Southeast
  • Ahmed Baraka, CDCS
  • Vice President
  • JP Morgan
  • Mr. Ahmed Baraka is a Vice President with JPMorgan and serves as a Transaction Control Manager for Global Trade Operations. He has 28 years of banking experience with a vast knowledge of Trade Finance, OFAC, AML, and Anti-Boycott regulations. He has worked for two major U.S. banks, and three International overseas banks. In his current role, Mr. Baraka is responsible for managing trade risk, trade regulatory compliance and sanctions screening for Trade Operations.

  • Normand Girard
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • 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 over 28 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.

  • Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
  • Vice-President, Trade Advisor
  • Citi
  • Mr. Jeremiah Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

  • Fabrizio Juez, CDCS
  • Vice President Trade Advisor / Compliance
  • Citi
  • Mr. Fabrizio Juez holds 29 years of experience in the banking industry, primarily in the Trade Services field, last 23 years with Citibank, N.A. in Tampa, Florida with the Americas’ Trade Operations/Regional Service Center in charge of processing documentary letters of credit, standbys, collections, reimbursements, and trade finance for all Citibanks in the Americas region. Mr. Juez is currently a Trade Advisor for Citi, supporting our internal and external partners in the the LATAM and NA region as well as with corporate customers and Financial Institutions. Mr. Juez has conducted training workshops on trade services to Citibank staff, Corporate and Financial institutional clients throughout North and South America.

  • Chandler S. Leonard, J.D.
  • Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Ms. Chandler S. Leonard is a Sanctions Compliance Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation Division, where she advises on a variety of matters relating to both domestic and foreign financial institution compliance with U.S. economic sanctions programs. As part of OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation team, she routinely interacts with industry peers to discuss sanctions compliance and implementation issues, educates public and private sector partners on OFAC sanctions programs, and leads high-level investigations of financial institutions that appear to have violated U.S. sanctions regulations. Ms. Leonard has been with OFAC for over a year. Prior to joining OFAC, Ms. Leonard worked as a Compliance Case Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and focused on compliance and civil enforcement actions under U.S. export control laws and regulations.

  • Melissa Luster
  • VP International Operations
  • BOKF, National Association
  • Ms. Melissa Luster VP International Operations BOKF,NA, Ms. Luster has been a member of the BAFT Southeast LC Subcommittee since 2012 which she currently sits as Secretary. She provides leadership and training to her Trade Operations Team at BOKF, NA working directly with the team members providing services for products such as participations, documentary collections and letters of credit both standby and commercial. Ms. Luster also supports the back office system as well as font end trade platform, onboarding customers and provides training. Her carreer with BOKF,NA began in April of 2007 and she earned her CDCS certificate in 2013.

  • Frank Petrassi
  • Vice President
  • JP Morgan
  • Mr. Fiore (Frank) Petrassi is a Vice President and Global Product Manager for Standby Letters of Credit and Letters of Guarantee with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A leveraging his 40+ years in Trade Finance to manage product offerings and facilitate deals across the firm. Prior to joining JPM, Mr. Petrassi was in various trade operations positions with Harris Trust and Savings Bank and Bank of Montreal (US). Mr. Petrassi is a long standing member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit and Trade Finance Committees and was BAFT North Central Standby Letter of Credit Committee Chair from 2006-2009 and member of the BAFT Automatic Extension Sub-Committee. He was the Co-chair of the IIBLP Government Mandated Letters of Credit Committee and member of the IIBLP Council on International Standby Practice (CISP).

  • Parm S Sangha
  • Global Blockchain Leader, Trade and Trade Finance
  • IBM
  • Mr. Parm S. Sangha is responsible for IBM Europe’s Global Business Services (GBS) Blockchain practice strategy and Go-To-Market initiatives. Having joined IBM at the end of Q3 2016, Mr. Sangha helped define the global GBS Blockchain strategy and establish the European practice. Since then, Mr. Sangha was also instrumental in IBM’s successful partnership with We.Trade, a 9 bank consortia’s launch of a production grade deployment of a blockchain enabled Trade Finance network platform. As a proven growth driver, Mr. Sangha has operated at Board level and Senior Management Client facing roles, to advise and execute business and technology strategies. Spanning the Fortune 500, Mr. Sangha has applied new technologies to unlock new business value with new business models leveraging technologies like predictive analytics, AI, IoT and Blockchain.

  • Roland Satchell, CDCS
  • Vice President
  • JP Morgan
  • Mr. Roland Satchell, CDCS has over 25 years of experience in the Trade Financial Industry. Prior to joinging JPMorgan Chase he served in trade operation management positions including the management of all trade service traditional and trade finance products and then managed Risk & Controls, Compliance, RCSA / MCA testing and was the Global Trade Advisory Head at Citi. At JPMC he is part of a global team supporting Trade Operations from a Compliance, Technical Advisory and Risk Management perspective. He is an active member of the BAFT Trade Finance and Trade Compliance Committees and is a member of the BAFT Trade Finance Workshop planning group.

  • Lelia Savory, CDCS
  • Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, Int’l Dept.
  • First Horizon Bank
  • Ms. Lelia Savory is Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager for the International Department at First Horizon Bank. She has performed various roles in trade services over the past 24 years and is now responsible for the team that processes trade finance and foreign exchange related transactions. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and the Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

  • Carson Strickland
  • Head of Global Trade Finance Relationship Management
  • Regions Bank
  • Mr. Carson Strickland has over 20 years of experience in Trade Finance assisting Corporate Clients involved in international trade with developing financing and risk mitigation solutions to grow their business. Carson started his career with Regions bank in 1999. His background includes experience in International Banking operations as well as Relationship Management with focuses in Trade Services, Export Lending, Structured Trade Finance, Supply Chain Finance, and Foreign Exchange. Since 2011 he has served as the Relationship Team Manager of Global Trade Finance for Regions Bank, leading a team of Trade Finance professionals across the bank’s geography in 15 states and servicing a broad client base nationally.

  • John F. Tobon
  • Deputy Special Agent in Charge
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Mr. John Tobon, as Deputy Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), oversees HSI criminal investigations in eight South Florida counties, including Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Mr. Tobon is a recognized subject matter expert on issues related to money laundering and financial crime. For more than 20 years, he has participated in numerous high-profile money-laundering investigations targeting trans-national criminal organizations as a case agent, undercover operative and supervisor. He has helped shape international anti-money laundering policy as a member of U.S. delegations including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

    Canada
  • Camilo Alvarado
  • Director & Head Supply Chain Finance
  • Scotiabank
  • Mr. Camilo Alvarado is a banker with 25 years of experience in managing corporate customers in Colombia, Chile, United States and Canada. Currently he is the Head of SCF for BNS in Toronto, covering the Americas. Previously, Camilo worked in Corporate Banking in Bogota, Santiago, Boston and New York.

  • Shahed Aziz, CDCS
  • Senior Manager, Risk Management
  • Scotiabank
  • Mr. Shahed Aziz, earned a Masters from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh with major in Management. He is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) and CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) certified. Currently working at Scotiabank at Trade Finance Risk Control department as a Senior Manager. Mr. Aziz joined Scotiabank, Trade Service Unit at Toronto in 2001. Prior to then, he worked for Scotiabank, Dhaka, Societe Generale, Banque Indosuez and National Bank of Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has worked for different banks more than 30 years in different fields, especially in trade finance. Mr. Aziz is a member of the FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) a review panel for publishing their text book on International Trade Finance.

  • Daryl Davis
  • Chief Advisor for Global Sanctions & Anti-Corruption Programs
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Mr. Daryl Davis, following his six-year role as Chief Legal Counsel of international acquisitions at National Bank of Canada, has been the Chief Advisor of global sanctions for National Bank for five years. In this current role, he manages regulatory sanctions risk applicable to National Bank, such sanctions regulations enforced by the regulators of Canada, the U.S., the E.U., and the U.K. Mr. Davis practised corporate commercial and securities law for four years, first at Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons) in Montreal, and then at Stikeman Elliott in Toronto.

  • Chantal Duguay, CDCS
  • Conseillère Séniore Expertise et Formation / Senior Advisor, Expertise and Training
  • Centre d’expertise Commerce international/Trade Finance Expertise Desk
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Ms. Chantal Duguay is a senior advisor, Expertise and Training at National Bank of Canada. She is responsible for training colleagues, partners and clients on documentary collections, guarantees/standby LCs, documentary credits and providing expertise in more complex transactions. She has 22 years of experience in Trade Finance operations during which she has worked with all Trade Finance products. Member of ICC Canada National Committee, she holds a certificate in administration from UQAM and is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) since 2011.

  • Frank Fortes
  • Senior Trade Finance Expert, Global Trade Finance Operations
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • Mr. Frank Fortes is the Senior Trade Finance Expert, responsible to provide legal advice on complex trade finance transactions and training on Trade-based money laundering & sanctions. Mr. Fortes has over 10 years of experience in Trade Finance and International Business Law which he mainly built in one of the Trade Finance leading banks, the HSBC Group. Prior to joining the Toronto-Dominion Bank, he held various senior positions as Legal Counsel at HSBC France or Manager of the International Guarantees Unit of HSBC Canada. He is also CITF (Certificate in International Trade and Finance) and CSDG (Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees) certified.

  • Normand Girard
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • 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 over 28 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.

  • Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • Citi
  • Mr. Jeremiah Glock comes to us with over 50 years of experience in Global Trade Operations, with 25 years at Citi in various positions. For the last 14 years he has been one of Citi’s Global Trade Advisors, assisting with providing guidance in all functions of Letters of Credit (Advising Commercial / Standby L/C’s and Examination of Documents), Import and Export Collections, Reimbursements and Compliance and Potential Risk items. Mr. Glock is CDCS (Certified Documentary Credit Specialist) certified and also represents Citi as the Vice Chair on the Southeast Letter of Credit Committee which includes the Collection Committee.

  • Rashid Hasan
  • Senior Manager, Transaction Risk and Compliance, Trade Operations
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Mr. Rashid Hasan, working as Senior Manager Transaction Risk & Compliance, Trade Ops and IBC with Royal Bank of Canada. Having more than 30 years of banking experience in the area of Trade Finance, Treasury, Audit and Compliance. Mr. Hasan has worked in Asia, Middle East and North America. He joined RBC in 2003 and is responsible for reviewing sanctioned and high-risk countries trade transactions, providing guidance to the Trade team on complex trade transaction, and training on Trade-based money laundering. Mr. Hasan is a Certified Documentary Specialist (CDCS) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

  • Corporal Kelley Hughes
  • Senior Financial Crime Investigator
  • RCMP - Greater Toronto Area Financial Crime
  • Cpl. Kelley Hughes possesses a breadth of experience investigating international money laundering. She is the leading subject matter resource for the RCMP in the area of trade-based money laundering, and contributes to the establishment and revision of intelligence and enforcement frameworks necessary to detect, disrupt and dismantle international money laundering networks within Canada. She regularly works with both public and private sector partners providing outreach and education on intelligence trends related to transnational criminal organizations who seek to undermine the integrity of Canada's financial and global trade systems through their engagement in trade-based money laundering activities.

  • Parm S Sangha
  • Global Blockchain Leader, Trade and trade Finance
  • IBM
  • Mr. Parm S Sangha is responsible for IBM Europe’s Global Business Services (GBS) Blockchain practice strategy and Go-To-Market initiatives. Having joined IBM at the end of Q3 2016, Mr. Sangha helped define the global GBS Blockchain strategy and establish the European practice. Since then, Mr. Sangha was also instrumental in IBM’s successful partnership with We.Trade, a 9 bank consortia’s launch of a production grade deployment of a blockchain enabledTrade Finance network platform. As a proven growth driver, Mr. Sangha has operated at Board level and Senior Management Client facing roles, to advise and execute business and technology strategies. Spanning the Fortune 500, Mr. Sangha has applied new technologies to unlock new business value with new business models leveraging technologies like predictive analytics, AI, IoT and Blockchain Out of office hours, Mr. Sangha is also an amateur inventor (more tinkerer) and has engaged with a UK Government initiative to tackle obesity with his to be patent pending stealth exercise device.

  • Arame Seye
  • Senior Advisor
  • Trade Finance Expertise Desk | Compliance
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Ms. Arame Seye is a senior advisor at National Bank’s Trade Finance Expertise Desk where she’s responsible of all the different compliance aspects within the operational team and serves as liaison with other risk management teams. She joined NBC in 2010 and held several positions in retail and in the AML Unit. Prior to joining the Trade Finance Expertise Desk, she was part of the Global Sanctions team.

  • Rajan Sharma
  • Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
  • Scotiabank
  • Mr. Sharma has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delhi, India. He has over 28 years of extensive operational, risk management, and compliance experience relating to trade finance in Asia, Middle East, and North America.

  • Marilyn D. Williams
  • Senior Manager, Trade Finance Operations, Credit Processing Services
  • Capital Markets, Wealth Management Operations
  • CIBC
  • Ms. Marilyn Williams is a graduate of Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Graduates Studies in Instructional Administration. She has over 25 years of experience with Trade Finance Operations in a number of leadership roles. Over her tenure with the organization she has worked as a Business Consultant where she was accountable for business controls, procedures, and other compliance activities. She has also supported Operational Risk Management for Business Banking. With her passion coupled with her dedication for Trade, she was most recently the Senior Manager responsible for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Trade Finance Operations and is currently working on Special Projects supporting Trade Finance.

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