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Agenda Overview

Day one: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

9:15AM Registration and morning refreshments
9:45AM Chairperson’s opening remarks
10:00AM Keynote address: Outlining the ‘state of play’ of FinTech in trade finance solutions: What have we achieved and what is on the horizon?
  • How have operational costs influenced the funding of FinTech solutions in trade finance?
  • Are we seeing a new market structure beginning to take shape?
  • Trade Finance in 2020: How much automation do we anticipate will be in place?
Matt Wreford, CEO, Demica
10:30AM Digitisation and the evolution of trade finance: The Three Horizons of Growth
  • What is the driver for digitization and innovation?
  • What are the challenges and preconditions for moving to a digital age?
  • Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) versus Blockchain?  
  • Is Trade Finance ripe for disruption?
Angela Koll, Specialist Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Commerzbank AG
11:00AM Morning refreshments and networking break
11:45AM Optimising digital platforms: How much flexibility is required to link the value chain effectively?
  • What will determine the success or failure of 3rd party platforms?
  • What do corporates look for in digital trade platforms?
  • Will we see new regulation of these platforms to mitigate compliance concerns?
  • Understanding the limits of a ‘one size fits all’ approach for implementation of platforms
Jacco De Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting
Matt Wreford, CEO, Demica
12:30PM How is technology helping to bridge the funding gap for corporates?
  • How will electronification lower costs and increase transparency for working capital asset finance?
  • What will drive further uptake from corporate clients?
  • To what extent are fears of the severing of traditional relationships valid?
Andre Casterman, Chief Marketing Officer, Intix
1:00PM Lunch
2:15PM Transparency, traceability, and authenticity: Moving past the hype and realising Blockchain’s full potential in trade finance
  • Will Blockchain change banking and corporate business model in the years to come?
  • Building a timeline to implementation: How long before we see self-executing contracts for LCs?
  • What kind of collaboration will be necessary to ensure its application across the market?
Gadi Ruschin, CEO, Wave
Angelique Slach, Chief Innovation Officer Trade and Commodity Finance, Rabobank
Louis de Bruin, Blockchain Leader, Europe, IBM
Jacco De Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting
3:00PM FinTech and commodity finance: Specific tech enhancements for structured commodity finance
  • Pre-export and pre-payment financings: Before vs after FinTech
  • Monitoring physical collateral through technology
  • Optimising electronic transactions to enhance arbitrage opportunities for trading houses
  • How will cloud-based risk intelligence tools better support commodity trading decisions?
Matteo Somaini, Manager, Trade Finance, Duferco
John Weinshank, Managing Director, Lone Star Capital
Maayke Raedts, Global Head Commodities Trade Services, ABN AMRO
3:45PM Afternoon refreshments and networking break
4:15PM Roundtable discussions
  • FinTech 101:  Understanding the basics in trade finance
    • Jacco de Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting
  • Data management and trade finance: Why is data important?
    • ​Andre Casterman, Chief Marketing Officer, Intix
  • Bank Payment Obligation: What do you need to know?
    • Angela Koll, Product Manager, Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Commerzbank
  • Understanding 3rd party portals: How do they work and what costs are associated?
    • Mateusz Łukaszewski, CEO, Ideas ON
Jacco De Jong, Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting
Andre Casterman, Chief Marketing Officer, Intix
Angela Koll, Specialist Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Commerzbank AG
5:30PM Close of conference followed by icebreaker drinks reception