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BAFT Announces Future Leaders Program Class of 2019

BAFT announced its Future Leaders program class of 2019. The program – now in its fourth year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the transaction banking industry.

BAFT Announces Future Leaders Program Class of 2019

WASHINGTON – BAFT, an international financial services association, announced today its Future Leaders program class of 2019. The program – now in its fourth year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the transaction banking industry.

Nominated by their respective institutions, the class of 2019 includes 32 individuals from 14 countries and a variety of disciplines within transaction banking. This year’s group will be divided into four project teams to address current industry issues such as the future correspondent banking, the role of humans in transaction banking, trade dynamics, and building collaboration between global transaction banking.

“The Future Leaders program continues to grow in prestige and significance within the transaction banking industry thanks to the achievements of its graduates,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO of BAFT. “Over the last four years, they’ve taken on leadership roles and advanced important industry issues both within their own organizations and BAFT, and I’m confident the class of 2019 will continue that tradition.”

The class of 2019 will begin the program at the annual BAFT Europe Bank to Bank Forum in London, and will conclude in April at the BAFT Global Annual Meeting – The Americas in California. Several future leader council members will support the current class as mentors, joining BAFT board members who will again serve as project sponsors.

BAFT congratulates the following individuals who were selected to this year’s program:

  • Arezu Abedinzadeh, SEB
  • Abdul Aleem, ITFC
  • Rami AlHusari, Arab Bank
  • Media Alimorad, Bank of Montreal
  • Sylvie Bartelmaos, Banque Libano-Francaise
  • Michael Beispel, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Josephine Bergman, Swedbank AB
  • Michael Boede, MUFG
  • Jennifer Couch, PrimeRevenue, Inc.
  • Ryan Dalrymple, US Bank NA
  • Matthew Giannotti, NatWest
  • Anthony Guide, PNC Bank NA
  • Guus Huijgen, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Kerry Jordan, CIBC FirstCaribbean
  • Annina Keller, Credit Suisse
  • René Klose, Commerzbank
  • Luke Kneeshaw, Columbia Bank
  • Ryan Knoll, BNY Mellon
  • Donald Monson, Deloitte LLP
  • Katherine Mueller, INTL FCStone
  • Rodrigue Nakindavyi, Danske Bank
  • Mohammad Osman, J.P. Morgan
  • Sureen Pannagas, Société Générale
  • Abhijit Patil, State Bank of India
  • Silvio Pestalozzi, UBS Switzerland AG
  • Joshua Quigley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Chanpreet Sawhney, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Saurabh Sharma, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Gert Sonck, ING Bank NV
  • George Stergianopoulos, HSBC Bank
  • Anton Suphal, RBC Investor & Treasury Services
  • Anthony Williams, Scotiabank

Learn more about BAFTs Future Leader Program here

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BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, helps bridge solutions across financial institutions, service providers and the regulatory community that promote sound financial practices enabling innovation, efficiency, and commercial growth. BAFT engages on a wide range of topics affecting transaction banking, including trade finance, payments, and compliance. The association website is