• Pramod Achanta
  • Vice President, Blockchain Services Leader
  • North America
  • IBM
  • Mr. Pramod Achanta provides strategic advice and execution support on Blockchain technologies to leading Financial Services participants. Mr. Achanta is also responsible for developing innovative solutions leveraging IBM’s blockchain and cognitive capabilities for the Financial Services industry. Mr. Achanta is a proven leader with a successful track record of delivering complex solutions in a fast paced business environment. With his in-depth understanding of the business and technology challenges for sell-side, buy-side and market infrastructure firms, Mr. Achanta managed several transformation initiatives. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Achanta worked for Capco, BearingPoint and Citigroup and its affiliates performing various senior roles. Mr. Achanta received MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Engineering from BITS, Pilani in India.

  • Jonathan Arkins
  • Partner
  • King and Spalding LLP
  • Jonathan Arkins is Partner in the Corporate, Finance and Investments practice group at King & Spalding. Mr. Arkins has extensive experience representing lenders/buyers and borrowers/sellers alike in warehouse facilities, securities contracts and repurchase transactions, as well as representing lenders and borrowers and more traditional forms of leveraged and secured lending and private equity fund financing facilities (including subscription lines). Mr. Arkins also has a significant practice representing both US and international financial institutions in supply chain finance and trade finance structures and programs, as well as in securitization transactions of a diverse range of asset types.

  • Stacey A. Facter
  • Senior Vice President, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter as Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT, is responsible for managing all the Association’s activities related to trade products and serves as the primary subject matter expert for trade issues, overseeing and managing BAFT’s trade councils, committees and working groups and helps members develop guidance tools for the trade industry. Ms. Facter serves as a public spokesperson for the organization to stakeholders, regulators and policy makers on industry matters affecting the international trade finance community and is BAFT’s primary technical resource for trade related education and training.

  • Christian Hausherr
  • Chair
  • Global Supply Chain Finance Forum
  • Mr. Christian Hausherr is the European Product Head of Supply Chain Finance for Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance solution, bringing to the role over 20 years of experience in Banking, In-house Consulting and Product Management for Cash Management and Supply Chain Finance. Mr. Hausherr spent his career within Deutsche Bank in various divisions and regions, mostly spanning across Europe and the Transaction Banking business. He holds a diploma in business administration from the University of Bayreuth and has worked in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, the US, as well as in India and Uganda on Corporate Social Responsibility assignments in the financial and educational sector.

  • Andrew Holmes
  • Head, North America Origination
  • Demica
  • Mr. Andrew Holmes joined Demica in 2018 to open the U.S. office and heads up Origination in North America. He previously worked for Barclays where he led the Trade and Working Capital team in the Americas, after having spent seven years in London in a variety of Trade Finance roles. Mr. Holmes holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Alexander R. Malaket
  • President
  • OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
  • Deputy Head of the Executive Committee
  • ICC Banking Commission
  • Mr. Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, is the President of OPUS Advisory Services International; Deputy Head of the Executive Committee, ICC Banking Commission. A recognized specialist in international business, trade and supply chain finance, he advises government, international institution, banking and corporate clients around the world, conducts seminars, and authors reports on topics in international business and finance. A frequent contributor to industry press, he is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains.” He serves on the Board of Directors, Forum for International Trade Training, the Executive Committee of the Board, World Trade Centre (Winnipeg), the InternationalAffairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the B20/G20 Task Force on Financing Growth and is a Nominated National Expert, Trade Finance at UN/CEFACT.

  • Michael McDonough
  • Head of Product Management, Trade Finance, North America
  • MUFG
  • Mr. Mike McDonough has been with MUFG Union Bank, N.A. in NYC since 2016 as Head of Trade Finance Product Management for the Americas Transaction Banking team. Previously, he spent four years with HSBC’s Global Trade & Receivables Finance group, both in San Francisco leading the bank’s west coast corporate Trade sales efforts and prior to that in NYC as North America regional head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance Product management. From 2004-2012, he served as Global Product Head of BNY Mellon’s Trade Finance business, also serving in several sales and business development capacities, while he was there.

  • Emy Ruiz
  • Vice President
  • Manager Global Trade Finance
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Ms. Emy Ruiz currently overseas the bank’s Global trade team responsible for managing liquidity solutions for the banks clients. Ms. Ruiz has over 30 years of banking experience with 20 years in Global Trade Finance management responsible for Open account solutions, trade finance, traditional trade, portfolio management, risk mitigation and product development. She has held various leadership positions in Credit, commercial, corporate and international sales with various financial institutions with vast domestic and international capabilities, including Southeast Bank, First Union and Regions Bank. She is very active in various international Chambers, United Way and Liga Contra El Cancer.

  • Farhad Subjally
  • Head, Trade Products, Americas
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr. Farhad Subjally is the Regional Head of Trade Product Management for the Transaction Banking business at Standard Chartered based in New York. His focus on documentary and open account trade products and services that deliver sustainable value to our institutional clients for their global trade finance requirements. Mr. Subjally has been with Standard Chartered for five years. Prior to joining the bank, he was with American Express Bank, where he held a number of product sales roles in the US and the Middle East. Mr. Subjally is a graduate of American College of Switzerland and has an MBA from Tulane University. He is also chair of the BAFT Financial Supply Chain Committee.