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Supply chain finance continues to accelerate, with global volumes growing by nearly 50% from the pre-pandemic period and utilisation also increasing dramatically. It is expanding faster than ever for new business as well as existing. Corporates are now fast-tracking their decision-making when it comes to approving supply chain finance programmes. BCR’s SCF Summit will examine:

  • The impact of the pandemic and other macro-economic issues on SCF?
  • How much longer these spectacular rates of growth can continue?
  • What are the latest innovations and trends in the sector?
  • How did SCF become a driver for sustainability and how to carry ESG principles and alignment through to supply chains?
  • The challenges of realising SCF’s potential to deliver ESG objectives?
  • Risk management strategies - changes due to the pandemic

Join the 8th Annual Supply Chain Finance Summit and find out the answers to these and many other topical questions on the future of global SCF development. Plus, we will be back to REAL networking! Live streaming is also available.

Professor Beata Javorcik
Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Beata Javorcik is Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. She is on leave from the University of Oxford, where she is the first woman to hold a Statutory Professorship in Economics. She is also a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and the Director of the International Trade Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at ifo Institute, University of Munich, as well as of the Executive and Supervisory Committee of CERGE-EI in Prague. Before taking up her position at Oxford, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she focused on research, lending operations and policy advice. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale and a B.A. in Economics (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Rochester.

Nathalie Louat
Global Director, Trade and Supply Chain Finance, IFC

Nathalie Louat is Global Director of Trade & Supply Chain Finance in the Industries Vice-Presidency at IFC, based in Washington.

Prior to this role she was Global Senior Manager in charge of Innovation, Capital Markets, Insurance and Distressed Assets from 2014 until 2020. She was previously a Senior Manager for East Asia and the Pacific Portfolio Operations, supporting IFC's clients in the financial sector, based in Hong Kong from 2010 until 2014. Nathalie also worked in IFC's Structured Finance Department within the Treasury Vice-Presidency, in Washington and in Hong Kong.

Nathalie received the World Bank Group's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award. Prior to joining IFC, Nathalie pursued a career with Credit Lyonnais Investment Banking after spending several years with the French Ministry of Finance. She holds a degree from the French School of Statistics and Economics and graduated as an Actuary from the Paris Institute of Actuarial Studies.

John Omoti
Vice President – Supply Chain Finance, Bank of China Limited, London Branch

John currently heads up the development of supply chain finance for Bank of China’s London branch. He previously worked in trade finance teams in Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Zenith Bank UK Ltd, GTBank UK, Bank of America, and MUFG Bank (UK). John has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of trade finance operations, implementation and product management and development working mainly within transaction banking for various banks. He is a Certificated Professional Banker (CCBI) with the Chartered Bankers Institute and is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS), PRINCE2 with an MBA in Finance.

Ali Ansari
Director, Global Supply Chain and Payables Solutions, Taulia

As Taulia’s Global Product Lead for Supply Chain and Payables Finance solutions, Ali is responsible for driving innovation and extending the distribution of our solutions worldwide. He has over 25 years of financial industry experience working for top-tier multinational organizations, such as HSBC, J.P. Morgan, PWC, ABN AMRO and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. During these years, Ali has held senior roles across Asia, Africa and Europe regions and has become a subject matter expert on trade and supply chain finance. Ali is currently based out of London.

Girdhar Bagri
Head, SCF, Product & Anchor Coverage, IndusInd Bank

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

Mattijn Bak
Director, Group Treasury, Vion Foods

Mattijn Bak is Group Treasurer of Vion Food Group since 2015. He is an experienced Group Treasurer with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. Skilled in Risk Management, Corporate Finance, Managerial Finance and Working Capital Management. Mattijn obtained a Master in Law from Maastricht University and a Master in Financial Management (MiF) from Tias Nimbas Business School. Previously Mattijn worked at Sperwer Group (Plus) as treasurer. His previous treasury and finance experience was gained at Nutreco, Friesland Campina and ING Bank. Vion Food Group is an international meat producer with production locations in the Netherlands and Germany and sales support offices in thirteen countries worldwide and annual revenues of Eur 5.1 billion.

Dr. Eugenio Cavenaghi
MD, Head of Working Capital Advisory and Structured Trade, 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.

Vinay Chhabra
Consultant, Supply Chain Finance, Trade Finance, Afreximbank

Vinay joined Afreximbank in 2019 to implement their strategic initiative of introducing a Supply Chain Finance offering across Africa as part of his overall responsibility for the Supply Chain Finance portfolio. Vinay brings a wealth of experience in an international bank, Standard Chartered, to this role. During the course of a career spanning over 30 years, Vinay has handled increasingly responsible assignments in various wholesale banking functions including client relationship management, trade finance, structured trade finance and risk management. He has managed relationships with large clients, structured and executed innovative transactions, introduced new products, and managed risks for large loan portfolios. Vinay worked in India, Dubai, New York, and London before moving to Cairo to take up his present assignment. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delhi, and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta as well as from Southern Illinois University, U.S.A.

Parvaiz Dalal
Managing Director, Global Head Payables Finance, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Parvaiz Dalal Heads Global Payables Financing Vertical for Citi. Parvaiz’ role is to integrate various offerings into a holistic solution across payables vertical for clients on a global basis. Payables Finance comprises Supply Chain Financing (a flagship and market leader product offering), Dynamic Discounting, Deep-Tier and Second-Tier financing, Purchase Order Financing, Open Account Draft Discounting, and various related financing across the payables value chain of the Institutional and Commercial Client Group of Citi. Parvaiz leads the business end-to-end, including product management, on-boarding and sales capabilities, working in close partnership with sales, coverage and banking partners. Prior to his current role, Parvaiz was Head of Supply Chain Finance for Treasury and Trade Solutions EMEA. Parvaiz moved to London in February 2015, primarily to uplift SCF business to the next level by fully automating and digitising supplier onboarding, and automating the end-to-end flow, doubling SCF EMEA business. Prior to this move, Parvaiz worked for five years in Singapore as Trade Head, Asean, and at RBS, Asia, as Regional Trade Sales and Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific. He has over two decades of banking experience with Citi, ABN-RBS and Credit Lyonnais. Parvaiz’ wealth of experience has been mostly spent in transaction banking, but he has also managed corporate relationships.

Parvaiz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with specialisation in Advanced Accounting and Statistics, and has a post-graduate degree in Banking Law and Practice.

Eva Degenhart
Partner MH Corporate Finance GmbH

Eva is a senior Supply Chain Finance (SCF) specialist with over 20 years of banking experience in various management and expert positions at major Austrian financial institutions. As shareholding partner at MH Corporate Finance GmbH, she heads the SCF consulting services. Being among the first to develop and successfully introduce SCF products in an Austrian bank she led multiple rollouts of new SCF solutions in Austria and CEE, including multi-funder structures. In collaboration with IFC/WBG she currently advises commercial and development banks in MENA, West Africa, Europe and Asia, enabling SCF strategy building, business modelling, product program set-up and IT projects. Knowledge is an important ingredient for quality results, for both her clients and herself. She loves to innovate, continuously captures developments in the SCF community and likes to share and discuss the findings as author of publications around the subject matter, such as the Guidebook on Supply Chain Finance by Development Banks and Public Entities recently issued by IFC/WBG. She is a beknown speaker and trainer at international SCF conferences and holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as a CEFA diploma.

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

Sean is Head of Legal at SMBC Bank International plc, part of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. He is a Special Adviser to the Trade Finance Department of the bank and in the Trade Innovation Unit. Sean is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). He helped draft the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF) and the Standard Definitions for Techniques of Supply Chain Finance published by ITFA, ICC, FCI, BAFT and the EBA. Sean is a former member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance. He is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Finance Expert Group and a non-executive director of KomGo S.A. Sean has written for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He has presented at many conferences.

Armand Ferreira
Director of Sustainable Finance, ING Wholesale Banking

Armand Ferreira has been working for ING since 1996. After his Master in Business Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Armand joined ING as a management trainee. He has had several roles at ING and became Director of ING European Business Desk Amsterdam in 2008. After another 5 years as a senior relationship manager at ING Corporate Clients, Armand became Director at ING Sustainable Finance in 2015. In his current role, Armand is responsible for leading ING’s corporate clients in their transition to more sustainable business. He supports clients with sustainability strategy, energy transition and solutions to their financing needs. Armand is also member of the Taskforce Sustainable Finance on behalf of the Dutch Banking Association contributing to the financing of the Dutch Climate Agreement.

Alex Garkov
ESG Account Executive, Sustainable Finance, EcoVadis

Alex is leading EcoVadis' development and deployment of their sustainable finance solutions for banks, fund managers and financial institutions. These include an ESG risk management solution for investment managers as well as ESG-linked lending and sustainability-linked supply chain finance solutions for banks and other lenders. Previous to EcoVadis, he worked in alternative funds at an independent AIFMD depositary provider for 7 years in London. He completed his undergraduate degree at King's College, London in 2014.

Taiju Hashimoto
Director, Credit Risk Settlement Solutions, Visa Worldwide

Mr. Taiju Hashimoto has over 16 years of experience supporting the transaction banking needs of multinational clients in Southeast Asia and Japan to mitigate credit risk, settlement risk and country risk. Mr Hashimoto spent approximately 15 years at MUFG and Royal Bank of Scotland in senior positions followed by Bank of America as a Manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from a university in the USA and a university in Japan.

Oswald Kuyler
Global Head of Strategy, MonetaGo

Oswald Kuyler is the Global Head of Strategy for MonetaGo, the world's foremost fraud prevention technology provider to prevent domestic and cross-border duplicate financing. Oswald currently holds multiple advisory positions on the international stage. He is the Digital Standards Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom. He also is an Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) Governance Board. Oswald has joined the MineHub Board of Advisors to help accelerate the transition from paper to digital, helping mining companies unlock their ESG potential. He is the Co-Chair of the OASIS Origin BX group, advancing open source product and trade data standards for facilitating digital tax and trade attestations. Oswald is the former Managing Director for the International Chamber of Commerce DSI. He defined strategy, focused on a partnership and convened the global community around digital standards. Before the ICC, he was the Global Head of Data Strategy of BHP, the world's largest diversified mining company. He has worked on multiple technology initiatives covering blockchain, electronic documentation in trade, data and analytics and automation. A technologist at heart focusing on accelerating the digitisation of trade, Oswald is driven by the opportunity for the financial services ecosystem to serve more customers as digitisation produces more efficiencies, products and risk mitigations.

Fabio Manca
Director Working Capital Solutions, Arviem
Patricia Martínez Núñez
Senior Supply Chain Finance Specialist

Patricia has over twenty years of experience in leadership roles in the banking sector in Mexico. With a computer science background, she started her professional career in BBVA Bank, where she worked on IT projects focused on electronic commerce technologies and developing international systems for conducting remittance business. In 2001, Patricia joined Nacional Financiera (NAFIN), the second-largest development banking institution of the Mexican government. During her over 17 years at NAFIN, she held various roles in SME financing, microcredit, and guarantee programs, with a leading role in the development and launch of the Supply Chain Finance program (“Cadenas Productivas”), an innovative and the first electronic platform SCF program in Mexico focused on providing financial access to domestic SMEs through reverse factoring and other products, as well as training and technical assistance. She later became the head of this program which became a reference for the development of SCF models in Latin America and worldwide. Patricia currently works as a strategic consultant with IFC to develop innovative SCF programs led by public institutions in different countries.

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 markets 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 had worked in various roles in Trade and Supply Chain Finance, Commercial Banking and Risk Management.

Peter Mulroy
Secretary-General, FCI

Peter Mulroy is Secretary General of FCI, the world’s largest network of factoring companies, with its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Peter was previously Senior Vice President, International Regional Manager and Managing Director with CIT. He is a past Chairman of FCI, and has served on the FCI Executive Committee for over a decade. Peter has an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management in Arizona. As Secretary General, Peter assists banks, regulators and governments in introducing the concept of and educating people about the role of factoring. He addresses audiences around the world on the subject of factoring and international trade and is generally regarded as an ambassador for the factoring industry.

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).

Robert Parson
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Robert Parson leads the trade and commodity finance team at the London office of international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. He represents banks, non FI lenders and borrowers across the commodity, manufacturing and trading sectors on a broad range of trade receivables based finance, supply chain and inventory finance arrangements. Robert’s practice covers both UK and cross border financings and he has played a prominent role in the legal advances being made in the reform of English law on electronic trade documents including bills of lading, bills of exchange and promissory notes. He is the editor of the legal journal Finance and Credit Law.

Sibel Sirmagul Sibel Sirmagul
CFA, Regional Head of Product and Propositions, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, 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® Charterholder.

Michael Sugirin
Managing Director, Global Head, Open Account Trade, Standard Chartered Bank

Michael Sugirin is the Global Head of Open Account Trade at Standard Chartered based in Singapore. He is responsible for the strategic direction, execution and product performance of SC’s open account trade product suite which spans across supply chain finance, receivable finance, payable finance, and commodity finance. He is also leading several strategic third-party partnership collaborations and data initiatives to deliver new client value propositions and experiences. Aside from his extensive product management experience, Michael held roles as transaction banking country head, global head of trade implementation and leading product sales roles. Prior to Standard Chartered, he has worked for more than 18 years at Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan in multiple locations across New York, Singapore and Jakarta.

Murat Sultanov
Senior Operations Officer, Financial Institutions Group Advisory, IFC

Murat is a member of the IFC Global Credit Infrastructure Team where he works as a Secured Transactions and Asset Based Lending specialist currently based in Istanbul, Turkey. Murat works to support reforms of secured transactions and collateral registries in ECA, MENA and Asia regions. He previously worked as a programme manager for the IFC Advisory Services in MENA and ECA where he supervised a number of programs including secured transactions and collateral registries, credit reporting and leasing. He has extensive experience in managing and implementing regulatory reforms and capacity building programs globally. His experience includes drafting and supporting the enactment of various legislative acts related to leasing, secured transactions and credit reporting in more than 30 jurisdictions in the former Soviet Union, Middle East & North Africa, South East Asia and Africa. Murat represented IFC at the Advisory Board and the Drafting Committee at UNIDROIT to develop Model Law on Leasing and presently is an IFC delegate in the UNIDROIT Working Group to develop Model Law on Factoring. He also represented the World Bank Group in the UNCITRAL Working Group VI to develop UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions and related texts. Murat holds an LL.M degree (Master of Laws) from the University of Southampton, UK.

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.

Shona Tatchell
CEO and Founder, Halotrade

Shona is the CEO and Founder of Halotrade, a blockchain enabled Fintech start up focussed on the delivery of sustainable supply chain financing. Formerly Head of Innovation for Trade & Working Capital in Barclays working in partnership with Fintech companies which will shape the future of the global Trade business. Shona was a Director with Barclays for 6 years, and was previously Global Head of FIG Trade, delivering trade finance, trade services and risk mitigation solutions to bank and non-bank clients globally. She joined from HSBC where she was a senior manager in the European Structured Trade and Advisory team within Global Trade and Supply Chain. She began her career with The Chase Manhattan Bank graduating from the European Credit Training Programme and joined Chase’s Trade Finance team, where she spent 13 years working in London, the Middle East and Singapore where she headed Chase’s Trade Finance business. Shona owned her own successful hotel business in Scotland for several years after leaving Asia, before returning to banking in 2008. Shona holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Modern Languages (French and German) from Oxford University.

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.

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.

Jesse van Cleef
Regional Director, Special Products, Atradius

Based in Amsterdam, Jesse is the Atradius Regional Director for Special Products. He is responsible for teams located in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA. His teams focus on finding unique credit insurance solutions for complex trade transactions.

In addition, Jesse is member of Atradius’ Sustainability Committee that is responsible for the ESG Strategy and heads the credit insurer’s strategic project researching how sustainability issues impact businesses and supply chain finance, and what products could be created to address these. In particular, his focus is on investigating how to develop an effective sustainable credit insurance policy.

Jesse joined Atradius in 2006 where he held senior positions in both Commercial Account Management and Risk Underwriting. Prior to that he held finance and credit risk roles at Marsh and Deutsche Bank. Jesse has a Masters in Finance from the TIAS Business School, Tilburg, NL.

P Vasudevan
Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India (RBI

Mr P. Vasudevan currently heads the payments and settlement systems function in RBI. This involves regulating, supervising, facilitating innovation and playing a catalytic role in the payments space, encompassing many bank and non-bank payment system operators. He has led and successfully implemented many large payment system projects and initiatives in RBI. A career central banker with over 28 years of experience, he also has extensive experience in the banking and non-banking supervision space, and has handled technology audits of large institutions as part of this role. He represents the RBI on the CPMI, the SAARC Payments Council, the SEACEN Payments Group and the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee. He is a cost and management accountant with masters in finance and certifications in information systems audit, information security management and fintech. He is also an alumnus of the Wharton School. He loves travelling and listening to film songs. Vasudevan figures in the Top 30 Indian FinTech Influencers 2022 curated by The Digital Fifth, a digital and fintech consulting company.

Ana Velandia Evan
Global Head of Trade Finance, AIG

Ana Velandia Evan has more than 12 years of international experience with lending and trade finance products. In February 2022, Ana joined AIG as Global Head of Trade Finance. Her global team covers Open Account and Documentary Trade products from an insurance coverage perspective and structured trade, including securitisation style solutions. Previously, Ana spent 7 years at Barclays with recent roles as Global Coordinator and Head of UK Financial Institutions Group (FIG) within the Trade and Working Capital (TWC) area. Ana was also a member of Barclays Sustainability Leaders Network where she drove several initiatives on behalf of TWC and worked on the development of new sustainable trade finance products. Prior to Barclays, Ana worked for the private sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Group in the US and Colombia where she held several positions within the Group covering Debt and Capital Markets transactions. She has an MBA in Finance from George Washington University (US), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and a certificate in Fintech from Oxford University (UK).

Michael Vrontamitis
Founding Partner, T3i Partner Network

Michael Vrontamitis is a founding partner of T3i Partner Network LLP. T3i Partner Network is a global collective of industry leading specialists in trade, treasury and technology with a focus on digital innovation. He also advises several start-ups, including Kountable Inc and Silver Birch Finance, and is Deputy Chair of the World Trade Board. A renowned industry thought leader, he is particularly passionate about the intersection between sustainability, technology and finance and the impact digitalisation can have in narrowing the trade finance gap and enabling sustainable supply chains. In his last role, Michael was the lead industry principal for Finastra’s Lending Business Unit, which covered cash management, trade and working capital management, retail and corporate lending at Finastra. Michael spent 25 years with Standard Chartered, spanning both wholesale and retail clients, as well as investor relations, working in Hong Kong, London, and Singapore in a number of leadership positions. His transaction banking roles included the Head of Product Management for cash management, trade and securities services for Asia; the Global Head of Trade Finance Product; and Regional Head responsible for the bank’s trade finance business with European and American headquartered companies, where he led sales, product, distribution, service and implementation in Europe and the Americas. Michael has been a member of the BAFT Board of Directors and BAFT’s Global Trade Industry Council. He was also part of the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board, where he co-chaired the ICC Working Group on the digitalisation of trade finance and chaired the SWIFT Offshore CNY Best Practice Working Group on Cash and Trade. Michael was recognised by The Asset as The Renminbi Banker of the Year in 2014. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick.

Anil Walia
EMEA Payables Finance – Payables, Deutsche Bank

Anil Walia is responsible for development of the Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance business proposition. After completing his Master’s Degree in Plasma Physics a few decades ago, Anil took the not so obvious career decision to go into banking. The journey took him through India, the Middle East and finally to Germany. He picked up an MBA in Financial Management on the way. As head of Trade Finance Sales he has experience in the South-East Asian, Eastern European and European markets. Anil is a SCF veteran, who got his wings in the fledgling days of SCF in 2000 at J.P. 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. Anil is very active in the public discussion on matters pertaining to SCF – from accounting regulations to sustainability. He has been instrumental in setting up the first sustainability-linked payables finance programmes.

Richard Wulff
Executive Director, International Credit Insurance & Surety Association (ICISA)

After completing a Master’s degree in Economics, Richard Wulff started his career in 1989 as trade credit insurance underwriting manager and reinsurance director of NCM, a precursor of Atradius, in his native country, the Netherlands. He founded a reinsurance captive for the company in Ireland prior to moving on to Munich Re in Germany. At Munich Re, Richard managed the non-European credit, surety and political risk reinsurance department until 2008. He then moved to India to become the Chief Underwriting Officer of HDFC-ERGO Insurance Company, a general lines insurance business. Richard subsequently became Group General Manager, heading up the worldwide credit lines at QBE Insurance in Australia, before moving to Hong Kong in that role. He returned to Holland in 2017 to found RW Consulting, a consultancy company for trade credit insurance, surety and political risk (re)insurance. In February 2021, Richard joined the International Credit Insurance and Surety Association (ICISA), an association with which Richard has been actively involved throughout his career in trade credit insurance, surety and political risk insurance, where he currently holds the title of Executive Director.

Geoffrey Wynne
Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Geoffrey is Head of Sullivan & Worcester’s London office and also Head of its award-winning Trade & Export Finance Group. Geoff is one of the leading trade finance lawyers. He has extensive experience in many aspects of banking and finance, specifically trade, structured trade and commodity finance, and related legal and compliance issues. Geoff has recently been involved in a number of initiatives for trade finance in the digital world including digital payment obligations. He is currently Co-Chair of the ICC Committee which wrote the recently published Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions (URDTT). Geoff sits on the editorial boards of a number of publications and is a regular contributor and speaker at conferences. He is also the editor of and contributor to The Practitioner’s Guide to Trade and Commodity Finance published by Thompson Reuters. Geoff is General Editor and contributor to A Guide to Receivables Finance, a multi-authored publication co-published by Sullivan, Deutsche Bank and the International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA). The team which Geoff leads has won numerous awards, including Best Trade or Supply Chain Finance Law Firm at the Global Trade Review (GTR) Leaders in Trade Awards 2022, and Best Trade Finance Law Firm by Trade Finance Global (TFG) in its International Trade Awards 2022. Geoff is ranked both in Chambers UK 2023 in Tier 1 as a Leading Individual for Commodities: Trade Finance and included in the Hall of Fame by The Legal 500 UK, 2023.


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