• Robert Barnes
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • TRADEIX
  • Mr. Rob Barnes is co-founder of TRADEIX. Mr. Barnes’ trade finance experience and expertise started in the logistics and financial technology sectors. In 2002, he founded PrimeRevenue Inc and was the CEO of one of the pioneers of supply chain finance (SCF) applications. He developed the largest non-bank SCF application with over $120B in annual processed volume through a combination of technology and services. In 2007, Mr. Barnes founded the consulting company Aradya and advised banks including HSBC, RBS, Morgan Stanley and Westpac on supply chain and trade finance.

  • Karen Braithwaite
  • Managing Director, Global Head – Transactional Banking
  • Barclays
  • Ms. Karen Braithwaite is Managing Director, Global Head – Transaction Banking within Barclays International, based in London. Her responsibilities cover global payments, digital channels, liquidity products, foreign exchange, trade finance and working capital across product management, sales management and client management. She leads teams that serve clients globally, including corporates, financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and governments. Ms. Braithwaite is a member of the Corporate Banking Executive Forum. Ms. Braithwaite has over 30 years’ banking experience, including 21 years with BNY Mellon, where she was most recently the Global Head of Product Management, Treasury Services. Other roles have included global leadership of client onboarding, servicing and quality programs across custody, markets, and operations.

  • Steve Everett
  • Managing Director, GTB Product
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Mr. Steve Everett is the Managing Director of Payments, Global Transaction Banking, with end to end responsibility for the Payments business including relationship & sales management, financial performance, product management & development and meeting client needs. He is accountable for the development of LBG’s Payments profile and future business strategy, whilst supporting the Group to ‘Help Britain Prosper’. Mr. Everett’s previous role in LBG was MD of Product & Propositions, GTB for which he was responsible for the product management and development in Cash Management & Payments, Trade & Supply Chain Finance and Asset & Invoice Finance areas. Prior to joining LBG in 2014, he spent c15 years with RBS performing senior leadership roles spanning global transactions services (GTS), financial markets and corporate banking and leading key strategic programmes which have transformed businesses.

  • Mark Garfield
  • Head, Global Financial Institutions
  • Zions Bankcorp
  • Mr. 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.

  • Patrick Gmür
  • Head Banks Mature Markets
  • Credit Suisse AG
  • Mr. Patrick Gmür is a Director of Credit Suisse AG in the Private Banking & Wealth Management Division. He is a member of the Financial Institutions & Transaction Banking Management Committee and has been Head of Global Banks within Corporate & Institutional Clients since October 2013. From October 2009 until he took over the responsibility for Global Banks, he was Head of the Financial Institutions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and before that he was Head Relationship Management for Western Europe. He joined Financial Institutions in November 2007 as a Senior Relationship Manager covering Scandinavian banks. Previously, he was Head of Financial Institutions at Clariden Leu AG, one of the former independent private banks within Credit Suisse Group. He is also a member of the Europe Council for BAFT.

  • Chris Jameson
  • Head of Financial Institutions Sales – EMEA
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mr. Chris Jameson is head of Financial Institutions (FI) Sales for GTS EMEA. In this role, he leads the team responsible for selling the full breadth of our GTS products to FI, Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI) and Public Sector clients across the region, including cash management, working capital management and treasury services. Mr. Jameson joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in January 2011 and prior to his current role, he was most recently head of GTS Corporate Sales for Western Europe. He has also held a number of other roles in the sales team, including head of GTS Sales, CEEMEA ex-Russia.

  • Jean-François Mazure
  • Managing Director, Head of Cash Clearing Services
  • Societe Generale
  • Mr. Jean-Francois Mazure graduated from the ESCEM Tours and the University of Ottawa. He joined Société Générale in 1993. He held various managerial positions in the French retail network, essentially on the SME and large corporate segments. In 2011, he was appointed Senior Banker on a portfolio of key agribusiness corporate clients, most of them belonging to the cooperative sector. In November 2015, he joined GTB division as co-Head of Cash Clearing Services, before being appointed Head of the same business line one year later.

  • Marc Recker
  • Director, Head of Cash Market Management
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Mr. Marc Recker is responsible for the strategic positioning of cash management services for Deutsche Bank globally. The Market Management function is an integral component of the bank’s franchise in terms of strategic direction, product & service positioning, thought leadership as well as identifying and executing growth opportunities. Mr. Recker has been engaged in the financial services industry since 1998, re-joining Deutsche Bank in 2014 after having worked for JPMorgan and ING in various positions in both product management and operations. He is Deutsche Bank’s representative in various industry forums/working groups and holds a bachelor in foreign trade from the Liege Management School.

  • Bart Timmermans
  • Head Global Transactional Banking UK
  • Santander UK Plc
  • Mr. Bart Timmermans currently Head of Global Transactional Banking (GTB) Santander UK. Previously, he was Head of GTB in Continental Europe where within 3 years he created a fully equipped GTB team with a wide Trade and Cash management product offering for the at the time newly created region—Continental Europe (covering France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy). In 2009, he joined Santander as the Head of Trade, Export and Supply Chain Finance for Europe, hired to build a European trade organization including ECA Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Commodity Finance and “Flow” Trade products which he successfully realized within 4 years. Prior to joining Santander he had various leading roles in trade finance both in RBS and in ABN AMRO Bank where he became the global head commodity finance.

  • Karin Walchshöfer
  • Managing Director and Head, EMEA, Global FIG
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Ms. Karin Walchshöfer is Managing Director and Head, EMEA for the Global FIG Group at BMO Capital Markets, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the growth and management of the bank’s relationships with financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is based in London, England, and manages teams in London, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. Ms. Walchshöfer joined the bank in 2000. Prior to this, she worked at National Westminster Bank in London where she held various positions in their Correspondent Banking and Card Services units. Ms. Walchshöfer was appointed to represent BMO on the European Council of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) in 2008. She also is a member of the BAFT Membership Committee.

  • Esther Zwygart
  • Senior First Officer
  • Lufthansa Airlines
  • Ms. Esther Zwygart is a Senior First Officer of Lufthansa Airlines. Ms. Zwygart was born in Switzerland and started her professional career with a banking apprenticeship. Already during her education she was passionate about flying and even before having her driver’s license, she got the private pilot license. She did her commercial and instrument pilot rating in Arizona (USA) and Switzerland. She was working as an airline pilot for Crossair and Swissair and after a short break dedicating time for her family, she continued her career at Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa where she flies on long-haul aircraft Airbus 330 and 340. Ms. Zwygart lives with her husband and their two children near Zurich.