Christian
Karam

Christian has a wealth of experience in asset finance and cross border lending.

Prior to incorporating ATF, Christian spent 10 years at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe London, where he set up and headed The Africa Desk, within the Global Finance Department.

This desk was one of the most profitable businesses of the bank, taking multi million dollars in profit annually. Some of the transactions Christian worked on were awarded best deal prizes.

Christian Karam gained his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Finance at the SKema Business School in France.

We believe Christian’s lateral thinking and ability to anticipate industry dynamics have led to the development of several successful initiatives across several African Trade Finance Markets.

Yasmin
Sarpong Abban

Yasmin holds a Bachelors degree in Law. Yasmin joined ATF from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing where she graduated with a Degree in Chinese Language. Yasmin has held several professional roles with fast growing firms across China and the UK. Most recently she trained as a legal Associate at Jingsh International Law Firm in Beijing.

Bringing a great deal of experience both from the UK and overseas, Yasmin is one of the main points of contact for new on boarding clients.

Reem
Akl

Reem holds a Masters degree in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics. She has worked in commodities finance at Calyon (Credit Agricole CIB), as well as the International Trade & Export Finance desk at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Ltd in London; with a focus on Sub-Saharan and North Africa, Russia and Turkey.

Reem supports ATF with comprehensive analysis on Lender appointing, in both the banking industry and the corporate sector in Africa.

Reem is currently the Deputy Director at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut.

Jack
Bardakjian

Since the inception of ATF Jack brings his strong expertise in the Commercial Trade industry. Heading one of the fastest growing African Trading companies in the UK.

Jack has first hand experience in assessing trade transactions from both the credit risks and operational aspects.

Wissem
Bourbia

Wissem has over 20 years of first hand experience in commodity trade finance, loans, funds and structured credit. He worked as the Head of Commodity Trade Finance at Galena Asset Management until 2014; prior to this from 2007 to 2009 he headed the structuring of a commodity trade finance fund at Natixis CIB and from 1992 to 2007 held the position of a Senior Structurer within the securitisation department at Société Générale in France. Wissem is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager at Acofi Gestion in Paris.

Wissem is in charge of the joint venture between ATF Ltd & Acofi Gestion related to the management of ATF S.A, the securitization vehicle incorporated in Luxembourg, which sub-participates alongside international banks o​n Trade Finance Assets in Africa.