• John Ahearn
  • Global Head of Trade
  • Citi
  • 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 also on the Board of Directors for BAFT and the Pacific Rim Bankers Association.
  • Nancy Amert
  • Director, Trade Innovation Lab
  • CGI
  • Ms. Nancy Amert has 25+ years’ experience in credit and trade and is a recognized thought leader in supply chain finance (SCF) technologies, which support global banks and their corporate customers. As Director of CGI’s Trade Innovation Lab, she is helping to lead and shape the strategic direction of the CGI Trade360 SaaS platform and its evolution into a fully integrated global solution for traditional trade, payables, receivables, collateral management and cash management. Ms. Amert and her team are actively engaged in the exploration of Blockchain/DLT solutions, emerging technologies and intelligent processing automation (IPA) for trade finance and supply chain.
  • Andrew Bateman
  • President, Corporate Liquidity and bank Treasury
  • FIS
  • Mr. Andrew Bateman is head of FIS’ treasury, payments and receivables solutions. These businesses help corporations, insurance companies and the public sector effectively manage their treasury, risk, payments, bank connectivity and credit and collections in order to drive free cash flow. The treasury business also helps banks manage their treasury, risk and bank connectivity. Mr. Bateman has spent more than 15 years at SunGard, where he headed up the energy business as well as helped the company expand globally with new solutions and into new market sectors. Before leading SunGard’s energy business, he was executive vice president of global accounts, chief operating officer of international distribution, and managing director of SunGard’s AvantGard solution for EMEA. Before joining SunGard, Mr. Bateman worked at KPMG Information Solutions/GIS and in the treasury department at Rolls‐Royce plc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Nottingham.
  • Kimberly Burdette
  • Senior Vice President, International Financial Institutions
  • PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Ms. 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 a director for BAFT.
  • Adam Bulava
  • Executive Director of Cyber Exercises & Social Engineering
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Mr. Adam Bulava is Executive Director of Cyber Exercises & Social Engineering at JPMorgan Chase. In this role Mr. Bulava and his team are responsible for managing the firm’s internal and external cyber exercise engagements, to include discussion-based tabletop exercises, operational-level drills, range network simulations, and the firm’s employee phishing program. He works closely with business leaders, technology teams, and Cybersecurity staff to design and deliver targeted exercises that lead to measurable improvements in the firm’s cyber incident detection, response, and recovery capabilities.
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • Mr. Tod Burwell is the President and 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.
  • Chris Campbell
  • Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions
  • US Department of Treasury
  • Mr. Christopher Campbell currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate for the position in 2017. He is responsible for coordinating the Department’s efforts pertaining to financial institutions legislation and financial regulation as well as policies affecting federal agencies that regulate or insure financial institutions. Mr. Campbell oversees an office of more than 200 professional staff members and two Deputy Assistant Secretaries. Mr. Campbell advises the Secretary of the Treasury on a broad range of economic and financial policy matters impacting depository institutions, credit unions, asset management firms, insurance companies, payments, financial technology and innovation, and cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. He oversees the Office of Financial Institutions Policy (OFIP) and the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) in this capacity.
  • Marjan Delatinne
  • Global Head of Banking
  • Ripple
  • Ms. Marjan Delatinne is an entrepreneurial business developer who enjoys establishing effective strategies and directing major initiatives from conceptual to implementation. With more than two decades of experience in various commercial positions (mainly big, complex and new product commercialization), Marjan has gained valuable insights into the financial industry and the market infrastructures globally. Since joining Ripple in 2017, she has been responsible for the definition and execution of the go to market strategy and sales of Ripple product and services. Previously, Marjan worked for SWIFT and was responsible for the commercialization of large scale projects both in securities and payments, namely Target 2 Securities & resiliency solutions for national central banks.
  • Rajiv Desai
  • SVP Head of US Operations and Sales
  • Pelican
  • Mr. Rajiv Desai is SVP at Pelican with primary focus on sales, support & account management. He has in-depth experience in several industries that he acquired over last 30 years. He has held several Sr. positions with increasing responsibilities and successful results with revenue increase, client satisfaction and on time and within budget deliveries. He has worked with several global corporations and banks in N. America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He has broad experience in both Physical and Financial supply chain with primary focus in payments and compliance area. He is well versed in various payment messaging formats and technology. Additionally, He blends both technology and pragmatic business experience to address key areas of focus for banks and corporate.
  • April Frazer
  • Managing Director, Global Head of Banks
  • Financial Institutions Group
  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • Ms. April Frazer is a Managing Director in Wells Fargo Securities’ Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group and leads the group’s Global Regulatory Capital practice. Ms. Frazer focuses on structuring and regulatory advisory assignments for clients in the financial services sector, with an emphasis on global depository institutions. She maintains regular dialogue with domestic and international regulatory bodies, as well as rating agencies, and is responsible for developing, marketing and executing innovative financing solutions for financial institutions globally. Before taking on her current role, Ms. Frazer held positions in High Grade Debt Capital Markets as part of the Client Solutions Group and Financial Institutions investment banking, where she covered the banking industry and was involved in various capital raising and advisory transactions. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Elon University.
  • Doug Gerstle
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • The Procter and Gamble Company
  • Mr. Doug Gerstle, currently Procter & Gamble’s Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, joined P&G in 1982. He held various financial management assignments in manufacturing, cost analysis, and financial analysis in Memphis Tennessee, Cincinnati Ohio, Huntsville Alabama, and Mehoopany Pennsylvania. Before joining the Global Treasury Organization he spent most of his career working on P&G’s Baby Care (Pampers and Luvs), Feminine Care (Always and Tampax) and Oral Care (Crest and Oral B) businesses.
  • Keith Gilroy
  • Director, Strategic Relationship
  • SWIFT
  • Mr. Keith Gilroy is a Director, Strategic Relationships for SWIFT in the North America region. He has been with SWIFT for 5 years and previously ran a sales team in North America and handled sales to SWIFT’s corporate clients in the Northeast US and Canada. Mr. Gilroy brings over 15 years of sales and business development experience, mostly in the FinTech space, with a focus on helping companies use technology to deliver working capital improvements. His prior experience includes leading sales teams for companies in the supply chain finance and capital equipment leasing industries, among others. Mr. Gilroy holds his Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation from the Association of Finance Professionals (AFP).
  • Madhav Goparaju
  • Senior Expert
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mr. Madhav Goparaju is a Senior Expert in the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company. He recently joined McKinsey and brings over 16 years of industry experience (RBS, ABN Amro, and Wells Fargo) and seven years of consulting experience while at E&Y and Capco. Mr. Goparaju’s experience as a banking practitioner and consultant and his track-record of building and managing both Capco and E&Y’s first Transaction Banking Advisory service line are a solid foundation to lead McKinsey's North American transaction banking service line.
  • Brian Hansen
  • Intelligence Officer for Asia-Pacific
  • FS-ISAC
  • Mr. Brian Hansen serves as the Intelligence Officer for Asia-Pacific on the Public Private Partnerships Team of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). He leads FS-ISAC’s awareness on and expertise in the latest threat intelligence impacting the industry in Asia-Pacific through coordination with internal and external affiliates, government organizations and law enforcement on threat and resilience issues. Prior to his time at FS-ISAC, Mr. Hansen worked for the Pharmaceutical Security Institute as the Senior Intelligence Analyst directly coordinating production of intelligence analysis on criminal involvement with global counterfeit pharmaceutical networks, including cyber-based networks. He served in the U.S. Department of Defense in intelligence and foreign affairs roles of increasing responsibility for twenty-six years culminating as the principal intelligence officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Taiwan, China, North and South Korea, Japan and Mongolia.
  • Dr. Rebecca Harding
  • Founder and CEO
  • Equant Analytics
  • Dr. Rebecca Harding is the Founder and CEO of Equant-Analytics, a big data analytics and supply company specializing in trade and trade finance. She is an independent economist and a professional speaker. She is an Advisor to the Council of the Society for Business Economists and until February 2017 the Chief Economist of the British Bankers Association. She has held senior roles in business, academic institutions internationally. These include founder and CEO of Delta Economics, Senior Fellow at London Business School, CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor worldwide, Head of Corporate Research at Deloitte and Chief Economist at the Work Foundation. In her early career she was a Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University and a Reader in Economics at the University of Brighton.
  • Joon Kim
  • Global Head - Trade Product & Portfolio Management
  • Treasury Services
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Joon Kim is the Global Head of Trade Product and Portfolio Group in the Treasury Services. In his current role, Joon is responsible for managing, developing and executing Trade Product and Distribution strategy, working with all Treasury Services Global Market segments and Global Sales organizations to grow revenues and ensure risk and compliance measures are met. He has held various senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank and American Express Bank, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Transaction Banking Sales for Corporate and Commodities for the Americas region. His various experiences include leading Trade Sales, Trade Product Management and Relationship Management teams, with an emphasis on development and sales of trade finance, supply chain financing, receivable services, trade processing and cross-border cash and liquidity management solutions to global financial institutions and corporations.
  • Robert Mermelstein
  • Director/Treasurer
  • Amcor Limited
  • Mr. Robert Mermelstein is the Treasurer Americas for Amcor Ltd. Amcor is a global leader in responsible packaging solutions operating in 43 countries, with over 180 plants and 29,000 employees. Amcor is listed on the Australian stock exchange and has headquarters in Zurich Switzerland. Mr. Mermelstein’s primary responsibilities at Amcor include the efficient funding of its business units in the Americas as well as managing financial risk, capital structuring, working capital, repatriation, and cash management. He has over 25 years of international treasury experience in several different industries including financial services, consumer goods, and manufacturing.
  • Dan North
  • Chief Economist
  • Euler Hermes NA
  • Mr. Dan North has been with Euler Hermes since 1996, the world’s oldest and largest credit insurance company. As the company’s chief economist for North America, he uses macroeconomic and quantitative analyses to help manage Euler Hermes’ risk portfolio of more than $250 billion in annual trade transactions within the region. As one of the leading U.S. economists, Mr. North has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, ABC News Now, France 24, and Bloomberg Radio and Television. He has been quoted by USA Today, Barron’s, Bloomberg Business Week, The Washington Post, Paris Le Monde, and The Wall Street Journal. After having predicted the 2008/2009 recession and its implications accurately, Mr. North was ranked 4th on Bloomberg’s list of the 65 top economic forecasters in 2010.
  • Shaun Osborne
  • Managing Director and Chief Currency Strategist
  • Scotiabank
  • Mr. Shaun Osborne is the Chief FX Strategist for Scotiabank, based in Toronto. He provides fundamental and technically-driven commentary, research and trading strategies focussing on the major and emerging market currencies for Scotiabank and its clients. Mr. Osborne has been consistently ranked as one of the top G-10 currency forecasters in the world. Thomson/Reuters ranked him the third most accurate major currency forecaster in the world in 2008 and first overall in 2009 out of a total of 61 banks. Bloomberg ranked him the most accurate currency forecaster in the world over an 18 month period through the end of June 2010. Most recently, he was ranked in the top 10 for USDCAD forecasts in Bloomberg’s quarterly forecast accuracy survey in every quarter between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014. Bloomberg ranked him the most accurate forecaster for EURUSD in Q4 2014 and 8th most accurate forecaster for all major currencies in Q1 2015.
  • Antony Phillipson
  • British Consul General, New York
  • Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America
  • Mr. Antony Phillipson is Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America (HMTC). As Consul General, he leads the government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. As Trade Commissioner, he champions British trade as the UK prepares for future trade agreements with countries around the world and leads the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in North America. Mr. Philipson has held a number of other posts in Her Majesty’s Government since joining the Civil Service in 1993, most recently he was Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union.
  • Vinay Prabhakar
  • Head of Market Strategy, Payments
  • Finastra
  • Vinay Prabhakar is Head of Market Strategy, Payments at Finastra. He is responsible for go-to-market strategy for Finastra’s payments solutions. He has over twenty years of experience serving the needs of banks and financial institutions, having held leadership roles in marketing, strategic consulting, and product management in the global fintech industry prior to joining Finastra.
  • Booshan Rengachari
  • President and CEO
  • SwapsTech
  • Mr. Booshan Rengachari is the President and CEO of SwapsTech, which he founded with the objective to bring leading edge transaction technologies to the financial industry, connecting banks and their clients through simplified experiences akin to the experiences our own children enjoy every day on their modern devices. He aims to allow financial service providers to afford the benefits of innovative technology and dramatically lower barriers to entry and expansion in their business lines. SwapsTech has built innovative solutions for end-to-end domestic payments, cross-border payments, Foreign Exchange, Trade Finance, Interest Rate Swaps, International Treasury, Electronic Invoicing, Multi-currency Lending, Debt Management, Collateral Management and Risk Management. Before founding SwapsTech, Mr. Rengachari was previously International Technology Leader at Wells Fargo, and has an engineering degree in Computer Science from India and a student of continuous learning.
  • Amy Sahm
  • Program Co-Chair
  • Senior Vice President and Manager, International Group
  • Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Ms. Amy Sahm joined Fulton Financial’s International Group in 2002 following a long-term career in the Japanese banking and trade industry. She works as department manager, overseeing product development, operations, sales and risk management. The International Group at Fulton is responsible for foreign exchange risk management and all international transactional products and services including Trade Finance for Fulton’s customer base. The International Group primarily serves import / export SME clients within Fulton’s five state footprint. Ms. Sahm earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Japanese Studies and has completed extensive courses in Trade Finance through the American Institute of Banking.
  • Prakash Santhana
  • Managing Director
  • Deloitte
  • Mr. Prakash Santhana is a managing director in Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP and leads Payments Risk & Integrity for financial services, retailers, and service providers. He also co-leads the Deloitte blockchain and cryptocurrency community. For more than 20 years, he has worked in the fraud/risk management groups of large credit card issuers and payment startups. He has extensive experience in mitigating fraud across payment types and channels, including mobile and online, and is currently working on a big data/machine learning framework to detect cyber, criminal activities targeting banks and financial institutions. He also focuses on deploying the blockchain infrastructure for entities across different sectors and is the inventor of an ‘out-of-band’ mobile fraud prevention solution to help card-issuers combat non-face-to-face fraud worldwide.
  • Nick Smit
  • Program Co-Chair
  • Managing Director and Head of FI-North America
  • ING Bank NV
  • Mr. Nick Smit is a Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions North America, with responsibility for originating and executing transactions for financial institution clients in North America, including asset managers, insurance companies, and banks. Mr. Smit has 18 years’ experience in the financial industry, primarily in corporate and global client relationship management. After he joined ING in 1995 as an Account Manager in Global Clients based in Amsterdam, he held various management roles within ING’s global banking network, including Head of Corporate Banking in Geneva, Head of Global Clients and Head of Corporate Clients for the Nordic Region based in Brussels, and Chief of Staff for ING’s global corporate and institutional business based in Amsterdam. Prior to joining ING, he worked in international trade and export finance at Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg.
  • Gary Stein
  • Deputy Assistant Director for Cards, Payments, & Deposits Markets
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Mr. Gary Stein joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in December 2011 and previously served as the Bureau's Deposits Markets Program Manager. He is responsible for monitoring issues, trends, and innovations related to the consumer deposit and payments marketplace to inform policy making, supervisory efforts, and other Bureau activities. Mr. Stein is co-lead of the Bureau’s inquiry of overdraft programs and helped to organize two public events to help improve consumer access to transaction accounts. He also led creation of the Bureau’s Consumer Protection Principles for Faster Payment Systems and serves on the Steering Committee of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force.
  • Gerald Walker
  • CEO
  • ING Americas
  • Mr. Gerald Walker was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ING Americas in July 2017. He has worked for ING since 1990, holding a range of senior positions - most recently as CEO UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa. Non-executive positions have included: Chairman of the Board of The Association of Foreign Banks (UK); Board Director of TheCityUK, Board Director of the European Association of Banking & Financial History (Germany) and Member of the Wholesale Advisory Committee of the British Bankers Association. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from The University of Edinburgh (UK).
  • Stephanie Wolf
  • Head of Global Financial Services
  • Company Transactions Services
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Ms. Stephanie Wolf is managing director and head of North America Financial Institutions and Canada Sales for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transaction Services. In this role, she leads a team of treasury services sales professionals across the United States and Canada and comprised of four distinct sectors: banks and securities firms, alternative asset managers, insurance and specialty finance companies, and Canadian corporates. Each team is accountable for the sale of global cash management products, trade finance, card solutions and balance and investment products, as well as maintaining and strengthening relationships with the firm’s most sophisticated financial services and Canadian clients.
  • Kenneth Wong
  • Head of GTB Product Strategy and Innovation
  • TD Bank
  • Mr. Kenneth 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. He has extensive international exposure with working assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America.