Speakers

Alex Capri

Senior Fellow & Lecturer at National University of Singapore, Business School

Alex Capri is a Senior Fellow and full-time lecturer in the Business School at the National University of Singapore. Alex also lectures in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. From 2007-2012, Alex was the Partner and Regional Leader of KPMG’s International Trade & Customs Practice in Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Alex has over 20 years of business experience, both as an academic and a professional consultant. He has advised and educated clients in more than 40 countries regarding business start-up dynamics, innovation and transformation, and global value chain planning. He has worked in some of the most challenging business environments in the world. He has worked extensively in emerging economies on projects involving micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), particularly with the aim of developing and enabling entrepreneurs in local export markets (both products and services). Alex has assisted MSMEs with mobile financial services, peer-to-peer lending scenarios, AI and e-commerce strategies. Alex has been a panellist and workshop leader for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, on the topic of inclusive capitalism and SMEs in emerging economies. He writes a column in Forbes magazine, Nikkei Asian Review and is a frequent guest on global television networks. He holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, in International Political Economy. He holds a B.Sc. in International Relations, from the University of Southern California.

Amit Agarwal

Head of Open Account Trade Products, Global Transaction Services at DBS

Amit Agarwal is the Head of Open Account Trade (OAT) Products at Global Transaction Services, DBS. In this role, he is responsible for leading the overall business performance, strategy and product innovation across the suite of solutions which comprises of receivable purchases, supplier financing, buyer financing and finance leases. Amit also oversees the bank’s OAT business across its network countries. Previously, Amit’s career spanned across local and regional roles in India and Singapore, managing open account trade finance products and trade receivables discounting business.

Anat Elgrichi

General Manager, Asia Pacific at Surecomp

Anat Elgrichi leads Surecomp’s business activities in the Asia-Pacific region. With over 25 years of experience in the technology and banking industries, Anat has proven expertise in managing and implementing complex multi-stream projects, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. Prior to joining Surecomp, she served in key project management roles at Barclays Bank, Citibank and HP Indigo in Singapore. Before that, she served in procurement and logistics positions at leading high-tech companies in Israel, the UK and Japan, including Hutchison 3G and Siemens. Anat holds a B.A. in Business Management from Derby University.

Anna Jones

Consultant Supply Chain Finance Program at Asian Development Bank

Anna is a change agent who enjoys leading teams to transform and build businesses. She has a highly collaborative approach, is strategic in nature, has an enjoyment of aligning efforts across levels and functions and an unwavering client orientation. Anna is currently consulting to the Asia Development Bank, within their Supply Chain Finance Program, and is the owner of Financial Supply Chain Strategic Advisory. She has 25 year’s experience in trade and supply chain finance and is experienced in leading global, regional and local lines of business for the likes of Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Bank. She is a strong supporter of design thinking, digital supply chains, and ensuring clients and employees can reach their full potential. Anna has an MBA, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing, and Certification in Futures Strategy from The Melbourne Business School. She was initially trained as a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) from The University of Melbourne.

Baldev Bhinder

Partner at Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP

Baldev is the Head of Energy & Commodities at Singapore law firm, JTJB. He specializes in all aspects of the commodities supply chain including trade financing and international disputes. Baldev advises on trade deals across the region and is listed in the Who’s Who Legal Guide as a leading practitioner for international trade. He is ranked as a leading lawyer by Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Asian Legal Business and Singapore Business Review.

Charis Liau

Co-Founder & CEO at Minterest Private Limited

Charis is the Co-Founder and CEO of Minterest. She has more than 16 years of professional banking and financial experience in the Asian markets with an international bank. She specialises in structured and asset finance, corporate lending and relationship management for MNC and local corporates in various industries across Asia. Her understanding of how companies deliver on objectives and her strong knowledge of financial management has been invaluable to her numerous clients during their debt financing exercises. Her banking experience is complemented with work on a range of fund-raising projects for small and medium size companies prior to founding Minterest. She is also well-versed in financial governance, anti-money laundering practices and compliance matters as she has been a member of numerous risk and compliance committees in the bank. At Minterest, Charis is instrumental in driving and executing the business strategy and initiatives, engagement of stakeholders and collaboration with partners to create win-win synergies. Charis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy (First Class Honours) from Nanyang Technological University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder from the CFA Institute.

Christian Hausherr

Product Manager Trade Finance / Supply Chain Finance at Deutsche Bank

Christian Hausherr is the European Product Head of Supply Chain Finance for Deutsche Bank’s Payables Finance solution, bringing to the role over 20 years of experience in Banking, In-house Consulting and Product Management for Cash Management and Supply Chain Finance. Christian spent his career within Deutsche Bank in various divisions and regions, mostly spanning across Europe and the Transaction Banking business. He holds a diploma in business administration from the University of Bayreuth and has worked in Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, the US, as well as in India and Uganda on Corporate Social Responsibility assignments in the financial and educational sector. Christian authored the open account section of the Wolfsberg Trade Finance Principles. He also acts as a technical advisor for the Supply Chain Finance section of the ICC Trade Register and has recently been appointed as the chairman of the Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (http://supplychainfinanceforum.org/).

Christopher Chow

Deputy Director at International Trading Institute • Singapore Management University

Christopher Chow is the Deputy Director of the International Trading Institute (ITI@SMU). ITI@SMU was established as part of a unique tripartite public-private partnership between Singapore Management University, Enterprise Singapore and industry partnerships. In partnership with SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business, ITI@SMU developed and manages the International Trading Track, a specialisation sector-specific physical trading programme designed to develop the next generation of trading talent. Prior to joining the ITI@SMU, Christopher held positions with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the Financial Times. With the Financial Times, he was responsible for establishing their operations in the Philippines in his capacity as the Country Manager.

Christopher Emslie

Asia Regional Treasurer at General Mills

Chris Emslie is currently the Asia Regional Treasurer for General Mills and is responsible for all Treasury operations in Asia. Most recently he was the Country Treasurer for ABB. Chris joined ABB in 2008 first as a SAP consultant for their ERP implementation, then as their Country Credit Manager and finally as their first Country Treasurer looking after South Africa as well as Southern Africa. Chris established the first ABB treasury operation in Southern Africa and spent 3 years in Singapore as their Country Treasurer. Chris has held various financial positions in South Africa since 1997 after having completed his articles at a small Audit and Accounting firm in Johannesburg. He has been involved in various companies in the financial sphere including Transport & Freight, Security and IT. Chris holds a BCompt Honors degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.

Daniel Kok

General Manager at ICC Academy

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.

Daria Johnen

Global Product Head, Supply Chain Finance at HSBC

As the Global Product Head for Supply Chain Finance at HSBC, Daria is in charge of all aspects of SCF Product and its delivery across markets. She has particular interest and expertise in technology, including deployment of technology to power the Bank’s SCF business and partnerships with fintechs. Daria joined HSBC from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in London where she held a senior position in Trade Finance sales, covering Corporate and FI Trade. Daria holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK, a BA in English language and a BSc in Computer Science.

Deepan Dagur

Regional Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management, Asia at Commerzbank

Deepan is responsible for Trade Finance & Cash Management (TF&CM) across Asia for Commerzbank. In addition, Deepan is also the Chairperson of Commerzbank’s Regional Diversity Committee for Asia. Previously Deepan was with ANZ, where he held regional leadership roles for their Asian transaction banking business, across multi-national corporates and financial institutions. Beyond Trade Finance and Cash Management, Deepan has a range of experiences in Institutional Banking – with former roles in Client coverage, Strategy, Investment Banking and Financial Markets. He previously worked with Standard Chartered, consultancy Bain & Company, investment banks Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Warburg. Deepan graduated with MA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) from Oxford University, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD.

Denise Ang

Managing Director at Nufin Data

Denise Ang is the Managing Director at Nufin Data with over 10 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors. Prior to Nufin Data, Denise served as a Finance Business Partner at various organisations including NOL, driving business performance of Asia Europe and Transatlantic Trades. In NOL, she also played a key role in driving various organisation restructuring, cost efficiency initiatives as well as setting up of global shares services business. In addition to various FP&A roles in other global organisation, Denise was an entrepreneur as well as was part of DBS Investment Banking, involved in the structuring of financing deals for the conglomerates, transport and logistics sectors. She graduated from NTU with an accountancy degree and is a Chartered Accountant with ISCA Singapore, as well as a Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA.

Dimitri Kouchnirenko

Co-founder at Incomlend

Co-founder of Incomlend since 2016, Dmitri Kouchnirenko, has over 18 years of commercial and banking experience. After graduating from Columbia Business School, Dimitri worked in EU, CEE and Asia for large MNCs. He spent 10 years at executive positions for BNP Paribas, including 5 years in Trade Finance in Singapore. Throughout his executive career, Dimitri has successfully launched new business franchises that had later on transformed into multi-million dollar businesses.

George Nast

Executive Director at CCRManager

Transaction Banking Executive with end-to-end experience in the core businesses of payments, correspondent banking, cash & liquidity management, trade finance, and securities services. Now focused on new technologies through Fintech investments and advisory primarily in payments, trade financing, and crowd funding

Gerald Sun

VP Business Development Trade & Industry, Asia Pacific at Mastercard Worldwide

Gerald supports Mastercard’s commercial engagements with the public sector. He is responsible for partnering with both the public and private sectors to leverage advances in digital technology to enhance quality of lives, work and play, while also improving efficiencies for all participants. He has 20 years of experience in helping large organizations digitize their processes; for example, he pioneered Singapore Airlines eCommerce business. He has held various sales, marketing and product roles across Finance, Manufacturing & Travel. Gerald has a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management (Finance & Logistics), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Operations Research & Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University, NY, USA.

Ginnie Chin

Co-Founder/ CEO at Culum Capital

Ginnie has more than 15 years of experience in Trade and Supply Chain Finance. Her previous roles include Vice President Global Transaction Services for ABN Amro, Head of Supply Chain Finance North China for Standard Chartered Bank China, Director of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Bank Singapore and Vice President Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance for HSBC. She has extensive experience in local, regional and global trade finance coverage.

Himanshu Sharma

Senior Vice President Open Account Trade Products, Global Transaction Services at DBS

Himanshu Sharma is Senior Vice President, Open Account Trade (OAT) Products, Group Product Management at Global Transaction Services, DBS Singapore. In his role, he is responsible for leading external strategic partnerships and product innovation across a suite of solutions across the DBS’ network, which comprises of receivable purchases, supplier financing, buyer financing and finance leases. Previously, Himanshu’s career spanned across local and regional roles in The Netherlands and Singapore, managing open account trade finance products and trade payables discounting business.

Jack YAO

CCPIT Commercial Sub-council

Mr. Xin YAO (Jack YAO) is the Secretary General of CCPIT Commercial Sub-council, and Secretary General of CAS Trade in Services Branch. He was elected as the 2nd Vice President of Asia Marketing Federation (AMF) in September 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience in professional training and member of Experts Committee of China National Occupational Classification. In the past 10 years, he launched “China University Business Elite Challenge (CUBEC)”, which has now become the largest event and platform in China to cultivate future business elites. In 2017, he introduced the ICC Academy's Export/Import Certificate (EIC), Ethical Marketing & Advertising (EMA) and Global Trade Certificate (GTC) programs onto the higher educational field in China. He also has 12 years’ experience in service standardization. An expert member of ISO/PC280(Management consultancy), ISO/TC309(Governance of organizations), SAC/TC83(Digital business), SAC/TC343(Project management), SAC/TC532(Brand evaluation), SAC/TC563(E-commerce quality management), he has participated in developing over 40 International Standards, National Standards, Sector Standards and Association Standards in recent years.

Janice Lim

Underwriting Manager - Special Products Asia Pacific at Atradius

Janice Lim is the Senior Underwriter of Special Products for Asia Pacific at Atradius based in Singapore. She joined Atradius in 2013 and is responsible for the commercial underwriting of single situation political and credit risk business in the Asia Pacific region. Janice started her career in a local credit insurance company after graduation. Prior to joining Atradius, she worked at Coface and AIG. Janice graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Marketing) and also a Master of Business Administration from Lancaster University.

John Bugeja

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Trade Advisory Network Ltd

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).

Jolyon Ellwood-Russell

Partner at Simmons & Simmons

Jolyon is a Partner at Simmons & Simmons based in Hong Kong and a finance lawyer with a wide variety of experience in banking and finance transactions and in particular is a specialist in Trade, Receivables and Commodity Finance. With a background in trade and commodity finance coupled with his FinTech experience he is the leading lawyer in electronic trade and payment platforms and tradetech ventures. This includes advances in blockchain, KYC and e-payment systems relating to trade and trade finance in Asia. He also advises funds on the establishment and structuring of crypto funds and on custodian and collateral arrangements of crypto assets. Jolyon is regularly seen in the media on FinTech publications and national newspapers covering crypto and FinTech topics. He is also an Expert Network Mentor for Cyberport. Most recently he has also been recognised as a leading adviser in evangelist for tradetech. Jolyon is author of Structures & Solutions in Trade Finance which is a guide to over 70 different Trade Finance techniques and products.

Kathryn Rungrueng

Head, Business Development at Flowcast

Kathryn manages client/partner relationships (banks and corporates) and leads product marketing at Flowcast. Prior to Flowcast, Kathryn was on the sales team at Citi, where she advised and structured treasury and trade (SCF) solutions for top-tier local and multinational corporates. Kathryn received a dual B.A. degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelvin Teo

Co-founder at Funding Societies | Modalku

Kelvin Teo is the co-founder of Funding Societies | Modalku, the largest SME digital financing platform in Southeast Asia, licensed and operating in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It gives loans to small-medium businesses, crowdfunded by individual and institutional investors. Backed by Sequoia and Softbank, it’s been selected for KPMG top 100 FinTech firms globally and MAS FinTech Award. Before this, Kelvin served as a consulting professional at KKR, McKinsey and Accenture, and he graduated from Harvard Business School.

Kheng Leong Lee

Regional Director South and South Asia at Factors Chain International

L Hsu

Professor of Law at Singapore Management University

Locknie Hsu is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, Singapore Management University. She received her legal training at the National University of Singapore and Harvard University, and is a member of the Singapore Bar. Locknie’s areas of work include trade issues in the digital economy, trade facilitation, legal harmonization, dispute settlement, ASEAN and SME issues. Locknie is a facilitator and trainer in the Singapore Academy of Law’s Belt and Road Initiative Seminar Series 2019, and is also a Research Fellow in the Hong Kong-based International Academy of the Belt and Road.

Laetitia Moncarz

Director Payments Markets ASEAN at SWIFT

Laetitia Moncarz is a Director for Payments Markets with the ASEAN countries. Her main focus is on SWIFT’s strategic initiatives related to transaction Banking and Renminbi Internationalisation. Laetitia has undertaken various positions in the banking and consulting industries. Prior to join SWIFT, she was the Head of Correspondent Banking for Asia-Pacific at BNP Paribas. Before moving to Singapore 12 years ago, Laetitia was consultant at KPMG and Atos Consulting in Paris where she was handling organisation and finance projects for the Public sector and government entities.

Lionel Taylor

Managing Director at Trade Advisory Network Ltd

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.

Md. Mahbub ul Alam

Managing Director & CEO I Ex-Officio Director at Islami Bank Bangladesh

Md. Mahbub ul Alam is the Managing Director & CEO of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, the largest commercial bank of Bangladesh. He has a glorious and venerable banking career of 35 years in multidimensional capacities and has been awarded the ‘Best Emerging CEO in Islamic Banking 2018’ conferred by Cambridge IF Analytica, UK. As an expert Mr. Alam is actively associated with different professional bodies and a regular resource person and panel discussant of various academic and training institutions. He attended many international conferences, seminars, and training programs at home and abroad.

Michael Sugirin

MD, Global Head, Open Account Trade and Trade Implementation at Standard Chartered Bank

Michael joined Standard Charted in September 2014 as Head of Transaction Banking for Indonesia. In March 2018, he has assumed the new role as Global Head, Open Account Trade & Trade Implementation at Standard Chartered based in Singapore. In his role as Global Head of Open Account trade he is responsible for the development for supply chain finance, receivable finance, payable finance and commodity finance product suites. He also looks after the trade implementation practice which oversees implementing complex client or platform projects. This also includes the enrolment of spokes for buyer and supplier finance programs globally. As Head of Transaction Banking in Indonesia he was responsible to develop the country franchise across cash management, trade finance and custody services spanning from sales origination, service and operations. Michael is a global transaction banker with extensive experience in sales advisory and product management in the supply chain finance space. He has spent 15 years with Deutsche Bank and 3 years with JPMorgan. Michael has worked in Jakarta, Singapore and New York.

Mohanavelu Muthukrishnan

Regional Head APAC Trade Product & Portfolio Management at BNY Mellon

Mohan joined BNY Mellon, Singapore in 2017 as regional head of trade product and portfolio management for Asia Pacific with over 23 years of rich international banking experience across multinational banks namely American Express Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank, Singapore. He has good expertise around Global Transaction Banking Sales / Relationship / Trade Product Management / International Trade Finance. Diverse on ground FI Banks and Corporate origination experience in key markets namely India, Indonesia, Singapore in addition to APAC regional trade product management in the transaction banking arena. His current role as Trade Product Manager involves growing trade business in the region by developing value propositions for clients (FI/Corporate) in Asia including structured trade, in line with global trade product strategy and support regional business goals. Mohan comes with good academic qualifications in Mathematics and Marketing Management.

Munir Nanji

Aaa

Munir S. Nanji is Managing Director and Head of Global Subsidiaries Group, responsible for Citi’s Multinational Client relationships spanning 15 countries across the region. Prior to moving to Singapore, he was Regional Sales and Marketing Head for Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions in Asia Pacific covering all client segments (Corporates, Public Sector and Financial Institutions) based in Hong Kong. He has previously held various assignments including Transaction Services Head for Nigeria, West and Central Africa (6 Markets), Africa Trade Finance Head covering the entire continent and Board Member for Citibank Nigeria. Munir has worked in Warsaw, Milan and London in various roles including being an Independent Director on the boards of large leasing and factoring companies in Central Europe. Munir brings 27 years of international banking experience and has held leadership positions globally in corporate banking, product management, relationship and risk management. His extensive industry experience includes establishing and leading Citi’s transaction services business in Central Europe and Africa, running a large corporate and middle market business, as well as helping to drive the bank’s business development efforts in EMEA. Munir holds a 1st Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering, Wharton alumni, MBA from INSEAD and MPhil (advanced postgraduate research degree on Strategic Decision Making and Governance).

Olivier Paul

Head of Policy at ICC Banking Commission

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

P Mar

Executive Vice President - Supply Chain Futures, Fung Academy at Fung Group

Pamela runs the Fung Academy’s programs that create key capabilities supporting sustainable, competitive advantage, in the supply chains of Fung Group companies. She also helps manage sustainability strategies and practices for the Group as a whole. In both roles, she seeks to accelerate the Group’s shift towards more sustainable business models, in order to mitigate key environmental and social risks, as well as open up sustainable, competitive advantage for the Group. Prior to joining the Fung Group, Pamela was Director of the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, a major Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer. She previously worked at the World Economic Forum as its Associate Director for China, as well as Population and Community Development Association, a Thai NGO based in Bangkok. Pamela has published widely, including four books on Asian development and business. She is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute. She has also given numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development. Pamela graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. She holds an MSc Management degree from the London School of Economics.

Paul Goh

Business Development Manager at DHL Express

Paul has been with the International Express Business for 14 years covering various roles in Operations and Commercial. His last role was with DHL Express Indonesia, looking after key clients and his current role in Singapore is to help enable Singapore SMEs go Cross Border E-Commerce

Qamar Saleem

Global Technical Lead - SME Banking Practice at International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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.

Robert Yap

Executive Chairman at YCH Group

Dr Robert Yap is the Executive Chairman of YCH Group, Singapore’s leading end-to-end supply chain management company with operations spanning across Asia Pacific. Over the last four decades, Robert has played a pivotal role in the logistics and supply chain management field. Robert is also the Founder and Chairman of leading information technology and supply chain solutions company, Y3 Technologies; Chairman of corporate venture fund, Supply Chain Angels; Founder and Chairman of Supply Chain City® – Asia’s Premier supply chain nerve centre for supply chain excellence; and Chairman of Supply Chain Asia –a regional community of more than 45,000 industry professionals. In 2016, Robert was named ‘Businessman of the Year’ at the prestigious Singapore Business Awards. He was conferred the NUS Business School Eminent Business (Senior) Alumni Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) by the World Chinese Economic Forum in 2013.

Robyne Chambers

Global Treasury Business Partner at Rio Tinto

Robyne Chambers is a Global Treasury Business Partner within Commercial Treasury at Rio Tinto. Robyne manages the Rio Tinto Supply Chain Finance programme for Asia Pacific. As part of this role, she works with internal and external programme stakeholders to optimise working capital through supply chain financing solutions. Robyne has worked at Rio Tinto for more than 5 years, and worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 4 years before that.

Sandra Ernst

Cardup.co

Sandra is a finance professional with a focus on Fintech Solutions for SMEs and Consumers in South East Asia . She is currently COO of CardUp, a credit card enablement platform that allows businesses and users to pay any recipient with credit card, and to benefit from extended working capital, air miles and other rewards, when using their credit card for their biggest expenses like rent, supplier payments, tax, or even payroll. In her previous role she set up a marketplace lending company in Singapore . During her tenure as the CEO of the company she launched the platform and obtained the in-principle approval for a Capital Markets Services License . Her 10+ years industry experience include 5 years with one of Europe’s leading cooperative banking providers, as well as three years in private equity real estate in Malaysia.

Sarat Mohanty

Head, Global Supply Chain Finance Implementation, Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered Bank

Sarat Mohanty is the Head of Global Supply Chain Finance Client Implementation, Transaction Banking based in Singapore where he is responsible for global client delivery for all supply Chain Finance product propositions. Sarat joined Standard Chartered Bank in August 2006. He has held several senior positions within Transaction Banking in Singapore, Dubai & Hong Kong. Prior to joining the bank, Sarat has held senior global IT Supply Chain Management role in Fashion, Retail and FMCG industry. Having worked in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Sarat has extensive global experience in delivering digital enabled services in the areas of working capital management & supply chain management. Sarat is a PMP certified Project Manager & Six Sigma Supply Chain process expert. Sarat holds a MBA degree from University Of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and first degree in finance.

Satvinder Singh

Assistant Chief Executive Officer at International Enterprise Singapore

Mr Satvinder Singh has been Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore since 1 November 2013. Enterprise Singapore, formerly International Enterprise Singapore and SPRING Singapore, is the government agency championing enterprise development. The agency works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. Mr Singh currently oversees Enterprise Singapore’s Trade, Connectivity & Business Services. He is a Director of SEL Holdings Incorporation Ltd of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Mr Singh also sits on Ministry of Education’s Innovation & Enterprise Office Committee as the Co-Chairman and on International Chamber Commerce (ICC) Academy Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Trade and Logistics Inter-Agency Steering Committee and also a member of Nanyang Business School’s Nanyang MBA Industry Advisory Council since November 2013 and previously sat on SPRING’s Board of Directors.

Shirish Garg

Head of Supply Chain Finance Sales & Client Delivery Transaction Banking Office for Asia at MUFG Bank

Shirish is currently working with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) as Director Head of Supply Chain Finance Sales & Client Delivery for Asia . 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.

Sonal Priyanka

Managing Director and Regional Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance at Société Générale

Victor Yankovsky

Managing Director, Business Development at Stenn International

Victor Yankovsky is Managing Director, Business Development at Stenn International, a UK-based non-bank trade finance provider that delivers innovative solutions to unlock working capital for buyers and suppliers in global supply chains. Victor has over 15 years of experience in international business development and operational management. His main focus is on growing global trade and supply chain finance business in its key hubs in Greater China, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the USA.

Yaseen Anwar

Former Governor at State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank)

Mr. Yaseen Anwar's international banking and regulatory experience spans 40 years and in 2014, he retired as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank) where he spent seven years. 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, the success of which was recognized globally. As Governor, he also served on the Bank for International Settlement (BIS) Financial Stability Board (FSB) for Asia. Aside from his current responsibilities with ICBC and IMI, he has been an active Keynote speaker and Panelist at global Forums promoting the internationalization of the RMB in the SDR basket of Reserve Currencies and the One Belt One Road initiative. 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. While currently serving on the Advisory Boards of the prestigious International Monetary Institute (IMI) of Renmin University, Beijing and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) in the U.K., his various past Board appointments include Chairman of Eco Trade Development Bank, Turkey, the American Turkish Society New York, American Middle East Association, U.S. Pakistan Economic Council, United National Bank Ltd. U.K., and member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Zandy Ip

Head of Supply Chain Finance – Payables, Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank

Zandy IP is the Head of Supply Chain Finance – Payables, Asia Pacific for Deutsche Bank. In her role, she takes the responsibility in leading the product specialist in bringing values to corporates through the establishment of supply chain finance programs with Deutsche Bank. Zandy has more than 15 years of banking experience in trade finance and relationship management, covering both Multinational and Large Local Corporates. She joined Deutsche Bank in 2010 and has held various assignments within the Bank in Singapore and Australia. She is now based in Hong Kong, one of the Financial Supply Chain Hubs of Deutsche Bank and heart of many important Multinational Corporates regional headquarter in Asia Pacific.