GTR Africa 2023
Full 3
Accelerating strong and sustainable growth through trade
Cape Town, South Africa
Mar 16-17, 2023
2 Day Event

GTR Africa returned to Cape Town, South Africa on March 16-17 providing a one of a kind event for the trade, supply chain, commodity and infrastructure finance community.

Welcoming 525 market leaders this year, delegates received unrivalled insights into the latest trends and developments impacting African trade and infrastructure financing through an extensive programme of over 70 expert speakers, while the exhibition hall will provided an invaluable opportunity to network and connect with industry leaders, peers and potential clients.

Discussion themes included:

  • Boosting supply chain resilience
  • Infrastructure financing & debt sustainability
  • Agribusiness & food security
  • Metals, mining & ESG
  • AfCFTA and SME trade
  • Africa’s just energy transition

Global Trade Review (GTR) is excited to announce that GTR Africa will return to Cape Town, South Africa on March 14-15, 2024, marking 18 years in the region. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

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What others are saying

"GTR Africa 2023 was more than a conference. Simply an awesome experience for market knowledge and networking opportunities."

Alexander Lwatula, Zanaco

"This was a memorable conference. Great speakers, great topics and very lively participants. I am looking forward to the next one!"

Onyebuchi Memeh, Standard Chartered Bank

"Over 20 banks, loads of companies and some major customers - means GTR Africa is a critical event for me!"

Chris Bonnett, GE Healthcare

"A trade finance event not to be missed!"

Kwanele Makeleni, Small Business Connect Africa

"Excellent perspective to global trade. Overall, a great networking event!"

Michelo Shadunka, Atlas Mara

"This is the best trade event for banks, companies and services providers in the trade space to meet up and connect."

Lorraine Stuart, ABSA

"Great event! Well organised, excellent turnout and very relevant speakers. Trade focused for the future, for sure!"

Varsha Maharaj, Oceana Group

If you want to do business in Africa, you must be at this event!

H Potgieter, Africa Merchant Capital

"This conference brings new evolving ideas and solutions to industry challenges."

Shabier Jacobs, IMA Media Africa

"GTR Africa continues to be the leading trade event on the continent. Providing a platform to meet with those working in this sector."

Peter Hampson, BACB

"GTR Africa is the best connection point to Africa's trade and financing!"

Laszlo Varnai, Recovery Advisers

"I've been attending GTR in Cape Town for more than 10 years and it just gets better each year. Seeing all the familiar faces in person is not to be missed."

E Rabie, Price Forbes & Partners

"Wonderful event with insightful and provocative discourse, coupled with strong networking capabilities."

M Forsyth-Thompson, Standard Chartered Bank

Very current discussions in the context of world events and networking make this an excellent conference.

F Roux, Cornerstone Performance Solutions

"A great networking forum with very relevant topics being discussed that are trade related. Keep it up!"

Poonam Mansukhlal Shah, Victoria Commercial Bank

Excellent platform for networking with stakeholder in the trade space from all over the world!

C Mtesigwa, Elements Limited

"GTR Africa was insightful with fantastic topics, would 100% recommend attending!"

Natalie Rodrigues, Maersk

"Great conference! The GTR Events app is also easy to use and interact with attendees."

Mashudu Rathidili, ABSA

An important annual gathering of key players in Africa. The trade and export finance content and networking opportunities make this a worthwhile conference to attend.

S Nxaba, Nedbank

"Congratulations GTR on the fantastic response you achieved in trade clients involved in the event!"

Duncan Oliphant, Bongani Consulting

"GTR Africa was a well put together and packaged event. The quality of speakers was A+ and the opportunity to network was invaluable. A good event all over!"

Ayotomi Elemide, DIT

The main springboard for attracting investors, funding providers and more importantly project sponsors, this event is unique in its ability to bring stakeholders together in one large forum. Marketing the benefits of inward investment opportunities is key in today’s competitive environment – this is what GTR Africa does so well, year in, year out.

 G. Buck, GKB Ventures LTD

"A very focused event, based on quality with a touch of 'superbness'!"

Digby Bennett, China Systems

"Do not miss this event!"

Kwanele Makeleni, Small Business Connect Africa

"Very well organised event with relevant content and great networking opportunities. Will definitely attend again!!"

Johnny Hansen, Africa Global Trade Finance (AGTF)

The conference has interesting topics discussed and a very good variety of financiers participating. This event is a great place for networking and understanding the business environment.

H Keranen, Nokia

"An amazing conference. Great topics!"

Parita Shailan Shan, Victoria Commercial Bank

"It is the first time attending this event and it has sharpened my acumen and knowledge on global trade and the available opportunities in Africa."

Baraka Mselemu, CRDB Bank

Really enjoyed the conference and found the topics discussed to be very relevant and helpful. I will definitely make use of what I have learned.

D Scott, Gascon ADO Southey Holdings

"Excellent event GTR as always!"

Gary Cutress, Surecomp

This conference is absolutely essential for business leaders around the globe.

S Gata, Cartertech

"A big thank you to GTR Africa for giving me as an SME the opportunity to rub shoulders with big players, having a global insight into movements on the African continent and being provided potential opportunities to SME support and African mobilization."

M Skisazana, Jozac Traders

"Keeping development markets in touch with 1st world market trends."

Jannie Louw, The Co-Op Humansdorp

"More now than ever, collaboration has become critical. GTR Is a great platform to bring all players in trade and export together."

Mike Shirley, MCB

"Always a great event to connect with entrepreneurs, deal makers and financiers!"

Munyaradzi Musamba, Dijo Group

"Great insights and for possible solutions shared towards making our continent trade in the most efficient ways."

Hlobisile Shoba, Maersk

"Phenomenal platform to network and develop relationships."

Shearidan Rabsch, CA Global Africa Recruitment

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Event agenda and registered companies

The event provides a highly anticipated opportunity to connect with all corners of the market, from local and international banks to multinational corporations and SMEs, fintechs and alternative financiers, commodity brokers and traders, insurers and risk managers, lawyers, consultants, ECAs, multilaterals and more!

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Access the full two-day programme featuring over 20 discussions from over 70 speakers!

Registered companies

Download the list of registered companies to see who you could meet at this year's event!

*List is updated intermittently

Over 50 senior to C-level speakers

    Acha Leke
    (Senior Partner & Chairman, McKinsey & Company)
    Adam Marcus
    (Head of Group Treasury, Dis-Chem Pharmacies)
    Ahanna Anaba
    (Head of Sales - Digital Solutions & Partnerships, Finverity)
    Amir Hussain
    (Senior Underwriter, Political Risk Insurance & Trade Credit, Africa Specialty Risks)
    Amish Shunker
    (Head, Structuring Solutions, Transactional & Services, Standard Bank)
    Aneta Klosek
    (Director, Global Trade Compliance Market Planning, LexisNexis Risk Solutions)
    Anne-marie Woolley
    (Chief Executive Officer, Africa Global Trade Finance)
    Bharat Gupta
    (Senior Vice-President & Head, Trade & Structured Finance, Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Olam International)
    Bohani Hlungwane
    (Managing Director, Head of Trade & Working Capital, Africa, Absa Corporate and Investment Bank)
    Carlos Teixeira
    (Global Industry Principal, Finastra)
    Carol Khumalo
    (Trading Operations, Carbonado Energy)
    Derryn Faure
    (FI Trade, Investec Bank)
    Dinos Demetriades
    (Chief Financial Officer, Pelagic Resources)
    Dirk Van Den Berg
    (Country Head - Southern Africa, UK Export Finance (UKEF))
    Divya Bagrecha
    (Chief Treasury Officer, Janus Continental Group)
    Duarte Pedreira
    (Head of International Development Organisations & Trade Finance, Crown Agents Bank)
    Eleanor Weir
    (Executive Director, Structured Export Finance, Standard Chartered)
    Emuel Schoeman
    (Co-founder & Managing Director & Head of Working Capital, Addendum Financial Technologies)
    Florian Witt
    (Managing Director, Divisional Head International & Corporate Banking, ODDO BHF)
    Freddie Tucker
    (Investment Manager, Trade & Supply Chain Finance, British International Investment)
    Gabriel Buck
    (Managing Director, GKB Ventures)
    George Guvamatanga
    (Secretary for Finance & Economic Development, Zimbabwean Ministry of Finance & Economic Development)
    George Wilson
    (Head of Institutional Trade, Investec Bank)
    Greg Fyfe
    (Head, Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Standard Bank)
    Inal Henry
    (Chief Executive Officer, ReagaInfra Capital)
    Jackie Boyce
    (Vice-President, Southern & Eastern Africa, Financial Institutions Group, Global Trade Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC))
    Jean Eric Matunga
    (Head of Financial Institutions, Bank One)
    Johannes Horstmann
    (Infrastructure Transaction Advisor, J Advisory)
    Jørn Fredsgaard Sørensen
    (Department Director, EKF)
    Justin Milo
    (Manager, Transactor Trade Sales, Standard Bank)
    Kagiso Habangana
    (Deputy Senior Private Secretary to the Vice-President, Government of Botswana)
    Kathleen Wong
    (Partner, Allen & Overy)
    Kayode Oladipo
    (Partner, Africa Practice Lead, Finance & Lending, Clifford Chance)
    Laurie Hammond
    (Partner, Hogan Lovells)
    Lodewyk Meyer
    (Partner, Tabacks)
    Lorna Pillow
    (Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chair, London Forfaiting Company )
    Louis Du Plessis
    (Head, Trade Finance, Rand Merchant Bank)
    Luka Lightfoot
    (Partner, Baker McKenzie)
    Marianna Papadopoulos
    (Senior Specialist - Capital Raising & Syndications, Industrial Development Corporation)
    Mark Norris
    (Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK)
    Mergan Naidoo
    (Head of Trade Advisory, Rand Merchant Bank)
    Michael Creighton
    (Executive Director, Credit & Political Risks, WTW)
    Michael Vrontamitis
    (Deputy-Chair, World Trade Board, Independent)
    Michelle Chivunga
    (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Global Policy House)
    Mohan Vivekanandan
    (Group Executive, Client Coverage, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA))
    Mugundhan Paranthaman
    (Head of Technology, UAE Trade Connect (UTC))
    Nastassia Arendse
    (Business Anchor, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC))
    Nathalie Louat
    (Director, International Finance Corporation (IFC))
    Nicholas Oliver
    (Head, NMS)
    Oliver Wright
    (Director, BPL Global)
    Onyebuchi Memeh
    (Head of Trade South Africa & Southern Africa, Standard Chartered)
    Peter Hampson
    (Head of Marketing & Communications, BACB)
    Peter Malinzi
    (Currency Trader, Africa Desk, Rand Merchant Bank)
    Portia Dube
    (Head, Business Development, Export Credit Insurance Corporation South Africa (ECIC SA))
    Prince Wadie
    (Trade Structuring Head for Sub-Saharan Africa, Citi)
    Rafique Jassiem
    (Executive, Group Procurement, Oceana Group)
    Ralph Pecker
    (Founder & Executive Director, Paycode)
    Raphael Grojnowski
    (Co-Founder & Director, Mama Money)
    Robert Besseling
    (Chief Executive Officer, Pangea-Risk)
    Russell Brown
    (Global Head of Trade Finance, Deutsche Bank)
    Sarah Whitten
    (Regional Manager for Finance & Implementation, U.S. Trade & Development Agency)
    Sean Edwards
    (Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC))
    Sean Shiels
    (Head, Africa, Grains & Oilseeds, Export Trading Group (ETG))
    Sekete Mokgehle
    (Head of Export Credit Finance, Nedbank CIB)
    Seyi Akinwale
    (Senior Vice-President, Structured Trade Solutions, GE Capital)
    Sinan Ozcan
    (Senior Executive Officer, DP World Financial Services)
    Srividya Subramanian
    (Global Head - Sales & Origination, META & APAC, Traydstream)
    Stewart Mumba
    (Head, Trade Finance & Working Capital, Atlas Mara)
    Thomas Kadantot
    (Group General Manager, Treasury & International Banking, First Capital Bank)
    Tod Burwell
    (President & Chief Executive Officer, BAFT)
    Tsvetan Pavlov
    (Regional Head of Africa & Europe, Global Credit Insurance Group, Standard Chartered)
    Victor Mashoko
    (Senior Manager, Structured Trade & Commodity Finance, AfreximBank)
    Wouter Kool
    (General Manager, Kenya, Rabobank)
    Zhann Meyer
    (Head of Agricultural Commodities, Nedbank CIB)

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As the world’s leading trade, commodity and export finance publisher and event organiser, GTR offers sponsors and advertisers unrivalled exposure and profiling among their peer and client groups. GTR can offer various appealing options that would strategically and effectively help raise the profile of the partner, and offer a highly effective platform with which to showcase its capabilities and mission.

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– Attract new businesses, agents, customers and partners

– Deliver your message to a gathering of key players


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Contact Ed Virtue for sponsorship opportunities. | +44 (0) 20 8772 3008


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Institutional partnerships are available for government organisations and public bodies. Media partnerships and press passes are available.

Contact Elisabeth Spry for partnership opportunities. | +44 (0) 20 8772 3006

Venue: CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre), Hall 8
Address: Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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