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SMU Executive Certificate in Structured Trade & Commodity Finance

Trainer's Biography

Abhishek Chhajer

Abhishek has close to 15 years of experience in credit insurance. He is the Senior Underwriter and Head of Trade Credit and Political Risk Division, Asia Pacific of specialist insurer, Markel International Singapore. He leads the local business development, policy servicing and risk underwriting. Prior to that, Abhishek worked in Atradius as the Head of Commercial in India and as a broker with Marsh & Willis.

Abhishek was among the first few professionals of credit insurance in India. He was instrumental in enabling the use of Credit Insurance for trade financing among Indian banks especially the likes of Axis Bank and Yes Bank. He has worked on numerous credit insurance related solutions for commodities traders and banks in the region.

Angela Wei

Angela Wei has over 18 years of experience in banks and commodity trading companies in London and Singapore. She was with Commerzbank AG, London from 1999 to 2006, responsible for structured trade and commodity finance transactions for emerging market in Africa, Middle East and the former Soviet Union. She became the Deputy Head and Director of Financial Consulting and Structuring in 2006. In 2009, she moved to Singapore to join ANZ Bank, where she helped build up the structured trade finance business for a broad range of commodities in South and South East Asia markets.

Angela moved to Cargill Singapore in 2011 as the Director of Asia Structuring for its Trade and Structured Finance business. She joined Bank of China in 2015 as Head of the Commodity Business Unit. Angela has an MBA from Imperial College and a degree in Economics & Law.

Bernadette Cenzon

Bernadette 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.

Bernadette has 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 20 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 2014, Churn-Yuen joined COFCO International as the Regional Treasurer for Asia Pacific region.

In 2011, Churn-Yuen established his own consultancy firm to provide advisory services that focus on commodity finance for Asia-based clients in metals, energy and petroleum products. Churn-Yuen has been facilitating training for in-house training and public seminars since 2000.

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.

Yong Meng has been lecturing 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, as well as Professional Conversion Programme. 


Last updated on 01 Mar 2018 .