Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
19 to 20 Oct
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As businesses begin to imagine what the end of the pandemic could look like, it is abundantly clear that we are not returning to the old normal. The global pandemic brought about new changes that are felt in every aspect of business and the receivables finance industry is not an exception.  BCR’s annual Consortia returns this autumn to debate better ways to deliver your blockchain enabled trade and receivables finance promise to clients in the “new normal”.

The event will be held in London. For those who cannot join us in person, we are also offering an online option.

Key topics to be explored this October include:

  • Exploring blockchain’s potential to create ESG in trade networks
  • Developing the business case for technology and platform investments
  • Scaling to solve real problems with real-world products
  • Streamlining KYC and AML processes with blockchain
  • An update on the ICC Digital Standards Initiative (DSI)  
  • Standardisation challenges and what can be done to tackle them
  • Market development in Asia

Enrico Camerinelli
Senior Analyst, Aite Group

Enrico Camerinelli is a senior analyst at Aite Group specializing in wholesale banking, cash and trade finance, payments, and Enterprise Blockchains. Based in Milan, he brings a strong European focus to Aite Group’s Wholesale Banking practice. Enrico is also co-founder and former Board Member of the non-profit Supply Chain Finance Community.

Mr. Camerinelli has been widely quoted by publications ranging from American Banker to the Financial Times. He has contributed editorial content to publications such as Supply Chain Europe, and is the author of Measuring the Value of the Supply Chain, a book about linking financial performance to the supply chain. He has spoken at leading trade shows and conferences in Europe, including Sibos and EuroFinance.

Madeline Bailey
Co-Head of Technology Consulting, Norton Rose Fulbright

Madeline Bailey is Co-Head of Technology Consulting based in London. She focuses on digital transformation and strategic change, working with teams to design and support executing plans that exploit disruptive technology so that they can transform for the digital age.

Madeline is an Industry Board Member of the Department of Informatics at Kings College London. Formerly, she was Global Head of Strategic Initiatives at a global financial services firm, exploring the latest mega trends globally in digital, business models and financial services, looking at how established companies can innovate to take advantage of digital disruption. She also held executive positions in the globally located subsidiaries in England, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and Dubai.

Madeline's career started in law and she has extensive experience providing commercially oriented general counsel services to global firms, before she assumed a business facing role.

Rob Barnes
CEO, Marco Polo Network

Rob is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Marco Polo Network (formerly TradeIX). Rob’s trade finance experience and expertise started in the logistics and financial technology sectors. In 2002, he founded PrimeRevenue Inc. and was the CEO of one of the pioneers of supply chain finance (SCF) applications.

He developed the largest non-bank supply chain finance application with over $120B in annual processed volume through a combination of technology and services. In 2007, Rob founded the consulting company, Aradya, and advised banks and multi-national companies on supply chain and trade finance.

Steven Beck
Head, Trade and Supply Chain Finance

Steven Beck is the head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has managed exponential growth of the bank’s trade finance business and implemented its first supplychain finance business.

While at the ADB, Steven initiated a tool that maps the entire supply chain for COVID-related goods to address shortages. He initiated the Trade Finance Register of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which compiles the only industry-wide statistics on trade-finance default and loss rates. These statistics underpinned changes to the Basel III regulations, freeing billions of dollars to support trade in emerging markets. He created the ADB led study that, for the first time, quantified trade finance market gaps and their impact on economic growth and jobs. Under Steven’s leadership, a gender audit was conducted of ADB partner commercial banks to develop specific recommendations to attract, retain, and promote more women in banking. Steven undertook several initiatives to make global trade and supply chains more robust through digitization, including establishing the Digital Standards Initiative in partnership with the Government of Singapore and the ICC. He began his career with roles as a special assistant to the Canadian minister for international trade and as a senior manager at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). He left CIBC to help start up a new multilateral development bank, the Black Sea Trade & Development Bank (BSTDB), which focused on economic development in Turkey, Russia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. Following BSTDB, he took up roles as a senior consultant, including work with the United States Agency for International Development in southern Africa.

Steven is on the governing board of the Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Working Group for Trade Finance. He has an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA and a B.A. from Queen’s University, Canada.

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.

André Casterman
Founder & Managing Director, Casterman Advisory
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).
Michelle Chivunga
CEO, Founder and Investor, Global Policy House Government Advisor, Government Bermuda, African Union, UN, B20-G20

Michelle is a globally recognised Blockchain and digital transformation professional with career background in banking, government policy and technology spanning over 16 years. She is currently in the emerging technology field evaluating the digital economy with a focus on Blockchain, AI, Cybersecurity and other data driven emerging technologies. She is also a senior Government Advisor working on policy programmes, fintech ecosystem development, central bank digital currency and digital asset regulatory structures with several governments and works with international groups including the African Union, representing the 55 African member states, United Nations, Commonwealth, International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), Government of Bermuda (Board -GFAB), World Trade Organization(WTO), World Union of Small, Medium Enterprises(WUSME) and the B20/ G20 group. Michelle is well known for her work in Digital Transformation and Blockchain space having engaged in the space since 2010. She has been recognised as a Top 10 Woman in Blockchain in Africa and one of Top 40 Global Fintech4Good Fellows linked with the UN. Michelle now runs and owns the only impact and research driven black female-led FinTech/Blockchain group in the UK, Global Policy House – GPH. GPH is the only ESG driven group focused on sustainable outcomes leveraging Blockchain and data for emerging and Xommonwealth markets, driving solutions with a particular focus on solutions geared towards under-represented groups including women, youth, black and other ethnic minority groups. Michelle is often referred to as a young thought leader and investor in the Blockchain and finance space working at the highest level with governments, investors, central banks, SMEs and corporates around the world.

Gilbert Cordier
Head of Sales of

Gilbert Cordier, is the Head of Sales of, a secure digital platform that makes it easier for buyers and sellers to trade globally. Gilbert has a wealth of experience across financial services, trade finance and energy industry sectors. Starting out his career in the energy trading markets Gilbert, an entrepreneur at heart, eventually moved into managing his own consultancy firm in Brazil and Switzerland! Over the last few years he has been working within the financial services industry as the appointed Sales and Product manager in Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking - SGCIB, France. Gilbert has recently been appointed Head of Sales for to leverage his expertise to further scale’s network by helping new banks open up new revenue opportunities for them and their clients, via the platform.

Gilbert has a natural flare, a work ethic that is second to none and is well regarded by his peers and clients. Gilbert has helped many clients understand their business needs and has helped them simplify their trade operations offering solutions via the platform! Building More Trust and More Trade, one conversation at a time.

Mark Cudden
Acting CEO of Ireland based, Innovation DAC

Mark Cudden, is the Acting CEO of Ireland based, Innovation DAC, a secure digital platform that makes it easier for buyers and sellers to trade globally.

Mark has held multiple leadership roles within organisations around the world and has guided multi-disciplinary teams in transformation, cost optimisation and operational improvements initiatives. He leads organisations towards sustainable growth and through instilling a high-performance culture.

At present, he executes the technology strategy, designs operating models with leading the Product Delivery and Technology teams in, and is currently a member of the Hyperledger Trade Finance Special Interest Group (SIG).

Furthermore with over 23+ years gaining a wealth of experience from Engineering through Architecture into Leadership crossing a multitude of vertical sectors including, but not limited to; Finance, Education, Government and Telecommunications. Mark holds a master’s degree in Web Technologies and is an International speaker in Dublin, Paris, Tokyo and New York and online.

Bhaskar Dasgupta
Head of Market Infrastructure, Digital and VC/FinTech

Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta is responsible for market development, new product & eco-system development, developing go-to-market strategies, managing new initiatives and delivering a significant increase in the number of firms listed in ADGM and AUM. Sectors include Exchanges and Market Infrastructure, Virtual/Digital Assets, Digital Banking, Broker / Dealers, Venture Capital, FinTech, Sustainable Finance, Transaction Banking, Commodities. He is also responsible for South Asia, GSIB's, Sales & Business Development Transformation Initiatives.

Prior to joining ADGM in 2019, Dr Dasgupta was the Chief Operating Officer of UK Export Finance at the Department of International Trade in the UK Government. His 25 year career included senior level leadership, business development and transformation roles in investment banking, transaction banking, technology and consulting in firms such as HSBC, ABN AMRO, Citigroup and PwC.

Dr Dasgupta holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bhopal, an MBA in Finance from Indore University, a PhD in Financial Modelling & AI from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Politics from Kings College London. He is currently completing his third PhD in Food History from Brunel University, UK.

Sudhir Dole
CEO, Trade Information Network
Mr. Dole is the CEO of Trade Information Network Limited since January 2020. Mr. Dole has worked for 27 years as a banker. He started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1992 and has also worked with Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC and ICICI Bank. His domain experience started with trade finance, and includes cash management, fund raising and financial institutions. He was the first head of the transaction banking business for ICICI Bank (2006-2009). He has experience of working across multiple geographies including Hong Kong, UK and India. He has been in Chief Executive roles since 2008 and more recently, he was the CEO of ICICI Bank UK plc for six years.
Brian Edmondson
Global Head, Trade and Working Capital Finance, Finastra
Brian is the global head for trade and working capital finance at Finastra. Brian has worked in Trade and Working Capital Finance solutions since 1992. He was formerly Executive Vice President at China Systems (Eximbills) based in Asia-Pacific where he was responsible for Product Management eventually moving to MD in 2000. Brian then moved to Europe to become the Vertical Sales Lead for Financial Services at IBM. In 2009 Brian joined Finastra and has been instrumental in the development of the Model Bank concept for transaction-based banking and the application of the global processing solution for large international banks. Brian has been the lead Solution Architect for global projects for banks such as Commerzbank, Barclays and ING.
Emmanuelle Ganne
Senior Analyst, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Emmanuelle Ganne is Senior Analyst in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) where she leads WTO work on Blockchain. She is the author of a recently published WTO book entitled "Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?". Ms. Ganne is also WTO's lead on micro, small and medium side enterprises. Prior to this, she held the position of Vice-President and Managing Director for Europe at the Allam Advisory Group (AAG), a team of former C-level executives and senior diplomats that specializes in helping businesses expand their operations globally. Before joining AAG, Ms. Ganne held various positions at the WTO, including in the Information and External Relations Division where she briefed journalists on WTO negotiations, as Counselor to Director-General Pascal Lamy, and in the Accessions Division where she assessed trade policies of governments wishing to join the WTO and advised them on how to improve their business environment. Before joining the WTO in 2002, Ms. Ganne worked for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, putting in place the Stability Pact Anti-Corruption Initiative, which assisted South Eastern European states curb corruption. Ms. Ganne is a 2009 Yale World Fellow.
Hans Huber
DLT Trade Finance Innovation R&D, Commerzbank
Hans Huber has 25 years of experience in Logistics, Marketing and the Financial Industry. He has worked in Germany, Japan and the UK and is currently working on Trade Finance innovation projects in the DLT Lab of Main Incubator, a subsidiary of Commerzbank AG
Michael Hyltoft
Michael Hyltoft is an accomplished Transformation Director and Consultant with over fifteen years of experience in all aspects of supply chain finance. He has significant experience in both design and implementation of SCF, and through these have grown an in-depth knowledge of all relating issues, from internal buying in the buying organisation, structuring the financing of the programme, to successfully on-boarding the supplier base. He supports the SCF process end to end, from initial strategy development to supply on-boarding and ongoing maintenance/optimisation of live programmes, with a proven track record of delivering successful programmes. With his knowledge of procurement, transactional finance, treasury and IT, he is capable of bringing together parts of the organisation, which may not have past experience of working together. As a regular speaker at international conferences on SCF, Michael is recognised in the market as one of the top thought leaders. Michael has a Masters in Information Technology and Economic Control and though originally from Denmark, has lived in the UK for the last twenty years. He has worked internationally and has an acute appreciation of what is required to get the job done often in challenging environments.
Angela Koll
Senior Business Expert for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Commerzbank, Co-Founder, Marco Polo Initiative
Angela Koll has joined Commerzbank AG in 1990. Since then, she has been engaged in Trade Finance, working in Documentary Business departments in Frankfurt and London, Transaction Banking, Sales Strategy International and Product Management. In 2010 Angela also started to get involved in Supply Chain Finance. She was part of working groups in the Euro Banking Association (EBA) and Global SCF Forum to publish Standard Definitions for Supply Chain Finance and implemented the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) in Commerzbank as a first digital solution in Trade Finance. With members of R3, Commerzbank DLT and other members of banks Angela founded the Blockchain Trade Finance initiative Marco Polo in 2017. For the Marco Polo Payment Commitment she is chairing the working groups of Product Users and for Key Features and is co-chairing the Rulebook Working Group. Angela is part of the ICC initiative for Digital Trade, with focus on the Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions (URDTT).
Joshua Kroeker
Chief Product Officer, Contour

Josh Kroeker is the Chief Product Officer of Contour, a network to lead a global adoption of blockchain-based trade solutions.

Josh has 15 years of experience in Hong Kong and Canada in senior positions across trade finance business development, learning and development, trade finance product management and corporate banking innovation at HSBC, one of the world’s leading trade finance banks.

Josh’s passion is to increase the accessibility of trade finance through technology and has been involved in a majority of the industry’s trade digitisation efforts in the past decade, particularly in regards to traditional trade products. Most recently he has led a global innovation team pioneering the use of blockchain to provide a breakthrough for trade and trade finance, a notoriously difficult to change industry.

Globally recognised as a leader in this space including being named one of Forbes Blockchain Top 50, Josh is keen to help banks, corporates, and the wider trade ecosystem on their journey to a digital trade future.

Kirsten Kunz
Global Head Trade Flow Product Management
Kirsten joined Deutsche Bank in 1986 after an apprenticeship with a regional German savings bank. She holds a degree as Dipl. Bankbetriebswirt (Certified Professional in Management & Leadership) from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and a Masters degree from City, University of London / Ashridge Business School. Over the course of her career at Deutsche Bank, Kirsten worked in credit & risk management, corporate relationship management, and Trade Finance Structuring before taking the current role. She worked in Stuttgart, New York, and Frankfurt. Kirsten is at the Board of Directors of the Trade Information Network and represents Deutsche Bank at the International Data Spaces Association, Berlin, which in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Software- and System technic ISST is dedicated to achieving digitally networked industry.
Oswald Kuyler
Managing Director, DSI, International Chamber of Commerce
Merisa Lee Gimpel
Managing Director, Head of Working Capital Innovation, Lloyds Bank
Merisa Lee Gimpel is responsible for trade solution development, innovation and customer journey at Lloyds Bank. She has over 14 years of experience in commercial banking, with a focus on product development and improving customer journeys in trade finance and cash management. She runs a portfolio of customer-centric core, incremental and transformational projects, in collaboration with a network of strategic partners, which includes fintechs, banks, consortia and importantly customers. Merisa and her team engage customers along the entire solution development cycle, from understanding their biggest pain points (jobs to be done) through to designing and implementing solutions and ensuring these stay relevant through continuous feedback. She sits on the ITFA Fintech Committee, the ICC UK Banking Committee representing the Sustainable Trade Finance Working Group and the BAFT Innovation Council. Prior to joining Lloyds Bank in 2018, Merisa was most recently Product Head of Supply Chain Finance at Citi for the European, Middle East and African region. Merisa holds certificates in International Treasury Management and International Cash Management from the ACT, as well as a BSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Samuel Mathew
Managing Director, Head, FI & Documentary Trade, Product Management, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered

Samuel Mathew heads up the FI & Documentary Trade products at Standard Chartered Bank He is also the Chief Product Owner (CPO) for the trade platform transformation project at Standard Chartered Bank. In his current role Samuel’s team is in charge of leading the Bank’s Documentary Trade capabilities, vision, P&L, as also leading the trade digitization efforts leveraging fintechs & 3rd party platform providers. His previous roles include Regional Head of Sales- ASEAN for Local Corporates & Commodity clients, Global Head - Trade Solutions Structuring, Regional head of Product Management for SEA , Global Head of Collections & A/R product solutions, Regional Product Manager in charge of Receivables solutions etc. Samuel has over 25+ years of transaction banking experience with leading banks such as Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank N.A and Deutsche Bank. A graduate of Bombay University, Mumbai with 1st Class Honors in Engineering, Samuel also an MBA from the Nanyang Business School in Singapore.

Authari Megele
Director, Sales and Account Management, Marco Polo Network
Authari Megele is in charge of sales and account management for Marco Polo Network Operations (Ireland) Limited in the DACH region. Before that, Authari worked for the multibank SCF platform „PrimeRevenue“ and the consulting firm „Deloitte“ within its Corporate Finance team.
Vinay Mendonca
Managing Director; Global Head, Product and Structuring, Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), HSBC

Vinay is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Group’s trade, receivable and supply chain finance solutions, overseeing their development and ongoing management. He also runs the client solutions & implementation group that structures tailored client offerings. He is overseeing the design and delivery of the Group’s new trade technology stack and is accountable for the innovation and digitisation agenda within Trade.

Vinay and his team are part of several global and local trade industry forums. They front several Trade FinTech engagements and are Directors on boards of firms where the Group has strategic interests. Vinay is on the Board of R3 – a Distributed Ledger Technology enterprise firm and represents HSBC at various client, industry and media forums. HSBC and Vinay are listed on the Forbes Blockchain 50 2021.

He has 20 years of experience in wholesale and transaction banking covering product, structuring, strategy, sales and relationship management. Prior to his present role, he was running strategy for HSBC’s global trade business. He moved to London from Hong Kong in 2015, where he was the Global Head of Documentary Trade solutions.

Before moving to Hong Kong, Vinay headed Product Management for HSBC’s Trade franchise in India. In his earlier roles within HSBC India, he managed the payables product suite.

Prior to joining HSBC in April 2006, Vinay was a Senior Consultant with Infosys Technologies, based in Amsterdam. He previously worked with BNP Paribas and Reliance Industries Limited in India.

Vinay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management Studies in Finance from the University of Mumbai.

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”.

Sean Murphy
Partner, Global Head, FinTech, Head, Technology and Innovation, EMEA, Norton Rose Fulbright

Sean Murphy is a corporate lawyer based in London. He is the global head of our FinTech practice and is head of our Technology and Innovation practice in EMEA.

Sean advises on a broad range of corporate matters including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity buy-outs and venture capital and growth equity investments.

Sean has extensive experience of advising on investments in, and acquisitions of, technology businesses. He has worked in Silicon Valley and is very familiar with the unique dynamics of transactions in the technology sector.

Sean also advises on the development and deployment of financial services technology and on investments, acquisitions and joint ventures in the FinTech sector. He advises clients across the FinTech ecosystem including start-ups and mature technology companies, VC and PE firms, financial institutions, consortia and industry associations. He is widely regarded and recognized for his FinTech experience and is the co-chair of the US Chamber of Digital Commerce's Smart Contracts Alliance. Sean is frequently sought after to speak at conferences in the UK and the US and for commentary in the press.

Samir Neji
Founder and CEO, dltledgers

A sought after global speaker in business blockchain, digital transformation, dltledgers logistics Apps, Business model innovation for industry transformations. He has build two platforms for transforming global trade and extended supply chain in blockchain.

Over 22 years of building mature and sustainable business models in APAC, Orchestrating hybrid solution skills across disruptive digital business platforms, Blockchain apps for early adoption in large enterprise. Initiating and driving these transformation models into business for industry level leaderships. He has consulted with more than 100 + global fortune companies and 300+ Asian conglomerates.

Start up enthuse, advisory, entrepreneurial approach, problem solving mindset, attitude and ability to build cross functional teams and execute. Proven track record in building several business from conception to maturity.

Apart from his day job as Founder/CEO of the most acclaimed business blockchain company in Singapore, he is researching and speaking on Industry specific business model innovations and "Next Gen disruptions" in blockchains, network concepts in extended supply chains, business modelling.

Jens Noffke
Working Capital Lead, Global Procurement, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Jens H. Noffke joined Roche in Basel, Switzerland in 2001. He supported the rollout of Roche’s global Treasury system for 3 years and subsequently joined Group Treasury where he spent 8 years in Cash Management and FX Trading.

He relocated to the US in 2012 and has held various roles in both Finance and Procurement at Roche/Genentech. Currently, he is leading Working Capital projects within Roche’s Global Procurement organisation. Jens graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Koblenz, Germany with a degree in finance and controlling.

Andrew Raymond
CEO, Bolero

Andrew was appointed CEO of Bolero International in March 2019 after joining the business in September 2017 as the Global Head of Sales. Andrew’s mission at Bolero has been to bring to market new and innovative solutions which leverage Bolero’s capabilities and address current and emerging market opportunities and technologies.

Andrew has more than 20 years of global sales and client management experience with leading solution providers such as FIS / SunGard, Algorithmics and SmartStream, and has a background of innovation and client delivery in transaction banking and capital markets.

Jordane Rollin
Regional Head of Trade, Americas

Jordane started his career leading online payment gateways and B2B portals in Europe, before moving to China in 2005 to lead Business development and Partnerships for Groupe BPCE Oney Banque. He has held various trade finance roles at Standard Chartered in Singapore since 2010, including leading global Trade digital initiatives for three years, and the bank investment in Contour (a multi-bank owned open network, leveraging distributed ledger technology to revamp documentary trade). He is based in New York since 2019, and is currently Head of Trade & Working Capital, Americas for the bank. Jordane holds a Master of Engineering from École Centrale de Lyon (France) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD.

David E Rutter
Founder, CEO, R3

David E Rutter is the founder and CEO of R3, an enterprise software company empowering the next generation of blockchain innovation through its flagship platform, Corda. Since 2015, he has grown the company of over 250 employees in 13 countries to become the leading enterprise blockchain provider and has built a thriving ecosystem of more than 300 diverse firms building on and supporting the platform globally.

David is a longtime creative thought leader in financial technology with over 30 years of experience leading some of Wall Street’s top institutions. He has invested in and founded a number of startups including R3 (above) and LiquidityEdge LLC, a successful UST treasury broker dealer that was recently sold to MarketAxess. He continues to invest in and support several startups with a primary focus on further development of the Corda ecosystem.

David is recognized for having played a significant role in the adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives and securities industry. David served for ten years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, where he led the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforms. Prior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO (Americas) of Prebon Yamane. David is active in a number of charities through his charitable trust—most notably, he is a well member of Charity Water, which pays administration expenses of the charity, so 100% of contributions go to providing clean water to those that need it the most.

Parm Sangha
GBS Europe Blockchain Leader, IBM
Parm is responsible for IBM Europe’s Global Business Services (GBS) Blockchain practice strategy and Go-To-Market initiatives. Having joined IBM at the end of Q3 2016, Parm helped define the global GBS Blockchain strategy and establish the European practice. Since then, Parm was also instrumental in IBM’s successful partnership with We.Trade, a 9 bank consortia’s launch of a production grade deployment of a blockchain enabled Trade Finance network platform. As a proven growth driver, Parm has operated at Board level and Senior Management Client facing roles, to advise and execute business and technology strategies. Spanning the Fortune 500, Parm has applied new technologies to unlock new business value with new business models leveraging technologies like predictive analytics, AI, IoT and Blockchain Out of office hours, Parm is also an amateur inventor (more tinkerer) and has engaged with a UK Government initiative to tackle obesity with his to be patentpending stealth exercise device. He is also involved in mentoring several startups in the education, financial and charity software markets as well as Duke of Edinburgh students. He follows Arsenal Football Club, Formula 1, squash and has an awful golf handicap
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.
Lionel Taylor
Managing Director, Trade Advisory Network

Lionel Taylor is a trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 30 years experience in senior leadership roles with major financial institutions including RBS, Rabobank, Citibank and Lloyds Banking Group and with non-bank independents.

Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, which specialises in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance with a client base of regional banks independent finance providers, fintechs and technology providers, his key areas of expertise include new business strategy, turnaround, organisation design, new product design, product management, marketing, origination, credit, team building and training.

He has extensive experience of operating in Asia where he led the cooperation on trade and supply chain finance between RBS and Bank of China, established an independent finance company facilitating trade between Asian and Western SMEs and assisted in the development of the Chinese factoring industry. Today, he continues his close involvement in the region, working with government agencies, banks, independent funders, investors and others who are looking to promote and extend trade and supply chain finance in the region.

He currently is a Non-Executive Director of a growing UK based Fintech, sits as the independent credit committee member for another non-bank finance provider and is also co-author of the ICC Academy’s Advanced Supply Chain Finance online course, a core module of their CTCP programme.

He continues to be engaged in advising a number of financial institutions, fintechs and technology providers on the development of their trade and supply chain finance businesses and is frequently invited to comment and write for specialist international trade publications as well as chairing and speaking at international events.

Carl Wegner
CEO, Contour

Carl Wegner is the Chief Executive Officer of Contour, a network to lead a global adoption of blockchain-based trade solutions.

Carl has over 30 years’ experience in Asia Cash Management, Institutional Banking, Financial Supply Chain and Distributed Ledger Technology. Carl served as R3 Managing Director for Asia, where he was instrumental in the business growth and market penetration of Corda solutions with Central Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporates. Carl’s prior experiences include Managing Director and Head of Global Transaction Banking, Greater China of Deutsche Bank, and Managing Director of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan. He was also Head of Asia for TradeCard (now GTNexus) building their network in 14 countries.

Carl has held the post of Treasurer at Taipei American Chamber of Commerce and is an Appointed Board Member of Taipei American School. Fluent in Mandarin, he holds a B.S. in both Chinese Language and Chinese History from Georgetown University.

Patrik Zekkar
Head of Trade and Working Capital Management, Nordea
Patrik Zekkar is global head of trade finance & working capital management in Nordea. During his career in he has held positions in various banks, as global head of sales & working capital advisory, head of supply chain finance, head of trade & supply chain finance, global head of trade finance, client executive & vice president Singapore Branch, vice president structured trade finance, and vice president export & project finance. Prior to his banking carrier Patrik has various position in Telia Financial Services International and Swedish Export Credit. Patrik is board member in the trade blockchain platform company Inovation DAC, who developing and license the commercial block chain trade platform.

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Interview with Carl Wegner, CEO, Contour

“If a company doesn’t have a digitalisation strategy they’re probably not going to be around in a few years,” Carl Wegner, CEO, Contour. The pandemic has helped to put focus of international traders and financial institutions on their digital strategies. Register for Consortia to learn how to how to keep up with and manage the challenges of going digital.

Interview with Parm S. Sangha, GBS Executive Partner, Global Blockchain Leader, Trade and Trade Finance, IBM

The fast-moving blockchain environment has evolved substantially since BCR’s last Consortia in 2019. This includes development of, further advances of Contour and Marco Polo; gradual transformation of vertical blockchain structures into horizontal innovations through cooperation between different platforms; banks becoming more open in how they are looking at their platforms and control functions within blockchain technology. See BCR’s webcast with Parm S. Sangha, GBS Executive Partner, Global Blockchain Leader, Trade and Trade Finance, IBM.

Interview with Andrew Raymond, CEO, Bolero

Being at the forefront of digital trade finance for the past 20 years Bolero has been instrumental in the development of blockchain structures. In advance of Consortia21, Igor Zaks, President of Tenzor, discusses with Andrew Raymond, CEO of Bolero:

  • Progress in the building the corporate ecosystem
  • Whether centralised registries are still fit for purpose or is it time to move to DLT
  • The main drivers behind market partnerships
  • Industry standards adoption
  • Transition to paperless documents
  • An upswing for the bill of lading

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