About us

Meet the team

Leadership

Walter Gontarek Channel Capital Advisors
Walter Gontarek

CEO & Chairman

Leadership

Walter Gontarek is our CEO and Chairman. As such, he sets the firm’s strategy, articulates its culture, and manages key stakeholder relationships. He previously served as Managing Director/Global Head of Credit Products at the Royal Bank of Canada and held senior executive roles in capital markets and consumer/SME banking in the US, Canada and Europe.

Walt holds non-executive board roles at the UK regulated arms of Catalina Re-insurance and Wiserfunding Ltd. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a Doctorate (Finance) from Cranfield University. He also holds certificates from Carnegie Mellon University (Cyber Risk Board Oversight) and Stanford University (Board Directors College).

Walt is a Visiting Fellow/Lecturer for Sustainable Finance/Financial Markets at Cranfield University and a Professor (Honorary) for fintech at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Deborah Hutchinson Channel Capital Advisors
Deborah Hutchinson

CFO & Head of Strategy

Leadership

Deborah is a founding partner of Channel. She currently serves as CFO and Head of Strategy.

Before joining Channel in 2006, Deborah worked at Rabobank as Global Business Manager for all its capital markets activities, overseeing budgeting, planning, and other administrative functions. She previously worked at Westpac as Divisional Controller and EBRD as Principal Manager of its initial financial control policies. Deborah holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a chartered accountant.

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Ian Watson Channel Capital Advisors
Ian Watson

COO

Leadership

As Chief Operating Officer, Ian joined Channel from his position of Managing Director at Corporate Linx, a Supply Chain Finance technology provider based in France and the UK.  He has  spent most of his career in invoice finance and asset-based lending, both here in the UK and overseas.

During his 9 years with Bibby Financial Services, he spent 6 years based in Australia & Singapore as CEO for Asia Pacific followed by 3 years in Atlanta as CEO of BFS North America.

His earlier career experience includes executive positions with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in the UK and prior to that International Factors, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.

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Daouii Abouchere Channel Capital Advisors
Daouii Abouchere

Head of ESG & Sustainable Finance

Leadership

Daouii Abouchere is Head of ESG and Sustainable Finance at Channel. In her role, she is responsible for implementing Channel’s ESG framework and driving the sustainable finance strategy across the Group, working with clients to develop and execute new ESG and sustainable financing solutions.

Daouii is a member of the World Economic Forum, Royal Society of Arts, and is a Senior Advisor at the International Economic Forum of the Americas. She holds a Honours BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and a Nilo-Saharan Language. Conversational in Spanish.

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Paul Wilson Channel Capital Advisors
Paul Wilson

CIO – Channel Funds

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Paul Wilson has over 22 years’ experience of investing in credit and structured finance markets globally. He was previously a senior portfolio manager at BlueMountain Capital Management, investing in structured finance and other credit products.

Prior to this he was managing director and global head of structured credit markets at Credit Agricole. Before this he was head of credit correlation trading at Citibank for Europe. He began his career trading credit products at Morgan Stanley where he spent 7 years and was an Executive Director.

He holds an MPhys in Mathematical Physics and an MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh. Paul sits on the firm’s executive committee, risk committee and managing partners committee.

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Hilmar Hauer Channel Capital Advisors
Hilmar Hauer

Head of Debt Products

Leadership

Hilmar heads the debt products business at Channel which includes origination and overall structuring activities for debt-linked transactions.

Hilmar leads the team for rated, un-rated, insured and un-insured working capital financings for our issuing clients globally. Prior to joining Channel in 2007, Hilmar was a Quantitative Analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort.

Hilmar holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the risk committee.

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Kristian Wilson Channel Capital Advisors
Kristian Wilson

CTO

Leadership

Kristian Wilson is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Channel. In this role, he is responsible for driving the company’s technology and embedded finance vision.

Kristian joined Channel from Auto Integrate, the market leading maintenance authorization platform in North America, where he successfully migrated the platform to the cloud. Prior to that, he has delivered scalable technology platforms in businesses ranging in size from start-up to SME, across a variety of industries, including protecting millions of children online with Future Digital, providing the underbanked with access to competitive finance and high quality rental property with Richmond Group, and helping corporations understand their VOIP telephony with Tiger Communications.

Kristian holds an MCOMP in Computer Science from Loughborough University (1st Class).

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Ion Fratiloiu

Chief Commercial Office

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Ion leads Channel Digital’s commercial function across digital strategy, marketing, partner prospecting/acquisition, and aftercare for digital efforts including SMEs platforms/brokers, NBFI platforms and eventually, non-financial services platforms for embedded finance.

From launching his financial career at Deutsche Bank, Ion spent a number of years consulting in the equity capital markets space and leading sales growth for FTSE500 company Fiserv and unicorn core banking provider Thought Machine. He also recently led the commercial initiatives of Yobota, a London based Banking as a Service company offering capital and core banking technology. He holds a BA Hons in Marketing Management from Coventry University.

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Board

Governance

Walter Gontarek Channel Capital Advisors
Walter Gontarek

CEO & Chairman

Channel Director

Walter Gontarek is our CEO and Chairman. As such, he sets the firm’s strategy, articulates its culture, and manages key stakeholder relationships. He previously served as Managing Director/Global Head of Credit Products at the Royal Bank of Canada and held senior executive roles in capital markets and consumer/SME banking in the US, Canada and Europe.

Walt holds non-executive board roles at the UK regulated arms of Catalina Re-insurance and Wiserfunding Ltd. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a Doctorate (Finance) from Cranfield University. He also holds certificates from Carnegie Mellon University (Cyber Risk Board Oversight) and Stanford University (Board Directors College).

Walt is a Visiting Fellow/Lecturer for Sustainable Finance/Financial Markets at Cranfield University and a Professor (Honorary) for fintech at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Varda Shine Channel Capital Advisors
Varda Shine

Ex-CEO, DeBeers Channel Vice Chair/SID

Channel Director

Varda is Senior Independent Director and Chairs the Compensation Committee at Channel as well as REMCO, helping to align our values and performance aims to long-term outcomes. Varda has over 30 years’ experience in global strategy, senior business management and marketing roles, including C-suite activities.

Varda joined De Beers in 1984 and became CEO of the De Beers Diamond Trading Company (DTC) from 2006 until 2014. In 2013. She successfully completed one of the largest transfers of economic activity from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere – the multibillion dollar relocation of the DTC business from the UK to Botswana – after which Varda stepped down as CEO to pursue a portfolio career. Working across borders, she has continually developed pioneering approaches to collaborating with government partners from Southern Africa to Canada. She has overseen the creation of an international network of public/private joint-venture operations in multi-cultural environments, dealing with complex supply chain issues while delivering on the expectations of major international stakeholder relations.

Varda has completed business and management courses at Templeton College, Oxford, Cranfield and INSEAD. She is a board member or advisor at Petra Diamonds, Vulcan Cyber, and the Mineral Development Company of Botswana (Pty) Co. Varda is also a C-suite executive mentor to leading executives in global markets.

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Marcus Fedder Channel Capital Advisors
Marcus Fedder

INED, TCX, IFFI

Channel Director

Marcus has held senior leadership positions in investment and multi-lateral development banks, and in the microfinance sector. He was a Vice Chair of TD Securities for Europe and Asia/Pacific, Treasurer and previously Head of Asset & Liability Management at the EBRD, and also worked for the World Bank.

Prior to that he worked in capital markets and derivatives at CIBC and Deutsche Bank. He presently is a non-executive director at TCX where he also serves as chairman of the risk oversight committee, and was until recently a director of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). Marcus holds a PhD from the Freie Universitaet Berlin and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Cambridge University.

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Jack Caouette Channel Capital Advisors
Jack Caouette

Ex-CEO/Chair CapMac

Channel Director

Jack is a member of the Board of Directors, Chairs its Audit & Risk Committee, and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Jack provides advice to the management team on strategic matters for 15 years and liaises with key stakeholders and shareholders as needed.

Jack previously served as senior banker in the capital markets business at Citibank in Asia and the US where he played a key role as one of the founders of the derivatives markets. He founded CapMAC and served as CEO and Chairman, including its listing on the NYSE.

He was named in March 2010 as non-executive Chairman of the Asset Protection Agency, an executive agency in the United Kingdom and subsidiary of HM Treasury, to help create a rescue for the banking crisis in the UK. Jack holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BS from California State University, Long Beach. He is the co-author of Managing Credit Risk, published by Wiley & Sons in 2008 and 2014 with Dr Edward Altman and Paul Narayanan.

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Richard Leong Channel Capital Advisors
Richard Leong

CIO Lyon Capital

Channel Director

Richard is the Chief Investment Officer of Singapore based Lyon Capital Management which has supported Channel across a number of its investment strategies over the past ten years.

Previously, he served as managing director of the Flexo Manufacturing Corporation, Tigerpack Ltd in China, and SGS International Inc. Richard received his BS in economics concentrating in economics and decision sciences from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Deborah Hutchinson Channel Capital Advisors
Deborah Hutchinson

CFO & Head of Strategy

Channel Director

Deborah is a founding partner of Channel. She currently serves as CFO and Head of Strategy.

Before joining Channel in 2006, Deborah worked at Rabobank as Global Business Manager for all its capital markets activities, overseeing budgeting, planning, and other administrative functions. She previously worked at Westpac as Divisional Controller and EBRD as Principal Manager of its initial financial control policies. Deborah holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a chartered accountant.

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Ian Watson Channel Capital Advisors
Ian Watson

COO

Channel Director

As Chief Operating Officer, Ian joined Channel from his position of Managing Director at Corporate Linx, a Supply Chain Finance technology provider based in France and the UK.  He has  spent most of his career in invoice finance and asset-based lending, both here in the UK and overseas.

During his 9 years with Bibby Financial Services, he spent 6 years based in Australia & Singapore as CEO for Asia Pacific followed by 3 years in Atlanta as CEO of BFS North America.

His earlier career experience includes executive positions with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in the UK and prior to that International Factors, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.

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Technology Advisory Panel

Advisors

Gabriele Sabato Channel Capital Advisors
Dr Gabriele Sabato

CEO Wiserfunding

Channel Advisor

Dr Gabriele Sabato is a Senior Advisor with a special focus on risk management and risk governance. Gabriele helps Channel’s senior management fine tune its risk decisioning and analytical processes for credit risk-taking activities.

Dr Sabato is a co-founder (with Dr Edward Altman) of Wiserfunding Ltd, a London FinTech that provides the Wiserfunding Z-score for global SMEs which is based on Dr Altman’s work of the past 50-years.  Dr Sabato has spent over 20-years before starting Wiserfunding in senior risk management roles across Europe for major banks and government agencies, as well as Experian. At RBS, he played a key role in driving new risk governance processes for the C-suite and the board of directors in the post financial crisis period.

Gabriele holds a PhD in Finance from University of Rome and was a visiting scholar at NYU Stern School of business.  He has published numerous studies on risk governance and risk management, including the most downloaded paper of the Journal of Banking & Finance.

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Susanne Chishti Channel Capital Advisors
Susanne Chishti

CEO Fintech Circle

Channel Advisor

Susanne Chishti has over 20 years’ industry expertise, including board-level experience, with a strong focus on organisational governance and the small and medium size enterprise (SME) market.

She helps to advise Channel on its use of FinTech tools to scale our AUM and improve customer experience as well as assessing our clients use of FinTech in their own operations.

Her experience draws on 15 years in finance, having held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture. Susanne is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities. She is also the founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the leading fintech learning platform offering classroom innovation workshops and online courses to C-level executives. Susanne holds an MBA from Vienna University of Economics and Business.

A bestselling author, Susanne co-edited “The FINTECH Book” series, which has been translated into 10 languages and sold across 107 countries. Her wealth of experience led her to being recognised in the European Digital Financial Services “Power 50” 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. In addition, she was selected as a “City Innovator – Inspirational Woman” in 2016. She has been a guest lecturer on financial technology at the University of Cambridge and has also appeared as a fintech commentator on CNBC

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Simon Torrance
Simon Torrance

Embedded Finance

Channel Advisor

Simon Torrance is a global thought leader in digital finance, platform strategy and embedded lending. He is the founder of Embedded Finance & Super App Strategies which helps companies exploit embedded finance strategies and serves as CEO of Metaflight.

Simon is an Executive Working Group Member of Accelerating Digital Transformation initiative at the World Economic Forum and is a board member or advisor to a number of other global firms operating in the digital economy. Simon holds a MA, History from Cambridge University. At Channel, Simon is advising the Board and C-suite team on its digital transformation currently underway.

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Duncan Rowland

CEO Migrations AI

Channel Advisor

Duncan is the CEO and founder of Migrations.ml, which optimises machine learning and credit decisioning in credit markets to bring data to analyse corporate credit risk.

Duncan previously served as senior director in Finance IT at Royal Bank of Canada.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, from the University of Toronto. Duncan is advising the firm on the use of machine learning for its lending business.

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Diederick Van Thiel
Diederick van Thiel

CEO AdviceRobo AI

Channel Advisor

Diederick van Thiel is a serial fintech entrepreneur, investor and board member of leading firms at the edge of sustainable and digital economies. He is currently CEO & Chair of AdviceRobo and E-cology Innovations. AdviceRobo is a Next-gen credit decisioning platform to support global financial institutions with ‘access to finance services’ across Europe, Japan and other parts of Asia. E-cology Innovations is an AI-innovation boutique that supports innovative C-level leaders in banking, e-commerce and smart buildings with AI strategies, roadmaps and platforms for Next gen growth. For his visionary work he was awarded London’s Fintech entrepreneur of the year 2018.

He is also non-executive and chair of the sustainability committee and member of the digital & IT committee of IKANO Bank, owned by IKEA’s founding family. He previously was the Director of Consumer Markets in the boards of ING and KPN Mobile.

Diederick is a visiting professor at Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) and at Cambridge Judge Business School in AI driven decision sciences. His academic papers specialize in human centered AI in banking. His broader research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral and digital sciences. He is a best-selling author with his books “Riding the waves, the future of financial industries” and “Cool! customer experience! with which he won the Marketing Literature Price 2008. Diederick is advising our board of directors and leadership team on digital business development, digitalization and automated, machine learning based, credit decisioning.

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Vitali Avagayan Channel Capital Advisors
Vitali Avagayan

AI Optimised

Channel Advisor

Vitali is a data scientist at TurinTech AI, a leader in artificial intelligence optimisation in global businesses and financial institutions.  He previously service as senior advanced analytics lead at Air Products as has been also research associate at the University of Edinburg and Imperial College Business School. He holds a PhD in Energy Economics and Computational Optimisation from Imperial College London. Vitali is providing advice to the C-suite and the board on the use of AI in its Channel Digital and Channel Direct lending activities.

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David Allcock

EU Supply Chain Technology

Channel Advisor

David is currently the EU Supply Chain Director at Gopuff in the EU.  He previously served as the CTO at Channel since its inception. Dave advices the leadership team and board on key technology-led initiatives underway at the company. He holds a PhD in Turbomachinery from Cranfield University and holds other degrees and certificates from Carnegie Mellon (Computational Finance), Cranfield University (Astronautics) and University of Bristol (Aeronautical Engineering).

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Team

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Alex Dembo

Data Engineer

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Alex is a Data Engineer at Channel. His main role is to build data infrastructure, which involves capturing data from various systems, transforming it to align with reporting requirements, automating data delivery to systems such as credit risk decision engines, and supporting Data Scientists with data for machine learning and exploration.

Prior to joining Channel, Alex worked in the financial and healthcare sectors. He has built highly scalable analytical and data platforms, designed and developed corporate software, and deployed solutions to monitor corporate networks, application logs, and other devices in near real-time.

In his free time, Alex enjoys travelling and playing tennis or squash. Alex holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Alok Kumar Channel Capital Advisors
Alok Kumar

Head of Portfolio Analysis

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Alok is responsible for evaluation, due diligence and structuring of investments for Channel’s Trade Finance funds.

Alok brings over 13 years of corporate credit and portfolio management experience in European high-yield, structured trade, and supply chain finance across UK, Europe, MENA and South east Asia.

Prior to joining Channel in 2016, Alok served as Chief Manager (Corporate Banking) at Kotak Mahindra Bank and Senior Manager (Wholesale Banking) at Union Bank of India. In both banks, Alok managed a credit portfolio spanning across International Trading, Metals & Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Agribusiness and Financial sectors. Alok re-joined Channel in early 2021 after serving as Chief Risk Officer for a London based supply chain finance fintech focussed on Eastern Europe and UAE.

Alok holds an MBA from Cranfield University and a BSc. in Physics and Mathematics from Delhi University.

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Anna Rayner Channel Capital Advisors
Anna Rayner

Senior Operations Manager

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Anna is focused on Channel’s day to day transaction management.

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Andrew Craig Channel Capital Advisors
Andrew Craig

Finance Director

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Andrew Craig is the Finance Director of Channel, responsible for financial planning, management of financial risks, budgeting, financial and tax reporting as well as facilitating audit and regulatory/fund reporting.

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Bilal Back Channel Capital Advisors
Bilal Ahmed

Operations Manager

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Bilal sits within the Operations team at Channel and assists in the day-to-day management of transactions.

Previously, he worked as a Delivery Manager for the Ministry of Justice, where he managed a team of operational delivery staff. Bilal holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics, Statistics and Mathematics from Queen Mary, University of London.

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Dalia Kay Channel Capital Advisors
Dalia Kay

Senior Advisor

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Dalia has 26 years’ experience in the trade finance and fund market sectors. She is responsible for advising Channel Capital within trade finance and working capital in a fund and capital markets context, leveraging her experience, knowledge and network in these markets for our firm.

Dalia is skilled in Asset Management, Financial Markets, Project and Trade Finance, having worked at both at Federated Hermes and GML Capital. She is a strong finance professional with a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Geneva and a Masters in History from the University of Southampton.

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Dan Luther Channel Capital Advisors
Dan Luther

Head of Transaction Management

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Dan oversees ongoing management of working capital products and is heavily involved in transaction execution and implementation across all business lines. Transaction management is a key role within Channel, requiring each financing facility to be managed conservatively and in accordance with the applicable facility documentation, utilising FinTech platforms as appropriate, as well as assisting in retaining clients through best in class service and response.

He has over 16 years’ experience in managing working capital and trade financing facilities. Dan joined Channel in 2014 from Trafigura where he supported the company’s working capital financing programmes in several roles for 9 years, including managing the growth of the trade receivables financing programme from $325 million to over $2 billion.

While at Channel, Dan has executed and managed numerous facilities of varying complexity and format including rated trade receivables and inventory securitisations, supply chain finance programmes, multi-seller SME facilities, and sharia compliant trade finance products.

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Darlene Bain Channel Capital Advisors
Darlene Bain

Head of Financing

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Darlene recently rejoined Channel’s Debt Products Group in a dual capacity role of deal origination and structuring. Darlene has 20+ years’ experience working in the global capital markets for various financial institutions and asset management/investment firms across many functional areas (corporate banking, credit structuring, institutional credit sales, business development and investor relations) in Canada, the U.S., and the United Kingdom. Darlene holds a BBA and BEd from University of New Brunswick.

 

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Daouii Abouchere Channel Capital Advisors
Daouii Abouchere

Head of ESG & Sustainable Finance

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Daouii Abouchere is Head of ESG and Sustainable Finance at Channel. In her role, she is responsible for implementing Channel’s ESG framework and driving the sustainable finance strategy across the Group, working with clients to develop and execute new ESG and sustainable financing solutions.

Daouii is a member of the World Economic Forum, Royal Society of Arts, and is a Senior Advisor at the International Economic Forum of the Americas. She holds a Honours BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and a Nilo-Saharan Language. Conversational in Spanish.

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Deborah Hutchinson Channel Capital Advisors
Deborah Hutchinson

CFO & Head of Strategy

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Deborah is a founding partner of Channel. She currently serves as CFO and Head of Strategy.

Before joining Channel in 2006, Deborah worked at Rabobank as Global Business Manager for all its capital markets activities, overseeing budgeting, planning, and other administrative functions. She previously worked at Westpac as Divisional Controller and EBRD as Principal Manager of its initial financial control policies. Deborah holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and is a chartered accountant.

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David van der Veer

Chief Risk Officer

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Having joined Channel in early 2021, David is the CRO of Channel Digital Europe BV, and is responsible for managing the risk aspects of new digital products. Previously David spent almost eight years with Bibby Financial Services in senior risk, legal and insurance roles, as well as the client management side of the business, based in The Netherlands and Germany. Before this, he served as a Senior Lawyer at BMK collections and as legal counsel at the Ewals Group. His expertise lies in special care management, fraud prevention and recovery. David is also one of the senior risk underwriters within the SME digital lending department.

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Elaine Colley Channel Capital Advisors
Elaine Colley

Finance & Operations Manager

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Elaine joined Channel in 2007 and supports the finance, operations, and human resources functions of the business. She has supported various other Channel entities by providing accounting and other support services.

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Emily Burdall

Digital Marketing Manager

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Emily is the Digital Marketing Manager at Channel. In her role, she is responsible Channel’s brand awareness within the digital space. Prior joining Channel in February 2022, she worked for Contact Centre Panel, managing all aspects of their day-to-day social media channels and digital marketing. She also holds an Honours BA in Business and Management from Leeds Beckett University.

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Freddi Rose

Director of Fintech Marketing

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Freddi is Channel’s Director of Fintech Marketing. She is a highly qualified marketing and communications leader with extensive experience driving content-led commercial strategies across industries, from tech giant Arm, to launching Lloyds Banking Group’s innovative Storytelling team, and building commercial functions for innovative fintechs.

With extensive writing qualifications, she is a self-confessed word-nerd with a wealth of expertise in the importance of compelling content and communications.

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Georgios Gazetas

Structurer

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Georgios joined Channel and the debt products team in September 2021, with his main focus being structuring and originating debt-linked transactions.

Prior to joining Channel, Georgios spent almost 4 years as a Structurer at Demica, where he led trade receivables securitisation deals and also held positions at Moody’s, PwC and Bloomberg.

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George Channel Capital Advisors
George Cunningham

Strategy Manager

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As Strategy Manager, George collaborates with the senior management team to determine the business vision and goals. He is responsible for analysing the business and for establishing strategic business plans with the senior management team. George has a particular focus on developing Channel’s origination and client strategy.

George joined Channel having spent several years working in Corporate Development in the NBFI space. He also worked for several years as an Investment Portfolio Analyst in the Wealth Management industry. George holds a BSc in Mathematics and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Gregory Ashall

Product Development Manager

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Gregory is our Product Development Manager; he is passionate about innovating and creating financing solutions for SMEs. He recognises businesses are having to evolve which means that lending must follow suit, as technology advances this highlights the inadequacy of traditional lending which presents exciting opportunities to innovate. 

Gregory has spent 10 years in finance, holding commercial management roles at Lloyds Banking Group before moving into fintech and specialising in alternative finance at Funding Circle and Fibr respectively. His roles have involved managing key introducer partnerships to originate lending and grow territories across the UK. Using cutting-edge technology to automate customer journeys and credit risk, this has enabled high growth and scalability whilst offering a best-in-class service. A key part of Gregory’s success is his industry and competitor knowledge which along with his entrepreneurial nature allows him to innovate new and existing products.

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Hilmar Hauer Channel Capital Advisors
Hilmar Hauer

Head of Debt Products

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Hilmar heads the debt products business at Channel which includes origination and overall structuring activities for debt-linked transactions.

Hilmar leads the team for rated, un-rated, insured and un-insured working capital financings for our issuing clients globally. Prior to joining Channel in 2007, Hilmar was a Quantitative Analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort.

Hilmar holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham. He is a member of the risk committee.

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Ian Watson Channel Capital Advisors
Ian Watson

COO

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As Chief Operating Officer, Ian joined Channel from his position of Managing Director at Corporate Linx, a Supply Chain Finance technology provider based in France and the UK.  He has  spent most of his career in invoice finance and asset-based lending, both here in the UK and overseas.

During his 9 years with Bibby Financial Services, he spent 6 years based in Australia & Singapore as CEO for Asia Pacific followed by 3 years in Atlanta as CEO of BFS North America.

His earlier career experience includes executive positions with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in the UK and prior to that International Factors, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.

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Iliyan
Iliyan Yankov

Software Engineer

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Iliyan recently joined Channel as a Software Engineer from beSaathi, a fintech platform which allows users create better financial habits, where he helped from the initial build to the delivery to the end user. Prior to that, he worked on a variety of web and mobile projects as a full stack engineer, including a free mental health app.

In his free time Iliyan likes to work on his personal projects and spend time with his family. Iliyan is a graduate of the software engineering bootcamp Makers Academy in London, and holds a Bachelor degree in Cinema Production from the University of Bologna, Italy.

 

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Ion Fratiloiu

Chief Commercial Office

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Ion leads Channel Digital’s commercial function across digital strategy, marketing, partner prospecting/acquisition, and aftercare for digital efforts including SMEs platforms/brokers, NBFI platforms and eventually, non-financial services platforms for embedded finance.

From launching his financial career at Deutsche Bank, Ion spent a number of years consulting in the equity capital markets space and leading sales growth for FTSE500 company Fiserv and unicorn core banking provider Thought Machine. He also recently led the commercial initiatives of Yobota, a London based Banking as a Service company offering capital and core banking technology. He holds a BA Hons in Marketing Management from Coventry University.

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Jonathan Kirkland Channel Capital Advisors
Jonathan Kirkland

Operations Manager

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Jonathan is focused on Channel’s day to day operational management. Prior to joining Channel in 2021, Jonathan held an operational role at Select Invoice Finance. Jonathan holds a BSc in Mathematics from De Montfort University (1st Class).

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Kristian Wilson Channel Capital Advisors
Kristian Wilson

CTO

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Kristian Wilson is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Channel. In this role, he is responsible for driving the company’s technology and embedded finance vision.

Kristian joined Channel from Auto Integrate, the market leading maintenance authorization platform in North America, where he successfully migrated the platform to the cloud. Prior to that, he has delivered scalable technology platforms in businesses ranging in size from start-up to SME, across a variety of industries, including protecting millions of children online with Future Digital, providing the underbanked with access to competitive finance and high quality rental property with Richmond Group, and helping corporations understand their VOIP telephony with Tiger Communications.

Kristian holds an MCOMP in Computer Science from Loughborough University (1st Class).

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Kasia Rytelewska

Digital Product Lead

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As Digital Product Lead, Kasia is responsible for the ‘why’ of the product, overseeing all product-related activities at Channel Digital. The primary goal of her role is to lead and facilitate the creation of products that deliver value to both customers and the business.

Kasia studied International Business & Finance in Maastricht (Netherlands) and Richmond (United States), and wrote her master thesis on the globalization of factoring. Since then, she’s held various positions within the European factoring market in business areas such as risk, audit, product development, innovation, and operations.

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Laura Channel Capital Advisors
Laura Sidabre

Credit Analyst

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Laura is a credit analyst at Channel with over 13 years of experience in the banking sector. She previously worked at various Scandinavian banks including SEB Bank and Danske Bank. Laura holds a BSc in Mathematics from Vilnius University and a MSc in Business Administration from Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania.

 

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Luke Keteleers Channel Capital Advisors
Luke Keteleers

Director – Business Origination

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Luke has over 15 years of experience in Financial Services, of which 7 years have been in receivables finance. This consists of both banks and independent providers. Luke has extensive knowledge across many industries including Export, Recruitment and Trade Finance.

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Mert Ertugrul Channel Capital Advisors
Mert Ertugrul

Senior Developer

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Mert is a Senior Software Developer and Data Science enthusiast with extensive experience working in the finance industry. Mert is responsible for IT software development, API design and leading the development team.

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Mitchel van der Palen

Business Development Manager

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Mitchel joined Channel in February 2022 as a Business Development Manager supporting our Dutch business entity. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce degree, he worked for a wholesale company where he further developed his interest in the financial sector before moving on to work with variants of alternative funding for one of the market leaders in Invoice Discounting.

Mitchel’s commercial talent came to the fore and he contributed to rapid business growth during his six years with the company, progressing through several roles before joining Channel.

He said: ‘I’m eager to offer our funding solutions to SMEs in the Netherlands. There is clearly a great opportunity for lenders to join the market and provide SMEs with the support they deserve, and that we are perfectly positioned to provide.’

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Nickolay Stanchev

Data Scientist

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Nick is a Data Scientist at Channel; he is responsible for the development of our risk assessment models. Nick began his career with Experian where he worked within the consultancy practice for various clients across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Following this, he moved to Lloyds Bank to help the development of models for credit risk assessment in the retail space. For the last five years, Nick had been a consultant with 4most, working on various data science engagements across the UK.

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Rob Retèl

Managing Director

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Rob is Channel Digital Managing Director. He has more than 42 years of international development experience including leadership positions at both Dutch and international organisations such as Randstad Uitzendbureau and De Lage Landen. Rob was also a Managing Director of Bibby Financial Services BV in The Netherlands and Belgium. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and volunteering his time as treasurer for several charitable and community organisations.

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