Speakers

Monday, November 16
  • Tod Burwell
  • President & CEO
  • BAFT
  • Tod Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAFT. Prior to being promoted to CEO, he served as the Senior Vice President of Trade Products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Mr. Burwell has nearly 30 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions. Prior to joining BAFT, Mr. Burwell was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase and held senior global management roles responsible for trade operations, launching the logistics business and managing global product sales for trade finance and logistics management.

  • Amy Celico
  • Principal
  • Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)
  • Amy Celico is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) and leads the firm’s China team in DC. With over 25 years of experience working on China issues Amy helps clients develop and implement strategies to deepen relationships with stakeholders, resolve complex problems, and expand their business in the China market. Prior to ASG, Amy served as Senior Director for China Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Deputy Director of the Office of the Chinese Economic Area at the Department of Commerce; and as a diplomat in Beijing and Shanghai with the Departments of State and Commerce. Amy earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

  • Sudhir Dole
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Trade Information Network
  • Sudhir Dole is the CEO of Trade Information Network Limited since January 2020. Mr. Dole has worked for 27 years as a banker. He started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1992 and has also worked with Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC and ICICI Bank. His domain experience started with trade finance, and includes cash management, fund raising and financial institutions. He was the head of the transaction banking business for ICICI Bank (2006-2009). He has experience of working across multiple geographies including Hong Kong, UK and India. He has been in Chief Executive roles since 2008 and more recently, he was the CEO of ICICI Bank UK plc for six years.

  • Matt Fowler
  • Vice President & Head of Machine Learning, Enterprise Data and Analytics
  • TD Bank
  • Mr. Matt Fowler has over 20 years' experience with various International Financial Services organizations. He joined TD Securities in 2009 and grew his mandate to include Regulatory, Control, Vendor and Data Services for the Wholesale Bank. Responsible for a Global team of almost 300, he has influenced, sponsored and delivered strategic platforms and solutions to simplify TD Securities complex data driven needs.

  • Mark Garfield
  • Chair, BAFT
  • Head, Global Financial Institutions Group, Zions Bancorporation
  • Mark Garfield’s current role is Head of Global Financial Institutions at Zions Bancorporation responsible for foreign bank relationship development.  He joined Zions Bancorporation in 2005.  He has over 30 years of banking experience with 25 years in international banking management covering trade finance, trade services, foreign exchange, correspondent banking and product development.  Throughout his career he has worked closely with corporate and commercial entities in the Midwest and Western U.S. providing banking support for cross-border trade.  Mr. Garfield currently serves as a Director of BAFT and Chair of the Utah District Export Council.  He served on the DEC National Advisory Board and Board of the World Trade Center, Utah.

  • Beth Geller
  • Executive Director, Wholesale Payments
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Beth Geller is an Executive Director with the JP Morgan Wholesale Payments Industry Issues team. She is responsible for engagement with the Federal Reserve, the Clearing House and other key industry groups in the U.S. Prior to joining the Industry Issues group she ran the Global Clearing Strategic Programs team responsible for ISO20022 migration, Dodd Frank 1073 Compliance, Fraud and SWIFT. Beth has been with JPMorgan Chase since 1998 and prior to joining Treasury Services she held a variety of positions in the Consumer bank.

  • Takis Georgakopoulos
  • Managing Director & Global Head of Wholesale Payments
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Takis Georgakopoulos is head of Wholesale Payments for J.P. Morgan, the firm’s global business that combines cash management, payment solutions and merchant services to corporate clients, financial institutions and governments. He also oversees the Product, Client Service & Implementations and Sales teams globally. Takis joined JPMorgan Chase in 2007 as head of Corporate Strategy. Previously he was a partner at McKinsey & Company in New York, where he helped lead the Asset Management and Retirement practice.

  • Madhav Goparaju
  • Managing Director, Global Advisory and Solutions, Global Transaction Services
  • Bank of America
  • Madhav Goparaju joined Bank of America from McKinsey & Company where he led the GTS/Wholesale Payments Practice for North America. At Bank of America Madhav ran the Enterprise Payments Strategy and Innovation function for Commercial Payments and is currently a Managing Director for GTS Advisory and Solutions. He brings 17 years of industry experience with RBS, ABN Amro and Wells Fargo; plus 7 years of consulting experience while at Mckinsey, Ernst & Young and Capco he served global international banks, private equity and fintech/technology companies around strategy, digital and operating model transformation.

  • Peter Hall
  • VP & Chief Economist
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 30 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues. Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada.

  • Alex Hernandez
  • Vice President, Emerging Technology
  • DefenseStorm
  • Alex Hernandez has more than 20 years of experience providing security solutions and expertise to some of the largest companies in the world. He regularly speaks at regional and national IT and security conferences, and frequently is a featured expert at cybersecurity association meetings around the country. Alex has worked with several leading security solutions providers, including Barracuda Networks, Purewire, Secure Computing, CipherTrust, S1 and SecureWare. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.

  • Whitman Knapp
  • Chairman
  • GTBInsights
  • Whit Knapp is the Chairman of GTBInsights, LLC a US-based firm providing advisory, strategy and educational services on DL/blockchain technology for Global Transaction Banking to banks and fintechs.  He brings to this work decades of hands-on transaction banking experience to understand the implications of today’s rapidly evolving financial technology.  After 25 years in transaction banking in the US, Europe and Middle East, and before founding GTBInsights, LLC in 2011, Whit spent 20 years providing market research to the banking industry. In 1992, he founded the Financial Institutions Group practice at Louis Harris and Associates in New York. Under his leadership, that practice developed into a firm which today is called FImetrix LLC, a provider of competitive insights and intelligence in international payments, trade, and supply chain services to major banks across the globe.

  • Rebecca Liao
  • Co-Founder and COO
  • Skuchain
  • Rebecca Liao is Co-Founder and COO at Skuchain, a top blockchain company that provides an end-to-end platform for trade and supply chain, and a 2019 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. She was a member of Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy team for her 2016 presidential campaign, responsible for Asia trade and economic policy. Rebecca was previously Director of Business Development and head of Asia at Globality, Inc., a B2B platform for AI-powered procurement of professional services. She began her career as an international corporate attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Fenwick & West LLP, representing clients in Asia, North America and Europe on domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, debt financings and public offerings of debt and equity. 

  • Jan McInnis
  • Emcee
  • the.worklady.com
  • Jan McInnis has traveled the country, for the past 25+ years, as a keynote speaker, comedian, and Master of Ceremonies. She has shared her clean humor and unique message on using humor in business to thousands of organizations. She is also an accomplished Master of Ceremonies who helps keep events on track and interesting for the attendees, and she's an established comedy writer who has written for many groups including the Tonight Show monologue. Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Huffington Post for her clean humor, and she's the author of two books: "Finding The Funny Fast," and "Convention Comedian."

  • Adam Munro
  • Group Manager, Cyber Financial Intelligence
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Adam Munro manages Standard Chartered’s Cyber Financial Intelligence (CyFI) function which is specifically focused on identifying, investigating and mitigating financial crime risks generated from cybercrime. CyFI has examined topics including financial crime threats from advanced cyber actors, the challenges posed to financial institutions by cryptocurrencies and how dark web marketplaces launder funds into the mainstream financial sector. Prior to this role, Adam was based in London and managed cyber focused internal investigations and broader conduct matters for Standard Chartered across the Europe and America’s region. Before joining SCB, Adam had a career in UK Government including at the Bank of England’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Unit, Collusion Inquiries in Northern Ireland and investigating allegations of serious police misconduct.

  • Samantha Pelosi
  • Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation
  • BAFT
  • Pelosi joined BAFT in 2016 as a Senior Vice President to define its payments and innovation strategies and increase its visibility in financial crime compliance. Samantha currently focuses on application of innovative technologies like blockchain in banking, faster payments systems, and reversing the worldwide decline in correspondent banking relationships. Samantha came to BAFT from the payments from the Federal Reserve Board. As a manager in the payments systems division, Pelosi formulated U.S. public policy and led all initiatives related to retail payments. In the consumer protection division, she wrote regulations implementing the Dodd-Frank Act at the height of the 2008-2009 financial crisis as a senior attorney. Before the Federal Reserve, Pelosi served as global head of regulatory compliance at Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions).

  • Brett Ryan
  • Senior US Economist
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Brett Ryan is a Senior Economist at Deutsche Bank covering both the US and Canada. Brett is responsible for high-frequency data forecasting and frequently publishes research on US and Canadian macro-economic policy issues. Brett has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania; majoring in politics, philosophy and economics.

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  • Sherif Samy
  • Chief Growth Officer & Senior Vice President, North America
  • Entersekt
  • Sherif Samy is the Chief Growth Officer at Entersekt. He heads up the company’s global commercial and delivery organization, managing channel partners and a geographically and functionally diverse set of teams with responsibility for all stages of revenue generation and revenue recognition. He previously served as Entersekt’s SVP North America, during which time he was included in One World Identity’s “Top Influencers in Identity 2019”. Mr. Samy has close to two decades of experience in the financial services industry, primarily focusing on payments innovation, cyber security, and digital identity. Prior to joining Entersekt, he was responsible for establishing and building UL’s Transaction Security business in North America, where he succeeded in building a multimillion dollar business with a team of over 120 payments and security experts in just four years.

  • Christian Stolcke
  • Managing Director
  • Global Head Banks & Head of Corporate and Institutional Clients, Americas
  • UBS
  • Mr. Christian Stolcke is a Capital Markets and Transaction Banking veteran who spent his career successfully growing service businesses and implementing large scale performance improvement programs across Shared Services, Operations and Technology. Mr. Stolcke holds a dual role at UBS as Global Head of Banks and Head of Corporate Subsidiary Banking in the Americas, both within the Corporate and Institutional Client Business. He is responsible for managing relationships with global banks and regulated broker from a coverage, risk and strategic perspective.

  • John Taylor
  • International Advisor
  • Centre for Commercial Law Studies
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • John Taylor is the International Advisor to the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and a consultant on international law, finance and corporate governance. His cross-border corporate and finance experience, over 50 years, is exceptionally diverse. John has practiced in leading law firms in Australia, the UK and the USA and held senior international management roles in law and finance in banks, a private equity firm and a global fund manager. At various times during his career, he has held increasingly responsible legal and banking positions in three international financial institutions (the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he was a former General Counsel) and in Banque Paribas Capital Markets, Emerging Markets Partnership and Invesco UK.

    Tuesday, November 17
  • Raphael Barisaac
  • Global Head of Cash Management & Global Co-Head of Trade
  • UniCredit
  • Raphael Barisaac, Global Head of Cash Management and Global Co-Head of Trade Finance, UniCredit. Since 2019, Mr. Barisaac is responsible for the Cash Management and Co-Heading the Trade Finance at UniCredit Group level, developing strategy for Innovative solutions within the cash, trade and liquidity management for corporate clients. Mr. Barisaac joined UniCredit in 2015 as Global Head of Trade Products from Surecomp, a leading provider of global trade solutions, where he held various positions for over 15 years in Sales, Operations, Business Development, Account management and Client projects, among others. He started his career in banking at Mercantile Bank in 1994.

  • Jennifer Bearden
  • Associate Director
  • International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers (IACPM)
  • Jennifer Bearden is the Associate Director of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers (IACPM).   The IACM is a non-profit industry association dedicated to advancing the practice of credit portfolio management through advocacy, research, education, communication and promotion of sound practices.  The Association has grown enormously since its formation in 2001; IACPM members now total over 100 financial institutions around the globe.   In her role, Jennifer works with Som-lok Leung, IACPM Executive Director and Marcia Banks, Deputy Director to further the goals and objectives of the Association.  Previously, Jennifer was a Director, Senior Trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nine years.   She traded credit default swaps, corporate bonds and loans for the global loan portfolio group covering various industries.  Jennifer’s previous experience was as a Director at Bank One in the credit portfolio management group.   Jennifer holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern and a BA in Economics, Markets and Management from Duke University. 

  • James Binns
  • Global Head of Trade and Working Capital
  • Barclays
  • James Binns is the Global Head of Trade and Working Capital for Barclays Bank, which serves Corporate, NBFI and FI clients globally with teams located in UK, Europe, Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Barclays, James spent 4.5 years at Deutsche Bank where he headed Working Capital Advisory and Trade Finance for EMEA and latterly Global Cross Product Solutions. This followed 20 years at HSBC where James was based across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, USA and UK in a number of senior Corporate Banking and Trade Finance roles.

  • Jean-Francois Denis
  • Global Head, Trade Solutions
  • BNP Paribas
  • Jean-Francois Denis was recently Deputy Chief Transformation Officer at BNP Paribas Fortis after close to a decade acting as Deputy Head of Cash Management at BNP Paribas, in particular in charge of Payments and Collections products. Before integration in BNP Paribas, he was Global Head of the Electronic Payments Operations at Fortis Bank, in charge of the operations on all geographies. He previously led major programs in the Fortis group: the implementation of a Shared International Payment Center and the setup of the core-banking platform of the Belgian Postbank. He started his career with Siemens where he hold during 8 years engineering positions in the banking and telecom lines of businesses.

  • Merlin Dowse
  • Global Product Manager
  • Global Trade & Loan Products
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Merlin Dowse is an Executive Director and the Global Product Manager within the Core Product team. In this capacity, Merlin leads a global team that manages all forms of Digital Channels available to the clients of J.P. Morgan. The team is responsible for the end to end product development and delivery for J.P. Morgan’s proprietary platforms to 3rd party that support the bank’s wide array of Traditional Trade products and services. Merlin previously held the position of Global Product Manager for the Portfolio Management Group within Global Trade at JP Morgan. In this role he was the lead for all digitization efforts of both the internal and external processes supporting the distribution of trade assets. Prior to this he was based in London where he focused on the products supporting the Corporate client segment. Merlin worked on various initiatives ranging from the Bank Payment Obligation, SWIFT for Corporates whilst also helping expand JP Morgan’s global footprint.

  • Robin Findlay
  • Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
  • Surecomp
  • Robin Findlay is Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Surecomp – one of the leading providers of trade finance solutions. He is based in the UK and oversees Surecomp’s sales activities with banks and multi-national corporations across 6 continents. Robin has over 20 years’ experience leading international commercial teams for software providers such as Fiserv, FICO and TransUnion, helping financial institutions in both emerging and established markets to improve processes and profitability. Robin has Bachelor’s degrees in both Chemistry and Modern Languages and is currently studying for a further degree in Astronomy and Planetary Science.

  • Normand Girard
  • Director, Global Trade Services
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has 30 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Carol Hitselberger
  • Partner & Co-Leader, Banking and Finance Practice
  • Mayer Brown
  • Carol Hitselberger is co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice, and focuses her practice in the structured finance area. She spends significant time on accounting and regulatory developments that impact the structured finance industry. Carol is a member of the Structured Finance Association, the structured finance industry’s leading trade organization, and in 2019 was appointed to the Structured Finance Association’s Executive Committee. In addition, she is a Committee Chair of the Association’s Significant Risk Transfer committee.  Carol often works with investors and issuers in structured finance products of most types, including trade receivables, credit card receivables, consumer loans, auto loans, aircraft, leases, franchise portfolios, government contracts, trademark licenses, and various other financial assets.

  • Steve Lotito
  • Managing Director & Head of Trade Finance, North America
  • Transaction Banking 
  • MUFG
  • Steven Lotito is Managing Director and Head of Trade Finance in Transaction Banking for North America for MUFG Union Bank, N.A. In his role, he manages the sales and product management organizations responsible for advising the Bank’s client’s in the Corporate, Commercial and Japanese Corporate Banking teams in North America navigate some of the most important trade markets by delivering timely information on international markets, bring innovative products to market, provide trade financing solutions, and, risk management strategies.

  • Shannon Manders
  • Editorial Director
  • Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • Shannon Manders is the Editorial Director of GTR, the world's leading international trade finance publication. She is also a freelance financial journalist, editor and editorial consultant with 12 years of experience reporting on and producing print and online publications for the global trade and trade finance sector.

  • Michael McDonough
  • Regional Head of Product Management, Trade Finance, North America
  • Transaction Banking
  • MUFG Union Bank
  • 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, Mike 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, Mike 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.

  • John Murray
  • Vice President
  • BNY Mellon
  • John T. Murray is a Vice President in Global Trade Product and Portfolio Management in Treasury Services Global Product Management. His responsibilities include Trade and Supply Chain Finance Product Management for North America corporates, ECAs and BNY Mellon Network. Previously John worked with acquisition and distribution of trade-related assets from bank counterparts and risk mitigation with non-bank (insurance) and World Bank IFC programs. He also worked in sales for the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S. investment grade corporate and financial institutions for trade processing and supply chain finance. Prior to his sales roles, John managed the Client Services and Implementations unit within the Trade Finance Services division, responsible for trade product relationship management, new business implementation and business administration.

  • Caryn Pace
  • Head of Portfolio Management and Product Risk
  • Bank of America
  • Ms. Caryn Pace is a Director in Global Transaction Services at Bank of America, based in New York. She heads Portfolio Management & Product Risk in Global Trade & Supply Chain. Ms. Pace has responsibility for the trade portfolio including monitoring, development of risk mitigation strategies, forecast impacts and developing materials for portfolio and business reviews. Her team has oversight of risk mitigation on a portfolio and transaction level, including routines involving high risk transactions and business control. To drive and influence the trade business strategy, Ms. Pace engages with clients and potential 3rd party partnership opportunities to understand market perspective and evolving product needs. Previously, she held positions within Global Trade at J.P. Morgan where she worked for 11 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and currently serves as Co-Chair of the BAFT Future Leaders Council.

  • Ebru Pakcan
  • Managing Director & Global Head of Trade
  • Treasury and Trade Solutions Institutional Clients Group
  • Citi
  • Ebru Pakcan is the Head of Treasury and Trade Solutions business for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based in London. Ms Pakcan is actively engaged with Citi's clients across Corporate, Financials Institutions and Public Sector entities, developing payment, cash management and trade financing solutions to meet their evolving requirements. She leads a team of business managers, product and sales specialists across a set of diverse markets and disciplines.

  • Gayle Roenbaugh
  • Senior Regional Manager
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Gayle Roenbaugh is a Senior Regional Manager for Export Development Canada (EDC). With over 20 years of trade finance experience and based in Chicago, she oversees the regional operations in the Midwest United States and manages relationships with corporate clients and financial institutions. She provides trade connections and financing origination to support the development of Canada’s direct or indirect export trade.

  • Tom Scarpulla
  • Senior Vice President, Technology Services, Americas
  • StoneX Technology Services 
  • Tom Scarpulla heads customer retention and relationship management for the Americas at StoneX Technology Services LLC (STS).  STS is a dedicated technology unit within StoneX Group Inc., a global financial services company headquartered in New York. STS provides a range of business-driven financial technology solutions designed for business driven goals and needs.  Solutions include SWIFT connectivity, integration, treasury management solutions, and compliance. Tom joined StoneX Technology Services in early 2019, previously he worked at SWIFT in New York where helped lead the Asset Management and insurance vertical.

  • Kristine Siebel
  • Vice President, Trade Commodity Finance Operations
  • Societe Generale
  • Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Societe Generale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

  • Joshua Stein
  • Vice President, Accounting and Financial Management
  • American Bankers Association
  • Mr. Joshua Stein arrived to the American Bankers Association in October 2017. He works alongside Mike Gullette in the ABA’s efforts with the FASB and the U.S. banking regulators in helping bankers understand and implement policies and regulations related to accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and capital management. Specifically, Mr. Stein is working on efforts related the implementation of FASB’s CECL standard. Mr. Stein brings to the ABA almost twenty years of experience. Mr. Stein started his career as an auditor for KPMG, where he concentrated on financial institutions. He worked as an analyst and an inspector for the PCAOB.

  • David Unsdorfer
  • Senior Vice President, Technology Services, EMEA & APAC
  • StoneX Technology Services
  • David Unsdorfer is a Senior Vice President at StoneX Technology Services (STS) in London, and is responsible for growth in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. STS is a dedicated technology unit within StoneX Group Inc., a global financial services company headquartered in New York. STS provides a range of business-driven financial technology solutions designed to drive business performance and improve operational efficiencies. Prior to joining StoneX, David held senior relationship management positions with both ClearBank and SWIFT.

  • Kris Van Broekhoven
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Komgo
  • Kris Van Broekhoven is Chief Financial Officer of Komgo, the multi-bank digital platform that is streamlining trade finance and introducing blockchain based tools to mitigate fraud. Until recently, Kris was Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Citibank, where he spearheaded the digital transformation of trade finance and led Citi’s involvement as a founding member of Komgo. Prior to Citi he was EMEA head of structured commodity trade finance at Deutsche Bank. Kris has 26 years of international banking experience and is determined to bring an inefficient and paper based industry into the digital age.

  • Michael Vrontamitis
  • Co-Chair, ICC Working Group on the Digitization of Trade Finance
  • ICC Banking Commission
  • Mr. Michael Vrontamitis is co-chair of the ICC working group on the digitisation of trade and a member of the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board and World Trade Board. In his most recent role Mr Vrontamitis was responsible for Standard Chartered’s trade finance business with European and American headquartered companies as well as the business across sales, product, service and implementation in Europe and the Americas. He was also a member of the BAFT Global Trade Industry Council and BAFT board. He has also previously chaired the SWIFT Offshore CNY Best Practice Working Group – Cash & Trade Group and in 2014 he was recognised by The Asset as The Renminbi Banker of the Year in the Industry Achievement Awards of the Triple A Treasury, Trade and Risk Management Awards.

  • Stephen Wojciechowicz, AAP, CTP
  • Product Manager, Treasury Services
  • BNY Mellon
  • Stephen Wojciechowicz is a Senior Principal in Product Management for BNY Mellon, responsible for development and delivery of USD Clearing services. He is a chairman emeritus of the BAFT Payments Committee and a former dean of The Payments Institute. He joined BNY Mellon in 2019 after holding leadership positions in risk and product management at Deutsche Bank and HSBC. He has held a variety of roles at SWIFT, including sales and market development of file transfer and FX trade matching services in North America.

    Wednesday, November 18
  • Oz Akdeniz
  • Head, North America Trade Sales
  • Citi
  • Oz Akdeniz is the North America Trade Sales Head at Citibank overseeing a team of Trade and Supply Chain professionals who work with Citi’s Institutional Client Group (ICG). Throughout his career Oz has been passionate about delivering innovative solutions to Multi-National Clients who operate in complexities of international corporate banking. Oz is frequently a speaker and participant at various industry forums in the capacity of guest speaker / panel member on the digitization of payments and trade. Oz is closely involved with the Bankers Association of Finance & Trade (BAFT) in the USA. He was selected in the Future Leaders program in 2018, and subsequently became a Future Leader Mentor in 2019 and is now out he planning committee for the 2020 North American BAFT Annual Meeting. Oz has also been a mentor for the 30% Club supporting aspiring Women in Leadership in NY since 2017.Previously Oz worked at ANZ Banking Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

  • Andrew Boyajian
  • Executive Director, Emerging Payments
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Andrew Boyajian leads product commercialization of emerging payments and fintechs for Wholesale Payments at J.P. Morgan. Focused on harmonizing products and platforms across the North American markets, he works with networks to modernize payments and evaluate fintechs for opportunities and growth. With expertise across the payments industry, Andrew previously served as Head of Banking, North America for TransferWise, expanding the company into Canada, the US, and Mexico as well as managing its strategic financial partnerships. He also served as Director of International and Payments at Kickstarter, where he launched the crowdfunding company across to new audiences across seventeen markets. Andrew graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BS in International Business and began his career with financial operations roles at Google and Eventbrite.

  • Marie-Laure Gastellu
  • Deputy Head of Trade Services
  • Societe Generale
  • Marie-Laure Gastellu is Deputy Head of Trade Services since November 2016.  Engaged in the transformation of trade finance, she is an executive banker with 30 years of experience in banking, transformation, innovation and management of large French and international teams. Marie-Laure joins Societe Generale in 1989 within the internal consulting department. In 1994, she takes responsibility for a portfolio of corporate clients in Paris and then in New York, and runs SG Americas’ Marketing division from 2001 to 2004. Until 2006, Marie-Laure is Global COO of Societe Generale’s division for corporate clients and investors, and then Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO Daniel Bouton between 2006 and 2009.

  • Natasha Condon
  • Managing Director & Global Head, Core Trade
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Natasha Condon is the Global Head of Core Trade within Wholesale Payments at JPMorgan Chase. She has 15+ years of experience across trade finance and working capital solutions for both corporate and financial institutions. She has extensive experience with providing strategic working capital advisory, risk mitigation, sales growth, and digital efficiencies for the top multinationals in the world. Natasha comes to the firm from Citi, where she was the Global Trade Sales Head. While there, she led five regional teams around the world and provided personal leadership on large strategic deals.

  • Marcos DeBenedictis
  • Head of Sustainable Finance & Transition Finance
  • Barclays Bank
  • Neil Gregory
  • Chief Thought Leadership Officer
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Neil Gregory is Chief Thought Leadership Officer of the International Finance Corporation, the private investment arm of the World Bank Group. He has held a range of senior strategy and management roles at IFC, including research, business planning, investment and advisory functions. He was previously Adviser to the UK Executive Director of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and an Economic Adviser to the UK Government. He has extensive work experience in South Asia, China, Africa and the Caribbean. A British national, Neil has MA and MSc degrees in Economics from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from Georgetown.

  • Shawn Haynes
  • Vice President, Operations
  • BAFT
  • Shawn Haynes is the Vice President, Operations and Business Management at BAFT. Mr. Haynes joined BAFT in spring 2017. His primary responsibilities include oversight of BAFT’s regional councils and the association’s educational offerings. Since joining, Mr. Haynes has stood up the BAFT Project Management Office, which connects banks with specific consulting or training needs to industry professionals.  Prior to his role with BAFT, Shawn worked as management consultant leading operational-improvement programs for manufacturing, and financial services industry clients.

  • Carsten Hils
  • Global Head, Payments Division
  • StoneX Group
  • Carsten Hils is the Global Head for StoneX Groups Payments Division. He has started the business in 2003 and has managed it since then. Prior to working for StoneX Group, Carsten held positions in Treasury, Trading and Asset Management with major financial institutions in Frankfurt, London and New York. His focus was on the markets of developing world in the foreign exchange, money markets and in the interest rate segment. He received his education and formal bank training in Germany.

  • Joon Kim
  • Global Head, Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management
  • BNY Mellon
  • Mr. Joon Kim has 25+ years of experience. He has held various senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank and American Express Bank, most recently as Managing Director and Head of Transaction Banking Sales for Corporate and Commodities for the Americas region.  His various experiences include leading Trade Sales, Trade Product Management and Relationship Management teams, with an emphasis on development and sales of trade finance, supply chain financing, receivable services, trade processing and cross-border cash and liquidity management solutions to global financial institutions and corporations.

  • Vinod Madhavan
  • Group Head, Trade
  • Standard Bank
  • Vinod Madhavan is currently Group Head: Trade, Standard Bank. In this role he is responsible for Trade, one of the universal capabilities identified by Standard Bank, to be delivered across the Group. Thereby, allowing Standard Bank to show up as one universal financial services organization, wherever they are based and whichever client segment they are servicing. He also has P&L responsibility for Trade across the Group (i.e., across sectors in Corporate & Investment Bank and divisions in Personal & Business Banking units). Standard Bank franchise (spanning 20 markets in Africa) offers trade and supply chain finance services and solutions, to clients in Institutional, Corporate, Commercial, Business and Enterprise client segments.

  • Ana Carolina Oliveira
  • Head of Sustainable Finance, Americas
  • ING
  • Luke Perkins
  • Head of Global Cross Border Payments
  • ANZ
  • Luke Perkins is our Head of Global Cross Border Payments, driving the product strategy, development and innovation across ANZ’s cross border payments products. Luke is a Transaction Banking professional, with over 20 years’ experience in the Payments industry. Starting in Operations and Technology through the early part of his career, Luke has since specialised in the Financial Institutions segment, with roles including establishing ANZ’s Network Management function; Head of Agency Clearing (Australia), Head of Financial Institution Sales (Americas) and most recently, Head of Clearing Product (Australia and New Zealand).

  • David Scola
  • Chief Executive, Americas and UK
  • SWIFT
  • David Scola is SWIFT’s Head of North America. He is responsible for key client relationships and business development across the region. Prior to joining SWIFT, David served as the Global Head of Financial Institutions of Corporate Banking at Barclays London.  Previously, he held senior positions at Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York in product management and strategy across various transaction banking products including custody, corporate trust, cash, trade and liquidity. 

  • Gerald Walker
  • CEO, Americas
  • ING
  • Gerald Walker was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ING Americas in July 2017. He has worked for ING since 1990, holding a range of senior positions - most recently as CEO UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa. Non-executive positions have included: Chairman of the Board of The Association of Foreign Banks (UK); Board Director of TheCityUK, Board Director of the European Association of Banking & Financial History (Germany) and Member of the Wholesale Advisory Committee of the British Bankers Association. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from The University of Edinburgh (UK).

  • Craig Weeks
  • Consultant
  • Plain Vanilla
  • Craig Weeks is an independent consultant for organizations needing Trade Finance, Supply Chain, and other Transaction Banking expertise. Craig serves as an advisor to the Global Trade Professionals Alliance, an organization dedicated to the development of international standards to harmonize and facilitate inclusive and trusted Trade. Craig is also an Executive Practicum Adviser within the North Carolina State University Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (and a member of the SCRC Advisory Board). Craig is an Advisory Board member of the Falcon Group, a leading inventory management solutions provider and also an advisor to Capital and Credit Risk Manager (CCRM), a Singapore-based FinTech. Craig was appointed as a Senior Advisor to ESG Validation, a London based entity providing the investment community with independent, consistent, and evidence-based assessment of ESG performance. In March 2019 Craig was appointed to the 2019-2020 cohort of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Enno-Burghard Weitzel
  • Head of Product Management Trade Services
  • Commerzbank
  • Enno-Burghard Weitzel is Global Head of Trade Finance Product Management at Commerzbank. In his role, he owns the responsibility for the Trade Finance products of Commerzbank ranging from traditional trade finance instruments such as L/C, guarantees and collections all through working capital management / supply chain finance solutions like receivables discounting and payables financing. Commerzbank provides trade finance services to corporates and financial institutions at global scale, building upon European home market, local offices in 50+ countries and a leading network of corresponding banking relationships. A special focus of his work is on digitizing the trade finance, spanning initiatives in blockchain consortia, fostering and cooperating with fintechs as well as process optimizations using, e.g. AI/ML in the compliance controls.

  • Anne Clarke Wolff
  • Chairman, Global Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Bank of America Securities
  • Anne Clarke Wolff is chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking (GCIB) at Bank of America. Based in New York, Anne focuses on some of our largest global clients to help drive client coverage effectiveness and collaboration across GCIB. Her responsibilities include leveraging the strategic delivery of the bank’s balance sheet and increasing opportunities for C-suite and boardroom dialogue across the globe. Prior to this role, Anne spent the past eight years building Bank of America’s strategic corporate banking and leasing businesses into industry leaders. Anne is the executive sponsor for the Women’s Leadership Council within Bank of America’s Global Banking and Markets. She has been recognized by American Banker as one of The Most Powerful Women in Banking and by Crain’s New York as one of the publication’s Notable Women in Finance.

  • Kenneth Wong
  • Head, Global Transaction Banking Product Strategy and Innovation
  • TD Bank
  • Kenneth Wong is Head of Product Strategy and Innovation for the Global Transaction Bank at TD Bank that encompasses the Financial Institutions, Cash Management and Trade Finance lines-of-business. He has been in the financial Industry for over 30 years in different business divisions from Consumer Banking to Corporate and Institutional Banking with roles from Front Office Financial Services Sales and Relationship Management to Back Office Operations and Technology.

  • David Woo
  • Head of Global Rates, FX and EM Fixed Income Strategy & Economics Research
  • Bank of America
  • David Woo is head of Global Rates, FX and EM Fixed Income Strategy & Economics Research at BofA Global Research. In this role, he is responsible for the bank’s views and forecasts for developed and emerging sovereign bond yields and exchange rates. Woo also serves as a member of the Research Executive Management Committee. Woo joined BofA Global Research from Barclays Capital, where he served as head of Global Foreign Exchange Strategy for six years. Before joining Barclays, he spent four years at Citigroup as head of Local Markets Strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He began his career as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. Woo has a B.A. in mathematics from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

  • Saravana Govindarajulu
  • Executive Director
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Saravana Govindarajulu is an Executive Director with First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) , UAE. He is currently responsible for managing the FI Network Management (Nostro Account Management) and also manages the product and relationship of Regional Currency Clearing proposition. He brings in 20 years of International Payment experience having worked with Standard Chartered, ABN Amro, American Express Bank in India and Germany before relocating to UAE to work with First Abu Dhabi Bank, UAE in 2014.

    Thursday, November 19
  • Alale Allal
  • Regional Trade Finance Manager - Office of International Trade
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Alale Allal serves as the Export Finance Director, Southeast Region f or the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade covering the Southeast Region of the U.S. he oversees a team of Export Finance Managers, that are tasked with meeting the daily demands of the small business export community. He is responsible for ensuring the overall success of his defined region which includes helping small businesses to grow their export sales.  Mr. Allal is also responsible for coordinating efforts with State and County officials to ensure SBA meeting the needs of the community.

  • Brian Anderson
  • Vice President, International Banking
  • Finzley
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  • Mencia Bobo
  • Managing Director. Global Head of Trade and Working Capital Solutions
  • Banco Santander SA
  • With more than 14 years’ experience in the financial sector, Mencia has held several positions in Global Debt Finance (GDF), Risk Division and Global Transaction Banking (GTB) since she joined Santander Corporate & Investment Banking in 2006. She joined Santander in 2006 as a member of the Global Project Finance Group, where she led complex structured transactions across different geographies and industries. In 2010, she moved to the Risk division, as Director of Structured Finance, becoming responsible, at a global level, for the Infrastructure and Natural Resources sector.

  • Marcos Cameron
  • Business Program Manager
  • SWIFT
  • Marcos Cameron is a payment subject matter expert on the Business Innovation Team at SWIFT, based in New York where he supports the global payments innovation (gpi) service and the global adoption of the ISO 20022 Programme. Working closely with banks and other financial institutions, Marcos promotes and supports innovation of the end user’s payment experience, harmonizing systems/schemes and refining efficiency of operations. Marcos joined the Americas UK team at SWIFT in 2015, where he focused on the implementation of SWIFT Integration Solutions. Prior to joining SWIFT Marcos worked for IBM, Sterling Commerce and Deloitte Consulting in various roles relating to middleware integration, messaging standards, and E-Commerce implementations.

  • David Cooperman
  • Managing Director, Global Trade Strategy and New Business Development
  • Citi
  • David Cooperman is the Global Head of Trade Strategy and New Business Team for Citi’s TTS Global Trade business. In this role he manages strategic growth initiatives and new business launches to enhance TTS’s global market leadership position in Global Trade. Mr. Cooperman is an active member of several BAFT working committees and serves on the board of the Trade Information Network Limited. Before joing Citigroup, David held senior leadership positions in management strategy consulting serving financial services clients at Boston Consulting Group and Gemini Consulting. He also led strategic planning and acquisitions for LaSalle Bank / ABN AMRO North America and was part of the global executive team for ABN AMRO’s Global Trade & Advisory business.

  • Patrick DeVilbiss
  • Product Manager
  • CGI
  • Patrick DeVilbiss is a subject matter expert in trade finance and supply chain finance, with a specialized focus on the areas of receivables and payables finance. He also delivers SaaS product management services to clients, defining client needs based on industry changes, platform metrics and user feedback, as well as implementing long-term product enhancements to Software as a Service platforms. In addition, he specializes in agile development, leveraging agile development methodologies to deliver large-scale SaaS platforms to top 10 global financial institutions.

  • Jame DiBlasio
  • Founder and Editor
  • DigFin
  • Louise Taylor-Digby
  • Head of Trade Strategy
  • SWIFT
  • Louise joined SWIFT in Singapore in 2019 and is responsible for Global Trade Strategy; she collaborates across the Trade eco system to diagnose industry challenges, and reshape the landscape. Louise has over 15 years’ experience in Financial Services, gained across 3 continents, in disciplines including Business Development, Strategy and Leadership. She joined SWIFT from Barclays Bank, where she most recently served as Head of The Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Asia Pacific. Prior to moving to Asia, she held a number of positions at Barclays including Head of Global Client Solutions consulting senior management, on the strategic ramifications of structural and regulatory reform.

  • Stacey Facter
  • Senior Vice President, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Stacey Facter has been Senior Vice President for Trade Products at BAFT for the last six years. Ms. Facter 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.Ms. Facter has more than twenty-five years of experience in international banking, including over twenty years with JP Morgan Chase Bank, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.

  • Graham P Finding
  • Global Head of Business Financial Crime Risk, Global Trade & Receivables Finance
  • HSBC
  • Graham Finding is based out of the UK, and is currently Global Head of Business Financial Crime Risk in HSBCs Global Trade & receivables Finance business. He has over 36 years’ experience in the banking industry working in Internal Audit, Operational Risk, International Operations and Trade Finance.  He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Financial Crime & Policy Group and a member of the ICC/BAFT/Wolfsberg Trade Finance Principles Working Group.

  • Normand Girard
  • Director, Global Trade Services
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Mr. Normand Girard is Director, Global Trade Operations for BMO Financial Group. He is responsible for the Bank’s processing of all trade finance products in North America as well as process oversight in Europe and Asia. Mr. Girard has 30 years of experience in Global Trade Operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the Bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Jake Jacobson
  • Partner
  • Ernst & Young
  • Jake Jacobson is practice leader commercial, corporate, and small business banking technology. Working with our world class CCSB business, strategy, and process experts EY is helping banks modernize and innovate around corporate lending, treasury and cash management, payments, trade, and supply chain.  Jake joined EY in 2014, before that he was a director of strategy at IBM.  Jake earned a BS in finance from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

  • Joshua Kroeker
  • Chief Product Officer
  • Contour
  • Josh Kroeker is the Chief Product Officer of Contour, a network to lead a global adoption of blockchain-based trade solutions. Josh has 15 years of experience in Hong Kong and Canada in senior positions across trade finance business development, learning and development, trade finance product management and corporate banking innovation at HSBC, one of the world’s leading trade finance banks. Josh’s passion is to increase the accessibility of trade finance through technology and has been involved in a majority of the industry’s trade digitisation efforts in the past decade, particularly in regards to traditional trade products. Most recently he has led a global innovation team pioneering the use of blockchain to provide a breakthrough for trade and trade finance, a notoriously difficult to change industry.

  • Oswald Kuyler
  • Managing Director DSI
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Oswald Kuyler is the former Head of Data Strategy of BHP, the world's largest diversified mining company. He has worked on initiatives covering blockchain, electronic documentation in trade, data and analytics, and automation. Before BHP, he was on the leadership team of EOH MS in South Africa, delivering solutions for a diverse customer base globally. He focused on providing solutions that enabled electronic documentation and records management, enhanced collaboration, business process management, and reporting. A technologist at heart with a strong focus on its impact on a corporates balance sheet, he is now focused on further enabling trade digitizations through the creation of standards at the International Chamber of Commerce

  • Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, GTP-E
  • President
  • OPUS Advisory Services International
  • Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, GTP-E is the President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., in Canada, and Founder and Managing Director of Trade Finance Associates Pte in Singapore. Mr. Malaket is recognized internationally as a specialist and senior consultant in international trade and trade finance, having advised top-tier financial services, corporate, government and international institution clients across the globe, and having developed and delivered a variety of training seminars on an international basis.

  • Steve Nichols
  • Asia Representative
  • BAFT
  • Mr. Steve Nichols is the BAFT Representative for Asia. Based in Signapore, he is responsible for growing the BAFT transaction banking community in Asia. Formerly an executive vice president and head of Global Trade Services for the Wells Fargo International Group (IG)., he was responsible for setting and implementing the overall trade strategy and direction for trade activities and ensuring that Wells Fargo trade businesses and initiatives are synchronized as an integrated business.

  • Gwynne Master
  • Managing Director, Head of Trade
  • Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
  • Gwynne Master joined Lloyds in Feb 2018 to lead the GTB FI & NBFI Sales teams. In 2019, Gwynne was asked to lead Lloyds GTB Global Trade business, which includes Open Account and Traditional Trade, Trade Product, Solutions and Sales across SME, Mid-Caps, Large Corporates and FIs. Gwynne has significant International experience through her time with Standard Chartered, Barclays Asia, and Wachovia. Gwynne spent 18 years in Asia, where she was Managing Director, Head of Asia FI and Co-Head of Asia Corporate with Barclays, with a focus on Transaction Banking solutions. Prior to joining Barclays in 2008, Gwynne was CEO & MD of Southeast Asia for Wachovia Bank, leading six offices in the region, based in Singapore. In her earlier career with Wachovia, Gwynne was based in the both the U.S. and Milan, undertaking a number of coverage and leadership roles in the US, Italy and Southern Europe.

  • Mike Parra
  • CEO, Americas
  • DHL Express
  • Mike A. Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas, is responsible for the management of DHL Express business activities in over 55 countries and territories across the Americas, which includes the company's presence in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Mike joined DHL in 1997 as a Service Center Manager in South Florida and quickly progressed within the DHL organization in leadership roles within the U.S. and Americas Region. Before his most recent appointment in 2016 as CEO of DHL Express Americas, Mike served for nearly three years as CEO of DHL Express in the U.S. He has also served as Senior VP of Network Operations for the Americas Region and Senior VP & Area General Manager, Western U.S. Before his career at DHL, Mike worked for ten years with TNT Express Worldwide.

  • Martin Schlageter
  • Head of Treasury Operations
  • Roche
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  • Daniel Pische
  • Senior Vice President, Trade Finance
  • First American Bank
  • Daniel Pische is a Senior Vice President with First American Bank and has been with the company since 2005. Daniel oversees First American Bank’s Trade Finance product line and serves on the Bank’s Senior Loan Committee. In 2019, Daniel was appointed by Secretary of Commerce Ross to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Finance Advisory Council which is tasked with improving access to Trade Finance solutions for small and midsized exporters. Based on his experience with the SBA export programs, Daniel was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee on the topic in April 2019.

  • David Sena
  • Senior Vice President, Office of Board Authorized Finance (OBAF)
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
  • David M. Sena joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) in 2001 in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He served as Vice President, Treasurer before being named Chief Financial Officer in 2012. In October 2017, Mr. Sena was named the Senior Vice President of the Office of Board Authorized Finance (OBAF). OBAF is responsible for transactions underwritten for presentation to the Board of Directors and typically include medium-and long-term transactions above $10 million.

  • Martin Schlageter
  • Head of Treasury Operations
  • Roche
  • Kristine Siebel
  • Vice President, Trade Commodity Finance Operations
  • Societe Generale
  • Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Societe Generale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

  • Marc Smith
  • CEO
  • Conpend
  • Marc Smith is a Financial Services Consulting and Technology Entrepreneur and founder of Conpend. He has specialised himself in the execution of strategic change in Trade Finance using technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and DLT. His current focus is on digitalisation and automation of the Trade Finance processes covering compliance, TBML and examination of documentary credits according to the ICC rules.

  • Edward Stoltenberg
  • Director, AML Risk Management, Treasury and Trade Solutions
  • Citi
  • Mr. Edward Stoltenberg is a Director for Treasury and Trade Solutions, Global AML Risk, serving as an AML resource to the Trade Business. In his current role, he is responsible for all AML aspects of the Trade AML program, working with stakeholders across the three lines of defense. Mr. Stoltenberg was selected to lead the embedding of machine learning into operations processes to detect Trade Based Money Laundering, and Sanctions red flags. Due to the successes of the before mentioned, Mr. Stoltenberg started a machine learning project to explore vessel tracking and AIS manipulation. Mr. Stoltenberg joined Citi in 2014, leading Citi’s Horizontal AML Risk Assessments, conducting reviews in areas of higher AML risk, including Trade Finance. Prior to his work in financial services, Mr. Stoltenberg served as an Armor/Cavalry Officer in the United States Army.

  • David Vidal
  • Managing Director
  • Development Finance Corporation
  • David J. Vidal holds the position of Managing Director in the Defense Production Act Program (DPA) at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. In his role, Mr. Vidal manages the origination and underwriting of transactions within the Life Science and Pharmaceutical Industry practice in the DPA Program. The DPA Program is focused on financing projects that expand domestic manufacturing capacity for U.S. supply chains, with a focus on COVID-19 investments. Prior to his role at DFC, Mr. Vidal served as Head of International Trade Finance at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where he led SBA’s nationwide trade finance program. Mr. Vidal also led various international initiatives and served as a U.S. Delegate for the United States-Mexico-Canada International Trade Agreement (USMCA) while at SBA.

    Friday, November 20
  • Naomi Camper
  • Chief Policy Officer
  • American Bankers Association
  • Naomi Gendler Camper is Chief Policy Officer at the American Bankers Association. In this role, she leads the ABA’s policy and advocacy functions, including government relations, regulatory policy and compliance, economic research and the office of strategic engagement. Her division also includes specialized groups, such as the Card Policy Council and the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade. Prior to joining the ABA in June of 2018, Naomi spent 13 years as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase in a variety of roles. As head of federal government relations from 2005 to 2012, Naomi was responsible for leading and expanding the firm’s engagement with Capitol Hill and the Administration during a time of significant change to the banking policy and regulatory landscape. She also served as head of consumer public policy and ran JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement.

  • Christine Dirringer
  • Managing Director & Head of Commodity Structured Debt, North America
  • BNP Paribas
  • Christine Dirringer is the Head of Energy & Asset Based Structured Debt at BNP Paribas, overseeing the combination of two structured debt product platforms, Energy Structured Debt (ESD) and Asset Based Lending (ABL). ESD is a product group focused on the structuring of bank debt for commodity (namely energy) marketing companies and hybrid commodity marketing/midstream companies. BNP has a leading market position in this sector and Christine came up through this platform at BNP. Christine joined BNP’s commodity finance group in 2007 and after a stint as a Team Leader, ultimately assumed the role of Head of Commodity Structured Debt (now ESD) in 2017. She took on oversight of BNP’s rapidly growing ABL platform in 2020.

  • Lisa Frazier
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Wells Fargo
  • Lisa Frazier is the head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group, an enterprise-wide organization devoted to accelerating the company’s delivery of next-generation, customer-inspired technologies, products, and services. The Innovation Group leads programs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), research and development (R&D) in new technologies, the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, and Greenhouse℠ by Wells Fargo, a mobile-first banking experience geared toward improving financial health and planning to customers who need it, like students or others who are new to banking, or those who are paid irregularly.

  • Patricia Gomes
  • Executive Vice President & Regional Head, North America
  • Global Trade and Receivables Finance
  • HSBC
  • Patricia Gomes is Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), North America for HSBC. In this role, she is responsible for leading and managing the GTRF business across Commercial Banking and Global Banking clients. With 20 years of experience in banking, Patricia joined GTRF from the Financial Institutions Group (FIG), where she was Head of North America. Patricia has worked for HSBC since 2004 in a variety of roles in London, Hong Kong and New York. Prior to joining HSBC Patricia worked with Citigroup, in Financial Institutions coverage and Credit Risk Management in both London and Lisbon.

  • Nicole Meyer
  • Founder & Managing Partner
  • The Meyer Partnership
  • Nicole Meyer, Founder & Managing Partner of The Meyer Partnership, has over twenty years’ experience in Transaction Banking, having spent most of her career at Citibank, her last role as Managing Director, Team Leader for Citibank’s North American Financial Institutions Cash Management sales team. At Citibank, Nicole’s roles ranged from Business Development to Implementation Head for e-Banking Solutions to North American Cash & Trade Six Sigma Process Reengineering Head. Prior to Citibank, Nicole worked for The First National Bank of Chicago and Shawmut Bank Boston. She started her career in sales at Xerox. Nicole’s search experience includes hiring mid and senior-level executives for roles ranging from the Global Head of Transaction Banking, to the Global Head of Payments, to Heads of Regions and Countries, Heads of Product, Sales, and Service, and Heads of Operational Risk. Her expertise is in the areas of Cash Management, Digital, Payments and Liquidity, Trade/Working Capital/Supply Chain Finance, Securities Services/Custody, and Corporate and Commercial Banking. In her free time, Nicole channels her passion for empowering women as a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 6000 in New York City. 

  • Rhona O'Connell
  • Head of Market Analysis EMEA & Asia
  • StoneX Group
  • Rhona O’Connell joined the London office of StoneX in April 2019 to set up a team of analysts covering the metals markets, crude oil and products, and part of the softs and agricultural sector, to complement the existing teams in the Americas, Ireland and the Far East. She has over 35 years’ experience as a metals markets analyst and is a recognised authority in the precious metals sector. She has worked in a number of aspects of the industry, including the mining sector, commodities broking at Rudolf Wolff where she was a major contributor to Wolff’s Guide to the London Metal Exchange, and in the equity markets and investment banking. In the latter role she was the Group Precious Metals analyst at Shearson Lehman, where she responsible for advising or supporting a range of market participants from trading through equities to corporate finance.

  • Alexander Peters
  • Executive Directors
  • Arrow Metals Trading
  • Alexander Peters, executive director with 27 years of experience in financial leadership roles covering M&A, debt capital markets, trade & structured finance, corporate finance, financial reporting, commodity risk management encompassing oil & gas (upstream, midstream, downstream) as well as metals & mining sector. Highly specialized in high growth and turnaround commodity business with strong focus on emerging markets.

  • Diana Rodriguez
  • Senior Director, International Policy
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Diana Rodriguez leads BAFT’s (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade) global government relations strategy, focusing primarily on prudential policy and global trade policy matters. Her advocacy portfolio includes Basel III implementation, reforms to the European banking law and U.S. trade policy. She coordinates joint advocacy with partner trade associations and other global stakeholders to advance BAFT policy priorities. Prior to joining BAFT, Diana served in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor for International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. There, she advised the SBA Administrator on a global portfolio of trade policy and trade finance matters, and oversaw the Agency’s global entrepreneurship promotion efforts in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Before that, she served as a Director in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division leading trade policy efforts in Mexico.

  • Marc Singer
  • Senior Partner
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Marc Singer is a leader of the McKinsey Digital Practice, focused on helping clients identify digital and omni channel opportunities for growth and performance improvement to translate into sustained growth. He serves leaders in a variety of consumer-facing businesses, including financial services, retail, media, telecommunications, and technology companies that sell into these vertical markets. In particular, Marc works with companies to set strategic direction and act on multifaceted, technical, operational, and organizational changes necessary to become more competitive. Recently, Marc worked with a travel provider to understand and act on the way shopping and buying in the category continues to be transformed by digital channels, with actions including reallocating marketing spend and building digital and analytics capabilities to acquire customers more effectively. In addition, he helped a leading consumer-goods company design and implement a modern marketing organization with appropriate digital, analytics, and agency-management capabilities. He also supported a digital music-subscription business with competitive strategy subscriber growth and retention.

  • Nicole Verkindt
  • CEO
  • Director, Sustainalytics
  • OMX
  • Nicole Verkindt is the Founder & CEO of Canadian technology company, OMX (theomx.com). OMX is a global procurement platform specialized in driving socio-economic returns. The platform helps to increase and measure local spend/socio-economic impacts, including ESGs and other sustainability metrics. Previously, she led a global, high tech manufacturing business. Nicole is on the Board of the Canadian Federal Crown Corporation, CCC (Canadian Commercial Corporation) that performs government to government contracts between Canada and other countries around the world. She is a frequent technology commentator on CBC and technology columnist. She was a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den, dedicated to early stage technology businesses and was an investor on Gimlet media’s show “The Pitch”.  She was named Start Up Canada’s national woman entrepreneur of the year in 2017 and received the Canadian Advanced Technology Peter Brojde award for Next Generation leadership. She is on the board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a Next Gen member of the Business Council of Canada, as well as Co-Chair of the BCC’s Task Force on Canada’s Economic Growth. In 2019, she was named StartUp Canada’s Woman Ambassador of the year as well as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

  • Normand D’Arcy
  • Senior Manager
  • International Services for National Bank of Canada
  • Normand D’Arcy is Senior Manager, International Services for National Bank of Canada. He is responsible for the Bank’s international products. He also oversees the evolution of international trade and supply chain financing. Mr. D’Arcy has been working in banking for more than 20 years, covering trade finance, international operations and strategy, as well as international payments.