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Receivables finance industry experts, government agencies, financiers, FinTechs, alternative finance platforms, banks, insurers, and corporates will be gathering in London for the 18th annual Receivables Finance International Convention (“RFIx“).

RFIx is the receivables finance industry's flagship event, which brings together market leaders and new entrants, providing an essential update on the latest invoice financing trends, market challenges, and financial innovation, as well as excellent networking opportunities.

The 18th event will also see the launch of the Receivables Finance International Awards

Speakers
Mark Smyth
Chief Investment Officer, Tawreeq Holdings
Mark Smyth leads Tawreeq Holding’s global investment activities. His financial career spans more than two decades in the areas of investment management, corporate lending, sales management, and mortgage banking with leading companies and new ventures across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Prior to joining Tawreeq Holdings, Mr. Smyth developed and managed a financial consultancy based in Dubai, UAE. He began his career in 1992 with the Bank of Montreal’s Harris Trust and Savings Bank and later became a partner with The International Investor of Kuwait, managing one of the firm’s investments in New York before becoming involved with the companies’ acquisition strategy from their Kuwait City office.
Bruno Antunes
Head of Cognitive Computing, Novabase
Bruno Antunes is the Head of Cognitive Computing at Novabase. He holds a PhD in Information Science from University of Coimbra, where he worked as a researcher in several projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He was co-founder and CTO at Wizdee, a startup that developed a disruptive product where different Artificial Intelligence technologies were combined to make business intelligence as easy as asking a question in natural language. He then joined Novabase, where he leads a team dedicated to applying the latest cognitive technologies to the most complex problems.
Marc Bajer
Senior Advisor to the Board, PetraTrade Finance - biog to follow
Çağatay Baydar
Board Member and General Manager, TEB Faktoring, Member of the Executive Committee, FCI
Çağatay Baydar has 35 years of professional experience in financial institutions, such as banking, factoring, leasing, real estate development and auditing. He has been working for the factoring industry for over 30 years, being one of the pioneers who introduced factoring to Turkey. Presently, he is leading TEB Factoring, the largest export factor of Turkey, one of the biggest of the world and a joint venture of a world wide financial group, BNP Paribas. TEB Faktoring has been chosen seven times as The Best Export Factor of the year by the members of FCI. Mr Baydar is the former chairman and member of the Executive Committee of FCI, the biggest factoring chain in the world.
Maurice Benisty
Chief Commercial Officer, Demica
Maurice Benisty joined Demica in October 2017 from Wells Fargo where he was CEO, Commercial Distribution Finance, responsible for a US$2.8bn receivables business with over 12,000 clients across EMEA and APAC. Maurice joined Wells Fargo from GE Capital through the acquisition of the CDF business. At GE he held a number of senior positions including Chief Commercial Officer of GE Capital International and Head of Origination for the EMEA Leveraged Finance Business. Prior to GE, Maurice worked as a senior investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Bankers Trust and Paribas.
Mencía Bobo
Head of Structured Trade & Receivables, Banco Santander

Mencía has worked at Banco Santander for 11 years, predominantly focusing on structured finance transactions, including experience in Project Finance and Structure Finance risk departments.

At present, she is in charge of the Global Structured Trade & Receivables Team within the Working Capital Solutions area and manages the team responsible for structuring and executing worldwide from single receivable programmes to more complex, structured, portfolio receivables programmes.

Before joining Banco Santander, Mencia worked as senior auditor at KPMG in Spain. Mencia has a degree in Business Administration by Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE)

Steve Box
Deputy Chairman, Channel Capital Advisors LLP

Steve Box serves as Channel’s Deputy Chair with a focus on client activities/strategy, origination, marketing, and branding. He also serves on Channel’s Risk Advisory Council to help identify emerging risks and ensure risk-based issues are well appreciated within the client activities and teams. Steve has extensive experience in working capital in global markets including serving as the Global Head of Receivables Finance at HSBC, CEO of Europe/Asia and North America at Bibby Financial Services and Head of Europe at Falcon Group. Steve is also a Chairman and/or strategic advisor to CEO and executive boards of five other NBFI fintechs operating domestically and internationally within the working capital space.

John Bugeja
Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

John Bugeja is a highly experienced trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 40 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with HSBC, NatWest, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group.

John is now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, a trade, supply chain and invoice finance advisory network delivering product development & innovation, operating model design & implementation, training & education and deal structuring & placement solutions to banks, alternative finance providers, FinTechs, technology service providers and corporates.

Key areas of expertise include origination, risk and governance, product management and development, business development, organisation design, change management, process facilitation, training and management development. John is passionate about promoting the development of supply chain finance in all its forms and was a member of the drafting group that wrote the ICC rules for the Bank Payment Obligation (URBPO). John is also co-author of the ICC Academy’s Advanced Supply Chain Finance online course, a core module of their CTCP programme.

Oliver Chadwick
CEO, OSMO Data Technology
Oliver is the founder and CEO of OSMO Data Technology, a unique technology solution to the problem of how to connect with and then maintain access to the diverse range of accounting software in use by businesses. He came up with the concept of the OSMO Connector based on his experience of working alongside invoice finance providers and the credit insurance markets when at Aon and Jardine Lloyd Thompson.
Jonathan Croft Jonathan Croft
CIO, Société Générale Factoring
Jonathan Croft started his IT career in 1991 with a French IT consultancy firm working in the banking sector. Year 1996 marked his first factoring experience with solution integrations and Y2K migrations. Over the last 30 years Jonathan has played many different IT roles across Europe from development and production to IT governance and strategy. He has led factoring teams through migrations, integrations, joint venture creations and most recently agile infrastructure and digital transformations. In February 2017 Jonathan joined Société Générale heading up the Business and Information Solutions Directorate as CIO and member of the Société Générale Factoring’s Executive Committee.
John Davies
Founder & Group Chief Executive of JLG Group, Chairman, Association of Alternative Business Finance

John is heavily involved in a wide range of industry initiatives and is Chairman of the Association of Alternative Business Finance. During the COVID-19 crisis he was asked to join a panel of sector experts that included John Glenn MP Economic Secretary to the Treasury, for Q /A sessions organised for a wide range of parliamentarians by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking. Topics discussed included the CBILS/BBLS and post COVID recovery.

John is the founder and Group Chief Executive of JLG Group PLC, an alternative commercial lender which through its multiple award winning wholly owned subsidiary Just Cash Flow Plc is focussed on helping to bridge the funding gap that has restricted the growth of British SMEs. Additionally John is the founder of Kompli-Global a company that is transforming the financial crime and regulatory compliance space. He is also a member of the CBI’s SME Council and a member of the Financial Ombudsman SME Advisory Group.

Bertrand de Cominges
Managing Director, Global Head Trade Finance Investments, Santander Asset Management

A renowned industry expert, Bertrand is currently the lead portfolio manager for the global Trade Finance strategy at Santander Asset Management. Before joining Santander, Bertrand was at HSBC for 8 years and in his last role he was responsible for the European Business Development activities for Global Trade & Receivables Finance. In this role he was responsible for all global corporates, commodities, financial institutions and SMEs trade finance activities in the region. Previously, with teams located in 5 continents, he was HSBC’s Global Product Head of Structured Solutions for the organisation and, Global Head of Solutions Structuring. Before HSBC, Bertrand worked at JP Morgan where he launched and led the EMEA Structured Trade Advisory business and for RBS, where in his last role he was Head of Trade for the EMEA region. Bertrand is a member of the ICC’s Banking Commission Steering Committee for transforming Trade Finance as an Asset Class, and a subject matter expert in the ICC’s of Global Supply Chain Finance initiative. Bertrand is a Chartered Actuary, has a full-time MBA from the London Business School and an MSc degree in Economics and Business Sciences from UCM.

Sean Edwards
Chairman, ITFA, Head of Legal and Special Adviser, Global Trade Finance Department, SMBC Group
Sean Edwards is an English solicitor, formerly with Clifford Chance, and is now Head of Legal and Special Adviser to the Global Trade Finance Department at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited. He is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). He was a member of the drafting group of the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF) (ICC Publication no. 800), a joint initiative of the ITFA and ICC and published by the ICC. Sean has written articles on trade finance, particularly on forfaiting, for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He is a frequent presenter at trade finance conferences dealing with a range of subjects.
Richard Ellison
Head of Business Development - Lending, Validis
Richard joined Validis as Head of Business Development for the Financial Services sector (UK & Europe) in September 2016, following 12 years as a client-facing merchant banker in various Banks including Barclays, Santander and Close Brothers.Richard is also the founder and creator of Wanderlust Wine, an importer and distributor of wine made by small, artisanal producers from around the world.
Sebastian Erich
CEO, Intermarket Bank AG

Sebastian Erich started his corporate banking career in 1990 at CREDITANSTALT in Austria. He worked in sales and risk management in Vienna and CEE before moving to Paris / France in 1998 - running corporate client business for HypoVereinsbank / France. After 2 years in Private Equity he moved back to Austria in 2007 joining Erste Group – as a corporate Banker. For 5 years he was responsible for Large Corporate Client coverage in Austria and CEE. In 2013 Sebastian was appointed as CEO in Intermarket Bank AG – the factoring subsidiary of Erste Group in Austria. Since 2017 Intermarket Bank AG has the overall strategic responsibility for Supply Chain Finance in Erste Group with a strong focus on Large and SME clients all over Erste Groups geography.

Simon Featherstone
Senior Industry Advisor, Catalyst Corporate Finance

Simon has a diverse range of experience in financial services spanning almost 30 years. Most recently, Simon was the Managing Director of the Business Finance division at specialist bank Shawbrook. Before joining Shawbrook, he was Global Chief Executive of Bibby Financial Services (BFS), the world’s largest non-bank invoice and trade finance business and prior to BFS, he was Managing Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance and Network Director of Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking. Simon has served as CEO and subsequently Chairman of The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) Plc and as the Deputy Chairman of the UK trade body The Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), as well as on the Board of the global trade body, International Factors Group. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on Bibby Distribution and Bibby Offshore Boards and currently advises a number of SME-focused businesses.

Bert Goldberg
Executive Director, International Factoring Association

Bert is the Founder and Executive Director of both the International Factoring Association (IFA) and the American Factoring Association (AFA).  With approximately 450 members, the IFA is the world’s largest association serving the Factoring industry.  The AFA is the lobbying group in the U.S.A. that works on behalf of Factors to educate lawmakers of the value of Factoring to the U.S. economy.  Bert has a B.S. degree from Cal State University, Northridge and an M.B.A. from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Bert has over 35 years' experience in the Factoring and Asset Based Lending industry.

Alex Hambrook
Strategic Development Director, HPD
Alex is an industry expert with over 15 years' experience within Working Capital Funding, Asset Based Lending and Supply Chain Finance. After amassing 10 years of experience at RBS Corporate Banking he was personally responsible for conceptualising, initiating and successfully delivering the Supply Chain Finance proposition at Europe's fastest growing payments business. In April 2014 Alex founded Tonic Capital Group, advising UK FinTechs on developing and delivering innovative and disruptive lending products to increase income growth, market share and client life. Tonic Capital Group continues to grow its client base. He took on the role of Strategic Development Director at HPD Software in November 2016, taking responsibility for formulating, developing & communicating strategic growth initiatives as well as weighing-up market entry options to existing and new sectors.
Gerard Hartsink
Chairman of the Board, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)
Gerard Hartsink was appointed by the Financial Stability Board as Chairman of the GLEIF Board of Directors. Mr. Hartsink serves as member of the World Trade Board that has the objective to enable global trade. He is active in organizations promoting e-commerce (member of the Digital Economy Commission of ICC) and e-government (member of the Forum Standaardisatie of the Dutch Government). He has broad experience in the payments, securities and forex industry. He served as the Chairman of CLS Bank International, the European Payments Council and of the RMG of ISO 20022 and as Board Member of SWIFT, LCH.Clearnet Group, Euroclear Netherlands, Euro Banking Association (EBA) and Electronic Commerce Platform Nederland. As former Senior Executive Vice President of ABN AMRO Bank he has over thirty years of experience in sales, product development, regulatory affairs, information management and operations. He holds MA degrees in political economy from the University of Amsterdam and in law from the Free University in Amsterdam.
Chris Hawes
Head of Transaction Risk Management – Europe, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

Chris has been in Asset Based Lending for nearly 20 years, having been tempted across from mainstream banking. In this time he has worked for International Factors, The Bank of New York, GE Commercial Finance, ABN Amro, RBS and now HSBC.

His experience covers the independent sector, as well as the large commercial bank offerings. Chris has led field exam and underwriting teams as well as having P&L responsibility leading businesses.

In 2008 he moved across to RBS to develop their ABL proposition. In 2010 he was asked to lead the Corporate Business. with a small selected team moved Asset Based Lending into the mainstream of the bank, growing the business from zero to a portfolio approaching £2 billion in a 4 year period.

In 2015 he moved to HSBC to work in their Global Trade and Receivables Finance business, focussing on structured trade and receivables facilities in the Global and Corporate Bank, as well as developing the ABL product in the Bank.

Richard Hawkins
CEO, Atlantic Risk Management
He was at the forefront of developing Asset Based Lending techniques in the UK in the 1980s. Richard established Atlantic RMS in 1997 with Offices in London, Chicago and Hong Kong. The business specialises in Pre Lending Reviews, Audits, Portfolio Management, Work Outs, Recoveries, Consulting and Training. They work for many of the leading Financial Institutions in Europe, USA and Asia. Atlantic RMS has undertaken assignments in over 25countries across 4 continents. Richard is co-author of Asset Based Working Capital Finance on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Alice Hu Wagner
MD Strategy, Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank
Alice Hu Wagner leads Strategy, Economics and Business Development at the British Business Bank. She is responsible for the overall strategy of the BBB, all economic forecasting and analysis, as well as leadership on business/product development and innovation. Alice joined the BBB in April 2015 from Barclays plc, where she was the senior lead director for Group Strategy. Prior to spending 5 years at Barclays and Barclaycard, she worked in London for Lloyds Banking Group and Prophet, a strategic marketing and brand consultancy. She began her career at McKinsey and Company, latterly specialising in corporate finance and strategy. 
Aaron Hughes
Managing Director, Equiniti RiskFactor
Aaron has over 28 years’ experience as an invoice finance and asset based lending professional. The majority of his career has been spent in senior risk and operational roles, leading large teams and managing diverse portfolios of clients. A former client, Aaron joined RiskFactor Solutions in September 2012 with a remit to widen its reach. His previous roles have included National Head of Portfolio for GE Capital, Head of Operational Credit for Barclays and National Operations Manager at NAB. Whilst at Barclays, Aaron introduced RiskFactor software into the business and so can offer valuable support from personal experience regarding the implementation process for new clients. Aaron has an impressive track record for delivering innovative solutions to loss mitigation in the commercial finance sector. These solutions have ranged from policy refinements to the harnessing of technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of risk management.
Daniel Huszár
Head of Sales, EFCOM
Daniel Huszár is Head of Sales at efcom, a technology company focused on the receivables finance market. Coming from the business and distribution side of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr Huszár founded his own advertising agency, before joining efcom in 2012. As Head of Sales, he supports efcom's international business expansion, by defining a global marketing and sales strategy. Mr Huszár is a regular speaker at international conferences hosted by FCI, BCR Publishing and numerous European factoring associations. His main interest and driving force is to add value to the industry through insight about future technologies.
Aman Kohli
CTO, Formely at Microsoft FS
Aman Kohli is CTO for Microsoft Services’ Financial Services and Insurance practice. He's a passionate technologist and comes from leading the architecture of the Innovation Labs of a Tier 1 Full Service Bank. He has interests in Fintech, Digital Banking and Decentralised Distributed Computing. He has spent the last number of years working in the Bank's Office of the CTO, focused on mobile and disruptive technologies like Blockchain, API as well as defining routes to the introduction of PSD2. He also chaired the technical working group of the Fintech and Payments Association Ireland (FPAI). Prior to joining the Bank he worked in the FSI practice for HP Enterprise Services where his main focus was on Front Office Cash trading systems. And his professional journey began with IONA Technologies, a distributed systems and integration, software technology company.
Alexandros Kontopoulos
CEO, NBG Factors S.A & Chairman, Hellenic Factors Association
Alexandros Kontopoulos has a factoring experience of over twenty years. He is founding C.E.O of NBG Factors S.A, a 100% subsidiary of National Bank of Greece, the oldest banking institution in Greece with over 170 years of history. He has served as Head of Factoring Division in Bank of Cyprus (Greece 2002-2008) and Account Manager in ABC Factors (Greece 1997-2002). He is currently chairing the Hellenic Factors Association in which he has served as member of the BOD since 2009. He is also member of the Economics and Statistics Committee of EUF. He has lectured a number of conferences and authored various articles on Factoring. He holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in Financial and Banking Management from the University of Piraeus, Greece.
Jeff Longhurst
An experienced speaker at international conferences on Factoring and Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending, Jeff is a former chairman and CEO of the Asset Based Finance Association and member of the Executive Committee of the EU Federation for Factoring and Commercial Finance. He has over 40 years of experience in invoice finance - over 20 years as CEO/Managing Director working in clearing bank subsidiaries, specialist asset based lenders and independent invoice finance providers. He has set up and successfully sold his own invoice finance business and currently advises a range of businesses in and around Invoice Finance and Fintech. Jeff has an MA in Law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.
Margrith Lutschg-Emmenegger
Advisor, Quaterback
Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger has worked in Trade Finance with a special focus on Forfaiting and Factoring for most of her professional life, first with Barclays Bank, and then Midland Bank Aval in London before joining West Merchant Bank where she had Global responsibility for forfaiting and factoring. Margrith joined FIMBank as EVP, responsible for Business Development and was appointed to President in 2004. She retired to become an Advisor to the FIMBank Group and other industry members. In 2014 Margrith was awarded the highest decoration of the Republic of Malta, the National Order of Merit, in recognition of her 'exceptional contribution towards the common good of the Maltese and the development of Malta as a financial centre.' Margrith was educated in Switzerland and was a member of the board of the Swiss Association of Forfaiters in 1983, and also founding Chairman of the Association of Forfaiters in the Americas in 1995. More recently in 1999, Mrs. Lütschg-Emmenegger co-founded the International Forfaiting Association (IFA) were she served as Deputy Chairman until 2003. In 2013 Margrith was elected as Chairman of International Factors Group (IFG). She has also been a regular speaker on the subject of trade finance for many years travelling around the World teaching audiences the benefits of Factoring and Forfaiting.
Mark Mandula
National Sales Manager, United Capital Funding
Prior to joining United Capital, Mark was Principal and Shareholder in an investment banking firm that completed over 200 bank industry mergers and acquisitions in a 13 year span. Following that, he was owner and CEO of a leading credit industry business and was nominated as an Entrepreneur of the Year. He currently manages strategic marketing and sales for his firm, including client lifecycle management, new client marketing, client retention, and business development. Mark is constantly seeking out new ways to better serve and reach entrepreneurial clients nationally. He holds a MBA and BBA in Finance and is a 2012 graduate of the Certificate in Private Capital Markets from the Graziadio Graduate School of Business at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He has been actively involved in multiple non-profit boards including Eckerd College, Tampa Bay Research Institute and others. Mark is a regular speaker at international conferences and has had over 100 articles published online and ABA Banking Journal, Mergers & Acquisitions and other Industry publications.
Robert Meters
Head of Marketing and Sales, Global Business and Financial Services, SCHUMANN
Robert studied Business Administration and International Management at the University for Economics and Management in Essen. At SCHUMANN he is active in international business and financial services. He advises and takes care of customers in the automation of credit decisions and the implementation of a fully integrated workflow system that also supports KYC processes.
Derek Morrison
Chief Revenue Officer, Rimilia
Derek Morrison is the Chief Revenue Officer for Rimilia and is responsible for growing the business across Europe, USA and Asia Pacific. Rimilia is the global solution provider for intelligent cash application, reconciliation and collection solutions. Derek began his career in consumer finance before moving to commercial finance with Edinburgh Financial Trust and James Finlay Bank where he focussed on both on and off-balance sheet leasing and invoice discounting. Derek coupled his passion for both sales and technology and led IBM Software group in their growth markets in Africa and the Middle East. More recently Derek was responsible for Oracle Hyperion Financial Application solutions in the UK and has engaged in countless digital transformations in finance.
Peter Mulroy
Secretary General, FCI

Peter Mulroy is Secretary General of FCI, the world’s largest network of factoring companies, with its headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Peter was previously Senior Vice President, International Regional Manager and Managing Director with CIT. Peter is a past Chairman of FCI, and has served on the FCI Executive Committee for over a decade. Peter has an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management in Arizona.

As Secretary General, Mr. Mulroy assists banks, regulators and governments in educating the role and introducing the concept of factoring. He addresses audiences around the world on the subject of factoring and international trade and is generally regarded as an “ambassador for the factoring industry”.

Anand Nagaraj
Founder and CEO, Invoice Bazaar
Anand Nagaraj is the CEO of Invoice Bazaar, a fintech Supply Chain Finance platform based out of Dubai, UAE. Anand worked as Senior Vice President at Citi’s Commercial Banking division heading its Middle East Products before cofounding Invoice Bazaar. Invoice Bazaar’s team has years of work experience across banking and technology in global organizations like Citi, HSBC and Goldman Sachs. The platform provides opportunity for large buyers to help their SME suppliers by having their receivables paid early. The platform has partnered with London based Advance Global Capital as well as RAKBANK - a leading local bank in the UAE for providing liquidity towards purchase of receivables. Invoice Bazaar has presence in the UAE, India and a recently founded factoring entity at Singapore. 
Tim Nicolle
CEO, PrimaDollar
Tim has approaching 30 years experience in asset-based lending and financing, and in the systems and technologies that power these industries. He is well-known internationally as an expert in securitisation and emerging markets. Prior to founding PrimaDollar, Tim was an equity partner at PwC (CEE region) and was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in London responsible for securitisation across emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa
Humphrey Nwugo
Syndications Manager, Afreximbank
Humphrey is a seasoned Banker with over 17 years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester in the U.K and Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (“CMI”) of the United Kingdom and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (“ICAN”). Currently the Manager of Syndications in the Syndication and Agency Department of the African Export Import Bank (“Afreximbank”), he has spent the last eight years working in various departments of the Afreximbank. His work experience includes stints in Investment Banking, Advisory Services, Trade Finance, International Operations and Syndications. He is currently a member of the Forfaiting Working Group of the Afreximbank which is tasked with the responsibility of rolling out the Forfaiting product in the Bank and helping to deepen the Forfaiting in Africa
Richard Olver
Global Head of Invoice Finance, Commercial Finance, Siemens Financial Services
Richard is the Global Head of Invoice Finance in the Commercial Finance Unit of Siemens Financial Services, an organisation with locations in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and the US. Richard started his career at Barclays Bank in the mid-1980s. In 1990 he joined Transamerica Commercial Finance in their risk organisation, and later became the Director of Operations, Quality & IT for EMEA. He went on to join General Electric Distribution Finance as the Central Processing Director for Europe in January 2004. In 2006 Richard furthered his career with Siemens Financial Services in the UK, as Head of Corporate Transformation. In 2008 he joined the UK Executive Management team as Director of Operations, IT & Corporate Transformation before moving to Munich in 2011 to take up the Global Head of Platforms role for the Commercial Finance Unit. In 2016 Richard took up his current role as Global Head of Invoice Finance.
Lasma Orlovska
Director Head of Trade and Working Capital Product Management, Barclays
Lasma is a Director at Barclays, heading up the Trade and Working Capital Product Management team which is part of the Transaction Banking Products and Services within Barclays Corporate. With a background in strategy and management consulting for large international financial services businesses around the world, she joined Barclays five years ago, first working in the UK Retail and Business Banking Strategy and M&A team and later taking on the responsibility for SME client strategy within the Trade and Working Capital business. Currently she is responsible for existing product managements as well as innovation across Documentary Trade, Working Capital and Supply Chain Finance solutions.
Jonathan Parfitt
Director, Origination Corporate & Institutional Banking, ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance
Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience providing asset-based lending (ABL) and trade finance solutions. Based in London, he works with corporate and international clients to provide both receivables purchase solutions, as well as ABL. He generates opportunities from the external market by working with ‘Debt Advisory’ and internally with the Coverage team at ABN AMRO Bank, identifying clients that can benefit from its receivables purchasing and ABL products.
Rudolf Putz
Head Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Rudolf Putz is Head of EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme and has more than 30 years of experience in financing trade with Eastern Europe & CIS countries. He started his professional career in 1983 as Deputy Head of the Commodity Trade Finance Department of Centro Internationale Handelsbank AG Vienna, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB). In 1993 Rudolf Putz joined HELM AG Hamburg as Head of Structured Trade Finance and from 1996 to 1997 he was Account Manager Structured Trade Finance in Bank Austria International Trade Services. In 1997 he became Director Trade Finance in Deutsche Handelsbank AG Berlin and since 2000 he has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme. Rudolf Putz holds a Doctor’s Degree from the Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration.
Mirka Skrzypczak
Head of Working Capital & Trade Products, RBS
Mirka is an experienced Product Head with 14 years’ experience in the banking industry; currently leading Open Account product suite for RBS covering Supply Chain Finance, Invoice Finance and Overdrafts. Her team manages all stages of the product lifecycle including new product development, product strategies, pricing, distribution and servicing of existing products. She joined RBS in 2010 having previously worked for GMAC and GlaxoSmithKline. Mirka has Masters Degree in Economics from University of Economics, Poznan, Poland.
Nick Stainthorpe
Partner, Reed Smith
Nick is a finance partner who focuses on receivables finance and structured finance. He regularly advises on supply chain finance, alternative finance transactions involving p2p platforms and securitisation (particularly trade receivables securitisation). He participates actively in industry bodies and speaks regularly at events on matters such as the implications of regulation on the financial services sector. His clients include funds, banks and alternative capital providers.
Cédric Teissier
Co Founder & CEO, Finexkap
Cédric is co-founder and CEO of Finexkap an alternative financing platform (receivables financing and B2B BNPL) service based in France and with operations in Western Europe. Since launching in 2015, over 20,000 companies have become clients of Finexkap. Prior to that, Cédric was co-founder and Deputy CEO of Palico.In an earlier life, he was a private equity attorney with Debevoise & Plimpton LLC in New York and a placement agent for private equity funds. Cédric is widely recognised as a leader of the French Fintech ecosystem. He is A co-founding member and Vice President of France Fintech, a Fintech advisory member to the World Economic Forum, Vice President of the Fintech Commission of the French Association of Treasuries, and a member of the Forum Fintech of the French financial and prudential regulatory authorities. Cédric is a graduate of Cornell University. He is a member of the French and New York Bar, and a mentor at accelerators Wilco, The Family, and Numa.
Alecsandra Valasuteanu
Head of Factoring, UniCredit Bank Romania
Alecsandra is currently at UniCredit Bank Romania, a member of UniCredit, a leading European bank, and one of the leading providers of factoring, forfeiting and supply chain financing solutions in Romania, holding a market share of 20%. With more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector, Alecsandra started in UniCredit Leasing Romania as Senior Relationship Manager, part of the Equipment and Project Financing Division.
Dirk van Strijthem
CEO, KBC Commercial Finance
Dirk began his career as a Tax Consultant at PWC in 1989 and worked in Brussels, Budapest and London before moving to KBC Bank’s Corporate Banking division in 1993. He worked as a Global Relationship Manager for Multinationals until 2003, when he took on the role of General Manager of Corporate Banking in Brussels. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager of Group Strategy of KBC Group and assumed his current role, CEO of KBC Commercial Finance, a year later. KBC Commercial Finance has been delivering credit management solutions within a business-to-business environment since 1963 and today offers solutions to companies across the EU and the USA.
Nikolaos Vasilonikolidakis
CEO & Deputy Chairman, Neurosoft
Mr Vasilonikolidakis was born in Athens, Greece in 1965. He holds a Ph.D in Computing and an MSc in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems from University of London – London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published extensively in international scientific journals in dynamic systems and computer graphics. He was a founding member and partner of Neurosoft and since 1998 he has served as the Company’s CEO. Prior to joining Neurosoft, he was involved in a number of projects as Technical Project Manager in the areas of medical imaging, image processing, visual databases and computer animation. His current interests are in Supply Chain Finance with focus in Blockchain and IoT integration and algorithmic trading.
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