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February 07, 2019

Washington, D.C., February 7, 2019 – The Institute of International Finance today announced the IIF Future Leaders Class of 2019.

“The future leaders of the financial industry will play a critical role in driving the innovation needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth in our 21st century economy.” said Tim Adams, President and CEO of the IIF. “Our Future Leaders program brings together emerging talent from across the globe to help prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.”

The Future Leaders program was formed in 2014 by the IIF’s Board of Directors to recognize young leaders within the financial industry and to foster ties between rising stars from different regions and backgrounds. The Class of 2019 consists of 38 individuals from 37 institutions. It is a diverse group from 20 countries, representing a wide variety of roles in the industry, including risk management, corporate strategy, wealth management, regulatory affairs, financial planning and wholesale banking.

Participants were nominated by their firms based on a track record of achievement within their institution and their potential, in the nominating institutions’ view, to become a future leader in global finance.

The IIF Future Leaders Class of 2019 will gather in Shanghai this June, and again in Washington, D.C. during the IIF’s Annual Membership Meeting. The IIF Future Leaders Class of 2019 includes:

Erin Smith, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ido Gonen, ABN AMRO

Zeynep Orman Özdemirel, Akbank

Raid Aldrees, Al Rajhi Bank

Nicole Sandler, Barclays

Maria Llorente, BBVA

Aude Gaudin, BNP Paribas

Thomas Pfuhler, The Boston Consulting Group

Ahmed Mostafa, Commercial International Bank

Fabian Vichtl, Commerzbank AG

Joseph Steffa, Credit Suisse AG

Boris Chan, DBS Bank

Mohammad Alblooshi, Dubai International Financial Centre

Jelena Tomic, Erste Group Bank AG

Pablo Del Campo, Grupo Santander

Adel Hamadah, Gulf International Bank

Rupert Kennedy-Alexander, HSBC

Matthew Ekberg, Institute of International Finance

Khadija Mahmood, Institute of International Finance

Daniele Fulvio Pastore, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

Arnaud Senechal, J.P. Morgan

Mohammad AlKhuzam, Kuwait Finance House

Shiho Miyoshi, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

Akiko Matsumoto, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

Sally Yim, Moody's Investors Service

Abdulbadie Alyafi, The National Commercial Bank

Mohamed Alromaihi, QNB Group

Peggy Poon, S&P Global Ratings

Kristal Au-Yong, Scotiabank

Carolina Crevatin Martin, SEB

Sanah Gumede, Standard Bank Group

Aziz Mahdi, Standard Chartered Bank

Junichi Kato, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Patrick Saner, Swiss Re

Hürdoğan Irmak, Turkiye Is Bankasi A.S.

Vlad Khandros, UBS AG

Michael Lebens, Wells Fargo Bank

Katie Williams, Zurich Insurance Company


The Institute of International Finance is the global association of the financial industry, with close to 450 members from more than 70 countries. Its mission is to support the financial industry in the prudent management of risks; to develop sound industry practices; and to advocate for regulatory, financial and economic policies that are in the broad interests of its members and foster global financial stability and sustainable economic growth. IIF members include commercial and investment banks, asset managers, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, central banks and development banks.