Emerging Leaders

As the Global Trade Finance industry body, ITFA realised early how important it is to attract and nurture the next generation of trade finance and transactional banking professionals, and therefore launched the ITFA Young Professionals (recently renamed to Emerging Leaders) Initiative, which is crucial to ensure the industry’s sustainability and growth in the future.

Our main goal is to make trade finance attractive and accessible as a career choice to existing and aspiring young professionals.

To achieve this, the young professionals initiative seeks to:

  • Increase the proportion of Emerging Leaders in the Trade Finance Industry, thereby contributing to the industry’s sustainability in the future;
  • Increase the visibility of the Emerging Leaders in the Trade Finance Industry, ensuring their participation and representation in industry specific events, particularly in those where they can play an active role;
  • Increase the level of specialist knowledge made available to Emerging Leaders in the Trade Finance Industry and to aspiring new entrants to the industry;
  • Increase the career awareness of Emerging Leaders in the Trade Finance Industry, focusing on potential career paths and how they can be achieved, fostering the transfer of knowledge between generations;
  • Increase networking between Emerging Leaders in the Trade Finance Industry;
  • Increase the responsiveness level of the Trade Finance Industry to the needs and aspirations of Emerging Leaders not by imposing an agenda driven by the senior members of the industry but rather by listening to what the Emerging Leaders want and need;

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Duarte Pedreira of Crown Agents Bank

Head of Emerging Leaders

Aarti Patel of Channel Capital Advisors LLP

Committee Chairperson


Pouya Jafari of Channel Capital Advisors LLP

Deputy Committee Chairperson

Sam Fowler Holmes of Sullivan & Worcester LLP


Deepesh Patel of Trade Finance Global (TFG)


Aycan Ertugrul of Berne Union


Charlotte Prior of Gulf International Bank UK Limited


Beatrice Boldini of Global Trade Review (GTR)


Nigel Atta-Mensah of Crown Agents Bank


Michel Meylacq of Greensill Capital (UK) Limited


Johanna Wissing of Lloyds Bank Plc


Natasa Ruiter of ING Bank N.V.


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