Institute for Trade and Innovation

Institute for Trade and Innovation


Welcome to the IfTI Global Symposium 2024, discussing geopolitical and trade megatrends: Quo Vadis, Global Trade? The future of global trade will be driven by innovation, digitalisation, a just energy transition, and inclusiveness. We will inform policymakers, financiers, exporters and researchers, enhance knowledge and expertise, and build bridges to strengthen cooperation between key stakeholders. On 4 and 5 September 2024, we will explore practical and pragmatic ways to move forward:


Opening Remarks and Keynotes

Prof Andreas Klasen, IfTI Director, Offenburg University
Prof Manuel Ammann, Rector, University of St.Gallen
Prof Stephan Trahasch, Rector, Offenburg University
Helene Budliger Artieda, Secretary of State, SECO
Maëlia Dufour, President, Berne Union


Panel 1 | Quo Vadis, Global Trade

Dr Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director EIF, WTO
Helene Budliger Artieda, Secretary of State, SECO
Dr Marion Jansen, Director, OECD
Prof Benedict Okey Oramah, President & CEO, Afreximbank
Eng Hani Sonbol, CEO, ITFC, Islamic Development Bank


Break | Time for networking


Panel 2 | Navigating New Trade Horizons

Peter Gisler, CEO, SERV
Mairead Lavery, CEO, EDC
Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chair, US EXIM
Tim Reid, CEO, UK Export Finance
Edna Schöne, Member of the Board, Euler Hermes


Panel 3 | Better Together: Public-private Collaboration

Esther Baur Reinecke, Head Europe, Swiss Re
Suzanne Gaboury, Director General PSOD, ADB
Michal Ron, CIO, SACE
Belgin Rudack, CEO, KfW IPEX
Marck Wengrzik, CEO, AKA Bank


Group Photo and Lunch | Time for networking


Welcome and Keynote

Marc Mächler, Minister of Finance, Canton of St.Gallen
Prof Simon Evenett, IMD


Panel 4 | Boosting Innovation in Trade

Yuichiro Akita, General Manager, NEXI
Raja Al Mazrouei, CEO, ECI
Elizabeth Lee Marinelli, CRO, Eksfin
Dan Riordan, Global Head of Political Risk and Credit, Vantage
Janusz Wladyczak, CEO, KUKE


Panel 5 | The Future of Export Finance

Abdulrahman Al Sowaidi, CEO, Qatar Development Bank
Ayan Bektybayeva, Deputy Chairman, KazakhExport
Prof Alexander Braun, University of St.Gallen
Beatriz Reguero Naredo, COO, CESCE
Werner Schmidt, Global Head, Deutsche Bank


Break | Time for networking


Panel 6 | Learning from Others

Bert Bruning, Managing Director, Atradius DSB
Jussi Haarasilta, EVP, Finnvera
Nikki Kersten, Head, Dutch Ministry of Finance
Michael Maurer, Global Head Trade & Export Finance, LBBW
Prof Richa rd Nyuur, IfTI Member, University of Bradford


End of Day 1


Dinner at Brasserie Lok

Grünbergstrasse 7, 9000 St.Gallen

All-day Event


Opening Remarks 

Prof Kuno Schedler, IMP Director, University of St.Gallen
Prof Mette Morsing, Director, Oxford Smith School
Antonio Fernandez-Martos, Head of Unit, DG TRADE, EU COM
Prof Adam Dixon, Adam Smith Chair, Heriot-Watt University


Panel 7 | Driving the Green Transition

Paul Heaney, Secretary General, Berne Union
Anna-Karin Jatko, CEO, EKN
Magnus Montan, CEO, SEK
Christian Ølgaard, CFO, EIFO
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative


Break | Time for networking


Academic Interventions

Prof Thomas Hale, University of Oxford
Dr Simone Krummaker, IfTI Member, City, University of London
Dr Nicola Ranger, University of Oxford and Senior Adviser, FCDO
Dr Yixian Sun, University of Bath


Panel 8 | Clean Energy Exports: Risks and Opportunities

Silvia Gavornikova, Head of Export Credits and Competition, OECD
Dr Maxfield Peterson, Australian National University
Dr Jakob Skovgaard, Lund University
Mariane Søndergaard-Jensen, Senior Director, EIFO
Dr Roseline Wanjiru, IfTI Member, Northumbria University


End of Day 2 | Lunch & Time for networking