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2016 BAFT Global Annual Meeting - Europe
TB or Not To Be, Transaction Banking in a Changing World.
January 18 – 20, 2016
L’Hotel du Collectionneur
Paris, France

John Ahearn
Managing Director
Global Head – Trade

Mr. John Ahearn, a Managing Director in Citi’s Transaction Services (CTS) business, is currently responsible for global supply chain and trade finance, including export and agency financing, as well as asset optimization. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Ahearn was with ABN Amro for eight years and was responsible for Financial Institutions and Head of Sales globally for the trade business. He also had senior roles at Bank of New York and started his banking career at JP Morgan as a Management Trainee. Mr. Ahearn is BAFT's board chair and a board member at the Pacific Rim Bankers Association.

Pascal Augé
Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services
Societe Generale

Pascal Augé began his career at Societe Generale Group in 1986. After working for eight years in the Group’s internal auditing department (the “Inspection Generale”), he joined Corporate and Investment Banking as Deputy Head of the Media and Telecom desk. In 1997, he became Deputy Head for Western Europe. In 1998, he took over as Head of Corporate Banking in London, and was then Country Head for Germany in 2001 and then for Italy in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed Human Resources Director and a member of the Board of Directors at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, and in 2009 he became Head of Western Europe for SG CIB. In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of Global Transaction Banking and a member of the Board of Directors. He became Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services in March 2013.

Raffi Basmadjian
Orange – France Telecom

Robert Bergqvist
Chief Economist
SEB Group

Mr Robert Bergqvist is the SEB Group’s Chief Economist. He has been employed by the SEB since July 1997. In previous positions, he has been responsible for the SEB’s market and trading oriented currency, interest, and credit analyses. As Chief Economist, he is managing the SEB Research team. Prior to SEB, Bergqvist spent nine years, from June 1988 to July 1997, at the Central Bank of Sweden, Sveriges Riksbank. His initial objective at the Riksbank was to prepare basis for monetary and exchange rate policy decisions and speeches for the Governor of the Riksbank. In the mid-1990s, he was responsible for Sweden’s balance of payment analyses. His work for the Riksbank also involved membership of several international central bank working committees (e.g. the Bank for International Settlements and Nordic Cen-tral Bank Cooperation). Before he left the Riksbank, Bergqvist was Head of the Analysis Division of the Monetary & Ex-change Rate Policy Department.

Emmanuel de Bouard
Conference Co-Chair, GAM - Europe
Head of Cash Clearing Services
Société Générale

Emmanuel de Bouard joined Societe Generale in 1974, after studies at Paris VII University, where he passed a degree in English. He has worked for 21 years in different branches of Societe Generale French Network, where he was successively in charge of private customers, mid-size corporates, and finally ended as Deputy-Manager of a branch dedicated to multi-national Corporates. He joined the Global Banking Services department in 1995 and was in charge of Correspondent Banking back-offices. He was then promoted in 2005 to Manager, Head of Cash Clearing Services, a worldwide business line for Banks and Financial Institutions, part of Global Transaction Banking since 2012.

Mark Buitenek
Global Head of Transaction Services

Mark Buitenhek joined ING in 1988 and is Global Head of Transaction Services, with overall responsibility for payments, cash management, trade finance, working capital solutions and commercial cards for Wholesale Banking. He has more than 25 years of international experience across retail and wholesale banking He is also a member of ING’s Leadership Council and the Wholesale Banking Innovation Board. Additionally, he is head of the ING Payments Centre (across Wholesale Banking and Retail Banking). He has led many strategic and change projects across ING’s Retail and Wholesale divisions. Recently, he supervised the complex SEPA migration process, the development and implementation of the omnichannel strategy for Wholesale Banking, the launch of predictive data analytics, and the repositioning of the trade finance business model. He is an active leader in a range of European industry bodies in payments and cards. A SWIFT board director, he is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Bank Mendes Gans, Equens and MasterCard and also sits on the European Payments Council’s Board.

Tod Burwell
President and CEO

Mr. Tod Burwell is the President & Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

William De Vijlder
Group Chief Economist
BNP Paribas

William De Vijlder is the Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas. He began his career in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Generale Bank in 1987 and became Chief Investment Strategist in the Asset Management division in 1989. He was subsequently Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer at Fortis Investments. When Fortis Investments merged with BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2010, he became a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Investment Partners as CIO Partners and Alternative Investments and subsequently CIO Strategy and Partners. In September 2013, he was appointed Vice Chairman of BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Since September 2014 he is Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas.

Marcel Drescher
Director, Fraud Services
UBS Card Center

Mr. Marcel Drescher, a Director in UBS Card Center's Fraud Services business, is responsible for all credit card fraud-related services, such as fraud analytics, fraud prevention and fraud disputes handling including chargebacks. He joined UBS Card Center in Switzerland 28 years ago as a Banking Trainee and spent his career in various areas of the company. Before he took over responsibility for Fraud Services, he headed Risk & Compliance for the company. He is also a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) and has spent four years on the Board of the European Chapter.

John Edge
Executive Chairman
Rain Labs

Mr. John Edge is a globally recognized entrepreneur in financial technology, with a focus on digital identity, machine learning and regulation. Having spent a decade in capital markets leading the transformation of phone-based trading to automated trading, he left JP Morgan to found Redkite. His ambition was to disrupt the regulatory technology market by re-deploying High Frequency Trading technology to compliance functions to target insider trading and benchmark manipulation. After Redkite was acquired by NICE Systems, he spent two years researching and understanding new technologies, chief amongst which was the discovery of blockchain and consensus systems.

Matthew L. Ekberg
Senior Advisor, Regulatory Affairs
Institute of International Finance (IIF)

Matthew L. Ekberg serves as Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy at the Institute of International Finance (IIF), the global association of the financial services industry. Based in Washington, DC, he is responsible for leading regulatory engagement on matters concerning standards of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the Financial Stability Board and regional and national banking supervisory authorities. He previously served as the Vice President for International Policy at the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), where he led the government advocacy initiatives of the organization globally. He has also worked on trade, investment, competition and corporate finance matters for an international law and consulting firm in London and served in the Majority Leader’s Office in the US House of Representatives and with the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in the Executive Office of the President in Washington.

Édouard Fernandez-Bollo
Secrétaire Générale, Autorité Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution
Banque de France

Edouard Fernandez-Bollo joined the Banque de France, French Central Bank, in 1988. He has occupied different posts related to Banking Regulation and Licensing, European harmonization and Banking Resolution issues. After 2000 he was in charge of the legal secretariat of the Commission Bancaire, the French supervisory authority and of its anti-money laundering policy unit. In 2004, he became its General Counsel and in 2008 Deputy General Secretary. Since 2007 he chairs the Basle Committee Expert group on AML CFT (anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism) issues. From 2010 to 2013 he was Deputy General Secretary of the new Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel, the integrated French prudential supervisor. Since January 2014, he is Secretary General of the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution, Member of the European Banking Authority and of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Angus Fletcher
Global Head of Market Advocacy, Global Transaction Banking
Deutsche Bank

Angus Fletcher took up the role of Global Head of Market Advocacy within Global Transaction Banking in Deutsche Bank in April 2012. Prior to that, he headed up Collateral Management and Valuations Change Initiatives from when he joined Deutsche Bank in mid-2010. He has also worked at SWIFT as Head of Post Trade Securities Strategy for nearly 2 years, focusing on Market Infrastructures, Post Trade Matching and Collateral Management initiatives. Before that, he spent 5 years at Morgan Stanley within Operations (project managing the opening of several key emerging markets offices, and managing a client service group), and Citigroup for 7 years in Operations and Treasury functions (including Network Management).

Esther Galiana
Europe Council Co-Chair, BAFT
Managing Director Head, Financial Institutions

Esther Galiana is the Head of International Financial Institutions, Global Transaction Services, at BBVA since 2011. Her responsibilities encompass BBVA´s transactional banking relationships with financial institutions across the globe. She has extensive wholesale & investment banking experience combined with corporate experience in the health care sector. She has also been active in strategy setting and new business development working with BBVA´s Head of Wholesale Banking & Asset Management and at BBVA E-Commerce. Prior to BBVA she worked with Santander in New York covering large Latin American corporations as Vice President of Structured Trade Finance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Galiana worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she garnered significant experience in banking supervision and regulation topics.

Patrick Gmür
Head Banks Mature Markets
Credit Suisse AG

Mr. Patrick Gmür is a Director of Credit Suisse AG in the Private Banking & Wealth Management Division. He is a member of the Financial Institutions & Transaction Banking Management Committee and has been Head of Global Banks within Corporate & Institutional Clients since October 2013. From October 2009 until he took over the responsibility for Global Banks, he was Head of the Financial Institutions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and before that he was Head Relationship Management for Western Europe. He joined Financial Institutions in November 2007 as a Senior Relationship Manager covering Scandinavian banks. Previously, he was Head of Financial Institutions at Clariden Leu AG, one of the former independent private banks within Credit Suisse Group. He is also a member of the Europe Council for BAFT.

David Grace
Senior Partner

Vinay Gupta
Release Coordinator

Currently the Release Coordinator for the Ethereum Project, Vinay Gupta is a thinker on infrastructure theory, state failure solutions, and managing global system risks including poverty/development and the environmental crisis. He works both the theoretical level, building models and mapping tools like Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps and at the completely practical level, for where he is best known as the designer of the hexayurt (, an award-winning replacement for the disaster relief tent which provides shelter at 20% the cost of a tent. He has worked extensively with government, the military, largecompanies and think-tanks – but most of all with the Free and open source community – to solve real problems.

Vivek Gupta
Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain Product and Working Capital Product
ANZ Banking Group Ltd.

Vivek Gupta is Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain and Working Capital Product for ANZ. The role has accountability for overseeing the Product P&L, Product development and management and innovation in all Core Trade and Supply Chain Products across all geographies and customer segments of ANZ. He has held leadership roles across Asia and Eastern Europe including India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Georgia and Kazakhstan in Transaction Banking, Project Finance and Relationship Management. Prior to joining ANZ in 2009, he works at HSBC where he held several senior in-country and regional leadership roles.

Frédéric Hervo
Director of the Payment Systems and Market Infrastructures Directorate
Banque de France

Frédéric Hervo, who has been working for Banque de France for 23 years, is currently Director of the Payment Systems and Market Infrastructures Directorate, covering oversight, policy and operational issues with respect to financial market infrastructures and payment instruments. He is a member of the Eurosystem Payment and Settlement Systems Committee, of the BIS Committee on Payments and Markets Infrastructures and of the CPMI/IOSCO Steering Group. His directorate includes the secretariat of the Paris Market Place resilience group, gathering public authorities, major banks and financial infrastructures and coordinating efforts to ensure the resilience of the financial sector against operational crisis.

Neville Hill
Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Economics and Fixed Income Strategy Group
in Fixed Income Research
Credit Suisse

Mr. Neville Hill is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Global Economics and Fixed Income Strategy Group in Fixed Income Research. He is also Head of the European Economics team. Along with his team, he is responsible for producing insightful and investible economic research and forecasts for the global economy. Together they support Credit Suisse's clients as well as its sales and trading teams. Mr. Hill has been an economist at Credit Suisse since 1999. Prior to joining the bank he was an economist for the UK Government Economic Service, working in the EMU policy team at HM Treasury.

Christopher Lewis
Executive Vice President & Global Head of International Trade Services
Wells Fargo Bank NA

In his role, Mr. Christopher Lewis is responsible for developing and cross-selling the full range of trade products across the International Group platform, maximizing in-sourcing business, and managing a global senior management team to ensure that product, sales, credit, distribution, and alliance services meet sales and customer service objectives. Prior to Wells Fargo, he was the head of Trade and Supply Chain for HSBC’s North America division, following four years as head of Trade and Supply Chain for HSBC’s Greater China division. In his more than 20-year career at HSBC, he led transaction banking teams in the Americas, Middle East, and Asia.

Howard Mendelsohn
Managing Director
The Camstoll Group

Howard Mendelsohn is a Managing Director of The Camstoll Group. Prior to Camstoll, he served as SVP and Chief of Staff for the Enterprise Compliance Department at PNC Financial Services Group. In this role, he was responsible for working with the Chief of Compliance and Compliance and AML leadership teams to meet departmental goals, lead special projects and strengthen Compliance and AML risk management. Prior to joining PNC, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. As Acting Assistant Secretary, he led an office of 150 intelligence professionals and was responsible for the operation of all intelligence and counter intelligence functions including oversight of analytical production, risk assessment, security and strategic planning and oversight for the allocation of resources and budget.

Axel Miller, PhD
Oliver Wyman

Dr. Axel Miller is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Corporate and Institutional Banking practice and one of the leaders of the Global Transaction Banking business. He has worked in depth with major Financial Institutions globally on strategy, M&A, PMI and transformation engagements. Amongst his most recent assignments are projects on GTB strategy and organization, Working Capital strategy and set-up, Securities Services business and operating model optimization, capital markets strategy and restructuring. Dr. Miller leads the Oliver Wyman GTB benchmarking study that regularly covers Global Transaction Banking businesses globally with all major Transaction Banks participating.

Carlos Alfonso Perez Navarro
Head of Fraud Governance

Carlos Perez has 26 years of experience working for global financial institutions in several IT positions: software engineering, networking, systems administration and, for the last 16 years, IT security and fraud management. Since September 2015, Carlos is Head of Fraud Governance at BBVA, leading the harmonization of fraud risk management practices with BBVA’s strategic priorities in the more than 30 countries where BBVA operates. Prior to this, he was Head of BBVA CERT, where all monitoring, response and investigation of fraud and cybersecurity incidents is done in 24x7x365.

Gadi Ruschin

Gadi Ruschin is an active member in the international trade industry. For the past 12 years he managed a buying office in China and took an active part in his family's sourcing activities in Egypt and India. He is currently the CEO of Wave, a company which allows members of the supply-chain a direct exchange of documents in a decentralized environment. It supports paperless trade for all members of the supply-chain without changing any current workflows or documents. Using the blockchain technology, Wave tracks the ownership over shipping documents without damaging their negotiability or the need to trust a third party.

Bernardo Sanchez Incera
Deputy CEO
Societe Generale

Bernardo Sanchez Incera is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Societé Générale, supervising the French and International Retail Banking activities as well as financial services and insurance. In France, he is Chairman of the Board of Crédit du Nord and Boursorama is Co-Chairman of the French Russian Business Council since 2014. Before joining Société Générale, he occupied top executive positions in the Retail sector. He was Chief Executive Officer of Monoprix Group between 2004 and 2009 and worked for ten years in the fashion and luxury industry including four years as Chairman of LVMH Mode and Maroquineries Europe. Prior to that, he worked for five years at Inditex as Head of International Operations and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Zara France. He began his career in the financial sector in 1984 at Credit Lyonnais. From 1992 to 1994, he worked in Belgium where he was named Member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Lyonnais Belgique. Afterwards, he spent 2 years in Spain as Chief Executive of Banca Jover Spain.

Daniel Scanlan
Regional Head, Transaction Banking, Americas
Standard Chartered Bank

Daniel Scanlan is the Regional Head of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in the Americas, a position he has held since June 2007. Before joining Standard Chartered Bank, Dan was responsible for Global Trade at Bank of America. He joined Bank of America in 1994 in Hong Kong, where he spent eight years managing Regional Cash Management and Trade Finance Sales teams. He has more than 20 years of banking experience, working in various capacities including, sales management, product management, and operations.

Daniel Schmand
Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management Corporates EMEA
Deutsche Bank

Daniel Schmand is Deutsche Bank’s Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management Corporates EMEA. In addition to his responsibility for the EMEA region, he heads the Global Trade Finance Council which drives the Trade Finance strategy, encompassing Financial Supply Chain and Structured Trade and Commodity Finance products. He is also the chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission Advisory Board. 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.

Jan Schreuder
Partner, Cybersecurity
PwC Switzerland

Jan has been a security and technology risk specialist partner at PwC for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in IT strategy and governance, information security and technology risk management, program assurance and the improvement of the effectiveness of IT operations and systems. He leads the PwC Switzerland Cyber Security team, a multi-disciplinary group of cyber security, technology risk, forensics and project management specialists who provide end-to-end cyber risk and resilience services across the whole lifecycle, from strategy through design and implementation to operation.

Rachel Slade
General Manager, Global Transactional Services
Westpac Institutional Bank

Ms. Rachel Slade was appointed General Manager, Global Transactional Services, Westpac Institutional Bank, in September 2014. In this position, she has responsibility for Westpac’s Global Corporate & Institutional market leading sales, service and product teams, which span the domestic and international market. Ms. Slade joined the Westpac Group in 1999 and, since then, has held a number of key positions, including General Manager, Transformation and Delivery, Head of Group Strategy, General Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of International Trade and Payments. Throughout her career in both consulting and at Westpac, she has focused on creating and executing successful strategies to drive business transformation.

Werner Steinmueller
Managing Director
Head of Global Transaction Banking and
Member of the Group Executive Committee
Deutsche Bank

Werner Steinmueller is Head of Global Transaction Banking and a member of the Group Executive Committee. He is responsible for leading the global efforts in Cash Management, Trade Finance, Trust & Securities Services and has additional co-responsibilities for the commercial banking business in Germany. In 1991, he joined Deutsche Bank as a Corporate Finance Director where he was responsible for the origination of all investment banking products and for the execution of ECM transactions. He served as Head of Corporate Relationship Management for Continental Europe in 1998 and prior to this he was Co-head of the Investment Banking Division for Germany. From 2003 to 2004, as Chief Operating Officer he was responsible for the Global Banking Division and Global Transaction Banking. In 2004, Werner became Head of Global Transaction Banking and in 2009 he has been appointed to the Group Executive Committee (GEC) of Deutsche Bank AG.

John Taylor
International Law, Finance and Corporate Governance

John Taylor is an independent advisor on international law, finance and corporate governance. He advises banks and other clients on cross-border financial regulation and international business opportunities. His experience is exceptionally diverse. He has held legal and banking positions in international financial institutions: the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he was General Counsel. His other experience has been in law firms in Australia, the US and the UK and in senior international management roles in an investment bank, a private equity firm and a large fund management group.

William De Vijlder, PhD
Group Chief Economist
BNP Paribas

William De Vijlder is the Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas. He began his career in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Generale Bank in 1987 and became Chief Investment Strategist in the Asset Management division in 1989. He was subsequently Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer at Fortis Investments. When Fortis Investments merged with BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2010, he became a member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Investment Partners as CIO Partners and Alternative Investments and subsequently CIO Strategy and Partners. In September 2013, he was appointed Vice Chairman of BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Since September 2014 he is Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas.

Karin Walchshöfer
Conference Co-Chair, GAM - Europe
Managing Director, Europe and MENA | Global Trade & Banking
BMO Capital Markets

Karin Walchshöfer is Managing Director, Europe and MENA, for the International Financial Institutions Group, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the growth and management of the bank's relationships with financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa. She is based in London, England, and manages teams in London, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. Ms Walchshöfer joined the bank in 2000. Prior to this, she worked at National Westminster Bank in London where she held various positions in their Correspondent Banking and Card Services units. She has also completed the Managerial Leadership (MLLS) program and the ALP (Advanced Leadership) program at BMO. Ms. Walchshöfer was appointed to represent BMO on the European Council for BAFT in 2008. She also is a member of the BAFT Membership Committee.

Jeremy Wilson
Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking

Jeremy Wilson is Vice Chairman, Corporate Banking, Barclays. He is also Chairman, Barclays Bank Egypt; Chair, UK Payments Industry Government Coordination Committee; a Director of TheCityUK and Chair of TheCityUK Audit Committee; Chair Banking Industry Environment Initiative Working Group; and a Trustee of a number of charitable Trusts covering the banking industry and education in the UK and overseas. He is also chair of the Whitechapel Think Tank established as a vehicle for government, regulators and the private sector to consider issues arising in the emerging distributed ledger and related blockchain eco-system.

Eszter Wijkman
SVP, Client Executive & Senior Advisor
Financial Institutions Coverage

Eszter Wijkman is currently Senior Advisor to Financial Institutions Management as well as having a direct Coverage role for a selected number of Global Banks. As Senior Advisor she is representing FI coverage in different committees like SEB's Global Clearing Committee and the Network Committee. Eszter's client coverage role includes responsibility for and coordination of overall client strategy including credit risk and profitability across all product areas and divisions within the SEB Group. Previously she held roles as Head of the Bank team in FI; Corporate Client Coverage; Shipping Finance and Head of Training International. She holds a B.A in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics. Eszter is Co-Chair of the BAFT Europe Council and Board member of BAFT.