The Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) currently includes over 100 issuing banks in the EBRD regions and more than 800 confirming banks worldwide. The event will give 150 guests the opportunity to review and discuss current market challenges with key industry specialists, regulators and representatives from the World Trade Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce HQ and the local, national International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) committees industry. It will also feature the highly popular annual award ceremony for ‘The Most Active EBRD TFP Banks’ and ‘Deal of the Year’, co-hosted with the “Financial Times Special Editions”.
Counsellor, World Trade Organization
Marc Auboin is the Counsellor at the World Trade Organization (WTO) responsible for the institution's trade and finance agenda, including trade finance, and WTO's relations with the IMF and the World Bank. He is Secretary of the WTO Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, and of the Expert Group on Trade Finance. He has participated in various initiatives to increase the availability of trade finance (e.g. G20 support package, dialogue with the Basel Committee).
Prior to joining WTO, Marc held various positions at IMF, was Deputy Secretary General of the Monetary Committee of the European Union, and worked for the French Treasury. Marc holds a Ph.D in Economics from Sciences-Po Paris and was a research fellow at the London School of Economics and Yale University. .
Director of Foreign Banking Relations & Trade Financing, BMCE Bank Of Africa
Principal Banker, EBRD
Head of EMEA, Financial Institutions, Citi
Executive Director, Head of Guarantees Department, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
President, International Compliance Association
Bill Howarth is the President of the International Compliance Association (ICA), an organisation of which he was the founder and CEO for 15 years.
He has a legal and academic background, having spent more than 30 years teaching at universities across the world before joining ICA, where he designed, built and delivered the education frameworks for the ICA.
Bill advises regulators, professional bodies and training organisations in the structuring of certificated education. He has written extensively about a range of disciplines, including law, wealth management, compliance and anti-money laundering and speaks extensively at international conferences.
Managing Director, Global AML Advisory, MUFG
Alan Ketley is Managing Director in the Global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance function at MUFG Bank in New York.
Alan previously spent 13 years in AML at European and US banks in New York, focusing on wholesale products and services such as correspondent banking, documentary trade finance, corporate cash management, prepaid cards, foreign exchange, corporate trust and lending.
Alan joined compliance from sales/relationship management where he was responsible for global correspondent banking services and corporate cash management services provided to banks, multilateral agencies and multinational corporations.
Alan is one of MUFG’s two representatives to the Wolfsberg Group and is currently the chair of the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire Steering Committee.
Regional Head CIS, Commerzbank AG
David Yung-Lo Lin
Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the UK
Associate Director, Senior Banker, TFP, EBRD
Kamola Makhmudova is Associate Director and Senior Banker in the Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) team in the Financial Institutions Department at the EBRD. She leads the TFP’s policy dialogue on the development of trade finance and compliance, access to trade finance for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as a number of capacity development projects, including the internationally accredited EBRD Trade Finance e-Learning Programme. She is also founder and editor of the EBRD magazine Trade Exchange.
She is currently studying for an MBA at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.
Managing Director Financial Institutions Group, EBRD
Corporate Strategy & Transactional Banking Department Deputy m, Eurobank A. D.
Jelena Morača is Deputy Manager in the Corporate Strategy and Transactional Banking Department at Eurobank, Serbia.
Her main focus is the development of cooperation with IFIs. As a result of strong team work and collaboration with the EBRD, Eurobank has been recognised as the most active issuing bank in Serbia for the fifth consecutive year by EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP). It is expected that a Trade Ready Programme in Serbia will now be developed, together with the EBRD.
Jelena joined Eurobank in 2007 as a member of the Management Reporting Team in the Corporate Division. Previously, she managed the Financial Department at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport.
She is an economics graduate of the University of Belgrade.
Global Head of Trade Finance Financial Institutions, Deutsche Bank AG
Ulf-Peter Noetzel is Managing Director and Global Head of Trade Finance Financial Institutions at Deutsche Bank.
Based in Frankfurt, he is responsible for implementing new sales and product initiatives besides managing the team. Prior to this role, Ulf-Peter spent several years in Singapore as Regional Sales Head in charge of promoting cash and trade products to banks across Asia. During this period, which included the introduction of the euro, his main focus was to promote Deutsche Bank’s leading position in cash clearing services.
Ulf-Peter holds a degree as Dipl. Bankbetriebswirt from the Bank Academy in Frankfurt (School of Finance) and was also a member of its board of curators. He is currently a member of the BAFT Board of Directors and the BAFT Europe Council.
Chair, ICC Banking Commission
Vincent O’Brien is Associate Director, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice (IIBLP), Washington DC, providing direction in the application of ICC rules and practice. He is also a Member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission, and Vice Chair, Banking Commission of the United Arab Emirates.
Vincent has acted as a technical consultant in trade facilitation in more than 100 countries for major banks, development institutions and governmental organisations. He serves as an Adviser on Innovation and Market Intelligence at China Systems Corporation, the leading global trade and supply chain finance solutions provider. He is also engaged as expert witness in international trade related dispute resolution exercises and legal cases.
COO - Member of the Management Board, Addiko Bank dd
Selma Omić is Chief Operations Officer, Addiko Bank Bosna i Hercegovina where she is responsible for the Operations, IT and REM departments. Together with other Management Board members and her team, Selma has overseen a project to transform the Addiko Bank. She has over 20 years experience in the banking industry with a focus on operations, and has held leadership positions in operations for HVB CPB, Sparkasse Bank, Hypo Alpe Adria Bank and Sberbank.
Selma holds a Master of Management from the School of Economics and Business at the University of Sarajevo, as well as a Bachelors degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Sarajevo.
Manager Trade Services, Bank of Cyprus Group
Lakis Pantelides has been Head of the Trade Services Department of the Bank of Cyprus since 2007. He is recognized as a leading trade finance professional within and beyond the community of practice, with a supportive and influential role in the expansion and development of trade finance in Cyprus.
In 2015, he was certified by the Cyprus Human Resources Development Authority as a Certified Educational Trainer, developing and providing lectures and programmes in trade finance to the Cyprus banking community and large corporates.
Lakis is a member of ICC Cyprus, the Cyprus National Trade Commission, the ICC Banking Commission and the ICC Guarantee Task Force.
CEO - President of the Management Board, Addiko Bank dd
Head Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), EBRD
Senior Officer, Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje
Ms Elena Ristevska is a graduate from the Faculty of Economics, University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje where she later completed a Master of Science degree in Monetary Economics, Finance and Banking. Since 2007 she has been employed at Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje, in the International Division, Department of International Payment Operations and Foreign Currency Accounts. She has worked her way up from a Junior Officer, Officer and now Senior Officer in the Letter of Credit Department, dealing with letter of credits, documentary collections and cheques. Elena has attended several trainings and seminars in Trade Finance, successfully completed the EBRD TFP on-line courses and won the 2016 EBRD ICC Gold Medal in Trade Exchange Clinic
Governor, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Senad Softić has been the Chair of the Governing Board and Governor of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2015, as well as the Chairman of the Management Board of the Deposit Insurance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He has worked at the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo since 2007, where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor. At the same time, he is the Head of Master Studies for the Crisis Management course at the Sarajevo School of Economics and Business and Zagreb Faculty of Economics and Business.
Senad holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo.