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SMU Executive Certificate in Structured Trade & Commodity Finance

Trainer's Biography

Angela Wei

Angela Wei has over 18 years experience in banks and commodity trading companies. She held senior management roles with Commerzbank and ANZ Bank before moving to Cargill Singapore as the Director of Asia Structuring for its Trade and Structured Finance business. She recently joined Bank of China as Head of the Commodity Business Unit. Angela has an MBA from Imperial College and a degree in Economics & Law. 

Bernadette Cenzon

Bernadette Cenzon was involved in structuring and financing of commodity trade transactions since 1987. In a banking career that spanned over 20 years, she held various senior management and advisory positions for European banks such as Natixis Banque, Rabobank, Fortis and Credit Agricole Indosuez. She has extensive experience in setting up structured trade desks in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as structuring cross border and syndicated deals in Asia.

Ms Cenzon currently runs her own trade finance consultancy firm, providing advisory services on structured trade finance. She has been engaged in professional training since 2003, conducting workshops and in house training in Jakarta, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Mumbai, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Mihir Taparia

Mihir Taparia is a senior executive with over 35 years’ of financial, commercial and corporate development experience. The last 25 years was spent in South East Asia with PT Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama and Gulf Canada, where he was involved in the development, financing and structuring of mega greenfield projects in Indonesia in the energy space. He also advised on the listing of an Indonesian coal mine on SGX Catalist in 2014  and was Independent Director of the listed entity, Resources Prima Group Limited, for fifteen months before establishing his corporate finance firm in Singapore for advising companies on their corporate development initiatives including corporate restructuring, fundraising and M&A activities.  

Mr Taparia is UK qualified Chartered Accountant and is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Alberta, Canada.

Poon Churn-Yuen

Poon Churn-Yuen is a senior risk and trade finance professional, specializing in commodities. He has over 18 years of experience in credit, structured trade finance and risk management. He started his career in the banking industry, before moving to the corporate sector in late 1999, where he held various management positions in BHP Billiton, Titan Petrochemicals and Chevron Texaco. In 2011, he established his own consultancy firm that focus on advisory services on commodity finance for Asia-based clients in metals, energy and petroleum products.

Since 2000, Mr Poon has been facilitating training for in-house training and public seminars.

Yong Meng

Yong Meng was a veteran banker with a distinguished career spanning over 30 years. He started his career in commercial banking with UOB, before moving on to head up trade and commodity finance desks for European banks such as AMRO Bank, Rabobank and Fortis. He rejoined UOB in 2002, and was instrumental in building up the bank’s lead among the local banks in structured trade and commodity finance business. He retired from banking in 2008, but remains actively engaged in providing consultancy services to banks and trading houses.

Mr Yong has been an adjunct lecturer at the Singapore Management University since 2008. Besides sharing his wealth of knowledge with the undergraduates, he is actively engaged in facilitating professional training on structured trade and commodity finance for banking and finance professionals.  


Last updated on 01 Feb 2018 .