Speakers

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Alistair Baxter
Head of Supply Chain Finance
NatWest

Alistair is the Head of Supply Chain Finance at NatWest, one of the largest funders of working capital in the UK and Western Europe. He is responsible for designing and executing the bank’s strategy to grow open account trade finance through a multi faceted approach, covering funding through platforms, primary origination and secondary markets. Prior to his current role, Alistair worked in RBS Structured Finance and Corporate Advisory, specialising in advising on capital structures primarily as part of M&A activity in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors. He has been in banking for 9 years and has worked in many areas of the bank, including Risk modelling, Capital & Transaction Management, Structured Finance and now Trade Finance. He holds a BSc. (Hons) in Statistics from the University of St Andrews.

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

1:50 pm | Case Study: Simplifying the Complexity of the Trade Finance Ecosystem – the Marco Polo story

Aljosja Beije
Logistics and Technology Lead
BlockLab Rotterdam

Aljosja is a MSc in Quantitative Business Economics from Erasmus University and is currently the Logistics and Technology Lead of Blocklab, an R&D outfit for blockchain technology. He’s also a PhD candidate at the Politecnico di Milano in Blockchain and SCM.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

12:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Whole Ecosystem Adoption

Bob Gravestijn
Business Developer
ABN AMRO

Bob is a business developer for ABN AMRO, where he helps the bank develop new services and trade finance products based on DLT to increase capital available in the value chain and strengthen the financial positions of corporate clients. He has previously worked as a business analyst for TradeWiz, and has a PhD in Physics.

Chris van Oosten
Head of Digital Platforms
Port of Rotterdam

Chris has a masters in business administration and has been working on the commercial side of business as well as on the digitisation of supply chains for over 10 years. This combination makes him a very business minded technician. His current focus is on improving the logistics through Rotterdam, meaning global thinking is mandatory. With new technologies like blockchain making it a very exciting playground.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

11:30 am | Reviewing the Ports & Customs Perspective – Is Blockchain a Positive or a Negative?

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

10:20 am | Panel Discussion: Leveraging Interoperability for End-to-End Digitisation of the Trade Value Chain

David Hennah
Co-Chair
World Trade Board

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

9:00 am | Developing a Framework for the Future Trade Ecosystem

Daniel Reich
Partner
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Daniel Reich is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice. His areas of focus include technology, life sciences, and complex commercial disputes.  He recently represented a North American company in an ICC arbitration against a European conglomerate in a dispute relating to rights of use with respect to proprietary biotechnology.

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

9:40 am | Understanding the Design, Governance and Legal Status of Smart Contracts

Fernando Lardiés
Head of Network Banking
Banco Santander

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

9:25 am | Panel Discussion: Assessing the State of Play of Blockchain Development and Adoption Across the Ecosystem

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

11:30 am | Developing Effective Governance when Collaborating with External Stakeholders

Gary Nuttall
Managing Director
Distlytics

Gary is well recognised in the Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology arena, with particular expertise in the commercial insurance and legal sectors.  He has been an international keynote speaker, panellist, moderator and chairperson at numerous conferences, summits and events since 2015 and regularly features in the Blockchain Top 100 people list.  He provides education, advisory and consultancy services through Distlytics, a consultancy he formed in 2016 and provides blockchain, cryptocurrency and ICO education through The Guardian, Let’s Learn Digital, Rocket Launch, AMG World and TechNova. With over 25 years of commercial experience in a variety of industries, including retail, pharmaceuticals, commodities trading and commercial insurance, Gary has acknowledged expertise in the exploitation of emerging technologies such as Data Analytics, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence and is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Gary is a technical consultant to the ClydeCode Consultancy practice formed by international law firm Clyde & Co.  He’s an advisor to Blocksure, a UK-based InsurTech startup implementing blockchain in the insurance industry.  He’s also an advisor and mentor to blockchain startups and ICOs, including Lancor Scientific who will be launching a life changing cancer screening, AI and blockchain-based, platform.  

Jim Bidwell
Head of Trade Services Product Management
NatWest

Les Christy
Data Privacy & Digital Counsel
HSBC

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

12:10 pm | Maintaining Data Privacy in a Decentralised System: Challenges & Solutions

Mariana Gomez de la Villa
Program Director DLT
ING

Mariana Gomez de la Villa has joined ING in 2015 and is currently the Distributed Ledger Technology Program Director at ING, with overall responsibility for driving research, development and implementation of Distributed Ledger Technology as well as capitalizing on its potential in order to unlock mass-scale value. Mariana is also responsible for setting up long-term purpose and vision, including the governance of the program within the organization. Mariana is an active leader in global consortia, outlining the Distributed Ledger Technology strategy and envisioning market landscapes.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

3:40 pm | Blockchain as a Solution for KYC & AML Compliance

9:25 am | Panel Discussion: Assessing the State of Play of Blockchain Development and Adoption Across the Ecosystem

Michael Harte
European Head of Trade Product
Standard Chartered

Michael is European Head of Trade Product at Standard Chartered. An experienced global banking professional, he specialises in project management, product governance, regulatory and compliance management and AML/Financial Crime Risk controls. He has a Masters in Law in Financial Regulation & Compliance.

Michael Hyltoft
Independent Director
EFA SME Trade Finance Fund

Michael Hyltoft has an extensive history in Supply Chain Finance, working for Kingfisher, Heineken and Nestle. He has just completed his studies on blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology at Oxford, and is excellently qualified to talk about applying blockchain to Supply Chain Finance.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

12:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Whole Ecosystem Adoption

Michael Mainelli
Executive Chairman
Z/Yen Group

A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor.  He began his career as a research scientist, later becoming an accountancy-firm partner and a director of Ministry of Defence research.  During a spell in merchant banking in 1994, he co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank.  He has led Z/Yen from creating smart ledgers (aka blockchains) through the Financial £aboratory, Taskforce 2000, Long Finance & the London Accord, Global Financial Centres Index, Global Green Finance Index, and Global Intellectual Property Index. He is an Alderman of the City of London, a non-executive director of two listed firms and a regulator, Emeritus Professor at Gresham College, Fellow of Goodenough College, and Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.  His third book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize.  

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

8:45 am | Keynote: How Smart Ledgers Will Revolutionise Global Trade Finance

Mirka Skrzypczak
Head of Working Capital & Trade Products
NatWest

Mirka is an experienced product expert with 15 years experience in the banking industry; she currently leads the Working Capital Product team for NatWest, which covers Trade Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Invoice Finance and Overdrafts. Her team manages all stages of the product lifecycle including new product development, product strategies, pricing, distribution and servicing of existing products. Mirka is passionate about driving innovation and technology change, and is leading the bank's interaction with the R3 blockchain consortium, working as a subject matter expert on the Marco Polo initiative to deliver practical applications of blockchain in cross-border trade. Mirka joined NatWest in 2010 having previously worked for GMAC and GlaxoSmithKline. Mirka has Masters Degree in Economics from University of Economics, Poznan, Poland.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

9:25 am | Panel Discussion: Assessing the State of Play of Blockchain Development and Adoption Across the Ecosystem

Olga Berlinskaya
Senior Originator and Business Development Manager
AIG

Olga is a senior business development manager for AIG Supply Chain and Trade Finance products responsible for origination and relationship management of bank, broker and Fintech clients. Her previous experience includes working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC in London in trade finance origination, distribution and project management roles. Before joining the financial services industry, Olga worked for a global commodity trading company and diplomatic mission in cross-border trade roles.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

12:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Whole Ecosystem Adoption

Patrik Zekkar
Global Head of Trade Finance & Working Capital Management
Nordea

Patrik Zekkar is head of trade finance & working capital management in Nordea. During his career in he has held positions in various banks, as global head of sales & working capital advisory, head of supply chain finance, head of trade & supply chain finance, global head of trade finance, client executive & vice president Singapore Branch, vice president structured trade finance, and vice president export & project finance. Prior to his banking carrier Patrik has various position in Telia Financial Services International and Swedish Export Credit. Patrik is board member in the JV company we.trade, who developing and license the commercial block chain trade platform.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

4:20 pm | Case Study: Unlocking New Markets in a Secure and Robust Manner – the we.trade story

Pim Bezemer
Freelance Finance Manager (Vopak, Heerema)

Pim is an experienced Interim Finance Manager (Dutch Chartered Accountant in Business), with broad experience in controlling, Treasury and compliance. He has worked as senior treasury manager for both Heerema and (ad interim) for Vopak.  He was involved in large international (offshore/capex) projects and has experienced many trade finance transactions.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

12:10 pm | Panel Discussion: Overcoming Barriers to Achieve Whole Ecosystem Adoption

10:50 am | Why Corporates Want to Adopt Blockchain to Benefit Global Supply Chains

Toon Leitjens
CTO
Komgo

Toon Leijtens is the CTO of komgo.  After working for 20+ years in global financial markets as a Risk IT specialist, he joined the ING Blockchain team in 2016 as a blockchain engineer and senior Architect. In two years he has developed commodity trade finance solutions and contributed to the two successful Easy Trading Connect real live trades using blockchain technology; (1.) Crude oil trade between Mercuria and Chemchina, and (2.) the very first soybeans transaction on a blackchain between LDC and Bohi in December 2017). Apart from these significant first-offs, Toon also researched platform interoperability to optimize delivery versus payment cases and experimented with self-sovereign identity solutions. All using distributed ledger technologies.

Day One

Thursday 13th December 2018

2:30 pm | Case Study: Taking an Ecosystem-Driven Approach – Reviewing the komgo Proposition

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

10:20 am | Panel Discussion: Leveraging Interoperability for End-to-End Digitisation of the Trade Value Chain

Usman Butt
Regional Product Manager Europe
HSBC

Usman Butt is the Regional Product Head for Supply Chain Finance at HSBC for Europe. His additional responsibilities include a propositions role developing trade finance products for the new digital trade spaces. Usman works closely internally with all the stakeholders and also externally with vendors, consortiums, technology companies, fintechs, legal firms to deliver trade finance innovation. He started his career in 1995 in Pakistan, and has held various roles within commercial and corporate banking in the UAE and the UK as Operations Lead, Relationship Manager, Business Manager, Product and Propositions Manager within the Trade Finance and Commercial Banking space. Recently he has been associated with we.trade as a core team member and functional expert developing new products and rules for this DLT based ecosystem. He remains a member of the Product Innovation Council of we.trade and is also a member of the ICC’s re-drafting sub-group for new rules for these new digital eco systems. Usman holds an MBA.

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

10:20 am | Panel Discussion: Leveraging Interoperability for End-to-End Digitisation of the Trade Value Chain

Valerie von Lucke
Specialist Group Strategy/DLT LAB
Commerzbank AG

In 2017 Valerie has joined Commerzbank’s DLT Lab in London; before that she worked in the Group Strategy team of Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt and 10 years at Arkwright Consulting AG in Hamburg, Oslo and Zürich with focus on innovation projects for energy clients (e.g. smart grid, renewable energies) and media companies (online/ print-disruption).

Day Two

Thursday 13th December 2018

1:50 pm | Case Study: Simplifying the Complexity of the Trade Finance Ecosystem – the Marco Polo story