2014 BAFT Global Councils Forum at SIBOS

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6th Annual BAFT Global Councils Forum at SIBOS
Sunday, September 28, 2014
8:30AM – 1:30 PM*
Boston Convention and Exposition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Room: 151AB, Level 1
*Breakfast and lunch immediately following Forum are included


Kevin Brown
Senior Advisor, Global Payments

Kevin is now undertaking a wider portfolio career deploying his extensive Payment and Fund industry knowledge and board experience in selected advisory and non-executive director roles both in the UK and Internationally. Kevin is a career banker with 35 years of experience and has a strong external profile as an industry expert and speaker on Global Transaction Banking, Payments & Treasury/Funds business and regulatory issues.

After his direct involvement in the design/development of the UK’s Faster Payments service Kevin became the inaugural Chairman of the UK Faster Payments Scheme in November 2011 (until 2013).

Tod Burwell
Chief Executive Officer and President

Mr. Tod Burwell is the Chief Executive Officer and President of BAFT. He is responsible for leading the association in its mission to provide advocacy, education and training, and a common industry voice for the global transaction banking community. 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 23 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. He began his career at Bankers Trust NY (subsequently Deutsche Bank), in various trade, cash and e-commerce roles, including the development of FI outsourcing, internet-based solutions, and B2B market exchanges.

Jochen Cerny
Managing Director &
Senior Relationship Manager
Commerzbank AG

Mr. Jochen Cerny is a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Manager at Commerzbank, Frankfurt with global responsibility for major Financial Institutions.

After finishing Law School, he started his career as a General Council at a major German Trust company. He joint Commerzbank in 1987 to become involved in the international business as a Deputy Manager for North America and East Asia.

Prior to his latest assignment at Commerzbank’s Head Office in Frankfurt, he established the Financial Institutions Group at Commerzbank’s New York Office where he worked from 1993 to 2000.

Jochen is a former Co-Chair of the Europe Council (BAFT’s European Advisory Council).

Peter L. Flanagan
Covington & Burling LLP

Peter Flanagan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling who concentrates in international trade and financial services regulation. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and served as vice chair of the International practice group.

Mr. Flanagan counsels clients on a broad range of compliance requirements affecting international trade and investment. This includes export controls, economic sanctions constraints, defense trade limitations, and the implications of related non-US requirements. He advises leading financial institutions, companies in the oil and gas sector, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, defense contractors, manufacturing entities, and software and high-technology concerns

Rita Gonzalez
BAFT, Chairman of the Board
Managing Director and
Head of Institutional Sales, Americas

Ms. Rita Gonzalez joined the HSBC Group in NY in 1986. She has undertaken a variety of assignments including Sector Head of Financial Institutions, Group’s product development of Trade Solutions, Negotiation of Strategic Alliances, and Restructuring of Debt Crisis in Argentina. In August 2005, she assumed the responsibility as Head of Global Transactional Banking Institutional Sales, Americas.

Prior to joining HSBC, she was a Team Leader covering Financial Institutions at Standard Charter Bank, NY. Currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of BAFT; member of the Institute of International Bankers in NYC.

Jon Matonis
Executive Director & Board Member
Bitcoin Foundation

An e-Money researcher and crypto economist focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon advises startups in Bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid. A tech contributor to Forbes Magazine and CoinDesk, Jon is also Editor of The Monetary Future, a leading economics blog at the intersection of free banking, cryptography, and digital currency. Previously CEO of Hushmail and Chief Forex Trader at VISA, Jon has held senior posts at Sumitomo Bank and VeriSign.

Timothy O’Donnell
Managing Director

Tim O’Donnell is a leader within PwC's Commercial Banking group and of the Payments Practice. He has over 26 years of financial services experience, including roles at a money center bank, leading technology solutions providers to the industry, and in operational and strategic consulting. Tim has also had success in bringing innovative payments, reconciliation, and data warehousing solutions to market with companies such as Microbank Software (now part of Sungard) and First Data Corporation. This experience has given him valuable insight into the complex compliance, IT, and operational requirements and challenges facing Commercial Banks in today’s rapidly evolving payments ecosystem.

Craig H. Schurr
Member, BAFT Board of Directors
Co-Chair North America Council
Senior Vice President and International Banking Services Manager
FirstMerit Bank

Craig Schurr is a Senior Vice President and Manager of FirstMerit Bank’s International Banking Division. Mr. Schurr is responsible for the overall international business activities of the Bank including foreign correspondent banking, foreign exchange, trade finance and structured finance products and the sale of services to companies throughout FirstMerit Bank’s banking franchise.

Mr. Schurr joined FirstMerit in 2009 and has over 45 years of experience in banking with 34 years focused solely on international banking. 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.

Mr. Schurr is a Board member of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade and also co-chair of the association’s North American Council. Mr. Schurr is a member of the Northern Ohio District Export Council and a former member of The Global Council, the Advisory Board of Thunderbird, The School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Mr. Schurr is also an Adjunct Professor at Thunderbird the School for Global Management, an online instructor for FCIB, a volunteer for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp and a frequent speaker at regional and national trade association conferences.

T S Shankar
Head of Clearing & Liquidity Products
Correspondent Banking
Standard Chartered

T S Shankar is Managing Director and Head of Clearing and Liquidity Products at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. Shankar is primarily responsible for the Design and building up of client centric Clearing and Liquidity Products globally for Correspondent Banks.

He was until recently the Regional Head of Sales for Southern Asia covering both South and South East Asia where he managed a sales team covering the Traditional Correspondent banking which focuses on Cash / Clearing and Trade in the transaction banking area. Shankar joined the bank in 2009 from Bank of America where he worked in various roles covering Non Resident Indian business, Relationship Management and Transaction banking. He moved to Singapore in 2005.

A consummate banker with over two decades of experience in the banking industry, Shankar is active in various industry forums - including BAFT–IFSA Asia Council and is currently co-Chair of the Financial Services Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore. He was speaker at previous Asian Banker events, Euro finance events and at the SWIFT–SIBOS conference in Vienna. He is also on the list of Leading Practitioners at Asian Banker.

Shankar dedicates one evening a week to working with a non-profit organization and enjoys staying abreast of worldwide happenings. His motto is to engage with people talking about what they know as a starting point of conversation.

Ian Toone
Member, BAFT Board of Directors
Co-Chair North America Council
Vice Chairman
Banks, Brokers and Exchanges
RBC Investor & Treasury Services

As Managing Director, Head of Transaction Banking – Banks, Brokers and Exchanges within RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Ian is based in Toronto and has responsibility for transaction banking, sales and relationship management within the financial institutions segment. The Transaction Banking team at RBC- I&TS comprises 58 staff in 7 global locations.

Ian joined Royal Bank in London, England in 1980. Subsequently, he held several positions within the branch and Corporate Banking Europe. In 1989, he was promoted to Manager, Loan Syndications, and in 1991 held a senior account management position within Financial Institutions and Trade. In 1994 he was appointed Manager, Marketing, within Financial Institutions and Trade’s Correspondent Banking business and became the Deputy Head of Correspondent Banking in 1996. He was appointed Head of Correspondent Banking Europe, Middle East and Africa in 1998, located in London. In 1999, he was appointed Managing Director, Global Financial Institutions, RBC Capital Markets, located in Toronto. In August 2013 he assumed the title of Head of Transaction Banking – Banks, Brokers and Exchanges within RBC Investor & Treasury Services. In May 2014 he was appointed as Vice-Chairman, Client Coverage – Banks, Brokers & Exchanges.

Born in England, Ian has completed an International Masters Program in Practicing Management between 1997 and 1998 involving study at universities and business schools in England, France, Japan, Canada and India. Ian is a Director of Canada China Business Council (CCBC), member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair North America Council of the Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT).

Alain Verschueren
Head of Sales and Market Intelligence
Correspondent Banking - Global Trade and Transaction Banking
BNP Paribas

In his actual role, Alain Verschueren is mainly responsible for sales efforts in the Trade area with Banks as part of BNP Paribas’ Correspondent Banking offer. He was until shortly Deputy Global Head of Transaction Banking Group, a team that manages and monitors all country and bank lines for Trade and provides support to the BNP Paribas businesses with respect to commercial transactions with clients implying risk on banks.

Prior, he was Global Head Banks Trade Finance & CEEMEA, FIG with Fortis. In this capacity he was responsible for the relationship with Banks in the CEEMEA Markets (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) and for the worldwide Trade Finance business with Banks.

He started his career with Generale Bank and held different product and management positions in the SME, Retail and Corporate market in Belgium and abroad (US). He has a degree in Law from Leuven University and Economic Law from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve.

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