Location: Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Date: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018
Event Time: 09.00 - 16.50
Language: English


    ICC UAE will be organizing on 20th November, 2018 the 7th ICC UAE Trade Finance Conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities within the domestic and African Market. Supported by an increasing number of sponsors and partners since 2011, the conference event is not to be missed for those looking to explore new business opportunities as well as strengthen existing ties with key industry players.

    The Conference aims to provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges for the business community in Africa, the local and regional development impacting trade finance, the trade friction, fintech & trade finance digitalization, supply chain finance and many more topics of local and international interests that are relevant to business to work more efficiently, safely and proactively in our ever changing and challenging world of Trade Finance.

    Sponsored by:

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    Target Audience

    The conference is a must to attend for:

    • Anyone doing business with Africa
    • SMEs, Exporters & Importers
    • Business Owners & Traders
    • Banking experts and practitioners
    • Financial and Supply Chain and Logistics Providers
    • Sanctions and Compliance Officers
    • Fintech and Trade Finance Digitalization Professionals


    08.30 - 09.00 Registration & Networking Breakfast
    Welcome & Keynote
    09.00 - 09.10 Welcome Remarks
    H.E. Humaid Ben Salem
    Chairman, ICC UAE
    09.10 - 09.20 Keynote Remarks
    Vince Cook Chief Executive Officer,
    National Bank of Fujairah
    Economic and Business Outlook - A sight into Africa
    09.20 - 09.50 Presentation: Business Outlook and Investment Opportunities in Africa
    Olabisi Omotunde
    Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota
    09.50 - 10.40 Panel Discussion: Financing your Trade in Africa
    Atif Raza
    Head of Trade Sales, Institutional & Transaction Banking, Commercial Bank of Dubai

    Edward Ribeiro
    Global Head of Trade Finance Operations, Ecobank Group

    Omar Khan
    Director, International Offices
    Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry

    Osama Elsheikh
    Business Development Manager, The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit, Islamic Development Bank Group

    Thiagarajan Venkatesan
    SVP & Head of Trade Operations
    10.40 - 11.00 Networking Break
    Global Development Impacting Trade Finance
    11.00 - 11.30 Presentation: New Chinese Provisions for International Contracting Guarantees
    Vincent O'Brien
    Member of Executive Committee of ICC Banking Commission
    Vice Chair of the ICC UAE Banking Commission
    11.30 - 12.00 Presentation: Trade Friction - Losers and Losers
    Ibtissam Lassoued
    Partner, Al Tamimi & Company
    12.00 - 13.15 Lunch
    Regional Development Impacting Trade Finance
    13.15 - 13.45 Challenges of Compliance in Prevailing Sanctions Regime
    Rohini KAMATH
    Regional Head CMB FCC - MENAT | Financial Crime Compliance
    HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

    Kabir Sabar
    MENAT Chief Control Officer at Global Trade & Receivables Finance
    HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
    13.45 - 14.35 Panel Discussion: VAT Impact in the Trade Finance Charges
    Rajiv Hira
    Managing Director, RHMC Management Consultants

    Tirupathi Parthasarathy Anand
    Chief Strategist, Leap Business Excellence Advisory

    Manu Nair
    CEO, Emirates Chartered Accountants Group

    Mabutho Mthembu
    Senior Manager, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
    Trade Finance Supply Chain Digitalization & Optimization
    14.35 - 15.25 Panel Discussion: Fintech & Trade Finance Digitalization - An Impact on Block Chain
    Ashish Gokhale
    Executive – Customer Experience and Platform Development, National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

    Mirna Sleiman
    Founder & CEO, Fintech Galaxy

    Maninder Bhandari
    Director, Derby Group

    Parag Jain
    Co-Founder & CEO, Thynkblynk Technologies Pvt. Ltd
    15.25 - 15.35 Networking Break
    15.35 - 16.25 Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Finance Optimization

    Atif Raza
    Head of Trade Sales, Institutional & Transaction Banking, Commercial Bank of Dubai


    Manish Mehta
    Sales Manager, Maersk Trade Finance

    Louis Robinson
    VP-Head of Business Development, Emirates NBD

    Rolla Geha
    Head of Trade Sales, Citibank
    16.25 - 16.35 Closing Remarks
    Hassan Al Hashemi
    Secretary General, ICC UAE

    H.E. Humaid Ben Salem

    H.E. Humaid Mohamed Ben Salem was appointed as Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) in 2013 to foster cooperation and coordination between the different emirates of the UAE and prepare ground for trade and investment that contribute to the national economy at large.

    H.E. Ben Salem is also a former member of the UAE National Assembly (Parliament) where he played his significant role from 2012 to 2016.

    Prior to his tenure at the UAE National Assembly, H.E. was Director General of Umm Al Quwain Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 20 years and his charismatic personality has been facilitating the local chambers and the private sector of the UAE to achieve their goals.

    He has been at the Board of Director of International Chamber of Commerce – UAE since 2009 and was elected Chairman in 2015 to represent, support and protect the interest of the business community in the UAE.

    In addition to the above, he has been instrumental in establishing several joint business councils and has always been active and regularly contributes to the projects pertaining to the private sector.

    He holds a BA degree in Administration and Marketing from Davis & Elkins College, United States of America.

    Hassan Al Hashemi
    Secretary General

    Hassan Al Hashemi joined Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2006 and is currently the Vice President of International Relations. As the principal liaison between governmental authorities and the private sector, Mr. Al Hashemi's department represents Dubai Chamber on the international arena and in turn is one of the organization's most active departments.

    The Department's main duties include negotiating cooperative agreements with foreign partners, organizing major events as well as high level business networking programs, representing the Chamber at local and international events, and organizing inbound and outbound delegations and trade missions.

    Since 2012, Mr Al Hashemi has led the implementation of Dubai Chamber's ProDubai initiative, which involves setting up a number of International Representative Offices in targeted locations around the world. He is also responsible for the promotion of Dubai Association Center, a first in the region that aims at attracting international business and professional bodies to Dubai.

    Mr. Al Hashemi holds a BA degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Dubai and is currently pursuing his Masters in Project Management at the British University in Dubai. He is also a graduate of the "Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development", a selective and highly regarded program initiated by the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

    Mr. Al Hashemi is Secretary General and Board Member of ICC-UAE along with other local and international business organizations. He is married and has three daughters.

    Vince Cook
    Chief Executive Officer
    National Bank of Fujairah

    Vince joined National Bank of Fujairah in 2009 as the bank's Chief Executive Officer. Since then, he has led its transformational growth as one of the fastest growing banks in the UAE, with a specialised focus in trade finance, treasury and corporate banking. Under his leadership, NBF ranked 4th in the GCC and 1st in the UAE in Mediaquest's Top CEO Awards in 2017.

    He has spent the majority of his 35+ years in banking, in the Middle East. This included senior positions in Barclays Bank Plc's Corporate Banking and Middle East Group divisions and a stint as Managing Director, Gulf, of Barclays Capital.

    Prior to his current appointment, he had general management positions in two other regional banks. Vince has a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool and MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

    Atif Raza
    Head of Trade Sales, Institutional & Transaction Banking,
    Commercial Bank of Dubai

    Atif Raza, Vice Chairperson of ICC UAE Steering Committee and a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with more than 21 years of experience in Corporate, Islamic Banking and Trade Finance. He is a member of ICC Technical Task Force mandated for Digitisation of ICC Rules. He is associated with Commercial Bank of Dubai for last 12 years and holds a senior position as Head of Trade Sales, Institutional & Transaction Banking Group, leading a team of specialist Trade Sales Managers.

    Ashish Gokhale
    Executive - Customer Experience and Platform Development
    National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

    Ashish joined National Bank of Fujairah in June 2015 as the Head of Corporate Products where he was responsible for leading the development and profitability of products for the Corporate and Institutional Banking clients.

    In his current role, Ashish is tasked with developing open platforms towards the digital transformation initiatives of the bank. He is specifically passionate about trade digitization, networks and Investment platforms.

    He is a seasoned banker with an experience spanning 17 years in the industry across India and the UAE. Prior to joining NBF, Ashish held senior positions in Standard Chartered and Citi serving corporate clients across diverse areas from transaction banking, supply chain financing and credit structuring.

    Ashish is a mechanical engineer and a post graduate in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He also holds the Islamic Finance Qualification from CISI.

    Edward Robiero
    Global Head of Trade Finance

    Edward Ribeiro - Member of Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission.

    Edward is the Group Head of Trade Finance Operations in Ecobank with oversight responsibility on all trade products in 33 countries with over 2000 branches in Africa. The group also has a license operation in Paris with representative offices in London, Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg and Luanda.

    Edward role has given him rich experiences across different regions and continents especially in Africa with working experience in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Paris.

    Prior to this role, he worked with Standard Chartered Bank where he was responsible for the Trade Operations desk for West Africa. He also held various managerial positions in IT, Treasury Operations and Operational Risk Mgt.

    A graduate in I.T. from the University of Science and Technology and an MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Management - PGSM.

    Edward is a certified trainer with responsibility in training staff across the group on Trade Products and Operational Risk Mgt.

    Ian Gaitta
    Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

    Ian is a partner at Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota and heads the firm's Africa desk. He is also a partner at Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. He is based in Dubai. Ian is a corporate/commercial lawyer with a common law background and he has had significant transactional experience in the UAE and in sub-Saharan Africa countries. Ian's areas of practice include mergers & acquisitions, private equity, joint venture structuring, general corporate/commercial contracts and banking and finance. Ian also regularly advises on hospitality transactions in the UAE and in sub-Saharan Africa. He continues to advise various Middle East-based businesses in their cross-border transactions and operations in sub-Saharan Africa particularly in Eastern Africa.

    Ibtissem Lassoued
    Partner, Head of Advisory
    Regional Financial Crime Practice

    Ibtissem Lassoued is a Partner in the Regional Financial Crime Practice in Dubai.

    She graduated from the Sorbonne University (Paris) and joined Al Tamimi & Company in 2007 from the legal department of the French Group Vivendi, where she conducted primarily US litigation (e.g.securities class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC') and Department Of Justice('DOJ') investigations).

    Ibtissem has extensive experience advising a variety of clientele on a spectrum of white collar crime matters which have spanned the globe. Her expertise on these matters includes complex corporate fraud, tracing, freezing and recovery of assets, anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, extradition (acting both for States submitting extradition requests and individuals who are subject of a request) and mutual judicial cooperation, including issues relating to foreign judgments and Interpol notices. In order to advise fully, Ibtissem offers clients a full and practical knowledge of the remit of inter-governmental organizations, in particular in relation to the FATF and MENAFATF, and the effect of the same on anti-corruption, confiscation of the proceeds of crime, de-risking and the reporting of suspicious transactions.

    Furthermore, she frequently advises clients on international economic sanctions, counter-terrorist financing (particularly concerning charitable fundraising regulations), embezzlement, fraud and corruption, including advising multinational companies, global banks and international firms. Ibtissem is also experienced in assisting with multijurisdictional investigations where the applicability of foreign regulations needs to be considered (e.g. the anti-corruption laws such as the US FCPA and the UK Bribery Act).

    Ibtissem has been ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global for the last three years since the addition of the Corporate Investigations category and was commended by sources as "stunningl versed i y good at what she does" and "well n anti-corruption and anti-bribery law, regularly advising multinationals and high net worth individuals. She has conducted a number of cross-border investigations and is well known for her white-collar crime practice."

    Kabir Sabar
    MENAT Chief Control Officer at Global Trade & Receivables Finance
    HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

    Kabir Sabar is the Regional Chief Control Officer for the Trade Finance business within HSBC in MENAT. He has held this role since June 2017, prior to which he served as Head of Governance for Commercial Banking in the UK. He has extensive experience across the corporate and investment banking industry - across three continents, with roles spanning coverage / origination, strategy / business management and risk / compliance. He was educated at the Universities of London (Queen Mary & Westfield College) and Cambridge (Girton College).

    Louis Robinson
    Head of Business Development, Transaction Banking Services
    Emirates NBD

    Louis Robinson is the Head of Business of Development for Transaction Banking at Emirates NBD based in Dubai, a position he has held since April 2018. Prior to joining Emirates NBD, Louis worked for HSBC and served as the Regional Trade Finance Sales Head for Europe for 3 years and then the MENAT region for the last two years. Prior to working for HSBC, Louis worked at ABN Amro/RBS for 12 years as the EMEA Trade Finance Sales Head. Louis is a regular speaker at Global Trade Finance conferences with 30 years of experience in the industry.

    Manu Nair
    Emirates Chartered Accountants Group

    A Chartered Accountant & Management Accountant having been educated from ICAI New Delhi, CMA from ICMA Australia & IFRS (certification) of ICAEW from London with more than twenty years of extensive experience in the fields of Finance, Accounts, Audit, Taxation and Management Consultancy. After 8 years of experience in the industry and in the audit firm, in India, he started his career in Dubai in the year 2003. In the year 2005, a team of finance professionals started a Chartered Accountants Firm called Emirates Chartered Accountants under his leadership. Later, the firms United Auditing and Emirates Int'l Chartered Accountants were also incorporated under the group Emirates Chartered Accountants Group and now it is one of the leading Financial Audit and Consultancy firms in Dubai. The firm has branches in other emirates in the UAE, in India & UK. It is a member of IECNet an international association of accountants, auditors and tax professionals with its head office in Paris, France.

    CA. Manu Nair, FCA, CMA, - CEO of EMIRATES CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS group has already conducted more than hundred VAT seminars across the UAE (by 4th October 2018). He has done live talk shows on air on "VAT in the UAE" in different radio channels and has also been interviewed in TV channels for the same on the same topic.

    Maninder Bhandari
    Director, Derby Group

    Global career – 27 years at HSBC, ABNAMRO Bank, Emirates NBD and The Bank of New York Mellon in senior regional and global positions. Located in Asia/Pacific (Indian sub-continent, Hong Kong, Singapore), Latin America/Caribbean (Sao Paulo), North America (Miami) & Middle East/Africa (Dubai) heading regional functions.

    Experience from the Wholesale Bank (including from Small & Medium corporates in Middle East/Africa as well as earlier in Asia/Pacific and previously in Latin America), Transaction Banking (Trade Finance/Structured Trade, Factoring & Forfaiting, Liquidity Management), Financial Institutions, Syndications & Islamic Banking. Converted ideas to set up new businesses, offices and trade finance processing operations while being extensively involved with recoveries and turn around situations.

    Assistance provided to various financial institutions in the SME and trade finance area

    Currently (7 years), a founding partner of a PE fund including on company board's as well as Director in a group providing non core back office services and management advisory to corporates.

    Career highlights:

    • Wide experience of the Middle East/Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/ Caribbean, North America markets
    • Structured Trade Finance Commodities business in Middle East/Africa and Latin America/Caribbean
    • cross border trade finance business in the emerging markets of South Asia, South America and Africa, particularly de-risking of the portfolio's
    • Set up a trade finance company (Menafactors) at the DIFC, via a JV with FIM Bank. Was on the Board of Menafactors and subsequently Chairman
    • Centralization of trade finance operations in Latin America/Caribbean (14 countries) and in South Asia (11 countries)
    • Strategy on setting up of a trade finance SME bank in the UAE
    • Board positions for the PE fund
    • Overseeing the SME business in 2 banks in the Middle East
    • Centralization of trade finance operations in Latin America/Caribbean (14 countries) and in South Asia (11 countries)

    Enjoy public speaking and writing (published in banking/finance magazines and in daily news papers) on wide ranging trade related subjects. Been a Speaker/ Chair of conferences. Was Chair of BAFT (Bankers Association for Foreign Trade) for MENA

    Prior to establishing a PE fund, I was Managing Director – Middle East & Africa (Treasury Services- Trade Finance & Cash Management), based in Dubai, for the Bank of New York Mellon looking over 30+ countries. Over the half the revenue generated was from Trade Finance offerings.

    Mabutho Mthembu
    Senior Manager, Indirect Tax
    KPMG Lower Gulf Limited


    Mabutho is a Senior Manager providing VAT services with KPMG in the UAE. He has over ten (10) years experience on the South African and international clients on VAT compliance, advisory, due diligence and dispute resolutions.

    Relevant experience

    Mabutho commenced his tax career with KPMG South Africa in 2008 where he was involved in providing compliance and advisory support services to both local and international clients spanning across various industries, including the financial services sector.

    Mabutho further worked in the industry for a multinational, General Electric, in which he work as a Sub Sahara African VAT Manager. In this role, he was responsible for VAT compliance and advisory support in the Sub Sahara Africa region, which included amongst others, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Angola.

    During his tenure in the Sub Sahara Africa, Mabutho represented General Electric in resolving disputes with various Revenue Authorities in the region. Mabutho re-joined KPMG South Africa in 2013, where amongst others he was involved in the implementation of the shared services centre of a multi national entity in the telecommunications sector. In 2014, he delivered a presentation entitled Impact of VAT on financial services at the African Tax Administration Forum conference held in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Mabutho joined KPMG Lower Gulf in September 2017 and he has been involved in VAT implementation assignments in a range of industries. Mabutho has worked with clients from sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, banking insurance, energy and public sector (mainly parastatals and higher education institutions).

    Mirna Sleiman
    Founder & CEO
    Fintech Galaxy

    Mirna Sleiman is the founder and CEO of Fintech Galaxy, a global crowdsourcing platform that connects the fintech ecosystem. A senior executive with 15+ years of experience in government relations, business strategy, digital communications and journalism, mostly within the MENA region.

    Driven by passion for innovation and positive impact, Mirna has a track record in leading digital transformation projects, marketing comms strategies and global partnerships with public and private entities, focusing on knowledge economy development, regulatory infrastructure and financial markets.

    Managed public sector business for Thomson Reuters across MENA and partnered with international organizations to promote innovation and social change. Sits on the advisory board of the Union of Arab Banks and MENA Research Partners.

    Spent more than 10 years as a financial journalist with Reuters, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and Zawya. Awarded three EMEA Dow Jones awards and received a Global William Clabby Award in investigative reporting, Thomson Reuters Over And Above award for strategic relations and the IPRA trophy for the impact on the region's corporate world.

    Certified from MIT university in Fintech and e- commerce, certified from Columbia University in Digital Marketing and Communications, and an Executive MBA candidate with City University of London (Strategy - Digital Transformation).

    Osama Elshiekh
    Country Manager, UAE
    The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment & Export Credit

    Osama Elshiekh has been part of ICIEC's UAE Office for more than 5 years. He is currently Country Manager for UAE, co-heading the corporation's operations out of the UAE. He has had a pivotal role in supporting the corporation's growing support for trade and investments, with total facilitated business of USD 1.7 bn during 2018 from the UAE office alone. Osama's current responsibilities include managing existing Export Credit and Investment Insurance programs, generate new partnerships and opportunities for the corporation as well as spearheading ICIEC UAE's growth plans in the Middle East and North Africa. Key transactions under his portfolio include investment insurance policies for the FIT 2 Solar Project in Egypt; additionally he has played a major role in structuring trade transactions facilitating bank and exporter finance transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    He is currently a CFA Level III candidate and a Certified Management Accountant (USA). Prior to joining ICIEC, he was part of one of the largest conglomerates in Sudan. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Medical Sciences & Technology (Sudan).

    Parag Jain
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Thynkblynk Technologies Pvt. Ltd

    Parag is a retail banker by training, Business Process' & Strategy expert by practice and currently a technology entrepreneur. After 15+ years' in corporate executive roles with global corporations like GE Capital, ICICI Bank, Emirates Bank and Sutherland Global Services managing Strategy, Growing Global Businesses and operating Profitable P&Ls, he has co-founded ThynkBlynk Technologies, creators of ChainTrail.Com, a Blockchain based identity & transaction management service.

    Parag has deep understanding of cross border business and has nurtured a large global network having lived and worked in Dubai - UAE, London - UK and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia aside of course, from his home country India. Currently operating from India along with his partners, Parag's start-up idea is being worked on by a team of technologists who believe in simplifying transactions in a manner that empowers citizens giving them full control of their own information generated by using services like banks, education, healthcare and community utilities.

    Parag is an avid reader, green energy enthusiast, loves networking and takes keen interest global politics. He is alumni of the London Business School.

    Rajiv Hira
    Managing Director
    RHMC Management Consultants

    Rajiv Hira, is a practicing Chartered Accountant, with an experience of leading roles in private and multinational financial institutions for over 20 years. Expertise in connecting with people and processes to arrive at the effective value preposition for business, derived from hands-on experience of working in multicultural and multinational organisations. Experience of working in Asia, Africa & Middle East.

    Rajiv Hira brings entrepreneur skills on table by connecting taxation, finance, process and analytical dimensions for effective deployment, resulting in cost optimization and profit growth.

    Areas of professional expertise include:

    • Corporate - Financial & Tax Training.
    • Finance & corporate structuring.
    • CFO services and Indirect Tax (Value Added Tax (VAT)) implementation.
    • Process design, metrics and dashboards.
    • Designing and implementing effective corporate governance practices.
    • Holding entity structure design for effective management & governance.

    Rolla Geha
    Corporate Trade Sales Head for Middle East and North Africa Treasury and Trade Solutions
    Citigroup Global Markets Limited

    Rolla heads Citigroup's Trade Sales for the MENA region. She has been with the bank for 19 years and is based in Dubai. In her current role, Rolla is responsible for executing Citigroup's Trade Sales strategy. This includes originating and structuring trade finance solutions to support Corporate and Public Sector clients to achieve their cross border risk mitigation and working capital needs.

    Prior to heading the MENA Trade Sales team, Rolla has led Citigroup's Supply Chain Finance business for MENA.

    Rolla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from University of Balamand, Lebanon.

    Rohini KAMATH
    Regional Head CMB FCC - MENAT | Financial Crime Compliance
    HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

    Rohini is a seasoned risk professional in the financial services industry with experience in financial crime risk, conduct risk, reputational risk and operational risk. She is currently the MENAT Head of Financial Crime Compliance for Commercial Banking at HSBC. In her current role, she has responsibility of providing advice and oversight for financial crime risk matters for commercial banking customers and wholesale banking product areas such as Global Trade & Receivables Finance (GTRF) and Global Liquidity & Cash Management (GLCM).

    Prior to her time with HSBC, Rohini worked with Deloitte's Financial Advisory Services and has experience in a variety of risk & regulatory assignments in the MENAT region such as forensic accounting reviews, dispute services, risk assessments and governance & controls reviews.

    She has a keen interest in the impact of digital tools and technology in banking and how it can help in managing risk better.

    Sinan Ozcan
    Senior Executive Officer
    Maersk Trade Finance (DIFC) Ltd

    Sinan Ozcan has over 18 years of experience working in key managerial positions across various industries, focused on several areas of banking & financial services i.e. trade & structured finance solutions, treasury products, business development, new ventures and credit & risk 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 and covered many areas of banking & financial services.

    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.

    Sinan speaks English, Italian, Turkish, French and German.

    Tirupathi Parthasarathy Anand
    Chief Strategist
    Leap Business Excellence Advisory

    TP is a Chartered Accountant (Indian CA) with over 30 years of post-qualification experience having worked in India, Singapore and Dubai. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the Madras University, Chennai, India. He is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India where he underwent an 8 months course on "General Management Program" in 2012. He has attended a residential program of Harvard Business School on "Building a Global Enterprise" in April 2015. In August 2017 he has successfully completed a two month 'Online Course' on "Design Thinking" from MIT Sloan School of Management, MIT, Massachusetts, U.S.A. TP has been certified in September 2018 by StratX Simulations to conduct the "Blue Ocean Strategy Simulation".

    TP helps his clients with Strategic Planning Process, Business Process Mapping, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Alliances, Design Thinking and Business Excellence. With hands-on experience in various functional areas, he provides the Corporate Strategy best suited for the Organisation. He also helps with the implementation of the Strategy and guides the organisation with the Monthly Review system to achieve sustainable growth. TP believes that every organisation should set themselves up in the 'path of excellence' which is a continuous journey. TP has helped in the mapping of processes for manufacturing companies and has also worked on the process improvements in order to achieve and drive better efficiencies, leveraging IT facility. He has also been involved in documenting the processes and in creation of Manual of Procedures for companies. He wrote his first Manual of Operations for an Outdoor Advertising Company in 1996. Since then, he has been working on Business Process Management in different industries with specific focus on manufacturing companies.

    TP is a Senior Assessor for the Dubai Quality Awards and Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award both are very prestigious Award Schemes in UAE. He is the Team Leader and Senior Assessor for the Taqdeer Award which was instituted by the Dubai Government in 2016. He is also a Senior Assessor for the ShjSEEN Awards administered by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce. He is a Senior Assessor for the UAE Innovation Award which has been instituted by Dubai Quality Group in 2017. TP is the Team Leader for the Emiratisation Award launched by the HR Ministry in 2017. He is one of the panel Judges for Stevie Awards in the USA since 2015.

    TP conducts case-study-based Workshops on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and has delivered number of public programs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain and Muscat. He is also conducting workshops on Value Added Tax (VAT) which is being introduced in the GCC. He has actively participated in the preparation of the Background Material on VAT Law published by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). TP has developed a comprehensive Business Scenario Analysis for the Freight Forwarding & Logistics companies to unify the application of VAT. He is a faculty for the VAT Certificate Course being conducted by ICAI Dubai Chapter. TP has conducted a number of workshops for Corporates on the application of VAT in UAE and the process of conducting the Impact Study.

    TP is a visiting faculty at the Dubai Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Etisalat Academy, Dubai. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Murdoch University, SP Jain School of Global Management and Amity University, where he is teaching Business Finance, Entrepreneurial Development; Strategic Innovation; Strategic Quality Management and Strategic Financial Management for MBA students. He is a member of the Academy of Management, USA.

    Thiagarajan Venkatesan
    SVP & Head of Trade Operations
    First Abu Dhabi Bank

    Thiagarajan Venkatesan ("Rajan") is presently SVP & Head of the Global trade operations for First Abu Dhabi bank. He has 30 plus years of experience in Global trade in multiple banks like FAB, SCB, BNPP, JPM, ENBD, etc. Rajan was head of GTB for Barclays Middle east and Africa, and have worked in 12 African countries Trade, besides Middle east and Asia. He was also MD and Head of Global Trade Operations for JPMorgan. He has wide experience in Global trade across multiple geographies, products and banks.

    Vincent O'Brien
    Member of Executive Committee of ICC Banking Commission
    Vice Chair of the ICC UAE Banking Commission

    Vincent O'Brien, Member of Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission.

    He has delivered technical trade finance assistance in more than 100 countries for major banks and development institutions. He is regularly involved as an expert witness in arbitration and legal cases.

    Vincent is highly regarded for speaking his mind and his ability to explain complex situations and structures in a clear and straightforward manner.

    Vincent is Associate Director of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Washington DC, providing direction in application of ICC rules and practice.

    Vincent is Advisor on Trade Intelligence and Innovation to China Systems Corporation, the leading provider of innovative trade and supply chain finance technology.

    Presentation of the Speaker - 7th ICC UAE Trade Finance-conference

    Business Outlook and Investment Opportunities in Africa
    Olabisi Omotunde
    Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

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    New Chinese Provisions for International Contracting Guarantees
    Vincent O'Brien
    Member of Executive Committee of ICC Banking Commission
    Vice Chair of the ICC UAE Banking Commission

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    Challenges of Compliance in Prevailing Sanctions Regime
    Rohini Kamath
    Regional Head CMB FCC - MENAT | Financial Crime Compliance
    HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

    Kabir Sabar
    MENAT Chief Control Officer at Global Trade & Receivables Finance
    HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

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    • Take advantage of the unrivalled networking opportunity that this prestigious gathering provides and create new business leads to stay visible with your customers.
    • Share your opinion and position yourself as industry leader.
    • Speak at the Trade Finance Conference and share your opinions on upcoming trends.

    Sponsorship Category

    Diamond Sponsor

    Acknowledged as the premium supporters of the Conference, enjoying maximum exposure both before and during the Conference, with the highest priority of branding in all documentation and on-site signage.

    Platinum Sponsor

    A multi-layered prominent sponsorship package offering a combination of thought leader- ship, high-level networking and brand exposure.

    Gold Sponsor

    A unique sponsorship package to increase your organization's brand awareness through different exclusive channels.

    Silver Sponsor

    Combining networking and exhibiting with a special opportunity to showcase your company to the Top C-level delegates.

    Bronze Sponsor

    Great opportunity to showcase your organization and network with high level delegates.

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    For more information, please contact Habibullah Rizwan at habib@iccuae.com or by phone to +971 4 220 8288.


    Registration Fees:
    ICC Member - AED 175.00 (5% VAT included)
    Non-member - AED 350.00 (5% VAT included)


    20% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 13th November 2018. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. The registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge anytime. Updated registration information will be required.

    Please note that ICC UAE reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC UAE will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

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    For more information, please contact Habibullah Rizwan at habib@iccuae.com or by phone to +971 4 220 8288.