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East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference 2018

Enter early booking discount code: EBD10 to receive a 10% discount on any pass! Expires April 20.

“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


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!

Key dates:

May 22-23: East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference 2018

May 23: ITFA Workshop

May 23-24: GTR Training: International Trade Finance (sold separately)



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

Get the full agenda

Take a peek at this year’s list of speakers!


Who will you meet?

  • Local and international banks
  • Multinationals and SMEs
  • Independent financiers
  • Commodity brokers and traders
  • Insurers and risk managers
  • Lawyers and consultants
  • Fintech providers
  • ECAs & multilaterals


Additional information:

  • Check out last year’s photos on Facebook & Google Photos
  • Join the discussion on social media with the official event hashtag #GTREA



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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 Partners

Registered companies will be uploaded here on a date closer to the event.

View the list of companies who attended in 2017.

Address: Radisson Blu Hotel Upper Hill , Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone/Fax: +254 709 810000


“It has been a great conference where professional minds and network meet. With a well-organized program and activities, indeed a lot has been achieved by many institutions and we would like to encourage them to continue with that spirit.”

G Ochola,

“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

“The whole event was very informative and all the topics discussed were valuable.”

P Njoroge, Prime Bank

“GTR is to be recommended for the diverse range of industry experts that it has managed to bring together for this conference and the excellent and topical content of the programme.”

O Al-Ali, Simmons & Simmons

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Conference only:
Standard rate: US$ 999
*Corporate rate: US$ 300

*The corporate rate applies to exporters, importers, traders, manufacturers and producers of physical goods only.

15% multi-booking discount for second or any subsequent booking received from the same company and office booked at the same time.

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