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BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum

The Future of Correspondent Banking – Innovation and Challenges
March 22 – 23, 2017
Taj Dubai Hotel
Dubai, UAE


MaramMaram Al-Jazireh
SVP/Global Head of Finaical Institutions
Arab Bank

Ms. 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 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. Ms. Al-Jazireh is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative at the Aspen Institute and currently resides in Jordan.

BergenJoost Bergen
Senior Associate Business Development

Mr. Joost Bergen has 20 years of experience and is responsible for assignments with corporate treasurers and with transaction banks in Corporate Cash & Liquidity Management, Trade Finance and Financial Supply Chain. His experience provides him with a thorough understanding of corporate needs in managing commercial transactions, liquidity and the expectations towards the Transaction and Corporate Banking community. Mr. Bergen’s engagements for international business developments with Reval is in providing Cash & Liquidity Management technology to banks for it’s customer base. He is director of the Executive Master of Finance & Control of the Amsterdam Business School, he is faculty member of the EBA Educational programs and he is co-author of the book ‘International Cash Management Handbook'.

MahinderManinder Bhandari
Derby Group of Companies

Mr. Maninder Bhandari, a career banker with 29 years’ experience with HSBC, ABN Amro Bank, Emirates NBD and The Bank of New York Mellon in Asia/Pacific (Hong Kong, Singapore & India), Latin America & Caribbean/North America (Sao Paulo & Miami), Middle East & Africa (Dubai). Specialization was in multiple aspects of banking especially Transaction Banking/Trade. Mr. Bhandari is now a founding partner of the Encore Group (a private equity fund) and Director/Partner in the Derby Group (provider of back office services). He has remained as an advisor to banks and has been on the project team establishing the Emirates Trade Bank.  He enjoys writing and has written on Transaction Banking/Trade and Islamic Finance as well as Chaired/Spoken at many conferences.

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.

Said Dajani
Executive Manager, Head of Financial Institutions & Subsidiareis

Mr. Said Y. Dajani has over 16 years of banking experience in international relations. He is currently the Head of Financial Institutions and Subsidiaries Division at INVESTBANK; the leading group in providing innovative and diversified financial solutions.  Besides managing INVESTBANK’s financial institutions business and portfolio; Mr. Dajani is involved in the bank’s subsidiary businesses and acts as the liaison officer for the following subsidiaries:
Al Mawared (brokerage solutions and bank’s investment arm); Tamkeen (leasing); Al Imdad (supply chain finance and logistics solutions); Al Tas-heelat (SMEs, consumer and Islamic finance); Developing the fifth subsidiary, Takhseem (factoring solutions). Previously; Mr. Dajani worked as the Head of Financial Institutions Division at Capital Bank of Jordan. Prior to this, he was a Financial Institutions Manager (Middle East) at Arab Bank plc., Head Office. He started his career at Jordan Kuwait Bank as a Senior Customer Service Officer.  

EllyardLuke Ellyard
KPMG United Arab Emirates

Mr. Luke Ellyard is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and a Partner in KPMG’s UAE Financial Services Assurance department - having joined KPMG UAE in 2008, with prior experience in KPMG London including a 3 year secondment to the Tokyo office. Primary specializing in audits of banks and investment management firms within the UAE MENA region, including retail and corporate banks with HSBC, Emirates NBD, SCB, and the Central Bank of the UAE, and additional experience covering one of the world’s largest Sovereign Wealth funds, UAE Exchanges and Private Equity houses. In London and Tokyo, he focused on investment banking clients and Group audits, predominantly Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Mr. Ellyard also provides specialist financial services input for many of KPMG’s regional advisory engagements including leading the assurance work for the first auto-loan securitization in the UAE, a number of bank asset buy-side due diligence exercises, SOX internal control design and implementation for DB London and Japan, Goldman Sachs Asia and Barclays Africa, and regulatory advisory work across the UAE Banking sector.

Zeynep Ersel
Senior Business Development Officer
International Finance Corporation

Ms. Zeynep Ersel is the Business Development Lead for Trade Finance in Western Europe and MENA (including Pakistan) and she is based in Paris. She is responsible  for forming and maintaining partnerships with Western European Institutions and business origination in MENA for IFC’s trade finance programs providing trade credit guarantees, portfolio based risk sharing and trade credit and structured trade finance projects in emerging markets.  Prior to her current position, Ms. Ersel held various positions in trade and supply chain department, including managing the operations of supply chain finance business , leading the middle office operations of non-GTFP business  and as a global marketing officer for GTFP. Prior to IFC, Ms.  Ersel worked at the World Bank on trade and transport facilitation and contributed to the creation of multi-agency collaborative Integrated Framework studies on Trade Facilitation. She joined IFC in 2005 to start working on the newly created Global Trade Finance Program and has been a part of this group through all milestone developments.  Ms. Ersel holds an MA in Political Science/ International Business from NYU and and and MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

HennahDavid Hennah
Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance Products

Mr. David Hennah leads the trade and supply chain finance product management team at Misys having re-joined the company from SWIFT, where he spent eight years driving the industry body’s financial supply chain strategy. He has spent over twenty years in a variety of senior roles at Barclays, spanning all areas of the transaction banking business. He is credited with bringing to market the world’s first international direct debit service. Outside the UK Mr. Hennah has worked in France, Belgium and Germany, including a three year secondment to the Associated Banks of Europe Corporation (ABECOR) in Brussels and was once based literally “overseas” managing the Barclays branch on board RMS QE2.

Mr. Hennah has become well known for his work in recent years to bring the ICC Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) to market as an established business practice. David was a member of the ICC BPO Rules Drafting Group and is the author of the best-selling ICC Guide to the Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations. He is a regular speaker at industry events and a regular contributor to industry publications including Trade & Forfaiting Review. He has previously run his own consulting business and is a distinguished Member of the Institute of Financial Services. In 2016 he was appointed Special Advisor to the World Trade Board and Expert Advisor to the trade faculty of the ICC Academy. Outside work, David has raised funds for various good causes, walking 1000 Miles from John o Groats to Lands End and successfully completing three London Marathons.

Faisal Hussain
Managing Director, Regional Head of Banks – Africa & Middle East
Transaction Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

Mr. Faisal Hussain is responsible for managing Transaction Banking sales for Bank clients for Standard Chartered Bank for the Africa & Middle East region based in Dubai. Faisal heads a regional sales team covering over 25 countries offering clearing, cash management and trade finance solutions to the banks “Correspondent Banking” clients. He joined Standard Chartered in 2007 from Citibank where he worked for 10 years and held various Sales and Product Management positions within Transaction Banking.  Mr. Hussain holds an MBA degree from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and is also Chartered Financial Analyst.

Photo Garbis IradianGarbis Iradian
Chief Economist

Dr. Garbis Iradian is currently the Chief Economist for the Middle Eastern Department at the IIF. Prior to joining the IIF in 2008, he worked for 17 years at the International Monetary, Washington DC. While there he held the positions of senior economist and senior advisor to an Executive Director where he monitored and assessed macroeconomic and financial developments of several Middle Eastern and Central Asian economies. The IIF is the global association of financial institutions with more than 450 members worldwide. Dr. Iradian received his MBA from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in Economics, with emphasis on macroeconomics and econometrics, from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has published several articles and working papers on MENA economies and determinants of growth.

1Rahul Jayakar
Head – Global Transaction Services, Products & Trade
Mashreqbank PSC

Mr. Rahul Jayakar is an experienced banking professional having worked in large multinational and regional financial institutions in the UAE and India.  He was named by Global Finance in its list of Who’s Who in Treasury & Cash Management in Oct 2016. Global Finance stated ‘The individuals that we honour in Global Finance’s Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management are those that have been recognized as best in their field by their peers and colleagues, and by our own Editorial Board.’ Currently, Mr. Jayakar heads Mashreq’s Global Transaction Services, products and Trade; he has primary accountability for developing the Bank's transaction banking business. Prior to the current role he was responsible for the Mashreq’s transaction banking business outside the UAE, in 11 countries and Financial Institutions.

Maurice_iskandarMaurice Iskandar
Assistant General Manager, International
Banque Libano-Francaise SAL

Mr. Maurice Iskandar, Assistant General Manager, Head of International and member of the Executive Committee at Banque Libano-FrançaiseSAL (BLF), supervises the Group’s correspondent banking activities, the international Business Development of the Bank and its international footprint. He joined BLF in 2001 and has held several other positions including Head of Operations and Head of Corporate Banking. Mr. Iskandar has a diversified experience in the banking and financial sectors having worked in France and in Lebanon, including being responsible for the activities in the MENA region of Thomson Financial BankWatch, a specialized bank rating agency based in New York.

Santhosh KJ_ProfileSanthosh KJ
Chief Compliance Officer
UAE Exchange Group

Mr. Santhosh KJ has over 15 years of experience in the international remittances and foreign exchange industry. Formulating policies and executing strategies around Compliance & Risk are his forte. As he led the teams in various roles, Mr. Santhosh has good exposure to many key business functions including Operations, Network Development, Product Development, Process Re-Engineering etc. An ACAMS Certified Compliance Professional, he holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).  As the head of Group’s Compliance & Risk portfolio, he defines, evaluates and manages UAE Exchange Group’s risk profile. He assumes the pivotal role in designing and implementing an enterprise-wide Compliance, Risk Management & Internal Control framework to identify, assess and minimise the Group’s current and future exposure to Compliance, Financial, Operational and other risks.

Ramana KumarRamana Kumar
Head of GTB Business and Product Management
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. Ramana Kumar is Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB) Business and Product Management for NBAD. The GTB business encompasses Cash Management, Trade Finance, Custody, Escrow Management and Prepaid Cards. Mr. Kumar has been instrumental in building products and channels across cash, trade and cards, driving the delivery of a unified platform. He has been instrumental in building regional cash and trade solutions in line with NBAD strategy. He has special interests around fintech/ blockchain and the impact on the wider corporate space, and has participated in many forums focusing on future of payments, trade, fintech / blockchain. Mr. Kumar has mix of strategy and business experience and was instrumental in developing the bank’s new strategy and rolling out five-year plans for the wholesale, commercial, and retail businesses.

IMG-20140713-WA001Rohit Kumar
Managing Director & Head Group Integrated Risk Management
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. Rohit Kumar is MD & Head – Group Integrated Risk Management at National Bank of Abu Dhabi, UAE a leading Bank having footprint in 14 countries. He is responsible for Integrated Risk Management which includes Risk Appetite, Risk Policies, Framework and Risk Infrastructure including Basel compliance. Besides, he is a member/secretary of the Group Risk Committee at NBAD. He is also an honorary member of the UAE BANKS FEDERATION’s Risk Management Committee. Prior to joining NBAD he was working as Head of banking and finance practice at ICRA, a leading credit rating and consulting firm in India. Mr. Kumar has 23+ years of experience in implementing risk management frameworks in banks and financial institutions and formulating risk strategy and policies. He has directed several projects in Indian sub-continent, South East Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Faisal Lalani
EVP and Group Head GFI
Emirates NBD

Mr. Faisal Lalani has more than 26 years’ experience in the area of Institutional & International Banking. He headed the FI Team at Mashreq Bank, Dubai, before joining Emirates NBD in April 2013. Prior to joining that, he spent over 15 years with ABN AMRO in London, Singapore and the Netherlands. He headed the Financial Institution business for the Asia Pacific and the CEEMEA region for ABN AMRO as well as served as the Global Head of FI – Credit Risk. Mr. Lalani also ran the Asia Pac, FI Business for ABN AMRO. He has lived in Dubai for about 5 years and is married with two children.

Christopher MagerChristopher Mager
Head of Global Innovation
BNY Mellon Treasury Services

Mr. Christopher Mager is Managing Director and Head of Global Innovation within BNY Mellon Treasury Services’ Global Product Management group. In this role he leads a team responsible for managing Treasury Services’ innovation process and strategic innovation projects. The Global Innovation group is also responsible for research, evaluation, proofs of concept, and thought leadership for emerging payment technology, including blockchain exploration and fintech engagement. Mr. Mager is a member of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force, and a frequent speaker on payment modernization initiatives.

Christopher MagerAndreas Meletiou
Head of Financial Institutions
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Mr. Andreas Meletiou is the Head of Financial Institutions for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, responsible for the strategic direction, business development and end-to-end management of the Bank’s Global FI business. Mr. Meletiou had previously spent 10 years with Standard Chartered Bank, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Bank in Iraq, having played an instrumental role in designing the strategy and setting up Standard Chartered Bank’s franchise in Iraq. Prior to his Andreas was the Regional Head of Banks for Standard Chartered Bank in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region. As part of that role he led sales, product management and service for Bank clients across the region. He also held roles in strategy, business management and financial institutions business with Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Before joining Standard Chartered Bank, Andreas worked at Deutsche Bank and HSBC.

ManojManoj Menon
Head of Global Transaction Banking
First Gulf Bank

Mr. Manoj Menon joined FGB during 2014 to build and manage Global Transaction Banking and Financial Institution Coverage team. Currently he is the Global Head of Transaction Banking and part of Wholesale and International Banking management team. In the last 26 years he has held international roles in India, France and the United Kingdom covering various roles in Sales/ Relationship Management, Trade Finance, Financial Institutional Banking and Corporate Banking. Prior to joining FGB, Manoj served as Global Head of Trade Service, Innovation and Customer Proposition at The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Mr. Menon maintains active involvement in several industry bodies and is a member of BAFT, Global Trade Industry Council (GTIC); WTO Trade Expert Panel Group; part of the ICC Banking Working group that established the Trade Finance default register; worked with BERR (Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, UK) and ECGD in the establishment of a new UK Risk Insurance program available to Banks to support UK Exports and was a member of the URBPO drafting committee defining the rules governing Bank Payment Obligations (BPO).

Eric's pictureEric Modave
Chief Operating Officer
Arab Bank

Eric Modave is chief operating officer at Arab Bank, a position he has held since July 2014. Mr Modave has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Arab Bank, Mr Modave was chief operating officer of Barclays Africa, where he was based in Kenya and Johannesburg, covering 12 African countries. From 2006 until 2009, he was head of global payment operations at Barclays, in London. Before this, Mr Modave held various positions at Citibank, including head of consumer bank operations at Citibank EMEA from 2003 until 2006 and head of operations and technology at Citibank International Personal Banking, Europe between 2001 and 2003. He was chief financial officer of Citibank International Personal Banking from 1999 until 2001. Mr Modave graduated as a commercial engineer from HEC University of Liège in 1989 and became a certified chartered accountant in 1996. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, in 2014.

MutawehMohamed Al Mutaweh
CEO & Board Member
Al Baraka Islamic Bank - Bahrain

Mr. Mohamed Isa Al Mutaweh is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the BOD of Al Baraka Islamic Bank – Bahrain. He has long experience in banking extending to more than 34 years during which he held leading positions in banks. Mr. Al Mutaweh is a member of the participation committee of the Awqaf properties investment fund of IDB, Jeddah and member of the BOD of ITFC (one of the IDB’s group companies) and a member of Bahrain advisory council of the CISI, UK. Mr. Al Mutaweh has an MBA degree in Business administration from university of Hull, UK.

Olga Parra
Banking & Insurance Analytics Leader

Ms. Olga Parra  is IBM MEA Cognitive and Analytics solutions leader. Ms. Parra is a senior customer focused Analytics professional with over 23 years of successful national and international experience in building and implementing solutions that addresses complex business analytics and information management needs. Olga started her career at IBM Colombia where she lead the Pension Funds account sector.  In 1998 she joined Systems Xcellence, a software company specialized in Pharmacy benefits  where she lead both implementation and support services for US and Latin America customers. At her return at IBM in Canada she was part of the Bank of Montreal (BMO FG) team where she focused in the Information Management department. Olga was part of IBM’s EDW, MDM, Data Governance, Data Strategy intitatives. She joined the GBS Business Analytics and Optimization team in 2009 focused on Financial Services. In 2013 she moved to IBM MEA (Kenya) in support of the IBM expansion in Africa. In that capacity she lead the deployment of Advance Analytics Services in 2 Africa telcos, lead the implementation of IBM EMM (Unica) platform in 4 Africa companies and the consolidation of IBM Marketing Operation services in the region. Her skills and experience include Information Management disciplines such Data integration, MDM, Big Data/EDW, Advance Analytics, Campaign Management, Performance Management and Data Governance. 

Samantha Pelosi
Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation

Ms. 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.

Kashif RanaKashif Rana
Chief Financial Officer
ACWA Power

Mr. Kashif Rana has over fifteen years of extensive power and water sector experience in areas of project development, structuring, project financing, equity raising and other areas of operational finance and tax structuring. Managing the equity capital market and finance activities for the group and its investments, led the private securities offering with sovereign institutes of Saudi Arabia, International Finance Corporation as well as prepared the company for a listing in Saudi Arabia. Leading the development and implementation of a best practices in areas covering long term planning, audits, accounting, reporting, insurance, treasury and tax structuring as well as representing the company at various audit, board, executive and management committees on its joint venture businesses. Previously Director Project Finance, he was responsible for evaluating, structuring and executing strategies to arrange project finance facilities as well as managing relationships with financial institutions and providing commercial expertise on developing projects. In the process also lead the valuation and modeling activities for development projects and provided strategic support to the management business plans.

Dilip RaoDilip Rao
Managing Director

Mr. Dilip Rao heads up business development and operations for Ripple in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role he engages with leading banks, regulators and central banks to enable innovation on the Ripple platform. Mr. Rao has over 25 years of experience in senior management with technology multinationals in technical, sales and marketing roles in Asia. He has consulted to major banks and corporates in Australia on innovation and was founder of Australia's first person-to-person payments startup.

Sunil RaoK.P. Sunil Rao
Conference Chair
Director, Head of Financial Institutions, MENA

Mr. K.P. Sunil Rao is the Head of the Financial Institutions business for MENA at Barclays Corporate. This is a business he has set up and subsequently built into a significant revenue and return contributor for the Barclay’s regional franchise. His business remains a credible FIG transaction bank in the region. His team’s coverage includes banks and non-banking financial institutions across MENA and their subsidiaries globally. His experience positions him uniquely to provide keen insight on an effective strategic thought process, required to address the opportunities and deal with the challenges of the FI transaction banking market. Mr. Rao has in the past worked with Citibank in UAE and India and with the Corporate Finance Division of KPMG India. Mr. Rao has been instrumental in setting up the BAFT MENA Council and currently chairs the organising committee for the BAFT MENA Forum. He had also been selected for the 2016 BAFT Future Leaders Programme.

Senior Manager
Central Bank of the UAE

Babu Santhanam has been with the Central Bank of the UAE since October 2008 in the position of Senior Manger IT. Bringing along over 25+ years of experience in the field of information technology focused in the Banking and Financial Services Industry (BFSI) here in the UAE, Babu has been instrumental in implementing systems that have made a great impact both within CBAUE and also the country as a whole. The initiatives that have been implemented since joining CBUAE are Image Cheque Clearing System, Wages Protection System, Authorized Signatory Repository, Funds Transfer System, Direct Debit System & Payment Gateway System.

Farrukh Siddiqui
Managing Director, Global Trade & Loans
Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Mr. Farrukh Siddiqui, as Managing Director for MEA Global Trade & Loans, works with multi-national, regional corporations and financial institutions to deliver solutions within Global Trade which includes traditional trade finance, structured trade, ECAs and Advisory.  In 2006 Mr. Siddiqui was mandated to drive the growth of the bank’s Global Trade business in the MENA region and his accomplishments at delivering J.P. Morgan’s ambitious growth plans have seen him entrusted with the leadership of the bank’s trade business for the MENA region. In 2013 he was mandated to lead the bank’s Treasury Services business in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, which plays a core role in the creation and execution of the firm-wide strategy for Africa. The mandate spans over multi-locations and has considerable growth agenda.

Dr. Mazen Soueid
Chief Economist

Dr. Mazen Soueid is the Chief Economist at Bankmed, one of the largest banks in Lebanon with presence in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Switzerland, Cyprus, and UAE (DIFC). From August 2008 until December 2009, he was also Economic Advisor to the Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, and from January 2010 onward, he has been advising PM Siniora in his capacity as head of the Future Parliamentary Block. Prior to joining Bankmed, Dr. Soueid worked as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund, particularly in the Asian, Middle Eastern Departments as well as the Capital Markets Department. At the IMF he worked on a range of issues and countries like Venezuela, Korea, Mexico, and the Philippines. He had also worked in Deutsche Bank in London and New York covering the Middle East.

Carmel SpeersCarmel Speers
Regional Head, Financial Crime Compliance, MENAP
Standard Chartered Bank

Ms. Carmel Speers joined Standard Chartered in July 2015 as Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance for MENAP. Carmel joined the Bank from JP Morgan Chase in the UK where she had over 25 years professional experience including over 14 years in financial crime. During that time Carmel built a team of Financial Crime professionals involved in Sanctions screening, transaction monitoring and Customer Due Diligence. She was the Deputy MLRO in the EMEA Regional Financial Crime Team and worked with clients throughout the region.

Vineet VarmaVineet Varma
Managing Director & Head of GTB Sales Head
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. Vineet Varma has been appointed as the Global Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) at National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) post the merger between First Gulf Bank and NBAD effective April 1s1 2017. He will be responsible for building FIG as one of the pillars of the Corporate and Investment Bank and the combined NBAD as a whole. Prior to the move, Mr. Varma was the Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB) at NBAD and was responsible for building, strengthening and growing GTB globally for NBAD comprising of Cash Management, Trade Sales and Advisory and Custody for Wholesale and Commercial Banking clients.  Mr. Varma is an International Banker having spent more than 20 years with ANZ Grindlays Bank, ABN Amro Bank, and Dubai Group.

Vineet VarmaNathan Weatherstone
Head of Sustainable Business
National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. Nathan Weatherstone is the Chair of the Middle East Branch of the IPFA and has been a project finance lender and advisor for close to 20 years with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and since 2010, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Having delivered successful start-up PF advisory platforms in Abu Dhabi for PwC and NBAD, he now leads NBAD'S institutional response to climate change and is responsible for the bank's strategic USD 10 billion sustainable business underwriting target and its Green Bond programme.

Jeremy Wilson
Vice Chairman

Mr. 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.

Younes, SSamer Younes
Head of Trade Sales
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Mr. Samer Younes joined ADCB in 2010 and currently heads the team responsible for both the Sales and Product functions of the Trade Finance practice, which operates within the bank’s Wholesale Banking Group. He oversees the bank’s operations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, its surrounding jurisdictions and GCC, managing an assigned Trade Portfolio of local and multinational conglomerates worth USD 20 Billion, with revenues of more than USD 40 Million. With over 11 years of experience spanning Transaction Banking, Cash Flow Solutions, Business Development and Compliance with international financial institutions like Lloyds TSB, Westpac Banking Corporation- Australia and Blom Bank- France, his knowledge and insight into strategic business support, blended with his unique relationship-harnessing skills, serves him well in his specialized line of business.