About

ABOUT US

GTR Ventures is the venture capital arm of Global Trade Review (GTR), the world’s leader in global trade and trade finance intelligence, publishing, news and events. With 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.

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. Leveraging our trusted brand, influence and global platform of over 20 events across 6 continents, innovative companies in trade finance (or #tradetechs) 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.

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

  1. Trade Finance
  2. Trade Credit Insurance
  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 and spearheaded GTR Connect, the portal for GTR subscribers and event-goers that includes a trade-related recruitment service.

 

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 director of GTR Ventures, based in Singapore. Prior, he was Deputy Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he worked closely with international organisations, corporates, banks, and fintechs, to develop Singapore’s trade finance ecosystem.

 

His coverage included a wide range of issues in the world of trade finance, ranging from proof-of-concepts based on the blockchain, factoring, alternative finance, to SME credit bureaus, trade finance funds and securitisation. As a member of the MAS-led trade finance committee, he was deeply involved in Singapore’s National Trade Platform project – an award-winning trade information management platform.

 

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 and bilateral trade finance programs with financial institutions.

 

Besides trade finance, he negotiated free trade agreements with ASEAN, India, Ukraine, and Peru during his time as Deputy Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore. In addition, he managed top corporate and government relationships in over 100 countries, from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, 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.

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