Dr Moorad Choudhry has over 21 years experience in investment banking in the City of London and was latterly Head of Treasury at Europe Arab Bank Plc. He was previously Head of Treasury at KBC Financial Products, and prior to that was in structured finance with JPMorgan Chase, inbond proprietary trading at Hambros Bank and in gilt-edged market making and money market trading at ABN Amro Hoare Govett Sterling Bonds Limited. He began his City career at the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Moorad is Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, London Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at the ICMA Centre, University of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment Institute, a Fellow of the ifs-School of Finance, a Fellow of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Structured Finance and on the Editorial Advisory Board of American Securitization Forum. He is also the author of “The Principles of BankingThe Principles of Banking”.
A 1991 graduate of Economics from Ondo State University Ado-Ekiti, where he received awards for the best overall result in the department, faculty and entire school for that year, Tope (called Tops by friends), began a career in the Nigerian financial industry in 1992 culminating in 2005, having served in several capacities including as a Regional Director (Abuja). His 13 years plus banking career spanned Local Banking Operations, International Operations, Credit and Marketing. Tope qualified as a Chartered Accountant in November 1996 and also holds a Masters Degree in Financial Markets and Derivatives with Distinction from London Metropolitan University. He is an Alumnus of the Leadership Program of the prestigious London Business School. Tope is also an alumni of the prestigious Harvard Business School Executive Training on Strategy (Balanced Scorecards).
He is a columnist with several newspapers, a teacher, a writer, and has contributed on governmental and developmental matters in Africa and beyond.
A past winner of the IIMR Institute prize for Statistics and Financial Mathematics, Duncan has authored a book on Asset Management, is on board as an examiner on the UK SIP, and is also a part-time lecturer at the London Financial Academy. Mr. Hughes brings unique perspectives to bear on the subjects of international finance and economics, as well as derivatives. He holds a Master Degree in International Banking and Finance from Guildhall University and is author of a book on Asset Management.
Mark Rowbotham is a Consultant and Trainer in International Trade, Customs Taxation and Financial Issues, and has spent a considerable length of time working in both the Government and Commercial sectors. He deals primarily with Risk Management, Compliance, Control and Procedural issues in Finance, Tax, Customs, International Logistics and Supply Chain, Marine and Aviation matters. He is also a specialist in Financial and Tax Compliance, and has undertaken an extensive number of contracts for a variety of organisations involved in these sectors.
He was originally an Officer in HM Customs & Excise, and his responsibilities involved Import and Export Controls over Multimodal, Maritime and Air Freight traffic into and out of UK Ports and Airports.
Upon leaving HM Customs & Excise, he became Customs & Seafreight Operations Analyst at one of the London branches of Nippon Express, a large Japanese freight company, and was largely responsible for setting up a new branch of the company at the Port of Felixstowe. Following this, he spent some time on contract assignments designing and implementing seafreight operations manuals and systems, as well as dealing with financial and budget analysis, including risk management on overseas contracts.
Following graduation in Export Management and Languages (Portuguese), he gained a Masters’ Degree in International Relations and Political Economy in 1995, and became an Independent Consultant in International Trade, Customs & VAT matters 3 years later. He has also written extensively on the subjects of Shipping, Offshore Oil & Gas Logistics, Marine Logistics and Economics, Customs, VAT, Export Controls, Maritime and International Supply Chain Compliance issues for a wide variety of publications, including International Trade, Logistics and Shipping Magazines, and Journals of the following Universities:
- University of Cranfield (Customs Procedures in the International Supply Chain; Origin issues in the International Supply Chain);
- University of Glasgow (Glasgow-Montreal Conference: Comparison of Customs-controlled Freezones at Montreal Mirabel and Glasgow Prestwick Airports).
Graham Cross is the founder and Managing Director of GXD Logistics Limited, based in Hull. The company was formed in 2006 and provides global freight forwarding services to clients in the UK and overseas, supported through its global agency network. GXD also offers bespoke Warehousing, Distribution & ‘Pick & Pack’ services from its Hull facility to a range of UK and International clients.
Graham is Chair of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce’s Shipping Committee and represents the Chamber on the LEP Board.
Graham is also involved at National level with BIFA (the British International Freight Association) the trade association for the Freight Industry. He also is involved with the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport) at regional level and represents them on the ‘North Sea Ports forwarding committee’ within Europe.