LIBF launches free webinars for trade finance professionals

21 May, 2020

The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) has launched a series of free webinars to help trade finance professionals understand how professional qualifications can help them to navigate the choppy waters of the pandemic and be ready for what the future holds.

Aeroplane flying above cloudsGlobal trade finance will be critical to boosting the economic recovery in the months and years ahead. But Covid-19 is changing the industry so quickly, it’s important to ensure staff in trade finance have the right skills and knowledge to be able to adapt.

That includes a growing shift to digitalisation, for example, and evolution in payments.

Alex Gray, Head of Trade and Transaction Banking at LIBF said:

“Trade finance faces a period of fast and profound change, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to play our part by helping those working in the industry to develop their skills and knowledge.”

The trade finance team at LIBF has drawn on its wide network of contacts to provide a taste of the qualifications on offer and answer questions from those working in the sector.

Upcoming webinars

Keep an eye on our events page to register for the latest webinars. 

Notes for editors

Andrea Hauptmann is Senior Global Consultant Trade Finance, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Austria. She is the chair and a founding member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Bank Guarantees and a member of the Executive Committee of the ICC Banking Commission.

David Meynell is Chief Examiner for the Certificate in International Trade Finance (CITF), Senior Technical Adviser for the ICC Banking Commission and the founder of consultancy service, Trade LC Advisory. David worked for Deutsche Bank for over 30 years around the world, finally as Global Head of Trade Product Management for Financial Institutions.

Gary Collyer was the Senior Technical Adviser to the ICC for 20 years. Since 2017, Gary has edited and advised on all ICC opinions drafted by the technical advisers to the ICC Banking Commission. Gary has chaired and been a member of several ICC working groups. He's the editor of eight ICC opinion and DOCDEX publications, the fifth edition Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS) syllabus book Guide to Documentary Credits.

Alex Gray is the Head of Trade and Transactional Banking at The London Institute of Banking & Finance. He has a combination of experience in technical trade finance, trade operations, financial crime and anti-money laundering (AML). Alex has worked at both HSBC UK and Santander, and been integral to developing the trade-based financial crime training for both.