BAFT North America Annual Conference
Bridging Growth And Innovation

May 1 – 4, 2016
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ

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John Ahearn
Managing Director
Global Head – Trade


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 also on the Board of Directors for BAFT and the Pacific Rim Bankers Association.

Irfan Ahmad
Vice President, Product Development and Strategy
The Clearing House

Irfan Ahmad is Vice President, Product Development and Strategy for The Clearing House. Since joining the company five years ago, Mr. Ahmad has been deeply engaged in the development of several new digital payments initiatives, including healthcare and real-time payments. Mr. Ahmad brings deep expertise in payments, product development, strategic planning and healthcare to his position. Prior to joining TCH, Mr. Ahmad worked in PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Healthcare consulting practice, focusing on medical banking and assisting financial service companies define their healthcare strategy and implement payment transaction solutions. He started his career in healthcare with Medco Health Solutions where he was responsible for Consumer Directed Healthcare product development and strategic planning.

Christian Ali
Chief Marketing Officer
Dream Payments

Christian Ali has over 20 years’ experience within the North American payments industry and currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer at Dream Payments, a Canadian FinTech company transforming the mobile merchant ecosystem. Prior to Dream Payments, Mr. Ali held a senior executive role at SecureKey Technologies where he was responsible for product management and solution engineering. A senior product and technology executive, he has led award-winning products and developed innovative payment and authentication solutions across the digital channel for SecureKey Technologies, EnStream and Hudson’s Bay Company among others. As Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Ali is responsible for Dream Payments’ global brand strategy, media and public relations and industry partnerships.

stephen atallahStephen Atallah
Trade Finance – Product
R3: Crypto | Exchanges | Ventures

Stephen Atallah is a trade and supply chain finance professional with broad global banking experience, having worked as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Société Générale, heading their structured trade finance groups. Stephen is currently the trade finance product advisor for R3CEV, an innovation firm focused on transforming trade finance and empowering the next generation of global finance services technology. A former attorney, Stephen practiced Maritime law, and negotiated international loans as US Exim’s legal counsel. Stephen has a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley.

brady-tony-4Anthony Brady
Managing Director and Global Head, Business Strategy & Market Solutions
BNY Mellon

Anthony (Tony) Brady is a Managing Director and Global Head of the Business Strategy and Market Solutions group for the Treasury Services business. In this role, he oversees the product management, product development, segment management, and strategic planning functions for the business, driving the development of new and innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients. He is also responsible for working with industry workgroups and Fintech companies to evaluate the impact of emerging technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledger on the payments’ ecosystem, and for creating and implementing plans that continue to position BNY Mellon Treasury Services as a leading provider as new technologies are adopted.

Karen Braithwaite
Managing Director
Global Head - Client Support
BNY Mellon

Karen Braithwaite is BNY Mellon Treasury Services Global Head of Client Support. As such, she is responsible for directing the client facing relationship servicing, onboarding and KYC administration teams across APAC, EMEA, Latin America and North America. Based in London, she focuses on helping to protect and grow the Treasury Services business by offering bespoke, technology driven, client centered solutions and support. She is a member of both the corporate Operating Committee and the EMEA Operating Committee. She is also the Treasury Services Senior Manager overseeing our provision of services to clients in the EMEA region. .

Kimberly Burdette
Senior Vice President & Manager, International Financial Institutions
PNC Bank

Kimberly Burdette is a Senior Vice President in Capital Markets for PNC Bank and the manager of its International Financial Institutions business. She has responsibility for the relationship, credit and compliance management of international banks with which PNC engages. PNC provides a wide range of trade, treasury management, balance sheet management and capital markets solutions and services to international financial institutions operating in the US and abroad. Ms. Burdette has worked for PNC Bank and its predecessor, Pittsburgh National Bank, for 30 years. She is currently EVP of PNC’s edge act subsidiary, PNC Bank International. She also serves as one of BAFT’s board of directors.

Tod Burwell
President and CEO

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.

Kitt Carswell
VP, Senior Offering Manger Trade and Supply Chain

Kitt Carswell has 30 plus years’ experience providing trade technology for banks and their corporate customers globally, including five years running Corporate Banking for Europe. As Senior Offering Manager for CGI’s Trade and Supply Chain Solutions group, he is responsible for the strategic direction of CGI’s Trade360 global transaction platform and strategic business partnerships. Mr. Carswell has lead Trade360’s evolution from a global traditional trade solution into a fully integrated global platform with front-to-back and end-to-end solutions for traditional trade, payables, receivables, collateral management and cash management. Mr. Carswell was an early advocate of the supply chain centric view of trade banking to align bank offerings and solutions with corporate customers’ changing needs driven by the forces of globalization, working capital optimization and liquidity. He has advanced this perspective through industry groups, publications, Webinars, numerous speaking engagements, white papers, over 25 published articles and frequents quotes in industry journals. Mr. Carswell is now engaged in the exploration of blockchain solutions for trade finance.

Duncan Douglass
Alston & Bird LLP

Duncan Douglass heads Alston & Bird’s payment systems practice and focuses on transactions and regulatory issues related to retail and wholesale payment systems and products. He has significant experience advising clients in connection with card-based payment products, emerging and value added payments systems and technologies (including mobile payments, real-time payments, person-to-person payments and virtual currency), and ACH and check-based products. Mr. Douglass regularly counsels financial institutions, service providers, payments technology companies, retailers, network operators, and trade associations in transactional, regulatory and legislative matters. He is a frequent lecturer and author on various topics involving electronic payment systems, and is Chair of the Editorial Board of the FinTech Law Report.

Steve Ellis
Executive Vice President
Head of Innovation Group
Wells Fargo & Company

Steve Ellis is an executive vice president and head of the Wells Fargo Innovation Group, an enterprise-wide organization devoted to accelerating the company’s delivery of next-generation, customer-inspired technologies, products, and services. Prior to this assignment, he was head of the Wholesale Services Group, which included Treasury Management, Wholesale Banking Technology and Operations, Wholesale Social Strategies, Innovation and Research and Development, Wholesale Marketing, and the Enterprise Payment Strategies Group. A 28 year company veteran, his previous responsibilities included starting up and running the Wholesale Internet Solutions group, which launched Wells Fargo’s award-winning Commercial Electronic Office® (CEO®) portal in 2000 and CEO Mobile® in 2007. The fast pace of Wells Fargo’s early move into online and mobile financial services was due in large part to his commitment to fostering workplace creativity. Prior to starting up Wholesale Internet Solutions, he held senior finance and operations roles in Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Real Estate Group, and Wholesale Banking. He served as chairman of the board for NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association, from 2005 to 2008 and was vice chairman from 2009 to 2010.

Wissam Fattouh
Secretary General
Union of Arab Banks

Wissam H. Fattouh became the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks in November 2010. He leads the largest banking consortium in the region and the sole representative of the Arab banking community, which aims at the development and advancement of the banking and financial markets, in addition to the cross-border relations and exchange of expertise with international counterparts. Mr. Fattouh has excellent knowledge and expertise in Arab and International banking and financial sectors, acquired from over 25 years of experience in this domain and through extensive and close relations with MENA Region, Europe and the U.S.A., in addition to regional/International financial and regulatory bodies. His remarkable contact portfolio with Heads of States, officials, ministers, politicians, Governors and regulators, and excellent liaison with banks and financial institutions’ Chairmen, CEOs and heads through years of direct and careful relations acted as the vote of confidence for his evident rise to this position. Before his current position, Mr. Fattouh served as the Acting Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, Director of Conferences Department at UAB and Manager of Databank & Information

James Fatheree
Executive Director, Japan and Korea
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

James W. Fatheree is Executive Director, Japan and Korea, for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also President of the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC), an affiliate of the Chamber. He recently assumed a role as the lead on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the Chamber, and helps coordinate the US Coalition for TPP, a broad coalition co-chaired by the Chamber, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, Farm Bureau Federation, and Emergency Committee for American Trade. Previously he worked in the International Trade Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in several private firms on trade issues.

Victoria Gale Victoria Gale
Vice President, Global Trade Debt & Distribution
Bank ABC

Victoria Gale joined Bank ABC London in 2006 and later in 2010 became a founding member of the Global Trade Debt & Distribution team within Global Trade Finance. In 2014, she relocated to the Bank ABC New York Branch to establish a US Global Trade Debt & Distribution desk with a focus on enhancing the Branch’s risk mitigation capabilities (through distribution of assets into the Secondary Market, Insurance, ECAs etc.), purchasing trade and loan assets (to fit the Branch’s investment criteria) and developing relationships with Financial Institutions in the Americas. Ms. Gale has served on the Board of the Association of Trade & Forfaiting in the Americas (ATFA) since May 2015.

Mark Garfield
Head of Global Financial Institutions
Zions Bancorp

Mark Garfield is Head of Financial Institutions for Zions Bancorporation headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Garfield has over two decades of international banking management, with expertise in trade finance, foreign exchange, international payments and correspondent banking. He participates in programs with the U.S. Small Business Administration, EXIM Bank and the Department of Agriculture that support foreign sales. Mr. Garfield is president of the District Export Council of Utah, board member of BAFT and a corporate partner with the U.S. Commercial Service. He is involved in trade promotion activities including the organization of an annual conference on global trade and world affairs in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Jim Gillespie
Director of Solutions Consulting
ACI Worldwide

Jim Gillespie is Director of Solutions Consulting for ACI Worldwide’s global Transaction Banking business. He and his team ensure ACI products and services are the best fit to solve the cash management and commercial payments processing needs for businesses of all sizes worldwide. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Gillespie has worked for banks and financial technology providers in the treasury management space, constantly working to improve and streamline payments processing by modernizing legacy systems. Mr. Gillespie specializes in helping banks identify and capitalize on market opportunities with innovative strategies defined through transparent, achievable business plans. Prior to ACI, Mr. Gillespie held senior positions at Cole Taylor Bank and Fiserv.

Rita Gonzalez
Senior Vice President, Head of Global & Strategic Financial Institution Accounts,
First Data

Rita Gonzalez joined First Data in 2015 following an extensive career at HSBC where she had a number of leadership roles including Head of Global Transactional Banking Institutional Sales, America; Sector Head of Financial Institutions, Group’s product development of Trade Solutions, Negotiation of Strategic Alliances, and Restructuring of Debt Crisis in Argentina. Prior to joining HSBC, she was a Team Leader covering Financial Institutions at Standard Charter Bank. She is a Board Member and former Chair of the Board of Bankers Association of Finance and Trade (BAFT) and a member of the Institute of International Bankers in New York.

Peter Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist
Export Development Canada

With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Peter Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, he is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues. Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. He has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics and the Ottawa Economics Association.

Dr. Stephen Happel
Emeritus Professor of Economic
W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Dr. Stephen Happel is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, where he has taught there since 1975. He is founding director of the ASU School of Business Honors Program and served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies from 1991 to 1999. His research focuses on applied microeconomics and demographic issues. He has written two textbooks and over 100 articles in both professional journals and popular outlets. This work covers arguments for free-market ticket scalping, student academic dishonesty at universities, U.S. fertility rates, and the snowbird lifestyle among retirees. He has received many teaching awards at ASU, including the Arizona Professor of the Year selected by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Dr. Happel speaks throughout the U.S. on the domestic economy and international trends, paying particular attention to generational spending patterns, to recent Federal Reserve policy, and to current tax/spending proposals by the White House and Congress.

Adrienne HughesAdrienne Hughes
Director, Global Transaction Services
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Managing the Global Financial Institutions and Government segment at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Adrienne Hughes has led teams in the U.S., Europe and Middle East to drive strategic growth and manage risk. Ms. Hughes is a leading knowledge-broker in globalization and performance optimization for Financial Institutions around the world. With Transaction Services experience on four continents, Ms. Hughes is dedicated to innovation and expanding capabilities by developing products, people and performance.

David Hunkele
Managing Director, Treasury and Payments
The Norman Group

Dave Hunkele is Managing Director of Treasury, Payments and Commercial Lending practices at The Norman Group—an IT, management and strategy consultancy. He works with bank leaders to define and execute their growth, innovation and efficiency strategies with emphasis in the areas of digital transformation, customer experience, Challenger sales, process efficiency and M&A integration / transition. Prior to joining The Norman Group, Mr. Hunkele held leadership positions at Bottomline Technologies and S1 Corporation and started his career in bank systems and technology.

John HunterJohn Hunter
Managing Director, USD Clearing, Treasury Services
J.P. Morgan

John Hunter is the Product Executive for JPMorgan Chase’s U.S. Dollar Clearing business. He is responsible for commercial payments, core clearing and intra-day risk management solutions. Mr. Hunter has worked in cash management and payments services for over 20 years. He has held management positions in financial services cash management consulting at Accenture and has served as FI industry manager at both Hewlett-Packard and Adobe systems.

Gautam Jain
Global Head, Digitisation, Client Access and Product Development
Managing Director, Transaction Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

As the Managing Director and Global Head of Digitization, Client Access and Product Development, Transaction Banking, Guatam Jain is responsible for providing product development and market access to clients across the globe through best-in-class electronic channels, and an international network of branches, subsidiaries and alliances. In addition, he is focusing on increasing the speed of transforming TB into a digitally-enabled business, as a competitive differentiator. He has vast experience in managing technology, business and audit functions which encompass both product and program management. Mr. Jain has held various leadership positions in Barclays, HSBC and Citibank where he successfully led large multi-cultural teams. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was the Head of IT for Global Commercial Products at Barclays in London.

Paul A. Johnson
MD, Senior Product Manager
Global Trade & Supply Chain
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Paul Johnson is a senior product manager with the Global Trade & Supply Chain team. His primary responsibilities include development and rollout of new trade and supply chain programs, product management and global sales/marketing support, structuring unique trade transactions, training, and working with risk management and compliance. Prior to joining BAML, he was senior vice president at Standard Chartered Bank and vice president at First Interstate Bank of California. Mr. Johnson held a number of positions in international operations, systems and finance. Before joining First Interstate, he was a manager with Ernst & Young and acquired extensive audit and consulting experience with banks and financial institutions, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Eric Jones
Director – Global Trade
BMO Capital Markets

Eric Jones recently joined BMO Capital Markets to assist with educating companies on the benefits of Approved Payables Finance (a SCF solution). Prior to joining BMO he was a Director in Finance and Accounting with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. for over 20 years where, among other duties, he was responsible for their Approved Payables Finance program. Mr. Jones is a CPA (North Carolina certificate) with a background in public accounting, internal audit and accounting management and is a former Chairman of the Institute of Financial Operations.

Lester Joseph
SVP, Manager
Global Financial Crimes Intelligence Group
Wells Fargo

Les Joseph is the Manager of the Global Financial Crimes Intelligence Group at Wells Fargo & Company. The primary mission of this Group is to provide intelligence on money laundering activity and financial crime trends to all parts of the bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1984 to February 2010. From 2002-2010, he was the Principal Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS). He was a Deputy Chief in the Section since October 1991. He began his career with the Department of Justice in 1984 as a Trial Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. From 1981-1984, he was an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois.

Keith Melton
Director of Banking and Payments
IBM Commerce

Mr. Keith Melton leads IBM's WW strategy, product management and development organization for the Banking and Payments portfolio, delivering high value, integrated industry solutions that enable quantifiable business outcomes for clients. His organization's broad solution portfolio address the business challenges enterprises face in the areas of Banking and Financial Market solutions with a focus on payments. Under Mr. Melton's leadership, IBM has launched several strategic initiatives including Financial Transaction Manager - helping financial institutions transform how they process payments and transactions such as Corporate Payments, Retail Payments, Securities and Treasury Services. Other strategic initiatives include the launch of Banking Front Office solutions including Customer Care & Insight. Previously, Mr. Melton served as CIO for Ovations Management Solutions where he provided strategic direction and managed all infrastructure, application development and facilities technology for the company. Prior to that, Mr. Melton served as Vice President at SunTrust Banks and served in various management roles in leading technology consulting companies including iXL Enterprises Inc., AnswerThink Consulting Group and Technology Solutions Company.

Walter_MixWalter J. Mix III
Managing Director
Berkeley Research Group

Walter Mix is a Managing Director and heads the Financial Services practice at Berkeley Research Group. He is a former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and also previously served as a banking executive at Union Bank of California. He advises domestic and international bank clients on corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, and financial advisory assignments. He has significant experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance and capital planning. Mr. Mix joined BRG from LECG, LLC and before that The Secura Group; serving as managing director in both firms. He serves as chairman of the International Bankers Association of California.

Serena MoeSerena Moe
Director/Sanctions Regulatory
Global Sanctions and AB&C Compliance
Citigroup Inc.

Serena Moe heads the Sanctions Regulatory at Citigroup and acts as one of the primary interfaces with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Sanctions Regulatory advises on the processing of payments and other transactions and manages all OFAC reporting. Ms. Moe rejoined Citi in May 2015. From 1997 to 2011, Ms. Moe served as the General Counsel for Economic Sanctions at Citi advising on legal questions related to economic sanctions, anti-boycott regulations and anti-corruption. Ms. Moe also worked in Citi’s Bank Regulatory Group. Prior to Rejoining Citi, she was a member of the International Trade Practice at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC, where she advised financial institutions and other businesses on compliance issues related to economic sanctions. Ms. Moe is a Chambers rated sanctions expert both nationally and globally. Prior to Citi, Ms. Moe served as the Deputy Chief Counsel at OFAC. Ms. Moe joined the OFAC legal staff in 1988, and served as the principal attorney for the Cuban embargo and the sanctions used to protect Kuwaiti assets. She also held other legal positions at the Department of Treasury. Ms. Moe received the Treasury Department’s Meritorious Service Award from Secretary Rubin on her departure.

Gene Neyer
Head of Product, Global Payments

Gene Neyer is a Senior Vice President of Product Management for D+H, a position he also held at Fundtech (acquired by D+H). Before Fundtech, he was a Principal for NG Group, Management Consultancy focusing on Payment Architectures and Operational Efficiency; Managing Security Executive for FSTC, a consortium of leading US banks and vendors; Head of Engineering and Security for EBS; and Head of Development for US payments at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. Mr. Neyer has written and lectured on various aspects of domestic and global payments and is a regular speaker and commentator at business seminars and conferences.

Filip PapichFilip Papich
Co-Head Global Trade and Banking
BMO Capital Markets

As Co-Head of Global Trade and Banking, Filip Papich is jointly responsible for managing the combined domestic and international sales team, the specialized team responsible for establishing and maintaining credit lines to foreign countries and counterparties, and product management. Mr. Papich joined BMO in 1996 in Toronto in Fixed Income Sales and moved to London in 1998 to head up Institutional Trading Products Coverage, International. In 2000, he was transferred to Montreal where he merged three trading floors and subsequently created the Institutional relationship Management Group in 2006 and was responsible for trading products institutional relationship management of buy side clients around the world. Prior to BMO, Mr. Papich worked for JP Morgan, CIBC, UBS and Citibank on the capital markets side in both trading and sales.

Samantha Pelosi
Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation

Samantha Pelosi has accumulated nearly 20 years of legal and regulatory experience in payments, compliance, and international business transactions. She recently joined BAFT as its Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation to drive the organization’s activities in payments, innovation, financial crime, and cybersecurity. Previously, she held several positions at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She was Manager of the Retail Payments Section of the Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems Division from 2011-2016 and Senior Attorney of the Regulation Section of the Consumer & Community Affairs Division from 2009-2011. Prior to the Fed, Ms. Pelosi designed and executed compliance policies, procedures, and internal controls for Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions) and served as the corporation's liaison to the regulatory community. She also held the position of Senior Counsel at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Miriam RatkovicovaMiriam Ratkovicova
Senior Manager
Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Miriam Ratkovicova is a Senior Manager in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Economic and Trade Sanctions practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. She has extensive AML/Sanctions experience both in the U.S. as well as in Europe with a focus on large financial institutions with global operations. Specifically, Ms. Ratkovicova has led multiple large and complex projects involving historical transaction investigations, Know Your Customer (KYC) remediation, AML and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) risk assessments, and Customer Risk Rating (CRR). Currently based and working in the US, Ms. Ratkovicova has delivered AML/Sanctions engagements in numerous countries throughout Europe, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK, Cyprus and Slovakia.

John Rodriguez
Program Co-Chair
Director, Financial Institutions, Latin America
Barclays Bank

John Rodriguez is a Director of Financial Institutions, Global Transaction Banking for Barclays Corporate Banking for the Latin America and Caribbean region. He is based in Miami and leads a team that coordinates the banking requirements of Latin American institutions through the provision of trade finance, cash and liquidity management, FX, as well as localized support. He joined Barclays in 2012 to provide FIG coverage for the Latin Americas region. He has extensive experience in a range of institutional and corporate coverage roles, including trade financing, commercial lending, cash management sales, institutional and corporate trust sales. He has a wealth of experience in the financial institutions space, having joined Barclays from HSBC and Wells Fargo, where he spent 17 years combined in a range of roles including trade and global transaction banking. He is a formally credit trained banker, having completed the credit management training program at Bank of New York Mellon (Irving Trust) at the onset of his career.

Stacy RosenthalStacy Rosenthal
Director, Product Initiatives, SWIFT Americas

Stacy Rosenthal is a Senior Business Manager focused on payments strategy including market management, client and industry engagement. She joined SWIFT in early 2008 from Bank of America, while at SWIFT she has been working on key initiatives including payments innovation, SWIFT for Corporates, E-Statements and Electronic bank account management (EBAM). Ms. Rosenthal is the coordinator for SWIFT subcommittee to Cash & Trade and the North America Corporate User group. While at Bank of America, Ms. Rosenthal was a Senior Vice President in Global Treasury Services as a Treasury Solutions Advisor. She served as a subject matter expert for treasury technology, electronic payables, and comprehensive receivables. She was with Bank of America for five years and worked in enterprise financial software for 10 years prior. Ms. Rosenthal is a frequent speaker at industry groups and conferences such as Sibos, AFP, NACHA and BAFT.

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

Dan 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.

Craig H. Schurr
International Banker and Senior Partner

Craig Schurr is a retired International Banker and currently an international business consultant and Senior Partner with ansrsource focusing on corporate and professional association learning design and information technology solutions. Mr. Schurr is also an Adjunct Professor of International Business at Thunderbird the School for Global Management, a volunteer for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp, an instructor of the International Credit and Risk Management online course for FCIB (An Association of Executives in Finance, Credit and International Business). He retired in April 2016 completing a 48-year career in banking 36 of which were focused on international. Immediately prior to his retirement, he was Senior Vice President and Manager of FirstMerit Bank’s International Department where he was responsible for the overall international activities of the Bank. Previously Mr. Schurr worked for National City Bank, Bank One, Mellon Bank, and Equibank where he held senior management positions in Audit, Treasury Management and International Banking. He is formerly a Board member of BAFT where he also served as co-chair of the association’s North American Council and was a member of its Education and Membership Committees.

Srinivasan 'Sriram'

Srinivasan Sriram is a passionate entrepreneur looking to bring efficiencies into the Supply Chain. He has previously built Risk Management software at Salomon Brothers, founded an ecommerce startup during the dot-com heyday and played EIR with a small fund. He has been a qualified Captain of ocean going merchant ships, enjoys hackathons and has done the Executive Program at Stanford GSB.

Werner Steinmueller
Managing Director
Head of Global Transaction Banking
Deutsche Bank

Werner Steinmueller is Head of Global Transaction Banking. In this role he is responsible for leading the global efforts in Trade Finance, Cash Management, Cash Management, Institutional Cash and 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 Mr. Steinmueller was responsible for the Global Banking Division and Global Transaction Banking. In 2004, he became Head of Global Transaction Banking. In this role he also served on the Group Executive Committee (GEC) of Deutsche Bank AG from 2009 to 2015. Mr. Steinmueller is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Postbank AG, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank Nederland N.V. and Chair of BAFT’s Transaction Banking Global Leaders Group.

Jason Torquato
Americas Editor

Jason Torquato is the Americas Editor for Euromoney’s Trade Finance publication. Based in New York, he is responsible for the online and magazine coverage for North America and Latin America. Before joining Trade Finance he was the Global Markets Editor for Interfax’s Natural Gas Daily and also worked at natural gas price reporting agency ICIS Heren.

Derrick Walton
Vice President of Global Bank Operations
Western Union Business Solutions

Derrick Walton is the Vice President of Global Bank Operations at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington DC. In his role, he develops the bank strategy to support a global network of 500 accounts with 65 bank providers. This robust and dynamic network supports 130 currencies to execute business payments in 170 countries. Supporting such a complex network gives him unique insights into countless market and their constantly evolving regulatory requirements. As a highly dedicated implementation manager, Mr. Walton spends most of his time visiting WUBS’ global providers to learn more effective go-to market techniques.

Craig C. Weeks
Senior Vice President and Manager of the International Financial Institutions Division
US Bank

Craig Weeks currently serves as Senior Vice President and Manager of the International Financial Institutions Division of US Bank and is based in Seattle, Washington. His responsibilities include managing the team of officers and support staff who oversee the bank’s relationships with financial institutions outside the United States. Immediately prior to US Bank, Mr. Weeks was President and CEO of IRIA (US) Inc., a subsidiary of a Swiss based specialist broker of commodity related structured credit and political risk insurance products. His experience also includes four years at Citibank and 14 years with JPMorgan where he served as Managing Director and Global Trade Sales Head for both institutions. His experience at JPMorgan also included Cash and Trade Sales Head for Latin America and Liquidity Product Management. Mr. Weeks also worked for Continental Grain Company in New York, where he was Assistant Treasurer for Bank Relations, Credit Risk Management and Short Term Funding, and in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was Trade Finance Manager. His banking career began with Marine Midland Bank (now part of HSBC) where he was Iberia Country Manager and had previously served on the Latin American Correspondent Banking team. Mr. Weeks is a former Chair of BAFT.

Thomas Welch
Supervisory Special Agent
Homeland Security Investigations

Thomas Welch is a Supervisory Special Agent for the HSI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Phoenix Office where he has oversight over HSI financial investigations in the District of Arizona. His group is responsible for conducting investigations into Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO’s). His group conducts money laundering investigations as they relate to narcotics and human smuggling as well as conduct investigations in reference to violations of wire fraud and bank fraud. Mr. Welch is a certified instructor at the HSI Special Agent Training Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Glynco, Georgia. He began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Special Agent with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked in the Organized Crime, Major Fraud and Environmental Crimes Units.

Ryan Welsh_DSC6641Ryan Welch
Vice President
BNY Mellon

Ryan Welsh began his professional career in 2010 when he was hired out of college to join BNY Mellon’s Treasury Services business as a client service officer. Since then, he had spent a year in the firm’s Rotational Development Program, and now works as a Sales & Relationship Manager covering US export finance solutions. Ryan attended Washington and Lee University where he graduated with a B.S. Business Administration degree and captained the football team. Outside of work, he has run two full marathons, three half-marathons, and three triathlons, while raising over $50,000 for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Kenneth T.P. Wong
Head, Global Transaction Banking
TD Securities

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 27 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. Mr. Wong has extensive international exposure with working assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.

Philip Zeidner
Vice President – Senior Product Manager
BNY Mellon

Philip Zeidner has over 40 years of experience in the Payments industry, recently working for BNY Mellon a combined 29 years, the last 14 in the treasury services division. He is responsible for business development and new product initiatives, financial performance oversight and client communication of industry issues for International USD Funds Transfer products. He has been an active member of the BAFT Payments and Compensation committee since 1988, and has served as the committee’s Chair for the past 6 years. In his BAFT (and former IFSA) role he has been heavily involved in the annual Global Payments Symposium for the last 27 years.