Accessing trade finance expertise

Pouya Jafari, is an Associate at Channel Capital Advisers, and ITFA Emerging Leader and on his LinkedIn profile describes himself as “a curious and driven professional with a deep interest in global trade, investment management, and geopolitics”.

He joins us on Trade Finance TV to share his journey as a young professional.  While on a summer internship at American International Insurance Group (AIG) one rotation took him into the trade credit team, which, he said “seemed to tick all the boxes in terms of being close to trade”. It was here that he happened to meet Duarte Pereira (now Head of Trade Finance at Crown Agents Bank) and this was how he was introduced to the International Trade & Forfaiting Association and its Emerging Leaders Initiative.

Jafari set about trying to find out more about trade finance but quickly found there was not much up online apart from complex legal documents and short Wikipedia articles. “I went to the ITFA to see if they would help me launch this blog where I invited experts to explain their fields and focus on young professionals.”

His blog can be found at and features experts such as Jean-Francois Lambert on commodities and Andre Casterman on fintechs and trade digitalisation.

Published on December 9, 2019

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