The Berne Union: Who’s Who 2016
The Berne Union: Who’s Who 2016
Berne Union Elected Officials
President, Topi Vesteri
FINNVERA Finland | Deputy CEO, Group
Chief Credit Officer
Vice President, Michal Ron
SACE Italy | Managing Director, Head of International Relations and Network
Short Term Committee
ST Committee Chair, Verena Utzinger
SERV Switzerland | Senior Relationship
ST Committee Vice Chair, Chunyi Xiao
SINOSURE China | Deputy General Manager of Export Trade Credit Underwriting Department
Medium / Long Term Committee
MLT Committee Chair, Beatriz Reguero
CESCE Spain | Chief Operating Officer
MLT Committee Vice Chair, Adi Gross
ASHR’A Israel | Chief Underwriting Officer
Investment Insurance Committee
INV Committee Chair, Vinco David
ATRADIUS DUTCH STATE BUSINESS
Netherlands | Senior Manager
INV Committee Vice Chair, Christina Westholm-Schroder
SOVEREIGN RISK INSURANCE Bermuda | Chief Underwriter
Prague Club Committee
PC Committee Chair, Chris Chapman
NZECO New Zealand | Head of New Zealand Export Credit Office
Chris joined New Zealand export credit agency 10 years ago, when it was in its formative stage, and has supported NZECO’s growth both in terms of an expanded product range, as well as increased exports and exporters supported. Chris has previously practiced law in New Zealand and holds a Masters in International Business, as well as a law degree, from the University of Otago.
Berne Union Secretariat
Berne Union | Secretary General
Kai joined the Berne Union – the International Union of Credit & Investment Insurers – as the organisation’s Secretary General in August 2014, based in London.
Until then, Kai was UniCredit group’s deputy global head of export finance. He also chaired the ICC’s steering committee for its medium / long term Trade Register and serves as independent member on the board of SME export financier Northstar Trade Finance Inc., Canada.
Previously Kai co-headed the underwriting and risk management division of Germany’s Official Export Credit Agency, Euler Hermes. Before joining Euler Hermes, he managed the Export Finance Bank-project “EFB” in Singapore, sponsored by ANZ Banking Group. EFB advised on and arranged ECAguaranteed loan facilities.
From 2004 to 2008 Kai was responsible for the establishing and management of KfW IPEX-Bank’s Financial Products Advisory 8 Berne Union 2016 department, providing the bank’s industry divisions with specialist advisory services for credit risk insurance, financial modelling as well as trade- and LBO-finance. On behalf of KfW IPEX-Bank, Kai also served as deputy advisor to the German highest decision making body for export credit guarantees, the Inter-Ministerial Committee. During 1986 and 2004 Kai held various managerial roles for ANZ, Bayerische Landesbank and Hypo-Bank with assignments in Germany, Asia and Australia, focusing on export, trade and project finance. In Sydney Kai also worked for Australia’s ECA EFIC.
Berne Union | Associate Director (ST Committee Support)
Laszlo joined the Secretariat in June 2016, mainly to advise it on legal matters and to support the Committees (primarily the ST Committee) and Specialist Meetings. He gained focused experience in policy analysis as he worked for EXIM Hungary for more than 5 years, leading the ECA’s international relations (OECD, EU and Berne Union) and ensuring compliance with WTO, OECD and EU regulations, as well as the international sanctions.
Laszlo graduated in law from Peter Pazmany University, holds a DipHE in Law of England and Wales and the European Union from the University of Cambridge, and diploma of economic diplomacy from the Károli Gáspár University in Hungary.
Berne Union | Associate Director (INV Committee Support)
Johannes joined the Secretariat in April 2016. He is responsible for supporting the chair and vice chair of the INV Committee as well as its members (public, private and multilateral insurers) with regards to their membership. In his role Johannes is also supporting the INV Technical Panel, a subcommittee where technical underwriting issues are discussed amongst INV Committee members.
Before joining the Berne Union, Johannes was an underwriter in political risk insurance and untied loans for Berne Union member PWC, managing the German Government’s Investment Insurance and Untied Loan Guarantee Programmes.
Johannes holds a Masters Degree in International Business of Macquarie University Sydney and a Diploma degree in Economics at the University of Ulm.
Berne Union | Committee Support Manager (MLT Committee)
Laura Lind joined the Secretariat in December 2015. Her main responsibility is supporting the Medium Long-Term Committee and all related activities, including cooperation with the ICC Banking Commission.
Prior to joining the Secretariat, Laura completed her Master´s Degree in International Relations and European-Asian Studies, complementing her Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration.
Laura previously supported Finnvera´s export finance and international relations departments after working for five years as programme assistant with the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd. (FINNFUND).
Berne Union | Committee Support Manager (PC Committee)
Ella joined the Secretariat in November 2014 as business support manager, heavily involved in operational duties but currently looking after Prague Club Committee and its members. Ella has broad knowledge and experience in financial sector and previously worked as human resources manager in a private equity firm. Ella holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics.
Berne Union | Data Manager
Massimo joined the Secretariat in January 2015 as data manager, with responsibility for the data transformation project and for handling data collection from the Members as well as reporting.
Previously Massimo worked at Italy’s SACE for eleven years as senior IT manager in the IT department. He has a long professional history and extensive experience in project management and IT services, gained also in health care, consultancy and technological sectors.
Berne Union | Media & Communications Manager
Paul joined the Secretariat in July 2016 as the first ever media and communications specialist, with responsibility for handling internal and external communications. Paul’s objective is to increase engagement amongst members within the BU, as well as expanding on our outreach and collaboration with external institutions trade press and media.
Prior to joining the BU Paul worked as a conference producer at Informa, running the ExCred (Insuring Export Credit & Political Risk) series of events.
Paul holds a BA in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and an MA from King’s College London.
Berne Union | Team Assistant
Nicole joined the Secretariat in July 2016. Nicole provides assistance to the Secretariat Team and manages the office. She has recently moved back to the UK after living in Tanzania for six years working with NGO’s and running a volunteer organisation. Most recently she worked as the personal assistant for the CEO of the largest company in East Africa, MeTL.
Dong Hyuk Kim
Berne Union | Data Secondee
Dong-hyuk is joining the Secretariat until the end of 2016 on secondment from KSURE. His primary areas of work will be the management of Berne Union business data, including managing the collection and reporting of such data from Berne Union members.
Dong-Hyuk has more than 10 years export credit experience working for KSURE, most recently he served as a manager of audit department in KSURE. Dong-hyuk holds a BA in Law from Sungkyunkwan University.