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BAFT Congratulates Graduates of the 2022 Future Leaders Program

WASHINGTON – BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, today announced the graduates of its Future Leaders Program Class of 2022. The program – now completing its seventh year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the global transaction banking industry. The Future Leader graduates were honored at an in-person ceremony in Washington, DC on May 4 as part of BAFT’s 2022 Annual Global Meeting.

Nominated by their respective institutions, the class of 2022 included 35 individuals from 22 countries across six continents representing a variety of disciplines within transaction banking. This year’s group was divided into five project teams to address current industry issues including commercializing data, CBDCs, sustainability, digitizing trade finance, and ISO 20022.

“We are incredibly proud of this year’s Future Leaders class,” said Tod Burwell, President & CEO, BAFT. “Though the pandemic prevented them from meeting in-person at the beginning of the program, this cohort showed great resilience and commitment to their teammates and respective projects. With the graduation of the 2022 class, the BAFT Future Leaders program now has more than 200 transaction banking leaders amongst its alumni.”

BAFT Congratulates the Following Graduates from the Class of 2022:

  • Ahmad Hamza Hashmi, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
  • Akshat Jain, ANZ Banking Group
  • Alejandra Basañez Coppola, Banco Mercantil del Norte (Banorte)
  • Aluwani Thenga, Rand Merchant Bank
  • Anum Chaudhary, Bank of America
  • Attia Salim, ING
  • Ayah Al-Hneiti, The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance
  • Brandon Wells, Goldman Sachs
  • Cyril Finan, Deutsche Bank
  • David Willacy, StoneX Group
  • Dejna Zunic, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
  • Devon Falvey, Citibank
  • Elmi Gabobe, CAC International Bank
  • Farid Al-Masri, Arab Bank
  • Farid Samadov, Kapital Bank
  • Himath Kithsiri, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Jon Boran, Lloyds Bank
  • Katherine (Katie) Belchere, PNC Bank
  • Khaled Berto, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
  • Kishore Kotian, Barclays Bank
  • Leos Hruz, BBVA
  • Marie Mohmand, Swedbank
  • Martin Cortazar Mueller, UBS
  • Min Jeong Chae, BMO (Bank of Montreal)
  • Mohit Mehtaji, HSBC Bank
  • Nadine Ghandour, BNP Paribas
  • Raphaël Scemama, Societe Generale
  • Ricardo Pacheco, City National Bank
  • Romain d’Apolito, UniCredit
  • Roselyn Najjuma, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Tomas Zaleckas, SEB
  • Tuomas Autero, Nordea
  • Valentina Polimeno, Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Viktoria Rudoj, Commerzbank 
  • William Murray, Fulton Bank

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