East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference


Recognised as the leading gathering of trade finance professionals in the region, GTR’s East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference returns to Nairobi on May 10-11.

Benefiting from positive trade relations between its neighbouring countries, the conference will seek to explore the current economic challenges facing Kenya’s commodities sector. Further discussions will draw focus on the agricultural sector which forms a vital part of the Kenyan economy.

The event will feature dedicated networking sessions, offering attendees the chance to form new working relationships and re-acquaint themselves with old contacts, with the prospect of developing business within East Africa and beyond.


  • Sekete Mokgehle, Head, Global Commodity Finance, Nedbank
  • Shannon Manders, Editor, Global Trade Review (GTR)
  • David Ohana, Group Managing Director, KenolKobil
  • Vijay Kumar, Group Controller, Finance, Nakumatt
  • James Lockyer, Development Director, Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)
  • Edward George, Head of Research, Ecobank
  • Jon Örn Jonsson, Country Manager, Ethiopia, Reykjavik Geothermal
  • Christophe Marie, Senior Representative, Commerzbank Representative Office Ethiopia
  • Ken Mugambi, Head of Corporate Planning & Strategy, National Oil Corporation of Kenya
  • Yaw Kuffour, Head of Trade Finance, African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • David Ludlow, Head of International Business Development, UK Export Finance
  • Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa
  • Jan de Laat, Managing Director, Trade & Commodity Finance, Rabobank
  • Ashraf Ali Mahate, Head of Export Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports
  • Francois Roux, Head of Trade Finance & Financial Institutions, SBM Bank
  • Raoul Gufflet, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Head Corporate & Institutional Banking,MCB
  • Simon Cook, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK
  • Dolapo Oni, Head of Oil & Gas Analysis Desk, Ecobank
  • Amos Tumwesigye, Eastern African Regional Manager, Ace Global Depository
  • Lamin Sanneh, Executive Director, Business Development & Marketing, Commodity Connect DMCC
  • Edward Ratemo, Senior Relationship Manager, Trade Finance, Chase Bank
  • George Kiluva, Head of Trade Finance, Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA)
  • Kennedy Shimeka, Head of Trade Sales, Barclays Africa
  • Rennie Kariuki, Underwriter, Kenya, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
  • Kudakwashe Matereke, Regional Manager, East Africa, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
  • Freddie Tucker, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Dints International
  • Betty Maloba, Senior Manager, Trade Finance, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB)
  • Hiren Singharay, Chief Executive Officer, Global Finance & Capital
  • Robin Bairstow, Chief Executive Officer, I&M Bank Rwanda
  • Maarten Susan, Director, eBiashara Africa
  • Ivan Mbowa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Umati Capital
  • Bolaji Sofoluwe, Director of Planning & Strategy, ETK Group
  • Hardi Wilkins, Chief Risk Officer, Export Trading Group
  • Walle Romijn, Account Manager, Commodity Trade, Aon Risk Solutions
  • Mubarak Elegbede, Corporate & Structured Finance Manager,
    International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
  • Daniel Heal, Managing Director, Control Risks East Africa
  • Baiju Shah, Chief Executive Officer, eBiashara

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