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BAFT Announces Future Leaders Program Class of 2023

WASHINGTON — BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, today announced its Future Leaders Program Class of 2023. Now in its eighth year, the program recognizes upcoming talent in the global transaction banking industry.

Nominated by their respective institutions, the class of 2023 includes 38 individuals from 20 countries spanning six continents. Those recognized represent a wide range of disciplines within transaction banking.

This year’s group will be divided into five project teams to address current industry issues and priorities including developing a hub banking concept, banking in the metaverse, sustainability, fraud in trade finance, and a future of transaction banking business model.

The class of 2023 will start their program in January at the BAFT Europe Bank to Bank Forum and will conclude at BAFT’s Global Annual Meeting in May. Several Future Leader council members will support the current class as mentors, joining BAFT board members who will continue to serve as project sponsors.

“We are excited to welcome another diverse class of transaction banking professionals to the Future Leaders program,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO, BAFT. “It has been wonderful to see the program grow and to watch as its 220 alumni find ways to give back to the industry by serving as the next generation of transaction banking leaders.”

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

  • Adriana Seidl, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Adrien Laniau, Société Générale
  • Ahmad Muhaisen, Arab Bank
  • Ambar Mardikar, Scotiabank
  • Amresh Jagessar, ING Bank N.V.
  • Anathi Mkhize, ABSA CIB
  • Anna Ries, UniCredit S.p.A.
  • Beatrice Cheng, Standard Chartered
  • Celina Andrioti, JP Morgan
  • Charlotte Fryer, JP Morgan
  • Colin Allshouse, Bank of America
  • Dipika Surana, Bank of America
  • Elcin Onat, Citibank
  • Haitham Hassan, African Export-Import bank
  • Ines Weibel, UBS Switzerland AG
  • Jason Haley, BMO Capital Markets
  • Johnny Chung, BNY Mellon
  • Jorge Gomez, BNY Mellon
  • Marko Motika, StoneX
  • Maxwell Chesky, MUFG
  • Melinda Jih, HSBC
  • Mouloud Bouaziz, Credit Agricole CIB
  • Natalie Patura, PNC Bank NA
  • Natasa Pudic, ING Bank N.V.
  • Neslihan Gökmen, Danske Bank
  • Nicholas Lewis, Barclays
  • Paolina Stoilova, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)
  • Pia Reyes, American International Group (AIG)
  • Rebecca Connor, PNC Bank NA
  • Sabri Riache, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Samer Mansour, Housing Bank for Trade and Finance
  • Sarah Zedar, KeyBank National Association
  • Sue Ellen Hearn, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Swati Shahani, Barclays
  • Tebogo Phosiwa, Rand Merchant Bank
  • Weaam Muaddi, Arab Bank
  • Yasemin Ozcan, BNP Paribas SA
  • Zachary Byrne, Deloitte

Learn more about BAFTs Future Leader Program here.

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