ICC Academy Trade Insider

Welcome to the ICC Academy new podcast series: ‘Trade Insider’. In each of the episodes, we will discuss and explore the latest trends and best practices within the global trade landscape with industry experts and our ICC Academy alumni.

Stay tuned for the insights!

Latest episode

Stay ahead of the curve: Upskill employees to navigate the new global trade order

In this podcast episode, we spoke with Jens Søgaard Jacobsen, our international trade alumnus and Partner at MBP Solutions. In spite of being in international trade for more than two decades, as well as being in a senior leadership role within the company, Jens decided to enrol into ICC Academy’s Export/Import Certificate to gain in-depth understanding of cross border transactions.

Today 45% of MBP Solutions employees have successfully completed the ICC Academy’s industry validated professional qualification, the Export/Import Certificate.

Listen to this podcast to understand how by providing opportunities for professional development, employers not only invest in their employees, but this also leads to companies strengthening the backbone of the business.

Previous episodes

Alumni Stories - Babatunde Agbeleye, Relationship Manager, West Africa

In our latest Trade Insider podcast we spoke to Babatunde Agbeleye, the Relationship Manager, West Africa for Wilben Trade and previously a Trade Finance Specialist for Zenith Bank, where he spent over 15 years.

Babatunde is also a graduate of our Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP) programme and we talked to him about his career so far and advice for those still finding their way in trade finance.

Will automation of document examination under documentary credits be the new normal?

In this podcast episode, we discuss ICC’s recently released whitepaper on ‘Automation of Document Examination under Documentary Credits’. The co-chairs of the committee, Uzair Bawany from Traydstream and Merisa Lee Gimpel from Lloyds Bank talk us through their findings on:

  • The potential benefits of automation for financial institutions and corporates
  • If machines can check documents as well as an experienced document checker
  • The regulatory aspects

Impact of cryptocurrencies on international trade

In this podcast episode, our guest speaker Henri Arslanian, Crypto Leader and Partner at PwC, answers some critical questions around cryptocurrencies:

  • Can cryptocurrencies ever become ‘the currency of choice’ for international trade?
  • Will China’s recent ban on cryptocurrency transactions by financial institutions and payment companies have an impact on international trade?
  • What should people involved in international trade look out for in today’s ever evolving global market?

Alumni Stories: Houssam Hoteit, Senior Trade Finance Specialist, Canada

In this episode we spoke to Houssam Hoteit, a graduate of our Certified Trade Finance Professional (CTFP) qualification and a Senior Trade Finance Specialist at the Royal Bank of Canada, about his career path so far. Listen now to learn:

  • How Houssam went from an internship at E&Y to a trade finance specialist at Canada’s biggest bank
  • His advice for those just starting out in trade finance
  • The 3 key traits and skills Houssam looks for when hiring other trade finance professionals (clue, it isn’t just understanding the UCP600)

From unpredictability to adaptability: Future of trade finance

In this podcast episode, our guest speaker Andrea Hauptmann, Senior Global Consultant on Trade Finance at Raiffeisen Bank International and Chair of the ICC Guarantee Task Force talks us through:

  • The trade finance landscape (in the backdrop of the pandemic crisis)
  • Trends to expect in 2021 and beyond – challenges and solutions.
  • Training needs and why keeping up to date with industry validated certifications is crucial now, more than ever.

Sustainable Trade Finance

In this episode, we discuss global sustainability trends in the banking sector including those related to climate change, human rights, and biodiversity.  Our special guests include Burcu Senel – Global Head of Propositions, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC; and Vuong Thanh Long – Executive Vice President, Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

ICC Court on Interim Measures for Arbitrators​​​​​​​

In this episode, we discuss how arbitrators should approach requests for interim measures within the arbitral process as well as special considerations to be taken in this unique COVID-19 environment. Our special guests include Eduardo Silva Romero, Partner, Dechert LLP; Sophie Nappert, independent arbitrator in London; and Živa Filipič, Managing Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Climate Action is Still Everyone's Business

In this episode, we learn from international climate leaders about why climate action is still everyone’s business. Our special guests include Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Munoz, appointed by the UK and Chile to act as official ‘Climate Champions’ for the UN climate talks; Maria Mendiluce, CEO of We Mean Business; and Majda Dabaghi, Director, Inclusive & Green Growth at ICC with a special video message from climate leader Paul Polman.