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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 National Trade Platform 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.

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Mattia Tomba

Member

An active investor in trade finance, Mattia Tomba is a multi-disciplinary investment professional with a track record of investments and acquisitions in different asset classes, sectors, and geographic areas. He has an extensive experience in evaluating, negotiating, and structuring direct investments globally across all parts of the capital structure, in public and private markets.

 

Mattia Tomba was part of the Qatar’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (Qatari Diar), where he managed an equity portfolio and worked on large private equity transactions worldwide. Previously he was part of the Goldman Sachs Group (Whitehall Real Estate Funds) where he was involved in the portfolio management and strategic planning of large European acquisitions. He began his career with the Private Wealth Management team of Merrill Lynch.

 

Mattia is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore where he focuses on Asia – Middle East relations. He also sits on the Advisory Council of the Center for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital at the Fletcher School (Tufts University).

 

He graduated from the Fletcher School at Tufts University (Boston) with a MA in International Affairs and from Bocconi University (Milan)/Science Po (Paris) with a BS in Business Administration.

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