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3 Day Event

The first part of its hybrid offering for the year – with an in-person event scheduled for September 22 in Dubai – GTR MENA 2021 Virtual took place on February 15-17, in a digital setting for the first time. The event brought market leaders together to discuss the region’s trade prospects and priorities, assessing a range of topics including business resilience levels, digitisation drives, the rise of ESG, new trade corridors and the importance of managing risk in a challenging global climate.

Featuring various chatrooms, discussion forums and a 3D interactive exhibition, participants were provided with the opportunity to watch a range of sessions – both live and on-demand – along with the chance to network and connect with over 1,700 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. You can now access all video session recordings via GTR’s multimedia page. For a further breakdown, download our post-event media kit and key event takeaways from GTR’s in-house editorial and event content and production teams.

Join us again later this year for GTR MENA 2021 Dubai, or event GTR Saudi Arabia 2021 Riyadh as we hope to host our in-person events once again.

Top sessions included:

  • Roundtable: “A year is a long time” – building trade resilience post-2020
  • Adopting new approaches to risk in the financing of trade
  • Digitisation in the new normal – taking the next step
  • Case study: Going live with UAE Trade Connect (UTC)
  • Keynote: Hoping for the best, planning for the worst

Who attended:

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

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"Great speakers and excellent for networking."

M Wahsh, Abu Dhabu Ports Group

"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.

"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

"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

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

B Gupta, Olam Agri

“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)

"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

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

V Lodha, 360tf

"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

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

R Harding, Coriolis Technologies

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

S Ozkan, SMBC Group

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

Hamsika, Rescom Holdings

"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

"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

“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)

"Great sessions, excellent moderation and content."

Yusuf Khan, Citi

"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

"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

"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

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

Y Khan, Citi

"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

“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

"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

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

A Ganguli, RAKBANK

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


"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

"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

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

“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

"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

"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

"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 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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

Held for the first time digitally GTR MENA 2021 Virtual welcomed a larger and more diverse audience than in previous years. Over 1,700 senior-level professionals from across banking & financial services, corporates & traders, government organisations, technology providers, regulator & policy influencers, and more, join in on the lively debate, voting and 3d experience.

Download our Post-event media kit for a further breakdown of the event.



A big thank you to our speakers:


Speakers included

    Abdessalem Lassoued
    (Group Treasurer, OLA Energy)
    Abdulla Bin Damithan
    (CEO & Managing Director, DP World)
    Adam Boukadida
    (Chief Financial Officer, Etihad Airways)
    Adam Hearne
    (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, CarbonChain)
    Adam Worrall
    (Executive Director, Trade Distribution, Global Transaction Banking, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB))
    Ahmad Alalawi
    (Head of GTRF Origination & Client Advisory, SABB)
    Alan Muse
    (Head, Construction Standards, RICS)
    Ami Daniel
    (Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Windward)
    Anirudha Panse
    (Head, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB))
    Anjum Mirza
    (Head of Trade Finance, Saudi National Bank)
    Asli Karapinar
    (Finance Manager, Treasury, Scheider Electrics)
    Bhaskar Dasgupta
    (Head of Market Infrastructure, Digital & VC/FinTech, International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA))
    Carl Wegner
    (Chief Executive Officer, Contour Pte. Ltd.)
    Caroline Stockmann
    (Chief Executive, Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT))
    Charlotte Prior
    (Trade Finance Executive, Gulf International Bank)
    Chris Seymour
    (Managing Director, Mott MacDonald)
    Eleanor Wragg
    (Senior Reporter, GTR)
    Emmanuelle Ganne
    (Senior Analyst, Economic Research Department, World Trade Organization (WTO))
    Eric Ten Kate
    (Vice-President, Life Sciences, Agility)
    Fiji Varghese
    (Managing Director & Regional Head of Trade Finance, Middle East, Crédit Agricole CIB)
    Florence Eid-Oakden
    (Chief Executive Officer & Chief Economist, Arabia Monitor)
    Gabriel Buck
    (Managing Director, GKB Ventures)
    Graham Griffiths
    (Associate Director, Control Risks Group Holdings)
    Hicham El Khaoudy
    (Managing Director & Head, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB))
    Huny Garg
    (Head of Trade, MEA, SWIFT)
    Idan Shapira
    (Head, Participation & International Syndication, Bank Leumi)
    James Adams
    (Group Treasurer, Chalhoub Group)
    Jan Ward
    (Chief Executive Officer, Corrotherm International)
    Jodi Vittori
    (Non-Resident Scholar, Democracy, Conflict & Governance, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
    John Basquill
    (Senior Reporter, GTR)
    John Galani
    (Chief Operating Officer, Triterras)
    John Smith
    (Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP)
    Jose Payno
    (Managing Director & Head of GTB Corporate Product Sales, Abu Dhabi, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB))
    Judi Nwokedi
    (Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, Tourvest Holdings)
    Karen Remo
    (Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, New Perspective Media)
    Ken Creighton
    (Director of Public Affairs & Thought Leadership, RICS)
    Khaled Albasias
    (Chief Country Officer, Saudi Arabia, Greensill)
    Lakshmi Kumar
    (Policy Director, Global Financial Integrity)
    Laura Lane
    (Chief Corporate Affairs And Communications Officer, UPS)
    Leroy Almeida
    (Senior Executive Officer, Senior Underwriter & Head, Trade Credit & Political Risk, Markel International)
    Lisa Mcauley
    (Chief Executive Officer, Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA))
    Mahan Bolourchi
    (Managing Director, Financial Risks; Head of Financial Risks, International Hubs, DIFC Branch, RKH Specialty)
    Maninder Bhandari
    (Director, Derby Group)
    Massimo Falcioni
    (Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Credit Insurance)
    Matthew Hurn
    (Chair, Middle East Advisory Panel, Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT))
    Michael Rautmann
    (Global Head, Emerging & Frontier Markets, Refinitiv)
    Mitch Wilson
    (Chief Executive Officer, Global Response Aid)
    Moji Hunponu-wusu
    (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Woodhall Capital)
    Mritunjay Singh
    (Lead, Trade Product Management, Trade Finance, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank)
    Nabil Frik
    (Managing Director, Africa, Middle-East & Indian Ocean, BACB Plc)
    Natalia Haas
    (Managing Partner, Trading & Controlling, Mercator Commodities)
    Nataliya Frolova
    (Independent Finance & Insurance Expert, Independent)
    Nick Cochrane-Dyet
    (Special Adviser, BP Middle East)
    Okan Dalanay
    (Head, Structured Trade Finance, ADM)
    Orhan Gunes
    (Managing Director, Head of Commodity Trade Finance, Switzerland, Sberbank)
    Patricia Tiller
    (Managing Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP)
    Peter Matza
    (Treasury Specialist, Independent)
    Princy Royce
    (Treasury Manager, Middle East, Africa, India, National Oilwell Varco (NOV))
    Rahul Daswani
    (Group Finance Manager, New Solutions International, Microsoft Corporation)
    Rebecca Harding
    (Chief Executive Officer, Coriolis Technologies)
    Rehan Ali
    (Head of Business Banking, Wholesale Banking Group, National Bank of Fujairah (NBF))
    Richard Simon-lewis
    (Head of Origination, Client Coverage, Marketing & Communication, UK Export Finance (UKEF))
    Rob Jackson
    (Market Director, Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa (AEMEA), RICS)
    Robert Besseling
    (Chief Executive Officer, Pangea-Risk)
    Robert Parson
    (Partner, Clyde & Co)
    Ruta Jukneviciute
    (Treasury Manager, Al-Futtaim)
    Samer Younes
    (Lead, Delivery Management, Ecosystem Partnerships & Trade, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank)
    Sanjeev Dutta
    (Executive Director, Commodities & Financial Services, DMCC)
    Scott Livermore
    (Chief Economist & Managing Director, Oxford Economics)
    Sean Bowey
    (Head of Products, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, SABB)
    Selima Mehiri
    (Head of Energy & Natural Resources, RAKBANK (The National Bank of Ras al-Khaimah))
    Semih Ozkan
    (Structured & Trade Finance Sales Head, Middle East, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group)
    Sereen Ahmed
    (Director, Head of Trade & Working Capital Middle East, Barclays)
    Simon Cook
    (Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP)
    Simon Ring
    (Global Head, Pole Star)
    Sudhir Dole
    (Chief Executive Officer, Trade Information Network)
    Sumit Roy
    (Founder President & CMO, TradeAssets)
    Syed Hassan Javed
    (Head Trade Finance, Gulf International Bank)
    Viacheslav Oganezov
    (Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Finverity)
    Vincent O'brien
    (Director, ICC UAE)
    Yasmine Nashawati
    (Dispute Resolution International Development Manager, RICS)
    Yusuf Ali Khan
    (Managing Director, Head of Trade & Working Capital Solutions, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan, Citi)
    Zena Brake
    (Credit Intelligence Director, Middle East, Euler Hermes)
    Zulqarnain Javaid
    (Chief Executive Officer, UAE Trade Connect (UTC))

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