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Tuesday 10th October
All invited guests to gather in the hotel lobby for a coach transfer to dinner restaurant
ITFA Board and Sponsors’ Dinner, Cafe Del Mar, Yas Island
By invitation only
Wednesday 11th October
Thursday 12th October
Bank to Bank (and alternative investors!) Distribution: the state of the art
The need for banks to distribute their trade assets has never been stronger in what many had considered to be a restricted club relying on decade old techniques. Innovations in documentation and digitalisation as well as new investors are changing the landscape.This panel will examine what is changing and how we can all benefit.
Moderator: Clarissa Dann, Editorial Director - Marketing, Deutsche Bank
Editorial Director - Marketing, Deutsche Bank
Clarissa Dann is Editorial Director of Marketing at Deutsche Bank Corporate Bank where she leads the bank’s content strategy across its Trade Finance, Cash Management, Securities Services, Trust and Agency Services businesses (together with our ESG content via the db.com/flow portal and app).
She presents Trade Finance TV, a broadcast channel launched in 2019 supported by Deutsche
Bank’s flow, and has moderated financial services panels for SWIFT and the International Trade & Forfaiting Association.
Before joining Deutsche Bank in 2017 Clarissa was Editor-in-Chief at the former Trade & Forfaiting Review, a role she took up after a career in legal and regulatory publishing at Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis.
Clarissa holds an MBA from Cass Business School in London.
Chief Revenue Officer, LiquidX
Dominic Capolongo brings over 25 years of broad experience building sustainable revenue production and defining, managing, and leading teams. Previously, Dominic served as Global Head of Funding at PrimeRevenue and held positions at leading financial services companies including FBR, RBC Capital Markets, Jefferies, and Credit Suis
Head of Loan Syndication, Sales & Distribution, Investment Banking, Mashreq
Nishit has around 22 years of experience in banking and financial services across MENA, India, North America, Europe & Africa, with a primary focus on loan syndication, structured & acquisition finance and trade assets distribution. Nishit has worked in multiple markets including India, Middle East & USA. Prior to joining Mashreq in 2015, he has handled senior level roles in Standard Chartered and ICICI Bank. He has closed numerous transactions for clients, raising over USD 100bn in the public and private markets, across multiple sectors, including Sovereigns, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Shipping, Trading, GREs amongst others
Nishit is a mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur, India, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, India.
Product Manager, Komgo
Izabela has 10 years of experience in Financial Services across traditional banking, FinTech and academia.
Since mid 2020, Izabela has been part of Komgo, where she manages the digital Trade Finance products allowing banks and corporates to connect and transact securely. In her role, she focuses on receivables discounting, documentary credit, secondary market and electronic documents.
She started at Citi on a graduate programme across Transaction Banking, Cash Management, Credit Risk and Trade Finance where she stayed for a further 5 years, taking roles on the Risk Distribution & Syndication desk and in Supply Chain Finance. Alongside working at Citi, Izabela commenced a full-time PhD programme at Warsaw School of Economics. Her dissertation on microfinance around financial inclusion and use of technology came to fruition in June 2019 when she was awarded a PhD cum laude in finance. Soon after she joined Crowdz in London, a blockchain trade finance software platform tied to Ethereum headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Given her experience in different parts of Trade Finance and strong academic background, Izabela joined ITFA Emerging Leaders Committee where she is the Deputy Chairperson to support the initiatives put together in the areas of ITFA EL events, webinars, academic panels and individual mentoring sessions as well as the Market Practice Committee to support the standardisation across the industry.
Head of Trade Risk Distribution and SCF Program Management, EMEA, Bank of America
Khilola is EMEA Head of Trade Risk Distribution and SCF Program Management at Bank of America based in London.
She started her journey in Asaka Bank in 1997, a local large bank in Uzbekistan, where she held different managerial roles in Trade Finance and Transaction Banking. In 2006 she moved to London to join The Trade Asset Management team for RBS (formerly ABN AMRO Bank N.V.) to work alongside the Fl relationship teams to originate trade transactions from financial institutions in Russia & CIS countries as well as distribute the entire range of trade products to Fl investors.
The years spent in ABN and RBS gave a huge amount of insight and exposure which led to the incredible opportunity to join Bank of America back in 2011 and set up the EMEA Trade Risk Distribution desk for BofA, which is now an important market player in the global secondary market. In her current capacity at Bank of America she is managing the distribution of trade Corporate and FI assets and driving growth of the regional SCF portfolio through active buyer and supplier engagement and marketing.
Preparing for Basel 4: how to manage your balance sheet and still use credit insurance
We are inching towards greater clarity on the new capital rules for trade but what is left to decide? And where we have clarity, how significant are the implications for trade finance? Credit Risk Insurance has also been an important force multiplier for our industry. How do the new rules impact this vital partner to trade finance? Two experts will give the audience the benefit of their knowledge.
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
Volker Handrich, a German citizen born 21st November 1964, has a law degree from the University of Konstanz, Germany.
He joined the reinsurance industry in 1991 with Aachen Re which was acquired in 1995 by GE Insurance Solutions which since 2006 is part of Swiss Re Group.
He had various underwriting roles in P&C reinsurance before he moved in 2005 to the Bank Trade Finance Team of GE Insurance Solutions (founded in 1998) and today is Geo Lead EMEA and Head FI Risks within the Trade Finance team of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.
Group Board Director and General Counsel, The Texel Group
Carol is a Group Board Director and General Counsel at The Texel Group – an award-winning specialist credit and political risk insurance broker. With access to Lloyd’s of London and public and private insurers around the world, Texel develops innovative insurance solutions for financial and development finance institutions, corporations and commodity traders.
With over 30 years’ experience, in both London and South Africa, Carol joined The Texel Group in 2015 having previously been a Partner at a London based law firm where she was responsible for the political risk and trade credit insurance group. She handled claims from multiple jurisdictions under a variety of political risk and credit policies and regularly advised on coverage issues and policy wordings.
The changing face of Supply Chain Finance : new corridors and new techniques
Is SCF becoming more accessible and how are new markets, techniques and technologies making this possible? Is SCF finally making its way down to SMEs and how are technqiues like deepr-tier financing helping? Is resilience an issue? What are the new trade corridors and how are they being served?
Moderator: Baihas Baghdadi, CEO & Founder, Trade & Working Capital, S.A.
CEO & Founder, Trade & Working Capital, S.A.
Mr. Baghdadi has thirty years of international corporate banking experience, developing global banking businesses across numerous industry sectors and in different corporate banking areas and geographies, he spent 25 years supporting Multinational Corporates and Financial Institution clients to develop their business overseas working for international banks (Arab Bank, Fortis “now part of BNP” & Barclays) with large international networks in different parts of the world.
After leaving Barclays where he was the MD and Global Head of Trade & Working Capital, he launched in 2019 “Trade & Working Capital” (TWC), an NBFI Spain based fully dedicated to supporting the southern European SMEs working capital. TWC today is a market leader in Spain with more than 400 million euros of invoices financed, supported by top institutional investors funding of 150 million euros.
CEO and Co-founder, Finverity
Viacheslav, a graduate of the London School of Economics, gained insight into the challenges faced by banks and other nonbank financial institutions during his time at PwC. There, he advised banks on developing and implementing digital strategies. Recognizing the inability of large financial institutions to effectively implement these strategies, the scarcity of capital available to businesses in emerging markets, and the abundance of capital seeking sustainable yields in developed markets, he and his co-founder Alex Fenechiu established Finverity, a supply chain finance platform designed to address these issues.
Viacheslav is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, managing execution by setting clear objectives, ensuring team alignment, and instilling effective processes. He believes that Finverity’s long-term success is secured due to the quality of the product and the strength of its people and culture. Viacheslav attributes his consistently positive attitude, clarity of vision, and the power of his intention to the daily practices he follows, such as yoga and meditation, as well as his overall simple lifestyle.
Head of Distribution & Sales Strategy, Triterras
Marina has nearly 20 years of sales experience and deep industry knowledge covering B2B working capital, trade finance, lending, corporate retirement benefits, investments and advisory services.
With proven success in generating new deal flows and her finesse in helping businesses invest, Marina is responsible for providing leadership to assist institutional investors deploy capital in support of cross-border trade opportunities, and to reinforce Triterras’ capabilities to bring cross-border lending to scale.
Prior to joining Triterras, Marina was the Director of Origination with Demica, where she was responsible for origination and distribution in North America. Before that, she had also worked at LSQ, MassMutual and John Hancock Life Insurance Companies.
Marina holds a bachelor degree in International Business from the Fairfield University.
Olivier den Tex
Unit Manager Supply Chain Finance Marketing, Credit Europe Bank N.V.
Olivier den Tex is Unit Manager Supply Chain Finance at Credit Europe Bank in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In this role, he is responsible for all products that have to do with buyer-led and supplier-led transactions. Olivier and Credit Europe Bank specialize in payables and receivables finance and work closely with partners: financial institutions, fintechs, insurers and commercial brokers. The mandate that he has includes transactions with a European link either with the buyer or supplier.
Olivier has over two decades of experience in banking, working for ABN AMRO, Rabobank and ING in various positions within corporate banking and specialized in receivables and supply chain finance. He holds a degree in International Marketing Management from HES Rotterdam.
Angel G. Blanco
Managing Director, Head of Platform Solutions, Demica
Angel G. joined Demica in 2016, when it was still in start-up phase. He came with a strong conviction that technology can be a key enabler to Trade Finance, given the particular characteristics of this asset class, but that significant development was required. He has been proven correct, and the company has grown hugely since then, with Angel currently a Managing Director and Head of the Platform Solutions Team. The Team provides technology solutions in the Trade Finance and Working Capital space to some of the largest multi-national financial institutions and corporates in the world. In this role, Angel has successfully bridged the gap from a background in Finance, to influential Technologist in this area.
He previously worked at Banco Santander across different countries and business segments, including over 10 years in Corporate and Investment banking, performing different management roles in Structured Trade Finance and Working Capital Solutions.
Angel is a busy father of three young boys, still a dedicated footballer and a wildlife enthusiast.
Digital negotiable instruments and digital assets defining the future of trade finance
New laws around negotiable instruments are embracing advanced technologies. What’s in it for established trade originators? Will new forms of payment obligations help us harmonise the use of IPUs and expand supply chain finance to the deeper tiers? Which new technologies help us extend open banking practices and mitigate risks?
Moderator: Geoffrey Wynne, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester
Partner, Sullivan & Worcester
Geoffrey Wynne is head of Sullivan & Worcester’s London office and leads its award-winning Trade & Export Finance Group.
One of the leading trade finance lawyers, Geoff has extensive experience in many aspects of banking and finance, specifically trade, structured trade and commodity finance as well as related legal and compliance issues.
Geoff has recently been involved in several initiatives for trade finance in the digital world including ITFA’s White Paper on electronic Payment Undertakings (ePUs), and the ICC Uniform Rules for Digital Trade Transactions (URDTT) where he was co-chair of the Drafting Committee. He has been involved in the drafting of BAFT’s Master Participation Agreements including the use of LIBOR in the BAFT MPAs. He is currently working with ITFA on Uniform Rules for Transferable Electronic Payment Obligations (URTEPO).
Geoff sits on the editorial boards of a number of publications and is a regular contributor and speaker at conferences. A member of ITFA’s Market Practices Committee (MPC), Geoff has been assisting with numerous key legal issues relating to trade and export finance. He is also the general editor and contributor to ‘A Guide to Receivables Finance’ (3rd Edition) and ‘A Practitioners Guide to Trade and Commodity Finance’ (2nd Edition).
In May 2023, Geoff was named ‘Industry Ambassador of the Year’ at the Receivables Finance International (RFIx) Awards 2023. In Chambers UK, 2023, he is ranked a Tier 1 lawyer for Commodities: Trade Finance and is included in the ‘Hall of Fame’ for Trade Finance by The Legal 500 UK, 2023.
Trade Digital Solutions, Payments, JPMorgan
Merlin Dowse is an Executive Director and a Global Product Manager within the Core Trade Product team. In this capacity, Merlin leads a global team responsible for the management of digital solutions and innovation available to the clients of J.P. Morgan across the globe.
Alongside his role at J.P. Morgan, Merlin is a Vice Chair on the ICC Banking Commission where he both sponsors and chairs the Commercialisation Working Group. Merlin is also an active contributor to the ICC Digital Standards Initiative, BAFT and ITFA industry associations.
Whilst at J.P. Morgan, Merlin previously held the position of Global Product Manager for the Portfolio Management Group within Global Trade at J.P. Morgan. In this role he led the digitization efforts of both the internal and external processes supporting the distribution of all trade finance assets.
Prior to this, while based in London, he was managing the EMEA Trade product set for the Corporate client segment, where he worked alongside industry peers on various initiatives such as the Bank Payment Obligation, SWIFT for Corporates whilst also helping expand J.P. Morgan’s global footprint.
Before joining J.P. Morgan, Merlin worked in various capacities in the Trade Services department at Rabobank in the Netherlands.
Head of Product GTRF, SAB
Sean is a Trade Finance specialist with 22 years’ banking experience, 18 with HSBC and 4, in Riyadh, with HSBC associate SAB. He has held leadership positions in Trade Finance in New York, Latin America and Hong Kong and has a particular passion for innovation and digitalization, leading SAB’s digital projects in Trade Finance, including Saudi Arabia’s first ever blockchain based Trade Finance transaction.
Sean is involved with Trade Finance industry initiatives including the International Trade & Forfaiting Association’s Middle East Trade Technology adoption group and is committed to using technological developments to reduce friction in Trade Finance, to decrease the Trade Finance gap and to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision initiatives of becoming a global trade hub and digital banking centre with a growing SME sector.
Vice President (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. In addition, Iain leads Finastra’s engagement with the International Chamber of Commerce on ICC TradeComm, a financial marketplace that is being launched in early 2023 in Latin America, and then globally.
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.
The Gender Gap in Trade Finance
How do we future-proof and build an inclusive, equitable trade finance industry? Is the ony one glass ceiling and have they all been broken or do we still have a long way to go?
Moderator: Deepesh Patel, Editorial Director, Trade Finance Global (TFG)
Editorial Director, Trade Finance Global (TFG)
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, The Economist and Reuters, as well as industry associations including ICC, FCI, ITFA, ICISA 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 works closely with ITFA. 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 Chair of Governors and co-opted LA Governor of the Wyvern Federation, which has responsibility for 5 primary schools in South London.
Product Manager (CDCS, CSDG) - Product Development, Bank of China (UK) Limited
Vivian has over 15 years banking experience covering Retail and Private Banking, Payments and Trade Finance at various banks.
She joined Bank of China, UK as Product Manager covering the Guarantees and Standby Letters of Credit (SBLC) products and is responsible for the Management, Marketing and Development of the Guarantees/SBLC product as well as product innovation. As subject matter expert, she also provides technical support with the reviewing and drafting of Guarantees/SBLC wordings/contracts for the bank’s Corporate and Financial Institution clients.
Prior to her current position, Vivian was the Operations Manager of the Guarantees Team at Bank of America, where she managed a team responsible for processing Guarantees/SBLCs across their EMEA branches and in this role, she received the Achievement of Performance Excellence (APEX) Award in recognition of extraordinary results achieved.
Vivian holds an MBA from Aston University. She also holds CDCS and CSDG certifications from the London Institute of Banking & Finance.
Counsel - Allen & Overy LLP
Niamh is a counsel in the banking and finance team in Allen & Overy’s London office. She acts for a variety of clients on a broad range of finance matters and has particular experience in managing major complex cross-border financings in the trade and commodities sector, including new money structured commodities financings and trade and commodities-related restructurings.
Niamh is committed to advancing DE&I in trade and supporting the empowerment of women and has recently contributed to the Women in Trade campaign by Trade Finance Global (TFG), a global initiative to highlight the achievements and challenges of women, sharing her insights and experiences as a female leader in the sector.
Director, Trade Asset Sales & Syndications, AME – Standard Chartered Bank
Naura Hussain is Director, Trade Asset Sales & Syndications for Africa & Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for distribution and syndication of trade assets for AME. She has a strong track record in the industry, specializing in FI Trade Sales, Correspondent Banking and Distribution. She has 18 years of banking experience in the region and was previously with UBL, Noor Bank and Citibank in the UAE. She is actively involved within the regional trade finance community and currently a Member of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) Middle East Regional Committee since 2018 with a 2-year term as Chairperson ending in 2022.
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Networking session (continued)
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Gather in hotel lobby for coach transfer to Gala dinner
Gala Dinner at Saadiyat Beach Club
Dress code: Beach party