Don’t miss our biggest
networking event of the year


Theme: Evolving business models & impact on SME businesses

  • 2:00 PM

    Arrival of Attendees at Hotel

    TradeConnect officially opens as attendees start checking in to their hotels!

  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    TradeConnect Welcome Dinner

    We kick off in style with a fun networking dinner, where you’ll meet your fellow attendees & our prominent speakers.

  • 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM


    We fuel up for an exciting day at SingEx

  • 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

    Great Merchant Digitalisation Story (at Morning Plenary, Main Stage)
    - Moderator: Matthew Gamser, Chief Executive Officer, SME Finance Forum
    - Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT)

Formal kickoff of TradeConnect at Coral Triangle (Hall 3) at Singapore FinTech Festival

  • 9:45 AM – 9.55 AM

    About TradeConnect 2019

    GlobalLinker Co-founders Summi Gambhir & Sameer Vakil

  • 9:55 AM – 10:00 AM

    Welcome Address

    Edwin R Bautista, President & Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank of the Philippines, Manila

  • 10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

    Opening Keynote Address - New age SMEs adapting to digitization
    - Matthew Gamser, Chief Executive Officer, SME Finance Forum, Washington DC

  • 10:10 AM – 10:40 AM

    Thriving in the new normal - what SMEs can learn from the enterprise experience
    Panel Discussion with

    - Gerald Leo, Director, Commercial Partners, Small & Medium Corporate Customers, Microsoft, Singapore

    - Ignacio Villoch, Open Innovator Senior Ecosystem Builder, BBVA, Madrid Spain

    - John Cary L Ong, Executive Vice President, Union Bank of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

    - Moderator: Matthew Gamser, Chief Executive Officer, SME Finance Forum, Washington DC

  • 10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

    The fundamentals of doing & growing a business in the digital age

    Panel Discussion with

    - Satyam Agrawal, Head of Retail Business Banking, Asia, HSBC Hong Kong

    - Debarun Roychoudhury, Group Head, UOB BizSmart, United Overseas Bank, Singapore

    - Bijith Bhaskar, Head Digital & Partnerships at ICICI Bank, Mumbai India

    - Moderator - TBA

  • 11:10 AM – 11:40 AM

    Local to Glocal - The evolving role of Corporations, SME Trade Bodies & Govts in the New Normal
    Panel Discussion with

    - Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), New Delhi, India

    - Ravi Aurora, SVP Global Policy Affairs & Community Relations, MasterCard, Purchase, NY

    - Puneet Mehta, Asst General Manager Elite Trade Relations Group, ICICI Bank, Mumbai India

    - Prasoon Mukherjee, Vice-Chairman, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

    - Moderator – Gabriela Martinez De Aragon Calvo, Country Manager, BBVA Singapore

  • 11:40 AM – 11:55 AM

    SME Growth Stories –

    India: Our IPO Experience: - Manish & Krishi Dutt, VR Films, Mumbai India

  • 11:55 AM – 12:15 PM

    Vote of Thanks; Lunch & BSB Announcements and Closing

2nd Half: Session on SMEs & Platforms - Trade without Borders

  • 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM

    Digitise and Globalise – How SMEs and Platforms can change the World

    Jane Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, Sectoral Transformation Group, Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA)

  • 1:15 PM – 1:50 PM

    Business sans Borders (BsB): The Journey Ahead

    Panel Discussion with Sameer Vakil & BsB Partners

  • 1:55 PM – 2:30 PM

    The SME Growing Pains: Intimate Fireside Chat with Founders

    Panel Discussion moderated by Sameer Vakil

  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Remapping Trade Routes: The Impact of Trade Wars on SMEs, Platforms and Supply Chain Management

    Panel Discussion

  • 3:10 PM – 3:45 PM

    What SMEs and platforms need to know – 2020 and beyond

    Panel Discussion

  • 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

    Show me the Money: SME Financing Reimagined

    Panel Discussion

  • 4:25 PM – 5:00 PM

    East Meets West: Debt Capital for Asian Platforms

    Panel Discussion

  • 7 AM

    Breakfast & Open Day

    You asked, we listened. The last day has been kept open, so that our attendees can explore Singapore city or hangout with their new TradeConnect buddies.

  • 12:00 PM

    Hotel Checkout

    Departures will be as per individual attendees’ travel schedule. Hotel check out is 12:00 PM

1.Event plan is tentative and subject to change
2.Participants may extend stay in Singapore to attend the Singapore FinTech Festival event. All additional expenses to be borne by participants.

Best of TradeConnect 2018

Some of our favourite moments and highlights from last year