Regional Advisory Councils

IIBLP's Regional Advisory Councils 

The Institute of International Banking Law & Practice has begun a series of Regional Advisory Councils. Each Advisory Council is made up of the top experts in the region in the areas of LC Banking, Corporate LC Users, and Legal Advisors. The goal of each council is to promote sound LC practice.

Banking Regional Advisory Councils:


  • Buddy BAKER - Head of Trade Services Sales, Fifth Third Bank (USA)
  • Alan BLOODGOOD - (USA)
  • John CITROLA - Wells Fargo (USA)
  • Robert L. FOUTTS - Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase Bank (USA)
  • Paula GREAVES - VP & National Commercial LC Consultant, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (USA)
  • Audrey IRESON - President, Ireson Consultant Inc (Canada)
  • Nino MAKDESSI - Associate Vice President, Global Trade Finance Operations, TD Securities (Canada)
  • Vincent MAULELLA - Consultant (USA)
  • Chandran PANICKER - Royal Bank of Canada (USA)
  • David PENNYBAKER - State Street Bank (USA)
  • Jorge Luis RIVA - Partner, Raschi Y Riva (Argentina)
  • Donald SMITH - President, Global Trade Advisory, Ltd. (USA)
  • Manuela SUAREZ Ibarra - Santander Serfin (Mexico)
  • Charnell C WILLIAMS - Senior Vice President, Citi (USA)


  • Lena ANDERSSON - SEB (Sweden)
  • Pavel ANDRLE - Secretary, ICC Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
  • Johan BERGAMIN - Vice-President, ING Bank (The Netherlands)
  • Konstantin FEDEROV - (Russia)
  • Enn LEET - UniCredit Bank (Estonia)
  • Karl MAYRL - Head of Documentary Credits and Guarantees, Erste Bank (Austria)
  • René MÜLLER - Director, Trade Finance Services, Credit Suisse (Switzerland)
  • Vincent O BRIEN - (Ireland)
  • Elisabeth OSTBYE - Senior Advisor Treasury, ABB AS (Norway)
  • Kim SINDBERG - Consultant (Denmark)
  • Jeremy SMITH - Documentary Risk Advisor, Lloyds TSB Bank plc (UK)
  • Helen STROM NILSONNE - Global Product Specialist - Documentary Payments, SEB (Sweden)
  • Hugo VERSCHOREN - Trade Finance Services, ING Group (Netherlands)
  • Alexander ZELENOV - Director, Vnesheconombank (Russia)
  • Anastasia ZYKOVA - Trade Finance, Barclays Bank (Russia)

Middle East

  • Ali ATIYEH - Arab Company for Shared Services (UAE)
  • Abdulkader BAZARA - Active banker in the Middle East Region (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ali BIN SHAMLAN - Regional Trade Finance Manager, Riyad Bank (Saudi Arabia)
  • ND GEORGE - Consultant (India)
  • Khalil MATAR - Senior Manager, Business Audit, Alinma Bank (Saudi Arabia)
  • Mohamed NAGI AL-LABOUD - Manager Financial Institutions Trade Services Banque Saudi Fransi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ramesh S RANGAN - Head of Trade Services, National Bank of Fujairah psc (UAE)
  • Lakshmanan SANKARAN - Executive Manager, Commercial Bank of Dubai (UAE)
  • Pradeep TANEJA - Head of Loan & Trade Operations, Arab Banking Corporation (Bahrain)


  • Jack CHAN - Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Hong Kong)
  • Alan DAVIDSON - University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Lionel DE SILVA - Sr. Manager, Global Trade Operations, Standard Chartered (Singapore)
  • Xiang GAO - (China)
  • Francis HO - Head, Trade Operations, Business Operations & Support, Maybank (Singapore)
  • JIN Saibo - Partner, Tongshang Law Firm (China)
  • Kenneth LEUNG - Head of Trade Services, Bank of East Asia (Hong Kong)
  • Peter MUNG - Citigroup (Hong Kong)
  • Jianbao SHAN - CEB Bank (China)
  • SOH Chee Seng - Technical Advisor, Association of Banks in Singapore (Singapore)
  • Lawrence TAN - Head of Regional Commodity Finance, RBS Australia (Australia)
  • Edmund TSE - VP, Head of Bank Office Commodities and Trade Finance, Societe Generale (Hong Kong)
  • M.P. TSIM - President, International Institute of Finance (Hong Kong)
  • Jun XU - Senior Product Manager, Global Trade Services Dept., Bank of China, Juangsu Branch (China)
  • Joe YAP - DBS (Singapore)
  • YAP Yew Kong - Global Trade Finance, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Malaysia)
  • KK YEUNG - Regional Trade Training Manager, DBS (Hong Kong)
  • Sammy YU - JP Morgan Chase (Hong Kong)
  • ZHA Zhongmin - Citic (China)