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Speakers 2020



Agnes Hugot

is a fintech entrepreneur at StationF. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and structured finance for European banks (HBOS, Landsbanki) and Private Equity funds (Apax). She was also involved in the Greek banking sector restructuring with Alvarez & Marsal in 2011-2013.
Based in Singapore since 2015, she launched Fast Track Trade (“FTT”), a “wechat like” platform for SMEs domestic and international trade (discover.fasttracktrade.co). Fast Track Trade offers a platform mechanism for B2B transactions with on demand and event driven services to increase SMEs financial inclusion across South East Asia and Europe.

Agnès holds a master in management from HEC (1992) and a MBA from INSEAD (2000). She is a Certified Public Accountant in France and in the USA.





Petra Bischoff

27 years of experience in Trade Finance Group Treasury VW AG, Specialist for VW Trade Finance and Logistics.




Neil Chantry
Independent Consultant on Trade Finance & Compliance, UK. 40 years with HSBC - on the international executive staff, serving countries in the Middle East & East Africa, on the UK Group executive staff, specialising in Trade Finance operations, procedures, finance, compliance. Recently, consultancy with Standard Chartered Bank. Neil held many ICC positions, e.g. Former Chair, Wolfsberg Group Trade Finance Committee; Joint Wolfsberg Group; Financial Crimes & Anti-Terrorist Financing Group; ICC & BAFT drafting group for the “Compliance Principles Paper; former Chair of the Executive Committee;



Thomas Claus

Director of Trade Finance Group Treasury VW AG. 25 years of experience in VW Financial Services and the automotive division. Responsible for policy making, steering and operative business of dedicated Group companies. Member of the ICC Banking Commission (Working Group Digitalisation).




Andrea Hauptmann

Senior Global Consultant Trade Finance, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Austria; Chair and founding member ICC Task Force on Bank Guarantees; regular speaker at international conferences since 1991; member of the Executive Committee of ICC Banking Commission; 




Gabriele Katz (invited)

Director, Deutsche Bank AG, Germany; in charge of Global Transaction Banking in Product Management for the Documentary Trade Business for Europe & MENA; has a more than 25 years’ experience in the LC and BG business. Member of the ICC Germany Banking Committee;





Glenn Ransier

Head of Documentary Trade and SBLCs, Wells Fargo, USA; Glenn is furthermore one of the Technical Advisors of the ICC Banking Commission; He maintains strong ties to domestic and global trade communities; has been actively involved in trade finance for more than 35 years;






Bob Ronai

independent consultant; assisting exporters and importers; active member of ICC Australia’s Banking Commission; author of numerous articles on export/ import for “Australian Small Business and Investing”, “Dynamic Small Business”, “Ragtrader”, “Food Australia”, “Daily Commercial News”, “Australian Business Solutions”;



Nawid Saboori

Ghazanfar Bank, Afghanistan. An Afghan National he is an experienced banker over a decade working in different key positions which includes Compliance Department, Trade Finance and currently heading Credit Department with Ghazanfar Bank, a local licensed commercial bank in Afghanistan. His different association includes SIT (Succession in Trade) Member of Banking Commission ICC, First Deputy Chairman of Standing Credit Committee of Afghanistan Banking Association (ABA), and Representative of ABA for Financial Inclusion – Central Bank of Afghanistan.


Christina Elisabeth Seierup

Vice President Trade Finance Operations, Dankse Bank AS, Denmark; Member Danish Banking Committee. She joined Danske Bank A/S in 1985 and has been working with International corporates since 1989. Since 2010 she is Head of training and education for the Trade Finance product suite within the Danske Bank Group and responsible for corporate Trade Finance and related subjects such as AML trainings;  



Don Smith

President, Global Trade Advisory, Ltd., USA. Chair of ICC-IFA drafting group for Uniform Rules for Forfaiting, member of the US delegation to the ICC Banking Commission since 1998, co-chair of the original International Standard Banking Practices (ISBP), Docdex Expert, former VP Trade Product Management Citibank NY, with over 40 years international banking experience; 



 Lorna Strong

Deputy General Counsel for HSBC Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF) acts as the primary legal advisor for GTRF's operations globally; advising GTRF and playing a role in shaping HBSC's contribution to regulatory and policy debates on trade finance. Ms. Strong has additionally been instrumental in advising innovative digital solutions for trade finance and leading the HSBC Legal team who advised the first financial trade block chain transactions, including the award winning block chain platform we.trade.


Hugo Verschoren

Independent consultant, and owner of goVer Trading Technologies. Previously with ING in various positions inside and outside Trade Finance. Regular training provider and frequent speaker at conferences world-wide. Member of the ICC Belgian National committee. Technical Adviser to the International Chamber of Commerce, member of the ICC Regulatory Advocacy Group, the ICC Trade Finance Register Steering Group; the ICC Financial Crime Risk & Policy Group.



Martin Wolfbauer

International Legal Department of STRABAG Group (CML). Martin is an Austrian and New York qualified lawyer. In STRABAG’s legal department he is in charge of guarantees in international projects. He gained extensive experience in reviewing, drafting and negotiating guarantees for major construction contracts in various countries but also advises and supports STRABAG entities in litigation and arbitration proceedings related to guarantees. Martin holds lectures on international law and securities.

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