Global Trade Facilitation Summit Dubai 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dubai Chamber Auditorium

Mar 15, 2023 - Mar 16, 2023

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(14 CPDs)
Dubai Chamber Auditorium

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Global Trade Facilitation Summit Dubai 2023
(14 CPDs)

Location:     Dubai Chamber Auditorium
Date:            15th – 16th March 2023
Event Type: Summit
Language:   English

ICC UAE is pleased to announce that the 2nd Edition of Global Trade Facilitation Summit 2023, themed “Trade Transformation and Technology” will take place the week commencing 13th March 2023 at Dubai Chambers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Global Trade Facilitation Summit 2023 “GTFS2023” is a unique opportunity for banks, trade finance professionals, traders, importers, exporters, lawyers, and business professionals to gain insights into trends, developments, and legal and technical issues impacting global trade & finance. The summit will be attended by 500-plus delegates from the UAE, MENA region, and around the globe.

The key stakeholders in trade facilitation will share experiences, and expertise and pool resources to fast-track inclusive participation and engagement in the enhancement of the global trade ecosystem.

The summit includes:

    • Reception on the evening of Tuesday 14th March
    • Plenary Day 1 on Wednesday 15th March
    • Plenary Day 2 on Thursday 16th March
    • Gala dinner on the evening of Thursday 16th March
    • Social Networking Event on Friday 17th March

This week-long event, pioneered by ICC UAE will see leaders in trade facilitation join hands with focus and determination to make the business work for everyone, every day, everywhere – the central value proposition of the ICC.

With the current challenges and ongoing uncertainties for global trade and finance, the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) provide exporters and importers with a secure channel to propel trade to what are often considered high-risk emerging markets. For many corporate customers and SMEs the MDBs through their support structures have kept supply chains open and have empowered companies to trade in regions that would otherwise be considered high-risk emerging markets.


Tuesday, 14th March 2023
19:00 Welcome Reception Dinner

Sheraton Creek Hotel & Towers

Wednesday, 15th March 2023 - Plenary Day 1
Dubai Chambers
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Check-in
09:00 - 09:10 Introductory Remarks
09:10 - 09:20 Welcome Address
09:20 - 09:40 Keynote – Sustaining the Pace of Trade Transformation
09:40 - 10:00 The UAE as a Trade Facilitation Gateway – connecting the trade world!
10:00 - 10:50 Multilateral Development Banks – sustaining trade in challenging times!
10:50 - 11:20 Networking Break
11:20 - 12:00 Africa – the final trade frontier!
12:00 - 12:30 UAE Banks Federation – enabling the UAE as a Trade Finance Hub!
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 Deep Tier Trade & Supply Chain Finance – the corporate perspective!
14:40 - 15:20 Sustainable Supply Chain Programs – The Corporate Treasurers and Bankers Approach!
15:20 - 15:40 Networking Break
15:40 - 16:30 Trade Transformation through Technology & Regulation – time to speed up!
16:30 - 16:45 Discussion, Dialogue, Questions & Answers
16:45 - 16:50 Closing Remarks of Plenary Day One
Thursday, 16th March 2023 - Plenary Day 2
Dubai Chambers
08:30 - 09:00 Registration and Check-in
09:00 - 09:30 Women Champions in Trade – pushing the boundaries!
09:30 - 10:30 The ICC “Trade Tech Transformation Challenge” – Show me what you’ve got!
10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 - 11:40 The Global Trade & Business Outlook – outlook or lookout!
11:40 - 12:30 The Ever Changing Compliance Ecosystem – shifting sands!
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 2023 – The Year of Sustainability
14:45 - 15:00 The ICC Challenge Verdict: Winner of ICC UAE Trade Transformation Trophy
15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break
15:30 - 16:30 Captain Jitendra Misra – Memorial Lecture of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Shipping Challenges in Turbulent Times – Fraud detection & Risk Mitigation

16:30 - 16:40 Summit Take Aways & Logistics for Museum of the Future
16:40 - 16:50 Summit Grand Prize Draw
16:50 - 17:00 Close of Global Trade Facilitation Summit 2023 “GTFS 2023”
19:00 - 21:30 Gala Dinner

Park Hyatt Hotel, Dubai
Hosted by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Middle East Branch

Thursday, 16th March 2023
19:00 Summit Gala Dinner

Park Hyatt, Dubai

Friday, 17th March 2023
10:30 Museum of the Future Social Networking Event


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H.E. Humaid Ben Salem



H.E. Humaid Mohamed Ben Salem was appointed as Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) in 2013 to foster cooperation and coordination between the different emirates of the UAE and prepare ground for trade and investment that contribute to the national economy at large.

H.E. Ben Salem is also a former member of the UAE National Assembly (Parliament) where he played his significant role from 2012 to 2016.

Prior to his tenure at the UAE National Assembly, H.E. was Director General of Umm Al Quwain Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 20 years and his charismatic personality has been facilitating the local chambers and the private sector of the UAE to achieve their goals.

He has been at the Board of Director of International Chamber of Commerce – UAE since 2009 and was elected Chairman in 2015 to represent, support and protect the interest of the business community in the UAE.

In addition to the above, he has been instrumental in establishing several joint business councils and has always been active and regularly contributes to the projects pertaining to the private sector.

He holds a BA degree in Administration and Marketing from Davis & Elkins College, United States of America.


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Hassan Al Hashemi

Secretary General


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Vincent O'Brien




Speaker - Vincent O'Brien

Vincent O’Brien




He has been actively involved in trade finance for more than a quarter of a century and has delivered technical assistance for trade finance in more than 100 countries. Vincent’s primary activity is trade facilitation with the major Multilateral Development Banks and his recognized specialty is trade related dispute resolution where he often acts as Expert Witness in Trade Disputes and Legal Cases.

Vincent also holds the positions of the Associate Director of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice (IIBLP).


Speaker - Adnan Anwar

Adnan Anwar
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
National Bank of Fujairah PJSC




Adnan joined National Bank of Fujairah as the Head of Finance in December 2005 before assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer in January 2010.

He was recently appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the bank with his considerable experience with NBF and as being a key member of the bank’s leadership team, driving a number of positive changes within NBF.

He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, and in his current position, he manages key commercial areas of the bank’s business and strengthening the core credit processes of the bank.

Prior to this he was Senior Finance Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in Pakistan. He also headed the Finance division of Saudi ORIX Leasing Company.

Adnan has received the Executive MBA with distinction from London Business School. In addition, he is a fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Pakistan.


Speaker - Ana Kavtaradze

Ana Kavtaradze
Strategic Business Development Consultant
JSC Basis Bank




Ana Kavtaradze is an Advisor to Commercial Director at BASISBANK Georgia, in charge of Strategic Business Development of the Bank. With 16+ years’ experience in trade finance, supply chain finance (SCF), global banking, client relationship management, business strategy formulation, as well as cutting-edge innovation and digitalization Ana has expanded Global Banking network bringing in full scope business cooperation opportunities including Funding, Trade and Supply Chain Finance, Treasury, and Correspondent Banking.

With a performance driven and resourceful leadership in her capacity leading Trade & Structured Finance Business at Georgia’s over a decade Ana liaised multi-cultural stakeholders/customers, with a focus on managing/expanding business with global banks, IFI’s, rule makers across the world in the domain of Global Banking.

Laterally to her Banking carrier, in her private consultancy capacity Ana provides technical advisory to Private and Public Sectors worldwide with primary focus on Digitalization, Trade Finance, Transport and Logistics, Customs, Export Finance, Supply Chain Finance, Global Banking Solutions.
Ana has broad experience cooperating with global commercial banks and financial institution and strong knowledge and coverage of regional business environment. Over the years, she has been a frequent speaker at Global Banking events and conferences worldwide. Ana has been a regular provider of workshops and webinars globally for corporates, SME’s, trade finance professionals, bankers as well as government agencies and regulators.

Ana headed Trade and Structured Finance Department at one of the largest UK premium listed bank in Georgia, Bank of Georgia (BOG) over a decade. Executive Member of Banking Commission, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris Y2017-2021. Editorial Advisory Board Member, Documentary Credit World (DCW) USA and Trade & Investment commission co-chair, ICC Georgia since Y2020.
Ana graduated with honors from Tbilisi State University, Georgia with Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance.


Speaker - Ashish Gokhale

Ashish Gokhale
Executive – Business Development
Strategic Marketing and Communications
National Bank of Fujairah PJSC



Ashish is responsible for driving NBF’s ESG strategy, policy and reporting. He is also developing the Sustainable Finance framework and proposition for the bank. In his earlier roles at NBF he was responsible for Digital Platforms and Product management in Corporate Banking.

A seasoned banker with an experience spanning 2 decades in the industry across India and the UAE, he has earlier worked in Standard Chartered and Citi across transaction banking, supply chain financing and credit structuring.

Ashish is a Mechanical Engineer and a post graduate in Management from IIM Bangalore. He is also qualified Certified Trade Finance Professional, ICC and the Certificate in ESG Investing, CFA.


Speaker - Basel As'Ad Alhussien

Basel As’Ad Alhussien
Senior Manager, Private Sect. & Fin. Adv
Trade & Business Development
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)



  • 20 years of accumulated experience in corporate finance, which out of it 12 years in Islamic Trade Finance.
  • Executive Master in International Trade.
  • Managed ITFC’s Trade Finance portfolio in the Middle East with total accumulated approvals volumes exceeding US$ 1 billion.
  • Tailored several financial solutions that were rewarded with international recognition awards from Islamic Finance News, Euromoney and Global Trade Review.
  • Developing Supplier’s Finance Scheme, a Shari’ah compliant alternative to conventional receivables financing.
  • Participated a key speaker and panellist in several Global and International forums and Seminars related to the International Trade and the Islamic Finance Industry, such as the Islamic Finance News / REDmoney events, FCI events,GTR MENA events and other similar events.
  • Member of a task force formed by the Factors Chain International (“ a Global Representative Body for Factoring and Financing of Open Account Domestic and International Trade Receivables, for the development of the General Rules for International Factoring Supplementary Agreement regulating the International Islamic Factoring transactions conducted by FCI network members.
  • A member of the Products Quality Assurance Committee formed by the Saudi Export Development Authority to review and assess the Saudi EXIM Bank Financing Products.
  • Credit Certification Program (Moody’s), Certified Islamic Banker by CIBAFI, Certified Lender Business Banker (CLBB) by the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences (AABFS).


Speaker - Betul Kurtulus

Betul Kurtulus
Regional Director for Central, Eastern and South -Eastern Europe




Regional Director for Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East FCI. Betül Kurtuluş has 30 years’ experience in the Factoring and Leasing industry. She started her career at Anderson Consulting and joined the factoring industry in 1992. Prior to Strateji Factoring, Betül worked at Toprak Banking Group. Until 2018, she has been General Manager at Strateji Factoring, also a Board Member of Yatirim Leasing.

Betül Kurtuluş served as a Board Member of the Association of Financial Institutions of Turkey since 2016. The association consists of three major industries, Factoring, Leasing, and Consumer Finance, with a member of 103 finance companies. Since January 2019, she has been appointed.


Speaker - Dr. Christopher Abraham

Dr. Christopher Abraham
CEO and Head of Campus
Director – Executive Education
SP Jain School of Global Management



3 Masters in HRM, Business Administration, Labor Law
PhD in Business Administration (UK)
Certified Design Thinker from IDEO/Stanford
Fellow – Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK
35 years’ experience in management consulting and management education

CEO & Head – Dubai campus and Sr. Vice President at the S P Jain School of Global Management

3 x TEDx and international keynote speaker
Consulting assignments for The World Bank, Aramex, DHL, P & G, LG, Reckitt & Benkiser,
Nissan Auto and many others

Awards & Recognitions

  • Twice Awarded Best CEO in the World by Indo – UAE Business & Social Forum
  • Twice Awarded Education Leadership Award by World Leadership Congress
  • Featured in CNBC, Dubai Eye, Dubai TV, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, The National, Times of India
  • Knighted by The Parte Guelfa, Italy representing India among 130 nations (For Ecology & Environment)

Honorary Positions & Recognitions

  • Honorary Fellow – Leaders Excellence at Harvard Square
  • Advisor – RTA Innovation Lab Government of Dubai
  • Global Advisory Board Member – World CMO Council
  • Member of the Board – The Abrahamic Business Circle
  • Senior Advisory Board Member –WASME World Association of SMEs
  • Senior Advisory Board Member – World Sustainable Business Forum
  • Member of the Governing Board – Gulf Marketing Association
  • Executive Board Member – CIVITAS DEI Institute of History and Archaeology of Jerusalem
  • Member of the Board of Directors – Talents of Endearment
  • Knighted by Parte Guelfa , Italy


Speaker - Fatima Balfaqeeh

Fatima Balfaqeeh
Board Member, ICC UAE
Vice Chair, ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR




Fatima Balfaqeeh is a Legal Counsel, independent Arbitrator, Mediator, and Business Consultant.

Her career began 18 years ago in government and semi-government entities in Abu Dhabi, leading contracts and procurement functions. She has worked extensively within the commercial, legal and operational matters across a wide array of sectors, including construction-related fields, governance enforcement in contracts and procurement, project-related finance, payables, and banking credit facilities for corporate clients. She is now a Certified Independent Arbitrator and a Certified Commercial Mediator; She has been invited to speak at multiple national and international ADR events.

In 2018, Fatma launched her own consultancy. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Royal Institute of Certified Surveyors (RICS) as a chartered Facilities Management Surveyor, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain (CIPS). She is also a board member in the ICC-UAE, and the Vice Chair of the ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR Steering Committee, and a board member of the MENA Advisory Panel (MAP) of RICS.

Fatima is passionate about sustainability in all aspects and applies this within her daily work. Her dedication to the law is inspirational and she has a reputation for building a strong rapport with her clients. Connecting on a human level is a priority. She radiates hope, and most importantly, trust.


Speaker - Gianluca Elmosi

Gianluca Elmosi
Group Treasury Director
Al Dahra Holding LLC




Gianluca has 25 years’ experience in Corporate Treasury Management in prestigious multinational companies from oil & gas, telco, chemicals, agriculture and other sectors, specialized in M&A, Debt raising, Cash pool, Risk management, Structured Financial Debt, Interest Rate coverage, Cash management and Capital Funding.

Currently he is the Group Treasury Director Al Dahra Holding , a prominent leader in the Agribusiness fueled by an active foreign investment strategy. Prior to joining Al Dahra in 2015, for which he oversees the business in several regions managing all treasury operations aspects, Gianluca was Director of Treasury in Muntajat, the Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company, developing and managing MUNTAJAT financial market risks including interest rate, liquidity, credit risk, Fx risk and insurance.

Before moving to Qatar in 2012, in his earlier career, he worked several years in General Electric, as Global Treasurer of the GE Energy Contractual Services Business and in NTT Docomo (Buongiorno) for which he held the role of Global Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations,

He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Cattolica University in Milan.

Gianluca, among his passions, is a Go-karting professional pilot.


Speaker - Gwen Mwaba

Gwen Mwaba
Director & Global Head Trade Finance
African Export-Import Bank




Gwen Mwaba joined Afreximbank in May 2015. In her role as Director & Global Head, Trade Finance, she heads the Trade Finance business for Afreximbank and leads a team executing transactions in all Afreximbank member states across Africa.

Her expertise cuts across Receivables Financing, Pre-export and Pre-payment financing, Structured Trade and Commodity Financing and lending to Financial Institutions and Sovereigns.

Gwen has 23 years of banking experience in Oil & Gas, Telecoms, Hospitality, Mining and agri-business.

Before joining Afreximbank, she worked for Standard Bank Plc in London.

Gwen is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds a BSc. Applied Accounting. She earned her MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University in 1997.


Speaker - Habiba Al Mar’ashi

Habiba Al Mar’ashi
Emirates Environmental Group




Mrs. Habiba Hassan Sultan Al Mar’ashi Al Hashimi is the Co-founder and Chairperson of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a pioneering non-government organisation established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1991. She guided EEG to become the first environmental NGO in the world to receive ISO 14001 certification. She single handedly established the Arabia CSR Network in 2004, as the MENA region’s pioneering and only multi-stakeholder platform with local and multi-national entities. She co-founded the Emirates Green Building Council in 2006 and serves as its Treasurer and Board Member.

Mrs. Al Mar’ashi has been actively associated in leadership roles in global bodies such as UN Global Compact (board member) and President of the UNGC – GCC Network , UNEP (civil society representative), a member of Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council (GRI), and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification Advisory Board for the Middle East. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Global Urban Development and Patronage Committee member of myclimate. In 2019 she was selected to come on board as a member of a high level Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General. In July 2021 she was chosen to serve as a Director of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). Mrs. Al Mar’ashi also serves as a member of advisory Boards for several Academic Institutions and other boards that deal with Sustainability in the Region and Globally.


Speaker - Hashim Al Hussaini

Hashim Al Hussaini
Co-Founder & Managing Director




Hashim is a Business Management professional, holding a bachelor degree from the University of Business
& Technology. He has +16 years of experience in Trade Finance, credit and risk as a Banker and managing different nature of Trading and construction businesses in GCC.

Hashim Al Hussaini is a serial Entrepreneur who is constantly developing business solutions for existing challenges and was awarded as one of the Top 3 Best UAE Fintech Entrepreneur in 2020. First, he co- founded Nobles Tree Building Solutions Co. Ltd., the main distributor of the Spanish NUEVA TERRAIN – SDP Factories and many different global brands for building materials in K.S.A. and MENA, Hashim always aspires to add value to the whole ecosystem, through Nobles Tree, he creates innovative solutions to support owners, consultants, contractors and technicians. Once the company took off and grew in the market, Hashim realized his passion for entrepreneurship. In 2017, he again co-founded a fintech company, the company is “MoniMove Limited” which is based in London, UK and regional offices in USA, Amsterdam and Dubai.

MoniMove offers a platform that revolutionizes the current credit utilization, supply chain and trade finance models. The startup is growing fast, it is currently operating in UAE and KSA with plans in pipeline to expand regionally in the near future. MoniMove platform already won several achievements, it was selected as one of the best FinTechs by HSBC UAE in the “Connected FinTech Program”, it was awarded the Best FinTech Innovation in Middle East by “Global Finance Award” and the best Platform in MENA FinTech Hackathon for “Digitization of MURABAH Process” and its going live with 3 of the largest banks in region along with some governments entities.

Moreover, MoniMove has partnered with “Etihad Credit Insurance” and became the exclusive FinTech partner to Launch the first of its kind “Unified Trade Finance Gateway” in partnership with FAB, ENBD & RAK banks to support non-oil exporters and re-exporters in UAE.

With unrelenting persistence, Hashim was able to overcome several challenges, he has a deep desire to succeed and add value to global ecosystem.


Jamal Saleh
Director General
UAE Banks Federation




Jamal Saleh joined UBF (UAE Banks Federation) in July 2018 and became UBF’s Director General on 1st January 2019. Prior to joining UBF, his last role was Head of Credit & Risk and Acting Regional Chief Risk Officer with a leading GCC bank.

Jamal spent 29 years in banking (Conventional and Islamic) and covered Credit and Enterprise Risk Management (Credit, Market, Operational, Liquidity, and IT Risks).

His first 10 years were in the USA (in Private Banking and Credit) and the last 19 were in the UAE in Corporate Banking, Credit, and Risk Management with three leading UAE banks.

He served as PRMIA’s UAE Director General for 7 years (2007-2014) and was concurrently Member on British University’s Advisory Board.

Jamal graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, from New Jersey (USA) in Finance and Banking, and held 6 professional certifications in credit, finance, investment, and risk management.

He was a frequent TV quest on local and international business channels and newspapers, as well as a key speaker at tens of regional and international forums in UAE, MENA, Singapore, Europe, USA, etc., including 11 years at the renowned RiskMinds of Geneva/Amsterdam from 2006-2016, and the Commonwealth of Nations at Westminster Palace’s Central Hall in London.


Speaker - Jin Saibo

Jin Saibo
Senior Partner
Jingcheng Tongda Law Offices




Senior partner of Jingcheng Tongda Law Offices in Beijing China. An Invited experts by the PRC Supreme People’s Court regrading to the drafting of the judicial interpretation of Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Some Issues Concerning the Trial of Cases of Disputes over Letter of Credit. He was first drafter of the PRC Supreme People’s drafting project of the judicial interpretation of Demand Guarantee. One of the main promoters of the factoring contract chapter in PRC Civil Code. Help the drafting of Civil Code judicial interpretation by Supreme People’s Court.

The Vice director of financial and Securities Special Committee of All-China Lawyers Association. The Vice director and arbitrator of the Financial Dispute Arbitration Special Committee of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, assisting the commission in drafting and revising the Financial Dispute Arbitration Rules. Member of the Chinese delegation to participate in the sixth working group (WORKING GROUP VI) and fifth working group (WORKING) GROUP V) of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on the two projects of Model Law on Secured Transactions and Model Law on Insolvency Law. A member of the Legal Committee (LC) of the Factors Chain International (FCI), participated in the drafting project as an observer of the Model Law of Factoring held by International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). He has published over 20 books in Chinese or English.


Speaker - Joel Schrevens

Joel Schrevens
Solutions Director
China Systems Corporation




Joel Schrevens is Global Solutions Director at China Systems, responsible for Product Strategy on Trade and Supply Chain Finance. He is driving the company’s trade digitalisation and ecosystem collaboration initiatives and is the main contact for organisations such as ICC, IIBLP, ITFA, SWIFT and other business and technology partners.

Thirty-three years ago, Joel started his career at KBC Bank in Belgium, where he worked for seven years in their Foreign Trade Operations. He is still grateful that he was given the opportunity by the bank to take a leading role in the automation of their trade back- office operations. It provided him with a blend of business, operational and technical expertise and also the mind-set to continuously think about how to optimise intra- and interbank business processes and customer service.

While he is ‘notoriously’ known for his attention to detail, he takes pride in his ability and creativity to think at trade ecosystem level. He is passionate about the potential of new technology and the so much needed legal adoption of digital trade documents, but is also convinced that, as our processing environments will become increasingly hybrid, it is essential to well understand the present in order to efficiently handle a long period of transformation and create a bright future for Trade.

He enjoys working with people that challenge him as he is convinced that you need to empower other people to own ideas and share a vision in order to grow as an organisation.

“Creating value today with a vision for tomorrow” is his motto.


Speaker - Kamel Mellahi

Kamel Mellahi
Senior Manager, Centre for Responsible Business
Dubai Chambers




Kamel is a Senior Manager at Dubai Chambers’ Centre for Responsible Business. He has received many prestigious accolades and honors for his work in CSR and sustainability. Prior to joining Dubai Chambers, he held a full professorship position at Warwick Business School. He has published over 100 articles in top tier journals, authored or edited more than a dozen books and a large number of practical tools and manuals. In 2020 and 2021, he featured in Stanford University’s list of the top 2 percent scientists in the world.


Speaker - Khalid Al Ali

Khalid Al Ali
Regional Manager, Middle East & Africa
Dubai International Chamber




Khalid Al Ali is the Regional Manager – Middle East & Africa at Dubai International Chamber, where he manages a network of representative offices in the Middle East and Africa that implement the chamber’s strategy across target markets within the region.

In his current role, Khalid works to attract foreign companies and investors to Dubai by promoting the emirate as a preferred global business hub at international events and trade missions. He also focuses the efforts of regional offices to identify business opportunities for Chamber members and support Dubai-based companies with their entry into global markets.

As a veteran banker, Khalid comes with 22 years’ experience in the financial industry spanning consumer, wholesale and private banking. Previously, worked with several reputed banks in the UAE including HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates NBD and Ajman Bank, where he developed customer and sales strategies, managed core teams and conducted analysis of key functions to ensure return on investment. He has also held several roles with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), serving as Director of Client Relations and Director Registry Services.

He graduated from the distinguished Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government program and studied Business Administration at the University of Arkansas in the United States.


Speaker - Lamin M Drammeh

Lamin M Drammeh
Head of Trade Finance
African Development Bank (AfDB)




Lamin has more than 25 years of experience mostly in commercial and development banking. He is the Head of Trade Finance at the African Development Bank (AfDB) and a pioneer member of the team that set up the Bank’s Trade Finance Program in 2013. Prior to that Lamin spent more than a decade at Standard Chartered Bank Gambia as Treasurer and subsequently as Country Director of Wholesale Banking. His areas of professional interest include international trade, corporate governance and financial sector development in emerging markets. Lamin is a Chartered Accountant (FCCA) – ACCA United Kingdom and a Chartered Governance Professional (ACG) – The Chartered Governance Institute, UK & Ireland.  He has an MBA from Japan.


Speaker - Makiko Toyoda

Makiko Toyoda
Head of the Global Trade Finance Programme
International Finance Corporation (IFC)




Makiko Toyoda is the Global Head of the Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) & Global Supply Chain Finance Program (GSCF) at International Finance Corporation (IFC) (World Bank Group). GTFP is IFC’s largest trade finance program established in 2004 which currently covers 74 countries and GSCF is a newly established program to provide supplier financing in emerging markets. Makiko has 30 years of trade & supply chain finance and banking experiences, having worked in Washington DC, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, London, Frankfurt, and Tokyo. She joined IFC in 2003 and was the Sub-Saharan Africa Head based in Johannesburg before assuming the current role in Washington DC in 2017. She is a member of WTO’s Trade Finance Expert Working Group. She is also a member of ITFA Multilaterals Advisory Panel. Prior to joining IFC, she worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she worked on trade and commodity finance programs, and for the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) where she was the Deputy General Manager. She also worked for Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW) under the Staff Exchange Program. Makiko holds a BA degree in Economics from Keio University and a Master’s degree from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.


Speaker - Dr. Marc Auboin

Dr. Marc Auboin
World Trade Organisation (WTO)




Marc Auboin is a Counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO. Previously he held several positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was Deputy-Secretary General of the Monetary Committee of the European Union, worked for the French Treasury. Mr. Auboin holds a PhD in Economics.


Speaker - Michael Howlett

Michael Howlett
Director, International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
CEO, Commercial Crime Services of the International Chamber of Commerce




Michael Howlett, Director – ICC International Maritime Bureau

Michael joined the ICC-International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in May 1994 and has over 25 years’ experience in trade finance fraud. He closely co-ordinates with the IMB’s banking, shipping, insurance and trading company members with regards to loss prevention and advice.

Michael has been instrumental in identifying systematic international fraudsters, invited to provide evidence and appear as a witness in trade related criminal cases and assisted in the investigation of the largest fraud in trade finance history. As part of his duties Michael has also investigated a number of cases worldwide relating to cargo losses, the suspicious sinking of vessels and their cargoes and the phenomena known as phantom ships.

He has travelled on investigations to a number of countries, spoken at numerous conferences and seminars worldwide and written papers on areas connected with the subject of piracy, fraud and malpractice in trade finance and international trade.

In January 2020, Michael became the CEO of ICC Commercial Crime Services – the anti-crime unit of the International Chamber of Commerce – of which IMB is a part.


Speaker - Mohamed Daoud

Mohamed Daoud
Director – Territory / Business Development, Governance, Risk & Compliance – GRC
Moody’s Analytics




Mohamed is a strategic leader and seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the Banking, Finance, and corporate sectors in the Unites States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mohamed has a broad-based global leadership experience across strategy consulting, business transformation and cultural changes. He spent the last 20 years of his career assisting and counseling organizations fighting Financial Crimes in the Middle East and Africa. He brought a unique and innovative perspective to the reputation risk in the financial, corporate and public sectors (energy, mining, telco, rest-estate, retail and government).

Mohamed’s expertise in compliance focuses on Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combatting Financing of Terrorism (CFT), Anti-Bribery, and Anti- Corruption (ABC) programs. Through years of working with industry-leading firms, he attained tremendous knowledge on regulations, requirements, processes, Fintech and Regtech solutions, and best practices across all sectors.

Mohamed regularly collaborates as a keynote speaker through awareness workshops, forums, conferences and webinars on the topics of ethics, corporate governance, AML / CFT compliance, Anti-Corruption programs and cultural changes.

Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, Mohamed was the Banking and Finance Practice Leader of IBM’s distributor in the Gulf (GBM) for several years, subsequently leading Thomson Reuters’ and Refinitiv’s Governance, Risk and Compliance business for more than a decade. Throughout his career, he also held several executive positions in international banks in the Unites States, United Kingdom, and Europe across retail, wholesale, and investment banking.


Speaker - Mohammed Khalid Bin Sulaiman

Mohammed Khalid Bin Sulaiman
Director – Business Relations
Dubai Chambers





Speaker - Nadia Abdul Aziz

Nadia Abdul Aziz
Board Member, ICC UAE
Chair, ICC UAE Customs & Trade Facilitation Commission




Nadia Abdul Aziz, is the Managing Director/Partner of UNASCO LLC, President of National Association of Freight and Logistics- NAFL (Fiata),Chairperson of WILAT-ME- Women in Logistics & Transport- Middle East (part of CILT, Chair of the ICC UAE Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation Steering Committee, Vice President of FIATA extended Board .She is also in the Board of Governors for Al Noor Centre for children with special needs and a Board member of Dubai Land Transport Group.

Nadia has more than 17 years of experience in Freight & Logistics sector. She has worked in her family business DULSCO LLC – one of the largest man power supply companies in the Gulf. Nadia has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Advertising and Master’s degree in Business Administration (American University in Dubai).

She helps the Al Noor Centre to raise funds for the school and assist with event organization .She mainly focusses on raising the freight /logistics industry standards in the country by offering professional training and in solving industry challenges and opening opportunity doors for the investors to the country in collaboration with government organizations.


Speaker - Rahul Daswani

Rahul Daswani
Independent Expert




Rahul has 20+yr’s of diversified experience in Treasury, Corporate Finance, Program Management and Process Excellence. He started his career in GE-Capital as a Six Sigma Quality Black Belt and then went on to Citibank for a career in Risk Management before moving to Nokia for managing Regional Treasury. He recently has been working for Microsoft Treasury, where he built solutions for FX & Financing needs in International markets. He is a Qualified Chartered Accountant from India and also a Fellow of Association of Corporate Treasurers UK.

Rahul has collaborated across teams & organizations to build innovative solutions which have been recognized by various industry awards from ACT, Adam Smith & Alexander Hamilton.

He enjoys reading across a variety of subjects from technology to geo-politics and is a self-professed news junkie.


Speaker - Robert Parson

Robert Parson
Squire Patton Boggs




Robert Parson is a partner based in the London office and specialising in commodities and shipping.

Robert’s practice includes financing arrangements across the commodity and trade industry. He represents banks and non-bank financiers, funds, large and medium-sized commodity traders, producers, credit insurers and other participants in financing and monetising the international production, storage, movement and distribution of both raw materials and manufactured goods.

Robert advises regularly on structured trade and inventory finance and the use of financial instruments such as letters of credit, bills of exchange, promissory notes and other secure payment arrangements in international trade, as well as has expertise in related disputes.

Robert has an established reputation in the increasingly important field of digital trade, working on the establishment of digital platforms and the use and enforceability of electronic trade documents and payment instruments. He is also a regular speaker and writer on both digital trade and commodity and trade finance, and is the editor of the legal journal Finance and Credit Law.


Speaker - Dr. Rudolf Putz

Dr. Rudolf Putz
Head of Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)




Rudolf Putz is Head of EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme and has more than 30 years of experience in financing trade with Eastern Europe, the CIS and the southern and eastern Mediterranean.

He started his professional career in 1983 as Deputy Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Centro Internationale Handelsbank AG Vienna, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International.

In 1993 Rudolf Putz joined HELM AG Hamburg as Head of Structured Trade Finance and from 1996 to 1997 he was Deputy Head of Structured Trade Finance at Bank Austria International Trade Services Vienna, a subsidiary of Unicredit.

In 1997 he became Director Trade Finance at Deutsche Handelsbank AG Berlin, a subsidiary of Credit Lyonnais, and since 2000 he has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP).

Rudolf Putz holds a Doctor’s Degree from the Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration.


Speaker - Srinath Keshavan

Srinath Keshavan
Chief Executive Officer
Trade Risk Consulting




Srinath Keshavan is a Trade Finance practitioner with experience extending over 40 years. He has worked in Export Sales for manufacturers in India, commercial banking in Hong Kong, followed by a decade-long stint heading the trade finance function in commodity trading companies in Singapore.

Srinath set up Trade Risk Consulting in 2001 and has deployed his skills through delivery of training, consulting and sponsored research. Based in Singapore, he has completed assignments for banks in 50 countries.

Srinath holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Srinath was Adjunct Faculty at Singapore Management University.


Speaker - Staney Pullolickel

Staney Pullolickel
Global Treasury Transaction Services & Commercial Treasury




Staney is a highly regarded Treasury and Banking professional with over two decades of experience in both banking and corporate treasury.

Throughout his extensive career, Staney has developed expert domain knowledge in various fields, including treasury operations, corporate banking, commercial treasury, M&A, FX strategy, cash management, structured trade solutions, and trade finance.

His understanding of business operations, challenges, and needs in emerging markets has earned him numerous accolades, such as the Triple A Award for the Treasurer of the Year (Regional) by The Asset magazine in 2017 and the Highly Commended Treasury Professional of the Year: Private Sector 2019 by The Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Prior to joining General Electric in 2007, Staney held positions at ICICI, IDBI, and HSBC in India.


Speaker - Steven Beck

Steven Beck
Head Trade and Supply Chain Finance
Private Sector Operations Department
Asian Development Bank



Steven Beck is the head of trade and supply chain finance at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a program which supports over 10,000 transactions worth about US $8 billion annually.

In his fifteen years at the ADB, Mr. Beck has led the program to exponential growth, and has launched multiple initiatives to make trade and supply chains green, resilient, transparent, and socially responsible.

Mr. Beck established the first and only authoritative source of default and loss data in trade financing at the peak of the 2008 Financial Crisis, reshaping the regulatory treatment of trade finance and freeing up billions in additional financing capacity as a result. More recently, Mr. Beck launched ADB’s groundbreaking analysis on global unmet demand for trade finance, highlighting the imperative to address this market failure to create transformative economic benefits, particularly across developing Asia, and in support of small businesses across the region.

ADB’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program has been a champion of the digitalization of global trade, with Mr. Beck driving the creation of the Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) in partnership with the Government of Singapore and International Chamber of Commerce. Under Mr. Beck’s leadership, a gender audit was conducted of ADB partner commercial banks to develop specific recommendations to attract, retain, and promote more women in banking.

Mr. Beck mandates the team at ADB to actively develop projects that advance prosperity and inclusion through trade; these include initiatives to combat money laundering in trade, efforts to increase traceability of carbon emissions and sustainability in global supply chains as well as solutions targeting greater adoption of social and labour safety standards in international commerce.

He serves on industry bodies, including the Governing Board of the Digital Standards Initiative and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Working Group for Trade Finance and others. Mr. Beck is a member of Advisory Council of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, providing strategic advice on international accounting and sustainability reporting standards.

Mr. Beck began his career with roles as a special assistant to the Canadian minister for international trade and as a senior manager at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). He left CIBC to help start up a new multilateral development bank, the Black Sea Trade & Development Bank (BSTDB), which focused on economic development in Türkiye, Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union. Following BSTDB, he took up roles as a senior consultant, including work with the United States Agency for International Development in southern Africa.

He holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, USA and a B.A. from Queen’s University, Canada.


Speaker - Sumit K. Roy

Sumit K. Roy
Founder and CMO
Trade Assets




Sumit is Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Fintech Innovations International (FII), the company that has launched TradeAssets, the first e-marketplace of its kind for banks. He has twenty-four years of experience as a global financial institutions specialist with expertise in trade finance and international payments. He started his career with Price Waterhouse, working on software and management consultancy projects before moving to banking, where he worked for American Express Bank in India, USA and the UAE. After 15 years with Amex, Sumit moved to Deutsche Bank for another 9 years, and was Managing Director responsible for banks and other financial institutions in the Middle East and Africa region.

Sumit has extensive experience in e-Products, primary and secondary trade finance, asset distribution, international payments and cash management. In over two decades in service, sales, product and relationship management in three continents, he has directly covered institutions and managed teams covering Asia, North America, Middle East and Africa. He has always executed growth strategies with consistent success, in difficult markets and under challenging circumstances. His venture into Fintech stems from a strong desire to create solutions that impact not just one organization or geography but the industry as a whole.

Sumit holds an MBA in Finance and a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Speaker - Suzzanna Ali

Suzzanna Ali
Senior Manager, Compliance and MLRO
DP World Financial Services Limited




I have worked since 1994 after graduating from university as a lawyer in Malaysia. I stared my career as corporate career drafting various legal documents for listings, joint ventures and mergers and acquisition. I left legal practice to be a capita market regulator in Malaysia as investigating officer. In the course of 8 years, my role had also evolved to include reviewing proposed policies and adaption of international standards in local regulations.

In 2005, I joined UBS Malaysia to set up their business in Kuala Lumpur and within a year, I left to join Group Compliance in London. I left London during the financial crisis to return home. In 2010, I left to join an investment bank as their group compliance in Qatar.

I came to Dubai in 2014 and has been working in DIFC throughout my years here. I considered myself a seasoned international banker with extensive experience on both public policy and commercial aspects of financial and capital market in several jurisdictions. Over the years, due to my exposures in multiple products across financial markets and my experience in emerging and developed markets, I develop an understanding to the challenges encountered by the financial sector. The ever-evolving financial industry demands a more vigilant and in depth analysis in order to arrive at more informed decision making.


Speaker - Troy S. Wood

Troy S. Wood
CEO & Founder




Troy S. Wood is a blockchain DLT early adopter and principal, whose mission has been dedicated to developing software technology on the XDC Network’s blockchain DLT to address business challenges thereby applying optimal value-add solutions across the payments and instant settlement industry.

Wood is currently the CEO and Founder of Impel, a fintech innovator that provides secure messaging and payment rails globally to financial institutions and corporates for cross-border and domestic payments as well as advanced instant settlement solutions allowing forward-thinking leaders to capitalize on NextGen business operations via an ISO 20022 API and a bridge to the R3 Corda DLT platform. Such innovations allow entities to settle contracts and agreements in seconds using digital assets rather than less efficient traditional payment methods.

Prior to his role at Impel, Wood pioneered numerous Internet site and business application development projects including database-driven and e-Commerce sites in the mid-1990s. His contributions preceded the period of exponential Internet growth that brought us to where we are today.

Wood initially graduated with a degree in Computer Science followed by a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management. He then went on to complete an MS in Supply Chain Management and an MBA specialized in Strategic Management from the University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Management.


Speaker - Victor Penna

Victor Penna
Co-head of Global Transaction Banking




In his role as Co-head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB), Victor is responsible for driving Mashreq Bank’s day to day Trade and Cash business across 10+ countries in the Middle East and international locations like New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai.

Victor brings more than 35 of years’ experience in finance, banking and consulting in various parts of the world.

Prior to joining Mashreq, Victor held senior roles in the global transaction banking business at Standard Chartered including Global Sales Head for Trade and Cash Management services to corporates across 50+ countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. This included developing a comprehensive program to capture trade flows across industry supply chains spanning clients banking with the Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking arms of the bank.

Prior to Standard Chartered, Victor held various regional transaction banking leadership roles at JP Morgan in Asia and country level roles with Citibank in Australasia. This including developing Vendor Finance, Payables Finance and Receivables Finance products and programs.


Speaker - Vince Cook

Vince Cook
Chief Executive Officer
National Bank of Fujairah PJSC




Vince joined National Bank of Fujairah in 2009 as the bank’s Chief Executive Officer. Since then, he has led its transformational growth as one of the fastest growing banks in the UAE, with a specialised focus in trade finance, treasury and corporate banking.

He has spent the majority of his 35+ years in banking, in the Middle East. This included senior positions in Barclays Bank Plc’s Corporate Banking and Middle East Group divisions and a stint as Managing Director, Gulf, of Barclays Capital.

Prior to his current appointment, he had general management positions in two other regional banks. Vince has a Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool and MBA from Henley Management College, UK.


Speaker - Wayne Mills

Wayne Mills
Founder and Managing Director
Atom Advisory Limited




After a successful 30+ year banking career, Wayne Mills founded Atom Advisory Limited in 2022.

Wayne has held various senior leadership positions in Transaction Banking, most recently leading the build-out and growth of the Transaction Banking Solutions team supporting clients across the UK, EMEA, US and Asia.

Combining strategic, technical and commercial acumen, Wayne oversaw the delivery of innovative, risk-appropriate solutions across Trade, Supply Chain and Receivables.

Atom Advisory adds value to Banks, NBFI’s and Corporates through the provision of product advice, project delivery and training in the area of Trade and all aspects of Working Capital. A core focus is to deliver ROI through actionable outputs.

Wayne also sits on the Advisory Board of an international training company and is passionate about supporting the next generation of talent to ensure diversity of teams and thought.



Tuesday, 14th March 2023
Welcome Reception Dinner
Sheraton Creek Hotel & Towers

Thursday, 16th March 2023
Summit Gala Dinner
Park Hyatt Hotel

Friday, 17th March 2023
Social Networking Event
Museum of the Future

15-16th March 2023
The Global Trade Facilitation Summit 2023 will take place at Dubai Chamber Auditorium.

Main Office Address Dubai Chamber Baniyas Road, Deira P.O. Box 1457 – Dubai, U.A.E.
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ICC UAE has arranged a list of recommended hotels located near its main office with preferential rates for the registered delegates.

For all the reservations for the Recommended Hotels, please see the below procedures:

Sheraton Creek Hotel & Towers
5-Star Hotel
Baniyas Rd – Port Saeed – Riggat Al Buteen – Dubai

Room Rates:
Single Occupancy – AED 575 net BB + Tourism Fee
Double Occupancy – AED 635 net BB + Tourism Fee

For booking, please contact:

Samih Mahmoud
Mobile: +971 56 5365507

Al Bandar Rotana & Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana
5-Star Hotel
Baniyas Street – Dubai

Room Rates:
Single Occupancy – AED 520 including all taxes
Double Occupancy – AED 570 including all taxes

For booking, please contact:

Qamar Sanaa
Mobile: +971 54 5822128

Flora Creek Deluxe Hotel & Apartments
4-Star Hotel
Port Saeed Road ,Near Deira City Centre Dubai Creek – Dubai

Room Rates:
Deluxe Studio (Room Only) – AED 370 + Tourism Fee
Deluxe Studio (with breakfast) – AED 415 + Tourism Fee
One Bedroom Suite (Room Only) – AED 390 + Tourism Fee
One Bedroom Suite (with breakfast) – AED 435 + Tourism Fee

For booking, please contact:

Arun Raja
Mobile: +971 56 6400204



Partner - Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program (TSCFP)          Partner - African Development Bank          Partner - European Bank

Partner - International Finance Corporation          Partner - International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)         Partner - African Export Import Bank

Institutional Partners

Institutional Partners - UAE Banks Federation          Institutional Partners - Institute of Chartered Shipbroker Middle East Branch


Media Partners

Media Partner - MEA Finance          Media Partner - BCR Publications          Media Partner - Trade Finance Global


Design Partner

Design Partner - Arte Rush


Destination Partner

Destination Partner - Dubai Tourism


Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor - National Bank of Fujairah           Silver Sponsor - China Systems

Silver Sponsors

Silver Sponsor - Trade Assets          Silver Sponsor - Mashreq             

Bronze Sponsors

Silver Sponsor - Enigio           Bronze Sponsor - National Bank of Umm Al Qaiwain           Bronze Sponsor - Trade Risk Consulting

Bronze Sponsor - Habib Bank AG Zurich

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