The trainer is a thought leader, strategic advisor and professional trainer specializing in emerging markets, international supply chains and sustainability issues. With experience in fixed income, commodities financing, syndicated loans, fintech and agritech, he brings a wide range of experience in some of the most dynamic areas of banking. He has worked with international banks, multilateral financing institutions, hedge funds, and investment funds across the globe, and with multinational corporations that have operations in Africa.
The trainer has extensive experience as a presenter, lecturer and trainer, both through his work in banking and as a speaker on the international conference and webinar circuit. He has delivered professional training on a diverse range of topics, including structured commodity finance (for Afreximbank in Egypt and Kenya), the African fintech landscape, ESG / sustainable finance and the impact of ESG issues on international trade and supply chains.
He has been a guest lecturer at King’s College London (KCL), SOAS, the Chicago Booth School of Business and the Hult International Business School, presenting on fintech in emerging markets and the intersection between disruptive technology and sustainability. He also appears regularly in the press and media as a commentator on issues related to African markets, international trade, commodities, fintech and ESG.
He was Head of Research at pan-African bank, Ecobank, where he oversaw a team of a dozen analysts spread across the bank’s African footprint who produced research on fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) for the bank and its clients. He was also head of the bank’s UK Representative Office in London, which included the bank’s teams managing relationships with multinationals and international organisations such as the World Bank, the IFC and World Vision. Prior to working at Ecobank, he was a Senior Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), covering nine African countries and 25 commodities, divided between industrial raw materials and food, feedstuffs and beverages.
The trainer holds a First-Class BA in Hispanic Studies (Spanish & Portuguese) and a PhD in political science, both from the University of Bristol. He also has a Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck University and has undertaken various trainings in structured commodity finance and global supply chains. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish and trains in all three languages.