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24 - 25 January 2024
Cecabank
Madrid

Ride the rise

Events are moving fast in supply chain finance. The outlook for the sector is bright with the prospect of greater freedom of operations brought by the Electronic Trade Documents bill and MLETR, development of innovative SCF solutions such as deep-tier financing, pre-shipment financing, supplying the long tail, as well as advancing technologies and AI. The BCR Supply Chain Finance Summit 2024 is returning to Madrid for a two-day event to explore the ways of better integration in this new metaverse.

The 10th annual Supply Chain Finance Summit held in partnership with FCI will bring together top influencers from across the banking and fintech stack - CEOs, senior SCF executives, chief sustainability officers, fintech leaders, policy makers, startups, scale-ups and tech entrepreneurs to explore what needs to happen next to unlock the opportunities provided by this exciting transformation. This is a must attend event for any leader looking to gather intel on the key strategies needed to ride the rise of supply chain finance.

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Key subject areas, covered by our panels of experts, include:

  • The State of global SCF and deep tier SCF: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Empowering SMEs through SCF – Unleashing Growth and Inclusion
  • ESG and Sustainability in SCF – Pioneering Achievements and Navigating Complex Challenges 
  • Navigating the SCF Regulatory and Compliance Landscape – A Comprehensive Review and Forward Outlook 
  • Emerging Technologies: Shaping the future of SCF – Innovations, Trends and Transformation
  • Forging Stronger Links – Collaborative Approaches in SCF for a Resilient Future
  • Financial Inclusion’s Role in Supply Chain Finance – Promoting Sustainable Growth
  • Strengthening Supply Chains – Mid-Cap Anchor Buyers’ Role in Empowering Supplier Financing
  • Future Proofing SFC – Navigating Innovation and Adaptation for Sustainable Growth
  • Kingshuk Ghoshal
    Co-founder & CEO, TASConnect

    Kingshuk Ghoshal is a seasoned executive with a track record of over 25 years of proven management and leadership experience in the Financial Services and Technology sectors in Asia. He has held senior roles in Corporate and Investment Banking, and leading technology firms such as Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and Siemens, where he has led successful businesses and teams in client coverage, sales and business development.

    Throughout his career, Kingshuk has had extensive leadership experience in trade and supply chain finance. Prior to joining TASConnect, he spent 15 years at SCB, eventually holding the title of Managing Director and Head of Global Subsidiaries business for ASEAN markets. In this role, Kingshuk led his team to several client mandates in treasury, transaction banking, financial markets, and corporate finance areas. Kingshuk’s vast experience and expertise in supply chain management, trade financing and digital transformation have made him a highly respected figure in the industry.

    Kingshuk holds an MBA from the INSEAD Business School. When not at the work desk, he loves to spend time with his wife and two teenage children, or enjoying a few rounds of golf with friends.

    Ilyas Khan
    Global Head – Supplier Engagement, Supply Chain Finance, Citi

    Ilyas Khan is Global Head - Supplier Engagement, Supply Chain Finance, with Citi Bank, London. He has worked with Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered bank for 20 years in various leadership roles in Asia and Europe.

    Ilyas is a senior corporate banker with experience across product, sales and structuring within trade finance. During his term with Standard Chartered Venture, Ilyas successfully conceptualised a supply chain finance fintech, ‘TAS Connect’ - a state-of-the-art digitised platform in partnership with Lenovo. Prior to that, Ilyas was Global Head of Receivables Finance where he was instrumental in re-engineering the product as well successfully launching many variants globally. Ilyas has travelled extensively across Asia, Africa and the Middle East to commercialise open account trade (receivables and payables proposition) to more than 30 countries. Ilyas was also part of  various industry bodies  representing supply chain finance across the globe. 

    John Omoti
    Vice President, Trade & Supply Chain Finance Bank of China Limited, London

    John Omoti has 21 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 with the Chartered Bankers Institute (CCBI) and is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS), PRINCE2 with an MBA in Finance.

    John is a seasoned banking professional with extensive expertise in trade and supply chain finance. As the Vice President of Trade and Supply Chain Finance at Bank of China Limited in London, he oversees strategic initiatives and operations related to international trade financing and supply chain solutions.

    With a distinguished career spanning over two decades, John has built a reputation for driving innovation and fostering collaborations within the financial sector. He possesses a deep understanding of global trade dynamics, enabling him to provide valuable insights to clients and stakeholders. John is renowned for his ability to develop bespoke financial solutions tailored to the unique needs of multinational corporations, SMEs and trading partners.

    Throughout his career, John has been instrumental in leveraging cutting-edge technologies to streamline trade processes and enhance supply chain efficiency. He is known for his proactive approach in identifying emerging market trends and translating them into actionable strategies, positioning Bank of China as a leader in the competitive landscape of international trade and supply chain finance.

    With a proven track record of successful partnerships and innovative financial solutions, John continues to be a driving force in shaping the future of international trade and supply chain finance at Bank of China, London.

    John has previously worked in the Trade Finance Department in MUFG Bank (UK) Ltd, Bank of America, GTBank UK Ltd, Zenith Bank UK Ltd, and Sumitomo Mitui Banking Corporation.

    Tiziano Paciti
    Director of Origination EMEA, Orbian

    I am Director of Oginiation EMEA, currently based in the Munich office of Orbian Management Ltd, a prominent non-bank provider of working capital optimisation solutions.

    Prior to joining Orbian in 2017, I worked for 14 years in leading international banks across Europe. I have garnered expertise in various aspects of financial services, including structured receivables financing, working capital financing, derivatives trading, treasury operations, and corporate and investment banking products.

    In my current role, I spearhead strategic and operational initiatives for sales and growth, while also cultivating and maintaining key client relationships. My proficiency extends to the implementation of strategies aimed at expanding Orbian's client base and market share. I am also responsible for facilitating and orchestrating the implementation of new Supply Chain Finance programs in the EMEA region.

    My extensive international experience, having worked in major financial hubs like Milan, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zürich, and Munich, reflects my multicultural skills. I am fluent in German, Italian, English and French.

    Simon Peterman
    CEE Factoring Coordination Manager, Raiffeisen Factor Bank AG

    Presently CEE Factoring Coordination Manager for 11 factoring units in CEE at Raiffeisen Factor Bank AG in Austria, Simon Peterman was previously Member of Management Board of Invictus FS, Slovenia; Head of Transaction Banking Product Management at Erste Bank, Austria and also Member of the ICC Global SCF Steering Group, Chairman of the CEE Chapter of FCI, Netherlands and started his career as a credit insurance underwriter at the Slovene Export Credit Agency.

    Enrico Viganò
    CEO & Founder, FinDynamic

    Enrico Viganò has extensive experience in strategic consulting, corporate finance and private equity and worked for leading companies as Bain, GE and KPMG. He has worked on projects ranging from strategic planning to mergers and acquisitions across various sectors and industries. After more than 15 years in the investment and strategic consulting industry, in 2016, Enrico created FinDynamic. FinDynamic is today a leading fintech in the SCF landscape as technology provider for major European banks and is working with more than 200 corporate clients.

    Marina Andrés Machicote
    Global Head of GTB Advisory, BBVA

    With more than 20 years of experience, Marina has worked for BBVA in Brazil, Hong Kong and Spain, building up a solid experience in arranging and structuring successful transactions in Global Transaction Banking with corporate clients. In 2020, Marina assumed the Advisory GTB global leadership with teams in Spain, Mexico, US, Colombia, Peru and Argentina, applying sustainability and data in the transaction banking business.

    Marina holds a business degree from Fundacao Getulio Vargas EAESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil), a certificate in Financial Management from IBMEC (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and an MBA from Hong Kong University (Hong Kong).

    Marc Auboin
    Senior Counsellor, Economic Research, World Trade Organization

    Marc Auboin is a Counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO, responsible for work on trade and finance, and for WTO relations with the IMF and World Bank. Previously, Marc held several positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was Deputy-Secretary General of the Monetary Committee of the European Union, and worked for the French Treasury. Marc holds a PhD in Economics from Sciences-Po Paris, and was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Yale University.

    Çağatay Baydar
    Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, TEB Faktoring, Chairman, Executive Committee, FCI

    Çağatay Baydar has 36 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 33 years, and is one of the pioneers who introduced factoring to Turkey. Presently, he is the Executive Chairman of TEB Factoring, the largest export factor of Turkey, one of the biggest in the world and a joint venture of the worldwide 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 was the chairman of the FCI between 2011 – 2013 and 2016 – 2019, and has been elected three times as Chairman of the Executive Committee of FCI, the biggest factoring chain in the world.

    Adriaan Bellaart
    Global Lead Supply Chain Finance, ING Bank

    Adriaan Bellaart is Global Lead of Supply Chain Finance at ING Bank, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has over 20 years of banking experience. Starting his career in relationship banking and lending in Amsterdam, he moved to Madrid to take on a role as transaction banker for a few years. Back in the Netherlands in 2010, Adriaan was part of the team setting up ING SCF as a central solution within the broader working capital solutions and trade domain. Currently, he is heading the supply chain finance business at ING, which offers payables and buyer-led financial solutions across the globe.

    Angel Bustos Garcia Tome
    Global Head, SCF, Global Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Santander CIB

    With over 18 years of experience in finance, Angel has solid track record in positions of responsibility at a global level and in Asia within the Santander CIB. Since 2016, he has been in charge of the global SCF business. Prior to that, he worked as a strategy consultant at Roland & Berger. Angel holds an MBA from IE Business School.

    Maria Camila Munoz Sanchez
    CEO & Founder, Exponencial Confirming

    Achieving goals, making the impossible possible, setting challenges, managing to overcome challenges and going one step further, are actions that describe Maria Camila Munoz, CEO and Founder of Exponencial Confirming, one of the leading Fintech companies in Colombia, with more than 25 years of experience in factoring. Financial inclusion of MSMEs through technology is Camila’s main goal, achieved through sustainable growth with immediate access to liquidity by using Exponencial´s digital platform to access capital from banks and funds. In recent years, more than one million invoices have been discounted electronically, enabling access to billions at a competitive price.

    Camila is an MBA graduate from Syracuse University, Senior Management Specialist in Strategic Leadership from Los Andes University in Bogota, Corporate Governance Specialist from Yale University, and most recently studies in Innovation for High Impact Entrepreneurial Management at Stanford University. Camila was awarded the “Mujeres que Impactan” (Women that Create Impact) prize from Endeavor Colombia in 2019, and is an active member of Women in Connection, serving local communities with the installation of strategies that seek to promote and reinforce women´s entrepreneurial paths.

    Paloma Carazo
    Marketing Manager, Alvantia

    Paloma has more than 15 years of experience in the field of marketing and communications in various sectors. For the last 5 years she has focused on the trade finance sector, and is responsible for the positioning of Alvantia in international markets. Her first degree is in Advertising and Public Relations and she also holds a Masters in Marketing and Commercial Management.

    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.

    Fabien Conderanne
    Regional Head of Financial Solutions, Europe, WTW

    Fabien Conderanne currently serves as Regional Head of Financial Solutions, Europe, at global broking and consulting firm WTW where he oversees the development of Credit and Non-Payment insurance, Political Risk insurance, Surety, Terrorism and Political Violence in Western Europe and Ireland. Fabien joined WTW in 2017 and has previously served as Regional Head of Financial Solutions, Asia Pacific. Prior to WTW, Fabien spent 16 years at credit insurance company Coface, where he last served as Chief Executive Officer in Singapore.

    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.

    Adam Edwards
    Product and Growth Director, Satago

    Adam Edwards is the Product and Growth Director at Satago. With a rich professional background in traditional banking institutions and innovative fintech companies, his career is marked by a commitment to modernising B2B Working Capital Finance.

    Adam's career in Finance and Fintech has varied across the financial services industry, including periods at Tier 1 Banks and Fintechs. He has witnessed first-hand the challenges lenders face in operating these products, and the impact on client experience. Driven to effect positive change, Adam has worked with solution providers to enhance the Supply Chain Finance landscape and reduce the cost to serve for lenders.

    In his current role, Adam is at the helm delivering best-in-class working capital solutions, characterised by a focus on client-centricity, bringing modern, accessible and industry-leading finance to Satago's partners and clients.

    Monica Fernandez Barbero
    International Factoring Manager, Caixabank

    I am currently the International Factoring and SCF Manager at Caixabank. Within my different functions, one of the main ones is to develop international factoring using the Two Factor System through FCI, where we are the first Export Factor of the Chain.

    After finishing my studies in Economics and Actuarial Sciences at the University of the Basque Country, I started my career in banking, the sector in which I have been working for over 25 years. I have worked in different Spanish banks and in different positions, but always related to corporate banking. In the last five years my work has focused on developing International Trade Operations, and during the last two years specifically developing and promoting international factoring to bring it closer to all types of companies, especially SMEs, and not just large corporations.

    During all these years, I have been focused on how to provide a better service and improve customer experience. With the intention of developing myself to the maximum in this field, in 2018 I studied for a Master’s degree in Customer Experience at the University of La Salle, Madrid. To improve my profile to face the challenges of the digital age, in 2022 I completed the Business Analytics for Leaders program, taught by the IMD digital business school.

    José Antonio Garrote Pazos
    Business Manager, Alvantia

    José Antonio Garrote is the Business Manager at Alvantia, and has more than 20 years of experience in developing banking projects for Spanish and international financial institutions. He is a computer engineer and led the development of Santander Bank's SCF product in the late ‘90s. Since that success, José has mainly focused his career on trade financing, and has also managed SCF projects in many different financial entities and banks such as Liberbank and Banesto, as well as Santander. José has been heavily involved in several landmark projects, including managing the deployment of Santander Bank’s Spanish SCF application in the UK and Mexico, as well as the development of the bank's SCF application for their international branches.

    Johan Geduhn
    Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at Tradewind

    Johan’s tasks include social and environmental management, anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, governance, risk management and regulatory compliance. Before joining Tradewind in 2011, Johan worked in the legal department of the German-Slovenian Chambers of Commerce. During his tenure at Tradewind, Johan held multiple roles within the company. Previously he served as Head of Legal Department and most recently as Global Head of Operations.

    Johan is a graduate of Cologne University of Applied Sciences, where he studied Commercial Law with a specialisation in international and financial law. He speaks German, Mandarin, English and Spanish.

    Claudia Gomez
    Global Head, Sustainability for Global Transaction Banking, Santander CIB

    Claudia is Global Head of Sustainability for the Global Transaction Business within Santander’s Corporate and Investment Bank. She is responsible for the sustainability business across the GTB spectrum of products, including Export and Agency Finance, Trade and Working Capital, and Cash and Liquidity Management tools.

    Claudia joined the Santander Group in 2010 and has held relevant positions within SCIB in various capacities, including leading the international origination strategy for Global Confirming, as well as being Product Manager for the full range of Trade and Working Capital products including Structured Receivable Finance, Documentary Trade, and SCF. In addition to this, Claudia was responsible, until 2021, for all GTB business with investors, from a trade asset mobilisation perspective.

    Prior to joining Santander, Claudia worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in the Office of the US Executive Director in Washington DC until 2005. She holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University in Washington DC (2002) with a specialisation in International Commerce and Business Information Technology. She speaks Spanish, English and French and currently lives with her husband and three kids in Madrid.

    Neal Harm
    Deputy Secretary General, FCI

    Neal Harm is Deputy Secretary General at FCI (fci.nl), the Global Representative Body for Factoring and Financing of Open Account Domestic and International Trade Receivables. He has over 30 years of experience in working capital finance, having successfully led and managed complex and large commercial finance, international and payments businesses at leading US Banks.

    Neal is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina, USA, where he joined Wachovia’s Leadership Management Development Program. At Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) he started his career in the Asset Based Lending division as a collateral analyst. This role led to his interest in working capital-based finance.

    Neal later joined Bank of America’s factoring division, taking on various leadership roles. He was responsible for all aspects of business operations to include client experience, partnerships with financial institutions, and product development, ultimately becoming President of Business Finance in 1999.

    In 2005, Neal joined BB&T (now Truist) leading to his role as President of the bank’s international banking division, to include Trade, FX, Factoring, and Correspondent Banking. While at BB&T, he was a member of FCI’s Business and IT Committee, serving as Chairman from 2008 to 2012. He later became a member of FCI’s Executive Committee, including a role as Vice Chairman.

    Neal is married to Bren, they have three boys (Jordan, Andrew and Jeffery) living in the USA. Neal and Bren reside in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Richard Hawkins
    CEO, Atlantic Risk Management Services

    Richard established Atlantic Risk Management Services Limited in 1997, the leading provider of ABL ABS Receivables and Trade Finance services including audit, recoveries, training, and work outs. Atlantic RMS works for many of the leading financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA. Richard is recognised as one of the leading experts in his field with over 30 years of experience dealing with complex cross border transactions, portfolio management projects, corporate recovery, and credit and tactical risk management. He has published various articles, has spoken at many industry events and is co-author of Asset Based Working Capital Finance, published by Financial World Publishing on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

    David Hennah
    Global Head – Trade and Supply Chain Finance, Global Transaction Banking, Intellect Design Arena Limited

    David is currently Global Head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance at Intellect Design Arena. He previously spent more than 25 years with Barclays, including stints abroad in France, Belgium and Germany, eventually specialising in payments and cash management. David once managed the bank’s branch operation on board RMS QE2 and has visited more than 90 countries around the world. In 1991 he was credited with having launched the world’s first international direct debit service. After leaving the bank in 1999, David joined ICL/Fujitsu Services as Managing Consultant in financial services. He later joined Misys where he brought to market the world’s first corporate front end portal for trade finance, before moving on to SWIFT where he was primarily responsible for driving supply chain strategy, eventually leading to the launch of the ICC Bank Payment Obligation. David is the author of the ICC Guide to the URBPO. After leaving SWIFT, he re-joined Misys (later Finastra), playing an instrumental role in the launch of the World Trade Symposium and World Trade Board, which he co-chaired for two years. Most recently, David has acted as co-chair of the ICC Drafting Group for URDTT, and in a specialist advisory capacity to the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF). In 2023, David was the recipient of both the RFIx Lifetime Achievement Award and the BAFT Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the trade and supply chain finance industry. David hails from Cornwall, is married with four daughters, and is an ardent supporter of Arsenal Football Club. He (still) enjoys walking and running, having completed three London Marathons and a 1000 mile walk from John o’ Groats to Land’s End.

    Maya Hennerkes
    Director, Green Financial Systems, Climate Strategy and Delivery, EBRD

    Maya Hennerkes is Director for Green Financial Systems at the Climate Strategy and Delivery Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). She is responsible for EBRD’s sustainable finance methodologies such as Paris Alignment and Green Economy Transition approaches; climate-related lending to financial intermediaries; green capital markets as well as green policy support for financial regulators. She represents EBRD in relevant international forums such as the EU Sustainable Finance Platform and NGFS. Prior to this role, Maya led EBRD’s ESG risk management work with financial institutions and private equity funds. She promotes sustainable financial systems and the integration of climate, environmental and social matters in investment decisions and management. Maya is a sustainable finance and ESG expert with almost 20 years of experience, with previous positions at the Inter-American Development Bank Group in Washington DC and Bloomberg L.P. in London.

    She is a member of the Club of Rome’s Think Tank 30 and serves on the Advisory Boards of SustainableFinance.Live and WeShyft. Maya studied economics, political science and Latin America studies in Germany and Spain and holds an Executive Masters in Public Management from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

    Jens Hoter
    Branch Manager, Crédit Agricole Leasing and Factoring

    Jens Hoter was born in 1969 and has more than 30 years’ factoring experience. He is responsible as Branch Manager for the Crédit Agricole Leasing and Factoring branches in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Jens previously worked at Coface Finanz GmbH for 11 years, including seven years as Managing Director, where he developed an international factoring network in 26 countries within the Coface Group. Prior to that, Jens worked for DG Diskontbank and Heller Bank.

    Victor Ignacio Portillo Sanchez
    Director, Corporate Banking Products, Banco Monex

    Victor is currently Director of Credit Products at Banco Monex. He also has been a member of the Mexican Factoring Association (AMEFAC) since 2001 where he served as a Vice-President in 2005 and 2006 and as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2009. He has been recently appointed as Vice-President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mexico and as a Co-Ordinator of the Corporate Credit Committee of the Mexican Banking Association. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, in different national and international banking and financial institutions.

    Victor holds a BSc. in industrial engineering from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and he graduated with honours. He also holds an MBA degree from Manchester Business School in the UK, as well as a Master's degree from IPADE Business School in Mexico City.

    Joaquin J. Krijgsman
    Head of Structured Trade & SCF, FINAMCO

    Joaquin is a pioneer in the development of Structured Trade and SCF solutions for financial institutions (FIs), fintechs and corporates. After two decades at ING Bank where he initiated the corporate receivables finance business in Spain, and set up their global SCF business, he started his own consultancy, focusing on supporting FIs in getting started in SCF. Joaquin has been a regular speaker and trainer at conferences on SCF topics. Since 2020 he has been Head of Structured Trade and SCF at FINAMCO.

    Karel Krejčí
    VP Sales Europe, Calculum

    In October 2023, Karel joined Miami-based Calculum, an AI platform around Working Capital improvement, as VP Sales Europe. Previously, he worked at Accenture’s Global Treasury, and Working Capital Practice from September 2022 as Principal Director focusing on SCF & Trade Finance at the CoE in Barcelona, Spain.  Karel still holds a consulting position with Accenture.

    Karel has had 15+ years of experience within Fintech as Sales Director and Head of Sales for Prime Revenue, Demica and C2FO. His positions consisted of originating, closing, implementing and growing new deals on supply chain finance for Top 500 (equivalent) companies, and covering the whole spectrum of working capital; also, at EY as Director Working Capital and Treasury Solutions within TAS (Transaction Advisory Services) in Prague, Czech Rep. and IFC (Branch of the World Bank) to support banks in emerging countries (Africa).

    Karel is a strong believer in new alternative solutions (green solutions, ESG impact…), and has a big interest in metaverse, AI, GenAI and their impact on day-to-day business.

    Karol Leszczyński
    Factoring Product Development Manager, Comarch Factoring SA

    Karol is an enthusiast of the AGILE methodology, certified Scrum Master, Professional IT Product Owner and a graduate of Management and Marketing in the Public Sector at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has 10 years of experience in corporate banking at Raiffeisen Bank and BNP Paribas as Relationship Manager and Sales Director for Factoring for the southern region of Poland. Since 2019, Karol has been a member of the Business Banking Unit at Comarch and is Product Development Manager of the Comarch Factoring Platform, where he is responsible for the development of the Comarch Factoring Platform in line with the latest business trends and market analyses. Karol’s main responsibilities include the transformation of the platform from a monolithic structure to microservices and development towards a cloud application. Karol is also the owner of a factoring blog.

    Iain MacLenann
    Vice President and General Manager, Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Finastra

    As Vice President and General Manager for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Iain is responsible for the strategic roadmap and delivery of these products for Finastra, he has responsibility for both the Product and Engineering groups. He regularly contributes to articles, videos and conferences on Trade Finance in addition the Trade Team at Finastra has been recognised by Datos Insights and IDC as “Best in Class” and “Leader” respectively in their 2023 surveys.

    Iain joined Finastra in January 2019, from Lloyds Banking Group where he spent 6 years in several leadership roles in Technology and Group Transformation supporting the Commercial Bank. He was most recently the Engineering Lead within the Commercial Servicing Lab delivering Agile change (Digital, Process and Fulfilment) improving the overall Customer and Colleague Experience across all sectors.

    Prior to Lloyds Iain held Change and Technology roles with Barclays, Deutsche Bank, ING Barings and Swiss Bank Corporation, primarily in Global Transaction Banking. He has over 25 years’ experience in delivering technology enabled change within the Financial Services industry. Iain holds a Ph.D. and a B.Eng from the University of Glasgow, plus a MBA from Henley Business School.

    Mark Mandula
    Senior Vice President, United Capital Funding; Chief Learning Officer, BCR Publishing

    Mark is an internationally recognised factoring expert, speaker, author, serial entrepreneur and servant leader. He is Senior Vice President of United Capital Funding, a Tampa Bay, Florida B2B and B2G SME commercial finance professional services firm. He was Principal/ Managing Partner from 2000 to 2017 when the firm was acquired and has also served in a National Sales Director capacity. Since formation, United Capital has grown 80 times in annual employed capital to B2B and B2G SMEs and is projected to exceed US$1 Billion in NFE in 2022. Mark has also become an equity owner of BCR Publishing, and will serve as Chief Learning Officer. In this new role, he will lead the expansion of programmes and best of breed events for BCR on a global basis. He believes that “power in knowledge, but only when shared.”

    Prior to joining United Capital in 2000, he was principal and shareholder in an investment banking firm that completed over 200 bank industry mergers and acquisitions over a 20+ 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 holds an 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 and has participated in over 250 international conferences and has had more than 1,200 articles published online and in ABA Banking Journal, Mergers & Acquisitions, BCR, FCI and other commercial finance global industry publications both online and in hard copy. He has also contributed to several editions of the World Factoring Yearbook, published by FCI and BCR on a global basis.

    Carmen Maria Ramirez Ortiz
    Relationship Manager, Trade and Supply Chain Finance Programme, Asian Development Bank

    Carmen Ramirez is part of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP), working as Relationship Manager with a mandate to increase the Program’s supply chain finance business across APAC through deployment of SCF solutions, development of risk-sharing partnerships, and development of new products such as deep-tier supply chain finance. She is project co-lead on ADB's Trade Digitalisation Initiative, ADB’s effort to promote and advance the digitisation of global trade. Prior to joining ADB, Carmen worked at the Economic and Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines as liaison to ADB, and previously in various treasury roles in a home care manufacturing company.

    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.

    Sandra Nolasco
    CEO & Co-founder, Twinco Capital

    Sandra Nolasco, Twinco Capital's CEO and co-founder, is an experienced banker and specialist in trade finance, with an international career spanning over 20 years.

    Before setting up Twinco Capital, Sandra was Managing Director at BBVA and Head of Structured Trade Finance. She joined BBVA in 2009 having held several senior global positions in both structured and transactional trade.
    Sandra started her trade finance career with Fortis Bank commodity trade finance team, first in Rotterdam dealing with asset-backed finance, then in London leading the structured commodity portfolio in Latin America, and finally in Sao Paulo, as Chief Representative Officer, Brazil.
    Before she ventured into the trade finance arena, Sandra worked as an associate consultant at Mckinsey & Co in Portugal, and at Semapa S.A. as an internal advisor.
    Sandra holds an Msc. in Economics and an MBA from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

    Edi Poloniato
    Head of Banking Solutions, Kyriba

    Edi is responsible for the global business and marketing strategy of Working Capital Solutions at Kyriba. Before taking over this position, Edi drove sales and marketing strategy for Kyriba's Southern European operations, including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

    Edi has over 20 years’ experience in cash and treasury management. Prior to joining Kyriba, he worked as a director in the Global Transaction Division of Deutsche Bank, where he managed complex international treasury operations as Deputy Head of Cash Management. Earlier in his career, Edi held executive sales and marketing positions at Helena Rubinstein and XRT.

    Edi, who holds both French and Italian citizenships, is a graduate of the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) near Paris.

    Rudolf Putz
    Head of Trade Facilitation Programme, EBRD

    Rudolf Putz is Head of EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme and has more than 30 years’ experience in financing trade with Eastern Europe, the CIS and the southern and eastern Mediterranean.

    Rudolf started his professional career in 1983 as Deputy Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Centro Internationale Handelsbank AG Vienna, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International.

    In 1993 Rudolf joined HELM AG Hamburg as Head of Structured Trade Finance, and from 1996 to 1997 was Deputy Head of Structured Trade Finance at Bank Austria International Trade Services Vienna, a subsidiary of Unicredit.

    In 1997 Rudolf became Director Trade Finance at Deutsche Handelsbank AG Berlin, a subsidiary of Credit Agricole, and since 2000 has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP).

    Rudolf Putz holds a Doctor’s Degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

    Matthieu Riolacci
    Capital and Financial Markets Development, EBRD

    Matthieu Riolacci sits within the EBRD’s Capital and Financial Markets Development team. He has been looking at innovative solutions to bridge the trade finance gap in the EBRD region for the past three years. Matthieu leads on EBRD’s policy work to encourage the development of Deep-Tier Supply Chain Finance by engaging with authorities and the private sector. His projects range from upstream financial regulation assessment to downstream distribution of trade finance assets. Prior to this, Matthieu worked for Lazard’s sovereign advisory team in Paris. He holds an MPA from Columbia University and another from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques of Paris. Matthieu also conducts postgraduate research in Economics at the University of London, Royal Holloway, focusing on working capital funding patterns, with an ESG angle.

    Freddie Rugginz
    EMEA and APAC Supply Chain Finance Programme Management at J.P. Morgan

    Freddie Rugginz currently heads the EMEA and APAC Supply Chain Finance Programme Management at J P Morgan, with responsibility for growing the existing SCF portfolio. Freddie joined in 2022 from NatWest where he led the Western Europe and US Trade Sales team, providing risk mitigation and working capital solutions to large corporates. Before that, Freddie was responsible for Industrials and TMT clients as part of the UK Trade Sales team. 

    Prior to joining NatWest, Freddie spent seven years at HSBC where he started life on the Corporate Graduate scheme following his graduation in Politics from Nottingham University, before taking on various roles across coverage, trade finance, and invoice discounting. 

    Flávio Simoes
    Director, Working Capital Management CoE, EMEA South, SAP

    With over 15 years of experience in the field, Flávio is a finance professional with a passion for blending business strategy and technological innovation. Flávio holds a Master’s degree in Finance and a postgraduate degree in Strategy Execution and Sustainable Finance from two prestigious institutions: Harvard Business School and University of Cambridge.

    Flávio began his enterprise journey as a finance business transformation consultant in multinational organisations, where he honed his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills in areas such as Financial Planning, Financial Consolidation, Liquidity Planning and Data Analytics for Finance.

    Recognising the transformative power of technology, Flávio transitioned into the role of a Finance Technology Advisor for C-level executives in SAP, as a Solution Advisor for the office of the CFO. In this capacity, he pioneered the integration of cutting-edge technologies (RPAs, IoT, Data Analytics, Blockchain, etc.) to elevate financial strategies.

    Currently, Flávio is privileged to serve as Director of the Working Capital Center of Excellence, for EMEA South in SAP. His mission is to provide guidance to organisations on cutting-edge technologies and streamline processes to optimise working capital efficiency. In this venture, Flávio has embraced the challenges of supply chain finance, leveraging his expertise to guide customers on how working capital strategies can boost their digital transformation, providing the capacity to free up cash into their supply chain.

    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.

    Pablo Tovar
    Head of GTRF Benelux, HSBC

    Pablo has over 20 years’ experience in trade finance, working capital acceleration and cash management, having held roles in both back and front offices, including product management and distribution in several different geographies. For the last 10 years he has led trade and working capital financing for HSBC in a number of countries, and for the last six years in the Benelux region. Pablo is very passionate about learning and development, banking and co-operation with corporates.

    Makiko Toyoda
    Global Head, GTFP & GSCF, Trade and Supply Chain, IFC

    Makiko Toyoda is Global Head of Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) & Global Supply Chain Finance Program (GSCF) at International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group) based in Washington DC. GTFP is IFC’s largest trade finance program established in 2004 which currently covers 74 countries and GSCF is a program to provide supplier financing in emerging markets. Makiko has more than 30 years of trade, supply chain finance and banking experiences, having worked in Washington DC, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, London, Frankfurt, and Tokyo. She joined IFC in 2003 and was the Sub-Saharan Africa Head based in Johannesburg before assuming the current role in 2017. She is a member of WTO’s Trade Finance Expert Working Group. She is also a member of International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA)’s Multilaterals Advisory Panel. Prior to joining IFC, she worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she worked on trade and commodity finance programs, and for the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) where she was the Deputy General Manager. She also worked for Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW) under the Staff Exchange Program. Makiko holds a BA degree in Economics from Keio University and a Master's degree from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.

    Anil Walia
    Director, Supply Chain Finance, Deutsche Bank

    Anil Walia heads Deutsche Bank’s SCF Payables in EMEA. After completing his Master’s degree 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 an SCF 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).

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