac. She has a special interest in trade-related capacity building. Her research areas include trade policy issues, regional integration, investment, industrial and competition policy.

Christian Hausherr
Christian Hausherr
Product Manager, Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
Chair, Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (GSCFF)

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.

Tanja Hessdörfer
Tanja Hessdörfer
Director, Business Development, CBDC
Giesecke+Devrient

Tanja is a business development professional with a passion for public digital currency. At G+D, she is actively shaping the future of money as Director Business Development for Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). In this role, she is engaged with Central Banks worldwide on their journey towards CBDC. Prior to joining G+D in 2018, Tanja was driving the international expansion of a fast-growing RegTech company with international assignments. She holds a Master's degree in International Management and Business Administration from the Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship.

Bohani Hlungwane
Bohani Hlungwane
Managing Director & Group Head of Trade and Working Capital
Absa Group

Bohani Hlungwane is a Managing Principal & head of Trade and Working Capital at Absa Group’s Corporate and Investment Bank. He was previously Group head of Sales. He has also worked for HSBC where he was based in Asia (Hong Kong) for 6 years and covered Europe, the Americas and MENA as director & global lead for Guarantees and Standby Credits within Trade Finance. He is a senior global corporate banker, thought leader on Africa Trade, Trade Finance & Working Capital specialist, speaker on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and business leader with 20 years’ experience in banking across geographies.

Andy Hofmann
Andy Hofmann
Managing Director & Global Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Officer
BMO Capital Markets

Andy Hofmann has over 40 years experience in both public and private sectors. For the first two decades of his career, Andy held various positions with the Canadian Department of National Defence managing procurement quality. Moving into the private sector, Andy held leadership positions with KPMG culminating with founding his own consultancy. Recruited by BMO to assist with remediation work in AML, Andy was hired and today serves in a leadership position as the Capital Markets Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

Candice Huggins
Candice Huggins
Chief Compliance Officer
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank

Candice is an Attorney-at-Law with specialization in International Financial Services Compliance and Risk Management. She was called to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands where she has advised extensively on aspects of regulatory and international law; litigated in the area of white-collar crime as well as developed and implemented risk and compliance programmes. Candice Huggins’ experience spans over 20 years in legal, risk management and regulatory compliance within the financial services sector. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in multiple jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada.

Kevin Holmes
Kevin Holmes
Head of Trade Product Management
Standard Bank of South Africa

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.

Okechukwu Ihejirika
Okechukwu Ihejirika
Senior Manager, Trade Services
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Okechukwu Ihejirika works as a Senior Manager, Trade Services at African Export-Import Bank, which is a Banking company with an estimated 213 employees; and founded in 1993., their management level is Manager. Okechukwu graduated from American InterContinental University in 2010 and is currently based in Cairo, Egypt.

Vikram Kotecha
Vikram Kotecha
Associate Partner, FS and Fintech Strategy
EY-Parthenon

Vik is an advisor to corporate clients, start-ups, private equity firms, and governments across financial services strategy and transactions. He focuses on FinTech, Open Banking, emerging payments, alternative finance and SME Banking. Vik is a frequent speaker and has published several reports for government on these topics.

Lam Chee Kin
Lam Chee Kin
Managing Director & Head, Legal, Compliance and Secretariat
DBS

Chee Kin is accountable for the team which manages the legal and regulatory risk of DBS across legal entities, segments and geographies. Prior to joining, he held various legal and compliance portfolios in Standard Chartered Bank, JPMorgan, Rajah & Tann and Allen & Gledhill, including a stint as Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia for JPMorgan. A lawyer by profession, he has particular expertise in financial services regulation, and financial markets product and business structuring. Currently, however, he is focusing on the impact of digitisation, and the evolution of frameworks that will be necessary to cope with digitisation and data, together with second-order issues such as how criminal activity will also evolve, and how legal and compliance departments can benefit from analytics and AI. Chee Kin currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Singapore Management University School of Law and the Advisory Panel to the NUS Centre for Banking and Finance Law. In 2015, Chee Kin was recognised as a Distinguished Fellow by the Institute of Banking and Finance in the field of compliance.

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

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.

Michelle Knowles
Michelle Knowles
Pan African Head of Trade Finance Product, Trade and Working Capital
Absa Group

Michelle Knowles is the Pan Africa Head of Trade Finance Product and Governance. During her 23 years in the Banking industry, Michelle has spent the major part of her career in International Trade at Standard Bank, First National Bank and the Absa Group, holding a number of different roles and responsibilities. Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership with an elective in e- Business and has completed the SAFEX Registered Persons examination for Bond market, Equity market and Future markets. In addition, she holds a certificate in Business Psychology and human behavior, completed numerous leadership and trade finance courses, and is currently a member of the Institute of South African Financial Markets. Some of her key achievements include being nominated deputy chairperson for TSAG user group for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2011 and Co- Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Bank Payment Obligation Consulting Group in 2012. She is a member of the global advisory committee for Factors Chain International 2020. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and contributes to articles on the topic of Trade Finance.

Oswald Kuyler
Oswald Kuyler
Head of Strategy
MonetaGo

Oswald Kuyler is the Head of Strategy Europe for Monetago, the world's foremost fraud prevention technology provider to prevent domestic and cross-border duplicate financing. Kuyler currently holds multiple advisory positions on the international stage. Digital Standards Adviser role to the International Chamber of Commerce UK. Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) Governance Board. Kuyler has also joined the MineHub Board of Advisors. A technologist focused on accelerating the digitization of trade. Driven by the opportunity for the financial services ecosystem to service more customers as digitization produces more efficiencies, products and risk mitigations.”

Steven Lotito
Steven Lotito
Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America
MUFG

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.

Bradley Maclean
Bradley Maclean
Co-Founder
Regulation Asia

Bradley co-founded Regulation Asia and currently serves as CEO and Head of Research. He was previously Vice President of Business Development at SunGard Financial Systems (now FIS) heading up strategic, business planning and product development across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, in total overseeing 36 countries. Prior to that Brad was a management consultant focused on alternative assets. He was involved in several significant research programmes, including one assisting on TARP in 2008 for the US Treasury Department and the World Bank.

Tino Meissner
Tino Meissner
Product Manager, Request to Pay
Deutsche Bank

Tino Meissner has 21 years with DB, in various roles in Frankfurt and Singapore: e.g. Product Manager for e-Invoicing in Europe and Financial Supply Chain in Europe and Asia. He worked as part of core team of group-wide PSD2 project within DB, the last 4 years as Product Manager for Request to Pay: managing the development of a new product, market launch and rollout of product. A member of EBA Clearing R2P Taskforce, representation of DB in industry forums with participants from demand and supply side. Tino is currently located in Frankfurt.

Sriram Muthukrishnan
Sriram Muthukrishnan
Managing Director & Group Head of Global Transaction Services Product Management
DBS

Sriram joined DBS in 2018 as Managing Director, Global Transaction Services. His current remit as Group Head of Product Management covers cash management, liquidity, trade finance and supply chain finance solutions offered by the Bank. With more than 20 years of banking experience spanning across several key international financial hubs, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and India, Sriram spearheads DBS’ digital product initiatives across the region and is responsible for leading overall business performance, strategy and product innovation across the bank’s suite of transaction banking solutions. Prior to joining DBS, Sriram held several senior leadership roles in global banks such as HSBC and Standard Chartered covering areas such as corporate banking, transaction banking and trade finance.

Karl Naïm
Karl Naïm
Co-Founder & CEO
Purpl

Karl Naïm is the Co-Founder & CEO at Purpl, a fintech player in Lebanon and the MENA region looking to democratize cross border payment flows and enable financial inclusion. Prior to his role, and for the past 8 years, Karl launched and worked at multiple tech start ups across different industries such as foodtech, healthtech and fintech. Karl also has over 10 years experience in banking and private equity having worked at UBS, Goldman Sachs and Mubadala.

Deepesh Patel
Deepesh Patel
Editorial Director
Trade Finance Global

Deepesh Patel is Editorial Director at Trade Finance Global (TFG). In this role, Deepesh leads efforts in developing TFG’s brand, relationships and strategic direction in key markets, including the UK, US, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong. Deepesh regularly chairs and speaks at international industry events with the WTO, BCR, Excred, TXF, The Economist and Reuters, as well as industry associations including ICC, FCI, ITFA and BAFT. Deepesh is the host of the ‘Trade Finance Talks’ podcast and ‘Trade Finance Talks TV’. He is co-author of ‘Blockchain for Trade: A Reality Check’ with the ICC and the WTO, alongside other industry research. In addition to his work at TFG, Deepesh is a Strategic Advisor for WOA, and works closely with ITFA. He also sits on the Fintech Working Group of the Standardised Trust. Prior to TFG, Deepesh worked at Travelex where he was responsible for the cards business and the Travelex Money app in Europe, NAM, UK and Brazil. Deepesh is Chair of Governors and co-opted LA Governor of the Wyvern Federation, which has responsibility for 5 primary schools in South London.

Helge Pedersen
Helge Pedersen
Chief Economist
Nordea

Helge J. Pedersen is MSc. Econ. from Copenhagen University, has more than 30 years experience in the financial sector and has been Group Chief Economist with Nordea since 1999. Helge has also taught Economics for many years, both at the University of Copenhagen and CBS, and has written textbooks and numerous economic articles. Helge is also VIP blogger for the Danish newspaper Borsen and one of the most cited Danish economist. Helge closely follows the developments in both the Danish and international economy - and has been a longstanding member of the Conference Board where he served as chairman for the European Economic Council 2006-08. He is also Chairman and the Danish representative of the Chief Economist Group (CEG) under the European Banking Federation.

Romario Alves Pinto
Romario Alves Pinto
Head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance
Inter-American Investment Corporation

Romario has 40 years’ experience in the global banking industry. He has worked for Real-ABN, RBS and BoFa in financial products, trade and supply chain, treasury, operations and credit. He is specialized in transactional banking product and sales, relationship banking, and commercial leadership. He has lived in Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Mexico and USA, and he is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Romario is an effective communicator and strategic thinker with proven ability to build collaboration in cross-functional and multi-cultural teams. He has solid experience in sales and relationship, gained from widespread dealings with clients and peers. He is focused on achieving tangible results based on the clients’ needs. He is passionate about helping people with their performance, objectives link with their intentions. Romario holds a degree in business and accounting from PUC de MG in Brazil and MBA in LU Madrid. He is also a certified transformational coaching from the International Coaching Federation.

Omar Sheikh
Omar Sheikh
Head of Corporate Banking, Middle East
Barclays

Omar is Head of Corporate Banking Middle East, where he is responsible for developing and strengthening the core proposition of Barclays’ corporate clients in the region. Omar sits on the Asia Pacific Corporate Banking Management Committee and the Middle East and North Africa Management Committee. Omar joined Barclays in 2008 in Abu Dhabi and has since been the team leader for Global Corporates for the Middle East and Head of Global Corporates Outbound, Middle East. Omar has over 23 years of Corporate Banking experience covering clients across Middle East, Africa & Pakistan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of McGill in Montreal, Canada. Before joining Barclays, he held several positions in financial institutions including United Bank Limited and Askari Commercial Bank Limited.

Ville Sointu
Ville Sointu
Head of Emerging Technologies
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.

Jens Worning Sorensen
Jens Worning Sorensen
Partner at Policy Group A/S
Foreign Policy Columnist at Kristeligt Dagblad (The Christian Daily)

Jens Worning is a former diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, and former H.M. Consul General to St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a senior policy advisor for private as well as public entities and widely used as pundit on security politics, international relations and world order in Danish media and as key note speaker.

Masayuki (Mike) Tagai
Masayuki (Mike) Tagai
Managing Director & Industry Issues Executive, APAC
J.P. Morgan

Masayuki (Mike) Tagai is Managing Director, Industry Issues Executive (APAC) for J.P. Morgan’s Payments business. In this role, Mike is responsible for industry issues including global standards and market practice development in the Asia Pacific region. He is involved in Asian community adoption of foundational international standards such as ISO20022; bond market harmonization efforts in the ASEAN+3 countries as well as adoption of LEI. He has been representing Japan at the ISO 20022 Registration Management Group (RMG) and has been elected Convenor in March 2021. He is a member of the BAFT Asia Council since early 2021.

Louise Taylor-Digby
Louise Taylor-Digby
Head of Trade Strategy
SWIFT

Louise joined SWIFT in Singapore in 2019 and is responsible for Global Trade Strategy; she collaborates across the Trade eco system to diagnose industry challenges, and reshape the landscape. Louise has over 15 years’ experience in Financial Services, gained across 3 continents, in disciplines including Business Development, Strategy and Leadership. She joined SWIFT from Barclays Bank, where she most recently served as Head of The Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Asia Pacific. Prior to moving to Asia, she held a number of positions at Barclays including Head of Global Client Solutions consulting senior management, on the strategic ramifications of structural and regulatory reform.

Christopher Van Houten
Christopher Van Houten
Relationship Director, Global Financial Institutions, International Corporate Banking, Americas
Barclays

Christopher Van Houten has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. For the past ten years he has worked for Barclays, where he covers North American banks. Prior to working for Barclays, he was with Johnson & Johnson, Bear Stearns, BNY Mellon, and National Australia Bank. He holds B.A. from Bucknell University, a M.A. from Rutgers University, a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Jan van Vonmo
Jan van Vonmo
Director of Research and Thought Leadership
Tink

Jan van Vonno spearheads Tink's research and thought leadership program. He is responsible for the positioning of Tink within the context of open banking and supporting the strategic decision making of financial executives. Tink was founded in Stockholm in 2012, and a decade later became part of Visa in 2022. Today, Tink is Europe’s leading open banking platform that enables merchants, banks and fintechs to make low-cost, low-fraud payments and develop data-driven onboarding experiences. Jan is a member of several steering groups across the EU and the UK to help shape the future of open banking. Before joining Tink, Jan worked most of his career for the International Data Corporation (IDC). During his time at IDC, he covered various technology and business topics as the head of the European digital transformation research program.

Florian Wicht
Florian Wicht
Regional Lead Africa, Trade and Commodity Finance Solutions
IFC (International Finance Corporation) World Bank Group

Florian Wicht leads IFC’s Trade & Commodity Finance Solutions for IFC in Africa, based in South-Africa. Besides IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program that promotes international trade with emerging markets, he covers trade & commodity finance, supply chain finance-focused programs and other trade finance initiatives. Prior to joining IFC in 2017, Florian has worked in banking for two decades in Paris, Sao Paulo, Frankfurt, covering trade and commodity finance for Africa, Latam and CIS. In his last position, prior IFC, he was the Global Head for Commodity Trade Receivables Financing at Société Générale in Paris. Earlier in his career he worked for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, for a pan-European project promoting innovation and cooperation for small and medium enterprises in Europe.

George Wilson
George Wilson
Head, Institutional Trade Finance
Investec

George specializes in innovative, short-term Trade financing solutions for Emerging Markets Financial Institutions and their clients through collateral, DFI and Credit risk mitigation techniques to resolve the African SME Trade funding gap, hard currency liquidity and Trade regulatory capital returns challenges.

Dr. Youwei Yang
Dr. Youwei Yang
Director of Financial Analytics
StoneX Group

Youwei Yang earned his PhD in FinTech and Financial Economics Cornell University, with a focus on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain applications. At Cornell, he was actively involved in research & education at The Initiative for Cryptocurrencies & Contracts, FinTech Initiative, and Blockchain Organizations. Youwei has been working in StoneX for 6 years both full-time and part-time between earning various degrees. His early career was in commodity analysis and recently he has been leading the Crypto Assets initiative at StoneX, especially on the analysis and education front. He has vast expertise and experience in various disciplines across the markets we trade. Specifically his research and analysis of Cryptocurrency markets and Tokenomics, as well as Financial technology innovations and adoptions.

May 2, 2022 - Monday
Jihad Azour
Jihad Azour
Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Jihad Azour is the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund where he oversees the Fund’s work in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Caucasus. Mr. Azour served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister in 2005-08, during which time he coordinated the implementation of important reforms, including modernizing the country’s tax and customs systems. Before and since his time as finance minister, he held a wide range of positions in the private sector, including McKinsey and Booz and Co. where he was a Vice-President and Senior Executive Advisor. Prior to joining the IMF in March 2017, he was a Managing Partner at investment firm Inventis Partners. Mr. Azour holds a PhD in International Finance and a post-graduate degree in International Economics and Finance, both from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also did research on emerging economies and their integration into the global economy as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard. Mr. Azour has published several books and articles on economic and financial issues and taught extensively.

Catherine P. Bessant
Catherine P. Bessant
Vice Chair, Global Strategy
Bank of America

Cathy Bessant serves as vice chair, Global Strategy at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. In this role, Cathy is responsible for working with our European boards, focused on the integration of our global strategy. She is based in Paris and provides leadership within and beyond our European presence. Bessant most recently served as chief operations and technology officer from 2010 - 2021, responsible for delivering end-to-end technology and operating services across the company through a team of 95,000 people in over 35 countries, with oversight of the company’s global information security efforts. Since joining the bank in 1982, Bessant has held a number of senior leadership roles. She was president, Global Corporate Banking; president, Global Product Solutions and Global Treasury Services; chief marketing officer; president, Consumer Real Estate and Community Development Banking; national Small Business Segment executive; and president of the Florida market. Bessant serves as executive sponsor for the company’s Disability Advisory Council. In 2021 Bessant received Disability:IN’s John D. Kemp Leadership Award for her advocacy among businesses for disability employment programs and services. She was formerly the executive sponsor for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride executive board and led the creation of the LGBT Ally program. She was previously named No. 1 among OUTstanding LGBT+ Ally Executives, presented by the Financial Times.

Sanjay Bonde
Sanjay Bonde
Chairman & CEO
Trade Capital Corporation

Sanjay Bonde serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TCC. Sanjay is an expert in strategic finance, supply chain finance, international finance and M&A and corporate development. During his career leading senior-level business roles, he has helped companies develop innovative financial and corporate development strategies driving business growth, globally. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and the US and led several cross-functions in addition to Financial strategies, including Product Development and Marketing, Solution Sales, Supply Chain and Talent Management. Sanjay also serves as the Chairman of Monarch Tractors, Board Advisor to a Pritzker Family holding company and has been CEO of Wintec, a technology-led, semiconductor and supply chain business. His prior experience includes founding of an electric vehicle company, Genze, and Bonde Ventures, a ventures advisory business. He actively supported the formative period of Mahindra Finance, a non-banking finance company with US$11 billion in assets and over 35,000 employees and was Vice President & General Manager at Bristlecone Inc, a Mountain View, California-based inventory and supply chain optimization company catering to global semiconductor and high-tech industries. Called upon for his expertise in both finance and technology, Sanjay has provided strategic advice to varied technology companies in Silicon Valley. Sanjay currently resides in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley and is a Board/CEO Advisor and Board Member. In his personal time, he mentors and teaches entrepreneurs, and has taught Business Strategy at the Presidio Graduate MBA School in San Francisco for disruptive businesses. He received executive leadership training at Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics after earning his MBA/MMS from the University of Mumbai and BE in Electronics and Electrical Power Engineering.

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

Chris is the Head of Correspondent Banking for the Americas based in New York. He has been with the bank since 2011 when he joined the Financial Institutions team in Singapore. Prior to Standard Chartered, Chris worked for several start-ups in Toronto and Hong Kong in the fields of asset management and television media. Chris has an M.A. from McGill in Economics and a B.A. from Tufts in International Relations.

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.

Michael Doran
Michael Doran
CFO & General Counsel
Trade Capital Corporation

Michael C. Doran serves as the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of TCC. He is a seasoned international corporate securities lawyer based in Silicon Valley. He has spent his career at the intersection of finance, law, and technology. He began his career in 1983 with the investment bank Salomon Brothers in London. Michael was at the center of the action in the dotcom bubble of the 90’s, at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, an AmLaw top 20 law firm specializing in tech funding transactions. In 1996 he worked on the IPO of E*Trade, which disrupted the brokerage business by automating the process of buying and selling stock, making the stock market accessible to hundreds of millions of people around the world. He was also a partner of Fish & Richardson, an AmLaw top 100 firm which specializes in intellectual property. Michael served as general counsel for a publicly traded investment bank and FINRA regulated broker dealer for seven years. He was the legal architect of the Digital Capital Network, launched in 2013, which pioneered a revolution in private placements, allowing issuers and investors to connect online without the need for a broker to call. Michael resides in Menlo Park, CA, where he is the Chairman of the city’s Planning Commission and oversees many large development projects including Facebook’s headquarters. Since 2016, he has had his own practice helping tech companies raise capital and navigate complex securities regulations. Michael has handled over $3 billion in funding transactions. He has a B.A. in Economics from Drury University, studied International Trade at the London School of Economics, and has a law degree from Stanford Law School.

Stephen Grainger
Stephen Grainger
Executive Vice President & Head of Cross-Border Services
Mastercard

Stephen Grainger serves as Executive Vice President, Business Partnerships, New Payments Platform at Mastercard. He is responsible for expanding the business’s vision to enable domestic and cross-border payments from every funding source, to every destination, for any need. Mr. Grainger also plays a key role in building out Mastercard’s bank account-based payment capabilities as the company intensifies its efforts to identify new opportunities beyond cards. Mr. Grainger is also responsible for determining how the organization utilizes its existing network and capabilities to attract new business.

Selwin Charles Hart
Selwin Charles Hart
Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action & Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team
United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 4 February 2020 the appointment of Selwin Hart of Barbados as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General of the Climate Action Team. Climate change remains at the top of the Secretary-General's priorities and one of the core priorities of the Decade of Action to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. In ensuring enhanced levels of ambition on climate change within the Decade, the Special Adviser, leading the Climate Action team will focus on Member State support, coalition-building, UN system engagement and public mobilization necessary to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and achieve a successful 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom in 2020. The Special Adviser will ensure delivery of the Secretary-General’s priorities on climate change, from enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), fossil fuel and coal phase-out, ensuring public and private finance shifts and the transitions necessary to shift the world’s energy, transportation, land and natural systems in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals

Joshua Kroeker
Joshua Kroeker
Chief Product Officer
Contour

Josh Kroeker is the Chief Product Officer of Contour, a network to lead a global adoption of blockchain-based trade solutions. Josh has 15 years of experience in Hong Kong and Canada in senior positions across trade finance business development, learning and development, trade finance product management and corporate banking innovation at HSBC, one of the world’s leading trade finance banks. Josh’s passion is to increase the accessibility of trade finance through technology and has been involved in a majority of the industry’s trade digitisation efforts in the past decade, particularly in regards to traditional trade products. Most recently he has led a global innovation team pioneering the use of blockchain to provide a breakthrough for trade and trade finance, a notoriously difficult to change industry.

Andreas Neumeier
Andreas Neumeier
Head of Corporate Banking TMT
Truist Securities

Andreas joined SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, which is now Truist, in January 2019, after four years at Standard Chartered Bank in San Francisco. Prior to that he spent 28 years at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, Chicago and Germany, including as Head of Corporate Banking North America and Head of Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT). Mr. Neumeier is responsible for origination and corporate banking franchise expansion with TMT clients and leads a team of bankers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York with a major in Finance and Information Technology as well as a diploma in Economics and Marketing from Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts Akademie in Munich.

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.

Mary Porter Peschka
Mary Porter Peschka
Director, Environment, Social and Governance
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mary is the Director of the Sustainability (ESG) and Gender Solutions department at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Since 2006, an estimated $4.5 trillion in investments across emerging markets have adhered to IFC’s environmental and social standards, or principles inspired by them. Prior to her current role, Mary was the Director of the IFC’s Global Advisory Solutions department, has served as Regional Head of Advisory Services in Latin America & the Caribbean, and Regional Head of Sustainable Business Advisory in the Middle East & North Africa. Before joining IFC, Mary held various positions across public and private sectors, including: Market Access International, an economic development consulting firm; St. Genevieve Group, a group of international mining companies; and the US Agency for International Development. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Eli Polanco
Eli Polanco
Founder & CEO
Nivelo

Eli is a recognized payments leader deeply involved in re-architecting the infrastructure of money flow. She is Founder and CEO of Nivelo; a NYC-based digital payment start-up helping businesses move money securely and fast via the internet. Prior to starting Nivelo, Eli was an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan where she led various research & development initiatives often in fintech partnerships with start-ups, universities and government entities. Eli Polanco was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with degrees in economics and mandarin. In addition to Tech:NYC Eli is a member W&L’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sabry Salman
Sabry Salman
Managing Director & Global Head of Financial Institutions and Non-Bank PSPs, International Corporate Bank
Barclays

Sabry Salman is Global Head FI & Non Bank PSPs, which includes Correspondent Banks, Barclays Affiliates, FMI Broker dealers, FinTech and MSBs. He is a member of the International Corporate Bank Management Forum. Sabry has 24 years of experience in global corporate banking, having lived and worked in Asia and the UK. Prior to his current role, he was Global Head of Banks Coverage and Head of UK MNC subsidiary banking for 6 years, covering client markets in the Americas, UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Since joining Barclays in 2004, he has held many leadership roles spanning industry sectors and geographies including Africa for 7 years. Prior to Barclays he worked at Standard Chartered and RBS Group.

Isabel Schmidt
Isabel Schmidt
Head of Direct Clearing and Asset Account Services Products
BNY Mellon

Isabel Schmidt is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in global cash management driving strategic planning and business development, product and market management and risk and regulatory management. She has a strong track record of driving change and generating sustainable bottom line contributions and proven experience building and managing diverse, highly motivated and results oriented teams. Isabel Schmidt responsible for BNY Mellon’s Global Clearing and Asset Account Services products. In this capacity she shapes and executes the product strategy for our global clearing and FX payment services for domestic and global clients and our banking and cash management services for NBFIs. Isabel and her team drive market and industry engagement related to major transformation initiatives affecting our clients in the coming years in the cross-border payment space to ensure alignment with BNY Mellon strategic objectives.

Tom Zschach
Tom Zschach
Chief Innovation Officer
SWIFT

Tom is the Chief Innovation Officer with responsibility for growing and championing SWIFTs innovation capabilities. He joined in January 2020, and is charged with driving new growth opportunities across the company and in collaboration with the SWIFT Community and partners. Prior to joining SWIFT, he was the Chief Information Officer at CLS Group based in London where he was responsible for the technology function and for further developing the organization’s technology vision. He served on the Executive Management Committee at CLS. Prior to CLS, he was the Chief Information Officer for LCH.Clearnet, one of the world’s leading multinational clearing houses. Tom worked for more than twenty years in several investment banks including Bank of America / Merrill Lynch as Head of Rate and Currencies Technology and at Barclays Capital as Managing Director in Technology and Global Head of Equities, Prime Brokerage and Client Technology.

May 3, 2022 - Tuesday
Marissa Adams
Marissa Adams
Managing Director & Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, North America
HSBC

Marissa Adams leads HSBC’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance business for North America. Her team supports customers with innovative working capital solutions and risk mitigation tools to enable both regional and international trade. She is focused on ensuring that trade finance supports the ESG ambitions of companies of all sizes and promoting the further democratization of trade finance for the benefit of all members of the global supply chain.

Mike Barbary
Mike Barbary
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy
TradeSun
Robert Bench
Robert Bench
Assistance Vice President, Secure Payments and Fintech
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Bob Bench is an assistant vice president in the Secure Payments group for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, Bob is tasked with performing FinTech market research and experimentation to inform Federal Reserve System policy and decision makers about the implications of FinTech on the financial services industry and Federal Reserve’s mission broadly. The group’s current focus is blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and private and fiat digital currencies. Bob brings over 15 years of experience across the intersections of financial regulation, law, and technology. Prior to joining the Boston Fed, Bob was the chief compliance officer and associate general counsel of Circle Internet Financial, a consumer internet company focused on financial services and blockchain technology. While at Circle, in addition to leading the compliance and regulatory functions of the firm, Bob closely engaged with U.S. and global lawmakers, regulators, and law enforcement on blockchain technology and its impact on current legal and regulatory frameworks. Before his role at Circle, Bob’s career focused on the regulation of U.S. banks and foreign banking organizations. Bob began his career as an examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Rosanna Boyle
Rosanna Boyle
Head of Product, Risk and Compliance
Lloyd's List Intelligence

Rosanna Boyle is Head of Product, (Risk and Compliance) at Lloyd’s List Intelligence. Over the past 3 years, Rosie has worked with compliance professionals globally to develop our most advanced risk and compliance solution. Starting her career in 2011 working in the events division, Rosie quickly progressed and in 2015 moved into the role AIS Research and Procurement Manager. Her natural ability to understand customer needs, organically moved her into a Senior Product Manager role, focused on maritime risk in 2019. Rosie is now our Head of Product and owns all our Risk and Compliance solutions.

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.

Venkat B.V.
Venkat B.V.
Head of SWIFT Bureau Business
StoneX Group

Venkat B.V. is Head of StoneX Technology Services, a dedicated technology unit within the StoneX group that serves both external and internal customers. Venkat previously co-founded Akshay Software Technologies Ltd,, whose US subsidiary provided SWIFT services to the Global Payments Business unit of StoneX before it was acquired by StoneX in September 2018.

José Luís Calderón
José Luís Calderón
Managing Director & Global Head, Global Transaction Banking
Santander

Member of GCB Executive Committee. Managing a team with both a local and global approach, bringing together product specialists and sales managers from multiple countries with skills in a wide range of asset classes to provide customer-focused solutions in cash management, lending and working capital solutions and trade finance. Currently Board Member of IBOS Association, member of Transaction Banking Global Leaders (TBGL) and the Association of Spanish Treasurers (ASSET). Joined Santander in 1997, working in the Operations Department for 6 years with varying responsibilities. In 2004 moved to Global Banking & Markets where held the responsibility of managing cash management and supply chain finance projects in Spain. From 2008 holding different positions including Product Manager of GTB Europe, Head of GTB Iberia and Head of GTB Europe.

David Cooperman
David Cooperman
Managing Director, Business Consulting, Financial Services
EY

David Cooperman is a Managing Director of Financial Services Business Consulting at EY where he leads the firm’s Trade Finance practice in the Americas. In this role he advises banks on developing new strategies, improving business results and implementing technologies as well as develops EY solutions to serve the Trade Finance industry. Prior to joining EY, David held senior leadership positions in the banking industry at Citibank and ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank’s Trade businesses as well as advised financial services clients as a management strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and Gemini Consulting. He is an active member of several BAFT working committees and was a founder/board member of the Trade Information Network Limited. Mr. Cooperman holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University as well as a M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Merlin Dowse
Merlin Dowse
Executive Director, Global Trade Finance Product Management, J.P. Morgan
Vice Chair, ICC Banking Commission

Merlin Dowse is an Executive Director and a Global Product Manager within the Core Product team. In this capacity, Merlin leads a global team responsible for the management of digital solutions and innovation available to the clients of J.P. Morgan across the globe. Merlin previously held the position of Global Product Manager for the Portfolio Management Group within Global Trade at J.P. Morgan. In this role he led the digitization efforts of both the internal and external processes supporting the distribution of all trade finance assets. Prior to this, while based in London, he was managing the EMEA Trade product set for the Corporate client segment, where he worked on various initiatives such as the Bank Payment Obligation, SWIFT for Corporates whilst also helping expand J.P. Morgan’s global footprint. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Merlin worked in various capacities in the Trade Services department at Rabobank in the Netherlands.

Gabriel Esparza
Gabriel Esparza
Associate Administrator, Office of International Trade
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Gabriel Esparza has been selected to serve as Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, Mr. Esparza will be responsible for leading Export Loan Programs; the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) and assisting small businesses in trade. Previously, Mr. Esparza served as a public official in the City of Los Angeles, appointed by the Mayor to the Board of Civil Service Commissioners, and as Vice President of Global Business Development in the Commercial Payments division at American Express. A seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience leading businesses, spanning both large corporations and nimble startups, Mr. Esparza has also spent the past five years as an investor, advisor, and operator in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, Mr. Esparza played an integral role at RapidSOS, a government tech platform that provides a data-driven way for people to communicate with 911.

Llenay Ferreti
Llenay Ferreti
CEO
Bhavana World Project Inc.

Llenay is CEO of Bhavana World Project Inc. She has more than twenty years of experience in international business development, product design, fashion, and is experienced in Fair Trade standards and certification. Llenay served as CEO and Executive Director of Ten Thousand Villages, the largest Fair Trade organization in North America, working with more than 120 MSMEs in 35 countries using trade as a solution for poverty alleviation. Prior to her work in economic development, Llenay was the Creative Design Director of Chico’s FAS, a national women’s apparel retailer. Llenay also served various roles at Liz Claiborne Inc., including as Vice President of Design, where she led product design for the fashion brand and directed a design staff in all aspects of apparel development with a global factory base. Llenay has focused much of her development efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). She has partnered with the private sector and government programs to facilitate successful business relationships for African companies. Since 2011, Llenay has consulted on projects focusing on MSME business development in the Textile, Fashion and Personal Accessories sectors. Her work in SSA includes market access programs for more than 400 companies and capacity building interventions for more than 150 MSMEs in the region. Over the course of her work business revenue exceeded $50 million within Bhavana’s MSME portfolio with significant increases from the top 30% performers.

Michelle Knowles
Michelle Knowles
Pan African Head of Trade Finance Product, Trade and Working Capital
Absa Group

Michelle Knowles is the Pan Africa Head of Trade Finance Product and Governance. During her 23 years in the Banking industry, Michelle has spent the major part of her career in International Trade at Standard Bank, First National Bank and the Absa Group, holding a number of different roles and responsibilities. Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership with an elective in e- Business and has completed the SAFEX Registered Persons examination for Bond market, Equity market and Future markets. In addition, she holds a certificate in Business Psychology and human behavior, completed numerous leadership and trade finance courses, and is currently a member of the Institute of South African Financial Markets. Some of her key achievements include being nominated deputy chairperson for TSAG user group for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2011 and Co- Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Bank Payment Obligation Consulting Group in 2012. She is a member of the global advisory committee for Factors Chain International 2020. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and contributes to articles on the topic of Trade Finance.

Manish Kohli
Manish Kohli
Global Head of Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Manish Kohli joined HSBC in October 2021, as the head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management [GLCM]. GLCM is a strategically important business for HSBC serving 40k large corporate and mid-market companies and 1.5m business banking clients, in over 50 markets globally. Before joining HSBC, Manish spent 24 years working for Citibank in a variety of senior roles across the global transaction banking business. Manish is passionate about building Digital business models based on collaboration, building high performance diverse teams, financial market infrastructure enhancements and Sustainability. Manish has worked in Mumbai, London, New York in a range of country, regional and global roles and is currently based in the outskirts of Manhattan where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Nathalie Louat
Nathalie Louat
Director, Trade and Supply Chain Solutions
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nathalie Louat is the Director of Trade & Supply Chain Finance in the Financial Institutions Group at IFC, based in Washington. Prior to this role she was the Senior Manager in the Financial Institutions Group in charge globally of Insurance, Innovation, Capital Markets, and the Distressed Assets Recovery Program. She was previously a Senior Manager for East Asia and the Pacific Portfolio Operations in the Financial Institutions Group, based in Hong Kong. From 2010 until 2014, Nathalie was supporting IFC's clients in the financial sector in East Asia Pacific. She managed a $3 billion portfolio with exposure to 90 clients and 150 projects located from Mongolia to the Pacific Islands. From 1999 until 2010, Nathalie worked in IFC's Structured Finance Department within the Treasury Vice-Presidency. She served on IFC's Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and was selected as a member of the World Bank Group's sounding board for the change management process. Nathalie received the World Bank Group's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award in 2012. Prior to joining IFC, Nathalie pursued a career in Credit Lyonnais' Securitization Group. She holds a degree from the French School of Statistics and Economics and graduated as an Actuary from the French Institute of Actuarial Studies.

Clay Lowery
Clay Lowery
Executive Vice President, Research and Policy
Institute of International Finance (IIF)

As the Executive Vice President, Mr. Lowery oversees the departments responsible for macroeconomic analysis, international financial regulation, financial technology, and specific policy areas such as debt policy and analysis and sustainable finance. In addition, he oversees the membership recruitment and retention department. Prior to joining IIF, Mr. Lowery was a founder and Managing Director of the Rock Creek Global Advisors international economic consulting firm. Previously, he served as the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he was the Finance Deputy to the G20, G7, International Monetary Fund, and the Financial Stability Board, chaired CFIUS, and was the point person on U.S. trade policy for financial services and toward Sovereign Wealth Funds. Mr. Lowery served over 15 years in the U.S. government including being the Director of International Finance at the National Security Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board to the Batten School of Public Policy at the University of Virginia and as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Mr. Lowery received his B.A. in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.Sc. in Economics at the London School of Economics.

Jai R. Massari
Jai R. Massari
Partner, Financial Institutions
Davis Polk

Jai Massari is a Partner in Davis Polk's Financial Institutions Group and the trading and markets practice, based in the Washington DC office. She advises major global banks, asset managers, and corporations on the requirements, impact and implementation of financial regulation, including reforms, focusing on derivatives regulation and the Volcker Rule. Ms. Massari also advises financial institutions and technology companies on regulatory considerations for digital asset and blockchain businesses and investments. She frequently works with individual firms and industry organizations in connection with advocacy efforts on legislative and regulatory proposals.

Tony McLaughlin
Tony McLaughlin
Emerging Payments and Business Development, Treasury and Trade Solutions
Citi

Tony McLaughlin is responsible for Emerging Payments and Business Development in Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business. Tony is responsible for the TTS Ecommerce proposition and is deeply involved in new methods of payment, Distributed Ledger and Fintech engagements. He joined Citi in 2004 and has been Core Cash Head for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong and the Global Transaction Services Head for the United Kingdom, spearheading Citi’s engagement with large public sector clients and payment aggregators. Tony was responsible for the design and development of ABN AMRO’s Third Party Continuous Linked Settlement (CLS) offering, core electronic banking platform and transactional FX solution. At HSBC Holdings, he fulfilled a global strategy role for the Payments and Cash Management business. Before that he was a Senior Product Manager for Barclays Bank with responsibility for electronic collections products including International Direct Debits.

Tom Mutton
Tom Mutton
Director, Fintech
Bank of England

Tom is the Director responsible for Central Bank Digital Currency at the Bank of England. He took on this positon when it was established in January 2021. His previous roles at the Bank include Director of Fintech, Head of International Policy & Strategy, Head of Division in Prudential Policy and time as a Senior Manager responsible for the supervision of major international firms. He was educated at the London School of Economics.

Steven Ricchiuto
Steven Ricchiuto
Managing Director & Chief Economist
Mizuho Securities USA

Steven Ricchiuto is a Managing Director and Chief Economist of Mizuho Securities USA (MSUSA). As Chief Economist, Mr. Ricchiuto is responsible for formulating and marketing the firm’s macroeconomic and interest rate forecasts and providing clients with a strategic outlook on the U.S. economy and financial markets. Prior to joining Mizuho Securities USA, Mr. Ricchiuto worked at Svenska Handelsbanken and at ABN AMRO, where he was Chief U.S. Economist and Head of Fixed Income Research for the region. He has more than thirty five years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Ricchiuto is a well-known and highly regarded economist, with extensive appearances on various business news television and radio programs and is regularly quoted in the print media. His latest book:” Symptomatic to Systemic traces the history of post war business cycles and how financial debacles have evolved from being caused by the cycle to leading the cycle.

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

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. Amy is a member of the International Business Advisory Board of Elizabethtown College where she mentors students and presents guest lectures on international finance. Amy also holds a Board seat at BAFT as well as a Co-Chair position on the North American Council. In addition to BAFT, Amy is active throughout the North American regional bank network in several international banking industry groups.

Daniel Schmand
Daniel Schmand
Global Head, Institutional Cash Management and Corporate Bank Operations
Deutsche Bank

Based in New York and Frankfurt, Daniel Schmand drives Deutsche Bank’s Institutional Cash Management business well as Corporate Bank’s Operations including all branches. He is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the entire organization. In this capacity, Daniel is a member of the Corporate Banking Executive Committee. Daniel joined Deutsche Bank in 1987 as a trainee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration as well as executive education at INSEAD and the International Leadership Program at Ashridge, IMD and Duke.

Nick Smit
Nick Smit
Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions, North America
ING Bank

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.

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

Sue-Ellen Speight is a Senior Vice President at StoneX Inc, a global Fortune 500 financial services institution. Sue-Ellen specializes in Global Cross-Border Payments in emerging markets with a focus on Regional Banks and Fintech. Having been with StoneX in the Global Payments team for eight years, Sue-Ellen offers keen insight into the challenges facing the Banking Sector, prevailing technology trends and payments best practice. The global payment sector has benefited from recent initiatives to increase transparency and innovations spurred by Fintechs though in many Frontier Markets the regulatory and operational challenges remain. Sue-Ellen and StoneX are committed to bringing access and efficiency to the ‘final mile’ of payments in challenging markets. For Financial Institutions, this means accessing local market insight as well as improving operational efficiency to deliver payments to almost all markets within two days. Formerly a Partner in a UK Consultancy specializing in Operational Efficiency, then transplanted to San Francisco as Strategy & Operational roles in several start-ups, Sue-Ellen brings a global perspective and practical understanding of how human processes can be given Super-Powers through technology. She is an active participant in the Bay Area Payments community, regular contributor to the Australian-American Incubator Mentorship program run by the Australian Consulate and Activator for the SHE-EO Investment Network. In her down time, Sue-Ellen is an amateur astronomer and enthusiastic hiking buddy to an intrepid ten-year-old Brittany pointer. Sue-Ellen holds a Bachelor of Commerce - Business Finance & Commercial Law from the University of Queensland in Australia, graduated the Executive Program in Strategy & Organization Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and holds Certificates in Foundations of Design Thinking and Organizational Thought to Action from IDEO.

May 4, 2022 - Wednesday
Ed Abbo
Ed Abbo
President & Chief Technology Officer
C3

Edward Abbo has served as C3's Chief Technology Officer since July 2011. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer from September 2009 to July 2011 and a member of our board of directors from August 2009 to November 2020. Prior to joining us, Mr. Abbo served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for Siebel Systems from July 1994 until it merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006, and Senior Vice President of Oracle Corporation from January 2006 to July 2009. Mr. Abbo holds a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Ahearn
John Ahearn
Group Vice Chairman & CEO Americas
Falcon Group

John Ahearn joined Falcon Group in June 2020 as Vice Chairman of Falcon Group and CEO of Falcon America where he is responsible for establishing and growing the business across the Americas. Prior to Falcon, John ran Citibanks Global Trade as part of their Treasury and Trade business having worked there for 16 years. Prior to joining Citi, John worked for ABN Amro in Chicago IL where he ran the US Trade franchise and their Financial Institutions for the Trade Group globally. John also held a senior position at the Bank of New York/National Community Bank (merger). He started his career at Morgan Guarantee as a management trainee. John also held various board seats including Chairman for BAFT (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade) and PEFCO (Private Export Funding Corp) of which he is still a member.

Rowan Austin
Rowan Austin
Head of Trade Advisory and Origination
NatWest

Rowan Austin is Head of Trade Origination & Advisory in the Corporates & Institutions team of Natwest Commercial Banking. Along with his team, he is responsible for working with large corporate customers across the UK, Western Europe and the US to deliver working capital solutions supporting domestic and cross-border trade. With extensive cross-product and sectoral knowledge, and having worked for four banks across six continents, Rowan started his banking career with Goldman Sachs before joining Barclays and performing roles across Corporate, International and Investment Banking. He then joined Europe Arab Bank, where he built a commodity and trade finance function across Europe and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region before joining NatWest in 2011. Rowan has a BA (Honours) in History from the University of Wales. He is also an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

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.

John Ciccarone
John Ciccarone
Senior Vice President, Treasury, Multicurrency and Alternate Channels
Wells Fargo

John Ciccarone is Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of the Technical Solutions and Network Management team in Wells Fargo’s Global Payment Services Group. John’s team is responsible providing technical support and setting the strategic direction of the Treasury, Foreign Currency Payments and Multi-Currency Account products for Wells Fargo’s Financial Institution and NBFI clients. John’s team is also responsible for supporting enterprise level initiatives such as the application of DLT, API’s and the impact of Open Banking.

Joan Gelpi
Joan Gelpi
Global Head of Data and AI, Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Joan Gelpi is a managing director and head of Global Data in Global Transaction Services at Bank of America. In this role, he leads a team of data scientists, data engineers and data product managers focused on harnessing data and artificial intelligence to deliver value and strategic advantage to clients. Gelpi joined Bank of America in February 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience working with complex corporate data and driving effective data strategies. He has worked at American Express and AIG where he established and led multiple Data Science organizations. Gelpi has successfully developed innovative solutions leveraging large scale data to drive improvements in product development, growth, customer service, automation and operational efficiency. He has been an early adopter of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques with impactful implementations of natural language processing, predictive analytics and sentiment analytics.

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

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.

David Hardoon
David Hardoon
Chief Data and AI Officer
UnionBank of the Philippines

David is the Chief Data & AI Officer at UnionBank Philippines, and acting in capacity as both Chief Data and Innovation Officer for Aboitiz Group as well as Managing Director for Aboitiz Data Innovation. Concurrently David is an external advisor to Singapore's Corrupt Investigation Practices Bureau (CPIB) in the capacity of Senior Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) and to Singapore's Central Provident Fund Board (CPF) in the capacity of Senior Advisor (Data Science). Prior to his current roles, David was Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) first appointed Chief Data Officer and Head of Data Analytics Group reporting to the agency Deputy Managing Director for Financial Supervision and subsequently Special Advisor (Artificial Intelligence) reporting to Deputy Managing Director for Markets and Development. In these roles he led the development of the AI strategy both for MAS and Singapore’s financial sector as well as driving efforts in promoting open cross-border data flows. David pioneered the regulator and central bank adoption of data science as well as establishment of the Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparancy (FEAT) principles, first-of-a-kind guidelines for adopting Artificial Intelligence in the financial industry, as well as establishing the MAS-backed Veritas consortium.

Patrik Havander
Patrik Havander
Head of Transaction Banking Market Development
Nordea

As the Head of Market Development for Nordea’s Transaction Banking organization, Patrik is responsible for exploring new avenues within the Transaction Banking franchise, one is to develop new ways of delivering geographical reach to the corporate segment through bank partnerships. Patrik Havander has an extensive experience from working in leading positions within corporate banking, in Sweden and abroad. Patrik is member of Nordea’s Transaction Banking Management. He is also board member of the bank alliance, IBOS Association Ltd. He has a track record of strategy, sales excellence, crossed new frontiers in service and concept development, in online banking services as well as in social media development for B2B. Patrik is well-known for his success in developing industry leadership within financial services. He has a wide-ranging and well established network throughout the banking business, nationally and internationally Over the years, Patrik has appeared as a speaker and panelist at numerous industry events.

Alan Koenigsberg
Alan Koenigsberg
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Treasury and Working Capital Solutions, Visa Business
Visa

Alan Koenigsberg is global head of new payments flows for the Visa Business Solutions team. In this role, Alan is leading all aspects of commercialization of Visa B2B Connect, a unique multilateral cross-border B2B payments network, as well as opening up new payment opportunities within accounts receivable and payables space, as well as overall account-to-account B2B payments. Prior to this role, Alan was Chief Revenue Officer for Traxpay, a payments and supply chain Fintech based in Germany. During his tenure, he grew the startup to over 100 employees, playing a key role in platform development and initial go-to-market relationship building with financial institutions. Alan is an experienced payments and treasury professional who was previously Managing Director and Corporate Banking Group Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML). In this role, Alan worked with global corporates to provide corporate lending and treasury management solutions to them around the world. Prior to BAML, Alan held Transaction Banking leadership roles, along with product management positions, at JPMorgan in New York and London. Prior to JPMorgan, Alan held Product Management and Operations roles at American Express.

Michael Laws
Michael Laws
Head of Global Channels Trade Finance
BNP Paribas

Michael Laws is responsible for the BNP Paribas Trade Finance global eBanking platforms that serve BNP Paribas corporates clients across the globe. Michael has been leveraging experience in Cash Management and IT Implementation to increase the bank footprint in terms of global reach and services proposed for both interactive eBanking channels and non-interactive channels, such as SWIFTNet Trade, for the diverse trade finance instruments proposed by BNP Paribas. Michael is a member of the BNP Paribas Trade Finance Competence Center and will be joining remotely from Paris, France.

Philipp Leubecher
Philipp Leubecher
Executive Director & Head of Supply Chain Finance Product, US
Santander

Philipp heads the Supply Chain Finance Product Team for Santander in the US. He has been working in various Trade & Working Capital Solutions roles since 2011, covering Corporates as well as Non-Bank Financial Institutions globally. Previously also at Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, Philipp spent several years in Frankfurt and London before moving to New York with broader experience across Corporate & Investment Banking. His educational background is in Economics (University of Freiburg, Germany) and an MBA from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Vanessa Lin
Vanessa Lin
Managing Director & Regional Head of Relationship Management and Business Development, Treasury Services
BNY Mellon

Vanessa Lin is the Regional Head of Relationship Management and Business Development for North American Banks. She is responsible for growing and managing the segment, architecting and driving go-to-market strategies, and solutioning to meet the Payments, Receivables, Liquidity and Trade needs of clients. With more than 20 years of transaction banking experience, Vanessa worked for several global banks prior to joining BNY Mellon in September 2020. Most recently, Vanessa worked for JP Morgan where she was the Product Head for Global Clearing responsible for several product lines. Her main focus was setting and driving the overall product strategy, leading a team of product managers to develop best-in-class solutions, and improving the overall business risk framework. Prior to JP Morgan, she was with HSBC for over 5 years managing the Payments, Receivables and Commercial Cards businesses for the North America region. Vanessa started her career at Citi where she spent 13 years in progressively senior roles ranging from Sales & Account Management to Strategy & Planning to Product Management. Her last role at Citi was Global Head of USD Clearing & CLS Services.

Teresita Meza-Quintanilla
Teresita Meza-Quintanilla
Regional Head of Product, Global Liquidity and Cash Management
HSBC

Teresita Meza joined HSBC in 1997. Today with 25 years of experience in the financial sector focused on product development, marketing, reengineering processes, customer relationship management, regulatory payments products, cash management and regulatory reports. Some of the tasks that she has been in charge of are the management of the entrepreneurial, corporate and retail in treasury management focused on the design of local, regional and global strategies to increase the revenue, acquire new clients and grow the cross sell. She has been working on the creation and redesign of products, improvement of processes, massive and tactic advertising campaigns, financial analysis of projects and strategic management of training products Investment, Transactional Banking, Demand Deposit and Currency exchange.

Ishaan Nerurkar
Ishaan Nerurkar
CEO
LeapYear Technologies

Ishaan Nerurkar is the CEO of LeapYear, a platform for privacy- preserving machine learning on sensitive data. LeapYear enables the world's largest financial institutions, healthcare, and technology companies to safely leverage, share, and generate insights on previously restricted information. Before founding LeapYear, Ishaan led a consulting firm which partnered with government agencies, large corporations, and non-profits to apply mathematics research to enhance their data strategy. Prior to that, Ishaan worked on a Department of Defense initiative as a researcher at MIT.

Aldwyn Wayne
Aldwyn Wayne
Founder & CEO
WiPay

Aldwyn L. Wayne graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Masters of computer applications from the University of Georgia. He hails from the twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and is originally from the quiet town of Point Fortin. He is the founder and CEO of Color Bank and WiPay which provides innovative solutions for e-commerce, online payments and facilitating digital transactions for the unbanked in Trinidad & Tobago, he has extended the service to other countries such as Jamaica, Guyana and St. Lucia where he has devoted 90 percent of his practice to a ‘cash less’ future for the last five years. He has extensive experience in unusual and innovative financings.

Romain Witomski
Romain Witomski
Group Head, Data Science, AI and Digital Analytics
Nordea

Romain is French, 49 years old, and holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology (France). He’s married with 4 children and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been working with data, insights & analytics in a commercial context for the past 15 years in financial services, including several senior management roles at Saxobank within digital marketing & digital wealth management. Since 2017, he leads Nordea Center of Excellence for Data Science, AI & Digital analytics, as a part of Nordea’s Group Data Management Office.

Kenneth Wong
Kenneth Wong
Head, Global Transaction Banking Product Strategy and Innovation
TD Bank

Ken Wong is Head of Product Strategy and Innovation for the Global Transaction Bank at TD Bank that encompasses the Financial Institutions, Cash Management and Trade Finance lines-of-business. He has been in the financial Industry for over 30 years in different business divisions from Consumer Banking to Corporate and Institutional Banking with roles from Front Office Financial Services Sales and Relationship Management to Back Office Operations and Technology. He is a seasoned Treasury, Cash Management and Payments practitioner with extensive experience in the Foreign Exchange integrated Payments and Clearing space. He has extensive international exposure with working assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions About This Conference


I plan to attend in-person, can I also participate in the virtual conference of this event?

Yes, those registering to attend the in-person event will be registered as a full conference attendee. This will include access to both the in-person and the virtual components of the conference. Virtual attendees will only be able to attend the virtual component of the conference.

What should I expect if I attended in-person versus attending virtually?

For those attending in-person, you will have full conference access. That means you are able to attend in-person and also access the sessions on-demand for viewing later. In addition, the in-person component includes:

  • Entrance to all social activities planned including the 100th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, May 1 and the 100th Anniversary Celebration on the Rooftop at 1333 on Tuesday, May 3
  • Ability to participate in bilateral meetings and connect with fellow attendees in-person
  • Access to attend workshops on Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3
  • Plus all the benefits and access for virtual attendees

For virtual only attendees, you will have access to:

  • All livestream sessions which includes all general sessions from May 2 – 4, the lunch presentation on Tuesday, May 3, the TFG International Trade Awards and the BAFT Future Leaders Graduation on Wednesday, May 4
  • Regional track on-demand sessions
  • All livestream sessions are available to view on-demand after each session
  • Join virtual roundtable discussions on select topics
  • Connect and meet with fellow attendees virtually
  • The virtual platform is open until June 30, 2022 – that means you can view sessions on demand, continue to connect and message attendees, download presentations until end of June!

What are your in-person attendee guidelines related to COVID-19?

Our top priority is to provide a safe, enjoyable conference experience for our attendees. Although there are no mask or vaccine mandates for the District of Colombia or the JW Marriott Washington DC at this time, BAFT requires attendees to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test prior to the conference. Additionally, masks are recommended, but not required during all conference-related events.

  • Non-US-Based Conference Attendees: Present your vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test at the BAFT registration desk.
  • US-Based Conference Attendees: Download the CLEAR App on your mobile device to upload your vaccination card or proof of negative COVID-19 test ahead of time. Please see the details below:
    • Event Name: 2022 BAFT Global Annual Meeting
    • Event Date: May 1 – 4
    • Health Pass Configuration: Vaccine or Test
    • Display Name: Attendee Health Pass
    • CODE: EFATTENDEE213 

(Note: Enter the code if you cannot find the event name)

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

You must be registered as an attendee (virtual or in-person) to access the platform and view any of the sessions. All livestream sessions will be recorded. You can watch these sessions on demand via the conference platform. You can access the recordings until June 30, 2022.

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

We are using CVENT Attendee Hub as the platform for the Global Annual Meeting. For an optimal conference experience, it is best to ask your IT/VPN team to whitelist the following domains and IP addresses below.

  • brightcove.net
  • .bcovlive.io
  • .o.brightcove.com
  • .boltdns.net
  • .akamaihd.net
  • bcovlive-a.akamaihd.net
  • bcovlive-cvent.akamaized.net
  • .akamaized.net
  • IP Addresses

If you are not able to whitelist the above IP addresses/domains, we recommend you use a personal device – computer, mobile phone or tablet and/or your personal email to bypass any potential firewall issues. Please contact [email protected] if you are planning to use a different email from the email you used during registration associated with your web account.

Will I be able to ask questions or participate in polling questions?

Yes, both virtual and in-person attendees can ask questions and are encouraged to participate in polling questions for each session. Please make sure you are in the screen with the live session.

To ask questions, click the Q&A icon on the right side of your screen (or if using the CVENT mobile app, on the bottom of your screen).

To answer polling questions, click on Polls on the right side of your screen (or if using the CVENT mobile app, on the bottom of your screen).

Will I be able to speak with the other attendees using the platform? 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.

In-person attendees have dedicated times in the afternoon for bilateral meetings.

When and how can I access conference platform?

  • Attending virtually? We recommend you view the sessions via your browser. You can view this using your computer, tablet or phone. No need to download the mobile app.
  • Attending in-person? We highly recommend you download the CVENT mobile app then search for 2022 BAFT Global Annual Meeting.

A few days before the conference, you will receive an invite link to the CVENT platform. Please log in via the browser or mobile app (as noted above) with your first and last name, and the email address you used to register for the conference.

Once you’ve logged in, you will receive a verification code via email. After entering this code, you will have access to the conference.

What if I don’t receive the link?

Please check your spam folder initially. If you still do not see the link or the verification code, contact [email protected] and a member of the BAFT Events team can assist you.

Can I share the virtual platform link and verification code with others?

Just like an in-person meeting, registrations cannot be shared. The registration link and code provide a single sign-on secure experience for the registered user.

Will session materials (handouts or PPTs) be made available?

Session materials (if provided by the speaker and approved for dissemination) will be available via the virtual platform. Sessions will also be recorded and available to view on-demand until June 30, 2022.

How long will content be available?

Access to the platform, which includes access to view sessions on-demand, connect with attendees and access materials will be available via the virtual platform through June 30, 2022.

Do I have to watch the conference from the same device used to register? Our training manager typically handles all the sign-ups but will not be the one participating.

You can access the platform on any device but in order to login, you will need access to the email address you used to register as well as an access code that will be shared with you to your email the day of the event.

Make sure the person in charge of registration provides individual emails so each attendee can sign in individually.

In addition, for optimal user experience, please use viewing recommendation below.

  • Attending virtually? We recommend you view the sessions via your browser. You can view this using your computer, tablet or phone. No need to download the mobile app.
  • Attending in-person? We highly recommend you download the CVENT mobile app then search for 2022 BAFT Global Annual Meeting.

Does this have a single login where a group can attend together, or is it intended as an individual attendance?

The conference is intended only for individuals. Each registration is for a single person, and the content can’t be exported out of the platform for a shared experience. In addition, only the person registered will be part of the attendee directory and have access to connect with fellow attendees.

Venue & Accommodations

Conference Venue


The 2022 Global Annual Meeting will be held at the JW Marriott Washington DC, steps from the White House, the United States Capitol, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Mall, and other local attractions.

JW Marriott Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
United States
+1 (800) 393-2503

 Hotel Information and Reservations


Hotel rooms at the JW Marriott Washington DC are SOLD OUT during the days of the conference. For your convenience, we have provided a list of hotels near the JW Marriott below. Please note, BAFT does not have any block of rooms reserved at any of these hotels. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

JW Marriott Hotel Cancelation and Change Policy:

For existing registrations, guestroom cancellation is required 72 hours prior to the date of  arrival. Please contact the hotel directly to cancel or change your room reservation.

JW Marriott Washington DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
United States

Nearby Suggested Hotels

COVID Guidelines & Requirements

COVID Guidelines


Our top priority is to provide a safe, enjoyable conference experience for our attendees. Although there are no mask or vaccine mandates for the District of Colombia or the JW Marriott Washington DC at this time, BAFT requires attendees to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test prior to the conference. Additionally, masks are recommended, but not required during all conference-related events.

BAFT will update these guidelines as they are updated by the CDC, federal and local government agencies, and/or our host.

For more information on current District and hotel guidelines, you may visit the following resources:

COVID Requirements


Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test is Required to Enter the Conference

This is for everyone’s wellness during the conference.

  • Non-US-Based Conference Attendees: Present your vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test at the BAFT registration desk.
  • US-Based Conference Attendees: Download the CLEAR App on your mobile device to upload your vaccination card or proof of negative COVID-19 test ahead of time. Please see the details below:
    • Event Name: 2022 BAFT Global Annual Meeting
    • Event Date: 5/1- 4
    • Health Pass Configuration: Vaccine or Test
    • Display Name: Attendee Health Pass
    • CODE: EFATTENDEE213 (Note: Enter the code if you cannot find the event name)

COVID-19 Testing Sites


For conference attendees who need a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flight back, below are testing sites closest to the JW Marriott Washington DC. Please make sure to schedule your appointment ahead of time. Appointment dates get booked fairly quickly. The link below will provide other locations in case your preferred dates/times are not available.

COVID-19 testing sites for international travelers:

CVS COVID-19 testing sites near the conference venue:

Please follow the screen prompts and answer the questions to proceed until you have successfully scheduled your appointment. When it asks for zip code, enter either ‘20004’ or ‘20005’ so it will give you the list of test sites closest to the hotel.

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Sponsors


Interested in sponsoring the 2022 Global Annual Meeting? We can tailor your sponsorship package to meet your goals.

To discuss your sponsorship options, please contact:

Matthew Kaitz
Director, Business Development
[email protected]
+1 (703) 200-9071