Moderator and Speakers

Mrs. Isabella SCHATZ                                                                                                                                      

Director, Key Account Manager CREDIT SUISSE AG
Credit Suisse as a leading financial services company, has a long term experience in Trade Finance.
Mrs Schatz is Key Account Manager and Director of the Commodity Trade Finance in Credit Suisse in Zurich since 2013.  She has a long experience of Trade Finance. Before joining Credit Suisse, she was member of the Direction at BNP Paribas as Head of the Work-Out Trade Finance handling high risk situations, finding and implementing repayment solutions with customers pressed for solutions and who experience a difficult economic environment. Her previous experience in commodity finance in the BCV for more than ten years allowed her to construct a high level of trade finance understanding.

Mr. Nicolas SANCHEZ                                                                                                                                      19:00-19:15

EuroFin Asia Group Pte Ltd is a privately held and fully independent Merchant Finance and Wealth Management company. Founded in Singapore in 2003, EFA Merchant Finance, the Group’s asset management arm, is an award-winning merchant finance specialist whose primary business is managing capital in a variety of financing strategies within the commodity and natural resource sectors.
29 years in International Trade and Commodity Finance
2012: EuroFin Asia, Partner & Board Member, 3 Trade Finance Funds with 120 clients in 25 countries
10 years CEO of oil and gas trading co., Fortune 500 group.
4 years Group Structured Finance Director, global grain trading house
4 years COO Bank in the Caribbean
6 years Managing Director of trading co.
3 years UBS international trade finance, Geneva.
In 2006-2010 among GTSA founding members and advisory Board

Mr. Nicolas CLAVEL                                                                                                                                           19:15-19:30

Scipion Capital is an investment manager specializing in self-liquidating short-term Commodity Trade Finance (CTF). Scorpion’s senior team cumulatively has over 125 years of experience in banking and investing in frontier markets, particularly Africa.
Nicolas is Scipion Capital’s Founder and CIO. He oversees the investment processes for all of the firm’s strategies and is responsible for the development of all new products. In addition, he sits on Scipion Capital’s Investment Committee.
Nicolas has over three decades of experience in trade finance. After beginning his career with Credit Suisse in Switzerland, he worked at Midland Bank Plc’s Trade Finance subsidiary in Lausanne and London before joining Citicorp Investment Bank in London covering EMEA structured trade finance in 1984. He left Citibank in 1992 as CEO of their West Africa Head Office in Dakar having been headhunted to start DOC Finance, a merchant bank based in Geneva focused on trade finance in Emerging and Frontier Markets. He returned to Africa seven years later as CEO of Standard Bank’s Congo-Kinshasa subsidiary, before joining Standard Chartered Grindlays in Switzerland two years later. Nicolas then spent 4 years with Barclays Private Bank in Switzerland managing a portfolio of African clients before setting up Scipion Capital. Nicolas holds an MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, is a non-exec director of AIM-listed Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc, and served as a Court Magistrate in Switzerland for many years. Nicolas is also a member of the Advisory Board to Global Trade Review, a leading Trade Finance industry publication.

Mr. Ivan AGABEKOV                                                                                                                                        19:30-19:45

Inoks Capital aims to provide their clients with the exclusive ability to capture the value of non-speculative investments from the real economic opportunities within the Commodity and Emerging Markets sectors. Mr, Agabekov holds a master of Law from the University of Geneva and several certificates in finance.
Ivan built his experience in law and audit firms. After finishing his studies, he started his career in 2002 in a law firm in the field of corporate and sport law. To widen up his knowledge of the corporate world; he worked as an auditor in a major Geneva firm. He had the opportunity to practice his advisory knowledge of law and corporate skills when he accepted a two-year mandate as the head of the financial department to restructure and modernize the structure of a family owned company. He holds a master of Law from the University of Geneva several certificates in finance, an EMBA and a Diploma in commodity trading. Due to his Ukrainian and Croatian origins and multicultural upbringing he speaks fluently French, English, Croatian and German. Since 2008 he works at Inoks Capital SA as the CFO, board member and sitting at the investment committee of the management company and at the funds level.

Mr. Kees VRINS                                                                                                                                                      19:45-20:00

Head Trading & Freight, ALLSEEDS SWITZERLAND S.A
Allseeds is a company with a long-standing reputation of professionalism and reliability operating in the primary food processing market of Ukraine. The company has its roots in trading and is one of the largest independent sunflower oil exporter in Ukraine.
More than 30 years of experience in trading grains, oilseeds and oilseeds products; one of the founders of the previous Allseeds Group in 1998, and of the new Allseeds Company in 2010.
Member of the advisory board of the International Trading Program of the University of Geneva.

Mr. Samir ZREIKAT                                                                                                                                             20:00-20:15

The Lanturno Group of Companies started its activities mainly in crude oil trading. Lanturno built his name by supplying via pipeline Slovak, Czech and Hungarian refineries with Russian Export Blended Crude Oil between 2005 and 2008. Since a few years, the core activities were switched to coal trading, mainly Russian coal exported to the Black Sea area but also to China, Spain and North Africa. Lanturno consists in a small team of less than twenty people, each specialized in a given area and with the ability to quickly adapt its strategy depending on the market environment.
Samir Zreikat joined Lanturno in June 2012 as CFO and Director of the group, focusing on optimizing the trade reporting and accounting processes as well as managing and developing the Trade finance activities and needs.

Samir holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Geneva. His career started in 1986 when he joined Cargill (“Tradax”). A year later, he moved to Vitol where he started in the Operations department and quickly became a member of the crude trading team as junior trader. When Vitol branched out in the CIS in 1990, he took a position as internal controller and support for the teams based in various CIS countries. Samir left Vitol in 1998 to briefly work in the ERP software industry. A year later he joined the France Telecom group where he rapidly became the Regional Sales Director for wholesale telecom products and solutions for the EMEA region. In 2003, he decided to return to his favourite activity: commodity trading. Together with a partner, he opened M2S Sàrl, a service company providing outsourcing and consulting services to commodity trading actors. The 2008 financial crisis put an end to this adventure and in 2009 he took a management position in the Oxton Group of Companies, a Caspian based trading house specialized in refined oil products and LPG which he left in 2012 to further his career with Lanturno.
Samir simultaneously conducted other activities, always related to commodity trading. In 2007 he became one of the experts assisting the HEG Geneva in launching the first Bachelor program in this domain. From 2008 until today, he is a regular lecturer at the DAS and MAS program, teaching hedging and price risk related techniques.
Last but not least, through his company Dealigents Sàrl, Samir is also the Editor of a commodity trading software (“i-deal”) targeting small and medium trading houses in need of better controlling systems for their trading data and processes (such as hedging, P&L and budgeting, payables and receivables, demurrage calculations, etc.).

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