Treasury innovation forum

Connecting Treasury & Finance Professionals

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The London event was the first in a series of regionally focused events, providing senior treasury and finance professionals with access to in-depth research, analysis and the opportunity to discuss key issues impacting the profession with senior level peers.

The forum was informative and educational and included insights from industry experts and thought leaders. Senior–level corporate treasury and finance professionals, including CFOs, Group Treasurers, Treasurers and Senior Controllers were all in attendance with representation from L’Oreal, Shell, Capita, British American Tobacco, John Lewis and Thomas Cook UK & Ireland.

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Sarah Hewin

Sarah leads research on European economies, including Western and emerging Europe. She has many years of experience covering G7 and emerging-market macroeconomic, investment and country-risk issues. She frequently broadcasts on TV for the BBC, Sky, CNBC and Bloomberg, and on radio for the BBC and Bloomberg. She is based in London. Before joining the Bank in 2008, Sarah was a senior economist at American Express Bank based in London, New York and Hong Kong, where she was responsible for delivering economics and investment advice on Europe, the US and Asia. Previously, she worked at Lloyds Bank and at the European Commission in Brussels. She read economics at Girton College, Cambridge, specialising in international economics. Sarah is a member of the CityUK’s Independent Economists Group and sits on the Secretary of State's Panel on Monitoring the Economy.

Sandy Levine

Sandy has been working with Old Mutual Group Treasury since 2009. Sandy has been involved in the IT transformation of the Treasury department from manual dealing/banking portal to a STP solution, processing Group and BU eFx via SWIFT. Sandy works closely with the business and IT to ensure high availability of Treasury systems. Her primary focus is implementation of new IT/Treasury projects. Sandy's responsibilities also include supplier management, implementing regulatory requirements, contingency arrangements and preventing cybercrime.

Kevin Pinnegar

Kevin joined Honda in 1998, following his inauguration to Treasury at Kingfisher Plc. He had several evolving roles within Honda’s Treasury Team but mainly focused on the tactical implementation of Treasury specific reformation projects to improve operations, in line with corporate strategy. Kevin left Honda in 2013 to set up a European Treasury function at Sharp Electronics. However, after a couple of years returned to Honda as European Group Treasurer. With over 40 group entities and 14 different currency exposures, standardising, simplifying and leveraging technology were key to realising the strategic objectives of optimising cash management and operational efficiencies across the group.

Hennie De Klerk

Hennie de Klerk founded TreasuryOn in June 2000. Hennie has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of international treasury services and treasury technology. He takes a hands-on approach both with clients and the TreasuryOne management team, helping to ensure the sustained delivery of world class solutions and services. Hennie has built the company on his commitment to unlock financial value, and to become a primary business asset for TreasuryOne’s clients.

Apart from his passion for treasury, Hennie is an avid racing driver, and currently competes in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship. Hennie is a regular expert speaker at treasury conferences, and is the author of numerous articles about different aspects of international treasury management.

James Mitchell

James Mitchell has been in the treasury, risk and payments market space for the past 15 years, having previously worked in senior roles at SunGard, Wall Street Systems and Bottom Line Technologies.

James has extensive experience working with both corporates and large financial institutions across EMEA where his focus is helping to solve on working capital issues and helping organisations maximise efficiencies by leveraging technology.

Previously heading sales, marketing and professional services divisions for several organisations, James uses his diverse background to consultatively help companies achieve a strategic treasury approach and best practice.

Nick Diamond

Nick is responsible for leading the global business development of Transaction Banking for Standard Chartered Global Corporate client base located in Europe. Transaction banking encompasses Cash Management, Liquidity Management, Trade Finance and Custody Services.

In addition, as part of the Transaction Banking European Leadership team, he is responsible for the development of regional strategy and business development initiatives. He joined the Bank in June 2014 from Lloyds Bank, where he was Head of Cash Management Sales, Global Corporate, Europe.

In his current role, he brings extensive experience in Transaction Banking based on more than 30 years' experience working with multinational corporate clients whilst holding a variety of positions both for Bank of America and HSBC.

He is passionate about building and delivering client proposition based on client need to ensure we add value to our clients, and in coaching individuals to deliver their personal strengths and fulfill their career aspirations.

Nick is married with two grown up sons. He is an enthusiastic sports fan and enjoys travel.

Jane Lowe

Jane Lowe was appointed Secretary General of IMMFA in November 2015.

A history graduate and classical history post-graduate, she started her career in the City working for large multi-nationals, Jardine Matheson &Co and ED&F Man, with a short stint at what was then AMRO Bank. After 16 years a mid-career change of direction took her into financial regulation with the FSA. Initially charged with oversight of the London Stock Exchange, she moved on to overseeing the commodity and financial derivatives exchanges and the London Clearing House, as well as handling conduct of business regulation.

For the last few years she has been a lobbyist for the financial services industry, latterly with the Investment Association (IA), as well as spending time at LIBA (AFME) for the investment banks. Her principal focus was on markets related legislative and structural change, however she also ran the research, statistics and retail fund sector work at the IA. This was followed by two years consultancy on compliance and governance issues.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.


Caroline has worked in a number diverse roles in the past, including CFO of Save the Children international, a $1bn ‘start-up’ managing the international programmes for Save the Children worldwide, Finance and Commercial Director at Southbank Centre, London; Head of Global Business Planning for Novartis Pharma AG, the 23bn USD concern based out of Switzerland; CFO/CIO of Unilever Thailand, a 600m Euro market-leader in 8 of its segments; and VP Finance for Unilever Bestfoods Europe, an 8bn Euro business covering 40+ countries.

CFO for Bestfoods Benelux before the merger with Unilever, Caroline has also held a variety of other roles within Bestfoods, Granada plc and Cadbury Schweppes. Caroline trained and qualified with KPMG, and holds a formal accounting qualification (ACA/FCA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also a Diploma in Charity Accounting.

Carsten Jaekel

Carsten Jaekel is heading KPMG’s global network for Finance- & Treasury Management and co-heading the German KPMG for Finance- & Treasury Management. He has more than 20 years of professional experience within the finance and treasury space, thereof 7 years at Mannesmann AG in Germany and Latin America where he has held various senior management positions. His primary focus is on the current and future development of the treasury function from both a strategic and organizational perspective including the underlying IT.

Hubert Rappold

Hubert studied Telematics at the Technical University of Graz, Electrical Engineering at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Computer Science at the University College Dublin (Ireland). He has been part of the TIP development team from the start and built up TIPCO Treasury & Technology in 2014 when the software division of Schwabe, Ley & Greiner spun off to an independent company. Hubert enjoys more than 16 years of experience in IT and Treasury Consultancy and focusses on the continuous improvement of TIP, cooperation with Treasury Management System providers and the international expansion of TIPCO.

Tom Gilliam

Tom Gilliam works as the principal risk manager within SABMiller’s Group Treasury team, developing treasury risk management policies and strategies. In recent years he has undertaken extensive reviews of how the company manages the interest rate and foreign exchange risks on its debt portfolio, and also how the company might manage its overall transactional risk portfolio of commodity and foreign exchange risks.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he worked in corporate treasury and in banking before joining SABMiller in August 2009. He passed the MCT exams in 2011.

Viplav Rathore

Viplav has over 18 years of banking and treasury experience, with in-depth expertise around various aspects of International Treasury Management.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was the Treasury Director at GE Treasury, heading up their Transaction Banking advisory team for the EMEA & APAC regions.

Viplav brings to the team diverse experience, gained from managing GE‘s Treasury needs in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, for GE’s Industrial and Capital affiliates. He was actively involved with the set up of RTC and SSC and the creation of liquidity overlay and IHB structures. He managed bank relationships, cash forecasting, investment as well as structured hedging programs, flag planting into EM geographies. He has also led a number of global process re-engineering projects for productivity, cost and controllership wins.

In his past roles he has worked with ANZ Banking Group and Standard Chartered in the areas of risk management and middle office.

He holds a Management degree from the Delhi School of Economics.

Sangdeep Bahkshi

Sangdeep is a Senior Manager within EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team, specialising in providing treasury advisory services to corporate clients. Sangdeep is a member of the ACT and the ICAEW and has a number of years’ experience in assisting clients on financial instruments related topics in an audit and advisory capacity.

Karen Turner

As a member of Vodafone Group’s M-Pesa Commercial & Strategy team, Karen is responsible for the Tanzanian and Ghanaian markets as well as exploring new market opportunities. Prior to this Karen has held a number of roles at Vodafone Group within Finance, most recently as Finance Manager for Safaricom & Vodacom International operations within the Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Region. Before joining Vodafone Karen worked at Ernst & Young, specialising in Pensions Audit & Assurance. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Reading in Accounting & Economics and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2016, Vodafone had 462 million mobile customers and 13.4 million fixed broadband customers.

The M-Pesa service was launched in March 2007 by Safaricom Limited in Kenya. It enables millions of people who have access to a mobile phone, but do not have access to a bank account, to send and receive money, top-up airtime, make bill payments and enjoy a range of other services. M-Pesa had more than 25 million active customers as at 31 March 2016 and approximately 261,000 agents worldwide. It is available in 10 markets: Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Mozambique, Egypt, Lesotho, Ghana, Albania and Romania.

John Stepek

John Stepek is the executive editor of MoneyWeek and writes MoneyWeek’s daily email newsletter, Money Morning. He graduated from Strathclyde University in 1996 with a degree in psychology. After a short-lived career in film production, he moved to London and started writing about business, finance and markets. In 2003, he took a job on the finance desk of Teletext, where he spent two years covering the markets and breaking financial news, before joining MoneyWeek in 2005. His work has been published in The Sunday Times, The Spectator and Families in Business magazine.

Alankar Karol

Alankar leads Visual Risk’s European operations. He has over 10 years of experience designing and implementing treasury solutions. Prior to moving to London, Alankar was heading Quantitative Services at Visual Risk, leading the design of the solution for Value-at-Risk, Earnings-at-Risk, Hedge Accounting and other Treasury outputs. He consults widely with leading global companies and financial institutions with a strong focus on complex risk, valuation and hedge accounting issues. Alankar was previously at the University of Technology, Sydney where he collaborated with the Central Bank of Denmark on building intelligent financial systems. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and a Masters of Finance.

Dr Catherine Mulligan

Dr Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group with a joint appointment to the Department of Computing where she is Associate Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research. Dr Mulligan is also a Visiting Fellow at the Glasgow School of Art Institute for Design Innovation (INDI) Her research interests lie in the area of new economic structures enabled by the digital economy, in particular the role of Distributed Ledger Technologies in areas other than financial services as well as the role that technologies play in the creation of citizen-centric smart/sustainable cities. Through her work as Principal Investigator on the RCUK Digital Economy Program grants: Sustainable Society Network+, Catherine brought Urban Prototyping to London – a festival that brought together a wide variety of disciplines to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems using digital technologies in the urban environment and created a flourishing network of academics across the UK dedicated to applying digital technologies to create sustainability and resilience outcomes.


Treasury Innovation Forum

DoubleTree Hilton, Victoria, London


Coffee and Registration


Welcome from Chair & Opening Remarks

David Kelin David Kelin, Director, Covarius Ltd

Graham Buck Graham Buck, Editor, GTNews


'The State of Corporate Treasury'

Linus Gregoriadis, Director of Research and Intelligence, Contentive, presents key findings from GTNews’ recent subscriber survey, including:

  • The areas of treasury risk deemed most important to your organisations
  • The regulatory issues and challenges keeping treasurers up at night
  • The tech solutions you’re betting on to handle these challenges

Linus Gregoriadis Linus Gregoriadis, Director of Research and Intelligence, Contentive


Keynote: Brexit - What now?

John Stepek, executive editor of MoneyWeek, examines the results of the European Union referendum and asks where we go from here. He’ll be taking a look at the economic and political fallout, both here in the UK and across the European Union itself. One thing’s for sure – Brexit or no, there will be plenty to discuss.

John Stepek John Stepek, Editor, MoneyWeek


Economic Update report

Although we’re only half-way through the year, 2016 has already provided a series of economic upsets. The year began with China, the world’s second largest economy, sending out shockwaves that rocked markets globally. In her report, Sarah Hewin, Chief Economist, Europe at Standard Chartered, looks at:

  • Is the global economy on the brink of another financial crisis?
  • With the BRIC economies losing their lustre, which emerging markets are the best bets for generating future growth?
  • President Trump or President Clinton: what’s the likely future direction of the US?
  • Which economic issues should be top of treasury’s risk agenda?

Sarah Hewin, Chief Economist, Europe, Standard Chartered Bank


Coffee Break


Emerging Markets

This panel discussion will provide the audience with insights from treasury peers who have experience of grasping emerging market opportunities and tackling the underlying challenges. As many companies expand their footprint into new growth markets they are confronted with the reality that their standard treasury policies and operational procedures cannot be transported without customisation to the relevant market. Typical blockages to be overcome are: Regulation, Market volatility, Manual processes, Lack of transparency, Liquidity constraints, Product immaturity and availability of banking partners. Advice will be shared into how your peers have balanced their desire for standardisation against the practicality of what can be achieved in certain markets.


Nick Diamond Nick Diamond, Managing Director, Head of Sales Global Corporate, Transaction Banking, Europe, Standard Chartered Bank


Caroline Stockmann Caroline Stockmann, Chief Financial Officer, British Council

Tom Gilliam Tom Gilliam, Treasury Manager, SABMiller

Karen Turner Karen Turner, M-Pesa Commercial & Strategy Principal Manager, Vodafone (MPESA)


Treasury Technology -The Future of TMS

In this discussion, panel members will give their views on how technology is changing the way corporate treasury is managed and explore the future of treasury technology, including the advantages or disadvantages it will bring. The panel members have been chosen for their strong knowledge of the area.


Viplav Rathore Viplav Rathore, Executive Director, Treasury Solutions, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank


James Mitchell James Mitchell, Regional Director, EMEA, Reval

Hennie De Klerk Hennie De Klerk, CEO, TreasuryOne

Hubert Rappold Hubert Rappold, CEO, TIPCO Treasury & Technology GmbH

Dr Alankar Karol Dr Alankar Karol, Chief Operating Officer - UK/Europe, Visual Risk

Carsten Jaekel Carsten Jäkel, Partner, KPMG Finance & Treasury-Management


Keynote: Jane Lowe

Jane will provide a brief overview of the state of MMF in Europe. The presentation will touch on the product landscape today and move on to outline where the sector is on the regulation of MMF in Europe highlighting what this may mean for investors. Jane will also set out the likely timeframe for reform. The keynote will be followed by the Q&A with the audience.

Jane Lowe Jane Lowe, Secretary General, The Institutional Money Market Funds Association


Lunch and Networking


Technology in Practice 'The impact of IT on Treasury'

The Treasury IT landscape has changed and so has the agenda – we need to ensure that we are having the right conversations with IT. This session will cover topics such as dealing and payment contingency, supplier management, support arrangements, controls, disaster recovery and cybercrime.

Sandy Levine, Treasury Systems Manager, Old Mutual plc


Treasury Reformation/ Transformation - 'The Power of Dreams'

This Corporate case study takes the audience through the Honda Treasury Reformation/ Transformation programme capturing some background on new TMS implementation, Bank Communication Module ( BCM), Swift Alliance Lite -all enabling Hondas goal of Cash management efficiency from full In House Cash implementation.

Kevin Pinnegar, European Group Treasurer, Honda Motor Europe Ltd


Risk Management (IFRS9)

This session will provide a status update of IFRS 9, its requirements, what it replaces and how it differs from a hedge accounting perspective. The presentation will demonstrate some of the practical benefits of the IFRS 9 standard, challenges organisations need to consider and how they should prepare.

Jacqui Drew Jacqui Drew, Director Solution Consulting, Reval

Sangdeep Bahkshi, Senior Manager, Financial Accounting Advisory Services - Treasury, EY


Coffee and Networking



Blockchain, also known as distributed ledger, promises a major shake-up of the financial services landscape although just how far it will transform life for corporates, banks and fintechs is still under debate. This session will separate the hype from the reality and show why blockchain is a game-changer, examining:

  • What blockchain is and how it operates.
  • Does it pose a threat or opportunity for the banks?
  • Update on the R3 consortium and other fast-growing blockchain initiatives.
  • How it can speed up much of the work for corporate treasury teams.
  • The most promising areas for blockchain; from cross-border trades to derivatives.
  • What are the security issues and how will they be tackled?

Dr Catherine Mulligan Dr Catherine Mulligan, Associate Director, Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research


Concluding remarks

David Kelin David Kelin, Director, Covarius Ltd

Graham Buck Graham Buck, Editor, GTNews


Networking and drinks reception hosted by Standard Chartered Bank

Please note - the above agenda is subject to change

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