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Dubai, UAE
Feb 17-18, 2020
2 Day Event

GTR MENA 2020 logo

Industry experts meet in Dubai to discuss the future of trade

With the rapidly changing dynamics in a turbulent global economic landscape, the future of trade, and the trade finance that supports it, continues to be a topic for debate.

The extent to which corporates, financial institutions and government agencies are working together to assess future prospects – guiding their constituents to strong growth and reduced risk – and the markets being explored, solutions discussed and efficiencies unveiled was a key theme when Gulf News spoke to Maninder Bhandari (Director of the Derby Group and former global banker) and Peter Gubbins (CEO & Founder of Global Trade Review) on the sidelines of GTR MENA 2020, the region’s annual leading event for trade finance. The event takes place this week (February 17-18) at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, welcoming over 800 key figures from the local, regional and global corporate and banking sectors.

With special focus on the importance of ‘seizing opportunities’ for this year’s instalment, GTR MENA provides an unrivalled platform for increasing awareness of the market, presenting the opportunity to hear from leading local and international trade and export finance experts and employing a wide range of session formats and networking activities to facilitate high-quality conversations and business development opportunities. Discussions on Day One centred around how best to capitalise on such opportunities, from the potential trade legacy of Expo 2020 to new trade flows and political relationships, as well as ongoing conversations around the “digitisation journey” being undertaken by many in the market. Strong attention was also paid to the importance of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship, improving diversity levels and creating a more inclusive environment, with close attention paid to the important work of the SheTrades initiative, as well as tips for exporters on how to “get noticed” in a competitive landscape.

Hosted by Laura Buckwell, former news anchor for the TV channel City7 TV, Day One of the event welcomed a number of the highest-calibre speakers, all of whom were keen to share their expertise and offer guidance on how best to navigate the current climate. These included Massimo Falcioni, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE federal export credit agency tasked with accelerating and sustaining national economic diversification as well as supporting the export and re-export of goods, services and foreign investment; Dr Karen Remo, recently proclaimed the ‘Female Leader of the Year’ in the Middle East Economic Digest Awards and the co-founder of New Perspective Media Group; and Laura Lane, Global President of Public Affairs for UPS, a former trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and winner of the Washington Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ award.

Both Bhandari and Gubbins were keen to emphasise that they feel the period of reduced economic growth was thankfully over, with markets now seizing opportunities previously unconsidered in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and Iraq among others. Bhandari was also keen to stress that downturns in global markets were nothing new, whether in MENA, Asia Pacific or Latin America: “Trade is often a cyclical process and the past 25 years has seen challenges across many markets; what is notable is that each downturn has attracted talented solutions and efforts to think outside the box. These solutions if well thought-out and implemented with resolve lead to improved efficiencies, developments in the blockchain space being an excellent example of this.”

Gubbins, a UK national and owner of UK-based GTR, was equally bullish when talking about the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the European Union and its impact on global, and specifically MENA, trade: “Businesses crave certainty, so whatever people’s individual viewpoints on the merits or otherwise of political decisions, now is the time for global trade to look to move forward, to build relationships and address key issues in pursuit of growth. Nowhere is that better showcased than the unrivalled opportunities provided by events such as GTR MENA, which in its 16th year has become the premier discussion medium across the MENA region.”


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Registered companies by sector

Companies already registered to the 2020 event include National Oilwell Varco, Al Yousuf Group, Bunge, Al Nasr Contracting Company, Chabros International Group, ArcelorMittal, Puma Energy, RAK Ceramics, Rakha Alkhaleej International (RAI), Qatar Steel Company and Juma Al Majid Group, to name just a few. Over 50% of attendees are corporates & traders and 20% are bankers & financiers representing over 400 different companies from around the world. Over 80% of all attendees held a senior to a c-level position.

  • ABB Group
  • Abdul Latif Jameel International
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
  • ADDAR Chemicals Company
  • AG MELCO Elevator
  • Agriprocity
  • Air Liquide
  • Akron Shipping
  • Al Futtaim
  • Al Ghurair
  • Al Ghurair Foods
  • Al Habtoor Motors
  • Al Khaleej Sugar
  • Al Mostajed Technologies
  • Al Muhaidib Group
  • Al Naboodah
  • Al Qaryan Group
  • Al Rawabi Dairy
  • Al Shoala Group
  • Al Tayer Group
  • Al Yousuf Group
  • AlAbdulkarim Group
  • Albwardy Group
  • ALEC Group
  • AlFanar Company
  • Al-Futtaim
  • Alj Import And Distribution
  • Allied Polymers
  • Almajdouie Holdings
  • Almarai
  • Alnabooda
  • Alpha Crown Engineering Associates
  • Altaaqa Alternative Soultions
  • Amana Contracting Group Limited
  • AMS
  • APP International Marketing
  • Apparel Group
  • Arab & India Spices
  • Arabian Commodities
  • Arabian Construction Company
  • Arabtec Holding PJSC
  • Aramco Overseas Company
  • Arasco
  • Arcelik
  • ArcelorMittal
  • ASGC Holding
  • Atlantic Energy
  • Atlantis Global
  • Autoworld International
  • Awin Resource International
  • Barakat Vegetables & Fruits
  • Bayer
  • Beko
  • Biskom International
  • BLG industrial Solutions
  • Blue Deebaj
  • Blue Wheel Resources
  • Borouge
  • BP Oil International
  • Brand Folio
  • Brandfolio LLC
  • BRS Ventures Investment Limited
  • BSL Scaffolding
  • Bulk Commodities
  • Bunge
  • Business Aggregate
  • CAFI-Commodity & Freight Integrators
  • Canon
  • Canon Middle East FZE
  • Carestream
  • Cargill
  • Cemex S.A.B.
  • Centaurus International
  • Chabros International Group
  • Chalhoub Group
  • China State Contruction
  • Cofco International
  • Conares Metal Supply
  • Condor
  • Control Contracting & Trading
  • Coral Energy
  • Corodex Trading Co
  • Corrotherm International
  • Crescent Petroleum
  • Daimler Commercial Vehicles
  • Danube Group
  • Dell
  • Derby Group
  • Deshbandhu Group
  • DHL
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DP World
  • Dubai Airport Freezone
  • Dubai World Trade Centre
  • Ducab
  • EGA
  • Elite Group
  • Emaar Properties
  • Emirates Airline
  • Emirates Aluminium
  • Emirates Crop One
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Emirates Healthcare
  • ENOC
  • ENPI
  • Ericsson
  • Etihad Drug Store
  • Export Trading Group (ETG)
  • Fairdeal Traders
  • Future Group Holdings
  • GAP Polymers
  • Gautam General Trading
  • GBMT Group
  • GE Healthcare
  • General Electric (GE)
  • Ghassan Aboud Group
  • Global Commodity Ventures FZC
  • Global Natural
  • Global Pipe Company
  • GM (General Motors)
  • Golden Core Trading
  • Goodyear
  • Greenland
  • Gulf Drug LLC
  • Gulf Petrochem
  • Haji Hussain AliReza Co LTD
  • Hakan Agro
  • Hakara Resources
  • Hanwa Middle East FZE
  • Hargood Corporation
  • Hassani Group
  • Heartland Trading Co LLC
  • HIKVision
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Middle East Corp.FZE
  • HMD Global
  • Honeywell
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Huda Lighting
  • Ingram Micro
  • International Golden Group
  • Interplast
  • ITG
  • Ittihad International Investment
  • Jackys
  • Jagat AgroTech
  • Jamal Al-Ghurair Group of Companies
  • Jatlee Commodities
  • JFE Shoji Trade Corporation ME
  • Jindal SAW
  • Juma Al Majid
  • Jumbo Electronics Co.
  • Jumbo Logistics
  • KBBO Group
  • Kier
  • Kimera Middle East
  • Kludi RAK
  • Kobian
  • Kogex DMCC
  • KrypC
  • Kumanti Ventures DMCC
  • Kuwait Food Company
  • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
  • L&T Construction
  • L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering
  • Laith Al Obaidi
  • Lamar Commodity Trading
  • Landmark
  • Landmark Group (RNA Resources Group)
  • Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
  • Larsen Toubro Arabia Co
  • Leora Exports DMCC
  • Liberty Commodities
  • Liberty Fe Trade
  • Liberty House Group
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • LuLu Group
  • Majdouie Holding Co
  • Man Corp
  • Mantrac Group
  • Masdar
  • Megnacio
  • MENA Energy
  • Mercancia Continental DMCC
  • Mercator Commodities
  • Mercuria Energy Group
  • Mercury Commodities
  • Metito Overseas
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Midcom
  • Mohamed Yousef Naghi Motors
  • Mohammed Tayyeb Khoory and Sons
  • Monjasa
  • Multi Commerce FZE Dubai
  • National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
  • National Oilwell Varco Inc
  • Navodaya DMCC
  • NCT Group
  • Nestlé
  • Nissan Middle East
  • Nissan Saudi Arabia
  • NMC Healthcare
  • Nokia
  • NOON
  • Novelis
  • Nurol Construction and Trading
  • Oando
  • Oceaneering International Services
  • Oil Burg
  • Oil Marketing and Trading
  • Olam International
  • Oman Trading International
  • One Foods
  • Oracle
  • Orange World Trade
  • Orient Links
  • Outotec
  • Papers Worldwide Limited
  • Pardan & Company
  • Petrochem Middle East
  • Petrofac
  • Petromin Corporation
  • Petronas Parekh Industrial Equipments Trading
  • Philips
  • Phoenix Global DMCC
  • Planet Core Group
  • Polymed Trading
  • Praramb Agri Trading DMCC
  • Premium Tobacco International
  • Proclad Group
  • Promising International Trading
  • Proton Engineering LLC
  • PSTV Energy
  • Quality Metals
  • Radiant World
  • RAK Ceramics
  • RAK Co For White Cement&Const Mat
  • Rak Ghani
  • RAK Properties Co PJS
  • Rakez
  • Rakha Alkhaleej International (RAI)
  • RAQ Contracting
  • Redington Gulf
  • Rescom Holdings
  • Rezayat
  • Richcomm Global Services
  • RNZ International
  • Roto Packing
  • RSK Environment
  • RWood Resources
  • Saint Gobain
  • Salini Impregilo
  • Sanad Aerotech
  • Sanjose Contracting
  • Saudi Airlines
  • Saudi Constructioneers
  • Saudi German Hospital
  • Scheider Electrics
  • Seetha Global
  • Selkar Trading
  • Seven Energy International
  • Siemens
  • SIG Combibloc
  • SOCAR Trading
  • Sodamco
  • SOI Global
  • Solutions & Growth Management FZE (SGM)
  • Sony Corporation
  • Sony Professional Solutions MEA FZ LLC
  • Soybean Crushing Co
  • Spectrum Exhibition
  • SRG Holding
  • Star Cement
  • Star Petrochem
  • Starlink
  • Starwood Industries
  • STC
  • Steinweg Sharaf FZCO
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • Sunrise Petroleum
  • SWCC
  • Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises
  • T Choithram & Sons
  • Tayseer Arar Trading
  • Tetra Pak Export
  • Thales Group
  • The Brink's Company
  • The Elixir Clinic
  • Thinkronyze by AMAIS LLC
  • Tracon General Trading
  • Trafigura Group
  • Tyco Fire and Security Middle East & Africa
  • Ujjaval Power
  • Unilever
  • Union Copper
  • United Engineering Construction (UNEC)
  • United Foods
  • UPS
  • Utmost Building Materials
  • Vin Metal Synergies
  • Vink Corporation
  • Vintage Bullion DMCC
  • Vishwamitra
  • Vitol
  • Xylem
  • Zain
  • Zakher Marine International
  • Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Absa
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Al Masraf Bank
  • Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank
  • Arab Bank
  • BACB
  • Bank Asia
  • Bank Islam Brunei Darulssalam
  • Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam
  • Bank Of America
  • Banque De Commerce et De Placements (BCP)
  • Banque Misr
  • Barclays
  • Belfius Bank
  • Bluford Capital
  • BNP Paribas
  • BNY Mellon
  • Citi
  • Commerzbank AG
  • Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dierkes Lemke & Partner
  • Emirates NBD
  • Euro Exim Bank
  • FIMBank
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
  • Gulf International Bank
  • HSBC
  • ING
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Islami Bank
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Lenovo Financial Services
  • Mashreq
  • MCB
  • Mizuho Bank
  • MUFG
  • Mutual Trust Bank
  • NBF (National Bank of Fujairah)
  • NCC Bank
  • Noor Bank
  • RAKBANK (The National Bank of Ras al-Khaimah)
  • Riyad Bank
  • SABB
  • Sberbank
  • Social Islami Bank
  • Société Générale
  • Standard Chartered
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
  • The Access Bank UK
  • United Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wyelands Bank
  • Zenith Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
  • Al Khayyat Investments
  • Barak Fund Management
  • Bedouin Financial
  • Blend Financial Services
  • Dow Jones
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Eradah Capital
  • Falcon Group
  • GE Capital
  • Greensill Capital (UK) Limited
  • Gulf International Finance Limited
  • Incomlend
  • Maersk
  • Olayan Saudi Holding Comapny
  • Orbitt
  • Qbera Capital
  • Rasmala
  • RiverRock
  • Sarwa
  • The Global CIO Office
  • Wilben Trade
  • YNI Capital
  • Bolero International
  • Cogencelabs
  • Coriolis Technologies
  • Demica
  • DLT Ledgers
  • Etisalat Digital
  • Gateway Group
  • HPD LendScape
  • Kyriba
  • Mitigram
  • NeuroSoft SA
  • Pole Star
  • Premium Technology
  • Swift
  • Tallyx Inc
  • TradeAssets
  • TradeIX
  • Transguard Group
  • CB Advisers
  • Cranmore Partners
  • Dar Group
  • EXX Africa
  • Independent
  • International Company Profile (ICP)
  • Kizad
  • MI Capital Finance Consultants
  • Nuevo Asia
  • OCO Global
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Radius Global
  • Sun Global
  • Thompson Reuters
  • Zen Global
  • Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Dubai Exports
  • Etihad Credit Insurance
  • MIGA
  • Saudi Export Program
  • UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • BPL Global
  • Global Collateral Control (GCC)
  • Malakut Insurance Brokers
  • Markel International
  • Marsh
  • Marsh JLT Specialty
  • PIB Insurance Brokers
  • RKH Specialty
  • Texel Finance
  • Al Ittihad Newspaper
  • GTR
  • Italian Press Association
  • Maritime Sky
  • New Perspective Media
  • Pace Group
  • Stick Figure
  • Zawya
  • E Business Review
  • Middle East Broadcasting Networks
  • Dubai Exports
  • Etihad Credit Insurance
  • MIGA
  • Saudi Export Program
  • UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • Al Tamimi & Company
  • Clyde & Co
  • Lincoln Associates
  • Sullivan
  • TCIS International Evaluating Services
  • Sky British Enterprises
  • KFS International



"Very informative and timely."

M Yousuf, Tetra Pak

"GTR MENA gets bigger and better every year!"

S Pullolickel, GE

"With all relevant players present, this is an excellent event for all trade finance practitioners in the region, featuring great networking opportunities."

T Richter, Daimler Commercial Vehicles

"An excellent and enjoyable event enabling broad coverage of key trade finance & related topics, while presenting superb networking opportunities."

A Sabri, Gulf Associates

"Very good balance between environmental topics, practical aspects of trade finance, and networking."

F Marret, Webcor Group

"The best-organised trade finance event in Dubai, with trade professionals looking forward to attending each year."

K Duraiswamy, ADCB

"The premier trade and export finance event in the region embracing the diversity in business opportunities."

P Luketa, CB Advisers

"Debates on contemporary subjects and the many networking opportunities are key benefits."

P Mukherjee, Adebs Management Consultants

"With all relevant players present, this is an excellent event for all trade finance practitioners in the region, featuring great networking opportunities."

T Richter, Daimler Commercial Vehicles

"Excellent subject matter and informed participants, with a focused exhibition area for looking at new technologies as well as networking with leading players."

G Bright, Euro Exim Bank

"Great opportunity for networking and to receive an outlook on trade and export for MENA."

F H Salem, NPS Energy

"Debates on contemporary subjects and the many networking opportunities are key benefits."

P Mukherjee, Adebs Management Consultants

"Brings so many superb minds together produced a tangible buzz of creativity."

G Slawther, Corporate Advisory Resources

"What a great opportunity to meet like-minded people keen on doing business, well done GTR for hosting such a fantastic event!"

B Talsi, BMCE

"The best annual event for networking in the trade finance market."

G Wilson, Intertek

"The most valuable event in the Mena region with great opportunities for networking with local market leaders in the banking, corporate and trade credit insurance sectors."

A Klepp, Credendo Group

"The only trade finance event you need to attend in the Mena region."

D Henry, AGTB

"Good conference with great opportunities to network and meet relevant industry stakeholders."

A Sunderkumar, Standard Chartered

"A good platform to gain awareness of the market challenges faced today and the potential areas that need to be addressed."

P Shankar, OSN

"Excellent arrangements and a great opportunity to meet up with industry peers and exchange views."

A Dasani, BBK Online

2019’s breakdown

Once registered, log-in to GTR Connect to network with fellow delegates, download event materials and more!

Who to expect?

Join hundreds of industry peers as they gain insight, create new contacts and discuss the future of trade in the Middle East. The agenda is still being created. In the meantime, click below to download our official event agenda to see 2020’s speakers and discussion topics.

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

Download the event agenda

Over 90 speakers including:


    Ahmad Izhar ul Haque
    Standard Chartered (Director, Transaction Banking, MENA)
    Ali Shafqat
    Qbera Capital (Chief Executive Officer)
    Andrew Raymond
    Bolero International (Chief Executive Officer)
    Anirudha Panse
    First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) (Managing Director & Head of Trade Product Management)
    Ashraf A Mahate
    Dubai Exports (Chief Economist, Trade & Export Development)
    Asli Karapinar
    Scheider Electrics (Finance Manager)
    Betül Kurtulus
    FCI (Regional Director, Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East)
    Bhaskar Dasgupta
    Abu Dhabi Global Market (Associate Director, Market Development, Financial Services Regulatory Authority)
    Caroline Stockmann
    Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) (Chief Executive)
    Cem Erseven
    Cofco International (Head of Commodity & Financial Services, EMEA)
    Cem Erseven
    Cofco International (Head of Commodity & Financial Services, EMEA)
    Cyndi Teulon
    RSK Environment (‎Environmental Advisor)
    Daniel Gould
    Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank (Deputy Chief Executive Officer)
    David Leslie
    HSBC (Head of Global Trade & Receivables Finance, UAE)
    David Moleshead
    UK Export Finance (UKEF) (Senior Counsellor)
    Dimitri Kouchnirenko
    Incomlend (Founding Partner)
    Doug Bitcon
    Rasmala (Head of Credit Strategies)
    Eva Steinhaus
    Competence Center for German Export Finance (Director, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan)
    Fatenah El Danab
    Bank Of America (Trade Product Sales)
    Fiji Varghese
    Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (Managing Director, Regional Head of Trade Finance, Middle East)
    Georgios Koukis
    NeuroSoft SA (International Business Development Director)
    Graham Bright
    Euro Exim Bank (Head of Compliance & Operations)
    Guenther Blum
    BNY Mellon (Vice-President, Trade Services)
    Haitham Al Khazaleh
    Etihad Credit Insurance (Risk Director)
    Halina Bernard
    GM (General Motors) (Treasurer, Finance)
    Harriet Smith
    BPL Global (Assistant Director)
    Harry Doyne-Ditmas
    Marsh JLT Specialty (Political Risk & Structured Credit Leader MENA)
    Hoor Yar
    Deutsche Bank (FI Trade Finance Sales)
    Huny Garg
    Swift (Head of Trade & Supply Chain)
    Ian Henderson
    Gulf International Bank (Senior Portfolio Manager, Asset Management, Trade Finance)
    James Binns
    Barclays (Managing Director, Global Head of Trade & Working Capital)
    Jason Barrass
    HSBC (Regional Head of Product Management, Global Trade & Receivables Finance)
    Jenny Hunt
    Gateway Group (Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer)
    Karen Remo
    New Perspective Media (Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director)
    Lanre Oloniniyi
    Orbitt (Co-Founder)
    Laura Buckwell
    Independent (Journalist & Broadcaster)
    Laura Lane
    UPS (Global President of Public Affairs)
    Layali Abdeen
    MIGA (Senior Underwriter, Middle East & North Africa)
    Leroy Almeida
    Markel International (Senior Executive Officer, Senior Underwriter & Head)
    Lisa McAuley
    Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) (Chief Executive Officer)
    Louis Robinson
    Gulf International Bank (Regional Sales Head, GTB Wholesale Banking)
    Madhavan Ramaswamy
    TradeAssets (Chief Strategy Officer)
    Mahan Bolourchi
    RKH Specialty (Managing Director, Financial Risks; Head of Financial Risks, International Hubs)
    Manav Futnani
    HSBC (Managing Director, Head of Export & Asset Finance, MENAT)
    Maninder Bhandari
    Derby Group (Director)
    Manish Mehta
    Maersk (Sales Manager, Trade Finance)
    Massimo Falcioni
    Etihad Credit Insurance (Chief Executive Officer)
    Mathilde Cottard
    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) (Executive Director, Structured Export Finance, Global Trade Finance)
    Matt Strong
    Marsh JLT Specialty (Chief Executive Officer, Credit Specialties)
    Miguel Villalonga
    Etisalat Digital (Vice-President, Cloud & Datacenter)
    Mihir Bhatt
    PricewaterhouseCoopers (Director, Deals Advisory)
    Mike Davis
    HSBC (Head of Commercial Banking, Middle East)
    Mona Lockett
    Al-Futtaim (Automotive Group Treasurer)
    Mritunjay Singh
    Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Lead)
    Nadine Mezher
    Sarwa (Co-Founder & CMO)
    Natalia Haas
    Mercator Commodities (Managing Partner, Trading & Controlling)
    Naura Hussain
    United Bank (Senior Relationship Manager, Financial Institutions - International)
    Neeraj Agrawal
    Crescent Petroleum (Chief Financial Officer)
    Nicole Rogers
    Agriprocity (Chief Executive Officer)
    Nikolaos Vasilonikolidakis
    NeuroSoft SA (Chairman)
    Nizardeen Kumardeen
    Faisal Islamic Bank (Chief Operations Officer)
    Orhan Gunes
    Sberbank (Director, Head of Trade Finance)
    Paul Woodman
    ASGC Holding (Chief Operating Officer, International)
    Peter Luketa
    CB Advisers (Managing Director)
    Peter Matza
    Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) (‎Speakers Chair)
    Princy Royce
    National Oilwell Varco (NOV) (Treasury Manager, Middle East, Africa, India)
    Rafiq Jaffer
    Al Tamimi & Company (Senior Associate)
    Rahul Daswani
    Microsoft Corporation (Senior Manager, Strategy & Incubations, Worldwide Payment Solutions)
    Rahul Sikka
    L&T Construction (Vice-President, Head of Africa PT&D)
    Raja Debnath
    Cogencelabs (Managing Partner)
    Rebecca Harding
    Coriolis Technologies (Chief Executive Officer)
    Reda Ezzat
    Mashreq (Head of Trade & Structured Finance)
    Robert Besseling
    EXX Africa (Executive Director)
    Robert Parson
    Clyde & Co (Partner)
    Rushdi Ali
    GE Power (CFO Power Digital, Middle East & Africa, China & India)
    Saad El Hachimy
    Nestlé (Corporate Treasury & Cash Manager, Middle East & Africa)
    Sabyasachi Mallik
    Mashreq (Head of Supply Chain Finance Products)
    Samer Younes
    Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Lead, Digital Trade Implementation & Channel Management)
    Santosh Attery
    First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) (Executive Director, Funded Trade Product Management)
    Sarah Sabra
    Thinkronyze by AMAIS LLC (Managing Partner)
    Sean Bowey
    SABB (Head of Products, Global Trade & Receivable Finance)
    Simon Cook
    Sullivan (Partner)
    Simon Ring
    Pole Star (Global Head of Financial Markets Compliance)
    Sinan Ozcan
    Maersk (Senior Executive Officer)
    Sonam Kapadia
    Falcon Group (Managing Director)
    Staney Pullolickel
    General Electric (GE) (Regional Treasurer (Commercial), MENAT & SSA)
    Sunil Veetil
    HSBC (Regional Head)
    Svitlana Skrypnyk
    Kogex DMCC (General Director)
    Syed Khurrum Zaeem
    Standard Chartered (Head of Trade & Transaction Banking, UAE & MENA)
    Tobias Maier
    DHL (Chief Financial Officer, Global Forwarding)
    Umar Pirzada
    Independent (Treasury Futurist)
    Vikas Chandra Jha
    Emirates NBD (Head of Product, Trade & Supply Chain, Transaction Banking Services)
    Vincent O'Brien
    ICC Banking Commission (Member, Executive Committee)
    Yuliya Tsoy
    Wilben Trade (Operations Manager)
    Yusuf Ali Khan
    Citi (Managing Director, Head of Trade, Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan & Turkey)
    Zishan Iqbal
    Etihad Credit Insurance (Director, Murabaha Solutions)


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This Privacy Policy applies to all websites operated by Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd (as indicated on the relevant website).

This privacy statement does not cover the activities of third parties, and you should consult those third-party sites’ privacy policies for information on how your data is used by them.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

Who are we?

Established in 2002 and with offices in London and Singapore, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is the world’s leading trade and trade finance media company, offering information, news, events and services for companies and individuals involved in global trade.

Our principal business activities are:

  • Business-to-Business financial publishing. We provide a range of products and services focused on international commodities, export, supply chain and trade finance markets including magazines, newsletters, electronic information and data
  • Organisers of seminars, conferences, training courses and exhibitions for the finance industry

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is a company registered in the United Kingdom with company number 4407327 | VAT Registration: 799 1585 59

Data Protection Policy

This Data Protection Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

Why do we collect information from you?

Our primary goal in collecting personal data from you is to give you an enjoyable customised experience whilst allowing us to provide services and features that will meet your needs.
We collect certain personal data from you, which you give to us when using our Site and/or registering or subscribing for our products and services. However, we also give you the option to access our Sites’ home pages without subscribing or registering or disclosing your personal data.

We also collect certain personal data from other group companies to whom you have given information through their websites (including, by way of example, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and subsidiaries, in accordance with the purposes listed below). Should we discover that any such personal data has been delivered to any of the Sites, we will remove that information as soon as possible.

Why this policy exists

This Data Protection Policy ensures Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd:

  • Complies with data protection law and follow good practice
  • Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
  • Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
  • pretexts itself from the risk of a data breach

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Data protection law

The Data Protection Act 1998 described how organisations – including Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd – must collect, handle and store personal information. These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials. To comply with the law, personal information collected must be stored safely, not disclosed unlawfully and used fairly.

The Data Protection Act is underpinned by eight important principles. These say that personal data must:

  • Be processed fairly and lawfully
  • Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes
  • Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Be accurate and kept up to date
  • Not be held for any longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects
  • Be protected in appropriate ways
  • Not be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA), unless that country of territory also ensures an adequate level of protection

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about products and services, when you register for an event, register to receive eNewsletters, subscribe or register for a trial to our GTR magazine/website.

 Types of Personal Data Held and its Use

1.      Customer Services and Administration

On some Sites, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd collects personal data such as your name, job title, department, company, e-mail, phone, work and/or home address, in order to register you for access to certain content, subscriptions and events. In addition, we may also store information including IP address and page analytics, including information regarding what pages are accessed, by whom and when.

This information is used to administer and deliver to you the products and/or services you have requested, to operate our Sites efficiently and improve our service to you, and to retain records of our business transactions and communications. By using the Sites and submitting personal information through the registration process you are agreeing that we may collect, hold, process and use your information (including personal information) for the purpose of providing you with the Site services and developing our business, which shall include (without limitation) the purposes described in the below paragraphs.

2.      Monitoring use of our Sites

Where, as part of our Site services, we enable you to post information or materials on our Site, we may access and monitor any information which you upload or input, including in any password-protected sections. Subject to any necessary consents, we also monitor and/or record the different Sites you visit and actions taken on those Sites, e.g. content viewed or searched for. If you are a registered user (e.g. a subscriber or taking a trial), when you log on, this places a cookie on your machine. This enables your access to content and services that

are not publicly available. Once you are logged on, the actions you take – for example, viewing an article – will be recorded (subject to any necessary consents). We may use technology or a service provider to do this for us. This information may be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • to fulfil our obligations to you;
  • to improve the efficiency, quality and design of our Sites and services;
  • to see which articles, features and services are most read and used
  • to track compliance with our terms and conditions of use, e.g. to ensure that you are acting within the scope of your user licence;
  • for marketing purposes (subject to your rights to opt-in and opt-out of receiving certain marketing communications) – see paragraph 3 below;
  • for advertising purposes, although the information used for these purposes does not identify you personally. Please see paragraph 5 below for more details;
  • to protect or comply with our legal rights and obligations; and
  • to enable our journalists to contact and interact with you online in connection with any content you may post to our Sites.

Please see paragraph 5 below for more information on cookies and similar technologies and a link to a page where you can turn them on or off.

3.      Marketing

Some of your personal data collected under paragraphs 1 and 2 above may be used by us to contact you by e-mail, telephone and/or post for sending information or promotional material on our products and/or services and/or those of our other group companies.
We give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving marketing communications. Further detail can be found on the applicable Site and in the footer of each marketing communication sent by us, our group companies or service providers. See also “Consents and opt-outs” section below.
We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

4.      Profiling

We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you.

5.      Cookies and similar technologies

All our Sites use cookies and similar technical tools to collect information about your access to the Site and the services we provide.

What is a cookie?

When you enter some sites, your computer will be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to servers. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.

Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows, recording those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. Selecting not to receive means that certain personalised services Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd offers cannot then be provided to that user.


Why do we use cookies?

  1. Log In – Where we provide log in mechanisms for site users a cookie is created at login and for the duration of the session. Each cookie contains a unique reference number only (no personal information) which is used to confirm you are authorised.
  2. Analytics – To allow us to keep track of traffic to our website we use cookies. The cookies simply tell us if you have previously visited our website so we can get more accurate figures for New vs Returning visitors.

Find and control your cookies

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We may use cookies to:

  • remember that you have used the Site before; this means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive to different parts of the Site. This allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get and make sure that the Site runs fast enough
  • remember your login session so you can move from one page to another within the Site;
  • store your preferences or your user name and password so that you do not need to input these details every time you visit the Site;
  • customise elements of the layout and/or content of the pages of Site for you;
  • record activity on our Sites so that we understand how you use our Sites enabling us to better tailor our content, services and marketing to your needs;
  • collect statistical information about how you use the Site so that we can improve the Site; and
  • gather information about the pages on the Site that you visit, and other information about other websites that you visit, so as to place you in a “market segment”. This information is only collected by reference to the IP address that you are using, but does include information about the county and city you are in, together with the name of your internet service provider.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that, or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies in general by visiting which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking, deleting or turning off cookies used on the Site you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.

6.      E-mail tracking

E-mail tracking is a method for monitoring the e-mail delivery to those subscribers who have opted-in to receive marketing e-mails from GTR, including GTR Africa, GTR Asia, GTR Americas, GTR Europe, GTR Mena, GTR eNews, Third party e-mails and GTR Ventures.

Why do we track e-mails?

So that we can better understand our users’ needs, we track responses, subscription behaviour and engagement to our e-mails – for example, to see which links are the most popular in newsletters. They enable us to understand the consumers journey through metrics including open rate, click-through rate, bounces and unsubscribes. Any other purposes for which Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd wishes to use your personal data will be notified to you and your personal data will not be used for any such purpose without obtaining your prior consent.

How do you track GTR eNewsletters?

To do this, we use pixel GIFs, also known as “pixel tags” – these are small image files that are placed within the body of our e-mail messages. When that image is downloaded from our web servers, the e-mail is recorded as being opened. By using some form of digitally time-stamped record to reveal the exact time and date that an e-mail was received or opened, as well the IP address of the recipient.

7.      Consents and opt-outs

You can give your consent to opt-out of all or any particular uses of your data as indicated above by:

  • Indicating at the point on the relevant Site where personal data is collected
  • Informing us by e-mail, post or phone
  • Updating your preferences on the applicable Site or eNewsletter (unsubscribe and preference options are available in the footer of each eNewsletter)

To turn cookies and similar technologies on and off, see the information in paragraph 5 above. Any questions regarding consents and opt-outs should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

8.      Disclosures

Information collected at one Site may be shared between Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and other group companies for the purposes listed above.

We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganisation of our business.

9.      Public forums, message boards and blogs

Some of our Sites may have a message board, blogs or other facilities for user generated content available and users can participate in these facilities. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information.

10.  Data outside the EEA

Services on the Internet are accessible globally so collection and transmission of personal data is not always limited to one country. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd may transfer your personal data, for the above-listed purposes to other third parties, which may be located outside the European Economic Area and/or with a different level of personal data protection. However, when conducting transfers, we take all necessary steps to ensure that your data is treated reasonably, securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

Who has access to your information?

Confidentiality and Security of Your Personal Data

We are committed to keeping the data you provide us secure and will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal data from loss, misuse or alteration.

However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features described above to try to prevent unauthorised access.

We have implemented information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:

  • unauthorised access
  • improper use or disclosure
  • unauthorised modification
  • unlawful destruction or accidental loss

All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal data on our behalf, for the purposes listed above), who have access to, and are associated with the processing of your personal data, are obliged to keep the information confidential and not use it for any other purpose than to carry out the services they are performing for us.


Everyone who works for or with Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. Each team handling personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles. However, the following people have key areas of responsibility. The board of directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd meets its legal obligations.

Name of Data Controller

The Data Controller is Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and is registered in the UK with the Information Commissioner`s Office.

How to access, update and erase your personal information

If you wish to know whether we are keeping personal data about you, or if you have an enquiry about our privacy policy or your personal data held by us, in relation to any of the Sites, you can contact the Data Protection Officer via:

  • By writing to this address: Data Protection Officer, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8673 9666
  • E-mail:

Upon request, we will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you. We may require proof of your identity and may charge a small fee (not exceeding the statutory maximum fee that can be charged) to cover administration and postage.

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd allows you to challenge the data that we hold about you and, where appropriate in accordance with applicable laws, you may have your personal information:

  • erased
  • rectified or amended
  • completed

Disclosing data for other reasons

In certain circumstances, the Data Protection Act allows personal data to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies without the consent of the data subject. Under these circumstances, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, will disclose requested data. However, the Data Controller will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the board and from the company’s legal advisors where necessary.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We will occasionally update this Privacy Statement to reflect new legislation or industry practice, group company changes and customer feedback. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement periodically to be informed of how we are protecting your personal data.

Providing information

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand.

  • How the data is being used
  • How to exercise their rights

To this end, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company. This is available on request and available on the company’s website.

Review of this policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Privacy Statement was last updated in April 2018.