World Trade Symposium
Global Visionaries and Experts
The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond
The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond
The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond has been a prominent political figure for more than 20 years, serving as Leader of the Conservative Party and as Foreign Secretary. After announcing his intention to step down, he concluded his political career as First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons. He led the negotiating team that created coalition government in 2010 and then, over four years as Foreign Secretary, he dealt with a turbulent period encompassing wars in Libya and Syria, withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Ukraine crisis, the struggle against terrorism and relations with Europe. He expanded Britain's diplomatic network and placed a renewed emphasis on export success. He was also responsible for two of Britain's intelligence agencies, and visited more countries than any Foreign Secretary in history. His mix of public and private sector experience, both domestic and international, has given him a deep knowledge of the inside of politics and the reasons for growing instability in world affairs. But he also speaks with great authority on the impact of technological change, population movement, economic trends and the rise of religious intolerance on our economy and all our lives. Having known many global leaders, he also has a unique perspective on different styles of leadership – drawing on numerous debates with Tony Blair and first-hand knowledge of the World’s Presidents, from George W Bush to Vladimir Putin. He is also an accomplished historian, author of two bestsellers and winner of the History Book of the Year Award, for his biography of William Pitt the Younger. He continues with his humanitarian work, including the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative which he co-founded with Angelina Jolie Pitt, and work to combat the illegal trade in wildlife for The Royal Foundation. William was born in Rotheram and after attending a local comprehensive, he studied at Oxford and INSEAD, and worked in management consultancy. He then served as Member of Parliament for Richmond for 26 years.
Robert D KaplanAuthor: The Return of Marco Polo's World
Robert D Kaplan
Author: The Return of Marco Polo's World
Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of eighteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Return of Marco Polo’s World, Earning the Rockies, In Europe's Shadow, Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a senior advisor at Eurasia Group. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He held the national security chair at the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”
Kate RaworthEconomist and Author: Doughnut Economics
Economist and Author: Doughnut Economics
Kate Raworth is an economist dedicated to making economics fit for the 21st century. Her book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist is an international best-seller and has been translated into 15 languages. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and advisor to the Global Challenges programme of the Stockholm School of Economics.
Over the past two decades Ms Raworth has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, as a co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report, and as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute based in the villages of Zanzibar. She holds a BA and MSc from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne.
Dr Vivienne MingFounder and Chair, Socos Labs
Dr Vivienne Ming
Founder and Chair, Socos Labs
Frequently featured for her research and inventions in The Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and the New York Times, Dr Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Dr Ming launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities. Previously, Dr Ming was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Dr Ming has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones.
Karl-Ernst BraunerDeputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Karl-Ernst Brauner is Deputy Director-General of WTO since 2013. Before, he was Director General for external economic policy in the German Federal Ministry of Economics, where he was Germany’s member in the EU’s Trade Policy Committee, taking part in WTO ministerial conferences.
He is a lawyer, with degrees from Germany and Cambridge. His career started in the legal department of the Ministry of Economics. He then worked at the German Mission to the UN in New York, Athens and Sydney.
In Berlin, his responsibilities covered budget, human resources and general administration, including cabinet and parliamentary matters. He was involved in the Government move from Bonn to Berlin. As Director General, he administered all the instruments of export promotion, export controls and all bilateral economic relations outside the EU.
Lord Digby JonesCross-bench peer, author, House of Lords
Lord Digby Jones
Cross-bench peer, author, House of Lords
Lord Digby Jones is a cross-bench peer in the UK House of Lords, international businessman, author, speaker and media commentator.
A lawyer by profession, he was Director-General to the Confederation of British Industry (2000-06) and Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment (2007-08).
He has published two books, Fixing Britain – the business of re-shaping our nation (2011) and Fixing Business – making profitable business work for the good of all (2017).
Lord Jones, a renowned business advocate, speaks around the world on all aspects of global trade including the wider political and societal scene. He presented the BBC2 TV Series The New Business Troubleshooter and is a regular contributor across the international media, appearing on TV and radio and in newspapers where his views and opinions find a regular audience.
He is involved in several charities including Cancer Research UK, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Ambassador Dennis SheaDeputy US Trade Representative and US Permanent Representative, World Trade Organisation...
Ambassador Dennis Shea
Deputy US Trade Representative and US Permanent Representative, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Dennis Shea serves as Deputy United States Trade Representative and Chief of Mission, Geneva, where he represents the United States as Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Ambassador Shea was confirmed by the Senate on March 1, 2018. Before joining the Office of the USTR, Ambassador Shea served for 11 years as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bipartisan organisation that annually assesses the U.S.-China security, economic, and trade relationship, including China’s compliance with its WTO commitments. Each year from 2012 to 2017, he served as either the Commission’s Chairman or Vice Chairman. As a Commission member, he has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress. Ambassador Shea has an extensive background in law and public policy, and previously served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Earlier in his career, he was deputy chief of staff and counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, with responsibility for a broad portfolio of issues. Ambassador Shea received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, his A.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and his A.B. from Harvard College.
Dr. Judy SheltonU.S. Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Dr. Judy Shelton
U.S. Executive Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Judy Shelton serves as United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Specializing in global finance and monetary issues, Dr. Shelton has testified as an expert witness at congressional hearings conducted by Senate Banking, Senate Foreign Relations, House Banking, House Foreign Affairs, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Dr. Shelton is author of The Coming Soviet Crash (1989) and Money Meltdown: Restoring Order to the Global Currency System (1994). She regularly provides commentary for CNBC business news and her opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Cato Journal and the Financial Times. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as a National Fellow and was subsequently appointed Senior Research Fellow. She served as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Judy Shelton holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, emphasizing finance and international economics, from the University of Utah.
Toni Townes-WhitleyPresident, US Regulated Industries, Microsoft
President, US Regulated Industries, Microsoft
As president of US Regulated Industries at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley leads the US sales strategy for driving digital transformation across customers and partners within the public sector and regulated industries. With responsibility for the 2000+ sales organization and ~$11B P&L, she is one of the leading women at Microsoft, and in the technology industry, with a strong track record for accelerating profitable business performance and building high-performance teams.
Her organization is responsible for executing on Microsoft’s industry strategy and go-to-market for both public sector and regulated industries in the United States, including Education, Financial Services, Government, and Health. In addition to leading this team, Townes-Whitley drives the formulation of Microsoft’s AI National Plans around the world and represents the global salesforce on Microsoft’s Aether Committee (AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research) - a Board created to recommend policies and procedures that address the implications and opportunities of AI on society.
Passionate about leveraging technology to create positive societal and global impact, Townes-Whitley represents Microsoft at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In this capacity, she works with CEOs from each industry to address global issues around urbanization, climate change, and workforce readiness. Toni’s external efforts align to her innovation within Microsoft, specifically in the creation of a Digital Leadership vision and narrative that extends the company's focus beyond customer transformation to responsible and principled implementation of technology and inclusive transformation for every person and organization on the planet.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Townes-Whitley was president of CGI Federal, where she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $1 billion, leading 6,600 employees in more than 70 countries to deliver greater value to US Government civilian, defense, and intelligence sectors. Prior to her role at CGI, Townes-Whitley held several management roles at Unisys Corporation leading global, public sector systems integration and the Federal Civilian group, where she achieved 500 percent revenue growth and doubled profitability.
Townes-Whitley is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and has received certifications from Wharton Executive Education, New York University (NYU), and the Performance Management Institute. A writer and presenter on topics of IT innovation in society, she has delivered presentations most recently with Gender Fair (TED Talk), Stanford University, INSEAD, United Nations Council on Women, World Economic Forum, White House Refugee “Call to Action”, GlobeSec, and numerous other industry client and partner organizations. She is the recipient of the 2018 FedScoop 50 Industry Leadership award, the 2018 NVTC Tech 100 Executive award, and the Black Enterprise’s 2018 Top Tech Influencers award.
Townes-Whitley is co-executive sponsor for the Blacks and Africans Employee Resource Group at Microsoft. She is an advisor to the Women’s Center of Northern Virginia, and a past president of Women in Technology. She has helped to launch new initiatives for Microsoft with the Athena Alliance—an organization that prepares women for corporate board roles; and Gender Fair, a new movement to logo companies with equitable pay and progressive programs for women. Townes-Whitley continues to support the US Peace Corps for which she volunteered for three years as a village teacher in Gabon (Central Africa).
Ambassador José Luis CancelaPermanent Representative of Uruguay, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Ambassador José Luis Cancela
Permanent Representative of Uruguay, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Ambassador Cancela is serving as Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the World Trade Organisation in Geneva.
A career diplomat, Ambassador José Luis Cancela joined the Foreign Service of Uruguay in 1988, and has served in the Embassies of Uruguay in Bulgaria, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Mission of Uruguay to the European Communities, and the Kingdom of Spain. His last foreign assignment was as Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations in New York, from 2008 to 2013. As Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Cancela was appointed as President of the Commission of Disarment and International Security of the UN General Assembly during its 64th Session, Vice president of the Review Conference of the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York, Vice president of the General Assembly of the United Nations and was designated by the UN Secretary General to integrate the High Level Advisory Group in charge of reviewing the rate of reimbursement to the members of the UN Peace Missions and other matters, representing Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year Ambassador Cancela was appointed as a member of the Group of Eminent Persons (GEM). While at headquarters in the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Cancela served in the Direction General for Political Affairs, as Director of International Economic Organisms, as Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as National Coordinator of Uruguay to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and lately as Vice minister of Foreign Affairs.
Fluent in four languages and with a background in Law, Ambassador Cancela is frequently invited to take part in seminars and conferences about international politics and diplomacy.
HE Janice CharetteHigh Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,...
HE Janice Charette
High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, High Commission of Canada
Her Excellency, Janice Charette High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom for Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative of Canada to the International Maritime Organisation. Mrs Charette assumed her responsibilities as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in September, 2016. Prior to this, Mrs Charette served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from October 2014 to January 2016 where she served as the Principal Public Service Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister in addition to her role as Head of the Public Service. Previously, she was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet as well as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In a career that has spanned 8 ministries, Mrs Charette held senior executive positions across files that included skills development, labour markets, immigration, citizenship, employment insurance, health and justice. Her early career included work in the Privy Council Office, finance, regulatory affairs, federal-provincial relations and in the Prime Minister’s office. Mrs Charette worked in the private sector from 1996 to 1999, first as Principal in the management consulting firm of Ernst & Young, and as Director of the Transition Team for the newly formed Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Mrs Charette is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and is a champion for mental health and wellness in the workplace. In 2008, she was national Chair for the United Way’s Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising over CAD$36 million for communities and national health charities across Canada. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2013 and 2014. Mrs Charette attended Carleton University in Canada where she received a Bachelor of Commerce.
Gautam SashittalChief Executive Officer, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)
Gautam Sashittal is the CEO at DMCC, the world’s leading Free Zone for commodities trade and enterprise. His visionary leadership gives the organisation the competitive edge it requires to excel in a global marketplace through continuous innovation, strong customer focus, and a solid strategic foundation. As a market maker for global trade, Mr Sashittal’s quest is to ensure DMCC provides all the products, services, regulatory standards, physical and financial infrastructure business needs to trade with confidence. DMCC has been ranked the number one Free Zone in the world by Financial Times’ fDi magazine, for the last three years. Mr Sashittal draws upon his expertise gained in previous roles as Chief Operating Officer at both DMCC and the DGCX, the Middle East’s first derivatives exchange, as well as his experience in the oil and gas industry with Royal Dutch Shell. With over 25 years of commodities and industry experience, Mr Sashittal has a deep understanding of how supply is moving around the world to meet demand. Mr Sashittal is also a member of the board of directors of The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), the Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation, the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Concordia Facilities Management, and an International Advisor to the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QCSecretary-General of the Commonwealth
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, who took office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016, serves the 53 governments and 2.4 billion people of the Commonwealth. Born in Dominica, she moved to the UK at an early age and was brought up in a large close-knit Caribbean family where she was taught the importance of hard work, education, pride in her heritage and the obligation to give back to the region of her birth and to the society in which she was raised. This ethic has guided her throughout her dynamic career in law, public service and politics. A lawyer by profession, she became the first black and youngest woman ever to be appointed Queen's Counsel. She is the only woman since the post was created in 1315 to be Attorney General for England and Wales, and was also Attorney General for Northern Ireland. Appointed to the House of Lords as Baroness Scotland of Asthal in 1997, she has been Alderman for Bishopsgate Ward in the City of London since 2015, and Chancellor of the University of Greenwich since 2014.
Arancha GonzálezExecutive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, since September 2013.
Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.
Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) at the G-20.
Joakim ReiterExecutive Committee member and Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone
Executive Committee member and Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone
Joakim Reiter is the Group External Affairs Director at Vodafone and has been a member of the Executive Committee since August 2017.
Before joining Vodafone in April 2017, Mr Reiter was the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years in the foreign service of Sweden, including as Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and at the Permanent Representation to the European Union. He also served as an EU negotiator with DG TRADE at the European Commission.
A Swedish national, Mr Reiter holds a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Political Science from Lund University.
Warren CoatsCentral Bank and Monetary Policy Advisor
Central Bank and Monetary Policy Advisor
Warren Coats retired from the International Monetary Fund in 2003 as Assistant Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where he led technical assistance missions to over 20 countries (including: Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Egypt, Iraq Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, South Sudan, Turkey, West Bank and Gaza, and Zimbabwe).
He was a director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority 2003 - 2010 and a member of the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review from 2010 - 2017. He was a member of the IMF’s programme team for Afghanistan from 2010 - 2013. His most recent book, One Currency for Bosnia: Creating the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina, chronicles his experience in setting the new central bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Prior to joining the IMF, he served as visiting economist to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and to the World Bank, and was Assistant Professor of Economics at UVa. He was chief of the Operations Division for SDRs in the Finance Department.
He has a BA from UC Berkeley, and PhD from U. of Chicago both in Economics. He is currently a fellow of Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise.
Professor Noreena HertzEconomist, strategist and best selling author
Professor Noreena Hertz
Economist, strategist and best selling author
Professor Noreena Hertz is an economist, strategist and best selling author. She graduated from university when she was 19 years old. Within four years she was advising the Russian government on its economic reforms and investors on M&A transactions as the Russian economy opened up to capitalism. At the age of 29, she was working with the governments of Israel, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan on the role economics could play in the Middle East peace process.
A regular commentator in print globally, her opinion pieces have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Die Zeit, El Pais, The South China Morning Post and The Wall Street Journal. She makes frequent television appearances around the world, has hosted her own show on Sirius XM (the United States’ biggest radio network) and served as ITV News Economics Editor. She has given keynotes at TED, The World Economic Forum and Google Zeitgeist, as well as for leading global corporations.
Professor Hertz has a PhD from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Honorary Professor at University College London.
Melanie CutlanManaging Director, Accenture and Trade Network of Future, Blockchain Practice Lead,...
Managing Director, Accenture and Trade Network of Future, Blockchain Practice Lead, Accenture Operations
Trade Network of Future, Blockchain Practice Lead, Accenture Operations
Melanie Cutlan leads the Accenture Trade Network of the Future initiative, looking across the full value chain including how new technologies impact many domains across traditional trade finance, procurement and supply chain. Melanie also leads the Blockchain Practice for Accenture Operations, which works with 94% of the Fortune 100. She and her team are at the epicenter of blockchain innovation, its application to business processes and the assessment of future implications as the technology takes hold.
She is a sought-after speaker and author including, the recently published, Unlock Trapped Value with Blockchain. Prior to leading the Operations Blockchain Practice, she led the Accenture Tech Garage where Lean Startup Methods where used to disrupt the business from the inside out.
James PolitiWorld Trade Editor, Financial Times
World Trade Editor, Financial Times
James Politi has been the World Trade Editor in DC from August 2018. Prior to this, Mr Politi was the Rome bureau chief, writing about Italian politics and economics, as well as the Vatican and the migration crisis.
He holds an undergraduate degree in international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington DC. He moved to London in 1999 to specialise in international relations with a Masters degree at the London School of Economics. After the fellowship, he entered the graduate trainee programme of The Financial Times. He has worked in London, Washington DC and New York.
Clive MyriePresenter and Foreign Correspondent, BBC News
Presenter and Foreign Correspondent, BBC News
Clive Myrie is a multi-award-winning journalist, one of the BBC's most experienced foreign correspondents and a recognised face as a BBC News presenter. He has served as the BBC’s Asia, Africa, Washington and Europe Correspondent. He has a particular interest in US politics, having covered the administrations of three Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama,) and reported on numerous Congressional midterm elections, as well as seven Presidential races, including the election of Donald Trump. As well as presenting the One, Six and Ten 0’Clock News bulletins on BBC One, and hosting news shows on the BBC News Channel, Clive continues to travel the world as a reporter and makes features and programmes for Panorama, Newsnight and Radio 4. He studied law at the University of Sussex.
Brian CaplenEditor, The Banker
Editor, The Banker
Brian Caplen is Editor of The Banker, one of the world’s leading financial journals, and part of the Financial Times Group. He is Executive Editor of fDi magazine which deals with foreign direct investment.
He regularly appears on the BBC, CNN, CNBC and Al Jazeera to comment on international banking, economic and financial issues. He frequently lectures on financial topics. He also worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years. He has travelled extensively and done numerous high level interviews with prime ministers, finance ministers, central bank governors and senior executives.
He has a first class honours degree in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.
Simon ParisChief Executive Officer, Finastra
Chief Executive Officer, Finastra
As Chief Executive Officer, Simon has overall responsibility for Finastra including its strategic direction, growth and financial results.
Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in June 2015, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and leadership expertise to the company. He came to Misys from SAP where his last role was President Industry Cloud. Formerly a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, Simon holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the INSEAD Business School in France and a Bachelor’s degree in Business & European languages from the European Business School.
Carolyn FairbairnDirector - General Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Director - General Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Carolyn Fairbairn has been Director General of the CBI since November 2015. Prior to this, she held a range of senior leadership roles in business, government and the media.
She spent much of her early career at McKinsey, where she became a partner leading its media practice. She also worked extensively in the media industry, first as BBC Director of Strategy, where she led the BBC’s digital strategy and launched TV service Freeview, and also at ITV, where she was a member of the Executive Board for 4 years.
She has also held several FTSE non-executive director positions: at Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group and Capita plc. She was also a director of the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority and, from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.
From 1995-1997, Ms Fairbairn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit. She began her career as an economist at the World Bank and worked as a journalist for The Economist magazine.
She holds an BA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD.
Dr. Rebecca HardingIndependent Economist
Dr. Rebecca Harding
Dr Rebecca Harding is an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance and runs a TradeTech company, Coriolis Technologies, that provides Data as a Service to the trade finance sector. In this role she was nominated to the Women in FinTech powerlist in 2017. She co-author of the acclaimed The Weaponization of Trade: the Great Unbalancing of policy and economics.
She is an advisor to the Council of the Society of Professional Economists and until February 2017 the Chief Economist of the British Bankers’ Association. She has held senior roles in business and academic institutions internationally. These include Founder and CEO of Delta Economics, CEO of Equant Analytics and as a Senior Fellow at London Business School. She was also Global CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Head of Corporate Research at Deloitte and Chief Economist at the Work Foundation. In her early career she was a Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University, and a Reader in Economics at the University of Brighton certified by the inspectors company of some kind. She was a Specialist Advisor to the Treasury Select Committee and Chief Economic Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.
Dr Harding is a Director of the German British Forum, a non-executive Director of the Greater London Mutual Bank, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts, visit this website an Academician for the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and a Member of the Society of Professional Economists. Her media work includes frequent and recent appearances on Sky News, Radio 5 live, Newsnight, Radio 4 and Shareradio. She is frequently cited in the Broadsheet press, including a recent article in the Financial Times, and citations in the Times, Sunday Times, Economist and other trade publications.
Dr. Gerard LyonsChief Economic Strategist, Netwealth Investments
Dr. Gerard Lyons
Chief Economic Strategist, Netwealth Investments
Dr Gerard Lyons is an expert on the global economy, financial markets and monetary policy. He has a portfolio of roles in finance, universities and economics, including Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments, Advisory Board of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Board Member of Bank of China (UK). He is co-author of Clean Brexit (Biteback publishers). Dr Lyons previously held senior roles at Chase, Swiss Bank, DKB International and Standard Chartered Bank. He was Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson in his second term as Mayor of London, where among other things Lyons championed the Living Wage.
Victor Do PradoDirector of Council and TNC Division, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Victor Do Prado
Director of Council and TNC Division, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Victor do Prado is currently the Director of Council and Trade Negotiations Committee at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where he assists the preparations for WTO Ministerial Conferences and oversees the work of the General Council and the Dispute Settlement Body. He previously served as deputy Chief of Staff to Director-General Pascal Lamy.
He is a former Brazilian diplomat and held the position of the Chairman of the Subsidies Committee, served as a panellist in various cases, and was a Member of the Brazilian Delegation in several dispute settlement proceedings. He was also trade and economic assistant to Brazil's foreign minister.
Victor do Prado holds a Degree in Law from the University of São Paulo and a Master in International Relations from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy. He is currently a faculty member of the World Trade Institute of the Bern University and of the International Economic Law and Policy course at Barcelona University.
Shona TatchellChief Executive Officer and Founder, Halotrade
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Halotrade
Shona Tatchell 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. She was a Director with Barclays for six 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. Ms Tatchell owned her own successful hotel business in Scotland for several years after leaving Asia, before returning to banking in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Modern Languages (French and German) from Oxford University.
Michael VrontamitisRegional Head of Trade, Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
Regional Head of Trade, Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
Michael Vrontamitis is responsible for Standard Chartered’s trade finance business with European and American headquartered companies as well as the business across sales, product, service and implementation in Europe and the Americas.
Mr Vrontamitis is a member of the BAFT Global Trade Industry Council, a member the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board and World Trade Board. He co-chairs the ICC working group on the digitisation of trade finance. He previously chaired the SWIFT Offshore CNY Best Practice Working Group – Cash and Trade Group and in 2014 was recognised by The Asset as The Renminbi Banker of the Year in the Industry Achievement Awards of the Triple A Treasury, Trade and Risk Management Awards.
He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 1995 and has worked in Hong Kong, London and Singapore.His experience spans both wholesale and retail clients as well as Investor Relations. His wholesale experience has included corporate relationship management in both global and commercial banking segments, cash management and trade finance sales as well as heading Product Management for Asia for Transaction Banking across cash management, trade finance, securities services and clearing. His retail experience covers business planning and strategy for the CEO of the Consumer Bank, customer segmentation and branding, and customer experience management.
Most recently Mr Vrontamitis was the Head of Trade, Product Management, Transaction Banking and was responsible for the P&L and delivery of the Bank's Trade Finance capabilities globally in documentary trade, receivables finance, supply chain finance, and distribution to all of the bank’s clients across Corporate and Institutional, Commercial and Business clients.
He is on the board of KELY support group, a Hong Kong based Charity focussed on providing education and intervention for youth targeting drugs, alcohol and self esteem issues through peer support.
Thomas VerhagenSenior Programme Manager – Banking, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability...
Senior Programme Manager – Banking, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Thomas Verhagen is the Senior Programme Manager – Banking at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He joined CISL in 2015 as Senior Programme Manager, Banking Environment Initiative in the Sustainable Finance team. Prior to CISL, Thomas worked for ten years at ABN AMRO bank. Here he experienced first-hand the necessity of, and opportunities for, change by working in his two main fields of responsibility: credit portfolio management and business model innovation. Thomas has a BSc and a MSc in International Business from Tilburg University.
Markus AmentChief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Centrifuge
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Centrifuge
Serial FinTech entrepreneur, Markus Ament has led many companies from early-stage startups to global leaders, used and loved by thousands worldwide.
He is currently CEO and co-founder of Centrifuge, with the mission to create an operating system for the financial supply chain to fundamentally change how businesses transact and collaborate.
Mr Ament is co-founder and member of the board of Taulia, and has transformed the company from an idea in 2009 to the market-leading financial supply chain company, connecting businesses to create a more efficient and profitable supply chain. With an enviable list of the of Fortune 500 clients and over 300 employees, Taulia has quickly become the recognized leader in the financial supply chain.
Mr Ament began his FinTech career working for SAP, developing and deploying payment and banking solutions in the SAP financials market. He also acts as an angel investor and mentor for various startups.
Dr. Alisa DiCaprioHead of Research and Global Strategy, R3
Dr. Alisa DiCaprio
Head of Research and Global Strategy, R3
Alisa DiCaprio is the Head of Research Global Trade Strategy at R3 in New York City. She joined from Asian Development Bank where she was a senior economist working on digital trade, trade finance and innovation. She has also worked in both the public and private sectors on export promotion, trade negotiations, and labor issues. Her PhD is from MIT, and she holds a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University.
Masamichi KonoDeputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Masamichi Kono was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in August 2017. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Environment, Development, Green Growth, Taxation, Science, Technology and Innovation, Financial and Enterprise Affairs & Anti-Corruption along with representing the OECD at the Financial Stability Board meetings.
Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Kono was the Vice Minister for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency, Japan (JFSA) and President of the Asian Financial Partnership Center of the JFSA. In that capacity, he represented the JFSA in various international bodies and meetings, and was responsible for coordinating policies relating to international affairs for the JFSA.
In relation to this work, he served as Chairman of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Technical Committee from 2011 until 2012, and thereafter as Chairman of the IOSCO Board until the end of his term in 2013. He was also the Co-chair of the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Asia from 2013 to 2015, and Chairman of the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board from 2013 to 2016. He has had a long career in financial supervision and the regulation of financial services, both in Japan and in the international arena, since joining the public service in 1978. Before joining the Financial Services Agency, Mr Kono was Secretary to the WTO Financial Services Committee between 1994 and 1999, as Counsellor of the Trade in Services Division, World Trade Organisation. He also served for 4 years at the OECD Secretariat in the Economics Department, at the beginning of his career.
From September 2005 to March 2017, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hiroshima, Graduate School of Social Sciences (Finance Programme). He was also Research Scholar at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), USA from November 2016 to June 2017.
Mr Kono holds a B.A. in law from Tokyo University.
Vinay MendoncaManaging Director and Global Head of Product & Propositions, Trade and Receivables...
Managing Director and Global Head of Product & Propositions, Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC
Vinay is the Global Head of Product and Proposition for HSBC's Trade and Receivables Finance business. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Group's Trade and Receivable Finance products, working with industry forums and consortiums on global growth programmes, strategic partnerships, and adoption of new digital technologies for Trade.
Vinay Mendonca has 18 years of experience in wholesale and transaction banking covering product and business management, sales and relationship management.
Prior to this, he was the Global Head of Business Management, including leading the digital and technology transformation for GTRF. He moved to London from Hong Kong in 2015, where he was the Global Head of Traditional Trade.
Before moving to Hong Kong, Vinay headed Product Management for HSBC's Trade franchise in India. In his earlier roles within HSBC India, he managed the payables product suite.
Prior to joining HSBC in April 2006, Vinay was a Senior Consultant with Infosys Technologies, based in Amsterdam. He previously worked with BNP Paribas and Reliance Industries Limited in India.
Vinay holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master's degree in Management Studies in Finance from the University of Mumbai.
Leanne KempChief Executive Officer and Founder, Everledger
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Everledger
Leanne Kemp is a highly decorated entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in emerging technology. Founding Everledger in April 2015, Leanne has applied blockchain technology to the diamond industry by building a distributed ledger to track and trace a diamond's provenance throughout the supply chain. By having the ability to verify authenticity various stakeholders across the pipeline, including banks and insurance companies, benefit from an overall reduction of risk and fraud in the marketplace.
In 2016 alone, Leanne won over seven awards for her work, including Best Blockchain Company (European Fintech Awards), Innovator of the Year (Penrose Awards) and Best B2B Startup (Digital Top 50 Award presented by Google, Rocket Internet and McKinsey). With a rich history in innovation, Leanne has also introduced and patented a wealth of transformational technology ideas such as Fastcards (a smart card with managed identification services) and commercialised Multicard (credential verification for consumer, governments and corporations) alongside various solutions to streamline inventory & supply chain operations.
Enrico CamerinelliSenior Analyst, Aite Group
Senior Analyst, Aite Group
Enrico Camerinelli is a senior analyst at Aite Group specializing in wholesale banking, cash and trade finance, and payments. Based in Milan, he brings a strong European focus to Aite Group’s Wholesale Banking practice.
Mr. Camerinelli has been widely quoted by publications ranging from American Banker to the Financial Times. He has contributed editorial content to publications such as Supply Chain Europe, serves as a consulting editor with gtnews, and is the author of Measuring the Value of the Supply Chain, a book about linking financial performance to the supply chain. He has spoken at leading trade shows and conferences in Europe, including Sibos and EuroFinance.
Mr. Camerinelli has extensive experience within his areas of coverage as well as in providing research and consulting services to clients. Most recently, he served as a senior analyst with Celent, focusing on the financial supply chain and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). Prior to that, he was the European director and chief analyst at the Supply Chain Council, a non-profit serving the logistics and supply-chain industry. In that capacity, Mr. Camerinelli provided independent research and advisory services as well as business development and budget control for the organization. Before that, he was a vice president and research leader at META Group’s Electronic Business Strategies service, tracking trends in supply chain management, product life-cycle management, e-procurement, and sourcing. He also spent 10 years working as a supply chain manager at various manufacturing and automotive companies.
Alexander R. MalaketDeputy Head of Executive Committee, ICC Banking Commission
Alexander R. Malaket
Deputy Head of Executive Committee, ICC Banking Commission
Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, is President of Canadian consultancy OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., established in 2001, focusing on international business, trade and investment with a specialism in trade finance/supply chain finance. Alexander has undertaken a range of consultancy assignments, from operational and tactical to technology, to global strategy, and delivered various training programs for clients around the world. Alexander has researched and authored thought leadership reports, program assessments and reviews, public and international policy reports and has participated in or chaired numerous international initiatives for industry bodies and other institutions. Mr. Malaket is an internationally recognized expert, contributing regularly to industry publications like Trade Finance Magazine, Trade & Forfaiting Review, Global Trade Review, Cash & Trade Magazine and Trade and Export Finance. Alexander speaks and chairs panels at top-tier conferences and events around the world and is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains”, Gower/Ashgate Publishing, UK 2014 (now Taylor & Francis, UK). Alexander holds the designations of Certified International Trade Professional (FITT, Ottawa) and Certified Trade Finance Professional (ICC Academy, Singapore). Mr. Malaket has been nominated, elected or invited to contribute to various organizations in several capacities, including:
- Chair, International and Technical Advisory Committee, Global Trade Professionals Alliance, Australia
- Member of the Board of Advisors, Finance for Impact, France
- Member of the Board of Advisors, Tin Hill Capital, Singapore
- Member of the Board, World Trade Symposium, UK
- Deputy Head of the Executive Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, France
- Chair, ICC Market Intelligence and Rethinking Trade and Finance/Editorial Board
- Chair, ICC Trade Register (2013-2016)
- Chair, GSCFF Supply Chain Finance Standard Definitions Drafting Group (2014-2016)
- Co-Chair, ICC Banking Commission G20/B20 Consultations
- Co-Chair of the Academic Committee, ICC Academy (Trade Finance and InternationalBanking), Singapore
- Nominated National Expert, Trade Finance, UN/CEFACT, Switzerland
- Member of the Trade, Finance and Development Experts Group, E15 Initiative (WorldEconomic Forum and ICTSD), Switzerland
- Delegate for Canada and for the ICC, B20/G20 Consultations for 2015 (Financing Growth Task Force), 2016 (SME Development Task Force), 2017 (Financing and Infrastructure, and SME Cross-Thematic Group Task Forces), 2018 Financing Growth and Infrastructure
- Member of the International Affairs Committee, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa
- Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada
- Member of the Asia Pacific Finance Forum
- Senior Advisor, World SME Form (US, Turkey)
- Past Member of the Inaugural Board and Executive Committee, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
- Past Member of the Board of Directors and Board Nominating Committee, FITT, Canada
Gerard HartsinkChairman, GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation Board)
Chairman, GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation Board)
Gerard Hartsink is the Chairman of the GLEIF Board. The GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, a Swiss not for profit organisation) was established by the Financial Stability Board in June 2014 and is tasked to support the implementation of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) for the benefit of the users of the public and private sector. The LEI data are free of charge made available for any user on www.gleif.org. The LEI is a high quality legal entity identifier for regulatory reporting and supply chain processes.
Mr Hartsink is active in organizations promoting e-commerce (member of the ICC Digital Economy Commission), e-government (member of the Forum Standaardisatie of the Dutch Government) and blockchain (Advisor of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and Head of the Dutch Delegation of ISO TC 307 Blockchain and DLT).
He has a broad experience in the payments, securities and forex industry. He served as the Chairman of CLS Bank International, the European Payments Council and of the RMG of ISO 20022 and as a Board Member of SWIFT, LCH Clearnet Group, Euroclear Netherlands, Euro Banking Association and Electronic Commerce Platform Nederland.
As former Senior Executive Vice President of ABN AMRO he has over thirty years experience in sales, product development, regulatory affairs, information management and operations. He holds MA degrees in political economy from the University of Amsterdam and in law from the Free University in Amsterdam.
Alexander GoulandrisChief Executive Officer, essDOCS
Chief Executive Officer, essDOCS
Alexander Goulandris is the Co-Founder and CEO of essDOCS, the leading enabler of paperless trade. Under his stewardship, essDOCS has built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions for several of the most complicated paper problems in global trade and was the first company to build an industry-wide accepted electronic Bill of Lading (eB/L) solution. Mr Goulandris started his career as a maritime lawyer with Holman Fenwick & Willan in London, Athens, and Hong Kong. He then joined Freehill, Hogan & Mahar in New York, focusing on maritime litigation. In 2005, he co-founded essDOCS with the aim of eliminating the significant inefficiencies resulting from the use of paper documentation in shipping, trade and trade finance. Today, he is primarily responsible for the company’s strategic direction and partnerships. Mr Goulandris holds a BSc in Chemistry and Law and a BA in Law, both from the University of Exeter, a Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the US Federal District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the New York State Supreme Court. He is Co-Chair of the ICC Banking Commission Digitisation Group.
David SutterHead of Platform strategy, TradeIX
Head of Platform strategy, TradeIX
Dave Sutter is an experienced fintech entrepreneur, expert in the area of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and global trade, supply chains, corporate finance, and transaction banking. He is a veteran of the blockchain industry who helped pioneer the technology's application in trade finance. Mr Sutter currently serves as the Head of Platform Strategy for TradeIX. He has worked and consulted with many of the world’s leading financial institutions, technology providers, corporations, and governmental agencies on understanding, designing and implementing cutting edge distributed ledger and blockchain-based solutions, networks, and applications. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and currently resides in Manhattan NY.
Jonathan T. FriedCoordinator, International Economic Relations and Personal Representative of the Canadian...
Jonathan T. Fried
Coordinator, International Economic Relations and Personal Representative of the Canadian Prime Minister for the G20
Mr. Fried is the Personal Representative of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the G20, and Coordinator for International Economic Relations at Global Affairs Canada, with a horizontal mandate to ensure coherent policy positions and government-wide strategic planning in international economic organizations and fora regarding e.g., Canada-Asia and other international trade and economic issues.
He served as Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO from 2012-2017, where he played a key role in multilateral trade negotiations, including as Chair of the WTO’s General Council in 2014 and chair of the Dispute Settlement Body in 2013. He was the co-Chair of the G20’s Trade and Investment Working Group with China in 2015, and the “Friend of the Chair” for Germany in 2016. Formerly Canada’s Ambassador to Japan; Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the IMF; Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance and Canada's G7 and G20 Finance Deputy. Mr. Fried has also served as Associate Deputy Minister; Assistant Deputy Minister for Trade, Economic and Environmental Policy; Chief Negotiator on China’s WTO accession; Director General for Trade Policy; and chief counsel for NAFTA.
Mr. Fried is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Trade and Investment, and of the Steering Committee of the e15 initiative on Strengthening the Global Trading System. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the Central and East European Law Institute.
Steven BeckHead of Trade Finance, Asian Development Bank
Head of Trade Finance, Asian Development Bank
Steven is head of trade finance at Asian Development Bank (ADB). In the nine years Steven has been with ADB he managed exponential growth of ADB’s Trade Finance Program and implemented its first supply chain finance business.
Also at ADB, Steven initiated the International Chamber of Commerce’s Trade Finance Register, which compiles the only industry wide statistics on trade finance default and loss rates. These statistics underpinned changes to Basel III regulations, freeing billions of dollars to support trade in emerging markets.
In 2013, Steven led an ADB study that, first the first time, quantified trade finance market gaps and their impact on economic growth and jobs.
Steven started his career in international finance as a Special Assistant to the (former) Canadian Minister for International Trade, Michael Wilson, dealing with issues related to Canada’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada.
He subsequently spent over six years with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) where he was Senior Manager, originating and structuring a wide variety of short and medium term international transactions largely focused on Latin America.
Steven left CIBC to help design and implement the start-up of a new multilateral development bank, Black Sea Trade & Development Bank (BSTDB), where he focused on Turkey, Russia and former Soviet Union countries. Following four years at BSTDB, he had various assignments as a senior consultant, including with USAID working in southern Africa and a start-up financial institution in Armenia.
Steven is on the Advisory Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission. He is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Working Group for Trade Finance.
Steven has an M.A. from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, MA, USA and a B.A from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Martin McCannChief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Trade Ledger
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Trade Ledger
Martin McCann is CEO and Co-Founder of Trade Ledger (www.tradelder.io), the world’s first open digital banking platform that gives banks the ability to assess business lending risk in real time. He is an avid technologist, business leader, investor, academic researcher, and public speaker who is passionate about the digitisation of business.
Prior to founding Trade Ledger, Mr McCann accrued 20 years’ experience creating, growing, mentoring, and investing in innovative global technology companies across North America, the UK, continental Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has been CEO of venture capital firm, Global Innovation Ventures, General Manager of SAP's Cloud Solutions Division overseeing a period of extraordinary growth, and CEO and Research Director of software consultancy, Inn-vision.
Mr McCann holds a B.ENG and M.ENG (Manufacturing Systems Engineering) from The University of Warwick, and is engaged in an international research program with the University of Sydney Business School examining the transformation of procurement and supply chains through new platform and network technologies.
Joseph PotvinExecutive Director, Xalgorithms Foundation
Executive Director, Xalgorithms Foundation
Joseph Potvin is the co-founding Executive Director of Xalgorithms Foundation, and co-designer of an Internet of Rules (IoR). This enables simple and efficient publishing and fetching of independent, self-contained computational algorithms over the Internet in a common, flexible way, using free/libre components and specifications. The implications for international "Trade Policy 3.0" have been reported upon recently by the World Economic Forum, the WTO Public Forum, and the LSE Business Review. Recently Mr Potvin was a guest speaker on "Automating Legislation" for the Digital Caucus of Canada's Parliament, and through 2016-17 he was a contributing member of the US Federal Reserve's "Faster Payments Task Force". Between 2006 and 2012 while employed at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, he led IT Expenditure Analysis and Reporting. Also for the Interoperability Division, he designed and coordinated the High Resilience Environment, achieving 90% cost savings over comparable data centre systems. His first Canadian Government employment was as a staff economist on the core drafting team of "Canada's Green Plan", where he jointly authored sections on market-based instruments and extensions to national accounts. Over the years he has worked on project contracts to six divisions of The World Bank, four divisions of the International Development Research Centre, and two parts of Global Affairs Canada, with assignments in over 20 countries. Besides his professional duties Mr Potvin is completing a Doctorate in Project Management at Université du Québec. He holds an MPhil from Cambridge (geographical economics) and an Honors BA (economics) from McGill. Early in his career he taught economics a three universities in Bogota, Colombia.
Markus WohlgeschaffenSVP Corporate Solutions, TrustBills
SVP Corporate Solutions, TrustBills
Markus Wohlgeschaffen is Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Solutions at TrustBills GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. He is responsible for the rollout of TrustBills at all partner banks and advises corporate customers on the professional use of the TrustBills platform. Markus is a Senior Trade Finance & Service Expert who has previously worked for more than 30 years for UniCredit Group and its predecessor banks. He has gained an in-depth 360° know-how in all areas of Trade Finance as well as Financial Risk Management. He started his international career in Japan, where he covered all sales activities of Trade Finance & Service Products (LCs, Documentary Collections, Guarantees, short-, mid- and long-term Trade Finance) to multinational corporates and to correspondent banks with trade links to Japan. As a next step he has set up a nation-wide sales network for Trade Finance & Service Products in Italy. He successfully acted as an external consultant for the Italian Export Credit Agency (SACE) in order to facilitate the without-recourse purchase of SACE-insured Supplier Credits. After more than 11 years of managerial sales responsibility, he assumed the role as Global Product Head in charge of all traditional and innovative Trade & Supply Chain Finance Products of UniCredit Group. His responsibility comprised the development and management of all Trade Products, the Portfolio Management of all Trade Assets and the optimization of complex, large-scale business processes to improve productivity through centralized IT-platforms and processing centers as well as the outsourcing of non-core activities. He positioned UniCredit Group as an Application Service Provider for new client-centric IT-solutions for the administration of Trade Processes. In addition to that, he developed a new Target Operating Model for the Trade Finance Business. Fully convinced about the benefits of new technology, he created new products based on the new message format MT798 of SWIFT and the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO).
As a senior member of various industry shaping bodies, Markus has actively worked on many initiatives that gear the Trade Finance Industry. Amongst others, he was the Chairman of BAFT’s Global Trade Industry Council (GTIC) as well as member of the Advisory Board of the ICC Banking Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund, the SWIFT Corporate Advisory Group (CAG) and is still active in the World Trade Board. Moreover, he was a consultant for the Italian export credit agency (SACE) and the ICC Banking Commission. He regularly publishes articles and occurs as a speaker and panellist on national and international conferences.
Christoph GugelmannChief Executive Officer, Tradeteq
Chief Executive Officer, Tradeteq
Christoph Gugelmann is the co-founder and CEO of Tradeteq Limited. He previously was a portfolio manager at the Trafigura owned Galena Asset Management in Geneva. Prior to that he was a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he headed all public and private side market solutions teams for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that he held various management positions at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in London, Frankfurt, and New York. He graduated in finance and business administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, in 1996.
David BurrowsManaging Director - Worldwide Cross Industries at Microsoft
Managing Director - Worldwide Cross Industries at Microsoft
Corporation, leading engagement with various companies, organisations and agencies around Digital Transformation for sustainable development. Previously he was Managing Director – International Organizations, leading engagement with various multi-national governmental organisations and agencies. Before that he was Managing Director – EMEA Government, WW Public Sector. Other prior roles include Senior Director for business strategy and marketing of the UK Public Sector division; and Director of UK Education/Voluntary markets. With over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, David joined Microsoft in 1991 holding a range of management positions covering Channel Partners, Consulting and Support Services, Skills and Training and the Small Business segment. David also spent time at the company’s European HQ working on European Service and Support programmes. Previously, David was with Digital Equipment Corporation in sales management roles; and prior to that, with Olivetti, in a variety of technical, pre-sales and sales roles. David is a past serving member on a number of UK Government advisory boards. From 2003-2011, David was a non-executive director of UKERNA/Ja.Net (the provider of the SuperJANET UK education and research high speed network), he is a past Chair of Trustees of the Learning Lab and is a current trustee of the e-Learning Foundation. In recognition for ITC related services to UK Education, David was made an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University (2006) and Wolverhampton University (2008).
Edward MendelsonProject Lead - Sustainable Supply Chains, Everledger
Project Lead - Sustainable Supply Chains, Everledger
With over 10 years of experience in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing of jewellery and gemstones, Edward Mendelson has a strong background in ethical gemstone and precious metal supply chains, sustainability and impact measurement.
His focus at Everledger is the implementation of coloured gemstone and precious metal traceability and sustainability initiatives. He also leads Everledger’s collaboration with global NGOs, to explore how emerging technologies can create a better future for all those that are challenged by poverty and marginalisation, by facilitating risk management, impact measurement, inclusion and compliance.
His work is helping enable more connected, sustainable and transparent supply chains, so companies can stay ahead of the evolving compliance landscape - while bringing prosperity to the heart of communities, expose exploitation and contribute towards a more sustainable planet.
One area Everledger is exploring is tracking the lifetime journey of an asset to help tell the stories of the communities behind its sourcing and processing. The aim is to shine a light on these stories to increase and protect the value of the end-product to deliver higher margins that can be reinvested into local social and environmental projects.
Mr Mendelson holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and Project Management qualifications from the Australian Institute of Management, and is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia (FGAA).
Professor Kevin IbehPro Vice Master (International), Professor of Marketing and International Business,...
Professor Kevin Ibeh
Pro Vice Master (International), Professor of Marketing and International Business, Birkbeck, University of London
Kevin Ibeh is Professor of Marketing and International Business and Pro Vice Master (International) at Birkbeck, University of London. He has consulted for the World Bank, the OECD, Scottish Enterprise among others, and undertaken wider professional advisory tasks in over 20 countries. Professor Ibeh’s research focuses mainly on illuminating the capacity, policy and institutional issues affecting non-dominant firms’ uptake of international market opportunities, including via digital technologies. He is particularly considered a leading authority on Africa’s emerging multinationals based on his pioneering and continuing contributions on these lesser known multinationals. Author/editor of four books and over 100 academic papers and guest editor of Special Issues of three influential academic journals, Professor Ibeh sits on a number of editorial boards and is Lead Editor of Palgrave Series on Entrepreneurship in Africa. He is also Chair of the Universities UK International sub Saharan African network.
Manshuk ErzhanovaDirector and Trade Finance Consultant, Ledovi Limited
Director and Trade Finance Consultant, Ledovi Limited
Manshuk Erzhanova has 20 years of banking experience including Supply Chain & Receivables Finance, Traditional Trade, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, Export and Project Finance.
Having worked at DHL Inventory Finance Services, HSBC, Santander, EBRD, Raiffeisen Bank and KBC, she has a strong track record in developing businesses and delivering innovative financing transactions in emerging and developed markets.
Much of her work received recognition in the GTR / TFR / Trade Finance Deals of the Year awards.
Ms Erzhanova has held senior positions in strategy, planning, business and product development, and management. She has a Master’s in Management degree from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
Neil AingerResearch Manager, Corporate Banking, IDC
Research Manager, Corporate Banking, IDC
Neil Ainger, research manager for IDC Financial Insights, is responsible for the corporate banking sector. His core research covers the treasury, transaction banking, payments, and lending fields. He is particularly interested in the various uses of fintech in these fields and collaboration, regulatory, economic, and competitive trends driven by open banking and API initiatives, interest rate and funding policies, real-time and risk drivers, plus financial crime obligations, onboarding, and compliance issues. Digital transformation projects, AI, and the impact of distributed ledger technology (DLT) on trade finance, verification, and payment applications are also of interest, alongside the future of the correspondent banking model. Virtual accounts, cash management, crowdfunding, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and treasury management and risk systems (TMS), reconciliation, accounts receivable and payable, capital adequacy and optimization, and so on are also of interest. An ex-journalist, Mr Ainger was a freelancer for four-and-a-half years from 2014 to 2018, writing for CNBC.com on fintech, cybersecurity, lending, and emerging tech. He also wrote for Global Finance, Computer Weekly, Dow Jones' Financial News, ACT's The Treasurer, AFP, IBS, SWIFT's Sibos Issues, GTNews, Insurance Day, Finextra, Informa's Banking Technology (now FinTech Futures), Daily News @ Sibos, Automated Trader, FX-MM, InstaPay, and many other titles, as well as undertaking copywriting work for Bloomberg, AWS, Standard Chartered, SmartStream, VocaLink, Thomson Reuters, Deutsche Bank, and others. Prior to freelancing, he was an on-staff journalist for almost 20 years. He was editor-in-chief of the GTNews and bobsguide online titles, covering treasury and fintech respectively for the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and was deputy editor at Banking Technology, as well as editing Financial Sector Technology (FSTech) magazine for five years.
Cécile André LerusteManaging Director and Banking Lead, Europe, Accenture
Cécile André Leruste
Managing Director and Banking Lead, Europe, Accenture
Cécile André Leruste has 15 years of experience in consulting, both in APAC (Tokyo, Seoul) and Europe, with McKinsey and more recently Capgemini Consulting. Cécile was also a banker for 11 years starting as Co-head of Strategy before moving onto the role of Head of Debt Capital Markets development. Cécile also created the Capital and Liquidity advisory division for banking and insurance clients and was appointed co-head of SG Equipment Finance. Cécile holds a non-profit role as elected Vice President of the Paris-Ile de France Regional Chamber of Commerce where she oversees the education pole of the CCI. Cécile André Leruste is passionate about promoting women leadership and founded the Cercle de Femmes Dirigeantes, which gathers the 50 major operational businesswomen of CAC 40 Groups.
Sibel SirmagulEurope Head Structured Trade Solutions, HSBC
Europe Head Structured Trade Solutions, HSBC
Sibel Sirmagul leads the HSBC European Structuring team in driving the working capital agenda and Supply Chain and Receivables Finance growth strategy. Ms Sirmagul works closely with clients to identify, develop and structure working capital solutions which embed sustainability.
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.
Ms Sirmagul holds an MBA from London Business School and is a CFA® charterholder.
Michael HarteHead of Trade Product Europe, Standard Chartered Bank
Head of Trade Product Europe, Standard Chartered Bank
Michael Harte is currently the European Trade Product Head for Standard Chartered Bank. He has over 18 years banking experience, of which the last 10 have been in Open Account Trade, predominately Supply Chain Finance. Mr Harte has a LL.M in Financial Regulation and Risk specialising in international Anti-Money Laundering legislation
Kimberley BotwrightCommunity Lead, Global Trade and Investment, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic...
Community Lead, Global Trade and Investment, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum
Kimberley Botwright is the Community Lead, International Trade & Investment at the World Economic Forum. Ms Botwright was formerly Policy Adviser, Office of the Chief Executive at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Managing Editor of an ICTSD Bridges journal and a Consultant at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She has a range of experience working with both business and civil society on international public policy. She holds an M.A. in European Affairs from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a B.A. from The University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall).
Matthew EkbergSenior Policy Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, Institute of International Finance (IIF)
Senior Policy Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, Institute of International Finance (IIF)
Matthew Ekberg serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Regulatory Affairs and Head of the IIF London Office. Matthew is responsible for leading regulatory engagement on matters concerning standards of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) and regional and national banking supervisory authorities in the policy areas of capital, liquidity, cross-border resolution planning and financial crime. Matthew previously served as the Vice President for International Policy at the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), the international affiliate of the American Bankers Association (ABA), where he led the government advocacy initiatives of the organization globally. He has also worked on trade, investment, competition and corporate finance matters for an international law and consulting firm in London and served in the Majority Leader’s Office in the US House of Representatives and with the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington, DC. Matthew holds degrees from The George Washington University and The George Washington University Law School. He is an Advisory Board member for the Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing (FFIS) Project, organized through the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies in London.
Stephan WolfCEO, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)
CEO, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)
Stephan Wolf is the CEO of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). Since January 2017, Mr. Wolf is Co-convener of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 68 FinTech Technical Advisory Group (ISO TC 68 FinTech TAG). In January 2017, Mr. Wolf was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity by One World Identity. He has extensive experience in establishing data operations and global implementation strategy. He has led the advancement of key business and product development strategies throughout his career. Mr. Wolf co-founded IS Innovative Software GmbH in 1989 and served first as its managing director. He was later named spokesman of the executive board of its successor IS.Teledata AG. This company ultimately became part of Interactive Data Corporation where Mr. Wolf held the role of CTO.
Prof. Dr. Michael HenkeDirector, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
Prof. Dr. Michael Henke
Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
Prof. Dr. Michael Henke is Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund and holds the Chair in Enterprise Logistics (LFO) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University, Germany. Furthermore, he is Adjunct Professor for Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Management of Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland.
His research focuses inter alia on Management of Industrie 4.0 and Platform Economy, Blockchain and Smart Contracts, Financial Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Risk Management, Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Doing this he is combining his practical experience from entrepreneurial practice and his extensive knowledge from research.
Michael Henke studied Brewing and Beverage Technology (Dipl.-Ing.) and gained his doctorate and habilitation in Business and Economics at Technical University of Munich, Germany. During and after his habilitation, he worked for the Supply Management Group SMG in St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2007 until 2013 he was active in teaching and research as a professor at EBS European Business School.
Jack MalanManaging Partner, Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES)
Managing Partner, Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES)
Jack Malan is a founding partner of the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services LLP, a management consulting business that was established 1999 and which specialises in providing economics-related services to the UK Government and international institutions. He was previously a senior executive at Ernst & Young. Over the course of his career, Mr Malan has carried out many assignments relating to financial instruments, including aspects relating to financial inclusion, for the UK authorities and European institutions. He studied at Cambridge University and at the University of Muenster in Germany. He started his career with Barclays Bank international in London, Frankfurt and Johannesburg.
Katharine MortonHead of Trade, Treasury and Risk, TXF
Head of Trade, Treasury and Risk, TXF
Katharine Morton is a financial journalist, editor, presenter, analyst and communicator with extensive knowledge of the world of international finance and risk. She has been Head of Trade, Treasury and Risk at Trade & Export Finance (TXF) since January 2018. She has developed TXF‘s FIT Zone (Financing International Trade) which consolidates all of TXF’s coverage of cross-border business in one place. Ms Morton was Editor in Chief of Trade & Forfaiting Review (TFR) in 2017. Prior to that she was Editorial Director at EuroFinance Conferences, part of the Economist Group. She edited Treasury Perspectives magazine and has researched, written, chaired and moderated financial conferences worldwide. She has been a consultant on capital markets, and has edited on risk, economics, trade, environment and finance for Finance Asia and Euromoney, Dow Jones and Bloomberg. Ms Morton has a degree in economics from King’s College, Cambridge. She is also an exhibited artist.
Chris SouthworthSecretary General, ICC UK
Secretary General, ICC UK
Chris Southworth is Secretary General at the International Chamber of Commerce UK. Prior to joining ICC, he was Executive Director for Global Partnerships at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Head of the International Chambers of Commerce Unit at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and a Senior Policy Advisor to Lord Heseltine for his independent review of UK competitiveness. In 2011 he helped set up the mid-size business export programme at UKTI and was a Senior Policy Advisor for the 2011 Government Review of Mid-Size Businesses. Former roles have encompassed deregulatory policy at Better Regulation Executive, social enterprise policy at the Department for Business and stints in a local strategic partnership and the charity sector.
Graham L. SlackChief Economist and Head of Strategic Intelligence, A.P. Moller-Maersk
Graham L. Slack
Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Intelligence, A.P. Moller-Maersk
Graham L. Slack is A.P. Møller-Maersk's Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Intelligence. He is responsible for developing the company’s economic and trade outlooks and risk scenarios, drawing implications for its business activities, supporting enterprise risk management and treasury operations, and the Executive Board and Chairmanship of A.P. Moller-Maersk. He has led numerous deep dive projects on behalf of the Group CEO aimed at providing strategic insight for the company.
He has held several key positions before joining the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group: Official of the Bank of England, Advisor to the European Central Bank, Senior Economist, and Resident Representative, of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He headed the IMF's Balkan Office between 2004-2008, leading program negotiations with country authorities, crafting support for these programs at the highest levels of the international diplomat and political communities, and acting as local spokesperson for the IMF on SE Europe.
Chris RogersDirector at Panjiva, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Director at Panjiva, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Chris Rogers is Panjiva’s Research Director, responsible for the production and commercialization of Panjiva’s research covering the policy, logistics and industrial characteristics of global supply chains. Mr Roberts joined Panjiva from Bloomberg Intelligence in 2016 where he covered international trade and ran the editorial group and previously worked for 20 years in investment research focused on the energy industry.
Ian SayersHead, Access to Finance and Enterprise Sustainability, Division of Enterprises and...
Head, Access to Finance and Enterprise Sustainability, Division of Enterprises and Institutions, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Ian Sayers is ITC’s Head of Access to Finance and Enterprise Sustainability. He is responsible for improving access to and use of financing for sustainable SME growth and for helping SMEs to understand and apply sustainable business practices and technologies to improve their profitability whilst reducing their impact on the planet.
Mr Sayers has more than 35 years of enterprise and sector value-chain development experience, leading change with some of the world’s largest multinationals, governments, entrepreneurs and the smallest rural communities. He is a community leader for the World Economic Forum’s Accelerating Sustainable Development platform, a member of the Skoll Foundation and alumnus of Oxford, Cranfield and Newcastle Universities. Since 1992, he has pioneered the integration of inclusive value chain development, systems and alliances into approaches that form the basis of many social and economic development programmes around the world. He is now bringing this thinking to the application of new technologies, access to financing and sustainable growth for enterprises in developing countries.
Daniel CottiChief Network Officer, Marco Polo Network
Chief Network Officer, Marco Polo Network
Daniel Cotti is the Chief Financial Officer and Bank Partner Relationships at Trade IX. He has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Finance, Transaction Services, Banking and Technology. He was the European Trade Finance Head at Citibank and Global Head of Trade Finance and Transaction Products at ABN AMRO/RBS. Subsequently, he managed and build out the Global Trade Finance and Loans business at JP Morgan. In 2015, he founded Cotti Trade & Treasury, a consultancy firm for global trade finance. He is a Trade Finance industry expert and had industry wide, global engagements with SWIFT, BAFT, ICC and WTO organizations and is currently the non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Bolero Intl. Ltd.
Iris van der VeldenDirector - Learning and Innovation, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Iris van der Velden
Director - Learning and Innovation, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Iris van der Velden is since February 2018 leading IDH’ Learning and Innovation team, working on topics like smallholder inclusion, gender, mitigation of deforestation, living wage & working conditions and responsible agrochemical management. She joined IDH 4 years ago as a “Senior Manager Learning & Innovation – Smallholder Inclusion” , specialized in working on smallholder related topics like smallholder finance and making services for smallholders more sustainable and effective. She has developed the “Service Delivery Model” methodology from scratch and is now upscaling it through a new initiative.
Before joining IDH, Ms van der Velden was managing for 8 years the Asian portfolio of Rabobank Foundation with a team in the Netherlands, India and Indonesia. The portfolio contained around 140 projects with an annual budget of EUR 8 – 9 million.She worked with a number of Corporate Clients of Rabobank to make their supply chains more sustainable.
Sylvain BroyerChief Economist EMEA, S&P Global Ratings
Chief Economist EMEA, S&P Global Ratings
Sylvain Broyer joined S&P Global Ratings in September 2018 as Chief EMEA Economist, based in Frankfurt.
Before that, he was Head of Economics at the French investment bank Natixis and a member of the General Management of its German Branch.
Mr Broyer has been a member of the “ECB shadow Council”, a panel of leading European economists formed by German economic daily Handelsblatt since November 2012, and a member of the Economic Advisory Group of the European Investment Bank since November 2016.
He holds doctorate degrees in Economics from the Universities of Frankfurt and of Lyon as well as a certification from the International Securities Market Association (ISMA). He teaches at the Paris Dauphine University for the Master in Banking & Finance.
Javier EspinozaPrivate Capital Correspondent, Financial Times
Private Capital Correspondent, Financial Times
Javier Espinoza is the FT's Private Capital Correspondent. Prior to his current role, he was the Daily Telegraph's Education Editor. Before joining the Telegraph in 2015, he was a multimedia Reporter for the Wall Street Journal in London. He studied journalism at City University. He is also a Political Economist having completed a second Master's degree at King's College London.
Jelena MadirChief Counsel, Legal Transition Programme, European Bank for Reconstruction and...
Chief Counsel, Legal Transition Programme, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Jelena Madir is a Chief Counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). She heads the Financial Law Unit, which provides advisory services to governments in the areas of corporate governance, insolvency, access to finance and FinTech. Before her appointment as the Head of the Financial Law Unit in 2016, Ms Madir spent seven years as a transactional lawyer at EBRD, where she worked on a variety of EBRD’s lending and equity investment operations, and one year in the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer.
Prior to joining EBRD, she worked as a finance and capital markets lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in the US, Shearman & Sterling LLP in Germany, and Privredna Banka and DLA Piper LLP in Croatia. She received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law and completed her undergraduate studies in Government and Asian studies at Dartmouth College. She is admitted to practice law in Washington, DC; England and Wales; and the Republic of Ireland.
Sean EdwardsHead of Legal, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited and Chairman,...
Head of Legal, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited and Chairman, International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA)
Sean Edwards is an English lawyer, formerly with Clifford Chance, and is now Head of Legal at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited. He is Chairman of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA).
He is one of the principal draftsmen of the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF) (ICC Publication no. 800), a joint initiative of the ITFA and ICC and published by the ICC. He was also a member of the drafting group for the Standard Definitions for Techniques of Supply Chain Finance published by ICC, ITFA and a number of other international trade finance organisations.
He sits on the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission and leads a work-stream on the ICC Working Group on Digitalisation in Trade Finance. Mr Edwards has written articles on trade finance, particularly on forfaiting and other forms of receivables finance, for all the major trade finance magazines and is on the editorial board of Global Trade Review (GTR). He is a frequent presenter at trade finance conferences dealing with a range of subjects.