Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Marisa Poncela García 

Secretary of State for Trade 
Government of Spain

In November 2016, Marisa Poncela García was appointed Secretary of State for Trade and President of ICEX Spain Export and Investment, President of the State Risks Committee and President of the executive committees of the funds for the promotion of business internationalization FIEM, FIEX and FONPYME. From 2013 to 2016, she was Secretary-General for Science and Innovation and President of the Center for Industrial and Technological Development (CDTI) and of its two venture capital companies INNVIERTE SCR and NEOTEC Capital Riesgo, as well as President of the National Supercomputing Center in Barcelona. In 2012, she was appointed Director General for Innovation and Competitiveness. She had previously been Head of the Cabinet of the Secretary-General for Innovation and of the Secretary-General of Industry; Deputy Director-General for Regional Incentives, Deputy Director-General for the Promotion of Industrial Innovation and Deputy Director-General for Technological Programs. She has also been Economic and Commercial Advisor at the Spanish Embassy in Hungary and Deputy Assistant Director-General for Tariff Policy and Cross-border Transactions as well as Technical Advisor to the Technical Vice-secretariat of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In the private sector, she has been Director of Institutional Relations at Abbott Laboratories, S.A. and Director-General of the Abbott Foundation. She holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Zaragoza and belongs to the Spanish Corps of State Economists and Trade Experts. 


José Antonio Álvarez

Chief Executive Officer
Banco Santander, S.A.

Mr. Alvarez became Chief Executive Officer of Banco Santander group in January 2015. Prior to this, he was the bank ́s Chief Financial Officer, from 2004 to 2015 and the Head of its Finance Division from 2002 - 2004.

Before joining Banco Santander, he was Head of the Finance Division of

BBVA (1999 - 2002) and Argentaria (1995 - 1999). Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Banco Hipotecario de España, Vice President of Finanpostal Gestión Fondos de Inversión y Pensiones, and in roles at Banco de Crédito Industrial and Instituto Nacional de Industria.

He has served as a member of the boards of directors of Santander Consumer Finance S.A, Santander Consumer Bank AG and Banco de Crédito Local S.A., among others, and on the supervisory boards of several of Grupo Banco Santander ́s autonomous subsidiaries in Poland, Germany and the United States. He was Chairman of the European Banking Federation Banking Supervision Committee from 2009 – 2012 and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Santander Brasil and SAM Investments Holdings Limited.

Mr. Álvarez holds a Bachelor ́s Degree (Hons) in Economics and Business from Santiago de Compostela University and a Master ́s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.


Jingdong Hua

Vice President and Treasurer
IFC

Jingdong Hua is Vice President and Treasurer of IFC and a member of IFC’s executive management team. Jingdong oversees liquid assets, market borrowings, and derivate exposures totaling over $100 billion, as well as IFC’s loan syndications and co-investment program. Under his leadership, IFC focuses on capital market development in emerging markets, through pioneering transactions such as a first-in-kind global Indian rupee program that set a benchmark yield curve for the offshore rupee markets, and market-opening local currency bonds in Armenia, Costa Rica, China, Nigeria, Rwanda and many other countries. Prior to joining IFC, he served at the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the African Development Bank. A Chinese national, he has degrees a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Qingdao University of Science and Technology, an MBA Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.

Speakers

IFC is lining up an exciting array of speakers to join us in Madrid. Stay tuned to find out more.

Alberto Amo Mena

Global Head, Asset Rotation and Capital Optimization, Global Corporate Banking
Banco Santander

Alberto is responsible for the global asset rotation strategy of Banco Santander.  He has more than 25 years of experience in banking, having developed his career mainly in international Corporate Banking, including roles of Relationship Management, Supply Chain Finance, Trade Finance, and Trade Asset Mobilization, where he added credit and liquidity capacity through distribution of assets through a wide range of innovative products, such as Trade Assets Securitizations and ECA Back Covered Bonds, among others.

He also served as member of the Advisory Board of the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission and the BAFT Global Trade Industry Council, as well as the DG Expert Group of the World Trade Organization.


Stephen Bailey-Smith

Senior Economist
Global Evolution

Stephen is Senior Economist and Investment Strategist at Global Evolution. Stephen has many years of experience analyzing emerging and frontier economies and markets and is recognized as a leading authority on African financial market, where he has been at the forefront of their rapid development in recent years. Prior to joining Global Evolution in January 2016, Stephen was Head of Research and Strategy for Africa at Standard Bank for almost 10 years. He held previous positions in economics and strategy at ING Bank, independent research house IDEAGlobal and Dun and Bradstreet Ltd. Stephen holds an MA in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and a BA in Economics from the School of African and Asian Studies, Sussex University. He was also a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute and a guest lecturer in the Ethics of International Aid at Surrey University.


Sabrina M. Borlini

Global Co Head- Syndications
International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC

Sabrina M. Borlini is IFC’s Global Co-Head of Syndications.  IFC’s Syndications Department mobilizes debt financing for IFC projects through a number of syndicated loan products including the B Loan Program and the Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP) to commercial banks, institutional investors and other developmental financial institutions.  The department is also responsible for managing the relationship with investors throughout the life of the loans.
Prior to her current position, Ms Borlini was IFC’s Global Head of Trade and Commodity Finance.  In this capacity, she led a global team responsible for business origination for IFC’s suite of trade and commodity finance products such as the Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP), the Critical Commodities Finance Program (CCFP), the Global Warehouse Finance Program (GWFP), the Global Trade Supplier Finance (GTSF), the Global Trade Liquidity Program (GTLP) as well as Structured Trade Finance solutions.  Several of these programs have won awards for their contribution to crisis response efforts and market innovation.
Ms Borlini’s previous experience covered a number of different positions in IFC based in Sarajevo (Bosnia), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Brussels (Belgium).  She joined IFC in 1997 as part of the Treasury Department where she contributed to the first ever securitization of emerging market debt.
Ms Borlini holds a Law Degree from University of Pavia (ITA) and a Master in International Business from the George Washington University (USA). She is currently based in Washington DC. 


Philip Brown

Managing Director, EMEA Debt Capital Markets
Citi

Philip Brown is a Managing Director within Citi’s EMEA Capital Markets Origination business in London. Philip's team looks after Citi's primary issuance relationships with European sovereigns and public sector agencies as well as the world's multilateral development banks. In addition to his responsibility for Citi’s SSA DCM business, Philip coordinates Citi’s global green and social bond origination, working closely with Citi’s environmental banking team and other product partners across the firm. Citi has Green Bonds by FIG, corporate and EM issuers across the globe and today ranks as the second largest Green Bond underwriter in these sectors (2017YTD). Philip joined Salomon Smith Barney from Nikko Europe in 1998.


Olivia Carballo

Investment Director
Investec Asset Management

Olivia Carballo is an Investment Director at Investec Asset Management (“IAM”). IAM is the fund manager of the Emerging African Infrastructure Fund (“EAIF”). She has over 14 years of infrastructure finance experience gained in project, corporate and structured finance roles in both developed and emerging markets. She has worked for EAIF since 2008 providing debt and mezzanine financing to a variety of infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa including power, cement, telecom towers, satellites, biofuels and aircrafts. Prior to EAIF she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Project and Export Finance business and at Santander Bank in the credit department. Olivia has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc from the London School of Economic and Political Science.


Bryan Carter

Head, Emerging Markets Fixed Income
BNP Paribas Asset Management

Bryan Carter is the Head of Emerging Market Fixed Income at BNP Paribas Asset Management. In this role, he is responsible for setting strategy, generating alpha ideas and risk budgeting for the firm’s emerging markets fixed income business. Bryan joined our firm in 2016 and is based in London. Prior to joining BNP, Bryan was a Portfolio Manager at Acadian Asset Management, where he was lead manager for the Emerging Market Debt and Global Absolute Return Bond strategies. Prior to that, he was an Economist at T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., where he developed economic models to analyze global economic data, estimate risks to growth and inflation, and forecast interest rates. He began his career as an International Economist at the United States Treasury Department, where he recommended US vote on hundreds of International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank loans. 

In the non-profit community, Bryan is involved in the Emerging Market Investors Alliance, for which he co-chairs the Fiscal Transparency Committee charged with furthering investor awareness of data transparency issues and organizing educational events. Bryan has 13 years of investment experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Georgetown University as well as a Master of International Development from Harvard University. Bryan is a CFA charterholder.


Clara Chan

Head, Direct Investment
Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Clara Chan joined the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in 2010 and was appointed Head (Direct Investment) in 2015. She is leading the HKMA’s efforts in private equity, credit, infrastructure, co-investments and direct investments globally. She is the honoree of the 2016 Asia Industry Leadership Award of the 100 Women in Finance. Prior to joining the HKMA, Clara was a member of the Administrative Officer (AO) grade of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government responsible for subjects covering home affairs, transport and housing, and financial services and treasury. Key projects included cross-border infrastructure initiatives, the first issuance of Renminbi bonds in the HKSAR by the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China, the inaugural Asia Financial Forum, and Islamic finance. Clara is also a barrister admitted by the High Court of the HKSAR. Before joining the HKSAR Government, her key expertise covered criminal law and judicial review.


Sudip Chatterjee

Director & Head, Global Capital Markets
Euroclear

Sudip Chatterjee is leading the Global Capital Markets business at Euroclear. He is responsible for defining and designing the vision and strategy, along with aligning all business initiatives across the global capital markets business line of Euroclear. In this capacity, Sudip leads the discussions with market authorities and regulators in local and international markets across the world, with the objective of implementing solutions that help market liquidity resulting in a stronger macroeconomic climate. He has constant dialogue with multilateral financial institutions trying to find ways of creating sustainable social development through capital market development. He also maintains relationships with other key capital market entities, including rating agencies, index providers and the international investor community, to ensure alignment and facilitate the growth of the capital markets globally. Prior to his current role, Sudip held a number of senior positions within Euroclear, including Product development, Network Management and Change Management. Prior to joining Euroclear, he was a management consultant, advising various organizations, such as Bank of America, Axa and Eurocontrol. Sudip has a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and a post-graduation in Management from India.


Charles Corbett

Managing Director, Head, Sovereigns & Financial Institutions, Leveraged & Structured Solutions Africa
Standard Chartered Bank

Charles Corbett joined Standard Chartered Bank’s Graduate Training scheme in 1998 after graduating from Exeter University with a Joint Honors degree in French and Russian. In over 18 years at Standard Chartered, Charles has enjoyed a variety of roles within its Coverage, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets divisions, living and working across a number of developed and developing markets. Charles’ international postings include two years in Mumbai as Regional Head of Capital Markets for South Asia, during which time he also acted as Chairman of the Indian branch of the Asia Pacific Loan Markets Association. In 2013, Charles returned to London to focus on the Bank’s African markets, running the African Syndications business before taking on responsibility for African Sovereigns and Financial Institutions within the Bank’s Structured Trade Finance and Leveraged Finance business. Over the last four years Charles has been directly involved in a number of benchmark and “first in class” transactions for African institutions; he is a passionate believer in collaboration between Commercial Banks, Funds and Development Institutions and in promoting the African continent to new international investor pools. Charles now lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children, travelling frequently to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


John Corrin

Global Head of Loan Syndications
ANZ

John Corrin is the Global Head of Loan Syndications for ANZ.  He is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for the origination, structuring and distribution of ANZ's syndicated lending products on a global basis.  ANZ has Loan Syndications teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Bombay, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, London & New York.      
Prior to joining ANZ in July 2010 he was a Senior Managing Director of GE Capital responsible for GE's syndicated lending, leasing and securitisation in Asia Pacific.
Previously he was Head of Global Loan Syndication Group - Asia Pacific for Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.  
John is the former Chairman of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (the "APLMA").  He was also a Director of the Loan Market Association (the “LMA”) in London.  He was a Member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Financial Services Advisory Committee.  John is a Member of The Worshipful Company of International Bankers.  He was educated at Liverpool College and Durham University.  He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.


James Cunningham

Partner
Miller Insurance Services LLP

James Cunningham is a Partner at Miller Insurance Services LLP and specializes in arranging non-payment and political risk insurance for lenders which are active in the loan market.  Based in London, James has over 20 years’ experience working for commercial lenders and development financial institutions, across term loans, revolving credit facilities, acquisition and leveraged finance and asset backed transactions, including Murabaha and Schuldschein financing, pre-export and pre-payment finance, project, trade and export credit finance. James contributed an article entitled “Non-Payment Insurance and its Role as a Risk Mitigation Product” to the Loan Market Association’s 20-Year Anniversary Book, published in 2016.


Soumilya Datta

Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer, EMEA Corporate Bank
Citigroup

Soumilya (Shom) Datta, Managing Director, is at present the Chief Administrative Officer of Citigroup EMEA Corporate Bank and Chairs the Corporate Lending Portfolio Management Operating Committee. Shom is a member of Global, EMEA and European ALCO. He is both a Senior Securities and Credit Officer of the Bank. He has completed 30 years in Citi covering several senior assignments, such as Treasurer - Global Banking and Corporate Lending Portfolio, CFO for Global Emerging Markets Corporate Banking, Head of EMEA Risk Strategy & Planning, Co-Chair of Underwriting Commitment Committees in EMEA, Head of Private Equity for Middle East & South Asia etc. Prior to joining Citi, he was Finance Manager for Lipton India, a Unilever subsidiary and a Systems Developer in Dunlop India. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate in Business Administration & Management from University of Calcutta, India.


Thierry de Longuemar

Vice President and CFO
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Thierry de Longuemar is responsible for the design and implementation of AIIB’s financial strategies and policies, including oversight of the Controller and Treasury departments. He previously served as both the Treasurer and Vice President of Finance at the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank. His career extends to the private sector where he worked in progressively senior roles in banking and energy, including postings at ABN AMRO, Credit Agricole, Compagnie Bancaire and TOTAL. Mr. de Longuemar graduated from l’Ecole des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in 1978. He is a national of France.


Ignacio Domínguez-Adame Bozzano

Global Head, Products, Global Corporate Banking
Banco Santander 

Ignacio Dominguez-Adame is Global Head of Products within Global Corporate Banking (GCB) at Banco Santander. His mandate includes the transactional business of the GCB clients as well as trade finance, debt capital markets, and structured lending activities. He joined Santander in 1994 and since then has held various positions within the Investment Banking Business. From 2004-07, Ignacio was promoted to managing director of the structured finance department, contributing to expand product franchise mainly in Europe and Latam. In 2007, he was appointed Global Head of Credit Markets with responsibility for the coordination of project finance activities within the bank, as well as acquisition finance, syndicated loans, and DCM product capabilities. In 2010, Ignacio moved to Brazil as Executive Vice President of Banco Santander Brazil, taking direct responsibility of the Global Banking and Markets Division. He was member of the executive committee at Banco Santander Brazil. In 2015, Ignacio went back to Madrid as the Global Head of Products within GCB. He is currently Board member of Banco Santander Peru, Chairman of Santander Securities Services and Chairman of Santander Brokerage business in Spain. Ignacio received a degree in Economics and Business with specialization in Finance at the University Complutense of Madrid, and he obtained his MBA from the University of Houston.


Mike Emery

Head, EMEA Syndications
IFC

Based in London, Mike Emery is Head of EMEA Syndications responsible for syndicating IFC’s loan products to commercial banks, DFIs and institutional investors. He joined IFC in 2010 after 10 years at ABN AMRO, where he focused on emerging market loan syndications primarily in the EMEA region. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in project and export finance at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Mike has worked on syndicating many of IFC’s landmark co-financing structures, including Oyu Tolgoi (Mongolia), EnerjiSA (Turkey), Zain Iraq, BTC Pipeline (Azerbaijan/Georgia/Turkey), Chad-Cameroon Pipeline, and Medi Telecom (Morocco). He has an MA from Oxford University.


Alejandro Espejel

Head, Asset Rotation and Capital Optimization-U.S. Hub Global Corporate Banking
Banco Santander

Alejandro recently joined Santander as Head of ARCO US. Alejandro has 20 years of experience in the US and emerging markets.  Prior to joining Santander, he was a founder and Managing Partner of Kratos Group, a financial advisory firm that serves as a bridge between Latam entrepreneurs and private equity and hedge funds. Before that, he worked at several financial institutions, investment managers and hedge funds as Goldman Sachs, Marathon Asset Management, TQCM and HBK investments. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS, Summa Cum Laude, in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.


Phillip Fletcher

Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Phillip Fletcher is a partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. His practice focuses on the financing of natural resource, oil and gas, independent power, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects. He has particular expertise in multi-sourced financings, including those through development finance institutions, export credit agencies, commercial banks, the capital markets and Islamic institutions. His career includes periods based in Milbank’s London, Hong Kong, New York and Washington offices. Phillip has been recognized as a leading project finance lawyer by a number of journals, including the International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers (which has twice named him the “Global Project Finance Lawyer of the Year”), Chambers Global (which has ranked him among the 1st tier of projects lawyers in the Middle East and as a leader in the African projects markets), and Best Lawyers (which named him the “UK Project Finance Lawyer of the Year for 2017”).


Keshav Gaur

Director, Treasury Client Solutions
IFC

Keshav Gaur is Director of IFC Treasury Client Solutions department and is based in Washington DC, USA. The group provides capital market solutions, derivatives, structured products, and risk management solutions (for hedging currency, interest rate and commodities price risks) to IFC clients. He has more than 15 years’ experience in this area and previously was Chief Derivative Products Officer in IFC. In his tenure at IFC Treasury, Keshav has led groundbreaking local currency capital market transactions, including the establishment of a yield curve for the offshore India rupee markets. He holds a PhD in Finance (George Washington University), Masters in Economic Policy (Columbia University, New York), and Bachelors in Engineering (IIT Delhi).


Irakli Gilauri

GROUP CEO

Irakli Gilauri was appointed as an Executive Director of BGEO on 24 October 2011 and has been re-elected by shareholders at each AGM thereafter. Mr Gilauri has served as CEO of BGEO since his appointment in 2011, and was appointed Chairman of the Bank in September 2015, having previously served as CEO of the Bank since May 2006. Mr Gilauri also serves as CEO of JSC BGEO Group, JSC BGEO Investment Group and JSC BG Financial Group. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Georgia Healthcare Group PLC and Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the following subsidiaries: JSC Georgia Healthcare Group, m2 Real Estate, Georgian Renewable Power Company and Teliani Valley. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Georgia Global Utilities and Agron Group. Before his employment with the Bank, Mr Gilauri was a banker at the EBRD’s Tbilisi and London offices for five years, where he worked on transactions involving debt and private equity investments in Georgian companies. Mr Gilauri received his undergraduate degree in Business Studies, Economics and Finance from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 1998. He was later awarded the Chevening Scholarship, granted by the British Council, to study at the CASS Business School of City University, London, where he obtained his MSc in Banking and International Finance.


Rahul Ghosh

Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Green Bonds
Moody's Investors Service

Rahul Ghosh is a senior vice president in Moody’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) and green bonds team. In this capacity, Rahul coordinates the company’s thematic and educational research and outreach initiatives on the impact of ESG considerations for global credit markets. Rahul also serves as a senior analyst for Moody’s Green Bond Assessments (GBAs), which evaluate the effectiveness of an issuer’s approach to managing, administering, allocating proceeds to and reporting on environmental projects financed with green bonds. Rahul is a regular participant at high-profile market briefings, external conferences, media engagements and policy discussions related to ESG and sustainable finance. He has presented on the impact of climate change on sovereign creditworthiness at the G20 Green Finance Study Group, and is a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment’s advisory committee on credit ratings. Prior to his current role, Rahul worked in the company’s credit strategy and standards group in London and Singapore, where he led thematic credit research for both the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, integrating top-down macroeconomic analysis with credit views across sovereigns, corporates, and financial institutions. Prior to joining Moody’s in 2014, Rahul was previously the Head of Asia at BMI Research in Singapore, leading a team of macroeconomists and industry specialists in analyzing sovereign risk, sector performance and the capital markets. Rahul holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.


Jonathan Grosvenor 

Advisor and Head, TDCS, Treasury Department
Asian Development Bank

Jonathan Grosvenor is Advisor, Office of the Treasurer and Head, Treasury Client Solutions of Asian Development Bank. He leads ADB Treasury’s local currency financing, client outreach and capacity building in capital markets. Jonathan has over 30 years of professional experience in treasury and capital markets. Previously he worked at KBL epb in Luxembourg as Group Head of Global Markets & Treasury managing cash flows, currencies and interest rates. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Clients in BBVA Asia, where he worked on financing, investment and advisory solutions. Earlier he was Executive Director & Joint Head of Global Financial Markets Asia in WestLB AG where he led a team responsible for loan and bond market structuring and syndication as well as FX, rates, and derivatives. In his 20+ years in Asia, he has dealt with regulators, central banks, stock exchanges and CSDs, as well as extensively managing private sector clients. 


Jérôme Haegeli

Managing Director & Head, Investment Strategy 
Swiss Re Management Ltd.

Jérôme Haegeli is Managing Director, Head of Investment Strategy at Swiss Re Group Asset Management. Jérôme formulates the overall investment outlook for Swiss Re Group Asset Management as well as the asset class views for the global portfolio. Furthermore, he is co-chairing the IIF's Council of Asset and Investment Management (CAIM) Working Group, whose mandate is to analyze and address issues and challenges for long-term investment arising from both market dynamics and regulatory reforms. He is also a member of IIF's Market Monitoring Group, Principles Consultative Group for the Group of Trustee and the WEF's Global Future Council on Long-Term Investment, Infrastructure and Development. Prior to joining Swiss Re in 2008, he was Head of Emerging Market Bond Research at Bank Julius Baer, Advisor for Switzerland at the Executive Board of the IMF in Washington DC and Senior Economist at the SNB and UBS Warburg. Jérôme was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Economic Department, holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Basle and a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Emmanuel Hategeka

COO
Rwanda Development Board

Emmanuel Hategeka enjoys a rich 22 years of professional experience at a technical, Managerial and policy levels working in Rwanda since the later part of 1994. His experience in business strategy includes the development and implementation of multi-sector long-term strategic plans and programs. He has overseen the implementation of large development projects which have yielded impressive growth in the sectors within his oversight and has an intimate knowledge and understanding of how to facilitate long term structural change in both private sector organizations and the wider economy. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) since February 2017. Prior to joining RDB, he served a short period as the National Coordinator of Northern Corridor of EAC in the Office of the President. Before taking up the role of the National Coordinator of Northern Corridor, Mr. Hategeka served as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry for seven years. Prior to his appointment by Cabinet in February 2010 as Permanent Secretary, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Private Sector Federation (PSF) Rwanda since April 2006. The Private Sector Federation is a member based umbrella organization for Rwanda's private sector established in 1999 by the business community. In the early years of his professional career, Emmanuel Hategeka worked for MTN Telecom Group as the Sales and Marketing Manager for five years from 2001. And before joining Telecoms, Emmanuel had started his career serving for six years in the Insurance industry working for SONARWA the leading Insurance company in Rwanda, growing through the ranks to head its Research and Marketing Department. Emmanuel holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy obtained from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. He also holds a B.COM honors degree from Makerere University - Uganda with a major in Finance. He obtained numerous post graduate certificates for a number of courses attended in ICT, finance, people management and strategy. Emmanuel Hategeka serves on a number of boards in advisory capacity.


Salvador Marín Hernández

Chairman and CEO
Cofides

Salvador Marín Hernández is the Chairman and CEO of Cofides. A University Professor in Financial Economics in Special Services, he has extensive national and international experience in strategic consulting, economics and financial information of Banks, SMEs and financial institutions. He was Director of the School of Economics of the Economists College of the Murcia Region (1993-2005) and Dean of the School of Economists in the Murcia Region (2005-2008); Deputy General-Secretary of the General Council of Economists of Spain (2006-2008); Chairman of the Organization of Education Economists CGCEE (2002-2006); and First President of Economics Experts in Financial Information CGCEE (2006-2009). Between 2008 and 2012 he served as the Local Minister of Universities, Business and Research of the regional Murcian Government (2008-2011) and the Local Minister of Economy and Finance of the regional Murcian Government (2011-2012). These were positions he held until January 2012, when he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Cofides. In addition, between 2008 and 2011 he presided over entities such as the Institute for the Promotion of the Region of Murcia (Development Agency of the Government of the Region of Murcia in charge of supporting SMEs and internationalization), and the Seneca Foundation, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Integra Foundation of Murcia, Information Society and the Secretary of the Standing Committee for Economic Affairs of the Government of the Murcia region and the Board of the Science Park Foundation of the Murcia region. From 2010 until early 2012 he served as Vice President of the Committee for the Comprehensive Internationalization of the regional Murcian government. Salvador has authored more than a hundred books, communications, papers and articles in national and international journals related to financial reporting, SMEs, international banking and financial accounting. He has also been Visiting Professor and Coordinator of courses in Banking and Management control in SMEs in various business schools and universities in Spain, Latin America and USA. Born in Cartagena (Murcia- Spain), he holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration, a Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration, specialized in the Financial Economics, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Murcia, where he received the special Doctorate Award.


Chris Jones

Managing Director and Global Head of Local Currency Syndicate
HSBC

Chris Jones is Managing Director and Global Head of Local Currency Syndicate at HSBC. His responsibilities include the origination, structuring, execution of non-G4 currency debt new issues for a broad spectrum of bank, corporate and agency borrowers throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. He has been in the industry for 20 years including the last 11 at HSBC. Prior to his current role at HSBC, Chris has also headed the MTNs & Structured Note business and the Rates Structuring team. The Local Currency Syndicate business is part of New Issue Syndicate within Debt Capital Markets.


Donald Kanak

Chairman
Eastspring Investments

Don Kanak is the Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asia investment organisation of Prudential plc which is one of Asia’s leading retail asset managers with US$146 billion in assets under management (as at 31 December 2016). Don is also Chairman of Prudence Foundation Ltd., the community engagement arm of Prudential in Asia. Don is based in Hong Kong and has lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years. From 2008 to 2015, Don served as Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia. From 1992 to January 2006, Don served in senior positions at American International Group (AIG), ultimately as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG. Don serves as Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, the primary voice for European business within in the ASEAN region. Don chaired the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Insurance and Asset Management in 2011-12. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems.


Stuart Kinnersley 

Co-Founder & CEO
Affirmative Investment Management

Stuart Kinnserley co-founded AIM in 2014 following over 25 years of experience in the asset management industry. As a leader in the green bond sector, proving instrumental in 2010 in the creation of the world’s first green bond fund in close collaboration with the World Bank, Stuart carried over his unique expertise in fund management and impact investment to form AIM, the world’s first dedicated green and impact bond fund management company. Graduating from the London School of Economics with a First Class Honors Degree, Stuart first worked for Morgan Stanley and ANZ Merchant on the fixed income side before joining F&C Investment Management as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager. After 10 years, Stuart left F&C to become Head of Fixed Income at Nikko Asset Management in London. He was soon elevated to Chief Investment Officer of London. As an experienced investment professional, Stuart has been an invited speaker at major industry conferences on issues from Emerging Markets to Asset Allocation. For many years Stuart has acted as Senior Advisor on a multibillion supranational pension fund. He has also been involved in successfully winning new institutional mandates for the group as well as attending institutional client meetings from UK pension funds to sovereign wealth funds. Stuart is also a frequent speaker on sustainable finance and green bonds, given his leadership in the asset class.


Karl Rainer Kumbier

CEO 
Mercantile Bank Limited, South Africa

Karl Kumbier is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds the CFA Charter (CFA Institute). Before joining Mercantile, he worked for the Standard Bank group for nine years in various positions, including as Provincial Director: Western Cape, and Chief Operating Officer of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited. Karl spent two years in Accra, Ghana and loved working through all the challenges facing a small bank. However, Karl’s passion has always been with entrepreneurs and when an opportunity arose to join Mercantile Bank in 2010, he jumped at it. Mercantile is the only bank in South Africa that has entrepreneurs as its only segment focus and, because of its relationship banking model and innovative products and services in the Small and Medium Enterprise segment, it has been rated number 1 in Service for Business and Commercial Banking in South Africa three years in a row. Karl was appointed as CEO in 2013 and was appointed to the Board of the Banking Association of South Africa in 2014.


Jean Pierre Lacombe

Director, Global Macroeconomics and Market Research
IFC

Jean Pierre Lacombe leads IFC’s Global Macroeconomics and Market Research department in Washington, D.C., providing value-added research on global markets and market dynamics, macroeconomic trends and geopolitical issues and their impact on emerging markets. He also helps IFC and its clients determine investment opportunities using cutting edge research analysis and insights. Prior to joining IFC, he spent 12 years working for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Bank in New York, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and London. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Research from Cornell University and a degree in Finance from MIT.


Etienne C. Lacroix

Executive Director, Public Sector Group
J.P. Morgan

Etienne Lacroix is a member of the Global Public Sector Group. He manages the firm’s relationships with central banks, central governments and official institutions. Currently, he has regional responsibility for the Latin America and Caribbean region as well as for regional and Washington based multilaterals. Prior to this, he worked at J.P. Morgan’s Commodities desk in New York, where he was responsible for derivatives and Commodity Finance transactions in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Etienne worked at Credit Suisse, Citibank New York, as well as at Citibank Argentina on Foreign Exchange, Rates, Commodity Derivative and tax related transactions. He started his career in the International Reserve Administration Department at the Central Bank of Argentina. In addition to being a CFA Chartholder, Etienne holds a Masters Degree in Finance (Universidad del CEMA, Argentina) and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina).  During several years he taught various Finance courses at the Universidad del CEMA. He is fluent in German and Spanish, with good knowledge of Portuguese.


Jean Lee

Partner
Allen & Overy LLP

Jean Lee is a partner and co-head of the Korea Projects and Banking practice at Allen & Overy.  She is an experienced transactional lawyer who has advised on numerous corporate and project finance transactions around the globe. She has a wealth of experience representing lenders (with a focus on International Financial Institutions, Multilateral Development Banks and Export Credit Agencies) and sponsors in complex project financings in a variety of sectors, including energy, natural resources and infrastructure. Jean also served as in-house counsel at a leading global solar energy services company, where she focused on expanding the company’s international operations. Prior to helping establish Allen & Overy’s office in Seoul, she was based in Washington D.C. Jean has won numerous accolades for the complex projects on which she advises and is recognized as a notable practitioner in projects and infrastructure by Chambers and Partners.


José Linares

Senior Executive Vice-President and Head
SGCB

José Linares is senior executive vice-president of Banco Santander and head of Santander Global Corporate Banking (SGCB), appointed on 1 June 2017. He reports directly to the Group CEO and is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Santander, José Linares spent more than 17 years at J.P. Morgan in a number of senior roles in New York, Hong Kong and London. His last position was Managing Director and head of Global Corporate Banking (GCB) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), since 2011. He was also vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of J.P. Morgan Bank International, a member of the EMEA banking leadership team and vice- chairman of the Balance Sheet Committee.

Previously, José was head of EMEA and Asia Pacific Equity & Derivatives Research, based in London, and simultaneously a member of the global equities executive committee and commitments committee.

Prior to moving to the UK in 2006, José spent three years in Hong Kong as head of APAC Equity and Derivatives Research. Before taking on his role in Asia in 2003, José was head of Latin America & Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa Equity Research. He was previously J.P . Morgan’s senior Global Emerging Markets telecommunications analyst, based in New York.

For many years, he was rated as the top Telecom Equity analyst in Emerging Markets. He started his Wall Street career covering Latin American stocks at Morgan Stanley.

José holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Babson College, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Columbia University. José is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Leslie Maasdorp 

Vice President and CFO
New Development Bank

Mr. Leslie Maasdorp is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the New Development Bank. In this role he is responsible for the treasury, portfolio management, finance and accounting functions of the Bank. Over the past 25 years he has occupied senior leadership roles in both private and public sectors. Most recently he served as a Managing Director and President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Southern Africa for a period of four years. Prior to that he served in a dual role as Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital and Absa Capital. In 2002 he was the first African to be appointed as International Advisor to Goldman Sachs International. Before his 13 years as a global investment banker, he served in several senior leadership roles in the Government of South Africa. In 1994 after the transition to democracy, he was appointed as Special Advisor to the Minister of Labour and in 1999, in his role as Deputy Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises, he led the restructuring and privatization of state owned enterprises for the South African Government. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Advtech, a leading provider of private education in South Africa. Leslie is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum. He holds a BA degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of the Western Cape and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London.


Christopher Marks

Managing Director & Head, Emerging Markets, Corporate Banking-EMEA
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Dr. Christopher Marks has worked in the financial markets and financial sector advisory, across the public and private sector, for more than 25 years. He is Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets, Corporate Banking EMEA, MUFG. Prior to his current role, Christopher served as Senior Advisor at the African Development Bank in Abidjan and consulted as Expert - Capital Markets/Debt Management for the International Monetary Fund/AFRITAC. He was previously Global Head of Debt Capital Markets at BNP Paribas in London and a member of BNP Paribas’ Global Fixed Income Business Committee, having spent 15 years at the bank. In this role, Christopher was responsible for all capital markets origination and execution, including associated structuring, across all sovereign, public sector, corporate, high yield, special situations loan-bond and financial institution client segments worldwide. Prior to his career as an investment banker, he consulted on public finance projects for the World Bank, OECD and as a three-year resident US Government Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Poland. M.A. Johns Hopkins SAIS; D.E.A. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris; Ph.D. Princeton University.


Matías Mayora

Managing Director & Head, Sales & Structuring-Continental Europe, Risk Solution Group
Santander 
 

Matías Mayora is Managing Director in Santander Global Corporate Banking, leading the origination and structuring of derivatives for Clients in Continental Europe. Before this position, he was responsible for Derivatives Sales in Santander Mexico. His background includes experience across different products (M&A, DCM, Project Finance, Structured Lending) and geographies, having worked extensively in Spain and Argentina, where he joined Santander in 2003. Matías received a BS in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and studied for a Postgraduate degree in Finance from Universidad Torcuato DiTella.


Herbert Müller 

Head, Global Credit Solutions 
Munich Re

Herbert Müller is currently Head of Global Credit Solutions at Munich Re. His responsibilities include to expand the relationships to banks and multilaterals globally and the underwriting responsibility for the direct credit insurance business on a global basis for all kind of credit risk products. Prior to joining Munich Re he has worked for a Real Estate Asset Management company in Munich acting as Senior Advisor for several investment funds. He started his carrier at HypoVereinsbank in the Corporate & Investment Banking division. Herbert holds an MBA (University of Munich) and master’s degree in engineering (University of Berlin).


Francisco Oliveira 

Managing Director & Head, Global Markets-Latin America 
BNP Paribas 

Francisco Oliveira is a Managing Director, Head of Global Markets, Latin America; Head of FXLM & Commodity Derivatives, Americas & Deputy Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB), Hispanic Latin America. Throughout the course of his career at BNP Paribas, Francisco has played a key role in developing the bank’s Latin American markets business. In his current role, Francisco manages Trading, Sales, Structuring and Research teams based in New York, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Mexico City, dedicated to Emerging Markets Rates and Credit, Foreign Exchange and Commodity Derivatives. Francisco carries out these responsibilities along-side the joint management of the BNP Paribas Institutional and Corporate Banking franchise in Hispanic Latin America. Over the course of his career at BNP Paribas, Francisco has played important institutional roles, such as CEO of BNP Paribas Corporacion Financiera in Colombia, Statutory Director of Banco BNP Paribas Brasil S.A. and Board Member of BNP Paribas, S.A. de C.V, SOFOM in Mexico. Prior to joining BNP Paribas in 2004, Francisco was Co-Head of Brazil Fixed Income at Credit Suisse in Brazil. He began his career at Banco de Investimentos Garantia in 1994 (acquired by Credit Suisse in 1998) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). 


Véronique Ormezzano

Head, Group Prudential Affairs
BNP Paribas

Véronique Ormezzano is Head of Group Prudential Affairs for BNP Paribas. In this role, she is responsible for the definition of BNP Paribas group-wide responses to new regulations, in close liaison with regulatory experts in the various business lines and functions. She is also in charge of orchestrating the group' relationships with regulatory authorities, industry associations and relevant peers, leveraging the various teams within Group Public Affairs, as well as business lines, functions and territories, and with the full support of top management. She was previously, since 2009, Global Head of Official Institutions Coverage at BNP Paribas. In this role, she created and managed a team of Senior Bankers based in Europe, Middle East, Asia and America, dedicated to Sovereigns, Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Supranationals and other government agencies. After several years as a management consultant in the Finance Division of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), she joined Paribas in 1994 where she held various responsibilities as Head of Economic Capital and Raroc project in the Risk Department, as Head of Loan Portfolio Management in Corporate and Investment Banking, and as Head of Financial Information and Investor Relation in the Group’s Finance Division. Veronique graduated at the “Hautes Etudes Commerciales” business school (HEC) in 1982.


Meral Özçiçek

Head, Financial Institutions
Turkiye Sinai Kalkinma Bankasi A.S.

Meral Özçiçek is Head of Financial Institutions at TSKB, the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey, which is the first privately owned development and investment bank founded in 1950 by the World Bank and Central Bank of Turkey. She began her professional career in 1998 in the treasury department of TSKB. Throughout her treasury career, she has covered various tasks in areas such as asset liabilities management; trading fixed income products and currencies; and risk mitigating solutions through derivatives. Following 14 years in the TSKB treasury department, most recently as deputy treasurer, she was appointed as TSKB’s Head of Financial Institutions in 2012. In this role, her main responsibilities have included expanding the funding capacity of the bank and its diversification in terms of products and institutions covered; establishing and coordinating new relationships within the industry; conducting relationships with ratings agencies; structuring debt capital market transactions; and securing funding from international financial institutions and development financial institutions through a variety of agreement schemes, including trade finance and ECA transactions. Meral studied economics at Boğaziçi University in Turkey.


Richard Proudlove

Head, MTNs and Private Placements 
ING 

Richard has led the Medium-Term Notes and Private Placement team within ING’s Global Capital Markets division since March 2015. The team is responsible for originating and structuring private placement debt issuance for ING’s wholesale banking clients and covers a range of corporate, financial, and agency issuers that are active across a broad array of geographies and currencies. Previously, Richard ran the MTN desk at Citigroup, where he worked from 1998-2012. Prior to that, he started his career trading and structuring interest rate derivatives at Barclays Bank. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. 


Edie Quintrell

Director, Underwriting Development, Global Financial Risks
Liberty Specialty Markets

Edie Quintrell is currently Director of Underwriting Development with Liberty Specialty Markets, a London-based subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and one of the leading private providers of credit and political risk insurance. Based in Washington, DC, her role is to expand relationships globally with export credit agencies, development finance institutions and multilateral organizations. From 2007-15, Edie served as Director of the Operations Group of MIGA, the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining MIGA, she held various senior level positions at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 1991 to 2007, including Vice President for Insurance, Director of Technical Operations, and Regional Manager. She has also been active in the Berne Union, including as Chair of the Investment Insurance Committee. She holds a B.A. in political science and Latin American studies from Princeton University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Edie was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.   


Sameer Rehman

Director, Local Currency Origination & Syndication 
TD Securities 

Sameer Rehman is a Director within the Fixed Income Origination & Syndication group in Europe. He is based in London and is responsible for the origination and syndication of fixed income products, with a 

specialty in non-core markets. He started his career at Merrill Lynch before joining TD Securities in 2008 in Toronto before moving to London in Debt Capital Markets. In his career he has worked in different roles across Trading and Syndicate. Sameer holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering and Economics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


Rodrigo Robledo

Head, Capital Markets
Instituto De Crédito Oficial

Rodrigo Robledo has been head of the capital markets department at Instituto de Crédito Oficial since February 2009, where he is responsible for monitoring ICO’s medium and long-term funding activity and investor relations. For five years from 2004, he was senior officer in the capital markets team. In 2003-2004, Rodrigo worked as a portfolio manager in the fixed income department at Mapfre Inversion, having begun his career in finance in 2002 with Caja Madrid’s securitization department. Rodrigo holds a

bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad de Burgos (2000), completed a master in banking and finance and a master executive in quantitative finance at Analistas Financieros Internacinales (AFI).


Michal Ron

Managing Director & Head, International Business 
SACE SpA

With extensive experience in Structured Finance and Export Credit, Michal Ron - Managing Director, heads the International Business of SACE, the Italian Export Credit Agency. In her current role she holds responsibility for the Group’s International Relations, Overseas Network and Political Credit Recovery. Her responsibilities include all activities related to the Paris Club and other political recoveries, with a track history of €10 billion in sovereign recoveries over the past years and the achievement of successful results in post-sanctions contexts such as Argentina, Cuba and Iran. Over the past 7 years, Michal has steered the expansion of SACE’s Overseas Network, supervising international underwriting generated by the 10 offices abroad (Bucharest, Dubai, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, Nairobi, Sao Paulo). She also manages SACE’s active participation within the OECD and the European Union, as well as the relationships with the peer group. In 2014 she was elected to the role of Vice President of the Berne Union, the global association of public and private Export Credit insurers counting over 80 member organizations, and re-elected until end of 2016. In her capacity as Berne Union Vice President she led numerous initiatives, including the Outreach Working Group between the Berne Union members and the World Bank. Michal is currently member of the Board of Directors of African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), a Pan-African Multilateral Insurance agency based in Kenya. Prior to working at SACE, she spent 10 years at MCC SpA (Head of Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals, Structured Finance) and 7 years with HSBC (London, Madrid, Milan). With a Business Studies, Risk Management and Finance BSc Honors degree from City University Business School (London), Michal has worked in investment banking in several European countries and has been invited to speak in numerous business conferences worldwide. She is based in Rome, Italy (SACE’s Headquarters).


Daniel Schriber

Head of Investments
Symbiotics SA

Daniel Schriber is Head of Investments at Symbiotics SA. Prior to joining Symbiotics in 2006, Daniel worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in various management positions in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, and finally as Deputy Head of Operations for Eastern Europe at ICRC’s Geneva headquarters. Daniel holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva and an executive MBA in Management and Corporate Finance from the University of Lausanne. Since 2006, Daniel held various positions at Symbiotics, including head of Research and Advisory. He is currently heading the Investments Division.


Janne Sevanto

Head-Latin America, Treasury Client Solutions
IFC

Janne Sevanto manages IFC’s Treasury Client Solution business in Latin America and the Caribbean. The group focuses on providing debt capital market, derivative and structured finance solutions for IFC’s private sector clients while fostering local currency financing and development of domestic debt capital markets. Over last 10 years, Janne has worked with IFC’s corporate clients across different industries in structuring financing solutions in the corporate, asset-backed and project bond markets. Prior to joining IFC, he worked at European Investment Fund investing in securitized assets across Europe. Janne is a Finnish national with degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management from Tampere University of Technology and in Financial Engineering from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.


David Slade

Partner
Allen & Overy LLP

David is the Senior Partner of the Washington, D.C. office and focuses on project and other forms of financing for the emerging markets. He has extensive experience representing MLAs, ECAs, and other official credit agencies, commercial lenders and project sponsors in complex multijurisdictional projects around the globe. His projects include: electricity generation and transmission; airports, seaports and road, rail and other and other transportation infrastructure; water treatment; satellites and other telecommunications; upstream to downstream petroleum projects including pipelines and LNG; and the development of innovative products for the financing of such transactions.


Luca Tonello

Deputy General Manager, Head of Project Finance-Asia, Investment Banking Asia
SMBC

Luca Tonello is Joint General Manager and Head of Project & Export Finance for Asia under the Investment Banking Department Asia of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). He has more than 17 years of experience in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. He was previously Head of Oil & Gas between 2013 and 2015. He has been based in Asia for the last nine years and worked in both Singapore and Tokyo. Before moving to Asia in 2008, Luca was a Director in the Natural Resources team of The Royal Bank of Scotland based in London and was involved in a number of financings in the energy and natural resources sector in emerging markets. He started his career in the financial industry with GE Capital in London in 2001 after spending two years in commodity trading at Sumitomo Corporation in Italy. Luca holds an MSc (Hons) in Energy and Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy, and a Master in Finance from the London Business School. He is a member of AIPN, APLMA, Oil Council and sits in the Asia Council of IPFA.


Sergio Trigo Paz

Managing Director & Head, Emerging Markets Fixed Income
BlackRock

Sergio Trigo Paz, Managing Director, is Head of BlackRock's Emerging Markets Fixed Income. Prior to Joining BlackRock in 2012, he was CIO of Emerging Market Fixed Income at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. From 2004 to 2008, he managed a special situations and event driven EM hedge fund and was also responsible for total and absolute return EM strategies at Fortis Investments. In his early career from 1993 to 2004 he developed extensive experience in emerging markets debt as a proprietary and distressed trader and as a market maker. Sergio graduated with an MSc in Economics, an MSc in Finance and an MPhil in Management from Paris Sorbonne University in 1993.


Jaime Vazquez

Policy Advisor in Regulatory Affairs  
Institute of International Finance (IIF)

Jaime Vazquez is a Policy Advisor in Regulatory Affairs at the IIF, where he focuses on the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision regulatory reform agenda, on risk management topics and on cyber-security policies and regulations.

Jaime was seconded to the IIF in May 2016 from BBVA, where he was the Head of the Solvency Policies Department and the Resolution Office since 2012. His responsibilities included the technical support for the implementation of Basel III, the analysis of post-Basel III reforms and other regulatory reforms, the preparation of the first Resolution Plan under the new European resolution framework and the interaction with different regulatory bodies and supervisors at national and international level. Prior to that he was responsible for the Group Accounting and Solvency Policies for 6 years. Before joining BBVA, Jaime was a manager at PwC auditing and consulting financial institutions.

Jaime is a Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration from CUNEF (Complutense University) in Madrid, and is a Certified Auditor. He has also been a teacher at the IE Business School, at Deusto University and at the Options & Futures Institute.


Bing Yan

Deputy General Manager, Corporate Banking
Bank of China

Bing Yan was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Corporate Banking Department at Bank of China in March 2016. She is responsible for syndicated loans, M&A financing, LBO financing, structured finance, export credit, and overseas corporate banking development management. Prior to her current role, she worked as the Head of Equipment Manufacturing team and Structured Finance. Bing started her business career in the Bank of China Head Office in 1999 and has developed a rich working experience in several different departments of the bank, including the Settlements Department, the Executive Office and the Overseas Institutional Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Economics from Peking University and her EMBA from London City University.


Eric Xie

Head
Corporate Banking Bank of China, Luxembourg 

Eric Xie joined Bank of China Luxembourg in 2015. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Bank of China London as the Head of Corporate Banking after his previous years of banking experience a Bank of China branch in Shenzhen, China. Eric holds a Master of Science in Finance from London Business School. In his past career, Eric worked extensively with both Chinese and European multinational corporates. He has comprehensive corporate banking experience with key product specialties in corporate finance, structured finance and acquisition finance.