Abdulkader Bazara, formerly a banker, is a consultant at Creative Trade Solutions FZE, a company registered at Ras Al-Khaima Economic Zone, Ras Al Khaima, UAE. Abdulkader is based in Abu Dhabi. He has 38 years of experience in banking, mainly in trade finance, both conventional and Islamic structures. He has worked as Trade Operations Head, Trade Product Management Head, Trade Sales Head and Trade Finance Structuring Head. Abdulkader has participated in several local and international Trade Finance Seminars and Conferences as a participant or panelist or trainer. Participated in online discussion forums and contributed articles on trade finance one of which is as an Expert Opinion on DC Professional website. He has passion for digital trade finance and had led the revamp of online trade finance platform of a major bank in the Middle East. He is a member of the Middle East Advisory Group for the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, a member of Council on International Standby Practice (CISP), a member of Editorial Advisory Board of Documentary Credit World (DCW) publication, member of Trade Services Update (TSU) Country Editors and member of the steering committee for ICC-UAE commission on banking.
Ahmad Majid Lootah has over 20 years of experience in banking and financial sector, both conventional and Islamic. He is currently the CEO of Al Hilal Capital, a privately owned financial & investment development firm, providing innovative solutions. His previous roles include Director of Commercial Bank International PJSC (CBI) and Union Insurance Company and also the Secretary General of the Bankers Group in Dubai. He has worked for some of the well-known financial institutions in the UAE and abroad like ABN-AMRO Bank, the Government of Dubai and M.L. United Investments in New York. Before becoming the Chief Executive of Al Hilal Capital, he served as the head of banking services at Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade. In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, Accredited Banking Expert to UAE Authorities, Anti-Fraud specialist, Mr Lootah is also a Certified Shariah Advisor and Auditor by The Accounting & Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and member of several of international institutes and professional associations.
Anil Walia heads Deutsche Bank’s Supply Chain Finance (SCF) Sales in Europe. After completing his Masters in Plasma Physics a few decades ago, Anil took the not-so-obvious career decision in banking. The journey took him through India, the Middle East and finally to Germany. Along the way he has headed sales for trade finance and gained experience at various stages in his career in the south-east Asian, eastern European and European markets. He picked up an MBA in financial management on the way. Anil Walia is a supply chain finance veteran, who got his wings in the fledgling days of SCF in 2000 at JP Morgan. He has been a key contributor to the growth of SCF, as technology and documentation evolved, accompanying the first transactions that took place in Europe. Anil was elected in 2015 to the Who’s Who in Treasury & Cash Management for Supply Chain Finance and in 2018 one of the key contributors to Deutsche Bank’s 36-page Payables Finance, A guide to working capital optimisation.
Asif is the Head of Corporate Banking – MENA, Turkey, Russia & CIS, Corporate & Investment Banking. He has worked in three of the world’s major financial centers, New York, London, Singapore, where he managed businesses covering North America, Europe, Middle East, Turkey, CIS, North Africa and Asia Pacific before moving to the Middle East as the Head of Treasury & Securities Services for Middle East & North Africa. Mr. Raza provides a single point of leadership for the Corporate Banking business. His team consists of senior bankers working closely with industry and product partners in the Investment Bank, Transaction Services, Trade & Lending, Asset Management and Market & Rates group to bring firm wide expertise and solutions to the clients. Prior to his current role, Asif was the Head of Treasury & Securities Services for Middle East & North Africa where he lead a team consisting of senior managers covering the various business lines of our Treasury & Investor Services that include Global Custody, Securities Lending, Hedge Fund Services, Transition Management, Global Cash Management, Liquidity & Investment Management, Global Trade, Export Finance, Escrow and Depositary Receipts. Before moving to Dubai, Mr. Raza was based in Singapore as Head of Trade & Logistics Management – Asia Pacific Treasury Services, where he led a team of professionals covering 16 countries in Asia Pacific. Mr. Raza also served as the Head of Trade Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as for the firm's global network trade business out of London. Before his appointment in London, he was with J.P. Morgan in New York for seven years and managed various Treasury Services teams. Mr. Raza is a highly respected and regular speaker at industry conferences. He has authored articles on transaction banking, Structured Trade Finance and logistics management. He is the Ex-Chairman and Asian Committee member of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA), and a member of the Advisory Council of Banker’s Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT). In addition, Mr. Raza is an editorial board member for The Exporta Group (publisher of Global Trade Review).
Asim Al Abbasi is the Chief Financial Officer of DP World- UAE Region and is responsible for developing and implementing fiscal strategies, financial plans and economic modelling for the Business. Al Abbasi joined the group as CFO of Jafza in 2005, and has since then successfully raised and refinanced a landmark Islamic Sukuk of AED.7.5 billion. Prior to joining the Group, Al Abbasi was the Financial Controller at Dubai Aluminium Company (Dubal), covering all aspects of financial management.
Atif Raza, Vice Chairperson of ICC UAE Steering Committee and a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in Corporate, Islamic Banking and Trade Finance. He is associated with CBD for last 11 years and holds a senior position as Head of Trade Sales leading a team of specialist Trade Sales Managers.
Azhar is a senior member of the Infrastructure team, based in Dubai. He covers some key markets in the region in addition to managing senior level relationships with key IFC clients in Middle East, China and Pakistan. He is also the lead for ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ in Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa regions. Since joining IFC in 2010, Azhar has led several high profile and complex financing deals for a total of over US$1 billion in power and transport sectors in Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, Russia and Turkey, including IFC’s flagship partnership with China Three Gorges Corporation. Prior to joining IFC, Azhar worked in Investment Banking for 15 years, where he worked on a number of groundbreaking M&A, Privatization and capital market transactions. Azhar holds an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
Daniel Kok is the general manager of ICC Academy and responsible for company strategies as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. His responsibilities include enabling business development, production of market-leading e-learning programmes, development of partnerships as well as leveraging on its technology platform to better serve its customers. Kok was the MD of Fitch Learning APAC operations since 2014. His business management experience help him to deliver the company’s overall performances which included strategy planning, revenue generation, product innovations and developing new partnerships. Prior to Fitch Learning, Daniel had 8 years of management experience with Thomson Reuters. Daniel started his career working in financial markets with global banks such as BNP, Chase, ABN Amro & Citibank. He has 16 years’ experience trading in FX ranging from G7 to emerging markets. His expertise includes market making, sales, advisory and liquidity management. His last role in Treasury was as a currency proprietary trader, trading in cash, forward and option markets.
David Hennah is the Head of Trade and Supply Chain Finance at Finastra. He has been bringing innovation to the world of payments, cash management, trade and supply chain finance for more than 20 years, translating thought leadership into new business practices based on new technology. His track record includes the International Direct Debit, the Bank Payment Obligation and TI Plus. Bringing new products and services to market requires versatility and adaptability. David is equally effective in front line sales, consultancy, relationship & partner management as he is in product management and marketing. His motivation is to deliver things that will make a difference.
Ehsaan is a founding member of Noor Bank, who has successfully established the transaction banking business in line with the bank’s aspiration of being a leading player in the Islamic financial services industry. In his current role, he oversees all cash management, trade and working capital financing solutions including product sales for the Corporate Banking Group. He also supports strategy and implementation of several key franchise initiatives. He is the interim GM of Noor Awqaf, and has earlier helped restructure the SME business proposition for significant growth. Prior to Noor Bank, he has worked with Citigroup and ICI and handled country and regional roles across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He completed his MBA in Finance from Imperial College London as a Britannia Scholar, and is a gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore, Pakistan.
Emma Clark is Head of Marketing & Corporate Affairs for Falcon Group and is responsible for developing the Group’s marketing and product development programmes globally, managing and directing the organisation’s internal and external communications, as well as reinforcing the brand’s leadership position in the specialist finance market. Prior to joining Falcon Group, Emma was Executive Director, Business Development of Global Accounts at RK Harrison, having previously been Head of Financial Services at Sony. Emma has spent her entire career in the international financial services sector, with a focus on technology – having worked with Dell Financial Services, HP Financial Services, and Siemens Financial Services, among others.
John Bugeja is a highly experienced trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 40 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with HSBC, NatWest, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, an advisory network specialising in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance. Trade Advisory Network Limited works with financial organisations, corporates and industry bodies to ensure optimal benefits realisation. Key areas of expertise include origination, risk and governance, product management and development, business development, organisation design, change management, process facilitation, training and management development. John is passionate about promoting the development of supply chain finance in all its forms and was a member of the drafting group that wrote the ICC rules for the Bank Payment Obligation (URBPO).
Nizardeen is the Head of Transaction Banking at Emirates Islamic (Bank), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (ENBD Group). A Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS – IFS, University College, UK) and a qualified Trade Finance banker with a BBA in Banking and Finance (USA), he is a member of DCW Advisory Board (Documentary Credit World) USA and Member of Dubai Commodity Finance Advisory Group (DMCC). His extensive experience includes more than 30 years of professional Trade Finance experience including 18 years in Islamic Banking. Prior to joining Emirates Islamic bank he has held similar positions with several other Islamic and conventional banks in the region (including Al Hilal, Noor Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, ENBD and Public Bank Bhd). He is a startup banker and was involved in setting up several banks. He has extensive experience in system implementations and product implementation. Invented and implemented the first Islamic online Trade platform for Islamic Trade Finance.
Mr Tan Kah Chye serves as an independent board member and advisor for a select number of global organisations including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Academy, Markham Rae LLP, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Most recently, Kah Chye was the Chairman of the ICC Banking Commission, the leading industry body for the establishment of Trade Finance standards and policies. Under his leadership, ICC introduced the ICC Trade Finance Register to assist the industry in formulating the right Basel III capital adequacy policy. Kah Chye also co-founded the ICC Academy to provide industry leading business education. With over 20 years of banking and asset management experience in Singapore, Frankfurt and London, Kah Chye’s career has included global P&L responsibilities at institutions including JPM Chase, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Citibank. Mr Tan also notably led the successful development of the world’s first synthetic securitisation of trade finance assets.
Lionel Taylor is a trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 30 years experience in senior leadership roles with major financial institutions including RBS, Rabobank, Citibank and Lloyds Banking Group and with non-bank independents. Now 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 regional banks independent finance providers, fintechs and technology providers, his key areas of expertise include new business strategy, turnaround, organisation design, new product design, product management, marketing, origination, credit, team building and training. He has extensive experience of operating in Asia where he led the cooperation on trade and supply chain finance between RBS and Bank of China, established an independent finance company facilitating trade between Asian and Western SMEs and assisted in the development of the Chinese factoring industry. Today, he continues his close involvement in the region, working with government agencies, banks, independent funders, investors and others who are looking to promote and extend trade and supply chain finance in the region.
Mahmoud Hussain is the Founding Partner at Mahmood Hussain Advocates & Legal Consultancy and has over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In his role as the litigator at Dubai Courts, Mahmoud has achieved many favorable judgments in several high-profile cases. He has further been accredited as International Arbitrator at DIAC (Dubai International Arbitration Centre) and Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre. He has been appointed as a Member of ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Mahmoud has participated in the development of various DIFC legislations including the DIFC Company Law, DIFC Employment Law, DIFC Court Law and the development of the company registrar function. He has also provided expert legal opinion on UAE Laws on matters before High Courts of Justice, Queens Bench Division and Paris Courts of Appeal. He has also provided opinion on the UAE legislation with respect to the constitutionality of the DIFC Laws. He is a frequent writer in various local newspapers and is invited to speak nationally and internationally on Corporate Governance related topics.
Mike has specialised in relationship management throughout his professional career. He has held senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank before joining The London Institute of Banking & Finance as Relationship Director. Mike has focused on Trade Finance qualifications during his time at The London Institute of Banking & Finance and lends his 30+ years of expertise to the formulation of the Certificate in Relationship Management.
Mritunjay, is a trade finance professional with over two decades of trade experience across Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Having recently joined Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank to head product and develop open account solutions that support trade finance in the region, he brings in wealth of experience in Supply Chain Finance into the region based on the experiences gained working with global, regional and local corporates across the globe. This is a privilege he gained over years working for large trade finance facilitators (banks) and often in close collaboration with fintech firms that provide the technology connecting the clients, the physical supply chains. During his tenure working with the global powerhouses in Trade Finance, Mritunjay has held roles that covered product, product operations and product sales. In most recent times, he was the Head of Structured Trade and Supply Chain Finance for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) based in Sydney, Australia where he was responsible for product and its commercialization. Prior to his tenure with CBA he was the Global Head of Product for Supply Chain and Receivables finance (during different periods) with Standard Chartered Bank based in Singapore.
Nadia Abdul Aziz, is the Managing Director/Partner of UNASCO LLC, President of National Association of Freight and Logistics- NAFL (Fiata),Chairperson of WILAT-ME- Women in Logistics & Transport- Middle East (part of CILT, Vice President of ICC-steering committee Customs and Trade Facilitation – UAE 2017, vice president of FIATA extended Board .She is also in the Board of Governors for Al Noor Centre for children with special needs and a Board member of Dubai Land Transport Group. Nadia has more than 17 years of experience in Freight & Logistics sector. She has worked in her family business DULSCO LLC – one of the largest man power supply companies in the Gulf. Nadia has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Advertising and Master's degree in Business Administration (American University in Dubai). She helps the Al Noor Centre to raise funds for the school and assist with event organization .She mainly focusses on raising the freight /logistics industry standards in the country by offering professional training and in solving industry challenges and opening opportunity doors for the investors to the country in collaboration with government organizations.
Olivier started his career in the banking industry more than 30 years ago with BNP Paribas. After 10 years in corporate banking, he joined the export finance business line where he spent 15 years, becoming the global head of the activity during 6 years until end-2012. He then moved to trade finance for the last 4 years, where he was Head of the Trade Finance Competence Center, in charge of strategy, product development, product policy and regulation for the global activity at group level. Olivier has been a member of the ICC Banking Commission, its Advisory Board, and an active contributor to the work of ICC France. Beside, Olivier is member of the Business Finance Committee of the European Banking Federation and is “Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France” (CCE) Joining ICC last December, Olivier will lead the Banking Commission in the Department of Policy and Business Practices
Pratik is currently looking at expanding reach of W T S Dhruva Consultants in UAE and other GCC countries by actively working on VAT implementation for various corporates. Prior to joining the firm, he was leading Indirect Tax practice at SKP comprising of 55 people across India since January 2012 and also associated with Ernst & Young India. With over 15 years of extensive experience, he has successfully handled indirect taxation matters across sectors such as construction, infrastructure, information technology, hygiene, finance, oil refineries, hotels, restaurants, manufacturing and services, for various clients. Pratik is an active speaker to share his views and thought leadership with ICAI – Dubai Chapter, IBPC, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, CII, NASSCOM, All India Federation of Tax Practitioners Association, Indian Petrochem - International Conference, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Indo-French Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Business Hub, UK Trade & Investment. Separately, his views are regularly captured by various prominent Tax Portals, International Tax Review Magazine, leading Business News Channels and Print Media.
Qamar Saleem is Global Lead SME Banking Practice at IFC, World Bank Group. In this role, Qamar heads SME Banking Advisory Services business supporting IFC’s financial institutions globally in building and scaling up their SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance businesses. Prior to joining IFC, Qamar was associated with reputed international organizations like HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank as well as large regional banks while serving in several emerging markets. Qamar has 25 years of diverse commercial banking and business transformation consulting experience. He is a recognized SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance expert and has played leadership roles in driving up SME businesses for various banks in Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Qamar is also steering global innovations in the areas of domestic supply chain finance, very small enterprise finance, non-financial services, banking on women, and Islamic SME banking. He has also been a featured speaker, thought leader and trainer at numerous SME knowledge sharing forums across the world and has steered partnerships with various private and public-sector entities in helping augment support mechanism for increasing financial inclusion of the small and medium enterprises. Qamar holds a Master degree in Business Administration and carries several certifications in the areas of Strategy, Corporate Leadership, Supply Chain Finance, Credit, Risk, Trade, Treasury, Sales, Transaction Banking and Product Management.
Rahul Jayakar is the head of Mashreq’s Global Transaction Services, Products and Trade. Previously, his role within the bank consisted of Heading transaction banking business outside the UAE, covering 11 countries and financial institutions. Rahul Jayakar is an experienced banking professional having worked in large multinational and regional financial institutions across the UAE and India. He was listed in the annual Global Finance list of ‘Who’s Who in Treasury & Cash Management 2016’. Global Finance stated, “This exclusive resource recognizes the most influential, creative, and powerful people in the corporate treasury and transaction services sectors. The individuals that we honour in Global Finance’s Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash Management have been recognized as best in their field by their peers and colleagues, including our editorial board. They are well equipped to successfully chart a course through these unknown waters.” Prior to Mashreq, Rahul was with Standard Chartered Bank as a Transaction Banker in the Strategic Client Coverage Group and Wholesale Banking department. He previously had a variety of roles in sales and products which included, relationship management, asset distribution, trade finance and cash management. Rahul graduated from Mumbai University in India with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in physics and completed an MBA from Sydenham Institute of Management Studies - Mumbai
Richard founded TradeRiver in 2009 and since then the company has grown into one of the only providers of online cross-border trade finance in the alternative finance sector, delivering over £100million of trade finance to mid-market companies. From 2003, Richard was COO of a Bahrain-based USD 400 million turnover UK-listed trade finance company. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the global credit insurance market and enjoy close relationships with all the major insurers. Prior to this, he had 25 years’ experience in hotel management operations with Sheraton Hotels Middle East – becoming the group’s youngest General Manager at 29. His postings included Iraq, Abu Dhabi and Cairo as well as 15 years as General Manager of Sheraton Jeddah, Bahrain and Amman hotels.
Ruediger Geis is responsible for Commerzbank’s representation on trade industry initiatives, and as a representative of the financial services sector on global and regional industry bodies. He is located in Frankfurt. Prior to this role he headed the Product Management Trade at Commerzbank AG covering all aspects of trade solutions, including guarantees, letters of credit, buyer’s credit etc. Throughout his more than 25 years in banking Ruediger has played different functions in the area of international trade and business and has held various assignments within the bank in Frankfurt, Bahrain, and New York. Ruediger is a member of the Executive Board of the ICC’s Banking Commission. Furthermore, he is an active member in various trade initiatives and was one of the drivers of the BAFT Master Participation Agreement for Trade Transactions. He is married with three children.
Shirish is currently working with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) as regional head of Supply Chain Finance (SCF) sales for Asia & Oceania. His responsibilities at MUFG include origination & structuring of Open Account Trade and Supply Chain Finance transactions from multinational corporations, Japanese corporates and large local corporate clients of the bank. He has over 16 years of banking experience covering clients across North America, Europe and Asia with Citi and Standard Chartered Bank in India, Malaysia and Singapore. He has done several international assignments at Citi where he looked after trade services and cash management businesses for clients in North America, Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining BTMU, Shirish spent 9 years with Standard Chartered Bank at its global office in Singapore. He covered a variety of roles including Portfolio Management, RWA optimisation, Trade finance securitisation, Risk distribution and trade product management. He was global product manager for Supply Chain Finance at Standard Chartered Bank prior to joining MUFG. Shirish has been living in Singapore for over 10 years and holds a masters’ degree in International Business and Marketing from Symbiosis University, India. He is also a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS), recognized worldwide as a benchmark of competence for international trade practitioners.
Sinan Ozcan has over 17 years of experience working in key positions across various industries, focused on the areas of trade & structured finance solutions, credit, treasury, business development and management. In 2017, he established Maersk Trade Finance business in DIFC and continues to serve as Senior Executive Officer for the UAE business. Previously, he was Regional Director at UK Export Finance (the British export credit agency), in charge of business development, originating trade & project finance transactions and covering Europe, MENA and Central Asia. Prior to UKEF, Sinan was Head of Trade Finance & Financial Services at CNH Industrial, one of the largest capital goods manufacturers globally, where he covered various responsibilities and regions, including Africa, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. Before CNH, Sinan held the position as auditor at VakifBank. Sinan holds an MBA degree from Philadelphia University and obtained Master’s degree in Banking & Entrepreneurship from the joint program of Venice & Udine Universities in Italy. He speaks English, Italian, Turkish, French and German.
Sumit Aggarwal is a seasoned professional with 28 years of experience in Asia, Europe and Africa with a strong-track record in end-to-end business management of Transaction Banking Services. He has previously held senior positions in both Sales and Product Management across Cash, Trade and Securities Services based in India, UK and Singapore. In January 2018, he joined Emirates NBD as Executive Vice President, Head of Transaction Banking Services. Before joining Emirates NBD, Sumit was responsible for Transaction Banking Services in South East Asia for Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore.
Wing Ho is Head of Global Trading Market, VP of Camel Financial, a Fintech company originated from a Chinese leading B2B marketplace DHgate.com. Camel Financial aims at providing SMEs with integrated globalized digital trading platform to sustain a mutually beneficial business between Chinese suppliers and global buyers. She is the innovator of Digital Trader Mobil App. Prior to that, Wing Ho was the CEO, China Region for Jordan Seven Seas Group. She has more than 15 years’ experience in international trade, supply chain and international logistics field. She is familiar with China trading regulations and laws, provide consulting services to her customers for import/export between China and oversea. For the last 5 years, her focus has been on the Middle East market, eCommerce and development of the B2C and B2B platform.
Yaseen Anwar's international banking and regulatory experience spans 40 years and in early 2014, he retired as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank) where he spent seven years, the initial four years as Deputy Governor. At the Central Bank he negotiated and signed the country's first Currency Swap Agreements with China and Turkey and in 2012 became only the 7th Central Bank to sign an Agency Agreement with the Peoples Bank of China to invest in local Government Bonds. As Governor, he had oversight of over 40 banks, impacted Monetary Policy, and elevated the Branch-less Banking model/strategy for Financial Inclusion so that Pakistan was recognized as one of the top three countries globally in this regard by the FT and Economist magazine. Prior to the Central Bank, he worked in New York, London, Paris, and Egypt with JPMorganChase, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch in various senior capacities that covered Corporate Banking, Syndications, M&A, Project Finance, Alternative Investments, Export Finance, and Payments. As a Vice President at Merrill Lynch for nine years in New York and London (prior to the merger with BofA), he honed his Asset Management skills in Alternative Investments and Capital Markets serving an investor base in Europe/Middle East. After being trained at Chase Manhattan Bank, New York (now JPMorganChase), he worked with Bank of America for 15 years in Paris, London, Cairo, and New York where, as a Vice President, he managed the Export Finance Group and concurrently the Middle East Institutional relationships. His various Board appointments have included the American Turkish Society, American Middle East Association, U.S. Pakistan Economic Council, United National Bank Ltd. U.K., Chairman of Eco Trade Development Bank, Turkey, and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Yusuf heads Citi’s Trade business for Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey based in Dubai. In this role, he is responsible for implementing the business strategy for providing both onshore and cross-border trade solutions to corporates and financial institutions clients across the five pillars of the Trade business which include: Trade Services, Trade Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Export & Agency Finance and Commodity Trade Finance. Yusuf has been with Citi for more than 17 years and has held assignments in Australia, Hong Kong, Poland, United Kingdom and South Africa. Before moving to Dubai, Yusuf was based in Johannesburg, as Head of Trade for Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Citi, Yusuf worked with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and Royal Dutch Shell in Karachi, Pakistan. Yusuf holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science (Special Honors) from the University of Texas at Austin.