Diego Tavecchia
Head of the Research, Technical Committees and International Affairs, ASSIFACT

Diego Tavecchia is Head of the Research, Technical Committees and International Affairs Department at ASSIFACT, the Italian Factoring Association, and Chair of the Prudential Risk Committee (PRC) of the European Federation for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry (EUF). Before joining Assifact in 2007, he graduated in International Economics and Finance from the University of Milan, where he also obtained his PhD in Business History and Corporate Finance with a dissertation about the effects of factoring on Italian businesses. He has more than 10 years of experience as a lecturer in courses about factoring and risk management. At the EUF, he established and chaired the Economics and Statistics Committee for several years before taking the lead of the PRC.

Federico Avellán Borgmeyer
Chief Partner Officer, efcom

With nearly 30 years banking technology experience, Federico is the strategic architect and now executer for efcom's new global marketing & sales approach. Federico is also Senior Partner at the Amontis Consulting Group, Executive Board Member at Sevar AG, Board Member at Meshed Systems, Sales Partner at Asteria AB and holds an MS from Technische Universität Berlin, MBA Visiting Scholarship from University of Illinois and lectures Entrepreneurship at the Computer Science Department at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. He lived and worked in the Americas, EMEA, Mainland China and Germany and speaks Spanish, English and German.

Igor Zaks
President, Tenzor Ltd.

Igor is a seasoned finance professional, combining experience in banking, blue-chip corporate, and consulting. Igor started his career in 1990, first in consulting and then as Finance Director for a high-tech company. He subsequently moved to Citibank, initially working in project finance before setting up and running its first research department in Russia. After moving to Citibank London in 1996, Igor established market strategy research for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2000 Igor moved to Dell to design many innovative structures and then moved as a director to Eurohypo/Commerzbank, undertaking traditional public finance transactions and driving expansion into new asset classes. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Managing Partner in SCF Capital, a specialised boutique in supply chain financing and its applications. He set up Tenzor Ltd. in 2009, firstly in the UK and then Toronto. Igor has Sloan Fellowship MSc (with distinction) from London Business School and Global Professional LLM from University of Toronto.

Kevin Day
CEO, HPD Software

Kevin began his career over 25 years ago as a software developer at HPD and has worked his way up the ranks, holding positions as a business analyst, product manager, product director, board member and COO. He has first-hand experience in developing, designing and bringing HPD's software to market. His roots as a developer also reflect the company’s track record in product development. Kevin’s commitment to R&D is reflected by HPD’s investment in it – more than 10 per cent of HPD’s annual turnover year on year. Kevin also ensures that HPD regularly works in partnership with its clients to develop new products to meet their changing needs and expectations.

Lionel Taylor
Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

Lionel Taylor is Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network (TAN), providing consultancy and assistance to financial institutions and cutting edge independent financiers looking to develop and maintain best in class supply chain, international trade and receivables finance solutions. He also supports a number of institutional and independent finance clients with on the ground on-boarding support for the extension of their respective supply chain finance programmes into China, HK, and Taiwan. He is recognised as a receivables finance, international trade and supply chain finance business leader and has been at the forefront of the development of financial supply chain thinking.  He has spearheaded the development of supplier finance platforms and programs at both Citibank and The Royal Bank of Scotland and also initiated supply chain finance programs promoting trade between China and the West.

Luiza Buserska
Corporate Communications Executive, CODIX

Luiza Buserska is a media and communications expert with more than 17 years of experience in this dynamic field. Currently she is responsible for corporate communications at CODIX, an international software provider for the credit & finance industry: commercial finance, supply chain finance, debt collection, accounts receivable, consumer finance, leasing, credit insurance, etc. Luiza also has extensive experience in both public administration, including the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Finance, the European Structural and Investment Funds, and the private sector. Luiza leverages her knowledge in close collaboration with CODIX’s business experts to provide insightful analysis and reviews.

Mark Mandula
Chief Marketing Officer, United Capital Funding Corp.

Mr. Mandula is chief marketing officer of United Capital Funding Group. United Capital is one of the leading professional accounts receivable (AR) funding and AR management services based firm in the United States. Since 1997, United Capital has successfully provided funding and managed over US$3bn to entrepreneurial firms with annual revenue from startup stage to over US$50m. United Capital is headquartered in the Tampa Bay area, with regional offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois. Mandula leads the marketing activities at the firm and has been an invited speaker at international conferences and symposiums globally.

Robert Meters
Director, SCHUMANN International

Robert Meters is Director at SCHUMANN International Limited in London. He studied Business Administration and International Management at the University for Economics and Management. He has been in the credit risk management industry since 1993 and has worked for leading information service providers as well as in the telecommunications industry. At SCHUMANN, he is responsible for global business and the Financial Services division. He advises and takes care of customers in the automation of credit decisions and the implementation of a fully integrated credit management workflow system that also supports onboarding and KYC processes. SCHUMANN offers the leading credit risk management solution for the financial services sector covering leasing, factoring, banking and trade credit insurance. 

Vitor Graça
Secretary-General, ALF

Vitor Graça is the Secretary-General of the Portuguese Leasing, Factoring and Renting Association (ALF), in charge of representing the interests of specialised financing members, cooperating with public entities, promoting the social and economic development of specialized finance products and providing training to improve the general knowledge on leasing, factoring and renting. With extensive experience in the field of specialised financing, and particularly in ALF since 2008, he is also a member of the Executive Committee of the EU Federation for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry (EUF). Vitor Graça holds a MSc in International Economics and European Studies from Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (University of Lisbon), and a BSc in Economics from NOVA School of Business and Economics. In addition, he is President of the Board of the centenary Portuguese League for Human Rights – Civitas and was a member of the Executive Board of the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) until 2021.

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