Our Team

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. Alone we can do so little; together we can achieve so much.

CHRISTIAN KARAM


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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.

The Africa desk was one of the most profitable business areas in the bank and made annual profits of several million US dollars. Some of the transactions Christian worked on were awarded best deal prizes.

Christian Karam gained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Finance at the SKEMA Business School in France.

YASMIN SARPONG ABBAN


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Yasmin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She 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 the Jingsh International Law Firm in Beijing.

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

Jack Bardakjian


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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 and acts as an advisor to ATF.

RIMA KALAI


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Rima holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences from McGill University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from John Molson School of Business. She also pursued executive studies in Brand Management and Marketing Strategies at the London Business School.

Rima has been working in various business development & trade finance roles within banks in the Middle East and the United Kingdom for almost 15 years. For the past 11 years, she has specifically focused on the African corporate finance universe on the commercial & structured trade finance side as well as financial institutions.