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Celebrating 20 years as the leading trade and export finance conference in the region
Dubai, UAE
Feb 21-22, 2023
2 Day Event

GTR MENA returned to Dubai on February 21-22, 2023. Celebrating 20 years in the region, this event has established itself as the premier gathering for connecting with the key individuals and organisations at the forefront of MENA trade.

We reflected on a year of great change both globally and in the region, from the ramifications of global economic headwinds ranging from supply chain disruption to surging commodity prices and rampant inflation, to the excitement and optimism generated by the region’s many exciting transformation programmes.

The event also incorporated a special afternoon seminar hosted by our partners from the Middle East Regional Committee of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA).


Event discussion themes included:

  • ‘May you live in interesting times’ – making sense of a complex trade landscape
  • Is sustainability still to the fore or on the back foot?
  • Electronic documentation – strengthening the digitalisation drive
  • Preparing for trade and supply chain 2.0
  • Ensuring food security – a renewed priority
  • Gateway strategies for GCC-led regional growth

What others are saying

Overall great event, critical topics being discussed and high level of participation with excellent networking opportunities. Keep up the great work."

Y Tahboub, Bank of Jordan

“GTR does it again and again! The GTR MENA 2020 had the best selection of attendees, panellists and exhibitors focused on SCF. This year I attended both the India and MENA events, and both were top class. I have now added these events to my annual calendar.”

R Debnath, Cogence Labs

"An inclusive platform for trade, finance and commodities."

Hamsika, Rescom Holdings

"GTR MENA remains the industry event for all things trade related. If you are connected to trade, this is the event to be at."

A Xavier, Barclays

"GTR MENA is an opportunity that I would not miss at any cost. Over the years it has transformed from simple networking to knowledge sharing and creating a source of ‘GO TO’ for information."

S Desai, Humana International

“GTR MENA has created an effective platform that facilitates a discussion related to challenges faced by SMEs or businesses of any size in the region. It also highlights the benefits of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship while initiating conversations around getting more visibility in a competitive landscape.”

H Al Khazaleh, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)

"I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss emerging trade finance trends with industry players at GTR MENA 2022. These events always have a positive atmosphere and are now more relevant than ever given the shifting landscape post-pandemic. I look forward to next year’s event!"

F Danab, Bank of America

"Terrific event, have had the privilege of speaking at past forums. Very solid topics, senior stakeholder attendance, well organized – put on your short list!"

J Logan, Pelican

"GTR MENA was once again an excellent event with a fantastic agenda. The virtual event was extremely well coordinated and absolutely seamless."

Sudhir Dole, CEO-Trade Information Network

“GTR MENA is an integral part of the regional trade finance community to reflect upon emerging corridor opportunities along with changing dynamics and new risks to remain relevant in the market.”


Semih Ozkan, SMBC Group

"GTR is a great event to stay relevant to the market especially during pandemic and networking adds great flavor to whole event with knowledge sharing in MENA trade landscape."

P Kumar, RGE Group

“I was delighted to participate in GTR MENA 2020 and for GTR to highlight and showcase the importance of the need to address sustainable supply chains as well as to be involved in the tech showcase. I had the opportunity to learn more about some really interesting fintech start-ups that are creating solutions we need.”

L McAuley, Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)

"GTR MENA continues to grow an importance with a record 900+ attendees this year. Exceptional networking opportunities with corporates and banks."

M Iqbal, Standard Chartered

"Perfect organization, well-charted out, relevant and eloquent speakers of incredible high level. The exchange of ideas and outlook for the way forward was appreciated in these uncertain times. GTR MENA once again knocked it out of the park as one of the premier trade-related events for the region."

Naura Hussain, United Bank Ltd.

"A very important event in the schedule of any company and banker seeking to develop trade finance solutions."Dr Ashraf Mahate, Dubai Industries & Exports

Dr A Mahate, Dubai Industries & Exports

"GTR brings the trade and export finance community together which contributes to improved governance, knowledge and leadership in the region."

S Ozkan, SMBC Group

"Once again an excellent event hosted by the highly professional GTR Team. The fact that it is one of the first in-person Conferences after two years, also made it a landmark event enjoyed by Banks, Insurers, Traders and a wide spectrum of other Stakeholders alike."

Z Meyer, Nedbank CIB

"Congratulations on the MENA conference – the content is great and the platform impressive. Highly relevant for the Indian Ocean region."

Marc Livsey, IORA

"Awesome event with a packed and relevant agenda for the current macro economic scenario."

S Kuriyakkattil, Bank FAB

"Great sessions, excellent moderation and content."

Yusuf Khan, Citi

"Very useful, topics and areas are taken correctly. A useful event to get in touch with new people who are all in global trade."

V Arunachalam, Platinum Corporates

GTR MENA remains THE event where stakeholders across the region are able to gather on a common platform to share their experiences and knowledge."

Y Khan, Citi

"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

"Another amazing event with good learning and discussion in GTR MENA"

B Gupta, Olam Agri

"GTR MENA is full of well calibrated content, accomplished and resourceful panelists/speakers who may help to broaden one’s horizon and bring in highly valuable perspectives to the pressing issues of trade and commodity finance industry."

O Gunes, Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

"Outstanding event held at GTR MENA in Dubai. The content was extremely informative and relevant, while there were some very good networking opportunities between banks, corporations, intermediaries and fintechs."

Y Harrilal, Nedbank

"Very important opportunity to expand to new terms, knowledge and business insight, meet experts from many business and trade sectors. Thanks GTR for organizing this!"

M Kiwan, ICC Syria

"Participating at GTR MENA 2022 was a great way to reconnect with the industry after the last two years, see old contacts and make new ones. So much has happened since the start of the pandemic, and GTR MENA was the best forum to catch up on developments, news & progress in one place."

J Hepworth, OCO Global

“Once again, GTR pulled off an amazing event in 2020. Great networking, great content – an absolute must-attend!”

R Harding, Coriolis Technologies

"GTR is doing an amazing job in helping companies and financiers connect with each other. We have been connected with GTR for a few years now and will continue doing the same. Cheers!"

C Lad, Veefin

"I have found this to be the most useful and relevant annual trade event in the UAE that brings all key stakeholders together for a great information exchange and networking experience!"

E U Ahmed, Dubai Islamic Bank

"Worldwide GTR conferences allow businesses to improve, while discussing, sharing views and networking with the greatest experts in trade finance. Attending GTR gives the opportunity to touch base regarding the latest developments, hot topics and possible solutions to the main issues of the decade."

P Gupta, Polytrade

"Great event and by far the largest in terms of corporate, financial institutions and fintechs attending. Well done indeed!"

Y Khan, Citi

“GTR MENA 2023 saw amazing participation from exporters/importers, fintech's, service providers facilitating International trade, and global banks. Sessions were very enriching”

V Lodha, 360tf

"It is vital therefore for all professionals involved in trade to be up to date with innovation, disruption and the advance of technology. That is precisely the value offered by GTR MENA. This is where the rubber hits the road!"

Peter Matza, ACT

"Thanks to the GTR Team for another superbly organized event. The relevance and content of the event has driven the record attendance. Many thanks to the panelists for the lively conversations!"

S Roy, TradeAssets

“GTR has always been a great place to network; the content, speakers and panel discussions were well chosen, engaging and relevant to the industry trends.”

L Almeida, Markel International (Dubai) Limited

"Well done GTR, you keep raising the bar."

A Ganguli, RAKBANK

"I have attended several editions of GTR MENA, this year’s event was special being a virtual one and my first as a panellist on a hot topic of the year. I enjoyed the entire experience, from the preparation phase until we went live. The organisers were helpful, simple and fun to work with, whilst after the session, I received several emails which proved the efficiency of such virtual sessions. Looking forward to next year’s event."

Zena Brake, Euler Hermes

"Great speakers and excellent for networking."

M Wahsh, Abu Dhabu Ports Group

"Great networking place, very interesting insight views, seasoned panel of experts and speakers."



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View the 2023 agenda

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We welcomed over 90 senior to C-level speakers

    Ahmad Alalawi
    (Head of GTRF Origination & Client Advisory, SABB)
    Ahmad Alshubbar
    (Vice-President, Treasury & Strategy, Rawabi Holding)
    Ahmed Madkour
    (Director, Recovery Advisers)
    Amr El Haddad
    (Head of Working Capital Solutions, CEEMEA, Kyriba)
    Anirudha Panse
    (Head, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB))
    Anish Jain
    (Chief Treasury Officer, Export Trading Group (ETG))
    Anissa Teemul
    (Head of Treasury, EWEC)
    Betül Kurtulus
    (Regional Director, Central, Eastern & South-Eastern Europe & the Middle East, FCI)
    Bharat Gupta
    (Senior Vice-President & Head, Trade & Structured Finance, Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Olam International)
    Carl Wegner
    (Chief Executive Officer, Contour Pte. Ltd.)
    Caroline Stockmann
    (Chief Executive, Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT))
    Chaker Zeraiki
    (Managing Director, Global Trade & Receivable Finance, Head of Trade UAE, Regional Head of Business Origination, MENAT, HSBC)
    Charles Ike
    (Vice-President, Maritime Trade, Pole Star)
    Chris Hall
    (Executive Director, Financial Solutions, Credit & Political Risks, WTW)
    Crystal D'souza
    (Head of Trade Credit, MENA, Markel International)
    Devid Jegerson
    (Executive Vice-President, Head of Customer Experience & Platform Development, National Bank of Fujairah (NBF))
    Dominic Broom
    (Senior Vice-President, Working Capital Technology, Arqit)
    Elat Niyas
    (Treasury Manager, Al Masaood Automobiles)
    Farrukh Siddiqui
    (Founding Partner, Emerging Capital Management Partners)
    Gerald Huang
    (Chief Sales Officer, Premium Technology)
    Gianluca Elmosi
    (Group Treasury Director, Al Dahra Holding)
    Gopinath Kanniah
    (Vice-President, Treasury, MEA, Redington Gulf)
    Halina Bernard
    (Senior Finance Manager, Strategic Markets, Alliances & Distributors, General Motors (GM))
    Hani Idris
    (Regional Manager & CEO, International Development Bank)
    Hassan Al Hashemi
    (Secretary General & Vice-President, International Relations, ICC UAE)
    Huny Garg
    (Head of Trade, MEA, SWIFT)
    Ibrahim Chammat
    (Vice-President, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group)
    Ioannis Nanos
    (Transfer Pricing Advisor, Tax, Al Tamimi & Company)
    Jacco De Jong
    (Global Head, Sales, Bolero International)
    James Adams
    (Group Treasurer, Chalhoub Group)
    James Binns
    (Global Head, Trade & Working Capital, Barclays)
    Joe Hepworth
    (Chief Executive Officer, British Centres for Business)
    John Basquill
    (Senior Reporter, GTR)
    John Goodridge
    (Head of Inventory Solutions, Silver Birch Finance)
    Joon Kim
    (Global Head, Trade Finance Product & Portfolio Management, Treasury Services, BNY Mellon)
    Jose Payno
    (Managing Director & Head of GTB Corporate Product Sales, Abu Dhabi, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB))
    Lee Soo Peng
    (Treasurer, Novatek)
    Loic Morel
    (Head of Trade Finance, APICORP)
    Manpreet Kaur
    (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Vivantaa Capital)
    Mark Emmerson
    (Head of Global Transaction Banking, Al Masraf Bank)
    Mark Lakin
    (Partner, Stephenson Harwood)
    Massimo Falcioni
    (Former Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Credit Insurance)
    Matthieu Andrieu
    (Head of Corporate Banking, Finastra)
    Michal Ron
    (Chief International Officer, Sace)
    Milind Jain
    (Senior Vice-President, Credit Specialty Leader, MENA, Marsh Specialty)
    Motasim Iqbal
    (Managing Director , Regional Head Transaction Banking Sales, Africa Middle East, Standard Chartered)
    Mritunjay Singh
    (Lead, Trade Product Management, Trade Finance, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank)
    Muhsin Alrustom
    (Group Chief Financial Officer, Asyad Group)
    Neeraj Agrawal
    (Chief Financial Officer, Crescent Petroleum)
    Neeraj Teckchandani
    (Chief Executive Officer, Apparel Group)
    Niraj Kumar
    (Head of Global Transaction Banking, United Arab Bank)
    Peter Matza
    (Treasury Specialist, Independent)
    Pratheepan Karunagaran
    (Executive Director, Apical Group)
    Raja Al Mazrouei
    (Acting CEO/Managing Director, Etihad Credit Insurance)
    Raja Debnath
    (Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Veefin Solutions)
    Raphael Fofana
    (Head of UAE, ICIEC)
    Ravi Suri
    (Senior Managing Director, AP Moller Capital)
    Robert Besseling
    (Chief Executive Officer, Pangea-Risk)
    Robert Parson
    (Partner, Squire Patton Boggs)
    Rod Hutchinson
    (Head of Trade & Finance Solutions, Veridapt)
    Rushdi Ali
    (Executive Finance Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, GE Power)
    Sanjay Desai
    (Advisory Consultant, Humana International Group (HIG))
    Sanjeev Dutta
    (Executive Director, Commodities & Financial Services, DMCC)
    Sean Bowey
    (Head of Products, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, SABB)
    Sean Edwards
    (Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC))
    Selima Mehiri
    (Head of Energy & Natural Resources, RAKBANK (The National Bank of Ras al-Khaimah))
    Sereen Ahmed
    (Director, Head of Trade & Working Capital Middle East, Barclays)
    Shailen Shukla
    (Chief Logistics Officer, MHAO Group)
    Shiraz Khan
    (Partner, Head of Tax, Al Tamimi & Company)
    Simon Cook
    (Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP)
    Sinan Ozcan
    (Senior Executive Officer & Board Director, DP World Financial Services)
    Sonam Kapadia
    (Managing Director, Falcon Group)
    Staney Pullolickel
    (Regional Treasurer (Commercial), MENAT & SSA, General Electric (GE))
    Stefaniya Ilina
    (Former Head of Project Financing, Independent)
    Stefaniya Ilina
    (Former Head of Project Financing, Etihad Credit Insurance)
    Sumit Roy
    (Founder, President & CMO, TradeAssets)
    Sunil Senapati
    (Chief Operating Officer, Trade & Payments, XDC Network)
    Syed Hassan Javed
    (Head Trade Finance, Gulf International Bank)
    Syed Imtiaz Hussain
    (Regional Head of Product & Propositions, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC)
    Syed Khurrum Zaeem
    (Managing Director, Head of Trade, Working Capital & Transaction Banking, Africa Middle East, Standard Chartered)
    Tim Reid
    (Chief Executive Officer, UK Export Finance (UKEF))
    Torbjorn Soltvedt
    (Principal Analyst, Middle East & North Africa, Verisk Maplecroft)
    Troy Wood
    (Chief Executive Officer, Impel)
    Udham Singh
    (Head of Finance & Accounts, Egypt, Redington)
    Venkiteswaran Ramasubhramoni
    (Head of Equipment & Technology Finance, National Bank of Fujairah (NBF))
    Viacheslav Oganezov
    (Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Finverity)
    Victor Yankovskiy
    (Head of Global Sales, DP World Financial Services)
    Vincent O'brien
    (Director, ICC UAE)
    Vishnu Purohit
    (Vice-President, Head of Trade Product Management, Emirates NBD)
    Yusuf Ali Khan
    (Managing Director, Head of Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan, Citi)
    Zavone Krotz
    (Head of Transaction Banking, Wholesale Banking Group Products, RAKBANK (The National Bank of Ras al-Khaimah))
    Zhann Meyer
    (Head of Agricultural Commodities, Nedbank CIB)
    Zul Javaid
    (Chief Executive Officer, UAE Trade Connect (UTC))

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