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BAFT Congratulates Graduates of the 2024 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 2024. The program – now completing its ninth year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the global transaction banking industry. The Future Leader graduates were honored at an in-person ceremony in Orlando on May 7 as part of BAFT’s 2024 Global Annual Meeting.

Nominated by their respective institutions, the class of 2024 included 39 individuals from 16 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 and priorities including a resource guide for digitization in trade, a client due diligence questionnaire for ESG, harnessing the power of generative language models to transform transaction banking, B2B payments and the G20 FSB payments report, and human resources challenges post pandemic.

“Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2024 Future Leaders,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO, BAFT. “We are thankful for your contributions and for the opportunity to play a small role in helping expand your engagement across the industry. We look forward to seeing your continued leadership growth.”

BAFT congratulates the following graduates from the class of 2024:

  • Adolfo Canales, StoneX
  • Alyazia Bin Suwaidan, Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • Amin ur Rehman, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Amro El-Far, Arab Bank
  • Ana Laura Contelli, American International Group (AIG)
  • Angel Spanos, PNC Bank
  • Anjana Mary Menasis, Surecomp
  • Antonio Muñoz, Deutsche Bank
  • Astrid Perrin-Megret, BNP Paribas
  • Bridget Bonilla, BNP Paribas
  • Cameron Stanton, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Carolina Gonzalez Marino, UBS
  • Christian Khouri Chalouhi, Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Christophe Bock, Société Générale
  • Christopher Finan, BNY Mellon
  • Daniel Vallance, RBC Capital Markets
  • Diego Puron Kelleher, Banco Mercantil del Norte SA (Banorte)
  • Frank Burgman, Barclays
  • Giovanni Paolini, UniCredit
  • Grayson Prickett, First Citizens Bank
  • Hilary Freedenberg, HSBC Bank USA
  • Iris Chen, ING Bank N.V.
  • Jagoda Dul, Citibank
  • Jialing Li, Deloitte
  • Jose Reynoso, Umpqua Bank
  • Kaylee Karumanchi Lord, Bank of America
  • Kubra Guler, Bank of America
  • Lianlian Zhao, BNY Mellon
  • Maria Fernanda Quevedo, Deutsche Bank
  • Michael Chong, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mónica Dörr, Banco Santander
  • Natalija Katic, Banco Santander
  • Oskar Jerrå, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)
  • Pablo de Bacco, ANZ Banking Group
  • Patrick Wodetzki, Crédit Agricole CIB
  • Petra Gross, UniCredit
  • Sarah Bachwitz Mruk, HSBC Bank USA
  • Sivine Halwani, JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Tommy Babos, Barclays

For more information on the Future Leaders program, including eligibility requirements, timing, and access to the project team research papers, please visit The application submissions for the class of 2024 will start in late summer/early fall.

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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