BAFT Global Annual Meeting - The Americas

Global Annual Meeting – The Americas
Rise to A New Era
April 30 – May 3, 2017
Turnberry Isle Miami
Miami, FL

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Lunch and Learn Tables - Monday, May 1

Back by popular demand, we invite you to discuss hot topics in the industry with experts in the field in an informal setting during lunch.  Each table will cover one industry topic of interest.  Seats are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. (All Lunch and Learn Tables are from 1:00-2:00PM)


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Special Interest Workshops

Join subject-matter experts during these special interest topics affecting the industry today. Workshops are smaller in size for an interactive dialogue between the speakers and attendees. Special Interest Workshops take place during the bilateral meetings.


Monday, May 1

Tuesday, May 2

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Lunch and Learn Table Topic Descriptions

Australia’s New Payments Platform (NPP)

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) established benchmarks for a New Payments Platform (NPP) which is a “real time” payment system incorporating SWIFT ISO 20022 messaging standards to facilitate the inclusion of richer remittance information with transactions. The system will enable funds to be accessible almost as soon as payment is received even across different financial institutions. NPP is being developed collaboratively by 12 leading Australian authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and will be delivered in 2017.

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Digitization for Trade Finance

Despite many attempts throughout the years to move trade finance processes from paper to electronic,  wide spread adoption has not been attained.  However, advancing technologies, pressure to reduce operating costs and corporate demand, continue to drive efforts to migrate from paper to electronic  to provide significant efficiencies.  Advances in smart OCR applications, corporate digital communication via SWIFT MT798, adoption of digital supply chain platforms like Bolero, essDocs, etc. are working towards that end. Though much is currently focused on blockchain, there are other aspects of Trade Finance that are benefiting from digitization. What are your banks doing or planning to do in order to move to digital trade finance?

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Strategies to detect and counter Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML)

With the growth of global trade, increasingly sophisticated TBML is presently one of the most challenging compliance requirements for banks. This Lunch & Learn Session will discuss key trends in the areas of sanctions, AML and fraud detection in Trade Finance and highlight how innovative solutions using artificial intelligence can keep financial institutions secure and compliant.

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Monday Special Interest Workshop Descriptions

2:00pm – 2:50pm | Enhancing Payment Capabilities Beyond the G10
International payments to developing countries tend to be dominated by a handful of global banks. New technologies and networks are allowing regional banks to gain market share in foreign exchange.  In this session, we will look at how all banks, large and small, can become stronger players in global payments.


Byard Bridge - SVP of Global Payments
Greg Leven - VP of Global Payments
Chintan Parikh - VP of Product Development

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3:00pm – 3:50pm | Payments in the Fast Lane: Creating Value for Customers

As commerce around the world becomes a 24/7/365 reality, payment technology is moving to real-time.
The momentum behind real-time payments is growing, as more countries look to implement their own domestic real-time payment schemes and in the Euro-zone the pan-European SEPA Instant Payment scheme look to revolutionize payments. During this session, hear an update on real-time payments globally, from best practices and lessons learned from established schemes, the potential for cross-border real-time payments and how financial institutions are taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime paradigm shift. Also in this session, get a first-hand look at how real-time payments are creating value for customers with our demonstration of real-time payment use cases.


Daniel Bendersky, Head of Pre-Sales Americas
Gene Neyer, Head of Product Management, Global Payments

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4:00pm – 4:50pm | Developing Your Personal Brand
Networking is a leadership skill and it can (and will) propel your career forward.  When used effectively, networking can distinguish your brand, elevate your career, and increase your opportunities for advancement. This session will cover: 

• Learning to network with confidence

• Working a room (like BAFT), including conversation generators and exit strategies

• Building advocates as you build your brand


Nicole Meyer, Chief Executive

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Tuesday Special Interest Workshop Descriptions

2:00pm – 2:50pm | Cyber security – The fraud detection and prevention challenge for high-value/wire payments
Correspondent banks face increased exposure to the threat of high-value/wire payments fraud. The widely reported recent cases of payments fraud raise several important lessons that the global payments community can learn from. This session examines current vulnerabilities and outlines how real-time fraud detection capabilities utilizing innovative artificial intelligence based technology can keep banks one step ahead of the criminals.


Rajiv Desai, Senior Vice President and Head, US Operations and Sales

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3:00pm – 3:50pm | The World's First Real-Time Global Settlement Network

Betsy Waters, US Sales Director and Priya Pandit, Director of Client Solutions give an overview of the Ripple network, a live demonstration and highlight specific use cases driving adoption with leading banks around the world.

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