Now more than ever, it is crucial to continue the conversation about gender equality in the workplace.
GTR‘s WiTF events discuss the slow progress achieved by the trade finance industry in recent years, and ways to ensure improvements continue to be made in these challenging times.
WiTF events and discussion sessions are open to men and women.
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GTR Women in Trade Finance will come to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the first time on November 4. The event series will also return to London, UK on November 27 in a new format: Future-Proofing Trade Finance. We will release more details here in the weeks to come.
Women in Trade Finance Seminar
It’s no secret that organisations in the trade finance industry need to do more to foster talent, encourage diversity and achieve inclusion. The issues surrounding acquiring, developing and retaining diverse talent are echoed across the corporate world. But in the finance sector, tackling these issues has never been more urgent.
GTR, HSBC and a selection of esteemed speakers gathered discussed how we can foster diverse talent and challenge structural and cultural barriers that prevent organisations from achieving inclusion. The discussion tackled questions such as:
- How does the local trade finance industry fare in terms of gender diversity?
- We know that the gender gap exists – but are institutions doing a good enough job to tackle it? What are examples of measures being taken to address the issue?
- What have been some standout personal experiences in this regard?
- Why is bringing more women into trade finance not only the right thing to do, but also a smart move?
- What is it like for foreign nationals to work or do business in the region?
- What’s new in the conversation in the UAE specifically?
Featuring a special keynote address from:
Rana Nawas, Speaker, Strategic Advisor, Podcaster; President, Ellevate Dubai; Creator & Host, When Women Win
Following by a panel discussion including:
Moderator: Sanne Wass, Senior Reporter, Global Trade Review (GTR)
Jasmine Lau, Regional Head of Business Development, Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC Bank Middle East
Diana Wilde, Middle East Bank Relationship Manager, Structured Trade Finance, ADM; ME Advisory Panel, ACT
Merlyn D’Cruz, GTS Senior Manager, Assets & Trade Products, Noor Bank
Fatenah El Danab, Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Women in Trade Finance Session
- Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
- Location: Hogan Lovells | Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG
- Time: 15:00 – 17:00 (Formal discussion starting at 15:30, leading into networking drinks reception)
- Davinder Mann, Director of UK Export Finance’s Legal and Compliance Group and a member of its Executive Committee
- Francisca Michielsen, Divisional Director for International Working Capital, Santander’s Corporate & Commercial Banking Division
- Dr Grace Lordan, Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, London School of Economics
- Shannon Manders, Editorial Director, Global Trade Review (GTR)
Women in Trade Finance Session
- Date: Monday, June 11 | +RSVP
This session will take place during the GTR Asia Tradetech Forum 2018
- Location: JW Marriott | Hong Kong
- Time: 15:30 – 17:00 (Formal discussion starting at 16:00, leading into networking drinks reception)
Ajay Sharma, Regional Head of Global Trade & Receivables Finance, Asia Pacific Global Trade & Receivables Finance, HSBC
Discussion topics include:
- Support women’s advancement in the trade finance industry and what role can the management play?
- Is the trade finance industry in need of a cultural change when it comes to hiring and retaining women?
- Do women in senior roles need to be engaged differently than men? What are their priorities?
- Opportunities for using technologies to increase inclusive recruitment and training.
- Getting the men involved and what support can they offer?
- What are your expectations and concerns from the industry for the next 5 years?
Moderator: Finbarr Bermingham, Asia Editor, Global Trade Review (GTR)
Inwha Huh, Global Head of Structured Trade Solutions, HSBC
Ginnie Chin, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Culum Capital
Maaike Steinebach, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Branch; Managing Director, IB&M Hong Kong, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Maria Hui, Director, Hong Kong Human Resources Lead, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited
Women in Trade Finance
- Date: Tuesday, June 12 | +Calendar | +RSVP
(This seminar will take place before US Trade & Working Capital Conference 2018)
- Location: Swissôtel (Alpine room) | Chicago, USA
- Time: 16:00 – 19:00 (Formal discussion starting at 17:00, leading into networking drinks and canapés)
GTR Women in Trade Finance Seminar: Retaining women in senior roles – Chicago, Illinois
It is now more crucial than ever to continue the conversation around gender equality in the workplace, as the trade finance industry intensifies its efforts to tackle gender imbalance, drive innovation and create competitive advantage. The latest in GTR’s Women in Trade Finance series, this seminar will consider the following topics:
- Supporting female advancement in the trade finance industry: What role can management play?
- Is the trade finance industry in need of a culture change when it comes to hiring and retaining women?
- Do women in senior roles need to engage differently to men? How do the priorities differ?
- Can advances in technology be utilised to make the market more inclusive, particularly around recruitment and training? Will technology drive gender diversity in trade finance?
- How can men be taken on this journey? What role do they have to play and what support can they offer?
- What are your expectations and concerns for the industry over the next five years?
Moderator: Shannon Manders, Editorial Director, Global Trade Review (GTR)
Alisa DiCaprio, Head of Research & Global Trade Strategy, R3
Tracey Redfern, Senior Vice-President, Head of Business Development, HSBC
Eileen Lowry, Global Program Director, IBM Blockchain Garage
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