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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 19th 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 19th event also includes an Awards Gala Dinner on 6th March to celebrate the RFIx Awards 2019.

Rowan Austin
Head of Trade Origination & Advisory, NatWest

Rowan is Head of Trade Origination & Advisory for NatWest, and has extensive cross-product and sectoral knowledge having worked for four banks across six continents. He commenced his banking career with Goldman Sachs, before joining Barclays and performing roles across Corporate, International and Investment Banking. Having developed a specialism in corporate and cross-border finance, Rowan then joined Europe Arab Bank where he built a commodity and trade finance function across Europe and the Middle East / North Africa region, as well as building an Islamic Finance capability. Rowan joined NatWest in 2011 to develop a Debt Product Management function, with responsibility for lending products and portfolio performance across the Corporate bank. Having then supported the restructuring of the global business to focus on core UK and western European markets, he was subsequently appointed to lead the Trade & Working Capital Product function which focused on delivering product and service excellence to NatWest’s customers. Now leading the Trade Origination & Advisory team, Rowan is driving NatWest’s presence and capability in the Trade Finance market, with a key focus on innovation, digitisation and business development across all product areas.

Nick Barnes
Entity & Governance Compliance Manager, TradeIX

Supply chain finance and logistics professional with 9 years’ experience across operations, key account management and customer service. Enthusiastic about promoting solutions to achieve free, frictionless, and compliant trade across both financial and logistics supply chains. My role at TradeIX is to promote ecosystem participants to create beneficial interactions for end customers and the ecosystem as a whole.

Jason Barrass
Regional Head of Products Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Jason Barrass is a trade professional with over 25 years experience in some of the worlds largest banks. He currently runs the product organization in the Middle East for HSBC but has spent five years in Africa with Barclays and ten with JPMorgan in Europe

Çağatay Baydar
Executive Chairman, TEB Factoring; Vice Chairman, 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 in the factoring industry for over 32 years, being one of the pioneers who introduced factoring to Turkey. Presently, he is the Executive Chairman of TEB Factoring, the largest export factor in Turkey, one of the biggest in 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. Çağatay Baydar was chairman of FCI between the years 2011 – 2013 and 2016 – 2019. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of FCI, the biggest factoring chain in the world.

Mencía Bobo
Global Head Trade and Working Capital Solutions, Santander Corporate & Investment Banking

Mencía Bobo is the Global Head of Trade and Working Capital Solutions at Santander Corporate and Investment Banking. She joined Santander almost 20 years ago. Since then, she has held a variety of roles in areas such as project finance, receivable finance and structured trade. Prior to this, Mencía worked as a senior auditor at KPMG in Spain. She has a degree in Business Administration by Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) and an Intensive Training course by INSEAD.

Peter Brady
CFO, InvoiceFair

Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience managing both multinational companies and SME’s in Ireland and overseas. Peter has an in-depth understanding of working capital and invoice financing both through having run his own businesses and through clients in his accountancy and consultancy practice. He is a creative solution based thinker that intimately understands SME funding requirements.

Peter Brinsley
Consultant, Point Forward

Point Forward Managing Director Peter Brinsley has worked in finance, credit, underwriting, risk management and international for more than 20 years with and for major global providers. Peter chaired the International Factors Group Education Committee to 2014. He is a BA Honours graduate from University College London, a post-graduate trained Accountant and a qualified teacher. Point Forward was established April 2013. A speaker and panellist in international finance conferences, Peter is also a registered consultant-expert with EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and has given workshops and seminars in Africa, China, Europe and Russia.

Perry Burns
Founder & Managing Director, Working Capital Partners

Perry Burns is managing director of Working Capital Partners Ltd which specialises in providing cash flow solutions for SMEs throughout the UK. He founded WCP in 2010 which was one of the first selective invoice financiers in the UK and has now funded more than £150m invoices for small businesses through the UK. Perry is a member of the UK Finance Asset Based Lending Product Services Board and Chairman of the Risk Exchange Forum Ltd, a cross industry grouping of independent factors formed to combat invoice fraud.

Diego Caicedo
CEO, Portal Finance

Diego is the Cofounder and CEO of Portal Finance, where he is leading the charge to restore banking services to Latam’s small and medium enterprises. The focus at Portal Finance has been the creation of a proprietary risk engine that leverages eInvoicing and eTaxReporting to score and monitor risk in SMEs. Portal Finance has secured partnerships with leading financial institutions such as BTG Pactual which has comitted US$200M to fund SMEs using the Portal Finance Platform in Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Dominic Capolongo
EVP, Global Head of Funding, PrimeRevenue

Dominic 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. Dominic began his career as an attorney and was a partner with Kaye Scholer before joining DLJ as a senior banker. Dominic 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. Dominic earned a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA from SUNY Binghamton.

André Casterman
Managing Director, Casterman Advisory, Chair of Fintech Committee, ITFA

André Casterman is an independent consultant, advising financial institution and fintech clients on data management, trade finance, and capital markets innovations. André spent 20+ years at SWIFT, leading various innovations in the inter-bank payments, corporate treasury, and trade finance markets. During that time, he established an institutional partnership between SWIFT and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and created the first digital trade settlement instrument. André chairs the Fintech Committee of the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA) with a focus on helping banks take advantage of fintech innovations to automate trade finance operations and establish the business as an investable asset class through use of data analytics and artificial intelligence. André holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from ICHEC Brussels Management School and two Master’s degrees in Computer Sciences and in Management from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Jesse Chenard
CEO, MonetaGo

Jesse Chenard is a technology entrepreneur and investor with a host of start-ups and exits under his belt including Tremor (NYSE: TRMR) and Image Space Media. Jesse has been focused on using blockchain technology to solve real-world problems since founding MonetaGo in 2014. Earlier this year, MonetaGo deployed its Fraud Mitigation Network in India. Based on Hyperledger Fabric, it is one of the first blockchain networks anywhere in the world to be used for day-to-day operations in the financial services industry. In his role as CEO and chief spokesperson, Jesse has played a key role globally in the education of bankers and regulators on distributed ledger technology with speaking engagements at leading conferences such as SIBOS, the Paris Fintech Forum, Money 20/20, Decoding Digital India, and Consensus.

Simon Cook

Simon Cook is a partner in the Emerging Market, Trade and Export Finance Group in the London office of Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP. He has experience in a wide variety of banking and finance transactions, including in particular in relation to structured trade finance, trade finance, supply chain finance, receivables finance, project finance, invoice discounting facilities and borrowing-base facilities in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the CIS. His work in the structured finance area covers a range of pre-export, borrowing base, prepayment, project and receivables financings notably in the oil, telecoms, soft commodities, hydro and metals sectors with particular experience in the Middle East and Africa. Simon has acted for a wide variety of clients including banks, funds, corporate borrowers, sponsors, project companies and government agencies/parastatals across the emerging markets. Simon is regularly included in independent guides to the legal profession. The Chambers & Partners guide to the world’s best lawyers says that Simon “is known for his hands-on approach and huge attention to detail” and he “paints a fair picture of what is possible and what is not”. Simon has worked and travelled extensively in the Middle East and Africa, including spending 4 years based in Dubai.

John Davies
Founder and Chairman, Kompli-Global

As a victim of significant orporate fraud in 2014 (the perpetrators have just been jailed), John Davies, Founder and Chairman of Kompli-Global PLC, was motivated to build a business that exposed potential wrongdoing of corporates and their officers that is simply not easily identifiable with the naked or untrained eye. The insight reports provided by Kompli-Global are commissioned by Magic Circle Law Firms, award-winning corporate advisors and compliance teams globally to help them combat financial crime. He is also heavily involved in a wide range of industry initiatives and is Chairman of the Association of Alternative Business Finance. For example, during the Covid-19 crisis he was asked to join a panel of sector experts, that included the 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 also a member of the CBI’s SME Council and a member of the Financial Ombudsman SME Advisory Group.

Alex Dell
Partner, Mayer Brown

Alex Dell is the co-head of asset based lending (ABL) and a partner in the Banking & Finance practice of the London office. His practice is particularly focussed on highly structured receivables financing and ABL transactions, often with a cross-border element. Alex is equally experienced advising on mid-market opportunities as well as investment grade corporate structures, both from a lender and borrower perspective. He also has an in-depth knowledge of supply chain finance, transit finance and vendor and title finance. Alex represents banks, financial institutions, sponsors and corporates, and advises on cross-border transactions for some of the world’s largest financial institutions and companies. He is widely-recognised as a leading ABL and receivables finance lawyer in the UK. Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2015, Alex led the Structured Trade & Receivables Finance team with another leading international law firm.

Ryan Edwards-Pritchard
Independent Expert in Alternative Finance

Ryan was Managing Director of Funding Options. Previously, Ryan was Partner and Head of Business Development at management consultancy firm DBFS, where he successfully built out the advisory division as well as the delivery division.

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
Chairman, Funding Xchange

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.

Charles Fidler
Director Overdraft Product and Interim Director Invoice Finance/ABL Product, Natwest

Having built experience across a range of roles in frontline asset based lending and commercial banking across three major UK funders, Charles now oversees the product strategy for three of the core working capital solutions for NatWest and RBS Combining the product strategy for overdraft, invoice finance and asset based lending solutions drives delivery to the customer funding need, alongside the bank focus on capital responsibility. While the customer need to fund working capital gaps hasn’t changed hugely since the first overdraft in 1728, the way in which UK businesses wish to transact and manage their cashflow has transformed exponentially; including a shift away from traditional tangible business models. With the regulatory impact also a key factor, Charles spends his time innovating the customer journey to meet the requirements of customers, shareholders and wider stakeholders both now and in the future.

Stephen Findlay
Chief Executive, BondMason

Stephen Findlay is CEO of BondMason, a curated investment service, enabling clients to achieve nets returns of 6% p.a. from a portfolio of loans secured against UK property. Prior to joining BondMason, he co-founded Fidelity's $500M technology buyout fund, and worked at Andersen, Deloitte and two mid-market LBO funds. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and an FCA approved person.

Fausto Galmarini
Chairman, Assifact

In his professional career he worked for 25 years in San Paolo Group (now Intesa San Paolo Group) assuming various managerial responsabilities, then in Banca Popolare di Milano and in Cariverona as Head of Credit and Corporate. From 1999 until 2010 he operated as Senior Manager for Unicredit Group (Head of Large Corporate Division, Head of Credit and Risk Management, C.E.O. of Unicredit Factoring). In the same period he was Board Member of the main Italian Banks of Unicredit Group, Deputy Chairman of Factor Bank – Austria, Deputy Chairman of Unicredit Bulbank- Bulgaria and Supervisory Board Member of Bank Pekao – Poland. From 2010 until 2016 he was Chairman and C.E.O. of. Beta Skye SpA (then Beta Stepstone Spa), a factoring company owned by Fortress Group and merged into Banca Sistema in 2017.

José Antonio Garrote
Business Manager, Alvantia

José Antonio Garrote is the Business Manager at Alvantia and has more than 20 years of experience in developing banking projects for Spanish and international financial institutions. He is a computer engineer and led the development of Santander’s SCF product in the late 90s. Since then, he has mainly focused his career on trade financing and has also managed SCF projects at many different financial entities and banks such as Liberbank and Banesto, as well as Santander. He has been heavily involved in several landmark projects, including managing the deployment of Santander’s Spanish SCF application in the UK and Mexico, as well as the development of the bank's SCF application for their international branches.

Alison Harwood
Head of London Branch, Varengold Bank

Alison is head of the London branch of Varengold Bank, a Hamburg headquartered investment bank. She plays a critical role in developing the bank’s marketplace banking business, providing funding to the marketplace and platform lending industry. Before joining Varengold in 2015 she worked in structured finance at Barclays Capital, structuring and executing complex fixed income transactions. Alison began her career as a lawyer with Linklaters, specialising in tax and financial regulation and advising some of the world’s largest financial institutions and asset managers. She holds an LLB in Law with Spanish Law from Nottingham University and is a CAIA Charterholder.

Hilmar Hauer Hilmar Hauer
Head of Debt Products, Channel Capital Advisors LLP

Hilmar is focused on the structuring of transactions to offer investors lower risk investment opportunities, while providing clients with a financing framework that provides value to their businesses. Hilmar has led the structuring efforts for rated, un-rated, insured and un-insured invoice, receivables and inventory financings for leading issuers. Prior to joining Channel in 2007, Hilmar was a Quantitative Analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort. Hilmar holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham.

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.

Louis Hofmeijer
Co-Owner, Dutch Finance Lab

Mr Hofmeijer has more than thirty years’ experience in factoring and another nine years in leadership positions in credit insurance. His experience includes managing all different types of asset based lending including inventory finance, transaction finance and all types of factoring. During his work at NMB-Heller (a subsidiary of ING Bank and Heller/GECC) he was CEO of various factoring companies in France and Austria. During this period he established successful Greenfield operations together with IFC in Poland and the Czech Republic both market leaders at present. In 2009 he founded Credit Convergence a management company and worked on launching Alfa Commercial Finance. In 2018 he established Dutch Finance Lab and Impact Factoring and BizPay securing a 50 mln funding line. In 2019 he established African Finance Lab focusing on factoring and SCF start-up and scale-ups in Africa in cooperation with a number of investment funds and fintechs. Mr Hofmeijer is educated in commercial economics and speaks besides Dutch, English, French, German. He is currently working on book on impact (reverse) factoring in emerging markets from a 4d perspective.

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.

Admir Imami
Investment Director, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance, CDC Group

Admir Imami is a Head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance at CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, wholly owned by the UK Government. Heading up CDC’s growing Trade and Supply Chain Finance business, Admir brings a wealth of knowledge gained from over 20 years’ experience in the Trade Finance space. Prior to joining CDC Admir was co-founder and CEO of AGC a global impact investment manager, specializing in SME related receivables, as an asset class, with the aim of driving economic growth and development in emerging markets. Admir is also a mentor at Rise, a Barclays accelerator, in London.

Georgios Koukis
International Business Development Director, Senior Business Consultant Factoring & SCF, Qualco

George Koukis is a factoring and SCF specialist, with over 25 years of experience. Over the past two decades he has worked in managerial positions for reputed banks and financial institutions such as Citibank, HSBC, Millennium BCP and Société Générale in Europe and the Middle East. Due to his deep understanding of the industry and his vast knowledge of all aspects of receivables and SCF, he was successfully involved as a project manager in the setup and roll out of four factoring entities. George was among the first to develop and successfully introduce a fully automated SCF programme in the Greek market in 2010. He joined Qualco in September 2021. In his current role, George looks after the international business development of factoring and SCF solutions. He provides business consultancy services and manages the implementation of important projects. He holds a BA in Economic Sciences from the National Kapodestrian University of Athens.

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.

Shahid Malik
Head SME Products, Bank Alfalah

Financial Services & Project Management Expert, with over 20 years of diversified global experience. Expertise in setting up new business with specialty in emerging markets & designing financial inclusion solutions. A team developer & competitor with an acquired skill set in Planning, Implementation, & Execution, of varied nature programs/projects (In house & Donor Agency collaboration),

Martin McCann
CEO and Co-Founder, Trade Ledger

Martin McCann is CEO and Co-Founder of Trade Ledger (www.tradeledger.io), the world’s first open digital banking platform that gives banks the ability to assess business lending risk in real time. Martin has over 20 years’ experience as a passionate technologist, business leader, investor, academic researcher, and public speaker specialised in the digitisation of business.

Luis Mendoza
Regional Product Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

Luis Mendoza is Mexican, he is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked for the banking industry in Trade and Receivables Finance for more than 20 years, including Banco Santander, BBVA and 14 years with Citibank in Mexico, New York and Miami; and since 2016 with HSBC in Mexico and currently in London as Product Lead for Trade Transformation. Luis has been an active member of the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber, the Florida International Banking Association and the Mexican Factoring Association for more than 7 years and participates as trainer, teacher and speaker in several seminars, conferences, courses and events on Trade, Supply Chain and Official Agencies.

Robert Meters
Director, SCHUMANN International

Robert Meters is Director Global Business at SCHUMANN and 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 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 ESG KYBP processes. SCHUMANN offers the leading credit risk management solution for the financial services sector covering leasing, factoring, banking and trade credit insurance.

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,The Netherlands. Peter was previously Senior Vice President, International Regional Manager and Managing Director with CIT. He 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, Peter assists banks, regulators and governments in introducing the concept of and educating people about the role 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.

Eskil Myrmo
Head of Factoring, DNB

Eskil Myrmo has held management positions within DNB the past 20 years and has a strong experience within business development and digitalization. Eskil has been Head of Factoring in DNB for the past 7 years. Prior to Factoring he has held positions as Regional Manager, Head of Business Development and Head of Operations within Retail Banking. Eskil holds an degree in Bachelor of International Business from Oslo Business School, Norway and a degree in Master in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, USA. For the past 3 years he has been leading the Norwegian Factoring Association within The Association of Norwegian Finance Houses.

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.

Jerome Peze
CEO, Tinubu Square

After 10 years’ experience in the Audit Department at Arthur Andersen and Renault S.A and Finance Department at Paribas Group, Jérôme joined Euler-Hermes. At the time, Euler only operated as a credit insurer in France and focused on domestic risk. For 10 years Jérôme played a leading role within the Euler-Hermes Group developing both its international risk expertise and its international network. He was closely involved in many of the organization’s international acquisitions and openings. Jérôme held a number of leading management positions including Head of Risk in Sfac, Director Commercial and Strategy of Euler-Sfac, Chief Operating Officer of Euler-Cobac Benelux, Director Risk U/W of Euler Trade Indemnity, Chairman of Euler Risk Asia and Chairman of Group Country Risk Committee. Jérôme left Euler-Hermes in 2001 to found Tinubu Square and lead the company as CEO. As Senior Advisor for Morgan Stanley, during the last decade, Jérôme had been involved in number of M&A or equity restructuring projects, including completed operations, relating to well-established private credit insurers and ECA’s.  Jérôme graduated with a Master’s Degree from both the Stanford Business School and the ESC Reims in France, and graduated with the French Highest Military Academy (IHEDN).  Jérôme serves in the French Military Operational Reserve (Advisor, Chief of Staff Dept.) and as Advisor for International Trade (‘’Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France’’, Member of the ‘’Commission de l’Intelligence Economique’’). 

Rudolf Putz
Head of Trade Facilitation Programme, EBRD

Rudolf Putz is Head of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) Trade Facilitation Programme and has more than 30 years of experience in financing trade in Eastern Europe, the CIS and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. He started his professional career in 1983 as Deputy Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Centro Internationale Handelsbank AG Vienna, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International. In 1993, Rudolf Putz joined HELM AG Hamburg as Head of Structured Trade Finance and from 1996 to 1997, he was Deputy Head of Structured Trade Finance at Bank Austria International Trade Services Vienna, a subsidiary of Unicredit. In 1997, he became Director of Trade Finance at Deutsche Handelsbank AG Berlin, a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole, and since 2000 he has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP). Rudolf Putz holds a Doctor’s Degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Chris Rigby
Group CFO and Chief Investment Officer, Stenn

Chris is a co-founder of Stenn Technologies, a UK-based fintech platform serving SMEs engaged in global trade and those operating in the digital economy. Formerly, Chris was co-head of the Securitised Products Group at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, and has a background in investment banking and management consulting. He holds a law degree from Oxford University and a Master's degree in International Business.

Qamar Saleem
Advisory Manager, Asia & Pacific & Global SCF lead, IFC

Qamar Saleem is Global Lead SME Banking Practice at IFC, World Bank Group. In this role, Qamar heads SME Banking Advisory Services business supporting IFC’s financial institutions globally in building and scaling up their SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance businesses. Prior to joining IFC, Qamar was associated with reputed international organizations like HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank as well as large regional banks while serving in several emerging markets. Qamar has 25 years of diverse commercial banking and business transformation consulting experience. He is a recognized SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance expert and has played leadership roles in driving up SME businesses for various banks in Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Qamar is also steering global innovations in the areas of domestic supply chain finance, very small enterprise finance, non-financial services, banking on women, and Islamic SME banking. He has also been a featured speaker, thought leader and trainer at numerous SME knowledge sharing forums across the world and has steered partnerships with various private and public-sector entities in helping augment support mechanism for increasing financial inclusion of the small and medium enterprises. Qamar holds a Master degree in Business Administration and carries several certifications in the areas of Strategy, Corporate Leadership, Supply Chain Finance, Credit, Risk, Trade, Treasury, Sales, Transaction Banking and Product Management.

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu
Managing Director, EMEA Payments and Receivables Head, Citi

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu is Managing Director, EMEA Payments and Receivables Head with Citibank’s Treasury and Trade solutions division. She’s based in London with responsibility for the P&L, Product development and Solutions utilized by Financial institutions, Corporates and Public sector customers. Ireti has been with Citi for 30 years, holding various roles in London, Nigeria and South Africa which span Relationship Management with Global Subsidiaries Group and the Public Sector Banking Team, Corporate Finance and as Transaction Services Head for two of the largest markets in Africa.

Brian Shanahan
Founder, Informita

Brian Shanahan is the leader and founder of Informita and has been assisting multinationals across the globe in the areas of working capital and procurement for the past 25 years. Brian has worked with more than two hundred and fifty clients in 38 countries across 4 continents. Brian is also the founder of TermsCheck.com, a service that allows you to compare customer and supplier payment terms with other companies’ actual terms. In the media, Brian has been quoted many times in the financial press and is the author of five booklets that can be purchased at Amazon.com including The Working Capital Handbook and working Capital: In Pursuit of Zero. You will also hear Brian on the Working Capitalists Podcast available on Apple and Spotify.

Laurent Tabouelle
Managing Director, CODIX Group

Laurent is Managing Director of CODIX Group, an international commercial finance software provider, editor and integrator of the iMX solution. The technology supports all aspects of corporate/commercial finance, including PO finance, factoring, international/two-factors, reverse, classical, invoice discounting, asset-based lending, supply chain and inventory finance, leasing, as well as sophisticated debt collection capabilities. With a staff of 880+ business and technical experts located in 16 countries, CODIX delivers its iMX solution worldwide to clients of various sizes from SMEs to international groups, and always with a comprehensive suite of services, including system customisation, on-site training and assistance, as well as expert level business recommendations and project management. Laurent’s entire career has been in IT for the financial/SCF industry, first in the business systems analysis space, then projects and products management, evolving into management roles. Laurent has been CODIX Group’s COO since 2010.

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.

Mikkel Velin
Global Head of Lending Solutions, Banking Circle

Mikkel Velin, Global Head of Lending Solutions at Banking Circle, is an expert in alternative financing, having co-founded the peer to peer lending platform, YouLend in 2015. Mikkel is responsible for managing and developing Banking Circle’s new lending solutions, including Banking Circle Lending and Banking Circle Receivables Factoring. Before launching YouLend, Mikkel was a high yield portfolio manager and partner at Rogge Global Partners plc and Allianz Global Investors. He is a qualified attorney-at-law (non-practising) and previously worked at a tier-one law firm in Copenhagen, specialising in Corporate Finance and M&A, including cross border M&A transactions.

Andrew Whelan
CEO, Sancus Group

Andrew has over 25 years investment experience and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Prior to founding Sancus in 2013, Andrew was a founding partner of Ermitage Group following its MBO in 2006 from Liberty Life, backed by Caledonia Investments. He left Ermitage following its successful sale to Nexar Capital Group in July 2011 and after a period of gardening leave joined International Asset Monitor as Managing Director to create a new Jersey Branch. Andrew joined Liberty Ermitage in 2001 and was a Group Executive Director and Managing Director of Ermitage Global Wealth Management Jersey Limited. He was also CIO of Ermitage’s Wealth Management business and products and during his 10 year tenure won multiple investment awards. Prior to Liberty Ermitage Andrew worked for Kleinwort Benson part of the Dresdner Private Banking Group and started his career with Morgan Grenfell in 1987. He has been recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List since 2007 and is also a member of the Retained Global Speaker programme for the CFA Society.

Guy Willans
COO, PrimaDollar

Guy is currently the COO of PrimaDollar Group, a FinTech provider of Trade Finance with 11 offices across the globe. He has experience working in a diverse range of businesses types and sizes from small enterprises through to the global banking giant HSBC, this experience includes working in a Dotcom and two FinTechs. Guy has undertaken various roles in the Financial Services industry, where he has provided the complete cross section of banking products to thousands of businesses. He has worked with FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and AIM listed companies as well as some of the largest privately owned UK companies and European family offices. He enjoys working with technology and taking on the multiple challenges involved in scaling a business at speed.

Gina Wilton
Originations Manager, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Gina Wilton is Origination Manager for SME Alternative Financing, BNP Paribas Asset Management’s SME lending platform within its Private Debt and Real Assets investment group. Gina joined the team at its inception in May 2017 and helped to develop and launch the platform, in addition to managing the commercial development of the its origination partners across Europe. She is based in London. Gina has 15 years of experience in asset management and prior to her current role spent six years as an investment specialist in BNPP AM’s Multi Asset Solutions team where she developed and commercialised products and solutions spanning multiple asset classes across the debt and equity spectrum to institutional investors. She also headed the up the global RFP team at Fortis Investments for five years, prior to its acquisition by BNPP AM. Gina holds a Masters in European Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Rouen in France and a BSc in Economics & French from Southampton University in the UK. Gina is a CFA Charterholder.

Matt Wreford
CEO, Demica

Matt Wreford joined Demica as CEO in November 2014 and, having raised $60m of series A/B/C growth capital, led the expansion of the firm from 12 to 200 people. His primary responsibilities are setting the firm’s strategy & product vision and building strategic relationships with our global banking partners to deliver long term growth. Prior to joining Demica, Matt was the Group of CEO of IPGL, the private holding company of Michael Spencer, founder & CEO of ICAP Plc as well as CEO of Exotix Partners LLP, the investment banking boutique specialising in illiquid bonds and loans, equities, and structured finance. He has served as a non-executive director of numerous other fintech and financial services companies including City Index, Origin Asset Management, and Ri3K


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