The WTCR Summit 2017 is honoured to welcome the following speakers:
Former Treasurer of Australia
17 Oct @ 9.20am - TRADE POLICY THROUGH BREXIT, A TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND CHINA'S OBOR
Mr Hockey served as Treasurer for two years from September 2013 and as the Federal Member for North Sydney since he was elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996. Following his re-election in 1998, Mr Hockey became Minister for Financial Services and Regulation. Under the Howard Government he held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Small Business and Tourism; Human Services; and Employment and Workplace Relations.
Prior to entering politics, Mr Hockey was a lawyer working on banking and finance. He also served as Director of Policy to the Premier of New South Wales.
Mr Hockey holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.
Minister-Counsellor: Embassy of Canada
Colin Bird is the Minister-Counsellor for Trade and Economic Policy at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Bird was a divisional director in the Trade Negotiations Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa (North America Bureau). He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practiced primarily in the area of international trade. Within government, he has served as counsel to the NAFTA Secretariat and in Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, where he focused on trade remedies, aerospace and softwood lumber trade issues. He has represented Canada before dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.
Mr. Bird received his law degree from the University of Ottawa and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Executive Director: Washington International Trade Association
Ken Levinson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), Washington’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the U.S. capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and economic issues. WITA has over 1,800 members, and more than 130 corporate sponsors and group memberships. Ken has over 20 years of experience working with companies, associations, NGOs and governments, advocating innovative solutions to complex public policy challenges. He is also a principal in the firm KLC Strategies, and a senior advisor to Fontheim International, Rasmussen Public Affairs, and the Advocom Group. Over the years, Ken has worked with clients in the technology, telecommunications, bio-pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food, financial services, retail, energy, and consumer products sectors.
Previously, Ken served as Senior Director for Global Government Affairs for AstraZeneca. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Ken served as Senior Vice President and COO at the Washington, DC consulting firm of Fontheim International. Ken joined Fontheim after spending six years on the staff of U.S. Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, where he served as the Senator’s chief advisor for international trade, tax, foreign policy, and national security. Ken received his Master’s Degree from New York University after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst. Ken also spent a year studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Ken and his wife, the Reverend Donna Marsh, live in Bethesda, MD, with their two daughters.
CEO: American Security Project
18 Oct @ 11.30am - CYBER SECURITY AND WARFARE
BGen Stephen Cheney USMC(Ret) is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP) and past member of the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. His primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.
Other selected highlights of his military career include tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.
Following retirement from the Marines, he became the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), in Washington, D.C., and most recently was President/CEO of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.
He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California. He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member. He is also a member of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board
He has been on the Board of Directors for ASP since 2006.
Director: Bretton Woods II; New America
17 Oct @ 11.30am - THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS OF WORLD TRADE
Dr. Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social finance, innovation and diplomacy. He serves as Director of the Bretton Woods II initiative at New America. He and his team work with large asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. He is also Chair of the Global Blockchain Business Council, Co-founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, and a member of the Advisory Board of the BitFury Group. He is a key figure in efforts to harness Blockchain technology for governance and social impact.
Between 2010 and 2014, Dr. Tillemann served under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the Secretary of State's Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies. Dr. Tillemann led a team of experts that operated like venture capitalists in translating promising ideas and technologies into successful foreign policy. He also established and chaired the State Department's Global Philanthropy Working Group and the State Department's Federal Advisory Committee on civil society.
Dr. Tillemann joined the State Department in 2009 as Secretary Clinton's speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches. Previously, he spent four years on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an advisor to Chairmen Joe Biden and John Kerry. Dr. Tillemann’s other professional experience includes work with the White House, five U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns, Reuters New Media, and the World Bank.
Dr. Tillemann is a co-holder of four patents. He has helped launch and lead numerous civil society organizations and foundations. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He has lectured at Yale and Princeton and testified repeatedly before Congress. He is a frequent keynote speaker and guest on media outlets including the BBC and public radio.
Director, Center for Global Risk & Security: RAND Corporation
17 Oct @ 2.00pm - NAVIGATING CHOPPY POLITICAL WATERS
Andrew Parasiliti is director of the Center for Global Risk and Security at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, he was editor of Al-Monitor.com, which received the International Press Institute's 2014 Free Media Pioneer Award; executive director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies-U.S. and corresponding director, IISS-Middle East; principal, Government Affairs-International, at the BGR Group; foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel; director of the Middle East Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and director of programs at the Middle East Institute. Parasiliti is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Virginia Club of New York.
He received a Ph.D. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his dissertation on Iraq; an M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia; and a B.A., cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
President - Ridge Global
Chris is President at Ridge Global, the international risk management firm founded by Gov. Tom Ridge, first US Secretary of Homeland Security. He previously managed operations of Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, the executive cyber consultancy founded by Gov. Ridge and former White House Cyber Czar Howard A. Schmidt.
Chris develops custom risk management strategies and helps clients, to include Fortune 500 companies, focus on the enterprise perspective, tying together people, processes and technologies that are often stove-piped in organizations.
He has particular expertise in cyber security and public-private partnerships for security and resilience.
He speaks to audiences around the world on cybersecurity and broader resilience issues and has developed innovative cyber education programs for corporate executives and board members.
After the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Furlow was named Director for State Affairs in the White House Office of Homeland Security where he developed the network of state homeland security advisors; supported new state & local intelligence and information sharing protocols, and; served as policy liaison to governors on behalf of the Executive Office of the President.
He was also a member of the Incident Support Group providing intergovernmental coordination on events of “national significance.”
During the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security, he was appointed Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and led operations of its multi-disciplinary public+private sector committees.
A former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Furlow is a graduate of Louisiana State University and was a Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute of The George Washington University.
He serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, the Cybersecurity Leadership Council, and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London).
Senior Manager, US Chamber of Commerce
17 Oct @ 4.00pm - THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF WORLD TRADE
Director, CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies)
Scott Kennedy is deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at CSIS. A leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations, specific areas of focus include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, multinational business challenges in China, global governance, and philanthropy. Kennedy has been traveling to China for almost 30 years and has interviewed thousands of officials, business executives, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and scholars. He is the author of The Business of Lobbying in China(Harvard University Press, 2005) and (with Chris Johnson) Perfecting China Inc.: China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (CSIS, 2016) and the editor of three books, including Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011) and The Dragon’s Learning Curve: Global Governance and China (Routledge, forthcoming). His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, China Quarterly, China Journal, and the Journal of Contemporary China.
For over 14 years, Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University (IU). From 2007 to 2014, he was director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business, and he was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at the Brookings Institution. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
甘思德是国际战略研究中心费和中国研究项目副主任兼中国商务与政治经济研究课题主任。他长期致力于研究中国经济政策以及国际经济关系，在包括产业政策、科技创新、企业参政议政、跨国公司在华的机遇和挑战、全球治理以及企业公益慈善等领域均有出色研究成果。他的著作有: 《中国相声：建交以来美国的对华政策辩论》(Rowman and Littlefield, 2003年出版),《 在中国游说的事业 》(哈佛大学出版社, 2005年出版),《超越‘中央王国’: 中国走向资本主义转型的比较视角》(斯坦福大学出版社, 2011年出版)，以及《龙的学习曲线：全球治理与中国》（Routledge,即将2017出版)。他曾多次在《纽约时报》、《华尔街报》、《Foreign Affairs》、 《Foreign Policy》、《China Quarterly》、《China Journal》、《Journal of Contemporary China》等权威刊物上发表文章。他曾在2000年到2014年间任教于美国印第安那大学政治学系，东亚语言以及文化系和凯莱商学院商务经济与公共政策学系。2007到2014年间他曾担任印大中国政治与商务研究中心主任，并于2014年创办印大中国办公室并担任学术主任。
Founder and CEO: Risk Cooperative
18 Oct @ 2.00pm - GLOBAL RISK AGILITY AND DECISION MAKING
Prior to forming Risk Cooperative, Mr. Disparte served as the managing director of Clements Worldwide, a leading insurance brokerage with customers in more than 170 countries.
Mr. Disparte is a specialist in strategy and risk reduction through the design and delivery of comprehensive risk solutions of worldwide scope. He is credited with designing the world’s first card-based life insurance program for the United Nations, a plan that has placed more than a half billion USD of risk with the markets in more than 150 countries. This innovation was heralded as one of the top product innovations of 2011 by the MENA Insurance Review.
Mr. Disparte serves as the vice-chair of the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., and on Harvard Business School’s global alumni board. He is the founder and chair of the Business Council for American Security and a board member with the American Security Project. He also serves as member of the Bretton Woods II Council with New America.
He was formerly the managing director of Land Rover’s operations in 32 Sub Saharan African markets and held numerous general management roles in Denmark, where he developed applied skills in social entrepreneurship. Mr. Disparte is credited with developing a humanitarian fleet management solution that is proven to reduce the economic, environmental and social impact of humanitarian operations. This body of work is profiled in a business case published by INSEAD’s Social Innovation Centre. He served on the board of directors of Kjaer Group A/S, one of the top 10 workplaces in Europe and the top workplace in Denmark.
He is conversant in 6 languages and has published numerous articles on the subject of risk, strategy and business effectiveness. A graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development, Mr. Disparte holds a degree in international and intercultural studies from Goucher College and a MSc. in risk management from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
For more information, please view Dante's Linkedin Profile here.
President: Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group
Since 2009, Nelson Garcia has served as the founder and current President of the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, LLC, an organization which maintains a contact list of over 8,000 senior professionals from the private sector, diplomatic community, as well as staff members from the US House, Senate and Federal Agencies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Nelson Garcia served as Director, Federal and State Policy for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), specializing in transportation, tax incentives, trade, technology and small business concerns. Nelson also served on the Executive Board of the California State Society in Washington, DC.
Nelson has also served as the Director of Governmental Relations for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (2003-2008); Director of Congressional Relations for the Alliance of American Insurers (2000-2003); Legislative Director to Rep. Gary Miller of California (1999-2000); four-term President of the Congressional Legislative Staff Association (1995-1999); Legislative Assistant to Rep. Ken Calvert of California (1993-1998); Consultant to the Orange County and Riverside County Republican Parties (1990-1992); and Staff Assistant to Rep. Jerry Lewis of California (1989-1990).
Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of California, Riverside.
He has been featured in Forbes.com, Roll Call, Federal Times, and National Journal.
He has travelled extensively to the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Austria, Canada, the Bahamas, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States.
CEO: ACA International
Group Executive Chairman: Al Wadi Holding
18 Oct @ 9.20am - THE FUTURE OF TRADE CREDIT
Achievements has been a key word in Ayman’s Life, Ayman began the professional journey as one of the establishing members of the Collections Center at Emirates Bank in 1996.
The leadership skills led him to the post of Debt management and legal affairs manager as he continued to build an illustrious career marked with profound excellence and a slew of industry accolades. All the while, he continued to nurture his knowledge of the Law, acquiring a practical understanding in the numerous disciplines of business law.
After moving to Gulf Finance, Ayman established the organization's Debt Management, Compliance and Legal Affairs department. Quickly, he found himself not only specializing in debt management, but also in most aspects of the organization. After 9 years of growth, he became a Managing Director, overseeing everything from board meetings to international ventures.
In his personal endeavors, he oversaw numerous international business associations and ventures that spanned an array of fields. In 2009, he decided to channel his skills, accomplishments and experience into forming his own group – AL WADI HOLDING - GCC / MENA.
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Joshua is an expert on international trade and economic issues. This includes economic legal analysis of trade agreements and jurisprudence from international trade disputes to better understand and develop trade commitments. Joshua also write on the intersection between trade policy and national security and the strategic importance of trade rules.
As co-lead of Brookings Digital Economy and Trade Project Joshua focus on helping governments, business and civil society understand the implications for growth, jobs and trade of the internet and global data flows. This includes how to developed domestic regulatory setting that can maximize the opportunities of data for development and participation in the global economy. Part of this work also includes developing international rules and norms to support the development of digital trade.
Separately, I also research how to most effectively use climate finance to mobilize private sector investment for sustainable infrastructure.
Vice President and Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs: ACA International
Maria Wolvin is Vice President and Senior Counsel of Regulatory Affairs at ACA International, the largest and most comprehensive trade association representing the credit and collection industry. In this role, Ms. Wolvin leads ACA’s regulatory advocacy efforts, including devising and implementing ACA’s federal regulatory strategy, advocating for well-reasoned and fair regulations, and educating association members on regulatory developments.
Since joining ACA, Ms. Wolvin has advanced the interests of the debt collection industry by promoting a consistent, strategic narrative among federal regulators that
emphasizes the critical role that debt collection plays in our credit-based economy.
Prior to joining ACA, Ms. Wolvin was an associate attorney at Patton Boggs law firm for seven years in the Public Policy and Regulatory practice group. During her time at Patton Boggs, Ms. Wolvin worked on a number of key legislative and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on matters before the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Wolvin attended law school at the University of Michigan and studied at the Universiteit Leiden School of Law in the Netherlands. For her undergraduate work, Maria attended Ursinus College in Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Politics.
Senior Communications Manager: Bitfury
Ask Rachel about the blockchain! As the Senior Communications Manager for The Bitfury Group, a leading full-service Blockchain technology company, Rachel communicates to a variety of audiences about the power of Blockchain technology and the revolutionary impact of bitcoin.
Rachels role includes Project management, Partnership development and support, Media relations, Communications strategy, Investor relations, Design and Event planning.
The Bitfury Group is the leading full service Blockchain technology company and one of the largest private infrastructure providers in the Blockchain ecosystem. The Bitfury Group develops and delivers both the software and the hardware solutions necessary for businesses, governments, organizations and individuals to securely move an asset across the Blockchain.
We believe the Blockchain can and will open new doors for global economic opportunity and prosperity, and our mission is to create and advance Blockchain applications that will further promote innovation and the advancement of the peer-to peer economy and the Economy of Things.
VP & Chief Economist: Export Development Canada
With an expert understanding of the world economy and its interaction with the geopolitical environment, Peter is a seasoned forecaster of the global economy with a solid track record of capturing major movements.
Peter is a sought-after media commentator on a wide range of economic issues, a senior leader of research and analysis teams, a trusted adviser to top management both internally and with external clients and a thought leader with a proven track record of critical insights.
Peter travels extensive within Canada and around the world, and is passionate about seeing Canadian exporters taking on the world and succeeding.
17 Oct @ 11.30 - THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS OF WORLD TRADE
★ Monetary policy. ★ Currency wars and inflation. ★ Negative to positive growth. ★ Production, distribution, consumption and market expectations.
Professor of Finance: National University of Singapore
18 Oct @ 9.20am - THE FUTURE OF TRADE CREDIT
"Big Data is great to have, but Smart Data is what we need! Transforming Big Data into Smart Data is what I do."
With almost 40 years of inspiring academic achievement, Jin-Chuan Duan is one of the world's foremost leading minds in credit risk. As director of the CRI and RMI Jin-Chuan is dedicated to improving the international transparency, availability and understanding of smart data, and has published research and driven global initiatives like never before seen.
The Credit Research Initiative (CRI) is a non-profit undertaking by the Risk Management Institute at NUS, and seeks to promote research and development in the critical area of credit risk. The foundation of the CRI is the probability of default (PD) model which has been developed using a database of over 60,000 listed firms in Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
For more information, please view Jin-Chuan's curriculum vitae here.
CACi, COO and Industry Expert
18 Oct @ 4,00am - TRENDING RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT
Roger provides a unique combination of education and entertainment in workshops, teleseminars, and webinars training in areas like debt collection, customer service, debt collection management, point of service and face to face collection, and collection strategies.
CACi provides superlative performance and service for its clients’ pre-collection, early out, debt collection, insurance billing and follow-up, and call center customer service needs in a complaint free environment!
Roger used to do stand-up comedy, but realized that he wanted to pay my bills. He was very good at his day job of professional debt collection, and training others how to do debt collection, so he combined the two, and quickly learned that people retain more information for longer if they are having fun.
CURRENT TRENDS IN TRAINING: Point of Service Collections is hot because self-pay responsibility to hospitals and physicians are more important now than ever. COMPLIANCE is rapidly expanding. Debt Collection Agencies want it. Creditors need it. Regulatory bodies demand it.
CURRENT TRENDS IN ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT / DEBT COLLECTION: With budgets coming under more and more scrutiny and FTE typically the first line item slashed, Physicians’ Groups, Hospitals, and other Healthcare Organizations are seeing the value in establishing and reviewing early out programs, early bad debt write-offs, payment monitoring programs, and outsourcing financial class management such as commercial insurance follow up. ICD 10 coding and translation is also gaining steam.
OF NOTE: Most creditors realize that in the ever topsy turvy landscape of accounts receivables management and debt collection, the mid-sized regional and national agencies deliver results that the mega-large agencies can’t deliver, and the compliance, quality assurance, and security that small local agencies cannot afford to provide.
Co-author: Global Risk Agility and Decision Making
18 Oct @ 2.00pm - GLOBAL RISK AGILITY AND DECISION MAKING
Daniel Wagner is Managing Director of Risk Solutions at Risk Cooperative, a Washington, D.C.-based specialty strategy, risk and capital management firm. He was previously CEO of Country Risk Solutions -- a cross-border risk advisory firm he founded -- and Senior Vice President of Country Risk at GE Energy Financial Services.
Daniel began his career at AIG in New York and subsequently spent five years as Guarantee Officer for the Asia Region at the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency in Washington, D.C. During that time he was responsible for underwriting political risk insurance (PRI) for projects in a dozen Asian countries. After serving as Regional Manager for Political Risks for Southeast Asia and Greater China for AIG in Singapore, Daniel moved to Manila, Philippines where he was Guarantee and Risk Management Advisor, Political Risk Guarantee Specialist, and Senior Guarantees and Syndications Specialist for the Asian Development Bank’s Office of Co-financing Operations. Over the course of his career Daniel has also held senior positions in the PRI brokerage business in London, Dallas and Houston.
He has published more than 500 articles on risk management and current affairs and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, South China Morning Post and The National Interest, among many others. His editorials have been published in such notable newspapers as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Daniel is also the author of four books: “Virtual Terror”, “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making”, “Managing Country Risk”, and “Political Risk Insurance Guide”.
He holds master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Chicago and in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Richmond College in London.
Daniel can be reached at: email@example.com or 1-203- 570-1005.
Nick is responsible for Symantec’s Cyber Security Strategy across Asia Pacific and Japan. In this role, Nicks charter is to provide local market insights that influence global strategic planning and product development.
Nick works also with organisations and governments to develop their cyber security strategies and solve complex business problems. He has worked on some of the largest business information security projects in Australia, affecting the way many Australian’s interact with their employers, banks and governments.
An information security expert, with approximately 20 years’ experience, Nick has spent the last 10 years at Symantec in various product and sales engineering roles. He has presented at more than 60 conferences, contributed to many high profile panel discussions and regularly appears in the media on cyber security related topics.
Nick is an active member of the IT Security community and a member of numerous industry bodies.
Senior Treasury Analyst: Hypertherm, Inc.
Gary is senior credit and treasury professional who holds the Certified Credit Executive (CCE) designation, has attended NACM’s Graduate School of Credit & Financial Management and has also earned FCIB’s highest designation, the International Certified Credit Professional (ICCE).
Gary was the Chairman of the NACM Board of Directors in 2016 and he is a member of the FCIB Board of Advisors.
Growth Master: Growth Hackers
16 Oct @ 4.00pm - GROWTH HACKING MASTERCLASS
Starting her career doing the technical implementation of complex online fundraising testing strategies for international organizations Defenders of Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund, and The Wilderness Society, Dani quickly understood the value of using data to experiment with new ideas across the full donor journey to meet long-term goals.
After moving from the east coast to California, Dani started at a fintech startup, Payoff, focused on helping customers get out of credit card debt and promoting financial wellness. She led the marketing automation for the personal loan funnel, managed and optimized a monthly direct mail program, and made process improvements to leverage customer insights in marketing efforts and product development.
Dani now applies her experience to help companies grow. Working alongside Sean Ellis, who coined the term “growth hacking”, Dani manages the growth process for GrowthHackers and is responsible for recruiting and engaging growth thought leaders for the GrowthHackers annual conference, improving onboarding and engagement for the company’s SaaS product – Projects, and consulting with companies to help adopt the growth mindset and identify big opportunities for growth.
Learn more about how Dani and her team approach growth on their blog or connect with her directly on Twitter @dahartattack.
Chairman: GCS Group
Founder and Chairman: GCS Group
Justice of the Peace: Victoria, Australia
Founder, Past Chairman & CEO: TCM Group International
Past President: Institute of Mercantile Agents (Vic)
Past Vice President: Institute of Mercantile Agents
Associate Senior: Australian Institute of Credit Management
Past Chairman (International Directors): ACA International
Master Credit Executive: The Society of Certified Credit Executive (CCE)
As founder and today Chairman of the Board of GCS Group, Neils led the international development of GCS (credit, risk, compliance & tech) into 100+ countries, and continues to work with management on medium to long term strategic plans.
Neil is considered by many to be a godfather of the international debt collection industry, and his achievements so many, wide and varies in credit & collections perhaps best summarise why.
For more information, please view Neil's Linkedin Profile here.
18 Oct @ 4.00pm - TRENDING RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT
David is specialized in international business transactions, with experience and strong networks in the US, Europe and Latin America.
Through his career, David gained expertise in account receivables management, the audiovisual industry (film & television), real estate, escrow & collection account management, and business consulting and representation.
David speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and basic German, and is particularly passionate about Mexico and Latin America.
President: Metropol East Africa
18 Oct @ 9.20am - THE FUTURE OF TRADE CREDIT
Sam has been actively involved in credit and collections for 30+ years, and is one of the very few people in East Africa developing the credit reporting & collection industry.
Metropol East Africa Limited, provides credit information reports and collection services throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania.
Metropol is licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya to provide Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) Services to ALL banks in Kenya, leveraging full-file credit information sharing and alternative data sources from MFIs, SACCOs, HELB, Utilities, Mobile phone companies and providers of goods and services on credit.
Sam is an extremely important link for many international companies doing business in that part of the continent by strengthening their credit risk management safety net.
For more information, please view Sam's Linkedin Profile here.
Director of IS: Dataprise
Tim joined Dataprise in 2011 and has held various roles during his tenure. He is a proven thought leader who brings with him over 15 years of industry experience, with a focus on Information Security.
Tim leads the Dataprise Information Security practice, where his passion for driving transparency consistently leads to better business decisions and increased value for its customers. Tim and his team fill the C-level Strategic Security needs by leveraging the Dataprise Cyber Security Intelligence Lifecycle (CSIL) and Six Sigma Process Improvement practices.
Tim attended Washington & Lee University where he received his B.S. in Computer Science. He has formerly consulted for the Department of Defense and Tim holds a number of professional certifications including CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCSK, ITIL v3, Six Sigma, and MCITP.
CEO: GCS Credit
Adam has 20+ years in international credit and risk management, having lived & worked in the US, Europe & Asia with leading receivables management, compliance and risk management executives, including board members of ACA International.
Adam served in the Business Fraud Investigation (BFIS) Unit of Arthur Andersen (Top-5 Audit firm), as a junior to former Detective Superintendent of the AFP Major Fraud Unit, Mr. Paul MacKellar.
Lectured the Master of Criminal Justice students at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) on Combatting Transnational Crime, and managed an internship program with students from RMIT & Monash University.
In 2011 Adam co-authored the "Global Compliance Requirements Program", a first of its kind, and spearheaded the company's diversification into risk management, specifically verification, investigation & brand protection with Sid Kapur.
In 2016 Adam Co-Founded Certified By, the evolution of the GCRP and an all now compliance solution / standard for SME’s and 3rd party vendor verification.
2017 sees the launch of Automagic, a plug and play prediction and automation app that helps businesses make better decisions with prescribed data driven insights and workflow automation. Awesome UI / UX, api integration with existing accounting and CRM apps, and cutting edge tech with all the bells and whistle... machine learning, big data, predictive analytics, automation and robo advice for business.
For more information, please view Adam's Linkedin profile here.
Manager: Lowell Group
16 Oct @ 9.20am - GCS CREDIT COMMUNITY MEMBER TOUR
Michael is in charge of the international business development and sales of Lowell Group. Lowell belongs to the european market leader in debt purchasing and debt collection.
Michael has been actively involved in several key positions of the credit and collection industry for the last 25 years, and under his lead the international collection business has grown significantly.
Michaels proven expertise is recommended by clients, and he is frequently sought out as a conference speaker.
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