Announcing the fintech conference speakers, 6-8 October, Bristol 2021 (part 2)

With just over one week to go to the ITFA annual conference, we cannot contain our excitement. Registrations are flowing in nicely so be sure to join us at this year’s edition of the Annual Conference being held between 6-8 October in Bristol. Please click here to register at your earliest. Click here to view the programme. 

Starting on Wednesday October 6th at 9am, delegates are invited to attend a series of 4 sessions on strategic technology-driven industry developments. Following our earlier communication, we are delighted to introduce two additional ones.

Moderated by Lionel Taylor, Trade Advisory Network, the first panel will focus on progress achieved at industry level on electronic negotiable instruments on both regulatory and technology level. You will hear from major core application vendors how DLT-based document technology help their FI clients digitize bills of exchange and promissory notes. Speakers include Gunnar Collin, Enigio; Joel Schrevens, China Systems; Anastasia McAlpine, Finastra.

Moderated by André Casterman, Chair Fintech Committee, ITFA, the second panel will focus on automated document checking featuring Uzair Bawany, Traydstream and Jon Boran, Lloyds Bank. They will expand on the roadmap for FI’s and corporates to digitize and automate internal trade operations.

Gunnar is a senior operations and banking professional with over 30 years of experience from the financial sector in different organisations, geographies and cultural settings. Focus has been on Trade Finance and Operations, always in senior leadership roles. Gunnar is now fully focused on making sure that Enigio’s ground-breaking inventions and services will be known and implemented wherever there is a need for digitalisation and transformation. The key areas where Enigio’s trace:original solution is a game changer are foreign trade and the financial industry where paper versions of negotiable instruments and documents of title are still widely used. Other areas benefitting from Enigio’s solutions are any organisation using or storing large volumes of paper documents and records.

Joel Schrevens is Global Solutions Director at China Systems, responsible for Product Strategy on Trade and Supply Chain Finance. He is driving the company’s trade digitalisation and ecosystem collaboration initiatives and is the main contact for organisations such as ICC, IIBLP, ITFA, SWIFT and other business and technology partners.

Thirty-two years ago, Joel started his career at KBC Bank in Belgium, where he worked for seven years in their Foreign Trade Operations. He is still grateful that he was given the opportunity by the bank to take a leading role in the automation of their trade back office operations. It provided him with a blend of business, operational and technical expertise and also the mind-set to continuously think about how to optimise intra- and interbank business processes and customer service.

Anastasia heads up Trade and Supply Chain Finance solutions at Finastra, and has over 10 years of experience in the industry. Recently recognised by Trade Finance Global as a leading woman in tradetech, she oversees Finastra’s strategy and roadmap for Trade and Supply Chain Finance. She is also a Member of the ICC Working Group for URDTT and is the Finastra Lead for the Trade Inclusion working group with the World Trade Board.

Anastasia joined Finastra from Santander where as a Senior Product Manager for the Supply Chain Finance she supported Santander’s global investment-grade clients in Industrial, Telecom and Energy sectors. Previously, Anastasia worked at Barclays Bank and a UK based commodity trader focusing on areas of cash flow improvement and optimisation of supply chain.

Anastasia holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Leicester.

Lionel is the Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, which specialises in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance with a client base of banks, independent finance providers, fintechs, technology service providers, educational institutions and government agencies.        
He is a trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist and consultant who has previously held leadership positions with major financial institutions and with non-bank independents.
He is the co-author of the ICC Academy’s Advanced Supply Chain Finance online course, a core module of their CTCP programme and of the LIBF’s Supply Chain Finance Certificate, a globally recognised professional qualification.
In addition to his work in Trade Advisory Network, he is a Non-Executive Director of a growing UK based Fintech, sits as the independent credit committee member for another non-bank finance provider and is frequently invited to comment and write for specialist international trade publications as well as chairing and speaking at international events.

Uzair is an entrepreneur with global experience in building business. Experienced in the banking, HR & Executive Search, Uzair completed his first MBO in 2003.

Co-Founder of Traydstream, a cloud-based platform whose modular technology digitises and brings out Trade Finance document scrutiny results against a vast, evolvable library of Trade Rules.

The platform redefines and streamlines Trade Finance processing.

Jon Boran is an Associate Director in the Working Capital Innovation & Trade Transformation team of Lloyds Bank, specialising in Trade. In his current role he is responsible for managing a portfolio of change projects, with a particular focus on digitising and enhancing the experience of our clients and colleagues.

Jon has over 10 years’ experience in the Trade Finance world having previously worked as a Technical Manager and Senior Operations Manager in Lloyds’ back office operations team with responsibility over UK and Singapore operations.

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday morning in Bristol!

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