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Factoring and supply chain finance in the MENA region is attracting a lot of interest as it quickens its development. The region is rapidly growing into a global trading hub between east and west, with open account trading becoming increasingly common. The adoption of new technologies and the recognition of opportunity by investors, banks and fintechs is creating a very fertile environment. In the UAE, factoring and supply chain finance have been given a significant boost by the introduction of a Factoring Law (Federal Decree Law No (16) of 2021) which was issued on 29 August 2021 and came into effect on 7 December 2021. As a result, there has been an explosion of interest in receivables finance there. MENA Supply Chain Finance will examine the impact of these recent developments and the opportunities for the development and growth of factoring and supply chain finance and prospects for supporting the burgeoning demand for finance among SMEs and larger businesses. MENA Supply Chain Finance is not only for banks and financial institutions but also for fintechs, technology providers, credit insurers and all those with an interest in receivables finance. Come, listen, interact and network for:

  •  Opportunities and challenges in the supply chain finance and factoring UAE market
  • Establishing partnerships through cross-border SCF and factoring programmes
  • A closer look into opportunities within domestic markets
  • Digitisation in practice: Technology’s role in supply chain management and trade finance
  • Fintech innovation and its advancements in technology
  • Regional spotlight - pioneering Egyptian factoring
  • India’s huge investment in the region
  • Compliance, risk management and regulation to accelerate receivables and payables finance
  • ESG strategy and implementation
  • Empowering SMEs in the GCC
Hashim Mansour Alhussaini
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Monimove

Hashim is a Business Management professional, holding a bachelor degree from the University of Business & Technology. He has +16 years of experience in Trade Finance, credit and risk as a Banker and managing different nature of Trading and construction businesses in GCC.

Hashim Al Hussaini is a serial entrepreneur who is constantly developing business solutions for existing challenges. First, he co-founded Nobles Tree Building Solutions Co. Ltd., the main distributor of the Spanish NUEVA TERRAIN –SDP Factories and many different global brands for building materials in K.S.A. and MENA, Hashim always aspires to add value to the whole ecosystem, through Nobles Tree, he creates innovative solutions to support owners, consultants, contractors and technicians. Once the company took off and grew in the market, Hashim realized his passion for entrepreneurship. In 2017, he again co-founded a fintech company, the company is “MoniMove Limited” which is based in London, UK and regional offices in USA, Amsterdam and Dubai.

MoniMove offers a platform that revolutionizes the current credit utilization, supply chain and trade finance models. The startup is growing fast, it is currently operating in UAE and KSA with plans in pipeline to expand regionally in the near future. MoniMove platform already won several achievements, it was selected as one of the best FinTechs by HSBC UAE in the “Connected FinTech Program”, it was awarded the Best Platform in MENA FinTech Hackathon for “Digitization of MURABAH Process and its going live with 3 of the largest banks in region along with some governments entities.

With unrelenting persistence, Hashim was able to overcome several challenges, he has a deep desire to succeed and add value to global ecosystem.

“Struggle and failure are the road to innovation”

Federico Avellán Borgmeyer
Chief Partner Officer, efcom

Federico has nearly 30 years banking technology experience, such as transaction and payment processing, credit card personalisation, payment and other transaction terminals, AI applications in finance, cryptography, DLT and factoring solutions in many C-suite positions across business planning, finance, M&A, R&D, marketing and sales, operations and after-sales with World Card International, DataCard Corporation, Gemplus/Gemalto, FidelioNetworks, FirstData Corporation, Postbank POS Transact, Tech4Fin Deutschland and Factoring Blockchain Solutions. Federico is the strategic architect and now executer for efcom's new global marketing and sales approach. Federico is also Senior Partner at the Amontis Consulting Group, Executive Board Member at Sevar AG, Board Member at Meshed Systems and holds an MSc from Technische Universität Berlin, MBA Visiting Scholarship from University of Illinois and lectures in Entrepreneurship at the Computer Science Department at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. Federico has lived and worked in the Americas, EMEA, mainland China and speaks Spanish, English and German.

Girdhar Bagri
Head – Supply Chain Finance, Product & Anchor Coverage, IndusInd Bank

Girdhar leads SCF business functions of anchor coverage, product design & implementation, digitisation, fintech and other external partnerships for IndusInd. Provides strategic guidance to SCF teams and has worked closely with leading corporates for structures across supplier/vendor finance, dealer/channel finance, factoring / AOR and other propositions in SCF domain. Also has extensive experience in priority sector lending and has worked with Axis Bank Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd before joining IndusInd. Girdhar has been instrumental in guiding teams to structure innovative solutions for corporates across sectors - Auto & related ancillaries, FMCG, white goods, metals, textiles, agriculture, retail, IT, e-commerce etc. He brings with him expertise in building business from upcoming themes and adapting to ever-changing business and technological environment.

Maninder Bhandari
Director, Derby Group

Maninder Bhandari has 35+ years of multi-national experience across Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami, Hong Kong, Singapore and the MENA region in regional leadership roles, board positions and as the CEO of multiple businesses. Throughout his years at HSBC, ABN AMRO and the Bank of New York Mellon in regional and global positions, he has seen multiple downturns and crises yet has steered the businesses to strategic growth. At the Bank of New York Mellon, Maninder had responsibility for over 30 countries in the MENA region. His quest for inorganic growth and leadership led him to be a founding partner of a private equity fund, investing in mid-cap companies in the IT, education and health care sectors. He was a board member of the investee companies prior to his sale of his interests in the fund. Whilst growing the fund via raising growth capital and investing in cross-border deals, he was also partner and director in a group providing non-core back office services. This group now has 13 companies and 3,000 staff. Maninder sold his interests to a US-based Nasdaq listed multi-national. Concurrently he was an advisor to a UAE financial institution and spearheaded a team to set up a new onshore bank in the UAE to promote trade with Africa and Eastern Europe – the new frontiers of growth. Currently, as CEO of a four-company group, Maninder has led the group to financial stability despite trying circumstances requiring a strategic turnaround. He enjoys public speaking and has written articles published in finance magazines and in daily newspapers on wide-ranging commercial subjects. He remains on the editorial board of a global trade publication based out of London and continues to be a speaker at and chair of trade conferences. Maninder is a Singaporean citizen and has an MBA.

Zena Brake
Credit Intelligence Director, Allianz Trade (Middle East)

Zena is the Credit Intelligence director at Allianz Trade in Middle East.

Zena brings in multiple years of experience in the credit insurance and banking industry in UAE. She joined Allianz Trade in Middle East in 2011 and occupied various positions: Credit Underwriting Team Leader, Head of Credit Assessment and lately Credit Intelligence Director. Previously, she worked in Noor Bank in Dubai serving several roles in Consumer Banking, Distribution and Islamic Finance. Zena is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Society Emirates, she holds a Master degree in Applied Finance and Banking from University of Wollongong.

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 and innovation, operating model design and implementation, training and education and deal structuring and placement solutions to banks, alternative finance providers, fintechs, technology service providers and corporates. John is often called upon to act as expert witness when trade and supply chain finance related disputes go to tribunal or court. 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 Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions (URDTT). John is also co-author of LIBF’s Certificate in Supply Chain Finance, FCI’s Supply Chain Finance online learning module and the  ICC Academy’s Advanced Supply Chain Finance online course, a core module of their CTCP programme.

Sushil Chawla
Senior Banking Technology Expert & Advisor, Tesselate

Senior Banking Technology Expert and Advisor with over two decades of professional experience in Banking and Financial services industry. He acts as bridge between legacy thought process and Fintech driven Collaborative approach. He brings strategic thinking to product roadmap across the breadth of transaction banking with expertise in Trade Finance and Supply Chain Finance.

As part of banks like HSBC, Barclays and Mashreq, he has implemented various digital transformation projects, from front to back - channel to core to payments- whilst emphasising the importance of the horizontal: from trade to treasury, liquidity to loan; a digital transversal of the banks business landscape.

Adept in building high performance teams across NA, EMEA and APAC, his passion is to step up legacy ops to smart Finance by leveraging latest Data analytics and enabling a frictionless process as well as better, faster and more accurate data-led credit decisions. Powered by machine learning, he uses latest AI platforms to digitize trade documents and automate trade and compliance checking processes.

Rahul Daswani
Founder, LHD Research

Rahul has 20+ years of diversified experience in digital transformation, corporate treasury, financing and process excellence. He was a Six Sigma Quality Black Belt at GE Capital and a Risk Underwriter at Citibank before becoming a Regional Treasurer at Nokia. Then he moved to Microsoft Treasury to develop financing programmes for emerging markets and now he is founder of LHD Research, which provides knowledge and advisory solutions.
He is based in Dubai and is dual qualified as Chartered Accountant from India and Chartered Treasurer from the UK.

Shereen Elansary
Head of Supply Chain Finance & Custody Division, Qatar National Bank Alahli

Shereen is the Head of Supply Chain Finance and the Custody Division at QNB Alahli, the first bank in Egypt to provide a comprehensive solution including B2B finance through special tailor-made lending programmes, digital payments and collections. She has 30 years' banking experience, mostly in corporate and investment banking at QNBAA, working with multinational corporations. She is a board member at GSK Egypt representing QNBAA and at QNB Life Insurance Company. She is a member of the credit committee at QNB Alahli. Shereen has both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.

Gianluca Elmosi
Group Treasury Director, Al Dahra Holding LLC

Gianluca has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate treasury management in prestigious multinational companies from oil & gas, telco, chemicals, agriculture and other sectors, specialising in M&A, debt raising, cash pool, risk management, structured financial debt, interest rate coverage, cash management and capital funding.

Currently he is the Group Treasury Director at Al Dahra Holding, a prominent leader in the agribusiness fueled by an active foreign investment strategy. Prior to joining Al Dahra in 2015, for which he oversees the business in several regions managing all aspects in treasury operations, Gianluca was Director of Treasury in Muntajat, the Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company, developing and managing Muntajat's financial market risks including interest rate, liquidity, credit risk, FX risk and insurance.

Before moving to Qatar in 2012, in his earlier career, he worked several years in General Electric as Global Treasurer of the GE Energy Contractual Services Business and in NTT Docomo (Buongiorno) for which he held the role of Global Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations.

He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Cattolica University in Milan.

Gianluca, among his passions, is a go-karting professional pilot and he won the 2017-2018 GCC Rotax Championship for the category RD1 and actively still racing

Massimo Falcioni
CEO, Etihad Credit Insurance

Massimo Falcioni is the Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Credit Insurance, the UAE Federal export credit company, mandated to reinforce the country’s economic diversification programs as well as to support its export and international trade and investment activities. He is a seasoned and dynamic leader in the financial industry with over 30 years of solid business experience spent in the private and public sectors and led efforts focused on job creation, trade, economic development, multinationals and government companies’ growth. He has constantly produced sustained revenues and EBITA growth in both mature economies (Europe) and fast-growing markets (Middle East & Africa), through a deep understanding of economic cycles and import / export trade flows.

Ankit Goel
Senior Vice President - Global Accounts, MODIFI

Ankit is the Senior Vice President for Global Accounts at MODIFI and the former region head for the India and UAE market. He is currently responsible for spearheading growth specifically in the UAE, Bangladesh, and Pakistan markets. Ankit holds over 8 years of experience in trade finance, supply chain finance and working capital management. Additionally, he has over 15 years of experience working as a CFO, and financial controller among other senior finance and accounting roles across various industries such as IT, BPO and Telecom.

Axel Gross
Director - Financial Services Consulting, PwC Middle East

Axel is a Director at PwC Financial Services Consulting. He has more than 25 years of corporate and investment banking experience in senior positions across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. He combines in-depth market knowledge, industry expertise and portfolio management capabilities to develop scalable strategies for his clients, enhance a sustainable portfolio performance and risk mitigation.

Deepak Gujral
Group Head Solutions & Advisory Management – Transaction Banking, Emirates NBD

Deepak is the Group Head Solutions & Advisory Management – Transaction Banking for Emirates NBD with over 18 years of experience in Transaction Banking. He is responsible for managing Structured Trade, Supply chain & Cash Management Solutions across Emirates NBD presence locations including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UK, Singapore & India. Deepak has spent his career in Transaction Banking and is a Management Graduate with specialization in Finance & Marketing.

Doaa Hafez
General Manager, Head of Technical Functions & Alternate Head of International Factoring, Egypt Factors; Executive Committee Member, FCI

Doaa is a senior commercial finance executive with extensive experience in the development and implementation of receivables finance and other innovative working capital solutions in Egypt. She has 24 years of experience in the finance and management fields. For the past 16 years, Doaa has been working with Egypt Factors, a member of FIMBank Group. She has acquired significant expertise in the areas of client relationship management, factoring operations, product structuring and development and operational risk and controls. Doaa is currently General Manager of Egypt Factors and a member of the Executive Committee of FCI as well as a member of the FCI Education Committee. Doaa is the first female member from Africa and the Middle East of FCI’s Executive Committee.

Suresh Hegde
Head of Structured Private Debt, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Suresh is Head of Structured Private Debt at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Prior to joining GSAM, he worked at NN Investment Partners where he founded both the Structured Private Debt and Insurance Solutions businesses. He previously held roles in structured finance origination and credit structuring at J P Morgan, Bear Stearns, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and as a credit analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Suresh started his career at Linklaters in London. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Bristol.

Syed Imtiaz Hussain
Regional Head of Product and Propositions, Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), HSBC

Syed Imtiaz Hussain is currently the Regional Head of Product & Propositions for Global Trade & Receivables Finance, MENAT. Since joining HSBC in 2007, Imtiaz has worked in GTRF across ASP, MENAT and Europe, including on-the-ground regional MENAT experience as Head of GTRF Sales for SABB and as FIG GTRF Head of MENAT. Prior to joining HSBC, he also worked at HDFC Bank, Deutsche Bank and Citibank, rounding out his 23 years of industry experience in trade finance.

Motasim Iqbal
MD & Head of Transaction Banking Sales, Africa Middle East, Standard Chartered Bank

Motasim Iqbal is the Managing Director & Head of Transaction Banking Sales, Corporate Commercial & Institutional Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in the AME region since August 2020. In this role he is responsible for running the sales team covering Cash Management and Trade Finance products in the region. He is also a member of the Standard Chartered Bank UAE Country Management Team. Before taking on his current role, Motasim was the Head for Transaction Banking Sales for Global Banking clients in the United Arab Emirates and AME region and prior to that during 2017-19 he was the Head of Transaction Banking in the UAE. Previously he has worked with the Bank in Singapore as head of TB for Singapore, where he worked very closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on positioning Singapore as a premier Renminbi clearing market outside China. Motasim joined the Wholesale Banking business at Standard Chartered in Oct 1997 and was appointed the Head of Transaction Banking for Pakistan in 2003. In 2006, he moved to Dubai to head the Financial Institutions segment within Transaction Banking across MENA & Pakistan. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Motasim began his career as an Assistant Manager in the Treasury Division of Shell Pakistan Limited. Motasim holds an MBA degree from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, with majors in Banking & Finance. He has also attended various leadership programs including Leading Across Boundaries at Oxford Said Business School, Business Leadership Planning course of the Nottingham Trent University and a senior level executive course at INSEAD Singapore.

Abhishek Jajoo
Founder & CEO, AJMS Global

Dr. Abhishek is a young technopreneur committed to the cause of Fintech Innovation. He believes that Fintech is a platform which can provide answers to multiple challenges faced by the Society be it Financial Inclusion to the unbanked and underbanked or attracting the millennials to banking / financial prudence. He has put his thoughts to action by promoting companies which are in the forefront of providing solutions backed by technology in the payments sector and in Compliance both of which are of prime importance in the Financial Sector. He is working for on Financial Innovation and simplification of NextGen financial technology to achieve the goals. Under his leadership AJMS Group has been achieved significant growth in Environment Social Governance (ESG) Advisory. An MBA in Finance from Xavier Institute of Management, Abhishek is also MS. Finance and ACAMS certified. He updates himself on a regular basis and has several certifications in the technology front like certifications on Blockchain, Python etc.

Zulqarnain Javaid
CEO, UAE Trade Connect

Zul Javaid was appointed as CEO of UAE Trade Connect in the year 2020. He has been a part of Etisalat, the Middle East’s leading telco and digital group spanning over a decade in various senior leadership roles.

Prior to this, Zul has been CEO and CFO in various telecommunication and IT businesses and has lived in five countries. His wealth of experiences in Middle East, Africa and Asia have shaped his views on how digitization can enable economies to leapfrog over the normal evolutionary cycle. Thus bringing rapid benefits to actors throughout the valuation and in the population in general.

Syed Hassan Javed
Head of Trade Finance, GIB

Syed Hassan Javed possesses more than 20 years of banking experience within Global Transaction Banking particularly in Trade Finance and Working Capital Advisory.  He is currently the Head of Trade Finance at GIB, responsible for Trade, Receivables and Supply Chain Finance solutions for the bank’s corporate portfolio.  Prior to joining GIB, he held the role of a Senior Director at Lloyds Bank London where he specialized in the implementation of large-scale working capital solutions for numerous MNCs and global corporates. Previously, Syed has also held various roles at Citibank and RBS where he was responsible for originating and structuring end-to-end supply chain finance solutions.

Syed has an extensive background in Structured Trade and has represented GIB on various senior advisory forums. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a focus in Accounting and Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Khawer Khaliq
Head of Product Management, Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank

Khawer Khaliq is Head of Product at Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank, one of the first digital-only trade finance banks in the region. Khawer has over 25 years of trade and transaction banking experience covering product, sales and business management. Prior to the current role, he has held various senior roles across the region with prestigious regional and global banks, including Citi, SABB and HSBC.

Varun Kulshreshtha
Regional Head for TradeLens, for West Central and South Asia, Maersk

Varun Kulshreshtha is the Regional Head for TradeLens, for West Central and South Asia. TradeLens is a highly secure blockchain enabled data and document-sharing platform that simplifies and speeds your trade workflows. Before joining TradeLens Varun was the global COO at Shipafreight, he has 20 years of experience in the Global Shipping and Logistics industry working in leadership roles across the world at Maersk, Agility and Damco.

Sivakumar Kuriyakkattil
Head of Open Account Trade Solutions, First Abu Dhabi bank

Sivakumar Kuriyakkattil (Siva) is the Head of Open Account Trade Solutions at First Abu Dhabi bank. He & his team are responsible for developing new innovative open account trade solutions as well as expand existing products to new markets. Siva joined FAB in 2017 and previously worked with Standard Chartered, Mizuho, RBS & Citibank across Singapore, London & India.

Ahmad Lootah
Chairman, ICC UAE Banking Commission

Ahmad Majid Lootah Enjoys over 20 years of practical experience in banking and financial sector, both conventional and Islamic. He is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Al Hilal Capital, a privately owned financial services & investment development firm, providing innovative solutions for the Islamic Economy. He is also the chairman of Ahmad Lootah & Associates Chartered Accountants & Shariah Auditors. He has extensive experiences being a director of several financial services & technology companies, both public & private, in the UAE and abroad. In addition to the above roles, he is currently serving as a board member of The International Chamber of Commerce in The UAE (ICCUAE) and is the Chairman of ICC Banking Commission. He previously worked for well-known financial institutions & organization in the UAE and abroad such as: ABN – AMRO Bank, The Finance Department at Government of Dubai and M.L. United Investments in New York.

Before becoming the Chief Executive of Al Hilal Capital, He served as the head of banking services at Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade and member of its executive management committees for more than eight years as well as serving as general manager of World Financial Services in Dubai. In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, Accredited Financial & Banking Expert to UAE Authorities, Anti-Fraud specialist, he is a Certified Shariah Advisor and Auditor by The Accounting & Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and member of several of international institutes and professional associations. He holds an Executive MBA with honours from the joint EMBA program of The University of Sharjah, American University in Beirut, and the University of Arizona. He earned his BSc. in Finance, Investments and International Business from Farmers School of Business at Miami University, USA. EMBA from University of Sharjah, and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Adminstarion with the University of Sharjah (UOS). 

Siddesh Mayenkar
Head of MENA coverage and General Manager at Mergermarket and Debtwire, a part of ION Group

Siddesh Mayenkar has more than 16 years of experience in journalism. Currently, he is the head of MENA coverage and General Manager at Mergermarket and Debtwire, a part of ION Group. He started his career in 2006 with CNBC TV18, before joining Thomson Reuters and spend his formative stage in journalism for seven long years. Mayenkar later moved to the Gulf and held the position of a senior reporter at Gulf News for five years. In his free time, he is an avid reader of non-fiction.

Wayne Mills
Founder and Managing Director, Atom Advisory

After a successful 30+ year banking career, Wayne Mills founded Atom Advisory Limited in 2022. Wayne has held various senior leadership positions in Transaction Banking, most recently leading the build-out and growth of the Transaction Banking Solutions team at Lloyds Bank, supporting clients across the UK, EMEA, US and Asia. Combining strategic, technical and commercial acumen, Wayne oversaw the delivery of innovative, risk-appropriate solutions across trade, supply chain finance and receivables. Atom Advisory creates value through expert, real world advice and training on trade, receivables and supply chain financing to banks, NBFIs and corporates. A core focus is to deliver ROI through actionable outputs aligned to strategy and purpose. Wayne also sits on the advisory board of an international training company and is passionate about supporting the next generation of talent to ensure diversity of teams and thought.

Carlo Minasi
Senior Manager, Arthur D. Little
CA Pankaj Mundra
Co-Founder and Chairman, 360tf; Co-Founder, Nimai; Steering Committee Member, UAE Banking Commission, ICC

Nimai was co-founded in 2009 by CA Pankaj Mundra with the vision of creating a global billion dollar company and has customers and associates in more than forty countries. Pankaj recently founded 360tf to keep Nimai ahead in the world of fintech and digitisation. His vision is to support SMEs globally by boosting their exports, streamlining trade finance and facilitating their global expansion. 360tf has been set up as the first ever dynamic fintech platform to enable trade finance globally.

Pankaj has more than 21 years of extensive professional experience in investment and consumer banking. Under his leadership, Nimai has raised cross border financing for its corporate, banking and non-banking finance clients from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, German, Swiss, Danish banks, UK and Hong Kong based funds, and envisions the same for 360tf.

He has served in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the India and Dubai Chapter for seven years in various leadership positions. He led the Dubai Chapter, ICAI’s largest overseas chapter, as a chairman during 2016-17. Under his leadership, ICAI Dubai conducted fifty events within 52 weeks, while hosting approximately 135 speakers.

He started his career with ICICI Housing Finance in 2000 and joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2002, where he was instrumental in doing the first securitisation of the automobile and mortgage portfolio. He moved to Dubai in 2004 and joined ABN Amro Bank. In 2007, Pankaj joined as the Head of Finance for Mashreq Bank Financial Institutions Group.

Vincent O'Brien
Director, ICC UAE

Vincent has been actively involved in trade finance for more than a quarter of a century and has delivered technical assistance for trade finance in more than 100 countries. Vincent’s primary activity is trade facilitation with major multilateral development banks and his recognised specialty is trade-related dispute resolution where he often acts as expert witness in trade disputes and legal cases. Vincent also holds the positions of the Associate Director of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice (IIBLP).

Viacheslav Oganezov
CEO, Founder, Finverity

Viacheslav, London School of Economics graduate, learned about the challenges banks and other nonbank financial institutions face during his former career at PwC, where he advised banks on the development and implementation of digital strategies. Due to the inability of large financial institutions to implement such strategies, the lack of capital available to businesses in emerging markets, and the abundance of capital seeking sustainable yields in developed markets, he and his co-founder Alex Fenechiu founded Finverity, a supply chain finance platform designed to mitigate all of these issues.

Viacheslav is responsible for the company's strategic direction, managing execution via setting clear objectives, ensuring team alignment, and instilling effective processes. Viacheslav is responsible for the company's strategic direction, managing execution via setting clear objectives, ensuring team alignment, and instilling effective processes. He believes that the long-term success of Finverity is secured due to the quality of their product as well as the strength of their people and culture. He credits his consistently positive attitude, clarity of vision, and power of his intention to the daily practices he follows, such as yoga and meditation, and an overall simple lifestyle that he leads.

Sinan Ozcan
Senior Executive Officer & Board Director, DP World Trade Finance

Sinan has 21 years of experience working in executive roles across various industries, focusing on several areas of banking, financial services and logistics, i.e. trade and structured finance solutions, supply chain finance, new ventures and business development. Sinan joined DP World in April 2021 and set up DP World Trade Finance where he continues to serve as Senior Executive Officer and Board Director, and globally leads DP World’s Trade Finance business, DP World’s global trade finance initiative.

In March 2017, he set up Maersk Trade Finance business in the UAE, obtained regulatory license, rapidly grew the business, and served as Senior Executive Officer, Board Director and Regional Trade Finance Head for the Indian sub-continent, Middle East and Africa region until 2021. Previously, Sinan was Regional Director of UK Export Finance (UKEF), a British government department and the official Export Credit Agency of the UK, for the European, MENA and Central Asian regions, established UKEF’s overseas presence and originated trade and project finance deals. Prior to UKEF, he headed the Trade Finance/Financial Services unit of CNH Industrial for Africa-Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Before CNH, Sinan held the position as Auditor at VakifBank and covered many areas of banking and financial services.

Sinan holds an MBA degree from Philadelphia University and a Master’s degree in Banking and Entrepreneurship from the joint programme of Venice and Udine universities in Italy. Sinan speaks English, Italian, Turkish, French and German and has lived and worked in Turkey, USA, Italy, Singapore, Thailand and the UAE.

Anirudha Panse
MD & Head of Trade Finance Products & Innovation, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Anirudha Panse (Ani) is the Managing Director and Head of Trade Finance Product Innovation at First Abu Dhabi bank. The TPI team is responsible for management and development of Trade products and solutions globally for FAB supporting all client segments across Corporates and FIs. The team is also responsible to manage day to day risks in trade by performing enhanced due diligence on transactions. Ani joined the Bank in Feb’ 2015 from Citibank London. Ani is a Rank holder Chartered Accountant and started his banking career in Y2K with the EXIM Bank, India where he worked in their Trade Finance Origination team. Subsequently, Ani moved to Citi India and managed Citi’s outsourced Trade operations across 30+ countries worldwide. Within Citi, Ani took various front to back roles and eventually moved to London to develop and grow the Supply Chain Finance business across EMEA.

Oliver Phillips
Middle East & Africa Lead Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered

Oliver Phillips is part of Standard Chartered’s dedicated Sustainable Finance team. He is based in Dubai and leads the coverage of Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan. He has been with the team since it was created, previously working out of London.

In this role, he works with clients to structure sustainable finance solutions that deliver on their key financing requirements while also supporting them in achieving their sustainability objectives. He also advises clients on key sustainability trends, as well as how to put in place the internal strategy and governance needed to ensure that international best practices are met. In particular, he helps clients to identify the elements of their sustainability agenda that they can either raise financing for or link into the terms of their funding.

He has been involved in a number of innovative and “world first” transactions including:

sole sustainability structuring advisor for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated’s debut USD350 million Tier 2 sustainability bond, the first sustainability bond from a bank or corporate in Africa,social loan coordinator on a EUR280 million social loan for the Ministry of Finance, Ghana, the first ever social loan in Africa,joint sustainability structuring advisor for Riyad Bank on its USD750 million sustainability AT1 sukuk, the world’s first ever AT1 sukuk in a sustainable format,joint sustainability structuring advisor on Etihad Airway’s inaugural USD600 million transition sukuk, a global first for the aviation industry,and sole sustainability coordinator on Majid Al Futtaim’s first USD1.5 billion sustainability linked revolving credit facility.

Staney Pullolickel
Executive - Global Treasury Transaction Services & Commercial Treasury, GE

A well regarded Treasury and banking professional with over 20 years of experience on both sides of the spectrum i.e. at banks (operations, implementation, product and sales) and Treasury at General Electric company, providing expertise for all businesses needs on the Treasury front- across, Asia, MENAT and SSA. Staney joined GE in 2007, he has extensive exposure and responsibility towards business cash, trade, FX and financing needs across business segments, with an in depth understanding of business operations, challenges and needs across emerging markets. In his current role at GE, he is based in the U.A.E and is responsible for Treasury related asks enabling commercial wins and aiding the demand creation process. The tough markets do provide him with the opportunity to collaborate with partners across the market and structure innovative solutions, especially on the trade front. He was recognized with the Triple A Award for the Treasurer of the year (Regional) by The Asset magazine in 2017 and Highly Commended Treasury Professional of the Year: Private Sector 2019 by The Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Luma Saqqaf
CEO, Ajyal Sustainability Consulting

Luma Saqqaf is the CEO of Ajyal Sustainability Consulting. Drawing on three decades at the forefront of finance, Islamic finance, sustainability and entrepreneurship in MENA and Europe to advise corporates, financial institutions, funds and asset managers on all aspects of sustainable value creation and counsel regulators and financial markets in MENA on sustainable finance issues and regulations.

Luma has more than 20 years’ experience in legal practice, including practicing at the two “magic circle” law firms, Allen & Overy and Linklaters, where she was a finance partner and global head of the Islamic Finance Group. She led teams across Europe, Middle East and Asia on groundbreaking transactions covering finance and capital markets including Sharia’a compliant sukuk (bonds), loans, securitisation and structured finance, derivatives and funds transactions.

Farrukh Siddiqui
Founding Partner, Emerging Capital Management Partners

Farrukh has over 30 years’ experience across the Middle East and emerging markets at senior executive level in corporate banking, treasury and global trade and export credit finance with leading organisations including JP Morgan, FAB and Mashreq Bank. Farrukh is extremely well-known across the entire region after building successful international franchises. He has been a regular speaker and contributor to many industry conferences spanning the globe with a keen focus on emerging markets and open access to capital markets.

Mritunjay Singh
Lead - Trade Product Management, Trade Finance, Transaction Banking Group, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Mritunjay is responsible for Trade finance products with ADCB and has with the bank for over 4 years.

He is a transaction banking – trade finance professional, with 24+ years in this business delivering working capital and supply chain finance solutions to clients.

During this period he has worked with Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and ADCB in a number of global and regional cross functional roles covering trade operations, product management and product commercialization, operating out of India, Germany, Singapore, Australia and now in UAE.

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.

Peter Tavener
COO/CFO, Beehive

Peter is part of the strategic management team at Beehive where he is the joint Group COO and CFO.  Beehive is the GCC’s first digital lending marketplace for SMEs that connects creditworthy businesses with smart investors.  It was the first regulated P2P platform in MENA (regulated by the DFSA) and is also live in Saudi via bank partnerships, and in Oman, where is it also regulated.  Beehive has written over AED1.5bn of financing across the platform since it launched in November 2014.  Peter is focused on regional expansion and strategic partnerships.

Prior to Beehive, Peter was Managing Director at BDO Corporate Finance in the DIFC which he co-established in 2009.  He advised SMEs and business owners across the GCC and led a broad range of Middle East and International transactions. Prior to that, Peter was in London where he focused on cross-border M&A and International IPOs.

Peter is a recognised speaker on fintech and regulatory frameworks and is a mentor to a number of tech start-ups in the UAE.

Peter is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

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 chains, 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.

Ravi Valecha
CEO, India Factoring and Finance Solutions

Ravi has had a 20+ year career as a factoring and supply chain finance professional, with HSBC and ICICI Bank and now he is leading India Factoring and Finance Solutions, a leader in export factoring in India.


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