Treasury Masterminds Board

We are pleased to introduce our Treasury Masterminds Board. The board consists of seasoned treasurers from around the globe who each have their own skillset in treasury. The board will be asked to comment on weekly polls, give their opinion on articles and topics and they might even write their own expert articles. During webinars and treasurers use case presentations they participate as sounding board and can moderate the audience questions. Let us introduce them:

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Alexander Ilkun
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Alex is passionate about allowing companies to focus on developing their business. He achieves this by implementing best-practice Treasury processes, empowered by automation and visualization. Alex has been a regulater speaker on treasury conferences regarding wider treasury related and emotional intelligence topics.

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Patrick Kunz
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Patrick is founder and treasury consultant at Pecunia Treasury & Finance BV. A boutique treasury consultancy firm based out of the Netherlands. Servicing clients in the Benelux, Germany, Nordics and wider EMEA. Patrick has seen more then 30 treasuries from big to small from profit to non-profit. He has 25 years of experience in his 15 year treasury carreer. Patrick is both interim manager and consultant and also has a wealth of tech knowledge, having led several TMS, Payment hub and FX hub implementations.

Pecunia's unique concept of working with 80+ freelancer associate interim consultant means they always have a suitable treasury, data, corporate finance or cash management expert in their ranks. At a competitive price.

 

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Jessica Oku
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Jessica is a Treasury & Finance Executive with over 12 years' experience in Strategic Treasury, Banking and Finance, working for top banks and multinationals. With a proven track record of developing innovative financial strategies and optimizing portfolios for multi-million-dollar enterprises. Throughout my career, she has developed and executed initiatives that have redefined success and driven remarkable results. From optimizing the capital structure of a beverage multinational that led to savings of over $1million, strategic negotiations that resulted in 40% decline in finance costs, structuring diverse funding/ debt instruments and derivatives, transforming individuals into product experts, achieving process efficiency across different strategic business units, to negotiating 5-year tax waivers on business pioneer status, her commitment to excellence is unwavering.

Jessica has a passion for coaching talent and teams to drive transformational organizational change. She is currently driving impactful change as the Director of Fund Development at Women’s Health Coalition Alberta, Canada.

Awards 2021: Professional Achiever’s Award 2020: Business Outstanding Performance Award

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Tanya Kuznetsova
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Tanya is Director of Treasury and Cash Cycle Transformation at Baptist Health Care based in FL, where she is responsible for implementing the best practices in cash management, working capital optimization, reducing costs associated with treasury operations and attracting capital. Tanya has 20 years of treasury management experience in a variety of industries around the globe: transportation, retail & wholesale, healthcare. As a Treasurer and an independent consultant, Tanya has integrated technology advancements and improved processes into organizations of varying sizes, including non-profits under $1 billion and a $22 billion retail business with 13,000 stores. In addition, she advises high tech companies on projects involving the newest technology applications in Finance, such as AI, machine learning, and APIs. She holds the professional designation of Certified Treasury Professional. She is an award winner recognized for her achievements in implementing Supply Chain Finance solutions. Tanya served as a President and currently as a Board member of the North Carolina Treasury Management Association and contributes to the professional community as an educator and a speaker. She is the author of "Alice and the Treasury Island" a book about career development and professional growth, as well as a number of online courses on Fintech and digital assets.
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Lorena Perz Sandroni
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With almost 20 years of professional experience, Lorena Perez Sandroni, currently Global Head of Treasury in PayU GPO, has been providing Treasury leadership, ensuring effective management of core Treasury functions and strategic business partnership to International organizations.

Over time, her career progressed to senior, global Treasury roles at multinational companies both Listed and private equity such as Ferrovial, Laureate International Education, EPSON, SVP Worldwide

Lorena has a strong track record of professionalizing and standardizing Treasury processes to help companies optimize its performance and growth. She is a dynamic and results driven professional, constantly seeking challenges and opportunities for personal development. Lorena has been regular speaker on Treasury conferences for the past 4 years.

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Royston Da Costa
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Royston is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an Affiliate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (AffilACT), with over 36 years’ experience working in Treasury, 21 of which he has been as an Assistant Treasurer at Ferguson, a NYSE (primary) and FTSE (secondary) listed company. He has extensive knowledge and skills in treasury technology, automation, foreign exchange, cash management, and international payments. Royston is responsible for the UK intercompany loans portfolio and continues to drive forward the group’s strategy on treasury technology. He worked at Sky, Gillette, PolyGram, Seagram, and Vivendi Universal. Royston is a regular speaker at International conferences, focusing on Treasury Technology and am passionate about implementing treasury best practice and enhancing financial and operational efficiency.

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James Kelly
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James Kelly is an experienced treasurer with a robust background in fundraising, optimizing treasury activities through advanced technology, and managing financial operations. He excels in reducing cash flow volatility, interest costs, and enhancing efficiency. Notably, he has issued an ESG-linked bond, implemented Python-driven solutions, managed over $2.5 billion in capital market redemptions, and restructured interest and FX programs. His significant board and audit committee experience includes roles as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of AIRMIC’s Audit Committee and an Investment Committee member for Pearson’s US pension scheme. James has also centralized treasury activities, managed complex derivative portfolios, and led numerous acquisition financings, demonstrating his comprehensive financial acumen and leadership skills.

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Sebastian Muller-Bosse
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Sebastian is a young treasurer with a passion for treasury and technology. With experience in both banking and corporate treasury, he has transitioned into treasury consultancy and interim management, bringing a unique blend of expertise to his work. Dedicated to spreading knowledge and creating awareness about corporate treasury, Sebastian is particularly focused on reaching students, graduates, and young professionals. His tech-savvy approach and commitment to automation make him a valuable resource in today's rapidly evolving financial landscape.

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Benjamin Defays
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Benjamin landed in Treasury by chance about 12 years ago, and it quickly became his passion. He started my journey with a CAC40 company, then switched to the largest private company in the US, and am now he is with the world’s largest alternative asset manager.

This gave him the opportunity to take part of 3 TMS implementation plus one for a trade finance platform, being in charge of FX risk, liquidity management and solutions implementation with various cash pooling structures, trade finance activities, credit and collection management, but also automation activities such as RPA and various workflow tools to help monitor activities and measure performance, with managerial roles at different levels. He is board member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers of Luxembourg (ATEL) for serval years, in charge of education and the sustainability of the Treasury function. He teaches and co-founded various Treasury Management training programs

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Nena Konoridi
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Nena is a Corporate Treasury and Investment Advisor with 24 years’ international experience leading corporate treasury and investment departments in multinationals & conglomerates across Europe, Middle East and Africa. For 12 years, she headed Corporate Treasury and Investments divisions in UAE covering multiple sectors (FMCG, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Hospitality, Real Estate, Defense etc.). Prior to that, she worked at Coca-Cola HBC HQ (29 countries) for ten years leading the development and execution of risk management strategies for the company’s key financial risks including currency, commodity and interest rates while managing the group’s Bonds and Commercial Paper programs (European and US). During that time, she delivered numerous centralization & integration projects across financial risk, cash and liquidity and had a key role in the implementation of a procurement company. In her more recent consulting experience, she has supported UAE family offices in Investment management and worked in various treasury assignments conducting treasury maturity assessments and Treasury target operating models.

 

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