World Trade Symposium
Global Visionaries and Experts
Arancha GonzálezExecutive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, since September 2013.
Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.
Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) at the G-20.
Simon ParisCEO of Finastra, Chair of the World Trade Board
CEO of Finastra, Chair of the World Trade Board
Simon takes responsibility for Finastra’s strategic direction and growth. His leadership steers the company as it realizes its open platform vision, accelerating collaboration and innovation in financial services, creating better experiences for people, businesses and communities. A firm believer in the principles of doing well by doing good, Simon chairs the World Trade Board and is passionate about how technology and open trade can drive financial inclusion and improve people’s lives. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Everbridge, a critical event management (CEM) software company and on the Board of Directors for Thomson Reuters.
He was named in Bank Innovation’s ‘Innovators to Watch’ list for 2018 and as a ‘top 50 financial technology CEO’ by The Financial Technology Report in 2020.
Joining Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in 2015, Simon was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and became Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and global leadership expertise to the company, having previously held the role of President, Industry Cloud, at SAP. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Dr. Rebecca HardingIndependant Economist & CEO of Coriolis Technologies
Dr. Rebecca Harding
Independant Economist & CEO of Coriolis Technologies
Dr. Rebecca Harding is an independent economist specialising in trade and trade finance and is CEO of Coriolis Technologies, providing data as a service to the trade finance and banking sectors.
She is the co-author of the acclaimed “The Weaponization of Trade: the Great Unbalancing of Policy and Economics.” She frequently appears on The Ian King Show, Sky News, BBC World and BBC Radio 5 live, Newsnight and Radio 4. She is frequently cited in the Broadsheet press, including recent articles in the Financial Times, Telegraph and CityAM. She advises the Council of the Society of Professional Economists and until February 2017 was the Chief Economist of the British Bankers’ Association.
Her senior roles in business an academic institutions include Founder and CEO of Delta Economics, CEO of Equant Analytics, Senior Fellow at London Business School, Global CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Head of Corporate Research at Deloitte, Chief Economist at the Work Foundation, Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit and currently a Fellow at Offenburg Institute for Trade and Innovation. She was a Specialist Advisor to the Treasury Select Committee and Chief Economic Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.
Michael VrontamitisHead of Trade, Europe & Americas, Standard Chartered Bank & Member of the World Trade...
Head of Trade, Europe & Americas, Standard Chartered Bank & Member of the World Trade Board
Michael Vrontamitis is responsible for Standard Chartered’s trade finance business with European and American headquartered companies as well as the business across sales, product, service and implementation in Europe and the Americas.
Mr Vrontamitis is a member of the BAFT Global Trade Industry Council, a member the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board and World Trade Board. He co-chairs the ICC working group on the digitisation of trade finance. He previously chaired the SWIFT Offshore CNY Best Practice Working Group – Cash and Trade Group and in 2014 was recognised by The Asset as The Renminbi Banker of the Year in the Industry Achievement Awards of the Triple A Treasury, Trade and Risk Management Awards.
He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 1995 and has worked in Hong Kong, London and Singapore.His experience spans both wholesale and retail clients as well as Investor Relations. His wholesale experience has included corporate relationship management in both global and commercial banking segments, cash management and trade finance sales as well as heading Product Management for Asia for Transaction Banking across cash management, trade finance, securities services and clearing. His retail experience covers business planning and strategy for the CEO of the Consumer Bank, customer segmentation and branding, and customer experience management.
Most recently Mr Vrontamitis was the Head of Trade, Product Management, Transaction Banking and was responsible for the P&L and delivery of the Bank's Trade Finance capabilities globally in documentary trade, receivables finance, supply chain finance, and distribution to all of the bank’s clients across Corporate and Institutional, Commercial and Business clients.
He is on the board of KELY support group, a Hong Kong based Charity focussed on providing education and intervention for youth targeting drugs, alcohol and self esteem issues through peer support.
Alexander R. MalaketPresident, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
Alexander R. Malaket
President, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc.
Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, is President of Canadian consultancy OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., established in 2001, focusing on international business, trade and investment with a specialism in trade finance/supply chain finance. Alexander has undertaken a range of consultancy assignments, from operational and tactical to technology, to global strategy, and delivered various training programs for clients around the world. Alexander has researched and authored thought leadership reports, program assessments and reviews, public and international policy reports and has participated in or chaired numerous international initiatives for industry bodies and other institutions. Mr. Malaket is an internationally recognized expert, contributing regularly to industry publications like Trade Finance Magazine, Trade & Forfaiting Review, Global Trade Review, Cash & Trade Magazine and Trade and Export Finance. Alexander speaks and chairs panels at top-tier conferences and events around the world and is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains”, Gower/Ashgate Publishing, UK 2014 (now Taylor & Francis, UK). Alexander holds the designations of Certified International Trade Professional (FITT, Ottawa) and Certified Trade Finance Professional (ICC Academy, Singapore). Mr. Malaket has been nominated, elected or invited to contribute to various organizations in several capacities, including:
- Chair, International and Technical Advisory Committee, Global Trade Professionals Alliance, Australia
- Member of the Board of Advisors, Finance for Impact, France
- Member of the Board of Advisors, Tin Hill Capital, Singapore
- Member of the Board, World Trade Symposium, UK
- Deputy Head of the Executive Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, France
- Chair, ICC Market Intelligence and Rethinking Trade and Finance/Editorial Board
- Chair, ICC Trade Register (2013-2016)
- Chair, GSCFF Supply Chain Finance Standard Definitions Drafting Group (2014-2016)
- Co-Chair, ICC Banking Commission G20/B20 Consultations
- Co-Chair of the Academic Committee, ICC Academy (Trade Finance and InternationalBanking), Singapore
- Nominated National Expert, Trade Finance, UN/CEFACT, Switzerland
- Member of the Trade, Finance and Development Experts Group, E15 Initiative (WorldEconomic Forum and ICTSD), Switzerland
- Delegate for Canada and for the ICC, B20/G20 Consultations for 2015 (Financing Growth Task Force), 2016 (SME Development Task Force), 2017 (Financing and Infrastructure, and SME Cross-Thematic Group Task Forces), 2018 Financing Growth and Infrastructure
- Member of the International Affairs Committee, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa
- Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada
- Member of the Asia Pacific Finance Forum
- Senior Advisor, World SME Form (US, Turkey)
- Past Member of the Inaugural Board and Executive Committee, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
- Past Member of the Board of Directors and Board Nominating Committee, FITT, Canada
Gerard HartsinkChairman, GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation Board)
Chairman, GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation Board)
Gerard Hartsink is the Chairman of the GLEIF Board. The GLEIF (Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, a Swiss not for profit organisation) was established by the Financial Stability Board in June 2014 and is tasked to support the implementation of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) for the benefit of the users of the public and private sector. The LEI data are free of charge made available for any user on www.gleif.org. The LEI is a high quality legal entity identifier for regulatory reporting and supply chain processes.
Mr Hartsink is active in organizations promoting e-commerce (member of the ICC Digital Economy Commission), e-government (member of the Forum Standaardisatie of the Dutch Government) and blockchain (Advisor of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and Head of the Dutch Delegation of ISO TC 307 Blockchain and DLT).
He has a broad experience in the payments, securities and forex industry. He served as the Chairman of CLS Bank International, the European Payments Council and of the RMG of ISO 20022 and as a Board Member of SWIFT, LCH Clearnet Group, Euroclear Netherlands, Euro Banking Association and Electronic Commerce Platform Nederland.
As former Senior Executive Vice President of ABN AMRO he has over thirty years experience in sales, product development, regulatory affairs, information management and operations. He holds MA degrees in political economy from the University of Amsterdam and in law from the Free University in Amsterdam.
Jonathan T. FriedIndependant Consultant
Jonathan T. Fried
Mr. Fried retired in August, 2020 following a distinguished diplomatic career for Canada that spanned law, economics, and trade, including as G20 Sherpa; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO; Ambassador to Japan; Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the IMF; Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Finance and Canada's G7 and G20 Finance Deputy. He was formerly Canada’s Chief Negotiator on China’s WTO accession; chief counsel for NAFTA; and Counsellor for Congressional Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.
He is currently a Senior Adviser with the Albright Stonebridge Group, and a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, both in Washington, DC and an adviser with Llewellyn Consulting, an independent economics firm in London, UK.