Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 25-26, 2015
2 Day Event

Nordic Region trade finance community gather in Stockholm for major trade conference

Global Trade Review (GTR) returned to Stockholm to host the annual Nordic Region Trade & Export Finance Conference, taking place at the Radisson Blu Waterfront on November 25-26.

With full support and endorsement from over 35 of the market’s leading institutions including SEB, Nordea, Amcham Sweden, Kreditforsakringsforeninger, Nortrade and more, this highly anticipated two-day conference attracted 395 business leaders and provided extensive networking opportunities for domestic, regional and international financial institutions, SMEs and MNCs, policy makers and trade finance specialists.

The event commenced with an opening introduction from Thomas Gur, Journalist & Broadcaster followed by a keynote address from Annika Winsth, Chief Economist, Nordea, who outlined an economist’s view: Matching the Nordic trade footprint with an evolving world economy. Additional speakers from the likes of Volvo, Siemens, Konecranes, Nokia, Huawei, Valmet and Metsä Group also shared their experiences.

“The key theme at this year’s meeting was global volatility. The success of Nordic exporters across the globe is the envy of many, but this naturally leads to exposure to numerous external risks, particularly in today’s environment of stagnation in key developed and emerging economies, geopolitical strife, and the challenging conditions being seen across physical commodities markets” said George Mitchell, Senior Conference Producer. “Appetite for this year’s GTR conference was unprecedented – the Nordic region’s leading exporters will be providing their perspective on the key challenges being faced across the international trade sector, and the financing and risk management techniques being used to facilitate and sustain global supply chains, export flows and foreign investments.”

With so many high-level delegates in attendance, networking offered a key feature throughout both days. A dedicated networking lunch, an evening drinks reception and specific networking platforms provided ample opportunities for anyone serious about doing business in the region to create new business contacts and build relationships with the market’s main players.

  • Thomas Gür, Journalist & Broadcaster
  • Annika Winsth, Chief Economist, Nordea
  • Jan Saaek, Vice President & Group Treasurer, Norican Group
  • Tore Bäckström, Senior Advisor, Volvo Buses
  • Allan Nielsen, Head of Transaction Services, Sweden, SEB
  • Karin Apelman, Director General, EKN
  • Pauli Heikkilä, Chief Executive Officer, Finnvera
  • Catrin Fransson, Chief Executive Officer, SEK
  • Ulla Wangestad, Director, Strategic Department, GIEK
  • Christian Ølgaard, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, EKF
  • Cathrin Karpinski, Senior Vice-President, Export Finance, Head of International Markets, Commerzbank
  • Torbjörn Lindberg, Director, Project & Export Finance, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
  • Alexander Qvennerstedt, Partner, Credit, Political & Security Risks, Nordic Region, JLT
  • Jesper Brøchner Pettersson, Head of Export Finance, Danske Bank
  • Xavier-Marie Robert, Head of Export Finance, Funding, Americas, Asia & Sectors, Societe Generale
  • Per Edlundh, Director, Large Corporates Export Finance, SEK
  • Fredrik Enderlein, Partner, Credit & Political Risk, Brim
  • Kade Spears, Head of Political & Credit Risks, The Channel Syndicate
  • Axel Stridsberg, Head of Trade Finance Bank Management, Nordea
  • Patrik Achtman, Head of Scandinavian Marketing, Global Trade Finance, Bank ABC
  • Karl Lundell, Dubai Representative Office, Credit & Political Risk, Brim
  • Tony Lindström, Director, Customer Finance & Risk, EMEA Region, Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Mauro Bonacina, Trade Market Manager, BNY Mellon
  • Kimmo Helle, Vice-President, Treasury Development & Trade Finance, Metsä Group
  • Matti Malminen, Director, Trade & Export Finance, Konecranes
  • Ian Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Bolero
  • André Casterman, Global Head, Corporate and Supply Chain Markets, Swift
  • Urban Ljungblom, Head, Industry & Public Affairs, Nordea
  • Winfried Blasius, Sales Director, Europe, Bank & Corporate Trade Finance & Supply Chain Finance Solutions, SureComp
  • Patrik Zekkar, Global Head of Supply Chain Finance, Danske Bank
  • Joel Schrevens, Solutions Director & Head of European Operations, China Systems
  • Henry Balani, Head of Innovation, Accuity
  • Chris Mitman, Global Head Export & Agency Finance, Investec
  • Magnus Furuholm, Head, Swedbank South Africa
  • Frederick Tucker, Head of Trade Finance, Dints International
  • Faruq Muhammad, Regional Head Structured Export Finance, Africa & Middle East, Standard Chartered
  • Matthew Goddard, Business Development Director, Trade Finance Partners
  • Marie Aglert, Head, Transport & Construction Unit, EKN
  • Hadi El-Amaary, Export & Trade Finance Manager, India, Middle East & Africa, ABB Dubai
  • Carl Zdolsek, Vice-President, Area Manager MEA, SEB
  • Jussi Haarasilta, Executive Vice-President, Head of Large Corporates, Finnvera
  • Jari Hänninen, Head of Structured Finance, Credit Products, Nokia
  • Andreas Back, Manager, Financial Services, Wärtsilä Corporation
  • Mikael Fridlund, Finance Manager, Trade & Project Finance, Pulp & Energy Business Line, Valmet
  • Mattias Berntsson, Regional Manager, EKN
  • David Shellhammer, Chief Executive Officer, Driconeq Group
  • Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman, SEB
  • Henrik Lööf, Chairman, Kreditforsakringsforeningen (KFF)
  • Ana Boata, Economist, Europe, Euler Hermes
  • Arne Antonsson, Chief Credit Officer, Electrolux
  • Peter Hedberg, Director, Global Business Unit, Atradius
  • Johan Anderson, Chief Risk Officer, SEB
  • Peter Ström, Head of Risk, Large Corporates & Institutions, Swedbank
  • Johan Trocme, Head of Corporate Research, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Nordea
  • Eero Tuulos, Director, Investor Relations, Nokia
  • Per Norman, Head of Treasury & Risk Management, BillerudKorsnäs
  • Magnus Velander, Head of Cash, Export & Trade Finance Solutions, Group Treasury, Scania

Venue: Radisson Blu Waterfront
Address: Radisson Blu Waterfront, Nils Ericsons Plan, 4 111 64 Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone/Fax: +46 8 505 060 00/ +46 (8) 5050 6001



Email: George Mitchell at


Email: Beatrice Boldini at


Email: Perry Greaves at

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