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This flagship event for the receivables finance industry attracts delegates from across the globe, bringing together both market experts and new entrants. It provides an essential update on the latest invoice financing trends, market challenges and innovations.

The receivables finance sector continues to evolve rapidly. Covid-19 has meant a significant shift in market attitudes. Some of these will be permanent; some will disappear over time. Many expect a rapid rise in receivables finance business coming out of the pandemic as government-imposed restrictions are eased. But navigating to that point could be tricky as the financial support provided by governments will expose many SMEs to terminal positions.

RFIx 2021 will take a deep dive into the impact of the pandemic and global geopolitics on market trends and risk. It will explore how practitioners can become fitter, leaner, and better in this new world through innovative product development, technology and new markets, and discover the new challenges around ESG, regulatory and legal issues. Being a virtual event, it provides a chance to network with an even wider circle of industry peers. 

Join senior receivables finance executives at the 21st annual RFIx Convention and ensure the right direction for your business.

Speakers
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.

Simon Bessant
Board Director, Global Head of Insurance, The Texel Group

Simon is a Board Director and the Global Head of Insurance at The Texel Group (“Texel”). Texel, established over 20 years ago, is a privately owned and independent insurance broker specialising in the field of credit and political risk insurance and reinsurance. We are focused purely on arranging, structuring and negotiating CPRI to provide clients with credit and concentration risk mitigation, balance sheet and regulatory capital solutions. Our company represents commercial, investment and multilateral banks as well as development financial institutions, using non-payment insurance to allow them to conservatively grow their lending book.

Michael Bickers
Managing Director, BCR Publishing

Michael Bickers is Managing Director of BCR Publishing Ltd, a specialist publishing company dedicated to the provision of market information on areas of receivables finance including factoring and supply chain finance, through books, the Internet (trfnews.com) and global receivables finance conferences and seminars. He is author of twelve editions of Factoring in the UK, a market report and guide to the UK factoring industry, (1993 – 2008, 2nd and 3rd editions, published by HMSO, other editions BCR); Editor of twenty five editions of the World Factoring Yearbook (published annually by BCR since 1996 in association with FCI); Publisher of the European Trade Finance Yearbook 2012 (BCR in association with EBRD); Editor and joint author of A Review of Global Trade Finance and the Effects of the Current Financial Crises on Emerging Markets - a report commissioned by the World Bank, December 2008; Publisher of the World Supply Chain Finance Report 2010 – 2021; Chapter contributor of Factors and Actors (Peter Lang, 2018); Editor of Equipment Leasing in the UK (HMSO, 1995,1996).; Editor of Venture Capital in the UK (HMSO, 1996); Series Editor, International Business Intelligence Reports (published by the Stationery Office Ltd), 1997. His views, opinions and findings have been printed in leading newspapers and journals including The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Director Magazine, Accountancy Age, Business Age, Chartered Banker, Investors Chronicle and Export Today.

Michael Boguslavsky
Head of AI, Tradeteq

Michael Boguslavsky is Head of AI at the London based fintech company Tradeteq. His team is building machine learning models to bring transparency to trade finance exposures. Michael has been working in financial industry for over 20 years. Before joining Tradeteq, Michael worked as an advisor for Blackstone, and was Head of EMEA Pension and Insurance Structuring at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Michael is an expert in machine learning, large data analysis, derivatives valuation and hedging, and portfolio optimisation. He holds a PhD in Mathematics from University of Amsterdam, and a Masters degree in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Moscow University.

Daniela Bonzanini
Head of International, Banca IFIS, Chair, FCI

Daniela Bonzanini is the Chairwoman of FCI and Head of International of Banca IFIS Italy. Daniela has a long career background in international trade and factoring and almost 40 years’ experience in international factoring. Her knowledge of the factoring industry has been of great contribution to the development and implementation of new projects mainly focused on innovative products and services. She was International Manager at Factorit for twenty years and in 2002 she joined Banca FIS to start the international activity. She is Head of International, responsible for the development of business and international network. She is also directly involved in the management of the bank’s foreign activities as a Member of the Board of IFIS Finance Sp. z.o.o and IFIS Finance I.F.N. S.A., the daughter companies of Banca IFIS in Poland and in Romania. Until April 2017 she was Director of India Factoring and Finance Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the JV established in India in 2009. From 2006 until 2015 she has been a Member of the Board of A.I.C.E., Associazione Italiana Commercio Estero in Milan.

She is a speaker at international conferences as well as at FCI Seminars and a lecturer at Universities.  Bonzanini has been the Chairwoman of FCI from 2013 till 2015 and the Chairwoman of the Education Committee from 2015 to 2021.

Steve Box
Founder and Managing Director, Kata Executive Consulting

Steve is an Industry Expert with over 35 years of extensive experience in banking and working capital in global markets. He currently holds several Senior Strategic positions for a number of NBFI fintech companies and industry associations, including : Deputy Chair and Head of Origination at Channel Capital Advisors LLP where he also serves on Channel’s Risk Advisory Council, Chairman of Accelerated Payments Ltd, Strategic Advisor to WOA (World of Open Account), Hitachi Capital, OCI Ltd and Muse Ltd amongst others. Steve has previously held a variety of domestic and international roles, including: Head of Europe/UK at Falcon Group, International CEO of Europe/Asia and North America at Bibby Financial Services, Global Head of Receivables Finance at HSBC (operating across 30 countries), European Head of Trade, Supply Chain, Commodities and Receivables Finance and CEO at HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd, Trade Finance and Equipment Finance Ltd (UK). He was previously Chairman of Asset Based Finance Association (UK), Board and Exec Committee member of International Factors Group and Factors Chain International.

Roberto Carrasco Truchado
International Business Director and SCF Product Manager, BANKINTER

Roberto was AVP Mid & Large Corporates Relationship Manager at Deutsche Bank S.A.E. and Banesto. He is Associate Professor of Economics and International Finance in CEU San Pablo University and other institutions (ICEX, FdV, ESIC,). He has a PhD in Economics & International Relations (CEU, York University, UAM), an Executive PDI (ICEX), a Master Degree in M&A & Alternative Investments (IEB) and a Bachelor Degree in Economics (CEU San Pablo).

Dr. Eugenio Cavenaghi
Managing Director, Head of Working Capital Solutions, Continental Europe, Banco Santander

Eugenio is responsible at Santander for the advisory of corporate and investment banking clients in Europe on all topics around the optimisation of working capital. This encompasses the full set of receivables, payables, inventory and structured trade finance products. He was formerly regional Product Head of Trade and Working Capital for Barclays in Europe. Prior to this, he has also worked as Global Head of Trade Product Development and Sales Facilitation at UniCredit and as Product Manager at Deutsche Bank. Before entering the field of banking, he gathered direct experience in the corporate world working for multinationals like Procter & Gamble and Chicco-Artsana Spa.

Renaud Chalmet
Managing Director, Deputy Head of Corporate Receivables Securitisation, BNP Paribas

Renaud joined the business management securitisation team at BNP Paribas in 2001 and then the origination and structuring team in 2006. He led the arrangement and the management of numerous corporate securitisation transactions financing different types of assets – trade receivables, handset receivables, car inventory, car fleet, equipment leases and insurance premium funding. He graduated from Institut Mines-Telecom Business School and the Dauphine University (Paris) with a degree in Finance and Information System.

Jonathan Croft
CIO, Société Générale Factoring

Jonathan Croft started his IT career in 1991 with a French IT consultancy firm working in the banking sector. Year 1996 marked his first factoring experience with solution integrations and Y2K migrations. Over the last 30 years Jonathan has played many different IT roles across Europe from development and production to IT governance and strategy. He has led factoring teams through migrations, integrations, joint venture creations and most recently agile infrastructure and digital transformations. In February 2017 Jonathan joined Société Générale heading up the Business and Information Solutions Directorate as CIO and member of the Société Générale Factoring’s Executive Committee.

Tim Davies
Head of Financial Design, Blackstar Capital Europe

For the past six years, Tim has applied his 20 years experience in capital markets securitisation to helping leading edge working capital firms apply ‘Fin’ to the ‘Tech’. He has built several capital markets-facing programmes allowing alternative finance companies and institutional investors to safely access the working capital funding markets. He also advises several start-up fintechs in the space. With Blackstar he is designing and building unique, innovative funding programmes for several global e-invoicing platforms.

Kevin Day Kevin Day
CEO, Lendscape

Kevin is committed to making Lendscape the technology partner of choice for banks and independent funders operating in the invoice finance, factoring, supply chain finance and asset finance markets. He has spent over 30 years at the company, and during this time, he has held positions as Software Developer, Business Analyst, Product Manager, Product Director, Board Member and COO. Kevin’s detailed understanding of the business, deep knowledge of the complex nature of secured lending products and the dynamics of an ever-changing market has given him a measured and unique perspective on technology and finance. He leads Lendscape with a continuous programme of R&D and investment - working closely with its growing client base to ensure simplified SME finance solutions. This focus on investment has enabled significant company growth and Lendscape now employs a global team to support its technology, business development, and customer support initiatives. While frequently requested for speaking engagements, as an author, Kevin has contributed to industry publications, including Financial Times, Business Money, and Euromoney, writing on topics such as digitalisation, open architectures, and cloud computing to drive new technology innovation.

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

A renowned industry expert, Bertrand is currently the lead portfolio manager for the global Trade Finance strategy at Santander Asset Management. Before joining Santander Bertrand was at HSBC for 8 years and in his last role he was responsible for the European Business Development activities for Global Trade and Receivables Finance. In this role he was responsible for all global corporates, commodities, financial institutions and SMEs’ trade finance activities in the region. Previously, with teams located in five continents, he was HSBC’s Global Product Head of Structured Solutions and Global Head of Solutions Structuring for the organisation. Before HSBC, Bertrand worked at JP Morgan where he launched and led the EMEA Structured Trade Advisory business, and RBS/ABN Amro where in his last role he was Head of Trade for the EMEA region.

Bertrand was a member of the ICC’s Banking Commission Steering Committee for transforming Trade Finance as an asset class. He is a member of ITFA´s working group on the same topic and a subject matter expert for the ICCs of Global Supply Chain Finance initiative. Bertrand is a Chartered Actuary, has a full-time MBA from the London Business School and an MSc degree in Economics and Business Sciences from UCM. On the private side, Bertrand is a trustee of educational charities and a single father of five young children.

Michael Dietz
Global Head of Trade Finance Flow, Deutsche Bank

Michael Dietz is Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Trade Finance Flow business and Regional Head Trade Finance EMEA. Over the time of his career at Deutsche Bank Michael covered various senior positions in Corporate Coverage functions across Germany, Switzerland as well as the United States of America. Prior to his current role, Michael developed the EMEA coverage for commodity traders as well as Swiss corporates for Deutsche Bank in Zurich. Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at Darmstadt University, Germany. He is a certified Dodd-Frank Securities Trader.

Sean Edwards
Managing Director, Head of Legal – EMEA, Special Adviser – Global Trade Finance Department, SMBC Bank International; Chairman, ITFA

Sean Edwards is an English lawyer, formerly with Clifford Chance, and is now Head of Legal at SMBC Bank International plc, part of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. Sean is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). He is one of the principal draftsmen of the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF), a joint initiative of ITFA and ICC. Sean was also a member of the drafting group for the Standard Definitions for Techniques of Supply Chain Finance published by ITFA, ICC, FCI, BAFT and the EBA. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and led a work-stream on the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance. Sean is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Finance Expert Group. He is a non-executive director of KomGo S.A. Sean has written articles on trade finance, particularly on different forms of receivables finance, for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He is a frequent presenter at trade finance conferences dealing with a range of subjects.

Michael Ellis
Managing Director, EQ Riskfactor and KYC Solutions

Michael Ellis has extensive receivables finance and banking experience ranging from Tier 1 banks to innovation driving fintechs. His global experience includes positions in team leadership, business transformation, sales and marketing. As Managing Director of EQ Riskfactor Michael leads an experienced team in helping clients globally in systems and services to reduce risk and fraud, realise operational efficiencies and grow sustainably using the latest technology and best practice.

Matthew Gamser Dr Matthew Gamser
CEO, SME Finance Forum, International Finance Corporation

Matthew Gamser is CEO of the SME Finance Forum, the world’s leading centre for knowledge exchange, good practice promotion and networking for the finance industry in this field. The SME Finance Forum is managed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, for the G-20 countries’ Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. The SME Finance Forum has over 170 banks, fintech companies and development banks, operating in over 190 countries, as its members and industry partners and serves as a key partner for the G20, APEC, OECD and other multilateral institutions in small business financing. Dr. Gamser has over 40 years’ experience in private enterprise and financial sector development. He has worked for IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, for 16 years in various positions from Washington, DC, and Hong Kong, where he has focused on SME finance and on financial sector development. Prior to that he spent 25 years in management consulting and in senior leadership in an international NGO. He holds A.B. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, and M.Sc. and D.Phil degrees from Sussex University (UK), where his work focused on the management of technological change.

Ben Grant
Head of Alliances and Partnerships, Aronova

Ben is the commercial lead at Aronova. Aronova specialises in the creation of technology solutions which drive improvements in working capital finance. They are a leading innovator in invoice finance with nearly 20 years of experience providing technology-driven compliance, risk and process solutions to funders, insurers and corporates.

Dirk Hagener
Director, Strategy and Corporate Development, Atradius

Dirk is Director of Strategy & Corporate Development for Atradius and a Member of the Board of the Atradius Insurance Holding N.V, the Atradius Information Service B.V, the Atradius Participation Holding S.L and the Atradius Finance B.V. Born in Germany Dirk has a background as a strategy consultant and e-commerce specialist. He started his career in Atradius in 2002 in Germany and worked in several commercial support functions reporting to the regional director of Central and Eastern Europe. In 2007 he moved to headquarters in Amsterdam to take over the Head of Programme Management role and in 2010 the Head of Corporate Strategy role. In 2012 he was appointed Director of Strategy and Corporate Development. Besides his focus on the Atradius group-wide strategy, he is responsible for theit innovation agenda. He is also a member of the Atradius risk strategy management board and chair of the group product committee.

David Henig David Henig
Director, UK Trade Policy Project, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

David Henig is one of the UK’s leading authorities on trade policy. He is Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the think-tank European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and has written extensively on the trade implications of Brexit, but also looks more widely at global trade issues such as USA-China tensions, the future of the WTO, and EU trade agreements. David regularly discusses trade issues in the media, and advises global business on the implications. He previously worked for the UK Government on EU-US trade negotiations and China-US issues in particular, in business as a consultant, and graduated from Oxford University.

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.

Salman Khan Galindo
Portfolio Manager, Illiquid Alternative Investments, Santander Asset Management

Salman has over 10 years of professional experience having started his banking career at Santander C&IB in 2013, in the Global Trade Finance & Working Capital Solutions team in Madrid. He moved to Santander C&IB UK in 2015 and has progressed through roles in Structured Receivables Finance & Trade Asset Distribution, and more recently Working Capital Advisory being responsible for the origination of Working Capital Solutions within the Mining and Commodities sector. Previous to Santander, Salman worked for QBE Insurance Europe for 3 years in Madrid.

Robert Koopman Dr Robert Koopman
Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Robert Koopman is Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization. In this post Bob provides the Secretariat and Member Countries with analysis and information that promotes a deeper understanding of trade and trade policy's role in economic growth and development. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the United States International Trade Commission. Bob oversaw the Commission’s trade policy research and negotiation assistance to the President, the U.S. Trade Representative, and Congress; antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard; investigations; intellectual property investigations; maintenance and analysis of the Harmonized Tariff System, as well as the agency’s strategic planning and performance measurement initiatives. He previously served as Chief Economist at the USITC, and various leadership positions at the Economic Research Service of USDA. He is also currently a visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Veronika Koroleva
Partner, gunnercooke llp

Veronika Koroleva is a partner at a challenger law firm gunnercooke llp. She has extensive experience in a wide range of structured commodity finance transactions, trade finance, receivables finance and supply chain finance. Veronika has previously led trade and commodity finance practice at the world’s largest law firm and was recognised as a leading practitioner in trade and commodity finance and in emerging markets finance by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Danae Kyriakopoulou
Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum

Danae Kyriakopoulou is Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), based in London. She also Chairs OMFIF’s Sustainable Policy Institute.

Søren Larsen
CEO, Midt Factoring A/S

Søren started in risk management at Midt Factoring A/S in October 2000 and shortly after he was appointed Head of Risk Management, a position he held for approximately 10 years. Subsequently he was appointed Business Line Manager, and in January 2013 he took over the position as CEO of the company.

Juliette Lascoux
Head of Bank and Regional Management, Corporate Coverage International, SEB

Juliette Lascoux is currently the Head of Emerging Markets Country Risks and Correspondent Banking Team at SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB) in Sweden. She has had over twenty-years experience in the area of international trade finance and corporate banking with on-the ground experience from both Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Hui Lin
Regional Director, North East Asia, FCI

Mr Lin has over 20 years of experience in the Chinese factoring and trade finance market. He has launched two leading bank factoring divisions with the Bank of Communication and China Minsheng Bank, and one commercial factoring enterprise located in mainland China and Hong Kong.

David Loseby
Global CPO, Business Transformation Advisor and Author

David Loseby FCIPS Chartered, is one of the top 50 thought leaders in procurement and change management (Thinkers360), former Group CPO for Rolls Royce plc and Visiting Scholar at University of East Anglia. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and has built a reputation over many years as a change and transformation specialist across many sectors, public, private and equity backed ventures. Currently he is in the process of writing a research paper as part of a PhD in Behavioural Procurement, based on the principles established in decision & social sciences, applied cognitive psychology and behavioural economics. He has spoken at many international events over the years on the subject of procurement, SRM and change management.

Mark Mandula
Senior Vice President , United Capital Funding

Prior to joining United Capital, Mark was Principal and Shareholder in an investment banking firm that completed over 200 bank industry mergers and acquisitions in a 13 year span. Following that, he was owner and CEO of a leading credit industry business and was nominated as an Entrepreneur of the Year. He currently manages strategic marketing and sales for his firm, including client lifecycle management, new client marketing, client retention, and business development. Mark is constantly seeking out new ways to better serve and reach entrepreneurial clients nationally. He holds a MBA and BBA in Finance and is a 2012 graduate of the Certificate in Private Capital Markets from the Graziadio Graduate School of Business at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He has been actively involved in multiple non-profit boards including Eckerd College, Tampa Bay Research Institute and others. Mark is a regular speaker at international conferences and has had over 100 articles published online and ABA Banking Journal, Mergers & Acquisitions and other Industry publications.

Sunil Mascarenhas
Supply Chain Finance Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Sunil Mascarenhas has worked at the Asian Development Bank as a relationship manager of the Trade and Supply Chain Finance programme since 2019. His main responsibility is to manage relationships with global banks to maximise transaction volumes, provide excellent client service and ensure constant vigilance in assessing and monitoring risk. Aside from that Sunil is responsible for driving initiatives to deploy supply chain finance to newer developing market and helping local banks in those markets to launch supply chain finance businesses with a view to making finance available to SMEs. Sunil has been working in the banking sector since 1998. Before joining ADB, Sunil worked at HSBC across multiple roles and has worked in various roles in Trade and Supply Chain Finance, Commercial Banking and Risk Management.

Robert Meters
Director, SCHUMANN International

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

Andy Moylan
CEO and Founder, EFCIS Trade Credit Insurance Brokers, CEO and Founder, The Export Hub

A plain-speaking entrepreneur, London born Andy Moylan is the founder of multi-award winning EFCIS Trade Credit Insurance Brokers and The Export Hub. In the last 30 years, Andy has helped many small businesses and household brands to export; from identifying the risk in their export plan to raising finance and protecting their sales ledger using a range of online tools developed by his team. Six months ago, disenchanted with the negativity surrounding Brexit, Andy created the Export Hub; a non-profit making website with the sole purpose of helping small businesses export with confidence and certainty. Andy is a keynote speaker on the international scene having been a headline speaker at events in Taiwan, Australia, South Africa and Europe. At each event he shares hard won insights, practical case studies and experience on exporting.

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.

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.

Amitji Odedra
Director, Qbera Capital

Amitji is responsible for Qbera Capital’s direct private credit investments and portfolio management. He joined Qbera Capital in 2018, bringing significant experience in Natural Resources and Commodities, Trade Finance and Portfolio Management from HSBC. Amitji has structured over US$3bn of transactions to date across debt and equity. He has extensive experience in Special Situations, Commodities and Structured Trade Finance and Portfolio Management and Distribution.

During his time in Special Situations at HSBC, Amitji managed the turnaround and recovery process for multiple corporates across the globe, including major transactions such as Jessops and Game. Amitji then moved to lead the strategy and planning for the Commodity and Structured Trade Finance (CSTF) division globally, and subsequently transitioned to a deal structuring role in CSTF Europe, with a focus on oil majors, metals, mining and agricultural corporates.

In 2016, Amitji joined the Portfolio Management and Distribution desk covering the European Trade and Structured Trade Finance book. Amitji was responsible for primary syndication, secondary distribution, and general portfolio management (via real and synthetic solutions). Amitji holds a BSc. (Hons). In Economics, Finance and Management from Queen Mary, University of London.

Lanre Oloniniyi Lanre Oloniniyi
Co-Founder, Orbitt

Lanre has over 15 years' investment experience doing business between Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Prior to co-founding Orbitt, Lanre was involved in originating investment ideas and raising the required capital to grow start-ups in Africa, including Sankuru, First African Gold and Tranergy Capital. He also worked at BP, Subsea 7 and Citi in the UK. Lanre holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Ado, an MSc degree in Energy Economics from the University of Dundee, UK and an MBA from University of Cambridge, UK.

Martin Opfermann
Lead Portfolio Manager, Trade Finance, Allianz Global Investors

Martin Opfermann is a senior portfolio manager within Allianz Global Investors alternative asset management team and is leading the firm’s trade finance activities. Martin joined the firm in 2017 from Allianz Investment Management SE, where he was Head of Credit and in charge of Allianz Group’s credit allocation. In 2009, he spearheaded Allianz’s strategic shift into private markets and executed several debt investment strategies. Prior to this, Martin worked in the Fixed Income team of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG. Martin graduated from University of Mannheim as a Diplom-Kaufmann in 2002. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Mathieu Saadati
Managing Partner, Fitracor

Mathieu is the founder and Managing Partner of Fitracor, a Paris-based advisory and arranging boutique dedicated to the African trade finance space. Prior to establishing Fitracor, he was notably responsible for the Correspondent Banking relationships of East-Africa and Middle-East in Société Générale in Paris serving the commodity traders portfolio of the bank. Mathieu holds 15 years of experience in banking, mainly in the commercial bank, trade finance and emerging markets. Mathieu graduated from University of Paris-X in Banking, Finance and Insurance.

Dr. Gabriele Sabato
CEO and Co-Founder, Wiserfunding

Gabriele is an experienced risk management professional who has worked for several financial institutions and consultant companies across the world in the last 18 years. Before founding Wiserfunding together with Professor Altman, he was Head of Risk Appetite Portfolio Decisioning for the Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest. Prior to this role, Gabriele was Head of Credit Risk Portfolio Management for Ulster Bank and Global Head of Credit Risk Analytics for ABN AMRO. In his roles, Gabriele was responsible for ICAAP, stress testing, risk models, portfolio management and risk appetite. He has provided support and oversight in risk management to banks and subsidiaries in Asia, North and South America and Europe. He started his career working for Experian in Italy and Eastern Europe helping banks in enhancing their consumer and SME risk management capabilities and capital optimisation. Gabriele holds an M.Sc. and a PhD. in Finance from La Sapienza University in Rome. He was a visiting Scholar at the Stern School of Business of the New York University under the supervision of Professor Altman with whom has published several academic papers on risk management and SME lending in top ranking academic journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Financial Services Research and the ABACUS.

Andreas Schlütter
Senior Underwriter Trade Credit/Trade Finance Europe, Multinational and Strategic Accounts General Insurance, AIG Europe

Since 2020, Andreas Schlütter has been developing trade credit insurance solutions for international companies and financial institutions for AIG Europe S.A.. Previously, he held various positions in the area of commercial, risk management and financial controlling within the Coface Group in Germany. Andreas is a qualified banker and studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. In addition to his work, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Coface Poland Factoring Sp. z o.o.

Lorna Strong
Deputy General Counsel, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC

As Deputy General Counsel for HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF), Lorna Strong acts as the primary legal advisor for GTRF's operations globally; advising GTRF and playing a role in shaping HBSC's contribution to current regulatory and policy debates on trade finance. She provides global oversight, coordination, and training for legal counsel in over 40 jurisdictions. Ms. Strong has additionally been instrumental in advising innovative digital solutions for trade finance, leading the HSBC Legal team who advised the first financial trade block chain transactions.

Diego Tavecchia
Head of Research, Technical Committees and International Affairs Department, Assifact

Diego Tavecchia graduated in International Economics and Finance from the University of Milan, where he also obtained his PhD in Business History and Corporate Finance with a dissertation about the effects of factoring on Italian businesses. Since 2007 he has been working at Assifact, the Italian Association for Factoring, where he is currently Head of the Research, Technical Committees and International Affairs Department. He established and chaired the Economics and Statistics Committee of the EUF, the European Federation of Factoring, for several years and is currently Chairman of the Prudential Risk Committee of the Federation.

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.

Federico Travella
Founder & Executive Chairman, Novicap

Federico is a Belgian-Italian technology entrepreneur and co-founder-CEO of NoviCap, a venture capital-backed financial technology platform that is building the Operating System for working capital. Federico was previously a Managing Director at Rocket Internet where he was pivotal in scaling technology ventures in Asia Pacific and Africa. His most notable involvements were in Lazada (acquired by Alibaba; NYSE: BABA), Jumia and The Iconic. He holds a Master’s degree in Marine Geology of Ghent University and is a Young Talent fellow at IESE Business School. Federico also advises the EU Commission on its innovation and entrepreneurship agenda.

Rebecca Trotter
Director, Trade Innovation, Client Products, Lloyds Banking Group

Rebecca Trotter is part of the Working Capital Innovation & Trade Transformation team at Lloyds Bank. The team are responsible for trade solution development, innovation and customer journey. She has 10 years of experience in commercial banking within various roles across Trade and Asset Finance. Rebecca works on 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. Rebecca sits on the BAFT Supply Chain Finance Council and holds certificates in International Trade & Finance as well as Supply Chain Finance from BAFT. Rebecca has a BSc. in Psychology from Cardiff University.

Michael Young
Founder and CEO, Photon Commerce

Michael Young is Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Photon Commerce. Photon Commerce accelerates customer acquisition for fintech leaders by automating invoicing, categorisation, reconciliation, and payments using AI. Partnered with Brex, Microsoft, and Nvidia, it processed US$ 11 billion in orders last year. After dropping out of the Stanford PhD programme, Michael led advanced R&D programs funded by the Department of Defense, created hundreds of jobs, raised US$ 50 million across his venture-backed start-ups, and took them to acquisitions. Reach out at: hello@photoncommerce.com

Igor Zaks
CFA, Co-Founder and Chief Risk Officer, 40 Seas

Igor is Co-Founder and Chief Risk officer of 40 Seas; an Import-Now-Pay-Later fintech platform providing SMB financing for trade between Asia and North America. He is a seasoned finance professional, combining experience in banking, blue-chip corporates and consulting. Igor started his career in 1990, first in consulting and then as Finance Director for a high-tech company. He subsequently moved to Citibank, initially working in project finance before setting up and running its first research department in Russia. After moving to Citibank London in 1996, Igor established market strategy research for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2000, Igor moved to Dell to design many innovative structures and then as a director to Eurohypo/Commerzbank, undertaking traditional public finance transactions and driving expansion into new asset classes. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Managing Partner in SCF Capital, a specialised boutique in supply chain financing and its applications. He set up Tenzor Ltd., a specialised consulting company for working capital management and financing in 2009, firstly in the UK and then in Toronto. Igor has a Sloan Fellowship MSc (with distinction) from London Business School and a Global Professional LLM from the University of Toronto.

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