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Members Only Webinar - Supply Chain Finance Innovations: Opportunities for Banks – Part II

07 October 2020
8 : 00
9 : 30
Man in suit with a bank icons and square chains
By invitation only
Registration open on Member's Portal
While the supply chain finance sector is rising steadily, there is still a large unmet need in global trade finance, which has an estimated financing gap of $1.9 trillion annually around the world according to the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable. But with the availability of trade and transaction data, there is an opportunity for banks and financial institutions to gain a larger share of the supply chain finance market and help SMEs access the credit they need for their working capital needs.
In this session, three leading financial institutions in supply chain finance will share best practices, and how important innovation and technology is to their successful supply chain finance programs. With the shift toward automation and digitalization, supply chain finance solutions offer an alternative solution of finance that benefit both financial institutions and small businesses alike.  
Host & Moderator
•    Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum


About the Speaker

Fernando Lardiés is the Global Trade Services Lead at Banco Santander. Since March 2020 Fernando is leading the Global Trade Services Strategic Initiative in Santander’s Global Payment Services Unit. Global Trade Services is responsible for the digitalization and transformation of Santander’s international business offering (payments, FX and trade finance and Supply Chain finance). Before that, Fernando led since 2016 the International Business Global Unit, supporting International Cash and Trade activity for Santander’s Corporate & Commercial Banking. Fernando Lardiés is also Santander’s Board member in the European Payments Council, in the Euro Bank Association, and in we.trade Trade Finance blockchain Consortium. Fernando has held different positions in Santander since joining in 2004. He started in IT Department as Head of Project Office and Control, and in 2005 he moved to the Global Banking & Markets Division where he spent 10 years until 2014. During the first 6 years he headed product areas for Payments, Cash Management and Supply Chain Finance solutions. From 2010 to 2014 he was Senior Banker for Multinationals Segment in Santander Brazil. In 2014 he moved back to Europe, and for 2 years he was Cash and Payments Head for Corporate & Commercial Banking. Before joining Santander, Fernando worked 6 years as strategy consultant for McKinsey&Co in Spain, Latin America and South Korea. Prior to that he worked 3 years as an engineer for National Instruments in the USA and Spain. Fernando holds a BSc in Telecommunications Engineering from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, a MSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a MBA from INSEAD.
Pamela Mar is the Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications at Fung Academy. Pamela leads the Fung Academy’s knowledge generation, application, and dissemination in support of the Fung Group’s business success and readiness for the future.  As such she directs the Academy’s research & development activities and experiments which form the base of the Group’s strategic response to key disruptions in its business operating environment, including technological change, the rise of sustainability, trade/geopolitical uncertainty and the changing nature of consumption. Prior to her current role, she ran the Academy’s programs that support sustainable, competitive advantage in the supply chains of Fung Group companies, including the use of mobile and IOT technologies, as well as direct supplier training. She was also Fung Group Director of Sustainability and was instrumental in growing sustainability beyond compliance and into a competitive advantage for the Group. Largely as a result, she was named one of 10 leaders on the Eco-business Sustainability A-List at the end of 2019.  She continues to teach sustainability as a Honorary Lecturer in the MBA program of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining the Fung Group, Pamela was based in Shenzhen as a Director in the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, a major Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer. Previously, she was the World Economic Forum’s Associate Director for Greater China, where she built the Forum’s key relations with government and businesses to support the country’s internationalization. Pamela got her first taste of frontline development work in Thailand, in business-backed poverty relief for the Thai NGO, Population and Community Development Association. Pamela has published widely, including four books on Asian development and business and a range of articles, blogs, and reviews. She is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute. She has also given numerous talks on sustainability, corporate responsibility and Asia’s growth and development. Pamela graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. She holds an MSc Management degree from the London School of Economics. 
Reynaldo Rodriguez, CFA is the Treasury Manager at Banco Davivienda, a Colombian bank founded in 1972 that renders services to individuals, companies, and the rural sector.  He is from the El Salvador subsidiary since 2012 (previously HSBC) and has long experience in treasury, ginancing, investments and stock markets in the region. Part of the Grupo Bolivar, it’s currently the third largest bank in Colombia and also has branches in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Miami. Across those regions, it serves more than 10 million customers through 725 branches and more than 2,600 ATMs. 
About the Discussant
Travis Mitro is SAP Ariba’s Director of Payments and Financing for the Asia Pacific region. He is responsible for helping companies transform their Accounts Payables departments from cost centers to profit centers through working capital initiatives. Travis has worked with Fortune 500 companies and their suppliers to better their Cash to Cash cycles in sustainable and cost-efficient ways. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), Travis now resides in Singapore.



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