Bharat Gupta has joined Olam as regional head of trade and structured finance for Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Based in Singapore, he joins from fellow commodities trader Louis Dreyfus, where he spent six years in Dubai, most recently as the regional head of structured trade finance.

Prior to this, Gupta worked for Cargill as head of corporate origination in India. This followed more than 10 years in the banking sector.

He was head of transaction banking products for South Asia at Standard Chartered, spent more than three years with American Express Bank as head of business banking, worked in a market manager role at Citi and started out as a credit analyst at Barclays.