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Our 6th annual Supply Chain Finance Summit is an important opportunity to learn about the latest trends, ideas and developments transforming working capital and supply chain management. This in-depth event tracks the transformation of supply chain finance, showcasing the latest innovations within the industry for both domestic and cross-border financing, examining the future of technology-enabled supply chain models, and driving the conversation on increasing access of SCF for SMEs and emerging markets.

Being a virtual event, it provides a chance to network with an even wider circle of industry leaders on a global basis.

Speakers
Maurice Benisty
Chief Commercial Officer, Demica
Maurice Benisty joined Demica in October 2017 from Wells Fargo where he was CEO, Commercial Distribution Finance, responsible for a US$2.8bn receivables business with over 12,000 clients across EMEA and APAC. Maurice joined Wells Fargo from GE Capital through the acquisition of the CDF business. At GE he held a number of senior positions including Chief Commercial Officer of GE Capital International and Head of Origination for the EMEA Leveraged Finance Business. Prior to GE, Maurice worked as a senior investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Bankers Trust and Paribas.
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.

Dr. Eugenio Cavenaghi
Managing Director, Head of Working Capital Solutions, Continental Europe, Banco Santander
Eugenio is responsible at Santander for the full set of trade, receivables and supply chain finance products in continental Europe. 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 Global Product Manager in the Trade and Cash Divisions 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.
Kevin Day Kevin Day
CEO, HPD Lendscape
HPD Lendscape’s CEO, Kevin Day, is committed to make the company the technology partner of choice for banks and independent funders operating in the invoice finance, factoring, supply chain finance and asset finance markets. He began his career more than 25 years ago as a software developer at HPD, holding positions as a business analyst, product manager, product director, board member and COO. Kevin’s has deep knowledge of the complex nature of secured lending products and the dynamics of an ever-changing market, where digitalisation, open architectures and cloud computing drive new technology innovation. HPD Lendscape has a programme of continuous R&D and investment, working closely with its growing client-base to ensure its products deliver simplified SME finance solutions. This focus on investment has enabled significant company growth with the company employing a global team of 150.
Bertrand de Cominges
Managing Director, Global Head Trade Finance Investments, Santander Asset Management

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

Bob Gravestijn
Business Developer, Trade and Supply Chain Finance, ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Bob Gravestijn is an experienced entrepreneur and business developer. Driven by making global trade easy, accessible and transparent, he takes pride in providing support to organisations to build strategies and grow new business ideas, with focus on quality, efficiency and value to people’s lives.

Today, he helps ABN AMRO to develop new sustainable services and trade finance products based on DLT (blockchain) to increase capital available in the value chain and strengthen the financial positions and achieve sustainability goals of corporate clients. You may know him from his work as co-founder of DELIVER - an open, decentralised platform reshaping supply chain management and facilitating innovations in the supply chain.

Bob is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his vision and tireless energy to encourage others to collaborate and transform trade. He has previously worked as a consultant. Bob has a PhD in Physics.

Taiju Hashimoto Taiju Hashimoto
Vice President Japanese Corporate Regional Sales Transaction Banking Office for Asia, MUFG Bank
Mr. Taiju Hashimoto has over 16 years of experience supporting the transaction banking needs of multinational clients in Southeast Asia and Japan. In his current capacity, he is responsible for MUFG’s Japanese corporate portfolio in the Asia Pacific region. Mr Hashimoto is based in Singapore. Prior to joining MUFG, Mr. Hashimoto spent over 5 years with Royal Bank of Scotland in Japan and was an Associate Director in Global Transaction Banking Sales and with an American bank as a Manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from a university in the USA and a university in Japan.
Daria Johnen
Global Product Head, Supply Chain Finance, Global Trade & Receivable Finance, HSBC

As the Global Product Head for Supply Chain Finance at HSBC, Daria is in charge of all aspects of SCF Products and their delivery across markets. She has particular interest and expertise in technology, including deployment of technology to power the Bank’s SCF business and partnerships with fintechs. Daria joined HSBC from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in London where she held a senior position in Trade Finance sales, covering Corporate and FI Trade.

Daria holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK, a BA in English language and a BSc in Computer Science.

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.
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.
David Loseby
MCIOB Chartered, FAPM, FCMI, FCIPS Chartered, FRSA, Managing Director, Barkers Commercial Consultancy, Former Director for Procurement (Group CPO), Rolls Royce

David has over 30 years’ experience at senior executive/director level driving value and change through procurement and organisational transformation. David’s varied background enables him to draw on not only his various global experiences, sector diversity and responsibilities within many public bodies as well as FTSE 100 companies but also the experience gained in the construction and property sectors at the beginning of his career. He therefore has a real feel for the commercial and business drivers of the corporate customer and the private trader. He also understands what it takes to deliver sustainable bottom line results in the optimum time frame. He has just left his role as Director of Procurement at Rolls Royce (Group CPO). David's role there was part of Global Business Services (GBS) and a member of the leadership team spanning that group. The GBS procurement population is c.180 within GBS, with a total group indirect spend of c.£2.7bn and total group purchasing population of circa 900, and Group Spend of c £8bn. David is currently studying a PhD at Norwich Business School (Social Sciences Faculty) in Behavioural Science & Applied Cognitive Psychology: Behavioural Procurement.

Paolo Monaco
Regional Head - SME Finance and Development, EBRD
Paolo is responsible for the EBRD’s SME business in Turkey, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Belarus and Moldova. He covers both the Advisory and Investment side of the business. He is also the portfolio manager for all existing SME investments in the region. Throughout the past ten years at the EBRD, Paolo has focused on a number of new product launches and he is currently spearheading the EBRD’s preliminary research into Supply Chain Financing. Prior to joining the EBRD, Paolo worked in the hedge fund, private equity and investment banking industry, focusing mostly on acquisitions and disposals.
Deepesh Patel
Editorial Director, Trade Finance Global

Deepesh Patel is Editorial Director at Trade Finance Global (TFG). In this role, Deepesh leads efforts in developing TFG's brand, relationships and strategic direction in key markets, including the UK, US, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Deepesh regularly chairs and speaks at international industry events with the WTO, BCR, Excred, TXF, The Economist and Reuters, as well as industry associations including ICC, FCI, ITFA and BAFT.

Deepesh is the host of the ‘Trade Finance Talks’ podcast and ‘Trade Finance Talks TV’. He is co-author of ‘Blockchain for Trade: A Reality Check’ with the ICC and the WTO, alongside other industry research.

In addition to his work at TFG, Deepesh is a Strategic Advisor for WOA, and a Board Member of ITFA's Emerging Leaders Committee. He also sits on the Fintech Working Group of the Standardised Trust.

Prior to TFG, Deepesh worked at Travelex where he was responsible for the cards business and the Travelex Money app in Europe, NAM, UK and Brazil. Deepesh is a co-opted Local Authority Governor of the Wyvern Federation, which has responsibility for 5 primary schools in South London

Martin Schlageter
Head of Treasury Operations, Roche
M. Schlageter joined the German entity of the Roche Group as Head of Treasury in 1993. In 1998 he became European Head of Cash & Credit Management in Switzerland for the Vitamins Division where he built up a Shared Service Centre in this area. After the divestment of the Vitamins Division in 2004 he joined Roche’s Group Treasury as Head of Treasury Operations implementing & running Roche’s In-house bank. Before joining Roche he worked several years in foreign exchange trading in Frankfurt, Singapore and Paris. M. Schlageter holds a degree of the University of Applied Sciences, Rendsburg (Germany).
Sibel Sirmagul Sibel Sirmagul
CFA, Regional Head Product and Propositions Europe, HSBC

Sibel Sirmagul is the European Head of Product and Propositions for HSBC’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance business, driving the digital trade, working capital and structured trade finance growth strategy.

Sibel works closely with clients to identify, develop and structure solutions providing risk mitigation and liquidity.

She started her career with ABN AMRO Bank in 2000, holding senior structured lending positions across various regions: Europe, Middle East and North America. In 2010, following the acquisition by RBS, she joined the Structured Trade Advisory team where she successfully led the structuring of Supply Chain Finance, RF and Trade lending structures throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Sibel holds an MBA from London Business School and is a CFA Charter holder.

Laurent Tabouelle
COO, CODIX Group

Laurent is COO of CODIX Group, an international commercial finance software provider, editor and integrator of the iMX solution, which supports all types of corporate and commercial finance, including PO finance, Factoring (international/two-way, reverse/NAFIN, classical), Invoice Discounting, Asset-Based Lending, Supply Chain/Inventory Finance, Leasing, as well as sophisticated debt collection capabilities. With a staff of 750+ business and technical experts located in 12 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 product management, evolving into management roles. He has been CODIX’s Group COO since 2010.

Oliver Triebsees
Senior Manager - Corporate Finance, GEA Group

Oliver Triebsees is Senior Manager Corporate Finance at GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft, one of the largest systems suppliers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors and listed on the German MDAX. He joined GEA in November 2018 and is responsible for all aspects of working capital management and corporate financing as well as projects in the Corporate Finance area.

Before joining GEA, he worked from 2011 to 2018 at Deutsche Bank AG in different positions of corporate banking in Cologne and Frankfurt.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Finance & Accounting from FOM University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Anil Walia
Financial Supply Chain Head - EMEA, Deutsche Bank
Anil Walia heads Deutsche Bank’s Supply Chain Finance (SCF) Payables in EMEA. After completing his Masters in Plasma Physics a few decades ago, Anil took the not-so-obvious career decision in banking. The journey took him through India, the Middle East and finally to Germany. Along the way he has headed sales for trade finance and gained experience at various stages in his career in the south-east Asian, eastern European and European markets. He picked up an MBA in Financial Management on the way. Anil is a supply chain finance veteran, who got his wings in the fledgling days of SCF in 2000 at JP Morgan. He has been a key contributor to the growth of SCF, as technology and documentation evolved, accompanying the first transactions that took place in Europe. Anil was elected in 2015 to the Who’s Who in Treasury & Cash Management for Supply Chain Finance and in 2018 was one of the key contributors to Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance, A Guide to Working Capital Optimisation (2nd Edition).
Bryan Walker
Head of Bank Relationships, Previse
Bryan leads relationship management of all bank, non-bank and insurance relationships globally for Previse, a London-based fintech that uses data-driven AI to make supply chain financing decisions. Prior to Previse, Bryan was a Principal at London-based corporate finance firm Dfin, and from 2001-2015 was with Standard Chartered in various corporate banking and trade finance roles in London, New York and Dubai, including Sector Head, International Corporates.
Chris Wohlert
Business Leader, Commercial Distribution Finance, Asia, Wells Fargo & Company

Chris Wohlert is the business leader for the Commercial Distribution Finance platform in Asia for Wells Fargo. In this role, he leads the inventory financing and cross-border factoring business serving multinational manufacturers across a variety of industries in coordination with the Commercial Distribution Finance platforms in Wells Fargo globally.

Chris has decades of experience in the fields of commercial lending, inventory finance, and factoring where he has managed and structured global financing programs across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East/Africa ,and Asia Pacific. He has spent more than 20 years at Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance and its predecessor companies in roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of portfolio management, special assets, business development, and leadership.

Chris is an active member of the Asia Pacific Financial Forum, which is part of the APEC Finance Minister’s Process, where he serves as the leader for secured transaction reform for the Financial Infrastructure Development Network. This was launched in November 2015 as part of the Cebu Action Plan.

Igor Zaks
President, Tenzor Ltd.
Igor Zaks, CFA is founder and the President of Tenzor Ltd. which focuses on all aspects of working capital management and financing. Igor is a seasoned finance professional, combining experience in banking, blue-chip corporate, 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, working with credit insurers, banks, and other finance providers. Igor then moved as a director to Eurohypo / Commerzbank, undertaking traditional public finance transactions and driving expansion into new asset classes, such as receivables, leases, and export credit agencies. 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. in 2009, firstly in the UK and then Toronto. Igor has Sloan Fellowship MSc (with distinction) from London Business School and Global Professional LLM from University of Toronto.
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