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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.

  • Jerry Glock, CDCS
  • Vice-President, Trade Advisor
  • Citi
  • Mr. Jerry 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.

  • Frank Petrassi
  • Vice President
  • JPMorgan
  • 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).

  • Lelia Savory, CDCS
  • Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager, Int’l Dept.
  • First Tennessee Bank National Association
  • Ms. Lelia Savory is Senior Vice President, Product and Servicing Manager for the International Department at First Tennessee Bank. She has performed various roles in trade services over the past 22 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 incoming Chair of the BAFT Southeast Letter of Credit Committee.

    Canada
  • Shahed Aziz
  • 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.

  • Frank Fortes
  • Bilingual Client Services Manager
  • CIBC
  • Mr. Frank Fortes is a Bilingual Client Services Manager with over 9 years of experience in Trade Finance and International Business Law. He is currently working with CIBC Trade Finance Montreal. Prior to joining CIBC he held several progress positions at HSBC Canada which included working in Global Trade Receivables Finance, Manager of the International Guarantee, Client Implementation and Client Services Units. Before relocating to Canada he worked for 3 years at HSBC France, as Legal Counsel for the Trade Finance Department. He is a graduate of the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas with a Master’s Degree in International Private and Economic Law and is currently pursuing his CITF designation.

  • 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.

  • Jerry Glock, CDCS
  • Director, Global Trade Operations
  • BMO Financial Group
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.