• Leadership

    The World's Essential Rule-Making Body for the Banking Industry 

    The Advisory Board - comprised of 12 Board Members, all senior executives from the industry or related fields. This Board responds to increased policy, regulatory and market requests for greater transparency and standardization of trade finance products.  

    The Executive Committee - comprised of 8 Officers, each supervising a specific line of service. This change at the very top of a commission was the occasion to add new members in order to align the commission's resources to new mandates and meet the aspirations of the renewed membership.  


    Chair of the ICC Banking Commission

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    Daniel SCHMAND

    Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management Corporates EMEA, Deutsche Bank

    Daniel Schmand is Deutsche Bank’s Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management Corporates EMEA. He is located in Frankfurt and Munich. In addition to his responsibility for the EMEA region, he heads the Global Trade Finance Committee.

    Advisory Board



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    John AHEARN

    Managing Director, Global Head of Trade, Global Transaction Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions Group, Citibank

    He is currently responsible for the Trade Services and Financial Institution Services globally. Prior to joining Citi, he was with ABN AMRO for eight years, responsible for Financial Institutions and Head of Sales globally for the trade business.

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    Alberto AMO MENA

    Global Head of Trade Asset Solutions in Global Banking and Markets, Santander

    Alberto is globally responsible for Trade Finance for Corporates and, reporting to the Global GTB Head, is leading different initiatives as the strategy to face the regulatory impact on the business.

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    Steven BECK

    Head Trade Finance, Asian Development Bank

    In the six years Steven has been with ADB he managed exponential growth of ADB's trade finance business, now at over $4 billion in annual turnover, and initiated the ICC-ADB Trade Finance Default Register, which compiled and presented statistics to the Basel Secretariat arguing in favor of appropriate capital treatment for trade transactions under impending Basel III regulations.

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    Jun CHENG

    Global Head of Trade Services, General Manager of Corporate Banking of Bank of China Group

    Mr. Cheng Jun, Global Head of Trade Services, General Manager of Corporate Banking of Bank of China Group, is responsible for the strategic planning and development of trade finance business of the largest trade bank in the world.
    Eric de Jonge

    Eric DE JONGE

    Managing Director, Global Head Structured Export Finance, ING Bank

    Eric de Jonge is an ING banker with over 20 years of experience in financing assets, companies and projects. Over the last 15 years he has been involved in managing various regional and global business lines.

    Vinod Madhavan

    Vinod MADHAVAN

    Head: Transactional Products & Services – South Africa, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank

    Vinod Madhavan joined Standard Bank in Jan, 2014 as Head of Transactional Products and Services (TPS), South Africa. In this role, he has P&L responsibility for the TPS business for Standard Bank's franchise in South Africa. The TPS business in Standard Bank includes the products and solutions offered to corporate and financial institution clients, across cash management, clearing, trade & supply chain finance and investor service.

    Olivier Paul

    Olivier PAUL

    Global Head of Trade & Banking Flow, BNP Paribas

    Olivier Paul Started his career in the bank 30 years ago, taking several positions in Corporate Banking : from the management of mid cap portfolios up to the position of head of the network branches in Paris.

    Rudolf Putz

    Rudolf PUTZ

    Deputy Director Financial Institutions, 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 & CIS countries.

    Stuart Tait

    Stuart G. TAIT

    Group General Manager Global Head, Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

    Stuart joined HSBC in 1984 and has held various positions in Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Risk and HR. His assignments have been in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

    Michael Vrontamitis


    Head of Trade, Product Management Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

    As Head of Trade, Product Management, Transaction Banking Michael is responsible for the P&L and delivery of the Bank's Trade Finance capabilities globally in Documentary Trade, Receivables Finance, Supply Chain Finance, and working capital solutions, to all of the Bank's clients across Corporate & Institutional, Commercial and Business clients. He is also accountable for the Bank's Trade Finance distribution.

    Markus Wohlgeschaffen


    Managing Director, Global Head of Trade Products - Global Transaction Banking Corporate & Investment Banking, UniCredit

    Markus Wohlgeschaffen is responsible for the all commercial Trade Finance Products & Services as well as all Supply Chain Finance Products of UniCredit.

    Executive Committee

    • Head : Neil Chantry
    • Deputy Head : Alexander R. Malaket


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    Head of Corporate and Supply Chain Markets, SWIFT

    André Casterman heads up SWIFT’s strategy and business development in the Corporate and Trade markets. His responsibilities cover payments and cash management, treasury, trade and supply chain finance.

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    Neil CHANTRY

    Global Head of Business Policy, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

    Today, Neil is the Global Head of Policy and Compliance and Global Trade and Receivables Finance at HSBC. Neil has been a representative of the UK delegation to the ICC Banking Commission since 1994 and was a member of the eUCP Working Group.

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    Rüdiger GEIS

    Head Product Management, Trade Services & Issues

    Ruediger is an active member in various trade initiatives and headed the working group on the BAFT-IFSA Master Participation Agreement for Trade Transactions. He holds a Bachelor Professional of International Trade & Management (CCI) and is married with three children. Throughout his more than 20 years in banking Ruediger has played different functions in the area of international trade and business and has held various assignments within the bank in Frankfurt, Bahrain, and New York.

    Andrea Hauptmann

    Andrea HAUPTMANN

    Senior Director, Head of Guarantees Department at Raiffeisen Bank International

    Andrea joined Raiffeisen Bank International (former RZB) in September 1984 after a short postgraduate study in Cambridge, UK, working in the documentary department on import/ export LCs and since 1988 on bank guarantees. She took over responsibility of the guarantee business in 1991 and was appointed Director in 1997 and Senior Director in 2000.

    Alexander R. Malaket

    Alexander R. MALAKET

    President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc. and Founder and Managing Director of Trade Finance Associates Pte in Singapore

    Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, is the President of OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., based in Canada. A recognized specialist in international trade, including trade and supply chain finance, Alexander has advised government, international institution, banking and corporate clients around the world, developed and delivered training materials and seminars, and authored numerous white papers, briefing and policy papers and research reports on a variety of topics in international business, finance and international development.

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    Vincent O'BRIEN

    Trade Finance Expert and currently Chair, ICC Banking Commission Market Intelligence

    Vincent is a longstanding member of the ICC Banking Commission and Chair of the ICC’s Education and Market Intelligence Group. He has been actively involved in trade finance for more than a quarter of a century and has delivered technical trade finance assistance in more than 70 countries.


    Dan Taylor

    Dan TAYLOR

    DLTAYLOR Consulting, LLC, Former Managing Director, Global Market Infrastructures, J.P. Morgan

    Dan Taylor is the principal of DLTAYLOR Consulting, LLC. He has forty years experience in the field of international banking. Prior to starting his consulting practice he was Managing Director and Global Market Infrastructures Executive for J.P. Morgan's Corporate and Investment Bank.

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    Vijay VASHIST

    Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance and Trade Asset Management in Global Transaction Services, DBS

    Vijay is responsible for developing product innovation, guiding market expansion and the investment agenda to drive growth across the bank’s extensive client base in Asia, as well as integrating the bank’s trade product offering in order to seamlessly serve its customers across all segments, from large corporate to SMEs.


    Technical Advisers


    Suresh Advani

    Suresh ADVANI

    Managing Director, Insurecap Limited, Banking Commission

    Prior to joining GML in 2005, Suresh spent twenty-four years working in investment banking, commercial banking and political and trade credit insurance with JP Morgan Chase, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Jardine Lloyd Thompson and Exporters Insurance Company Limited. During his career, he has developed extensive experience in managing credit and country risk in emerging and frontier markets as well as developing risk syndication, transfer and enhancement techniques and capabilities to manage these risks.

    R.V. Balasubramani


    Director, Innovative Global Solutions – GBITC

    R.V.Bala is an International Trade Finance specialist and Banking Professional with 37+ years of experience from 3 different multinational and 2 nationalised banks.

    Prior to incorporating his own consultancy firm, he was a Director and Head of Centre of Excellence of the Global Trade Finance Hub of BNP Paribas, simultaneously heading the Quality Management and System/Application Support divisions. Previously, he headed the Trade marketing division under Global Trade Services and PAN India Operations of BNPP India Group. Earlier Bala headed the International Trade Marketing & Operations and the Internal Audit & Compliance divisions at same time in Commerzbank AG. He was a member of the drafting group for the ISBP Revision in the ICC, Banking Commission (ISBP.745).


    Advisory Services – Export, Trade and Project Finance, HDA Conseil

                                 Henri was Global Head of Export Finance of Calyon                                            then Credit Agricole CIB from 2004 to 2012. He also                                            managed the commercial activities in Trade Finance                                          from 2008 to 2012 and chaired the Export Credit Group of      the European Banking Federation from 2008 to 2013.

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    Nicole Anette KELLER

    Vice President, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Financial Institutions Trade & Commodity Finance

    Currently Vice President, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Financial Institutions Trade & Commodity Finance. Nicole handles forfaiting transactions, risk participations in trade finance instruments, support to compliance and risk management in connection with trade finance transactions, product management for trade finance instruments and commodity trade finance structures

    David Meynell

    David MEYNELL

    Owner of TradeLC Advisory

    David is the owner of TradeLC Advisory, a recently established trade advisory consultancy. He previously worked for Deutsche Bank in a number of international locations for more than 30 years in a trade career encompassing Operations, System Development, Sales and Product Management.

    Krishnan RAMADURAI

    Krishnan RAMADURAI

    Head of Product Returns and Capital Optimization, HSBC

    Krishnan is an experienced Banking and Risk Management Professional with a deep knowledge of credit, operational and market risk.

    Hugo Verschoren


    Senior Product Manager, Trade Finance Services, ING

    From 2007 till 2009 Hugo was Head of Corporate Sales Belgium and Luxembourg for Trade Finance Services. In January 2010 he moved to Amsterdam to become Senior Product Manager Trade Finance Services for ING Group.

  • Contact our leadership

    If you are interested in contacting any of the Board members, please send us an email with your request at whitney.jolivet@iccwbo.org


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