ITFA Annual Conference, Budapest – Announcing the Speaker – Mr. Alexander Malaket

The ITFA Board is delighted to announce that Mr. Alexander Malaket, President of Canadian consultancy OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., will be one of the speakers at this year’s ITFA Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
Mr Malaket’s session is titled: ‘‘A New Dawn for Compliance – Tools from the Cutting Edge”. Compliance has long been an important reality in international banking, including correspondent banking and trade financing. No one disputes the collective responsibility around these issues and all recognize the importance of effective intelligence, investigation and prosecution of AML/CFT cases. The scope and urgency around compliance, including AML/CFT has increased materially since the global financial crisis, with some referring to growing “compliance empires” that impede the pursuit of legitimate business, and others viewing optimized compliance as a competitive advantage. What approaches, tools and techniques are we seeing evolve in this space, and are we heading in the right direction? Will compliance requirements exacerbate the global trade financing gap, or help ensure a more healthy, robust trade finance and SCF architecture for the long term?

Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, GTP-E, 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 and trade-related international development.

Mr. Malaket is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains”, Gower/Ashgate Publishing, UK 2014 (now Taylor & Francis, UK), has authored numerous white papers, policy briefs and articles for industry press. He speaks at top-tier events and has delivered training and educational material around the world.

Alexander serves on several industry boards and advisory bodies, including as Deputy Head of the Executive Committee, ICC Banking Commission, Chair of the International and Technical Advisory Committee, Global Trade Professionals Alliance, Member of the World Economic Forum E-15 Initiative and member of the Advisory Board of Tin Hill Capital (Singapore) among others.

We look forward to welcoming Mr. Malaket in Budapest, and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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