International financial service organisation Baft has partnered with its members to launch the Future Leaders Programme, an initiative aiming to recognise talent in the transaction banking industry.

20 men and eight women from a variety of countries and backgrounds within transaction banking make up the inaugural class of 2016. Each of them was nominated by their respective institutions on the basis of demonstrating high potential to contribute to and benefit from broader industry engagement, regardless of their title.

The group will collaborate through three project teams to address common challenges for institutions such as recruiting and developing new talent in transaction banking, payments compliance, and understanding the role of emerging technology in payments and trade finance.

“The candidates were matched to projects to achieve a balance of experience, functional discipline, geographic and institutional diversity, and technical expertise. Their applications also provided some measure of interest and strengths that each candidate would bring to the programme,” explains Tod Burwell, president and CEO of Baft.

Each project team will present their findings at the Baft North America annual conference in May 2016, and the project outputs will be made available to all Baft members.

According to a Baft statement, the programme was developed in response to a common concern that the industry needs to stimulate more interest in transaction banking as a profession and engage a new generation of leaders more broadly in industry issues.

“The individuals have been recognised as emerging leaders within their own institutions, and this programme will help expand their industry knowledge and network, while contributing a fresh perspective to common industry challenges,” says Burwell.

Craig Weeks, manager, overseas banking group at US Bank, Kimberly Burdette, senior vice-president and manager, PNC Financial Services Group, and Charles Pfeifer, managing director at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi participate in the programme as project mentors.


Class of 2016

  • Chady Abdo – Banque Libano-Française
  • Fahd Ansari – Standard Chartered Bank
  • Nilesh Dusane – Ripple
  • Colin Freeseman – US Bank
  • Inna Gogoua – PNC Bank
  • Juergen Hofbauer – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Adrienne Hughes – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Fabrizio Juez – Citibank
  • Mathieu Kahnert – BMO Capital Markets
  • Nassib Kazoun – Scotiabank
  • Demet Kologlu – Citibank
  • Andy Krider – Bank of Oklahoma
  • Daniel Lachance – National Bank of Canada
  • David Lorente – BBVA
  • Caryn Pace – JP Morgan
  • Annelot Potjer – ING
  • KP Sunil Rao – Barclays
  • Miriam Ratkovicova – Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics
  • Callan Sainsbury – Westpac
  • Adriano Scaramella – Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Sanman Sanjeev Shetty – Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Mamoru Shibata – Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Charline Stein – Finabank
  • Benjamin Steiner – Credit Suisse
  • Johnathan Tan – Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Kuldeep Tyagi – State Bank of India
  • Ryan Welsh – BNY Mellon
  • Katie Wilson – JP Morgan