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ABOUT US

GTR Ventures is the world’s first venture-building and investment platform specialised in trade and supply chain.

In exclusive partnership with Global Trade Review (GTR), the world’s leader in global trade and trade finance intelligence, publishing, news and events, GTR Ventures enjoys a presence in London, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

GTR has a proprietary network of over 25,000 decision makers in trade finance, treasury and insurance, and organises events annually in over 20 cities across 6 continents, in venues such as Chicago, Mexico, London, Paris, Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Shanghai and Jakarta.

Leveraging this platform innovative companies in trade and trade finance who join GTR Ventures as our partners and portfolio are able to engage the world’s most powerful trade finance community, as well as investors who appreciate trade finance as an asset class.

Our vision: to pioneer investments in fintechs for trade and champion trade finance as an alternative asset class that has been shown to be low risk, stable, and liquid.

With this vision in mind, we have identified four investment areas of focus:

  1. Transaction Banking
  2. Trade Insurance & Risk Management
  3. SME Finance & Supply Chain
  4. Physical Trade

GTR Ventures engages key public and private sector stakeholders in the trade universe. Together we champion trade and trade finance as an asset class and mobilise private capital into trade. Trade just got smarter.

OUR KEY STAKEHOLDERS

FOUNDERS & TRADETECHS

INVESTORS

BANKS & INSURERS

NON-BANK CORPORATES

EXPERTS & THOUGHT LEADERS

GOVERNMENTS & INSTITUTIONS

TEAM

Rupert Sayer

Co-Founder and CEO of GTR Ventures

Rupert is co-founder and director of Exporta Group and GTR Ventures, based in Singapore.

 

He has over 20 years’ experience within the emerging markets trade, commodity and export finance markets. As co-founder and director of Exporta Group, with offices in London, Singapore and Hong Kong, Rupert has helped create the leading global media force in trade, commodity and export finance: GTR-Global Trade Review, including launching and managing the annual GTR Asia Trade & Treasury Week in Singapore, the world’s biggest single trade finance-related event, plus events from Brazil to Mongolia, Sweden to Australia, Nigeria to China, US to India, Indonesia to UAE.

 

He was also founding editor of GTR-Global Trade Review magazine, supplements and e-news. Before Exporta, Rupert was founding editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review and editor of Project &Trade Finance at Euromoney Institutional Investor. He was also parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons, research assistant in the European Parliament and research fellow at The Atlantic Council, Nato’s UK representative body. Rupert has an MA in International Studies and a BA in International Relations & Strategic Studies.

Kelvin Tan

Co-founder & Chief Investment Officer of GTR Ventures

Kelvin is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of GTR Ventures, based in Singapore. Previously, he was Deputy Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he worked closely with international organisations, corporates, banks, and fintechs, to enhance Singapore’s trade finance ecosystem as well as promote trade finance as an asset class.

 

His coverage included a wide range of issues in the world of trade finance, focusing primarily on technology, data, digitalisation, and product innovation in areas such as supply chain finance, alternative lending, B2B payments, procurement, and SME finance. For Singapore’s Financial Sector Development Fund, administrated by the MAS, he led due diligence and screening for a grant provided to a start-up in trade finance asset distribution.

 

As the secretariat for the MAS-led trade finance committee, he was deeply involved in Singapore’s Networked Trade Platform (NTP) project — an award-winning trade information management platform and pre-cursor to the Global Trade Connectivity Network (GTCN) project between Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

Prior to the MAS, as Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private lending and investment arm of the World Bank Group — Kelvin worked on structured trade finance deals, bilateral trade finance programs with banks.

 

Besides trade finance, he has significant trade policy experience, having started his career at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore. He covered cases related to the WTO, international trade disputes, and customs tariffs, as well as negotiated free trade agreements with ASEAN, India, Ukraine, and Peru. As deputy director for emerging markets, he managed top corporate and government relationships in over 100 countries, from Russia, Central Asia, to Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.

Peter Gubbins

Co-founder and Executive Director of GTR Ventures

Peter is co-founder and executive director of GTR Ventures, based in London. He has over 20 years’ publishing and sales experience in the global trade, commodity and export finance markets. He is also is the managing director and co-founder of Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and is responsible for sales and marketing of Exporta’s GTR global conferences and publishing and central to the events’ planning. As co-founder of the group with Rupert, he has also helped create the leading global media force in trade, commodity and export finance: GTR-Global Trade Review.

 

Before establishing Exporta with Rupert, Peter held senior sales and marketing positions at Euromoney Institutional Investor and Ark Publishing. This included co-founding and heading sales for Trade & Forfaiting Review.

 

He holds a BA in History from Newcastle University, UK.

Poh Teck Tan

Executive Vice President

Poh Teck is a seasoned international business and investment veteran, backed by more than 40 years of working experience in various sectors ranging from real estate, infrastructure, to M&A and group level investments.

 

Notably, he has worked in various companies within the Singapore government linked investment arm Temasek Group, including many years with Sembcorp Industries Ltd. He was involved in several large-scale commercial/industrial townships & infrastructure development projects in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Fujairah, China, Indonesia, Myanmar and more recently in Bangladesh. He was also instrumental in successfully setting and managing various overseas offices and joint-venture companies.

 

Having served as the Deputy to CEO of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Head of Global Business Division, Poh Teck brings to GTR Ventures a wealth of experience in making global alliances in emerging markets. During his time at the SBF, he forged strong connections with Singapore based companies and led various business missions to Africa, Asia, China, & the Middle East. At the same time, he was responsible for all commercial ventures, including large scale business events in Singapore such as the Global Entrepolis@Singapore and APEC 2009. In terms of setting up and managing various international cross-border initiatives, under his charge were the following platforms: the Abu Dhabi Singapore Business Forum, the Africa Business Group, the ASEAN Business Group, the China Business Group, the Middle East Business Group, the Malaysia Singapore Business Council, the Russia Singapore Business Forum, and the Saudi Singapore Business Council.

Sébastien Bruyant

Sébastien Bruyant is a Senior Advisor at GTR Ventures. Sébastien co-founded and managed as CEO Alcora Global, a Fund Management Company in Singapore managing Alternative Trade Finance funds in Asia, investing in short term private trade financed debt issued by large and medium size materials players across the value chain, trade corridors, and industries.

 

Previously, Sebastien held various positions in public and private banks. He started his carrer working for the French State Investment Bank (Oseo) focusing on growing fast mid-cap companies in France before joining BNP Paribas in Singapore and then in Paris covering Natural Resources strategic projects and companies. Sebastien joined HSBC first in Paris to manage a the portfolio of Energy customers in the Commodity and Structured Trade Finance teams before being relocated to Hong-Kong SAR and prepare the ground for the deployment of the teams in Asia-Pacific. Lately, he was relocated to Singapore as Director (executive level) of the Strategic Energy Solutions Group at HSBC, and managed and developed a network of a strategic relationships with senior executives leading global and regional Energy enterprises in Asia-Pacific.

 

Sebastien has been a regular speaker to industry conferences.

 

Sébastien’s education includes MAP from INSEAD and a LLM (DESS) in Business Law from Paris-Dauphine University.

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