Speakers

Module 1: Enforcement & Compliance
  • 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.

  • Marie-Laure Gastellu
  • Global Head of Trade Services
  • Societe Generale
  • Marie-Laure Gastellu is the Global 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.

  • Normand Girard, CDCS
  • 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 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 has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

  • Rashid Hasan, CDCS, ACAMS
  • Senior Manager, Transaction Risk and Compliance, Trade Operations
  • RBC Investor and Treasury Services
  • 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).

  • Vinod Madhavan
  • Group Head, Trade
  • Standard Bank
  • Mr. 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.

  • Eileen O’Dea, CDCS
  • Director, Trade Finance Operations
  • People's United Bank
  • Eileen O’Dea, Director of Trade Finance Operations at People’s United Bank with over decade of operational experience. Ms. O’Dea joined People’s United Bank in 2014 and in that time established the Trade Finance department which encompasses all Trade products as well as Supply Chain Finance and Receivable Finance. She also manages the SWIFT RMA relationship for the bank. Prior to joining People’s United Bank, Ms. O’Dea was previously with Bank of America, Trade Finance, working with customers globally.

  • Cathleen Ryan
  • Director, Office of Antiboycott Compliance
  • US Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

  • Rajan Sharma, ACAMS
  • Director, Trade Finance Risk Control
  • Scotiabank
  • Mr. Rajan 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.

  • Edward Stoltenberg, ACAMS
  • Director, AML Risk Management
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Module 2: What’s Changing in the Digital World?
  • Eyal Ben-Amram
  • Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
  • ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd.
  • Eyal Ben-Amram, EVP and CIO of ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, one of the top 10 global carriers. Eyal is leading the modernization of the IT systems and implementation of smart systems and Digital platforms. ZIM is leading the transition of the industry toward electronic B/L based on Wave platform.

  • 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.

  • Normand Girard, CDCS
  • 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 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 has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

  • 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.

  • Dave Meynell
  • Independent Trade Advisor & Consultant
  • TradeLC Advisory
  • David Meynell is the founder of TradeLC Advisory, an advisory and consultancy service, and the co-owner of trainingwww.tradefinance.training, an online training platform for all aspects of trade finance. He previously worked for Deutsche Bank for over 30 years in a number of international locations, culminating as Global Head Trade Product Management for Financial Institutions. David is Chief Examiner for the Certificate in International Trade Finance (CITF®) and Senior Technical Advisor for the ICC Banking Commission.

  • Samantha Pelosi
  • Senior Vice President, Payments and Innovation
  • BAFT
  • Samantha 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).

  • Gadi Ruschin
  • CEO
  • WAVE BL
  • Gadi Ruschin commands over a decade of experience serving global clients in the international trade arena. Gadi leverages his knowledge of the industry and its digitization needs to help Wave deliver new digital communication protocols designed to replace antiquated methodologies.

  • John Taylor
  • International Advisor, Centre for Commercial 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.

  • Michael Vrontamitis
  • Co-chair, ICC Working Group on the Digitization of Trade Finance & Advisory Board Member
  • 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.

    Module 3: Trade and Letters of Credit in Detail
  • Ansab Ali
  • Senior Treasury Specialist
  • Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc
  • Ansab Ali is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Accounting, Finance and Management Information Systems who works in the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc., KMMG, Finance Department as a Senior Treasury Specialist in the area of Letters of Credit. This program was created at the beginning of his employment for the sale of vehicles to potential customers in the Middle East and South America. He is responsible for reviewing and insuring payment remittances are received and applied correctly for the sale of all vehicles utilizing letters of credit.

  • Tiffany Bjorlie, CDCS
  • Officer, International Trade Service Specialist III
  • BOKF National Association
  • Ruxandra Cravcenco, CDCS
  • Executive Director & Operations Manager
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Ms. Ruxandra Cravcenco is Vice President and Manager of the Operations at JPMorgan Chase Bank, Tampa FL, with primary responsibilities for Commercial Letters of Credit and Trade loans. She began the international banking career more than 22 years ago and worked for Bankers Trust in New York and JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York and Tampa FL. She has been a member of the IFSA Southeast Commercial Letter of Credit sub-committee since 2004 and served as Chair of the Committee between 2008 and 2009. She is a member of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of credit and the Oil and Commodity LC working group.

  • Frank Fortes
  • Senior Trade Finance Expert
  • TD Financial Group
  • 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, CDCS
  • 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 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 has been Chair of the BAFT Southeast Committee from 2011 to 2017. He is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and currently Chair of the BAFT National Commercial Letter of Credit Committee since 2017.

  • Jeremiah Glock, CDCS
  • Vice President and 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.

  • David Jachimowicz
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Global Trade and Receivables Finance
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Melissa Luster, CDCS
  • Vice President, International Operations
  • BOKF National Association
  • Melissa Luster VP International Operations BOKF,NA, Melissa 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. Melissa 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.

  • Ukamaka Okpara
  • Senior Trade Finance Analyst
  • CIBC
  • Frank Petrassi
  • Vice President
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Mr. Fiore (Frank) Petrassi began his career with Harris Bank and Bank of Montreal (US) and is now Vice President, Global Product Manager for Standby Letters of Credit and Letters of Guarantee with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. He 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).

  • Roland Satchell, CDCS
  • Vice President
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Roland Satchell, CDCS has over 25 years of experience in the Trade Financial Industry. Most of these years have been with Citi, where he worked until 2017 prior to joining JPMorgan Chase where he now works in the Trade Transaction Controls Management Team. While at Citi he served in a number of trade operation management positions including the management of all trade service traditional and trade finance products and then in his later years managed Risk & Controls, Compliance, RCSA / MCA testing and also served as the Global Trade Advisory Head. In his position 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-IFSA Trade Finance and Trade Compliance Committees and is also a member of the BAFT Trade Finance Workshop planning group.

  • Kristine Siebel
  • Chair, BAFT North American Standby/Guarantee Committee
  • VP & SBLC Officer, 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.

  • Vivek Singh, CDCS, CSDG
  • Senior Trade Expert
  • BNP Paribas
  • Jennifer Stephens
  • Assistant Manager of Sales & Distribution
  • Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc
  • Jennifer Stephens is an Assistant Manager in the Sales and Distribution Department (S&D) at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, where she has worked for 10 years in the Logistics & Sales areas of the company. Jennifer oversees the S&D team with customer set up, order management, contract & LC draft review and approval, freight & sales analysis, vehicle processing and sales target achievement. Jennifer has 22 years in Logistics, Import/Export Compliance and C-TPAT auditing with large, reputable corporations, such as Yamaha Corporation and Panasonic Automotive. Jennifer is currently in the process of completing her CES certification with NCBFAA.

  • Marilyn D. Williams
  • Senior Manager Trade Finance
  • 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.