East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference 2018



GTR marks ten years in Nairobi with the East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference 2018, the EAC’s most comprehensive gathering of commodity producers, traders, corporates and financiers.

Notwithstanding political risks and structural finance sector challenges impacting the region, a wealth of business opportunity is available to those with an understanding of East African trade.

2018’s event will bring experienced trade and finance specialists to the stage to provide insights on operating in this exciting region, including geopolitical updates, innovations in financial technology, techniques enabling the distribution of finance throughout the manufacturing and commodity value chain, and credit and political risk insurance capacities. With over 300 expected to attend in May, this is an unmissable event for all those doing business in East Africa!

Topics for discussion include:

  • Driving economic growth with intra-African trade
  • Boosting competitiveness: Supply chain finance in the manufacturing sector
  • Regulatory update: The impact of the interest rate cap and IFRS9
  • Banking sector perspectives: A return to optimism for 2018?
  • Mapping the region’s soft commodities sector: A guide to financing the agribusiness value chain
  • Case study: Digitising the oil & gas sector
  • The Trade Tech Showcase: Introducing East Africa’s hottest fintechs
  • Interactive SME workshop: A guide to international trade growth and e-commerce
  • Deal analysis: Appetite and capacity for trade credit and political risk insurance in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Impact funds and sustainable investment: A new player in the trade sector

     A forum for insightful discussion and exchange of best practice among players in trade finance. Relevant and critical for building continued access to global expertise.
    J Kimutai, CBA

    Speakers include:

  • Niama El Bassunie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Waystocap
  • Max Bock, Vice-President, Sustainable Investments, Deutsche Bank
  • Simon Cook, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester
  • Samir Esmail, Chief Executive Officer, Afrisian Cotton
  • Edward George, Country Head, UK Representative Office & Head of Group Research, Ecobank
  • Dheerie Govender, Chief Executive Officer, Global Collateral Control
  • Werner Griessel, Chief Financial Officer, East Africa, Sucafina
  • Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk, Global Trade Finance, SMBC Europe
  • Marc Harel, Head of Institutional Banking, Mauritius Commercial Bank
  • Erik Hersman, Chief Executive Officer, BRCK
  • Mwirigi Imungi, Group Treasury Manager, East African Breweries
  • Carl Kachale Chirwa, Head of Trade Finance, Sub-Saharan Africa, Citi Kenya
  • Marieme Kamara, Member of the ITFA Africa Regional Committee and Managing Director Africa at Wilben Trade
  • Joseph Kariuki, Partner, Audit, KPMG Kenya
  • Jack Kiche, Chief Financial Officer, Central, East & West Africa, Nokia Networks
  • Stephen Kimwele, General Manager, Corporate Banking, I&M Bank
  • Beth Kithinji, Associate Director, Audit, KPMG Kenya
  • Patrick Lekasi, Principal, Trade Sales, Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank
  • John Lentaigne, Chief Underwriting Officer, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
  • Patrick Makau, Principal, Head of Trade & Trade Products, Kenya & East Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Alastair McLeod, Member of the ITFA Africa Regional Committee and Partner at JLT Specialty Limited
  • Zhann Meyer, Head of Agricultural Commodities, Nedbank CIB
  • Lloyd Muposhi, Head of Trade Finance, Trade & Development Bank (TDB)
  • James Mwai, Business, Sustainability & Development Consultant
  • Joyce Njogu, Head of KAM Consulting, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
  • Duarte Pedreira, Head of Trade Finance, Crown Agents Bank; Board Member, Head of Young Professionals, International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA)
  • Louis du Plessis, Head of FI Trade & Distribution at Rand Merchant Bank
  • Cecilia Rague-Kaisha, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Underwriting Africa
  • Matt Roberts-Davies, Experience Director, M-Changa
  • Rikin Shah, Group Chief Financial Officer, Janus Continental Group
  • Nimit Shah, Partner, Helios Investment PartnersFor more information contact:
    Elisabeth Spry

Photo by unsplash.com  John-Mark Smith

April 5 (Thursday), 2018 |

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