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BAFT Launches Future Leaders Program

by User Not Found | Mar 23, 2016
To address a need for developing the next generation of leadership in the transaction banking industry, BAFT has partnered with its members to launch the Future Leaders Program

WASHINGTON – BAFT, an international financial services association, launched a new program to recognize future leaders in the transaction banking industry.   

“To address a need for developing the next generation of leadership in the transaction banking industry, BAFT has partnered with its members to launch the Future Leaders Program,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO of BAFT. “The individuals have been recognized as emerging leaders within their own institutions, and this program will help expand their industry knowledge and network, while contributing a fresh perspective to common industry challenges.”

The inaugural class of 2016 includes 28 individuals from 12 countries and a variety of disciplines within transaction banking, each nominated by their respective institutions.  The group will collaborate through three project teams to address common challenges for institutions including recruiting and developing new talent in transaction banking, payments compliance, and understanding the role of emerging technology in payments and trade finance.

The program was developed in response to a common concern that the industry needed to rekindle the interest in transaction banking as a profession and engage a new generation of leaders more broadly in industry issues. Craig Weeks (US Bank), Kim Burdette (PNC Bank) and Charles Pfeifer (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi) will serve as project mentors and the groups will also engage the various BAFT councils and committees.  Each project team will present their findings at the BAFT North America Annual Conference in May 2016, and the project outputs will be made available to all BAFT members.

Class of 2016

  • Chady Abdo - Banque Libano-Française sal
  • Fahd Ansari - Standard Chartered Bank
  • Nilesh Dusane - Ripple
  • Colin Freeseman - U.S. Bank
  • Inna Gogoua - PNC Bank
  • Juergen Hofbauer - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Adrienne Hughes - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Fabrizio Juez - Citibank
  • Mathieu Kahnert - BMO Capital Markets
  • Nassib Kazoun - Scotiabank
  • Demet Kologlu - Citibank
  • Andy Krider - Bank of Oklahoma
  • Daniel Lachance - National Bank of Canada
  • David Lorente - BBVA
  • Caryn Pace - J.P. Morgan
  • Annelot Potjer - ING
  • KP Sunil Rao - Barclays Plc
  • Miriam Ratkovicova - Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP
  • Callan Sainsbury - Westpac
  • Adriano Scaramella - Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Sanman Sanjeev Shetty - Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd
  • Mamoru Shibata - Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
  • Charline Stein - Finabank NV
  • Benjamin Steiner - Credit Suisse
  • Johnathan Tan - Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)    
  • Kuldeep Tyagi - State Bank of India    
  • Ryan Welsh - BNY Mellon
  • Katie Wilson - J.P. Morgan


About BAFT
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