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  • Dean Abbott
  • Co-Founder, Chief Data Scientist
  • SmarterHQ
  • Mr. Dean Abbott is Co-Founder and Chief Data Scientist at SmarterHQ. Mr. Abbott is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in data science and machine learning, with more than three decades of experience solving problems and deploying solutions for dozens of clients in customer analytics, fraud detection, and many more. He is frequently included in lists of pioneering and influential data scientists. Mr. Abbott is the author of Applied Predictive Analytics (Wiley, 2014), co-author of The IBM SPSS Modeler Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2013), and is a popular keynote speaker and workshop instructor at data science and analytics conferences and meetups worldwide.

  • John Ahearn
  • Global Head, Trade
  • Citi
  • Mr. John Ahearn, a Managing Director in Citi’s Transaction Services (CTS) business, is currently responsible for global supply chain and trade finance, including export and agency financing, as well as asset optimization. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Ahearn was with ABN Amro for eight years and was responsible for Financial Institutions and Head of Sales globally for the trade business. He also had senior roles at Bank of New York and started his banking career at JP Morgan as a Management Trainee. Mr. Ahearn is also on the Board of Directors for BAFT and the Pacific Rim Bankers Association.

  • Nancy B. Amert, MBA, PMP
  • Director, Trade Innovation Lab
  • CGI
  • Ms. Nancy Amert has 25+ years’ experience in credit and trade and is a recognized thought leader in supply chain finance (SCF) technologies used by global banks and their corporate customers. As Director of CGI’s Trade Innovation Lab, she is helping to lead and shape the strategic direction of the CGI Trade360 SaaS platform and its evolution into a fully integrated global solution for traditional trade, payables, receivables, collateral management and cash management. Ms. Amert and her team are actively engaged in the exploration of Blockchain/DLT solutions, emerging technologies and intelligent processing automation (IPA) for trade finance and supply chain.

  • Anurag Bajaj
  • Regional Head of Americas
  • Global Head of Correspondent Banking, Transaction Banking
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr. Anurag Bajaj is Regional Head for the Americas and the Global Head of Correspondent Banking for Standard Chartered’s Transaction Banking business. As the head of the Americas Transaction Banking business, he leads a team responsible for developing and implementing trade, cash and securities services propositions for Standard Chartered’s Corporate and Financial Institution clients. He also leads sales, product, innovation and servce teams globally for Correspondent Banking propositions offered to clients in 100+ countries. Prior to this, Mr. Bajaj was Head of Sales for the Correspondent Banking business.

  • Geoffrey Brady
  • Managing Director, Head of Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mr. 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 J.P. Morgan’s Global Trade & Loan Products business.

  • Kimberly Burdette
  • Chair, BAFT
  • Senior Vice President and Manager International Financial Institutions
  • Mrs. 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.

    Mrs. Burdette has worked for PNC Bank and its predecessor, Pittsburgh National Bank, for 30 years. Mrs. Burdette is currently EVP of PNC’s edge act subsidiary, PNC Bank International. She also serves as a director for BAFT. She received her BS in languages and international business from Georgetown University.

  • 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 nearly 30 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.

  • Dominic A. Capolongo
  • Executive Vice President, Global Head of Funding
  • PrimeRevenue, Inc.
  • Mr. Dominic Capolongo joined PrimeRevenue in 2016, and is responsible for leading our bank and capital markets funding strategies and execution. He focuses on building global, scalable and highly efficient funding structures that maximize options for supporting PrimeRevenue’s programs. Mr. Capolongo began his career as an attorney and was a partner with Kaye Scholer before joining DLJ as a senior banker. He brings tremendous strategic and capital markets experience in all areas of finance having held senior positions at, among others, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets in addition to DLJ.

  • Al Carpetto
  • Region Head US and LACA
  • Western Union
  • Mr. Al Carpetto is responsible for leading the payments and foreign exchange business focusing on multiple vertical markets and strategic partnerships for Western Union Business Solutions. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in the global payments industry. Prior to Western Union, Mr. Carpetto was the Americas Business Head for Intellect Design, a FinTech company providing software payment solutions to the banking industry. He also has held leadership positions at three prestigious banks. He was an Executive Vice President of Enterprise Commercial Payments at Key Bank, Senior Vice President and Head of Treasury Services for the Americas at Royal Bank of Scotland and prior to that a Senior Vice President at JPMorgan responsible for Treasury Services.

  • Amy Celico
  • Partner
  • Albright Stonebridge
  • Ms. Amy Celico is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) and leads the firm’s China team in DC. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Celico helps clients develop and implement strategies to deepen relationships with stakeholders, resolve complex problems, and expand their business. Prior to ASG, she served as Senior Director for China Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Deputy Director of the Office of the Chinese Economic Area at the Department of Commerce; and at the Department of State, including as a diplomat in Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Nicholas Darvaeu-Garnaeu
  • Chief Search Evangelist
  • Google
  • Mr. Nicolas Darveau-Garneau (“Nick”) is Google’s Chief Search Evangelist. He works with Google’s most sophisticated advertisers to help them improve the profitability of their Google marketing investment. Previously, Mr. Darveau-Garneau ran Google’s search specialist team and the USA and Canada’s performance sales teams. He also launched and managed Google’s Montréal office. Mr. Darveau-Garneau has been an Internet entrepreneur since 1995. He was part of the founding team of MSN.com; was the co-founder of four Internet companies (imix.com, Liquor.com, BigDeal.com, and Fanhood) and has advised many companies like Famo.us, SommSelect, Poka, Idilia…

  • Tom Deutsch
  • Watson CTO
  • IBM
  • Mr. Tom Deutsch is CTO for IBM’s Industry Solutions group, focused on emerging business models, disruptive technologies, and lean analytics methodologies. Mr. Deutsch has responsibility for designing and building Cognitive solutions that span IBM Watson, Software, Cloud, Research and GBS. He has created & launched many data science as a service offerings and authored papers on emerging analytics methodologies that change the art of the possible. In Q1 2015 the programs that he invented were expanded to a global IBM initiative.

  • Alisa DiCaprio
  • Head of Global Trade Strategy and Research
  • 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. Her PhD is from MIT.

  • Umar Farooq
  • Head of Channels, Analytics & Innovation, Treasury Services
  • Head of Blockchain Initiatives, Corporate and Investment Bank
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Mr. Umar Farooq is the Head of Digital Treasury Services and Head of Blockchain for the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB). Prior to his current role he was the Head of CIB Fintech and the CFO responsible for financial oversight and business management across Technology, Operations, and Controls. Previously he held leadership positions in Chase Bank including Head of Small Business Segment and National Sales Manager for Chase Business Banking. Mr. Farooq joined JP Morgan Chase in 2009. Before joining JP Morgan Chase, he was the Chief Sales Officer for CIT Group where he led revenue growth across middle market and specialty lending businesses globally.

  • Eric Foust
  • Senior Director, Product Management
  • Early Warning
  • Mr. Eric Foust is Sr. Director, Product Management at Early Warning Services. In his role, Mr. Foust is responsible for the enterprise product platform that delivers wholesale banking products, including Disbursements with Zelle®. His is responsible for the strategic direction and new product development for wholesale related initiatives. As a subject matter expert on Zelle, Mr. Foust leads strategic discussions with financial institutions, partners, and providers. Prior to joining Early Warning in 2016, he was the team lead for PNC’s Treasury Innovations team. Additionally, he has held a number of payments and relationship development roles during his twelve year career at PNC Bank.

  • Lisa Frazier
  • EVP, Head of Innovation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Ms. Lisa Frazier is the head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group, an enterprise-wide organization devoted to accelerating the company’s delivery of next-generation, customer-inspired technologies, products, and services. The Innovation Group leads programs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), research and development (R&D) in new technologies, the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, and Greenhouse by Wells Fargo, a mobile-first banking experience geared toward improving financial health and planning to customers who need it, like students or others who are new to banking, or those who are paid irregularly. Prior to Wells Fargo, Ms. Frazier led highly regarded digital programs as the Chief Digital Officer for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and as a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

  • Ryan Gaylor
  • Director, Global xRapid Partnerships in Business Development
  • Ripple
  • Mr. Ryan Gaylor is responsible for building out the global infrastructure and partner ecosystem for Ripple’s xRapid product. He has nearly 20 years of experience across FinTech, treasury and capital markets. Mr. Gaylor started his career in FinTech as a product manager at Parlano. Post graduate studies at Northwestern, he worked on the equity desk at Baird, building out the desk analyst team to add quantitative and thematic research to Baird’s award winning fundamental research. Prior to joining Ripple, he managed the client and mid-market business for the Americas at Reval, a leading SaaS Treasury Management Systems.

  • Baldev Ghuman
  • Head of Information Architecture & Data Strategy, CDO Office
  • Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group
  • Mr. Baldev Ghuman is a visionary and execution focused Senior Executive with demonstrated expertise and experience in developing data and information strategies, business transformation, vision development and oversight of delivering cutting edge solutions for financial services across Commercial Credit solutions, Client Experience and Regulatory Reporting. He has over 20 years of experience with 14 years at SVB Financial Group, responsible for strategy and architecture for Big Data, Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence, AI/ML, Data Management, and Governance. Prior to joining SVB, Mr. Ghuman held multiple consulting assignments as a lead architect since 1997 at CPA2Biz, Honda and RGA.

  • Thérèse Giambona
  • Executive Director, Treasury Services
  • JP Morgan
  • Ms. Thérèse Giambona is part of the Network and Partnerships team at J.P. Morgan. She is responsible for J.P. Morgan’s cash agent network as a Product. Globally Ms. Giambona connects the governance framework with Wholesale Payments and other critical functions like Treasury, Cash Management and Operations to deliver comprehensive and innovative solutions to the business. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Ms. Giambona managed the bank network for Western Union Business Solutions. In 2017, she participated in BAFT’s Future Leaders program.

  • Patricia Gomes
  • Executive Vice President
  • HSBC
  • Ms. Patricia Gomes is Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), North America for HSBC. In this role, she is responsible for leading and managing the GTRF business across Commercial banking and Global Banking clients. With 20 years of experience in banking, Ms. Gomes joined GTRF from the Financial Institute Group (FIG), where she was Head of North America. She has worked for HSBC since 2004 in a variety of roles in London, Hong Kong and New York. Prior to joining HSBC, Ms. Gomes worked with Citigroup, in Financial Institutions coverage and Credit Risk Management in both London and Lisbon.

  • Steve Gotz
  • Partner
  • Silicon Foundry
  • Mr. Steve Gotz knows a bit about emerging corporate ventures and advanced technology initiatives after more than 25 years working with corporate executives in a range of industries across five continents. Over the course of his career he has worked with a diverse group of international organisations to develop and launch emerging technologies and new ventures including: AT&T, Microsoft, IBM, Huawei, GE, Symantec, Nationwide UK, Oxford University, Umpqua Bank, Trinity College Dublin, Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Economic Development Agency (Enterprise Ireland).

  • Maryscott Greenwood
  • CEO, Canadian American Business Council
  • Principal, Dentons US LLP
  • Ms. Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian American Business Council and co-leads the US Federal Public Policy practice of Dentons US, LLP a leading global law firm. Ms. Greenwood is a member of the Board of Directors of Trilay (NASDAQ: TLRY) where she serves on the Audit Committee as well as Nomination, Governance and Compensation Committees. Ms. Greenwood also serves on the Board of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (www.fapeglobal.com) where she serves on the Executive Committee as chair of the Communications Committee, and previously as Secretary of the Board. In addition, she serves as Advisory Director for a tech start up (HYR) and a non-profit (Hostage US).

  • Peter Hall
  • Vice President & Chief Economist
  • Export Development Canada
  • Mr. Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management and EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and police for a, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.

  • Rick Leander
  • Co-Founder and Development Director
  • Understood Connections
  • Mr. Rick Leander has been driving innovation and change in the financial services space for decades at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Now, as Co-Founder and Development Director of Understood Connections he leverages Behavioral Economics to understand how we actually analyze choices and make decisions. Using this science he works with Financial Institutions, Health Care Providers and entrepreneurs to help them reshape their environments to improve their connections with their customers, employees, members and patients. He is in demand as a speaker on Behavioral Economics, Payments, Innovation and Company Culture development.

  • Tarik Muzaffar
  • Managing Director and Global Head Financial Institutions
  • TD Bank
  • Mr. Tarik Muzaffar is Global Head of Financial Institutions within Global Transaction Banking, overseeing regional teams in Toronto, London, and Singapore. Mr. Muzaffar is responsible for Cash & Treasury Management solutions and relationship management for Financial Institutions. He joined TD Securities in 2002 with coverage responsibilities for financial institutions in Latin America, Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Muzaffar moved to London, England in 2009 as Regional Head of Global Transaction Banking for EMEA, where he built a coverage team before returning to Toronto in 2013, taking global responsibility for the business. Prior to joining TD Securities, he held various roles in Corporate Cash Management at TD.

  • James Rausch
  • Managing Director
  • Global Head of Banks, Brokers & Exchanges
  • RBC Investor & Treasury Services
  • Mr. James Rausch is Global Head of Transaction Banking – Banks, Brokers & Exchanges, and is based in Toronto. He is responsible for relationship management, sales development, and product management for the three segments. Prior to this role, Mr. Rausch resided in Vancouver. He is a seasoned leader with over 25 years’ experience in financial markets, including 12 years at Powerex and prior to that Infowave Software, the Toronto Stock Exchange and Toronto Dominion Bank. His broad business experience includes cash management, client coverage, risk management, trading and corporate finance.

  • Amy Sahm
  • Senior Vice President and Manager, International
  • Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Ms. Amy Sahm joined Fulton Financial’s International Group in 2002 following a long-term career in the Japanese banking and trade industry. She works as department manager, overseeing product development, operations, sales and risk management. The International Group at Fulton is responsible for foreign exchange risk management and all international transactional products and services including Trade Finance for Fulton’s customer base. The International Group primarily serves import/export SME clients within Fulton’s five state footprint.

  • David Scola
  • Head of North America, Americas & UK Region
  • SWIFTGpi
  • Mr. David Scola has recently been appointed as SWIFT’s Head of North America. He is responsible for key client relationships and business development across the region. Prior to joining SWIFT, Mr. Scola served as the Global Head of Financial Institutions of Corporate Banking at Barclays London. Previously, he held senior positions at Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York in product management and strategy across various transaction banking products including custody, corporate trust, cash, trade and liquidity.

  • Saket Sinha
  • Global Vice President & Blockchain Leader for Financial Services
  • IBM
  • Mr. Saket Sinha, Vice President & Global Leader Blockchain for financial services. He leads Blockchain solutions for Financial Services globally. He brings deep expertise in convening Blockchain networks around financial services uses cases and new opportunities for our clients. Mr. Sinha is responsible for growing IBM’s Blockchain business in financial services across our banking, insurance and financial markets clients. He brings years of experiences in financial services business model, technology and architecture related to digital transformation, payments, platform banking, core banking, marketplace banking, mobile commerce, cloud based business models, intelligent automation addressing both revenue and cost drivers while helping financial institutions shift towards the new digital age.

  • Nick Smit
  • Managing Director
  • Head of Financial Institutions - Americas
  • ING Bank N.V.
  • Nick Smit is a Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions North America, with responsibility for originating and executing transactions for financial institution clients in North America, including asset managers, insurance companies, and banks. Nick has 18 years experience in the financial industry, primarily in corporate and global client relationship management. After he joined ING in 1995 as an Account Manager in Global Clients based in Amsterdam, he held various management roles within ING’s global banking network, including Head of Corporate Banking in Geneva, Head of Global Clients and Head of Corporate Clients for the Nordic Region based in Brussels, and Chief of Staff for ING’s global corporate and institutional business based in Amsterdam. Prior to joining ING, he worked in international trade and export finance at Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg.

  • Sue-Ellen Speight
  • Senior Vice President, Global Payments
  • INTL FCStone
  • Ms. Sue-Ellen Speight is a Senior Vice President for Global Payments at INTL FCStone Ltd, leading the West Coast region for the Global Payments business unit. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia where she trained as an accountant, further completing an Executive Program in Strategy and Organization at Stanford University, CA. Prior to joining INTL over five years ago, Ms. Speight spent her finance career working in Banking and Management Consulting in the UK and emerging Fintech in the Bay Area. She is interested in globalization trends, emerging technologies and how traditional business models adapt to new market forces.

  • Christian Stolcke
  • Managing Director
  • Global Head of Banks, Corporate and Institutional Clients Americas
  • UBS
  • Mr. Christian Stolcke is a Capital Markets and Transaction Banking veteran who spent his career successfully growing service businesses and implementing large scale performance improvement programs across Shared Services, Operations and Technology. Mr. Stolcke holds a dual role at UBS as Global Head of Banks and Head of Corporate Subsidiary Banking in the Americas, both within the Corporate and Institutional Client Business. He is responsible for managing relationships with global banks and regulated broker from a coverage, risk and strategic perspective. Furthermore, he oversees the Transaction Banking business serviced out of Switzerland, which encompasses Cash, Securities and Trade & Export finance for Financial Institutions.

  • Ajith Thekadath
  • Global Head, Visa B2B Connect, Visa Business Solutions
  • Visa
  • Mr. Ajith Thekadath is the global head of Visa B2B Connect, a platform designed to give financial institutions a secure, fast and predictable way to process cross-border B2B payments. Mr. Thekadath leads a global team that works with financial institutions and technology partners around the world to pilot new ways of sending transactions over Visa’s multilateral network. Prior to this role, he was the global head of Multinational Premium program at Visa, a leadership role that he assumed in September 2011. Mr. Thekadath joined Visa in March 2008 as the regional head of multinational program for Visa in Asia Pacific, based out of Singapore.

  • Barry Tooker
  • Chief Product Officer & Global Head of Product Management
  • iSoftware4Banks, Inc.
  • Mr. Barry Tooker is the Chief Product Officer and Global Head of Product Management for iSoftware4Banks. He has been involved in operations and systems related projects for global banks and software firms as both a consultant and line manager for more than 45 years. Mr. Tooker has managed day to day operations for major money center and super regional banks. He has planned, organized, directed and managed major initiatives—including leading payment systems re-engineering efforts and other critical software installation projects for financial services organizations around the world. He is past member of the BAFT Board of Directors and past Chair of the Payments and Compensation Committee.

  • Dominic Venturo
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer
  • U.S. Bank
  • Mr. Dominic Venturo is an executive vice president and Chief Innovation Officer at U.S. Bank. He has been with U.S. Bank for nearly 20 years and has led the innovation strategy for more than 10 of those years. Innovation is core to the future that U.S. Bank is creating for customers of all types – from consumers to businesses and institutions. The innovation team works closely with partners across the company to harness emerging technology and processes. They create the environment within the bank where these innovations are tested, adjusted and brought to market so customers can conduct their business how and where they want, safely and conveniently.

  • Gerald Walker
  • CEO Americas
  • ING
  • Mr. Gerald Walker was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ING Americas in July 2017. He has worked for ING since 1990, holding a range of senior positions – most recently as CEO UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa. Non-executive positions have included: Chairman of the Board of The Association for Foreign Banks (UK); Board Director of TheCityUK, Board Director of the European Association of Banking & Financial History (Germany) and Member of the Wholesale Advisory Committee of the British Bankers Association.

  • J. Christopher Ward
  • Executive Vice President, Head of Product, Treasury Management
  • PNC
  • Mr. J. Christopher (Chris) Ward serves as the executive vice president and head of product for the treasury management line of business at PNC. In this role, he manages the development and operations of PNC’s treasury management product line. Mr. Ward is focused on continuous payments modernization and application of the latest technology to enhance the client experience and drive new business growth. In addition, he provides a critical role in client relationship management with high-value clients. Mr. Ward also brings his wealth of experience to The Clearing House, where he serves as Chairman of the Board.

  • Stephanie Wolf
  • Head of Global Financial Institutions and Global Government Banking Sales
  • Global Transaction Services
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Ms. Stephanie Wolf is managing director and head of Global Financial Institutions and Global Government Banking Sales for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transaction Services. In this role, she leads a team of treasury services sales and product professionals worldwide for a number of industries including banks, governments, investment managers, security firms, insurance and specialty finance companies. Each team is accountable for the sale of global cash management, trade and supply chain finance, commercial card, balance and investment solutions, as well as maintaining and strengthening key client relationships. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Wolf manages the GTS high risk client team.

  • Peter Zotos
  • Managing Director
  • Client Executive, North America Banks & Broker Dealers
  • Treasury Services
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Mr. Peter Zotos is Managing Director and Client Executive for the North American Banks & Broker Dealers segment in Treasury Services at J.P. Morgan. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the growth of the client base and the delivery of cash management, clearing and liquidity management solutions for clients. Mr. Zotos has served in a number of leadership roles internationally during his career, including Global Head of Network Management and Head of Correspondent Banking for the Americas with Standard Chartered Bank and has experience across the full range of transaction banking products including Cash Management, Clearing, Trade Finance and Custody.