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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2017
​BAFT Media Contact: Blair Bernstein
(202) 663-5468
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BAFT Congratulates 2017 Graduates of Future Leaders Program


​WASHINGTON – BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, announced today the graduates of its Future Leaders program class of 2017. Now in its second year, the Future Leaders program recognizes future leaders in the transaction banking industry. 
“The industry continues to demonstrate both a need and desire to develop the next generation of leadership in the transaction banking industry, and BAFT is delighted that the Future Leaders Program contributes to that goal,” said Tod Burwell, president and CEO of BAFT. “This year’s class built on the success of last year and we were thrilled that the Class of 2016 graduates remained engaged as mentors to this group.  As these leaders continue to grow, we hope this program will have provided both the learning experience and roots of network building that will carry the industry forward.”
The class of 2017 included 30 individuals from 12 countries and a variety of disciplines within transaction banking. The group projects, which commenced in January, focused on common industry challenges and opportunities including client onboarding, fintech, de-risking, and transaction banking training and education. The output of the projects will contribute to the larger BAFT initiatives on those same themes.  Each project team will present their findings at the BAFT Global Annual Meeting in May 2017 and the project outputs will be made available to all BAFT members.
BAFT congratulates the following graduates from the Class of 2017:
  • Angela Luceri - UBS Switzerland AG
  • Aurélie Rizk - Societe Generale
  • Brent Causey - City National Bank
  • Colomban Vitoux - BNP Paribas
  • Courtney Roberts - PNC Bank
  • Daniel Bendersky - D+H
  • Dany Hoayek - Banque Libano Francaise
  • David Scorzelli - Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Greg Goska - Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Jesper Linden - Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)
  • Jing Zhang - JPMorgan
  • Jose Maria Seisdedos - BBVA
  • Karyn Folino - Barclays Bank PLC
  • Leo Lee - U.S. Bank National Association
  • Luca Strazzabosco - Credit Suisse AG
  • Mahmoud Tamim - BankMed S.A.L.
  • Megan Levy - Deloitte
  • Michael McQuillen - Northern Trust
  • Natalia Nobre - Scotiabank
  • Natalie Sullivan - Banner Bank
  • Olga Krenz - Commerzbank AG
  • Poh Kuan Khiaw - Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Ronny Favel - National Bank of Canada
  • Ryan Zagone - Ripple
  • Stephanie Palmer - HSBC Bank USA, N.A
  • Steve Holt - Wells Fargo
  • Therese Giambona - Western Union Business Solutions
  • Tiffany Tye - BNY Mellon
  • Victoria Gale - Bank ABC
  • Vladimir Rudenko - Bank of Montreal
About BAFT
BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, helps bridge solutions across financial institutions, service providers and the regulatory community that promote sound financial practices enabling innovation, efficiency, and commercial growth. BAFT engages on a wide range of topics affecting transaction banking, including trade finance, payments, and compliance. The association website is