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.

Anna Elizabeth 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.

Charis Liau

Co-Founder & CEO at Minterest

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.

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.

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.

Denise Ang

Managing Director at NUFIN Data Pte Ltd

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.

Dmitri 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.

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.

Jack Yao

Secretary General at China Council for the Promotion of International Trade 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 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).

John Vong

Co-Founder at BaliPay

Jolyon Ellwood-Russell

Partner, Financial Markets 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. He works on products such as trade receivables, trade finance, asset backed and supply chain finance across Asia covering a diverse portfolio of underlying soft and hard commodities across the supply chain. Most recently he has also been recognised as a leading adviser in Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML), and Fintech for Trade Finance (Tradetech). Jolyon is author of Structures & Solutions in Trade Finance which is a guide to over 90 different Trade Finance techniques and products. Simmons & Simmons was named Best Trade Finance Law Firm in Asia Pacific by Global Trade Review.

Kah Chye Tan

Chairman at CCR Manager

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.

Lee Kheng Leong

Asia Chapter Director at Factors Chain International (FCI)

Lee Kheng Leong is the Asia Chapter Director of FCI. His role is to promote factoring, receivable financing and supply chain financing in Asia. As part of this role he has been travelling to various countries in Asia to speak at workshop, seminar and conferences organized by FCI, IFC, ADB, World Bank and regional associations. He acquired his factoring knowledge through training attachment with factoring companies in the US and UK in the early 1980s. He was involved in providing factoring to companies ranging from MSME to large corporates. Prior to becoming the Asia Chapter director, he was the head of DBS regional factoring and subsequently Managing Director of Bibby Financial Services Singapore. FCI has recently launched a supply chain program called the FCIreverse which enable bank and factoring companies to go into international supply chain financing.

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.

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

Pamela 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.

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.

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 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

Director- 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

MD and Regional Head of Trade Finance – SE Asia, India and Middle East at Societe Generale

Sonal joined Société Générale’s Global Transaction Banking team in 2014 as head of Trade Finance for South East Asia, India and the Middle East. She promotes offerings which include both traditional trade and open account financing products and services and is responsible for expanding the trade finance business with large local and multinational corporates and financial institutions in the region. Sonal joined Societe Generale from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in Singapore, where she spent over four years, her last role being Director and Southeast Asia head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance. Prior to BAML, she was a Vice President in the Trade Sales team at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in Singapore for five years. Prior to her Singapore stints, Sonal spent about seven years in India, working in various roles with Citibank and GE Commercial Finance. Sonal has a post graduate diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.

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

Regional Head of Financial Supply Chain, Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank