Annual Golf Shotgun Tournament
  • Torrey Pines North Course, overlooking the Pacific Ocean – Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • Located on top of the beautiful coastal bluffs of La Jolla sits the world renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course. With two championship 18-hole courses, guests can take advantage of priority tee times to experience one of the most iconic golf courses. In 2016, the North Course underwent a $12.6 million improvement and redesign by noted golf course architect Tom Weiskopf. Featuring fewer bunkers and larger greens than before, the North Course has also switched the front nine holes with the back nine, making the famous ocean views prominent to golfers as they finish their rounds.
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • 7:00AM – 11:00AM
  • Golf Fee: $300
  • Golf Club Rental: $75
  • If you're already registered for the conference but would like to add golf to your registration, please contact us at

    BAFT Wellness Activity
  • Sunday, April 28
  • 10:00AM – 12:30PM
  • Yoga Fee: $40
  • Location: Fairway Garden (Fairway ballroom in case of rain)
  • Join us for two hours of yoga and tai-chi. Registrants may take advantage of both activities, as instructors will be running two, 60 minute sessions back to back.


    Join instructor Jamison Munster for one hour of yoga and relaxation. This is an excellent way to start the conference, feeling refreshed and meeting up with friends and colleagues, in a casual environment before the conference starts.

    NEW this year: Tai-Chi

    Tai Chi Chuan, or simply Tai Chi, (pronounced “tie jee) means “supreme ultimate fist.” It is a centuries old system of movement exercises, or forms, that emphasize proper breathing, relaxation, awareness, posture, and coordinated movements. Although the original intent of Tai Chi was a complete system of self defense and martial art, it is mainly practiced in the west for its extraordinary health benefits. The forms are often described as "moving meditation. Instructor Dan Halpain will lead a one hour session.

    About the Instructor:

    Dan Halpain, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Asian Bodywork Therapist, has been professionally involved in health and fitness for over 30 years.He began studying martial arts in 1986 and currently holds the rank of Nidan in Shaolin Kempo Kung fu. For the last 20 years he has been studying the traditional Chinese internal martial arts of Bagua Zhang, Hsing I, and Tai Chi Chuan. He currently teaches Tai Chi with San Diego Community College Emeritus Program, at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, and for the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. He has also provided Tai Chi instruction for UCSD as part of scientific studies on the effects of Tai Chi on heart failure, mild depression, and post myocardial infarction patients.

    If you're already registered for the conference but would like to add the wellness activities to your registration, please contact us at

    BAFT 6th Annual Run/Walk Event
  • Monday, April 29
  • 6:30AM – 7:45AM
  • Run/Walk Fee: $40
  • Kick off Monday morning off right with a 5K Run/Walk. This beautiful route winds along the coast to the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Not a runner? Create your own walking team or hold a walking meeting and enjoy a healthy start to the day. All participants will receive a t-shirt. The fastest man and fastest woman will be announced during the Monday evening reception.

    BAFT Trivia: Did you know that the first ever BAFT 5K Fun Run/Walk took place in 2014 at the Hilton Torrey Pines?

    If you're already registered for the conference but would like to add the Fun Run/Walk activities to your registration, please contact us at

    Lunch and Learn
  • Monday, April 29, 1:00 – 2:00pm
  • Lunch and Learn Table 1
    The Realities of Payment System Modernization
    Establishing modernized payments systems is about striking a balance between the needs of all the stakeholders, understanding the current infrastructure and its limitations while introducing the new features and functions needed to meet the new payments processing realities. Our group will explore these realities and solutions. Hosted by iSoftware4Banks.
    Lunch and Learn Table 2
    Is Your Bank Ready for Next Generation Payments?
    This session will discuss the rapidly changing payments landscape and what this means for your organization. Future success will depend on how well banks recognize and adapt to the ‘next generation’ of payments. Can we learn any lessons from Europe and the introduction of PSD2 and Open Banking? What is the likely adoption roadmap for API payments in North America? What benefits have come from the migration to ISO 20022, and what further challenges lie ahead? Hosted by Pelican.
    Lunch and Learn Table 3
    Discover How Banks are Turbo Charging Their Back Office Operations With Intelligent Automation

    Learn how to combine Machine Learning, AI, Robotic Process Automation, BPM, cognitive processing and analytics into real world solutions. These include automated entity extraction for sanctions screening, letter of credit processing and collections. We use natural language and cognitive processing to understand and assign ticket priority, as well as automate interactions with the back office to help quickly resolve customer issues. Hosted by Persistent Systems.

    Monday, April 29
    2:00 PM - Session by INTL FCStone
    Using a SWIFT Service Bureau to Integrate Global Payments

    FNBPA and INTL FCStone discuss INTL FCStone’s recent acquisition of SWIFT solutions provider, PayCommerce, and what this means for banks looking to expand their global payment offering through better utilization of their SWIFT systems.

  • Yenner Karto
  • Senior Vice President & Head of International Banking
  • First National Bank of Pennsylvania
  • Byard Bridge
  • Senior Vice President, Global Payments
  • INTL FCStone
  • Venkat Banavar V.
  • Head of SWIFT Business
  • INTL FCStone
  • 3:00PM – 3:50PM - Session by Ripple
    Using Digital Assets for Cross-Border Payments

    How Ripple is enabling the world to move money like information moves today.

  • Cameron Goldberg
  • Sales Director
  • Ripple
  • 4:00 PM - Session by ANZ
    New Payments Platform Workshop – The Real Time Payments & Agency Experience in Australia

    Launched in Australia in February 2018, the New Payments Platform (NPP) delivers real time payments providing a fast, flexible, data rich alternative for clients. Twelve months in, what has been the experience and has the NPP delivered on its promise? ANZ has led the industry to provide agency services to regional banks and other non-participants. Join us to find out what the Australian experience has been and the learnings other countries can take.

    Keynote Speaker
  • Oz Akdeniz
  • Head of Transaction Banking Americas, Institutional
  • ANZ
  • Panel
  • Mark Evans
  • MD Transaction Banking, Institutional
  • ANZ
  • Simon Ireland
  • Global Head Financial Institutions Group, Institutional
  • ANZ
  • 4:55PM – 5:10PM
    Update on the BAFT Distributed Ledger Payment Commitment – DLPC

    The BAFT Innovation Council’s DLPC Working Group has just released it Business Best Practice and Technical Best Practices documentation. This session is to provide an update on the Working Groups efforts to provide technical specifications and a legal framework for payment commitments incorporated in digital trade transactions. The development of new trade platforms has given particular impetus to the efforts of the DLPC Working Group

  • Janna Webskowski
  • Vice President and Senior Product Manager
  • International Banking Group
  • U.S. Bank NA
  • 5:15PM – 6:00PM
    The Respondent’s Playbook: An Overview

    What drivers do correspondent banks consider when establishing new or reviewing existing correspondent banking relationships? What best practices and measures can respondents adopt to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome? Find out during this must-attend session on the Respondent’s Playbook, a tool BAFT specifically developed for respondent banks, MSBs, and fintech companies.

  • Samantha Pelosi
  • Senior Vice President, Payments & Innovation
  • BAFT
  • Tuesday, April 30
    2:00 PM - Session by Pelican
    Use of AI and Machine Learning (ML) in Financial Crime Compliance to Reduce False Positives & Profit From It

    This workshop will cover use cases for AI and, in particular machine learning and look at how they can enable you to achieve greater efficiencies within financial crime compliance. It will look at different machine learning techniques and the underlying data requirements behind them. The session will then look at how data can be harnessed to build processing models, and then in practicality how that can achieve quick wins in sanctions false positive rate (FPR) reduction, and how the models are continually trained to ensure on-going lower FPR over time. Along the way profit from reduce false hits and increased customer satisfaction.

  • Rajiv Desai
  • SVP, US Operations
  • Pelican
  • 3:00 PM - Session by Swapstech
    The Future of Banking

    Come and learn how banking will look in the future, the changing role of banks and fintechs, and what you should expect from the modern banking experience.

  • Brian Anderson
  • VP, Business Development
  • SwapsTech
  • 4:00 PM - Session by IBM
    Blockchain for New Era of Trade Facilitation

    Trading lies at the heart of a market economy. Yet massive volumes of antiquated processes clog today’s trade finance systems. IBM is at the forefront of acting as a catalyst to convene consortiums to build trusted trading platforms using blockchain to reduce friction and ease trading processes. In this workshop, we will discuss how trailblazers are breaking down the barriers between banks, and the latest initiative on interconnecting trade platforms.

  • Saket Sinha
  • Global Vice President & Blockchain Leader for Financial Services
  • IBM
  • Parm Sangha
  • Executive Partner, European Blockchain Leader
  • IBM
  • 5:00 PM – Session by Finastra
    Payments Workshop – The Era of Modernization and Open Banking

    Financial institutions must take a holistic approach to system modernization beyond US real-time payments and support innovations in open banking and ISO 20022. How can banks offer customers the broadest suite of modern solutions to meet today’s growing customer demand while future proofing their investment?

  • Robert Mancini
  • Head of Payments, Americas
  • Finastra
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