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  • Steve Bash
  • Senior Vice President and Manager
  • International Banking & Trade Finance
  • City National Bank
  • Mr. Steven Bash is senior vice president and manager of City National Bank’s International Banking & Trade Finance department. He oversees the bank’s trade finance, trade services, supply chain programs, international credit and portfolio management, risk mitigation, global correspondent banking, and trade advisory services. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles with other global financial institutions, including a posting as Managing Director, Hong Kong Branch for CoreStates Bank from 1989-1992. He currently serves as an appointee to the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFCA.), a nonpartisan group of 20 private sector individuals, working on recommendations to increase access to export financing for U.S. small and medium size companies. Mr. Bash is a past president of the Bankers Association of Finance and Trade (BAFT).
  • Chris Bozek
  • Managing Director
  • Santander N.A.
  • Mr. Chris Bozek is Managing Director and head of working capital solutions at Santander Bank NA, leading a team that is focused on delivering globally integrated card, trade, and supply chain solutions that enable business of all sizes to streamline and digitize payment processing, manage currency and counterparty risk, and optimize working capital – enabling each to profitably grow their business, selling and sourcing more efficiently in more markets. Mr. Bozek is committed to digitizing and simplifying how businesses transact, advancing leading-edge projects in Blockhain, and paper-to-electronic processing. With a strong interest in helping address challenges to close the trade finance gap for small and mid-sized U.S. exporters, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as the Inaugural Chair of the Trade Finance Advisory Committee, holding that position through 2017.
  • Geoffrey Brady
  • Head of Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mr. Geoffrey (Geoff) Brady is managing director and head of Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance in Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role, he oversees management of the origination and delivery of supply chain, receivables and trade finance products that provide liquidity, risk mitigation, and working capital optimization for the bank’s Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking clients. He is based in New York. Prior to joining the bank in August 2018, Mr. Brady was the Americas region executive for JP Morgan’s Global Trade & Loan Products business. He has more than 20 years of experience in banking and has held management roles in a variety of businesses including Portfolio Management and Payments in addition to Trade Finance.
  • Christine Bravo
  • Senior Vice President
  • US Bank
  • Ms. Christine Bravo is Senior Vice President and Manager of U.S. Bank’s International Financial Institutions group, the foreign correspondent banking team at U.S. Bank. Product areas include international trade finance and global payments. Before her current position, she was with U.S. Bank’s Institutional Risk Management division for 17 years, underwriting, approving and centrally managing financial counterparty risk for all of U.S. Bancorp, including foreign bank and country risk. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Ms. Bravo was International Credit Manager for Genmar Holdings, a boat manufacturing holding company (brands: Hatteras, Carver, Wellcraft, Glastron, Ranger, Lund). At Genmar, she established a brand new credit department including policy, procedures and foreign trade credit insurance. Ms. Bravo spent six years in the commodities industry first at Benson Quinn (now part of Archer Daniels Midland) as an analyst in the meat division exporting into Mexico and then as a Senior Credit Analyst with ConAgra Grain Companies extending foreign trade credit.
  • Adam Bulava
  • Executive Director, Cyber Exercises & Social Engineering
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Mr. Adam Bulava is Executive Director of Cyber Exercises & Social Engineering at JPMorgan Chase. In this role Mr. Bulava and his team are responsible for managing the firm’s internal and external cyber exercise engagements, to include discussion-based tabletop exercises, operational-level drills, range network simulations, and the firm’s employee phishing program. He works closely with business leaders, technology teams, and Cybersecurity staff to design and deliver targeted exercises that led to measurable improvements in the firm’s cyber incident detection, response, and recovery capabilities. Mr. Bulava joined JPMorgan Chase in February 2015 coming from the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center where he led national-level cybersecurity exercises and cyber operational planning for critical infrastructure owners and operators, state and local governments, and primary federal departments and agencies.
  • Kimberly Burdette
  • Chair, BAFT
  • Senior Vice President and Manager, International Financial Institutions
  • PNC Bank
  • Ms. Kimberly Burdette is a Senior Vice President in Capital Markets for PNC Bank and the manager of its International Financial Institutions business. She has responsibility for the relationship, credit and compliance management of international banks with which PNC engages. PNC provides a wide range of trade, treasury management, balance sheet management and capital markets solutions and services to international financial institutions operating in the US and abroad. Ms. Burdette has worked for PNC Bank and its predecessor, Pittsburgh National Bank, for 30 years. She is currently EVP of PNC’s edge act subsidiary, PNC Bank International. She also serves as a director for BAFT.
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • Mr. 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 over 25 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 JPMorgan 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.
  • Massimo Capretta
  • Partner
  • Mayer Brown
  • Mr. Massimo Capretta is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago and New York offices and a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance practice. Massimo’s transactional practice focuses on representing both financial institutions and companies in a number of key industries including automotive, heavy manufacturing, chemicals, metals and energy. Mr. Capretta has particular experience with domestic and cross-border receivables and payables transactions including in connection with trade receivables securitization, asset-based lending, factoring, supply chain/vendor finance, channel finance, trade finance and other receivables monetization strategies. He regularly advises clients on the creation and management of bespoke receivables and payables finance transactions. Ms. Capretta has been a speaker and panelist on a number of presentations to industry participants on various topics including receivables finance, asset-based lending and cross-border finance.
  • Dyanne Carenza
  • Vice President Trade
  • Scotiabank
  • Ms. Dyanne Carenza is a world-wise executive with experience in transaction banking, lending, and strategy creation. She is a multi-lingual, enterprise solutions leader with a track record for building relationships and leading high performance teams. Ms. Carenza re-joined Scotiabank in 2017. In her current role as VP Trade Finance, she has global responsibility to build the traditional trade and supply chain finance businesses. Originally from Montreal, Ms. Carenza graduated from McGill University with a major in Economics and completed programs at Queen’s University and the Richard Ivey School of Business. She is passionate about trade and in helping businesses be successful in international markets. As such, Ms. Carenza is sought after as a conference speaker.
  • Kitt Carswell
  • Vice President, Trade and Supply Chain
  • CGI
  • Mr. Kitt Carswell is Vice President in the Trade and Supply Chain program as Senior Offering Manager. Mr. Carswell has 30 plus years’ experience innovating trade technology globally. He is responsible for strategy, product, innovation, marketing and media, industry relations and other partnerships. He was a founder of the trade practice in 1982 and has been a key leader of its innovation and evolution leading to Trade360 and its evolution from a global SaaS traditional trade solution into a fully integrated global platform with front-to-back and end-to-end solutions for traditional trade, payables, receivables, SCF, factoring, collateral management and cash management.
  • Amy Celico
  • Principal
  • Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Ms. Amy Celico is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), and leads the firm’s China team in Washington, DC. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience on issues in the region, Ms. Celico develops and implements tailored strategies for clients, helping them deepen relationships with key stakeholders, succeed with M&A transactions, resolve complex problems, and build and expand their business. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Celico served as Senior Director for China Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she was responsible for developing negotiating positions on issues related to China’s non-financial services sectors and intellectual property rights policies. She was also involved in developing trade policy positions for bilateral discussions with China through the Strategic Economic Dialogue and the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
  • Alisa DiCaprio
  • Head of Global Trade Strategy
  • R3
  • Ms. Alisa DiCaprio is the Head of Global Trade Strategy at R3 in New York City. She joined from Asian Development Bank where she was a senior economist working on digital trade, trade finance and innovation. She has also worked in both the public and private sectors on export promotion, trade negotiations, and labor issues.
  • David Dienesch
  • CEO and Chief Agent
  • Euler Hermes Canada
  • Mr. David Dienesch is currently CEO of Euler Hermes Canada. His previous roles at Euler Hermes include National Sales Director and Commercial Director (Chief Underwriter). Prior to being employed at Euler Hermes Canada, he was Senior Vice-President for Aon Canada’s Credit Insurance Services division. Mr. Dienesch spent five years with AIG Global Trade & Political Risk where he was ultimately responsible for the company’s credit insurance business as the Canadian Regional Manager. He gained extensive international credit management experience, while employed as the Assistant Corporate Credit Manager at E.B. Eddy Forest Products Ltd. and as a Trade Credit Underwriter at the Export Development Corporation. Mr. Dienesch has earned his Certified Credit Professional (CCP) designation from the Credit Institute of Canada and is the recipient of the National Award in Mercantile Credit Management.
  • Stacey Facter
  • Senior Vice President, Trade Products
  • BAFT
  • Ms. Stacey Facter is a Senior Vice President, Trade Products where she has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees and regional councils to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. She has more than 25 years of experience in international banking, including over 20 years with JP Morgan Chase, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.
  • Fabio José Fagundes
  • Division Chief, Financial Products and Services
  • IDB Invest
  • Mr. Fabio José Fagundes joined the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in 2016 as Chief of the Financial Products and Services Division. This Division includes Trade and Supply Chain Finance, Capital Markets Solutions, Equity & Mezzanine, and Resource Mobilization, and works with all IIC’s client sectors in developing new products and in structuring transactions with a high development impact. Mr. Fagundes, a dual citizen of Brazil and the United Kingdom, has almost 25 years of experience in the international finance industry. He has received many industry awards and has been a well-received speaker in conferences and seminars. Prior to joining the IIC, he was from 2010 to 2016 the Global Head of Trade Asset Mobilization for the Santander Group in Madrid, Spain. He managed the optimization of a worldwide balance sheet of €96 billion. His team was in all 10 home markets of the bank focusing on origination with clients in more than 20 countries.
  • Franek Gajdeczka
  • Senior Program Manager, Growth & Solutions
  • Persistent
  • Mr. Franek Gajdeczka as a member of Growth and Solutions team at Persistent focuses on driving innovation and growth in banking, financial services and insurance. He has more than 30 years of experience in software engineering, systems development and managing business transformation programs. On multiple assignments as a head of engineering he was responsible for application of the newest technology in solutions benefiting businesses and customers he served. Prior to joining Persistent Mr. Gajdeczka has worked for firms doing business in capital markets and banking, most recently for Fiserv and Barclays. As a strategic thinker with a strong engineering background he has been involved in identifying opportunities technology creates for innovation in financial institutions. He is based in Wilmington, DE.
  • Jeyhun Hajiyev
  • Director of Treasury
  • PASHA Bank
  • Mr. Jeyhun Hajiyev has over 10 years of professional experience in treasury, brokerage and investment banking. Mr. Hajiyev joined PASHA Bank in 2007 as an Analyst at Treasury Department, continued his career as Associate and in September 2010 was promoted to the position of Senior Trader of the bank. In 2012 he was assigned as a manager in PASHA Bank Georgia, which is a subsidiary of PASHA Bank Azerbaijan. He was appointed to Head of Treasury at PASHA Bank in March 2018. Since April 2018 Mr. Hajiyev also acts as Director of PASHA Capital, which is the second biggest investment company in Azerbaijan. Mr. Hajiyev is a Member of Listing Advisory Board, which brings together representatives of top brokerage companies and Big4 audit and consulting firms. Furthermore, Mr. Hajiyev is represented as a Board Member at Association of Azerbaijani Stock Market Participants.
  • Christian Hausherr
  • Senior Product Manager Supply Chain Finance
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Mr. Christian Hausherr is the European Product Head of Supply Chain Finance for Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance solution, bringing to the role over 20 years of experience in Banking, In-house Consulting and Product Management for Cash Management and Supply Chain Finance. He spent his career within Deutsche Bank in various divisions and regions, mostly spanning across Europe and the Transaction Banking business. Mr. Hausherr is an active member of the Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (http://supplychainfinanceforum.org/), the Wolfsberg Drafting Group for Trade Finance Principles, and the ICC Financial Crime & Risk Policy Group acts as the technical advisor for the Supply Chain Finance section of the ICC Trade Register.
  • David Hennah
  • Head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance Product
  • Finastra
  • Mr. David Hennah leads the trade and supply chain finance product management team at Finastra having re-joined the company from SWIFT, where he spent eight years driving the industry body’s financial supply chain strategy. Mr. Hennah spent over twenty years in a variety of senior roles at Barclays, spanning all areas of the transaction banking business. He is credited with bringing to market the world’s first international direct debit service. Outside the UK he has worked in France, Belgium and Germany, including a three year secondment to the Associated Banks of Europe Corporation (ABECOR) in Brussels and was once based literally “overseas” managing the Barclays branch on board RMS QE2.
  • Dan Juliano
  • Managing Director
  • Trade IX
  • Mr. Dan Juliano has over 25 years of experience in SaaS and working capital solutions. He was part of the founding team of PrimeRevenue where he built up the business as part of the leadership team to the largest multi-funding platform for Supply Chain Finance. Prior to joining PrimeRevenue, Mr. Juliano worked for software companies such as Telesis and Intelisys, bringing to market B2B solutions such as ERP and supply chain management, e-procurement, and integration. In 2016, Mr. Juliano was part of the advisory board of Hijro, a financial operating network for global trade powered by distributed ledger technology.
  • Rory Kaplan
  • Director, Offering Manager
  • CGI
  • Mr. Rory Kaplan has more than 30 years of experience in trade and supply chain finance as both a banker and technology solution provider, covering operations, product management, and sales. As Offering Manager for CGI’s Trade and Supply Chain Solutions, Mr. Kaplan is responsible for emerging technology strategy and solutions, marketing, media engagement, partner development, and training. In his role, Mr. Kaplan also engages closely with clients to facilitate collaborative strategic forums, working groups, and product enhancements. As a manager within CGI, Mr. Kaplan has been a critical contributor in the exploration of Intelligent Process Automation and Blockchain solutions, working to integrate these with the Trade360 global platform. As a subject matter expert, Mr. Kaplan has spoken at a variety of global conferences, presented trade and supply chain finance topics at webinars, and written several articles for industry publications.
  • Tracy Kellaher
  • Director Financial Services, Banking Alliances
  • Tradeshift
  • Ms. Tracy Kellaher is Director of Banking Alliances at Tradeshift, the business commerce company. In this role, she manages Tradeshift’s relationships with financial institutions to integrate and digitize card, trade finance, receivables and supply chain finance solutions in the fintech’s global Ecommerce Platform. Prior to Tradeshift, Ms. Kellaher was VP of Development at a fintech building online lending platforms for banks to automate onboarding, credit evaluation for corporates & counter parties, and KYC processes. She also worked for 10 years at Equifax where she most recently focused on helping financial institutions manage credit risk in their consumer portfolios.
  • Whitman Knapp
  • Chairman
  • GTB Insights LLC
  • Mr. Whit Knapp founded GTBInsights LLC in 2009 after 20 years of providing market research to the transaction banking industry. Today, GTBInsights LLC provides advisory services to the Transaction Banking Services world. Prior to that, in 1992 Whit founded the Financial Institutions Group practice at Louis Harris and Associates in New York. That practice evolved into the firm which today is called FImetrix LLC. Prior to founding the Financial Institutions Group, Whit spent over 24 years in international banking, holding senior management positions in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He is a former Director of BAFT and currently is a member of BAFT’s Innovation Council and the Membership Committee. He has served on the editorial panel of International Payments magazine, and provides frequent articles and presentations on DLT for transaction bankers.
  • Ranga Krishnan
  • Vice President, Technology
  • Skuchain
  • Mr. Ranga Krishnan is V. P. Technology at Skuchain. He was involved in the first real world blockchain letter of credit transaction, based on Skuchain's Brackets technology, with Wells Fargo and CBA in 2016. He is developing the Zero Knowledge Collaboration EC3 platform at Skuchain which enables unexploited efficiencies and financing opportunities, such as deep tier financing, in the supply chain. He is captain of the BAFT DLPC (Distributed Ledger Payment Commitment) workgroup, which facilitates interoperable implementations of payment commitments in Distributed Ledger based transaction banking.
  • Inho Lee
  • Head, New Products
  • IFC
  • Mr. Inho Lee has been with the IFC since 2000 working primarily in its Financial Institutions Department covering a variety of regions and sectors including East Asia, Eastern Europe in Banking, PE Funds, distressed assets and NBFIs. Since joining IFC trade finance unit (also part of FI Dept.) he has been heading its wholesale portfolio solutions products (GTLP, CCFP), commodity finance and direct loans for trade finance.
  • James M. Leonard Jr.
  • Managing Director
  • Finacity Corporation
  • Mr. James “Jim” Leonard Jr. is Managing Director at Stamford, Connecticut-based Finacity Corporation, where he spearheads the firm’s alternative asset distribution activities. Before joining Finacity in 2010, he spent three years as director of origination at New York-based trade and commodity finance hedge fund Rosemount Capital Management, and seven years as Head of Marketing for the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, New York. He also previously held positions at Goldman Sachs, Citicorp Investment Bank, Nippon Credit Bank and Global Structured Trade Solutions. Jim has a BS from William and Mary and an MBA from NYU.
  • Brad Lupton
  • Senior Manager, Advisory Services
  • EY
  • Mr. Brad Lupton is a Senior Manager within Ernst & Young’s Financial Services group focused on the application of advanced analytics to identify and prevent financial crimes. He has over a decade and a half of experience driving technology programs and regulatory responses for industry-leading firms around the world. He is currently focused on building a first of its kind tool that will automate the end-to-end compliance reviews for the trade services business.
  • Michael Mancusi
  • Partner
  • Arnold & Porter
  • Mr. Michael Mancusi represents domestic and foreign banks, credit unions, and other financial services clients in a wide range of state and federal regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters. He also has substantial experience representing clients in government and corporate internal investigations, including entities subject to anti-money laundering requirements. Mr. Mancusi counsels clients facing complex corporate governance and structural issues and represents clients before key state and federal bank regulatory agencies, including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Mr. Mancusi counsels clients on compliance with privacy and data security requirements, including financial privacy under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, and the federal E-Sign Act. In addition, Mr. Mancusi advises clients regarding developing and implementing data breach response programs, including compliance with notification requirements at the federal and state levels.
  • Sandra Marrone
  • Senior Vice President and Manager
  • Keybank
  • Ms. Sandra “Sandy” Marrone, Senior Vice President, manages the Foreign Exchange & International Trade Product team within the Product & Innovation Group for Key’s Enterprise Commercial Payments business. her team provides product management and sales support for the bank’s global trade, foreign exchange and international payment services. This set of product offerings includes traditional documentary trade services, FX and international treasury management solutions for KeyBank’s corporate clients. Ms. Marrone has been involved in the trade finance business during her entire 35-year career at KeyBank and its predecessor banks beginning with global trade operations. Later she held various positions in international credit and portfolio management, business development, product management and technology support for the business. In 2001 she moved to the bank’s Corporate Product Management group where she assumed additional responsibility for a suite of global cash management products.
  • Michael Matney
  • Vice President
  • CGI
  • Mr. Michael “Mike” Matney is a retired US Army Officer and has over 25 years of tactical, operational and strategic experience in the information technology and the cyberspace domain. He has skilled experience in information technology, threat intelligence, incident response, vulnerability management, cyber security solutions, security compliance, risk management, identity access management, cryptography, and security analytics from front line tactical units through strategic assignments at US Central Command, US Cyber Command and US Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. Currently, Mr. Matney leads the cyber security group within the United States Industry Solutions Business Unit. Specifically focused on securing CGI’s industry solutions and intellectual property against cyber-attacks at the user, application, and infrastructure layers in cloud, hybrid or on premise deployments.
  • Ann McCormick
  • Director, Global Trade and Supply Chain Production Management
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Ms. Ann F. McCormick is Director, Trade and Supply Chain Product Enablement and Solutioning at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for delivering a globally consistent client platform experience for all Trade Finance products. Additionally, she leads the strategy and execution of all global Trade product platform innovation as well as ensuring ongoing scale, compliance and flexibility to support the global product roadmap and client needs. Prior to this role, Ms. McCormick was a Line of Business Executive at Bottomline Technologies responsible of the overall profitability, growth and operational execution for the Paymode-X supply chain automation network. She has over 25 years’ experience in product development for cash management/supply chain automation and electronic payment product offerings.
  • Michael McDonough
  • Conference Planning Co-Chair
  • Head of Product Management Trade Finance, North America
  • Transaction Banking - Americas
  • MUFG
  • Mr. Michael (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, he 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, Mr. McDonough 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. He was previously with Verizon Communications in Philadelphia where he managed International Treasury activities with specific focus on debt and equity matters across Verizon’s global subsidiaries and affiliates. During the 1990s, Mr. McDonough headed up Latin America debt capital markets activities for Bank of America, including debt and equity financings for global corporates and sovereign governments.
  • Mark McLeod
  • Political Risk and Credit Underwriter
  • Chaucer Syndicates Ltd
  • Mr. Mark McLeod is the Senior Political Risk and Credit Underwriter for The Hanover Insurance Group in the Americas. He joined Chaucer (part of The Hanover Insurance Group) in 2006, and was based in the Lloyd’s Market until 2012, when he moved to the US to head up a new account in New York. Mr. McLeod’s account covers payment, performance, and asset risks for the major trade finance and development banks, commodity traders, and corporates operating across Latin America, Africa, MENA and Asia, and domestic US credit.
  • Walter J. Mix, III
  • Managing Director and Financial Services Practice Group Leader
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Mr. Walter J. Mix III is a Managing Director and heads the Financial Services practice at Berkeley Research Group. He is a former commissioner of the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and also previously served as a banking executive at Union Bank of California. He advises domestic and international bank clients on corporate governance, risk management, strategic planning, and financial advisory assignments. He has significant experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, enterprise risk management, regulatory compliance, and capital planning. He joined BRG from LECG, LLC and before that The Secura Group; serving as managing director in both firms. He serves as chairman of the International Bankers Association of California.
  • Donna Murphy
  • Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Risk Policy
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currently (OCC)
  • Ms. Donna M. Murphy is the Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Risk Policy at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In this role, Ms. Murphy oversees development of policy and examination procedures relating to consumer compliance, fair lending, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Bank Secrecy Act, and anti-money laundering issues. She serves as a key advisor to the Committee on Bank Supervision and to the Comptroller on compliance and CRA matters. She reports to the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Compliance and Community Affairs. She took on this role in May 2016.
  • Shirish Netke
  • President and CEO
  • Amberoon
  • Mr. Shirish Netke has worked with Fortune Global 1000 companies in 35 countries to solve problems related to business process and technology. His recent work focuses on business oversight, compliance and process automation based on emerging technologies such as Big Data, predictive modelling and machine learning. He has closely worked on operational risk management for banks related BSA/AML compliance using self-learning models for anomaly detection and business process improvement. Mr. Netke has extensive leadership experience in running high-growth businesses with general management responsibilities. His executive roles include Amberoon, a FinTech provider of risk management solutions, Aztecsoft a technology consultancy and Sun Microsystems, the creator of Java and a key technology provider for financial services industry.
  • Nazak Nikahtar
  • Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis
  • US Department of Commerce
  • Ms. Nazak Nikakhtar was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to become the Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 19, 2018. Ms. Nikakhtar serves as the Department's primary liaison with U.S. industry and trade associations to help address industry concerns and support American competitiveness. She advises the Under Secretary and the Secretary on trade and investment policy and issues impacting the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses. She also heads the division that conducts research and analysis on manufacturing, services, travel and tourism, textiles and apparel, global trade, investment, and economic trends that impact the International Trade Administration's mission. Ms. Nikakhtar is returning to the International Trade Administration after several years as a partner at the international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent LLP. While in private practice, Ms. Nikakhtar represented clients international trade law matters, including antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, export controls, international and bilateral trade agreements, customs matters, trade policy, and World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement. Ms. Nikakhtar has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Oliver O’Connell
  • Content Development Manager
  • TXF
  • Mr. Oliver O’Connell is the New York-based Content Development Manager for TXF. He has covered the trade, supply chain, export and commodity finance markets for various publications since 2004 and has chaired and moderated numerous industry events and conferences. Currently, he is helping develop TXF’s new Financing International Trade platform through a series of podcasts and thought leadership interviews.
  • Daniel Pinho
  • Senior Vice President and Assistant Group Manager
  • PNC Bank
  • Mr. Daniel Pinho is senior vice president and assistant group manager at PNC's Trade Finance group. He has over 20 years of experience in structured trade financing programs. Prior to joining PNC, Daniel was a Manager at UPS Capital Business Credit where he supervised the Export Credit Agency Operations group. He also served as the Director of Trade Finance at a consulting firm in Brazil. Mr. Pinho also serves on BAFT's North American Council and co-chairs the Structured Trade and Export Finance Committee. He is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and is chair of the board of Ten Thousand Villages in Pittsburgh, a fair trade nonprofit organization.
  • Andrea Ratay
  • Conference Planning Co-Chair
  • Senior Regional Trade Manager
  • TD Bank NA
  • Ms. Andrea Ratay has been a Trade Finance banker for over 25 years. Having started her banking career as a correspondent banker with Irving Trust, she has covered diverse commercial markets in the middle market and large corporate sectors, structuring risk management and working capital solutions for importers and exporters. Ms. Ratay holds the Certified International Credit Professional (CICP) designation from FCIB, and has taught Business and International Trade courses in the SUNY system and at New York University. She serves on the US Dept. of Commerce New York District Export Council and was recently elected to the National Association of District Export Council's Steering Committee. Prior to entering banking, Ms. Ratay worked on the Reagan-Bush campaign and at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Miriam Ratkovicova
  • Managing Director, AML and Economic Trade Sanctions
  • Deloitte
  • Ms. Miriam Ratkovicova is a Senior Manager in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Economic and Trade Sanctions practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. She has extensive AML/Sanctions experience both in the U.S. as well as in Europe with a focus on large financial institutions with global operations. Specifically, Ms. Ratkovicova has led multiple large and complex projects involving historical transaction investigations, Know Your Customer (KYC) remediation, AML and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) risk assessments, and Customer Risk Rating (CRR). Currently based and working in the US, she has delivered AML/Sanctions engagements in numerous countries throughout Europe, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK, Cyprus and Slovakia.
  • Ben Roberts
  • Manager—Specialty Lines
  • Meridian Finance Group
  • Mr. Ben Roberts is a credit insurance broker for Meridian Finance Group. Previously, he worked for Meridian’s partner, Texel Finance, in London for 5 years, before moving to establish the office in New York. Mr. Roberts is responsible for servicing US-based financial institution, trader and corporate clients in coordination with other global offices of Texel and Meridian.
  • Gayle Roenbaugh
  • Senior Trade Sales Manager, Global Trade & Receivables Finance
  • HSBC
  • Ms. Gayle Roenbaugh, Senior Global Trade Sales Manager of HSBC Bank’s Global Trade & Receivables Group, is responsible for the sales, execution and management of the bank’s trade finance and Delegated Authority Lending Program with the Export Import Bank of the U.S. Of The United States. She joined HSBC in May 2007 and has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of trade finance roles in business development, product management and operations. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, French & Business, is a Certified Treasury Professional, a Certified International Credit Profession and a licensed Customs Broker. Ms. Roenbaugh is an Executive Committee member of the Illinois District Export Council and is Co-Chair of the BAFT Structured Trade & Export Finance Committee. She is also a member of Finance & Credit for International Business (FCIB), The Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) and the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP).
  • Russell Rosenberg
  • Senior Relationship Manager North America
  • BNY Mellon Treasury Services
  • Mr. Russell Rosenberg is a Senior Relationship Manager and Deputy Head within BNY Mellon’s North American Banks group. In this role he is responsible for the development and maintenance of major bank relationships in the Northeast U.S. and Canada. He is based in New York City. He has been a speaker at several AFP conferences, including TMANE, Three Rivers and the Philadelphia chapters. Prior to BNY Mellon, Mr. Rosenberg spent six years at JPMorgan in New York in the International Transaction Services group where he focused on developing international treasury services solutions for US-based customers. Previously, he built a long career at Citibank, where he was a vice president for Citibank’s Corporate Cash Management Sales. Mr. Rosenberg spent three years at Citibank London, managing corporate sales and product management groups leading up to the introduction of the Euro in 1999. He has also held management posts in the corporate world, with terms spent at AT&T, Siebel, and Adobe Corporation.
  • Sherif Samy
  • Senior Vice President, North America
  • Entersekt
  • Mr. Sherif Samy is the Senior Vice President, North America for Entersekt, an innovator of mobile-first fintech solutions. Mr. Samy joined Entersekt in 2017, bringing with him a track record of success within the North American financial services market, primarily focusing on payments innovations, cybersecurity and digital identity. Throughout his tenure in the financial industry, he has also grown into an expert in management consulting and global strategic development. Prior to joining Entersekt, Mr. Samy was responsible for establishing and building UL’s Transaction Security business in North America.
  • David Sena
  • Senior Vice President
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Mr. 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. This includes business development and underwriting of transactions, engineering and technical evaluation of the goods and services under consideration, disbursement of approved transactions, and management and reporting on the Bank’s loan, guarantee, and insurance portfolio. OBAF ensures comprehensive management of EXIM transactions throughout the entire transaction life cycle. Mr. Sena is currently managing a $40 billion pipeline of potential deals and an existing portfolio of $70 billion.
  • Andrea Sharrin
  • Associate Director, Policy Division
  • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Ms. Andrea Sharrin oversees FinCEN’s regulatory functions and leads the staff that defines the framework for protecting the U.S. financial system from money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit finance. The Policy Division is responsible for drafting complex and diverse Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) rules, clarifying guidance, issuing regulatory rulings, as well as addressing broader strategic policy issues in the area of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, including the drafting of advisories for financial institutions. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Sharrin served as FinCEN’s Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in the Enforcement Division with the responsibility over FinCEN’s BSA compliance and enforcement program, including developing and implementing compliance and enforcement strategies, supervising investigations, enforcement actions and other activities that have industry-wide, national, and international impact. Prior to these, she served as Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, Department of Justice (DOJ) and also as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.
  • Bhriguraj Singh
  • Managing Director, Head of Documentary Trade Product Management
  • Global Trade and Receivables Finance
  • HSBC Bank plc
  • Mr. Bhriguraj Singh is responsible for product management of HSBC’s documentary trade products globally. He is also responsible for development and commercialization of digital solutions for trade finance within HSBC, including blockchain related initiatives. He is a member of ICC’s Working Group for Digitalisation of Trade where he leads a workstream on Standards. Mr. Singh has over 27 years’ experience in the banking industry in a variety of roles spanning transaction banking, client coverage and investment banking across India, Hong Kong and UK.
  • John Stillwaggon
  • CEO, USA
  • Tradewind International Inc.
  • Mr. John Stillwaggon is CEO of the U.S. division, and leads the region’s strategy, growth, and profitability while managing overall operations. Mr. Stillwaggon joined Tradewind in 2012, serving in leadership positions as Senior Vice President and later as Managing Director at the firm. Prior to joining Tradewind, Mr. Stillwaggon was employed as a Senior Associate at COFACE, a €1.6 billion revenues insurance and financial services firm. Mr. Stillwaggon holds a BA from Siena College; an MA from Boston University; certificates in international trade, logistics, finance, and credit analysis from New York University; an NFA Series 3 certification; and a P&C agent’s license.
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Managing Director, Loan Originations
  • Second Avenue Capital Partners
  • Mr. Michael Sullivan is a Managing Director of Second Avenue Capital Partners responsible for new business originations. He most recently was a Managing Director at Gordon Brothers Group where he was responsible for business development in the Northeast Region for the firm’s Valuation & Advisory Services Division. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers Group, Mr. Sullivan held leadership roles in two other major valuation firms in the United States.An active member of the asset based lending community, he is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Finance Association, Association for Corporate Growth and a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers with a concentration in Business Valuation.
  • Diane Swonk
  • Chief Economist
  • Grant Thorton
  • Ms. Diane Swonk is one of the most respected macroeconomists, who maintains a unique perspective on the inner workings of Main Street as well as Wall Street. She is an expert on the economics of the labor market, monetary policy and structural changes that are distinct from economic cycles. Ms. Swonk’s global network includes economists, industry leaders and geopolitical experts, which amplifies the breadth and reach of her analysis. She advises policy makers at all levels of government, including central bankers. She is uniquely accessible approach to macroeconomic shifts has made her a highly sought-after expert quoted by local, national and international newspapers and broadcasters. Ms. Swonk has won many awards for excellence in forecasting and leadership in economics and the business community. For her outstanding contributions in the field of economics, Ms. Swonk has been named a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Sitting Committee to the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and advises the economics department at the University of Michigan.
  • Paul Thomas
  • Director
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Mr. Paul Thomas is a Director within the Financial Services Advisory Practice at PwC. He has led several large institutions through transformations related to anti-money laundering, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance within the Trade Finance Space, with a focus on issues related to data and technology.
  • Karen Tramontano
  • Co-founder and CEO
  • Blue Star Strategies, LLC
  • Ms. Karen A. Tramontano is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. She provides corporate, institutional, and public sector clients with results oriented strategies. From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Tramontano served in the White House as deputy chief of staff to President William Jefferson Clinton and counselor to Erskine Bowles and John Podesta. Her portfolio encompassed a wide range of issues, including international trade and transatlantic relations as well as economic and financial issues concerning the World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. In 2001, Ms. Tramontano served as chief of staff for President Clinton’s transition, where she established his office and presence in New York City. Ms. Tramontano is also Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative, a non-profit organization working to promote a more equitable and sustainable approach to globalization. She serves as a lecturer in the Executive Master of European and International Business Law program at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Alex Veroude, CFA
  • Head of Credit-Deputy Head of Fixed Income
  • Insight Investment
  • Mr. Alex Veroude joined the Fixed Income Group at Insight in July 2007 as Head of Credit, overseeing all credit activities and responsible for setting credit strategy. He also became Deputy Head of Fixed Income (New York) in June 2016. Mr. Veroude oversees a team of more than 45 credit analysts covering corporate issuers (investment grade and high yield) as well as secured finance which includes ABS, CLOs and off-the-run private financings. In April 2015, he relocated from London to New York to oversee the integration of a US credit business (Cutwater) into existing Insight credit teams and processes and to spearhead the expansion of Insight’s US investment capability.
  • Michael Weil
  • Managing Director
  • Deloitte
  • Mr. Mike Weil leads Deloitte’s US Computer and Cyber Forensics offering and has over 20 years of computer forensic examination experience across criminal, civil, and national security matters. He has testified as an expert witness on matters of data and intellectual property theft, data authenticity, evidence spoliation, and data collection discovery burden. Mr. Weil regularly leads cyber forensic investigations and incident response teams for global clients across industries.
  • Geoffrey Wynne
  • Partner
  • Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP
  • Mr. Geoffrey Wynne is head of Sullivan & Worcester’s London office and also head of its Trade & Export Finance Group. He has extensive experience in banking and finance, specifically trade and structured trade and commodity finance, receivable financings, corporate and international finance, asset and project finance, syndicated lending, equipment leasing and workouts and restructurings. Mr. Wynne is one of the leading trade finance lawyers and has advised extensively many of the major trade finance banks, multilateral financers and companies around the world on trade and commodity transactions in virtually every emerging market including CIS, Far East, India, Africa and Latin America. He has worked on many structured trade transactions covering such diverse commodities as oil, nickel, steel, tobacco, cocoa and coffee. He has also advised on ownership structures and repos for commodities and receivables financings.