May 13-14, 2014
2 Day Event

Largest trade finance gathering in Australia for 2014

GTR, the global financial industry publication, were delighted to host the inaugural Australia Trade & Export Finance Conference, which took place at the Swissôtel Sydney, on the 13th & 14th May, 2014.

This two-day conference attracted over 250 business leaders to provide extensive networking opportunities for domestic, regional and international financial institutions; local SMEs and global corporates; policy makers; lawyers, and specialist trade finance risk analysts.

With resource rich Australia now looking firmly at external markets for new trade opportunities, the conference focussed on the potentially lucrative export market to Asia – especially China – and the implications on the supply chain when increasingly dealing with cross border trade. With EFIC, Austrade and the Export Council of Australia (ECA) strongly represented throughout the agenda, the theme of export promotion was discussed at length for the benefit of the corporate, banking and wider trade finance community.

“Australia’s economy has wavered of late with concern growing in many sectors regarding the impact of global economic conditions,” says the producer of the conference, Paul Greetham. “This conference brought together the people that make a difference in the market to discuss new strategies, address industry concerns and to create an action plan from which the region can return to enviable growth that has been the norm in recent years.”

With so many high-level delegates in attendance, networking was a key feature throughout the conference. With a networking lunches, an evening drinks reception and specific networking platforms, there was ample opportunity for anyone serious about doing business in Australia to create new business contacts and build relationships with the market’s main players.

“The newly created Australia Trade & Export Finance Conference has been so well received by the local market, we rightly expect this event to become a flagship event within the GTR Asia calendar,” said Rupert Sayer, CEO of GTR Asia. “The many delegates and supporters have helped launch this key industry gathering into a hotbed of contemporary discussion and unrivalled networking. We look forward to facilitating business in the region for many years to come.”

  • Angus Armour, Deputy Secretary, Industry, Innovation, Hospitality & the Arts, NSW Department of Trade &
  • Investment, Regional Infrastructure & Services, Commonwealth of Australia
  • Peter Mace, General Manager, Export Council of Australia (ECA)
  • Roger Donnelly, Chief Economist, Export Finance & Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
  • Robert Rennie, Global Head of FX & Commodity Strategy, Westpac Institutional Bank
  • Adnan Ghani, Head of Trade Product, Global Trade & Transaction Services, Institutional Banking & Markets, CBA
  • Alan Huse, Head of Transaction Banking, Australia, ANZ
  • Andrew Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, Export Finance & Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
  • Andrew Lawson, Director, Structured Export Finance, ANZ
  • Andrew Perdriau, Group Treasurer, GPC Asia Pacific
  • Andrew Watson, Executive Director of SME, Export Finance & Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
  • Bob Blower, Working Capital & Transaction Banking Specialist, Freelance Consultant
  • Caroline Monks, Senior Foreign Legal Associate, DLA Piper
  • Chris Blake, Commercial Director, Australia & New Zealand, Euler Hermes
  • Christine Andryszczak, Director, Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Institutional Banking, NAB
  • David Pulver, National Practice Leader, Trade Credit, Surety & Political Risk, Arthur J Gallagher
  • Deborah Seliski, Director, Global Head, Traditional Trade Channels & Open Account Services, RBS
  • Franck de Praetere, Head of Banking Markets, Asia Pacific, Swift
  • Geoff W Rose, Head of Agribusiness, NAB Gordon Sparrow, Executive Director, Head of Trade & Supply Chain
  • Finance Sales, Global Transactional Services, Westpac Institutional Bank
  • Jolyon Ellwood-Russell, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Hari Janakiraman, Head, Global Production Management & Engagement, Trade & Supply Chain Operations, ANZ
  • Herman Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Sino Regal
  • Huw McKay, Executive Director, Economics, Westpac Institutional Bank
  • James Harmer, Account Manager, Corporate Risks, Specialty, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Australia
  • John Perego, Director, Specialised Solutions, Trade & Supply Chain Finance Sales, Westpac Institutional Bank
  • Jon Meys, Regional Business Executive, Central NSW Business Banking, NAB
  • Jonathon Booth, Head of Global Trade & Supply Chain Solutions, Australia, Global Treasury Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Jose Lopez-Mateos, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC HK
  • Ken Tay, Head, China Desk, HSBC Bank Australia
  • Kuresh Sarjan, Managing Director, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Asia Pacific, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Michael Lim, Global Head of Structured Finance, ANZ
  • Monique Stella, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Naomi Flutter, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Australia & New Zealand, Deutsche Bank
  • Philippe Odouard, Chief Executive Officer, Quickstep Holdings
  • Rebecca Warren, Head of Distribution, NSW/ACT & QLD, Capital & Cash flow Solutions, NAB
  • Sander Hansen, Head of Structured Trade Finance, Asia Pacific, RBS
  • Shivkumar Seerapu, Regional Head of Trade Finance, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank
  • Venkatesh Somanathan, Regional Head of Trade Finance Products, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank
  • Vivek Gupta, Head of Global Trade & Supply Chain & Working Capital Products, ANZ

Venue: Swissôtel Sydney
Address: 68 Market Street, Sydney, 2000 NSW, Australia
Telephone/Fax: +61 (2) 9238 8888


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