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  • Faiz Ahmad
  • Head of Global Transaction Services
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mr. Faiz Ahmad is a Managing Director and head of Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a role he assumed in October 2017. The GTS business that he leads is responsible for delivering the full range of global transaction banking, mobile and digital FinTech solutions - across payments, receivables, liquidity and investment management, trade and supply chain finance. The GTS organization delivers solutions to the bank’s corporate, commercial and business banking clients as well as financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and public sector entities.
  • Marc Auboin
  • Counsellor, Research and Statistics Division
  • World Trade Organization
  • Mr. Marc Auboin is a Counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO. Previously he held several positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was Deputy-Secretary General of the Monetary Committee of the European Union, worked for the French Treasury. Mr. Auboin holds a PhD in Economics from Sciences-Po Paris, and was a research fellow at the LSE and Yale University. He now lectures at the World Trade Institute in Switzerland, and used to lecture at the Universities of Paris-Sorbonne, Sciences-po Paris, Louvain-la-Neuve, and Oxford. He published pieces of research on trade and finance issues in IMF and WTO research publications, and various other academic and professional publications, such as voxeu.org and GTR.
  • Pascal Augé
  • Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services
  • Société Générale
  • Mr. Pascal Augé began his career at Societe Generale Group in 1986. In 1997 he became deputy head for Western Europe. In 1998, he took over as head of Corporate Banking in London, and was then country head for Germany in 2001 and then for Italy in 2005. In 2007, he was appointed Director of Human Resources and a member of the Executive Committee at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, and in 2009 he became Head of Western Europe for SG CIB. In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of Global Transaction Banking and a member of the Group’s General Management Committee on 1 January 2013. He became Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services in March 2013.
  • Jonathan Benson
  • Senior Associate
  • Allen & Overy
  • Mr. Jonathan Benson is an experienced sanctions and AML practitioner who regularly advises financial institutions and global corporates on sanctions and AML related matters. His advice includes advising on sanctions and AML issues in the context of M&A transactions, financings, leasings and general business activities. He also advises in other regulatory areas including anti-bribery and corruption and trade related matters. Before joining Allen & Overy LLP, Mr. Benson was a senior lawyer advising the UK Government on sanctions, trade, international law, regulatory and public law matters. His work included advising the UK’s Export Control Joint Unit and acting as the Department for International Trade’s lead lawyer on the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.
  • Kimberly Burdette
  • Chair, BAFT
  • Senior Vice President and Manager
  • International Financial Institutions
  • PNC Bank NA
  • Ms. Kimberly Burdette is a Senior Vice President in Capital Markets for PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group. She is 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 more than 31 years. Ms. Burdette is currently EVP of PNC’s edge act subsidiary, PNC Bank International. She also serves as the chairperson of the board of directors 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 J.P. Morgan 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.
  • Bart Claeys
  • Head of KYC Compliance Services
  • SWIFT
  • Mr. Bart Claeys is currently head of SWIFT’s KYC & Reference data utilities, a position he has held since March 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the overall utility strategy and marketing activities related to SWIFT’s reference data portfolio (SWIFTRef) and The KYC Registry. Prior to that, Mr. Claeys led the initiative to develop and drive global adoption of the registry, which helps correspondent banks increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Know Your Customer activities. More than 5,000 banks in 200 countries and territories now use The KYC Registry. Building on the success of both portfolios, Mr. Claeys’ ambition is now to further evolve these portfolios and provide more value-add services to the SWIFT community, as part of a wider reference data marketplace.
  • Mónica Couret
  • Data Portfolio Manager for CIB Business
  • BBVA
  • Ms. Mónica Couret is a Data Portfolio Manager for CIB business at BBVA in Madrid, promoting the Data Strategy across the organization and transforming the Bank into a data-driven organization. Previously she held Sales Management functions in Global Transactions Banking, being in charge of the Commercial Cards global solution. She also has experience in a large number of areas within the GTB business, including Trade Finance, Business Development and Transactional Banking.
  • Christopher Davey
  • Executive Director, Treasury Services, Global Clearing & FX Product Management
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Mr. Chris Davey is a Senior Product Manager within Treasury Services’ Global Clearing & FX team, based in J.P. Morgan’s EMEA Headquarters in London. With over 18 years’ experience in transaction banking, Mr. Davey returned to J.P. Morgan in 2018. A specialist in Clearing solutions for Financial Institutions, Mr. Davey started his career within J.P. Morgan’s Treasury Services in 2000, working within Client Services before moving into Financial Institution Sales, where he covered a range of markets in EMEA. Prior to his return to J.P. Morgan, he was Head of Financial Institutions Product Management for EMEA within Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Transaction Services business.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Egner
  • Secretary General
  • Euro Banking Association (EBA)
  • Thomas Egner is Secretary General of the Euro Banking Association (EBA). He has been holding this position since 1st May 2016. Thomas Egner has been engaged in transaction banking for over 20 years, most recently at Commerzbank, where he was responsible for defining and developing clearing and settlement strategies, mainly in the sector of mass payments. He was a member of the bank’s SEPA Program Management Team and closely involved in the implementation of the Payment Services Directive (PSD) within Commerzbank. Representing his institution in the European Payments Council and the German banking community in SWIFT and ISO committees, Thomas Egner has helped to shape the European payments landscape over the last 15 years.
  • Stephen Everett
  • Conference Co-Chair
  • Managing Director, GTB Product
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Mr. Steve Everett is the Head of Product & Propositions, Global Transaction Banking having joined LBG in October 2014. GTB Product & Proposition’s focus is to meet client needs by developing products, managing them through their lifecycle and shaping them into propositions in Cash Management & Payments, Trade & Supply Chain Finance and Asset & Invoice Finance areas. The target client base ranges from SME's, through Mid-market to Global Corporates and Financial Institutions. Prior to joining LBG, Mr. Everett spent 15 years with RBS performing senior leadership roles spanning global transactions services (GTS), financial markets and corporate banking and leading key strategic programmes which have transformed businesses.
  • Esther Galiana
  • Head, Financial Institutions
  • BBVA
  • Ms. Esther Galiana is Head of International Financial institutions at BBVA. As such, she is responsible for BBVA´s global transactional relationships with financial institutions across the globe. She is also actively involved with BBVA´s digital agenda. Ms. Galiana has also worked in capital markets, strategy and new business development at BBVA Wholesale Banking & Asset Management and at BBVA E-Commerce. Prior to this she worked with Santander in New York covering large Latin American corporations as Vice President of Structured Trade Finance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Galiana worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She is Vice Chair of BAFT and former co-chair of the BAFT Europe Council. She is also a member of the BAFT Innovation Council.
  • Ziad Ghosn
  • Head of Group FI and Transaction Banking
  • Bankmed
  • Mr. Ziad Ghosn joined Bankmed in 2006 and was in charge of setting up the FI & Transaction Banking Division, which he continues to lead. He is also a member of the Bank’s Senior Management Committee. Mr. Ghosn has a total banking experience of more than 22 years. He started his career in Corporate Banking in Lebanon then he joined Citibank in North Africa and the GCC where he had credit and coverage responsibilities across Corporate & Investment Banking; DCM; FIG & Transaction Banking. Mr. Ghosn is also the Co-Chair of the BAFT MENA Council.
  • Sir Roger Gifford
  • UK Senior Banker
  • SEB
  • Sir Roger Gifford is a Senior Banker at SEB in London. He read Chemistry at Oxford University and began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co, joining SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000 – 2016) Sir Gifford headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career. Sir Gifford is Vice Chairman and a past Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks in London, President of the Bank Workers Charity and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). He is also Chair of the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce and the London Green Finance Initiative, launched in 2016 to further the contribution of the financial sector to the G20 climate agenda. He was Lord Mayor of London in 2013.
  • Derek Halpenny
  • Europe Head of Global Markets Research
  • MUFG
  • Mr. Derek Halpenny joined Global Currency Research at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in May 1998 as a currency economist. In April 2008, Mr. Halpenny was promoted to European Head of Global Currency Research, now Global Markets Research. Based in London, Mr. Halpenny is responsible for developing the London global markets research platform in support of MUFG’s foreign exchange sales and trading activities world-wide. Mr. Halpenny contributes to all of MUFG’s global markets research publications produced in London: Foreign Exchange Outlook, produced monthly; FX Daily Snapshot and FX Weekly; and FX Focus, produced on an ad hoc basis. Mr. Halpenny travels extensively throughout the world meeting clients of MUFG.
  • Rebecca Harding
  • CEO and Independent Trade Economist
  • Coriolis Technologies
  • Dr. Rebecca Harding is an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance and runs a TradeTech company, Coriolis Technologies, which provides Data as a Service to the trade finance sector. In this role she was nominated to the Women in FinTech powerlist in 2017. She is co-author of the acclaimed “The Weaponization of Trade: the Great Unbalancing of policy and economics." She is advisor to the Council of the Society of Professional Economists and until February 2017 the Chief Economist of the British Bankers’ Association. She has held senior roles in business and academic institutions internationally. These include Founder and CEO of Delta Economics, CEO of Equant Analytics and as a Senior Fellow at London Business School.
  • Paul Hardy
  • Brexit Director
  • DLA Piper
  • Mr. Paul Hardy, DLA Piper's Brexit Director, is able to provide in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit, and translate what they mean for commercial and public sector clients. He was Counsel for European Legislation in the House of Commons and EU Legal Adviser in the House of Lords for eight years, before which he was a legal adviser in the European Commission and a UK barrister. He has an expert understanding of how each piece of the jigsaw of EU policy and legislation fits together, an inside knowledge of the political and administrative processes of the negotiations, and considerable experience of how UK legislation is enacted.
  • Carl Hasty
  • Deputy CEO
  • Smart Currency Business
  • Mr. Carl Hasty is a co-founder of Smart Currency Business – a currency risk management firm based in Hammersmith, London. He is passionate about educating businesses about the nuances of foreign currency exposure and how best to protect their budgets, margins and profits. Over the past few years, Mr. Hasty has revolutionised the way people automate their risk management solutions, and he has pioneered Smart’s Budget, Risk, Solution approach. Mr. Hasty is not afraid to tell it how it is and is a vocal critic of the inefficient risk management services provided by some of the high street banks.
  • Adam Hanke
  • Director, Head of Northern Europe Fis
  • NatWest
  • Mr. Adam Hanke, as head of the Northern Europe region, has responsibility for the relationships held with NatWest by banks in the Nordics, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Baltics, and the Netherlands, leading coverage of the transaction banking business in these geographies. He is responsible for deepening existing client relationships as well as identifying and developing new business across the cash management and trade finance product suite. With 10 years’ experience in commercial and investment banking, and a proven track record in relationship management and sales, Mr. Hanke has worked across a number of geographies and market sectors.
  • Michael Hogan
  • Conference Co-Chair
  • Managing Director, Transaction Banking EMEA
  • MUFG
  • Mr. Michael Hogan, with over 25 years of experience in banking and finance, leads the coverage of MUFG transaction banking business, specifically in sales across the EMEA region. Formerly with National Australia Bank, where he was head of trade for Asia and responsible for building and expanding NAB’s trade capabilities across the region. Before this he worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 17 years in both cash and Trade, most recently as managing director, and was a member of the business leadership team for both the group and wholesale bank.
  • Chris Jameson
  • Head of Financial Institutions Sales – EMEA
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mr. Chris Jameson is head of Financial Institutions (FI) Sales for GTS EMEA. In this role, he leads the team responsible for selling the full breadth of our GTS products to FI, Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI) and Public Sector clients across the region, including cash management, working capital management and treasury services. Mr. Jameson joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in January 2011 and prior to his current role, he was most recently head of GTS Corporate Sales for Western Europe. He has also held a number of other roles in the sales team, including head of GTS Sales, CEEMEA ex-Russia.
  • Matt King
  • Vice President, Funding and Liquidity Management
  • Barclays
  • Mr. Matt King has worked in various Intraday Liquidity orientated roles within Financial Services over the last 8 years. Formerly an Army Officer he then began his second career with Morgan Stanley, both in London and New York, where he was a member of the Firm’s Network Management team focusing on managing Agent Bank and Market Infrastructure relationships and issue resolution, often in relation to credit and liquidity. Five years ago he then moved to Barclays where he led the IDL function globally within Treasury Operations and now holds the IDL remit within the EMEA Treasury Funding and Liquidity Team under Barclays International.
  • Charlotte Kissmeyer
  • Associate, Leveraged Finance (Investment Banking)
  • SEB
  • Ms. Charlotte Kissmeyer works as an associate within Leveraged Finance in SEB in Copenhagen. She works with structuring Leveraged Buy-Out transaction as well as other Private Equity related debt financing, including High Yield Bonds. Moreover, Ms. Kissmeyer works as client responsible for the portfolio companies, with focus on optimizing their working capital management, in close corporation with product specialists of Transaction Banking. She has previously held various sales and relationship positions within SEB’s Transaction Banking division within the Large Corporates segment, in both Stockholm and Copenhagen.
  • Anders la Cour
  • Co-Founder and CEO
  • Banking Circle
  • Mr. Anders la Cour used his experience in legal M&A and venture capital, and strong commercial acumen and entrepreneurial mind-set, to co-found Banking Circle (then, Saxo Payments) in 2013. In 2018 he was part of a $300 million management buy-out with the Swedish private equity firm EQT. Mr. la Cour was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2016 Emerging Payments Awards, Gamechanger of the Year in the ACQ5 2018 Global Awards and CEO of the year by business publication CEO Monthly, recognising his leadership in bringing to market the innovative Banking Circle solution to tackle the cost and time challenges of cross border payments. He was appointed to the Emerging Payments Association Advisory Board in 2016.
  • Jean-François Mazure
  • Managing Director, Cash Clearing Services Bank
  • Société Générale
  • Mr. Jean-François Mazure graduated from the ESCEM Tours and the University of Ottawa, joining Société Générale in 1993. He held various managerial positions in the French retail network, essentially on the SME and large corporate segments. In 2011, he was appointed Senior Banker on a portfolio of key agribusiness corporate clients, most of them belonging to the cooperative sector. In November 2015, he joined GTB division as co-Head of Cash Clearing Services, before being appointed Head of the same business line one year later.
  • Byron McKinney
  • Trade Finance Product Manager
  • Pelican
  • Mr. Byron McKinney is a seasoned manager with 15 years’ experience across the trade compliance and commodity trade sector with a successful history of leading digital transformation projects and new technology solutions. Mr. McKinney previously led the global trade compliance team at Accuity, building the business around the company’s European and North American dual-use goods application and also its real-time vessel tracking product. Prior to this Mr. McKinney spent a number of years at Thomson Reuters in the commodity trade division creating and designing digital products for the oil, gas and shipping markets in London, Geneva and Singapore.
  • Tal Mozes
  • Partner, Cyber Security
  • EY
  • Mr. Tal Mozes is a partner in the EY's Cyber Security Centre for financial sectors, based in London, UK.Before that, Mr. Mozes was leading EY Americas Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, named Hacktics. Mr. Mozes has over eighteen years of experience in cyber and information security fields, as well as experience in managing and training professional information security staff for the public and private sectors. Prior to leading Hacktics, he co-founded Hacktics ltd in 2004 (Acquired by EY Americas); And Seeker Security (Acquired by Synopsys). Seeker was an IAST pioneer, the next generation of application security testing technology.
  • Lisa Robins
  • Global Head of Transaction Banking
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Ms. Lisa Robins is Global Head of Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered and a member of Corporate and Institutional Banking Management Team based in Singapore. She is responsible for the bank’s transaction banking activities including cash management, trade finance, and securities services. Ms. Robins’ international business career spans 38 years across Asia, Europe and the US with a subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus, J.P. Morgan Chase and most recently, Deutsche Bank, where she was Head of Global Transaction Banking and Vice Chair of Corporate & Investment Bank for Asia Pacific. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Robins was based in Beijing overseeing J.P. Morgan’s Treasury and Securities Services businesses.
  • Rodolphe Sahel
  • Managing Director, Group Treasury, Global Head of Liquidity Risk Management
  • Société Générale
  • Mr. Rodolphe Sahel is Managing Director at Société Générale, within Group Treasury, part of the Finance division. He is in charge specifically of Liquidity Risk Management globally for the Group. This role includes the ownership of liquidity risks as “First Line of Defence”, including in particular the stress testing framework. It also includes the oversight of Treasury functions across the Group when they are not part of the central treasury team, eg. for subsidiaries. Mr. Sahel has spearheaded the efforts since 2017 to upgrade the Société Générale approach of intraday liquidity risk management. He has had various roles at Société Générale. In particular was acting as the Global Chief Operating Officer for Fixed Income and Currencies activities until 2016.
  • Martin Sommer
  • Principal
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Martin Sommer is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Corporate and Institutional Banking practice. He has worked in depth with leading financial institutions, with a focus on strategy and innovation projects in Corporate and Transaction Banking and particularly within Trade and Supply Chain Finance. Martin has a has also authored Supply Chain Finance: Riding The Waves, which discusses some of the latest developments in the Supply Chain Finance industry.
  • Guido Stroemer
  • Founding Partner
  • HQLAx
  • Mr. Guido Stroemer is a financial market veteran with over 25 years of professional work experience in a variety of trading, risk management and senior leadership positions. Prior to founding HQLAᵡ, Mr. Stroemer was global head of repo trading at UBS. HQLAᵡ is a financial technology innovation firm that specializes in delivering liquidity management and collateral management solutions for institutional clients in the global securities lending and repo markets.
  • David Sutter
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • TradeIX
  • Mr. Dave Sutter is an experienced Fintech entrepreneur, expert in the area of distributed ledger technology and trade, and a veteran of the blockchain industry who helped pioneer the technology’s application in trade finance. Most recently, Mr. Sutter served as COO and co-founder of Fluent, an enterprise blockchain platform for global trade and supply chain finance. He has worked and consulted with many of the world’s leading financial institutions, technology providers, and corporations on designing and implementing distributed ledger-based solutions. Mr. Sutter has deep connections in both financial services and the blockchain industry, being one of the first people in the blockchain space to abstract away the core technology behind cryptocurrencies and begin applying the technology to mainstream financial services.
  • Bart Timmermans
  • Head of Global Transactional Banking UK
  • Santander UK
  • Mr. Bart Timmermans currently Head of Global Transactional Banking (GTB) Santander UK. Previously, he was Head of GTB in Continental Europe where within 3 years he created a fully equipped GTB team with a wide Trade and Cash management product offering for the at the time newly created region—Continental Europe (covering France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy). In 2009, he joined Santander as the Head of Trade, Export and Supply Chain Finance for Europe, hired to build a European trade organization including ECA Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Commodity Finance and “Flow” Trade products which he successfully realized within 4 years. Prior to joining Santander he had various leading roles in trade finance both in RBS and in ABN AMRO Bank where he became the global head commodity finance.
  • Ludovic Tran
  • Managing Director, Banking Practice Lead for France
  • Accenture
  • Mr. Ludovic Tran is a Managing Director at Accenture based in the Paris office. He is the lead of the New Banking Consulting practice covering Banking and Wealth with more than 100 consultants under his responsibility. Mr. Tran has a strong industry expertise with almost 20 years of consultancy in the Financial Services. At the beginning of his career, he spent a couple of years in the startup development and incubation (at the Business Launch Center of Andersen Consulting), and helped launch the first digitalization project of the French Finance Ministry with Impots.gouv.fr. Mr. Tran has invested most of his time advising banking industry leaders on their Digital Transformation and delivering critical projects for major banks such as Société Générale, Crédit Agricole, BNPP, HSBC and Santander.
  • Marcus Treacher
  • Senior Vice President, Customer Success
  • Ripple
  • Mr. Marcus Treacher is Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Ripple. Mr. Treacher has over 30 years of experience in transaction banking and payments technology, including 12 years in global leadership roles at HSBC. He served as a member of the Global Board of SWIFT from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining Ripple Mr. Treacher was HSBC’s Global Head of Payments Innovation, applying emerging fintech to solve customer challenges in digital payments, trade and supply chain. Prior to HSBC, he held leadership positions at Citigroup and Accenture. Mr. Treacher also works with industry communities, organizations and governments to help shape new payment practices.
  • Alain Verschueren
  • Head of Digital Ledger Technology, Trade and Treasury Solutions
  • BNP Paribas
  • Mr. Alain Verschueren is Head of Innovation and Digital Ledger Technology, Trade Finance Competence Centre, BNP Paribas. In this capacity he coordinates the Innovation and Blockchain initiatives in the Trade Finance area and is part of the Blockchain Lab of BNP Paribas. He holds several roles in BAFT (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade) where he chairs the Innovation Council. Previously he held Sales Management functions in Correspondent and Transactions Banking within BNP Paribas and different management positions in the Financial Institutions, SME, Retail and Corporate market at Fortis and Generale Bank.
  • Gregory Vincent
  • Head of FX Payments (EMEA)
  • INTL FCStone
  • Mr. Gregory Vincent started working in the cross-border payments space in early 2001 before his team was acquired by INTL FCStone in 2004. Previously, Mr. Vincent had been working for a global banking institution. Initially working on and then running the Trading desk, Mr. Vincent is now responsible for the FX Payments business in the EMEA region and is primarily responsible for the team’s relationships with many of the world's leading banks, who rely on INTL FCStone for FX payments in up to 140 currencies. This exposure has given Mr. Vincent a rare perspective on the requirements of both the banking sector and many of the world's largest tech companies, with regards to their cross-border payments needs.
  • Michael Vrontamitis
  • Head of Trade, Europe and Americas, Transaction Banking
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr. Michael Vrontamitis is 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 is a member of the BAFT Global Trade Industry Council and the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board and World Trade Board. Mr. Vrontamitis co-chairs the ICC working group on the digitisation of trade finance. He 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.
  • Karin Walchshofer
  • Managing Director and Head, EMEA, Global FIG
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Ms. Karin Walchshöfer is Managing Director and Head, EMEA for the Global FIG Group at BMO Capital Markets, and is primarily responsible for overseeing the growth and management of the bank’s relationships with financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is based in London, England, and manages teams in London, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. Ms. Walchshöfer joined the bank in 2000. Prior to this, she worked at National Westminster Bank in London where she held various positions in their Correspondent Banking and Card Services units. Ms. Walchshöfer was appointed to represent BMO on the European Council of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) in 2008. She also is a member of the BAFT Membership Committee.
  • Lyron Wahrmann
  • Head of Digitization
  • Surecomp
  • Mr. Lyron Wahrmann leads Surecomp’s digitization activities worldwide. In this role, Mr. Wahrmann is leading Surecomp’s disruptive innovation efforts in close cooperation with Surecomp’s account management, sales, marketing and delivery teams. Outside of his work at Surecomp, Mr. Wahrmann lectures on the subject of FinTech at NYU and at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Prior to joining Surecomp, he established and headed Citibank’s Technology Innovation Center in Israel. Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Wahrmann was R&D director at SuperDerivatives (Sold to NYSE:ICE).
  • Christian Westerhaus
  • Managing Director, Head of Industry Engagement & Surveillance Solutions, Cash Management
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Mr. Christian Westerhaus has held a number of senior roles over the past 15 years in Deutsche Bank GTB Product Management including Global Head of Clearing Products, Head of Strategy and Infrastructure, Co-head of GTB Client Products and Head of Payments Product Management. Prior to 2003, Mr. Westerhaus worked for HypoVereinsbank in Munich and Bundesverband deutscher Banken in Colgone / Berlin. Mr. Westerhaus has been an active member of various global and European industry committees. At present, he is a Board member of SWIFT and a member of the ECB AMI-Pay group. He has been a Board Member of EBA Clearing Paris from 2003 to November 2018.
  • Doug Ziurys
  • Senior Vice President, Europe
  • FImetrix
  • Mr. Douglas Ziurys is a Partner in the firm, serves as Senior Vice President for Europe and has been with the company since 1994. His focus is on sales, marketing and product development of market research services for international banks in the areas of competitive positioning/performance measurement, as well as managing the European financial institutions client base. His prior experience includes thirteen years of international banking, primarily in sales, marketing and product development positions in transactional banking services at JP Morgan in Frankfurt and at Philadelphia National Bank in Hamburg. He is regularly engaged as a moderator/speaker at industry and client conferences.