Event Details

FWA Exchange : Fireside Chat with SWIFT on the future of trade digitisation, Thursday 17 February 2022, 12:30pm-01:30pm
17 February 2022
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00




In late April 2020 as lockdowns came into force across the world, and supply and demand shocks hit hard, the region experienced a dive in documentary trade finance and economic growth. Today, as the world continues to navigate the economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic, the region’s resilience, coupled with ongoing regional integration efforts and a willingness to embrace digitisation and innovation will be a key factor in the recovery. 


In trade finance and payments, digitisation has tremendous potential for enhanced, structured and richer data, greater insight into supply chains and payment systems, and increased transparency and collaboration in the financial services community. In the long run, this could also help promote greater financial inclusion by enabling more corporates – notably small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – to access trade finance.


Join SWIFT’s Head of Trade Strategy and Vice Chair ICC Commission on Banking, Louise Taylor-Digby and Head of ASEAN, Sharon Toh, in a fireside chat as they explore the opportunities of a post-Covid world in the world of trade finance, and what makes for effective trade digitisation in ASEAN. 


Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom session prior to the event.


Event Agenda:


12:20pm           Registration

12:30pm           Welcome Address by FWA

12.40pm           Fireside Chat and Q & A


Louise Taylor-Digby (Head of Trade Strategy and Vice Chair ICC Commission on Banking, SWIFT)

Sharon Toh (Head of ASEAN, SWIFT)


1:30 pm:          Event Ends 



Speakers’ Bios:


Louise Taylor-Digby, Head of Trade Strategy for SWIFT


Louise collaborates with Banks, Corporates, Governments and FinTechs across the Trade eco system to diagnose industry challenges and help reshape the landscape. She joined SWIFT following a 15 year career in commercial banking, and brings experience across different countries, products and disciplines - both as an individual contributor and as a leader. She is the former Head of The Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Asia Pacific, for Barclays Bank; leading strategy, revenue, risk and control in the delivery of transaction banking solutions to Financial Institutions across 10 countries. During her time in the UK she informed C-suite on the ramifications of structural and regulatory reform. Early in her career, Louise drove large and complex partnerships with Financial Institutions across Europe and North America.


Louise is a member of BAFTs Global Trade Industry Council and a Vice Chair for the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission. She has lived in Asia since 2014.


Sharon Toh, Head of ASEAN for SWIFT in Asia Pacific



Sharon is based in Singapore, leading the ASEAN relationship management team, supporting existing customers and expanding ASEAN businesses in this fast-growing region. 


With more than 22 years’ experience in financial services industry, Sharon has developed deep client relationships across the ASEAN region, with strong connections with banks, corporates, regulators and market infrastructures. 


Prior to joining SWIFT, Sharon was Sales Director, Indochina at Thomson Reuters, overseeing Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. Previously, she was Regional Head of ASEAN for the Client Specialist team, responsible for the region’s sales, marketing and client training. 


In addition to her successful sales career, Sharon has worked in various roles across content acquisition, marketing and client support at leading financial information providers, including Telerate (later acquired by Thomson Reuters) and Bridge Information Systems.




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