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7th Annual BAFT Global Councils Forum - Registration
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015 to Sunday, October 11, 2015
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre  Suntec City 039593, Singapore   Get Directions

7th Annual BAFT Global Councils Forum at SIBOS
Sunday, October 11, 2015
8:00AM – 1:30 PM*
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Rooms 331 - 332
1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City
Singapore 039593
*Breakfast and lunch immediately following the Forum are included

Thank you to our exclusive event sponsor

Exclusive Invite Only Event

Free Event. RSVP Required.

The Global Councils Forum serves as the leading forum for bringing the financial community and its partners and providers together to collaborate on shaping market practice, influencing regulation and legislation through global advocacy, developing new industry capabilities, and providing education and training that contributes to the safety and soundness of the global financial system. This is a free, invite only event to be held the day before SIBOS in Singapore.

Who Should Attend

This is a special invite ONLY event.

To view a list of past attendees by Company, click here
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8:00AM – 9:00AM
Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00AM – 9:15AM
Welcome and Introduction
John Ahearn
Chairman of the Board, BAFT
Global Head of Trade, Citi
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
9:15AM – 9:45AM
Opening Keynote Address: The Increasing Challenges of Trade Based Money Laundering’s Impact on Trade Finance
Trade based money laundering is increasingly becoming a concern for regulators around the world as the volume of trade increases. Criminals recognize trade as an attractive means of laundering money as an alternative to conventional money laundering techniques. There are however, opportunities for banks to implement effective money laundering controls while also ensuring continued growth of their trade finance departments.
Hugh Jones
President & CEO
9:45AM – 10:15AM
Emerging Technology
Learn how the technology mega-trends will impact consumers and corporates over the next 10 years, with use case presentation on how DBS is utilizing innovation techniques to define the future of banking
Neal Cross
Chief Innovation Officer
DBS Bank
10:15AM – 10:35AM
Coffee Break
10:35AM – 11:05AM
Renminbi Internationalization: Growing Pains, But Irreversible
Domestic reform is a top priority as China widens its door to cross-border capital flows. A slowing economy and uncertainty in China's foreign exchange and stock markets has impacted market confidence. Should companies and investor's take advantage of the open current account and quickly opening capital account? Test the water? Or should they wait? Will RMB inclusion in the IMF's Special Drawing Rights happen? Does it matter? These are questions boardrooms all over the world are grappling with.
Michael Vrontamitis
Head of Trade, Product Management
Transaction Banking
Standard Chartered Bank
11:05AM – 12:05PM
BAFT Regional Council Roundtable
This is a roundtable discussion on transaction banking issues and topics affecting Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East today. Hear each co-chair share the top priorities for their region, updates on current initiatives, and challenges and opportunities their region is facing.
Tod Burwell
President and CEO
Maurice Iskandar
MENA Council Co-chair, BAFT
Head of International
Banque Libano-Francaise SAL
Craig Schurr
North American Council Co-chair, BAFT
SVP and International Banking Services Manager
FirstMerit Bank, NA
Eszter Wijkman
Europe Council Co-chair, BAFT
SVP, Client Executive & Senior Advisor
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken
John Wong
Asia Council Co-chair, BAFT
Managing Director, Group Head Transaction Banking
12:05PM – 12:10PM
Wrap Up
Tod Burwell
President & CEO
12:10PM – 1:30PM
Networking Lunch

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This is a free, invite only event with limited seating. Register today to reserve your seat!

Important Registration Information

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Free Event. When you register, you will be asked for your credit card, but just hit Continue without entering your credit card information, to complete the registration process. There is no charge for this Forum.

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