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Meet the team

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.

Martin Eriksson

Debt Products Associate

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Before joining Channel in 2019, Martin graduated from BI Norwegian Business School with a BSc in Finance. After his time at BI Norwegian Business School, Martin worked in the Scandinavian corporate bond market for a small start-up firm. He later went on to undertake and graduate from the MSc in Finance and Management programme at Cranfield School of Management

Walter Gontarek

Chief Executive & Chairman

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Walter Gontarek is a co-founder of Channel Capital Advisors in 2006 and is the firm’s CEO and executive committee chairman. Walt previously founded and served as global head of credit products at the Royal Bank of Canada and has worked in the City and on Wall Street in various senior capital markets roles. He also served as president of a retail banking platform in the US. Walter holds a doctorate in finance from Cranfield University and an MBA (Finance) from NYU Stern, and has published in leading academic journals on risk governance issues. Walt is a visiting fellow of Cranfield University where he lectures on risk governance and regulation, as well FinTech developments. He serves on financial services companies boards and was a named a financial market expert by PRIME finance at its inaugural meeting at the Peace Palace, The Hague in 2012.

Deborah Hutchinson

Chief Operating Officer

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Deborah joined Channel at the start of 2007 as a co-founding partner responsible for operations, finance, compliance and human capital. She oversees the day-to-day operation of the firm. Before joining Channel, Deborah worked for Rabobank in London as global business manager for all capital markets activities, overseeing budgeting, planning and administrative functions for the global business unit. Deborah holds a BSc from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is a Chartered Accountant.  Deborah is a member of the risk and managing partners committees and chairs the firm’s management committee. She has responsibility for human capital development, a key area of focus for Channel today as it expands it product and geographical reach.

Paul Wilson

Chief Investment Officer

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Paul Wilson has over 17 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.

Marcus Fedder

Chairman, Advisory Board

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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 as a financial services executive.  He also worked in capital markets and banking at CIBC and Deutsche Bank. He presently is a non-executive director (NED) of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFI) where he chairs the audit committee and a NED at TCX where he also serves as chairman of the risk committee. Marcus holds a PhD from the Freie Universitat Berlin and graduates degrees from the London School of Economics and Cambridge University.

Varda Shine

Deputy Chairman

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Varda has over 30 years’ experience in the ultimate luxury goods product arena, joining 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 or has been a NED, board member or advisor at Petra Diamonds, Vulcan Cyber, the Mineral Development Company of Botswana (Pty) Co., and Lonmin Plc. Varda is also a C-suite executive mentor to leading executives.

Susanne Chishti

Advisory Board

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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

Aarti Patel

Origination & Business Development Director

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Ms. Patel is a Director in the Origination and Business Development Team at Channel Capital Advisors, where she focuses on origination and investments across debt products and trade finance assets, alongside shaping the firm’s brand strategy. 

Dalia Kay

Senior Advisor – Portfolio Management

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Dalia has 25 years’ experience in the trade finance market and is responsible for advising Channel Capital on the trade finance asset class, leveraging her experience, knowledge and network in this market for the firm.

Pouya Jafari

Trade Finance Associate

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Pouya joined Channel in 2019 to assist in the origination, structuring, and risk analysis of trade finance investment opportunities.

Ken Owen

Portfolio Management

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Since joining Channel in 2014, Ken has served as a trade finance specialist within portfolio management. Ken has served as Moderator for the International Trade Finance exam for the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and has been a speaker at the United Nations on the role of trade finance in the global economy.

Katie Achaibou

Trade Finance Portfolio Manager

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With close to 30 years’ experience in trade finance, Katie began her career at London Forfaiting Company, working on the origination, execution and distribution of emerging market trade finance business. Since then she has held trade finance roles at several major banks, including MUFG and HSH Nordbank, with a particular focus on commodity and structured trade finance portfolios. Most recently, she helped to establish Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s London trade finance business, managing CBA’s trade finance product offering for its Europe and US based clients. Katie holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from The Queen’s College, Oxford
University. Joined Channel January 2020.

Dan Luther

Head of Operations

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Dan manages Channel’s operations and transaction management for working capital products, reporting to the COO.  This is a key role as once a new client is on-boarded, it is up to Dan and his team to manage the working capital and cash related flows of each transaction efficiently using the CREST software and other FinTech technologies.

Lauren Woods

Operations & Transactions Manager

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Lauren is dedicated to the day to day running of Channel’s trade receivables transactions, and supports the finance and operations functions.

Anna Rayner

Operations & Transactions Manager

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

Kishan Patel

Operations and Transaction Analyst

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

Elaine Colley

Finance and 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.

Rinal Patel

Finance Director

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Rinal Patel 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. 

David Allcock

Chief Technology Officer

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Dave joined Channel in 2007 and is responsible for all systems and IT, including software development, infrastructure, network management and business continuity testing and planning. Dave is also responsible for our partnerships with FinTech service providers which permit us to efficiently scale our business, the CREST platform intellectual property asset and evaluating the use of technology by our financing clients as part of our due diligence. 

Thomas Fisher

IT Infrastructure Manager

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Tom is responsible for the continued maintenance and security of Channel’s IT infrastructure and related business continuity arrangements.

Philip Sullivan

Interim Chief Risk Officer

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Philip joined CCA as a Risk Advisor in 2017 and became the Interim Chief Risk Officer at Channel in May of 2019. He oversees risk management, risk policy and the transaction approval process for all investment and working capital transactions globally.

Peter Burbank

Credit Risk & Risk Management

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Peter is a director of credit risk and reports to Chief Investment Officer. He has extensive credit risk experience across banking and corporate markets, with a solid foundation gained across rating agency (DBRS, Moody’s, BankWatch), investment banking (JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch), fund management (Pictet, Swissre) and consulting (McKinsey).

Tony Smedley

SME Business Development

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Tony joined Channel Capital Advisors in February 2020 as Head of SME Business Development and leads the growth of the working capital business in the UK.

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Dr Andrea Moro

Senior Advisor/Scientific Board

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Dr Andrea Moro is a senior advisor and a member of our Scientific Board, focusing on SME and corporate risk measures.  He is a member of the faculty at Cranfield School of Management in the Finance & Accounting area.  Andrea has published over 20 journal and practitioner articles on SME/small business finance, entrepreneur and credit risk subjects in leading journals, including the Journal of Banking & Finance as well as The European Accounting Review.  Before pursuing his academic pursuits, Andrea worked for 15 years as a senior financial advisor to SMEs, including financial planning, financial budgeting and cashflow management. Andrea also advises other start-ups in the Blockchain and Tech sectors, as well as insurers on CSR issues.

Dr Gabriele Sabato

Scientific Board

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Dr Gabriele Sabato is a Senior Advisor and member of our Scientific Board with a special focus on risk management and risk governance. Gabriele helps Channel’s senior management fine tune his risk management process 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.

Duarte Pedreira

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Duarte has a considerable profile in global trade finance markets and advises our portfolio mangers on trade finance developments.  Duarte is Head of Trade Finance at the Crown Agents Bank, a UK based regulated provider of payments, cash management, trade finance, asset management and foreign exchange services to clients in developing markets, including Africa, the Caribbean, LATAM and Asia/Pacific as well as regional central banks.  Duarte is a board member and chairman of the Africa regional committee at the International Trade & Forfaiting Association.  He previously has held trade finance related positions at AIG, Standard Bank and Banif Bank.  Duarte holds a MSc from ICMA Center in International Securities, Investments & Banking.  In his spare time, Duarte is affiliated with the charity Shelter Them in Rwanda, as chairman. 

Lisa Gibbard

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Lisa is a specialist in financial services and technology, change management and cyber sectors. Lisa previously spent 13-years at Aspen Insurance as Chief of Operations and Technology where she led the transformation process for Business Transformation, IT Strategy & Operations, Finance Operations, Outwards Reinsurance Operations, Procurement and Facilities & Real Estate. She also focused on cyber and technology governance issues to better align this function to the business lines. Lisa holds a degree in Mathematics and BMA from Leeds Trinity University and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. 

Richard Leong

Executive Committee Member

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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 seven 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 decision sciences from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ed Smith

Senior Advisor

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Ed is responsible for developing Channel’s working capital business with UK-based clients. Ed is a Chartered Accountant with over 20years’ experience with JP Morgan and Rabobank in various roles including Global Head, Telecoms & Media and CEO, Rabo FARM. In more recent years, he has been advising PE firms and working with growth-led UK SME’s in various roles as investor, Advisory Board Chair and commercial business development.

Steve Box

Senior Advisor

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Steve Box is a Senior Advisor to Channel and focuses on advising us on structuring client propositions for working capital needs of international corporations. Steve has extensive experience in arranging and managing working capital financing businesses including serving as Global Head of Receivables Finance at HSBC, CEO of Europe/Asia and North America at Bibby Financial Services and Head of Europe at Falcon Group. 

Jack Caouette

Executive Committee Member

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Jack has been chairman of various portfolio companies affiliated with Channel since 2006. He is also member of the Executive Committee. Jack provides advice to the management team on strategic matters 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 in the early days of the swap market . 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.

James Sutcliffe

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Jim contributes to our panel with exceptional leadership from the financial services industry including serving as Group CEO of Old Mutual plc (wealth management and savings), CEO of Prudential UK (where he spent most of his career), and Chairman the Investment Committee at the £50 billion investment platform AJBell.  Jim is Chairman of Cover Genius, a 4 year old exciting Insurtech company selling 150,000 policies a month serving the largest eCommerce companies across 70 countries. Jim also is an advisory board member at Certua.io, which is helping financial services firms compete in the digital age.

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Mark Redinger

External Counsel

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Mark Redinger is our External General Counsel dealing with corporate matters as well as financings in Canada for the firm. Mark is a partner with Dickinson Wright in the Banking and M&A groups focusing on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, asset-based lending, derivatives and cross border international financings.  He has extensive experience in listings of firms securities in Canada, Ireland, and the UK. Mark advised the current senior management of Channel in its corporate and partnership matters for over 10-years and is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales.  Mark holds a BA Political Science and Comparative Politics from the University of Toronto, an LLB from Western Ontario, and an LLM from LSE (merit).

Nemanja Radic

Senior Advisor/Scientific Board

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Dr Radic is a member of our Scientific Board and a senior advisor, focusing on investment returns and risk management.  He joined Cranfield University in 2018. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Nemanja held positions in Huddersfield University, London Metropolitan University and University of Rome III. He also held position as Visiting Research Fellow at Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic.

He received his PhD in Banking and Finance from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”‘, Italy.

Nemanja’s broad research interest include areas such as banking, corporate governance, industrial organization and emerging markets. His specialist area focuses on modelling efficiency and competition in financial services industry, shareholder value and risk management, and monetary policy. He is an author of several publications in top peer-reviewed Finance journals and he also serves as an ad-hoc referee of a number of journals in Finance, Economics, Econometrics and Statistics, and Operations Research and Management Science subject area. He is currently serving as the associate editor of Frontiers in Finance and Economics Journal.

Nemanja has also successfully attracted several research grants and presented his work at a number of highly rated international conferences. His work on the Investment Banking Efficiency and Shareholder Value Creation won the IFABS 2011 Best Young Researcher Award.

Noel Edison

Senior Advisor

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Noel has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in global capital markets and is a senior advisor to our global fund management and debt products businesses. Noel served most recently as Director & Head of Insurance and Financial Services at the EBRD responsible for origination and execution of debt and equity financings across 36 countries, including trade related and asset-backed financings.  He also served as a managing director at Standard Chartered as Head of Asset Securitisation for the emerging markets of South America, Turkey, Middle East, Africa and South Asia and as managing director at Bank of America in various capacities, each with a focus on structured finance. Noel combines extra-ordinary product knowledge with extensive experience across all EMEA markets. He currently serves as an independent non-executive board member of Hayat Varlık Yönetim A.Ş., a Turkish asset management company based in Istanbul. He holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. 

Daouii Abouchere

Scientific Board

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Daouii Abouchere is a geopolitical analyst, Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and Senior Advisor/Scientific Board Member to Channel. She focuses on thought-leadership issues, including ESG, sustainable and responsible finance, climate change and other issues facing our stakeholders.

Daouii holds a BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Dazagga (Nilo-Saharan Language). Conversational in Spanish.

Sandra Okanta

Head of Compliance

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Sandra joined Channel in December 2019 as the Head of Compliance, responsible for advising on regulatory risks and regulations applicable to the business. Sandra is also focused on ensuring Channel has robust internal processes and procedures that promote effective governance in accordance to the Financial Conduct Authority guidelines and expectations.

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Charles Colbourne

Senior Advisor

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Charles co-founded Channel in 2006. He was responsible for overseeing the structuring and execution of transitions and identification of new financing opportunities and served on its executive, management and credit committees through 2018. He was formerly Manageing Director and joint head of the global Credit Products Group at TD Securities, a unit of the Toronto-Dominion Bank. Charles also served on the TD Securities Trading Risk Committee. Charles holds a B. Comm. from University Alberta in Canada.

Briana Long

Digital Marketing Coordinator

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Briana handles all digital & marketing aspects at Channel, from event coordination, sponsorship enquires and anything under the digital sun please get in touch.

Briana.long@channelcapital.io

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Michael Watson

Senior Advisor

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Mike Watson is a Senior Advisor to Channel and focuses on our development of risk culture and risk advisory.  Mike is a member of our Risk Advisory Council which provides oversight on the working capital portfolio for current and emerging risk trends, including credit, liquidity, reputational, operational and fraud risks. Mike also chairs our Asset Resolution & Recovery committee which advises on resolution strategies. Mike has extensive experience in working capital financings globally including senior risk management and business management roles at Bibby Factors, Cattles Invoice Finance, Arbuthnot Commercial Finance and Barclays Bank.