GTR 2024

Sustainable Trade Finance
solutions to take your story
across borders

GTR Africa 2024

About GTR

This event will gather industry experts across markets  discussing a range of topics ranging ranging from innovation, trade and commodity flows, infrastructure and the ever-changing global environment.

As proud sponsor of the GTR 2024 event, our focus is to empower businesses through our sustainable Trade Finance solutions.

Our Pan-African knowledge, expertise, skills and data-driven insights mean we are well-positioned to collaborate with , listen to you about your needs, build lasting relationships that empower you to make informed business decisions.

Partner with the bank that drives Africa’s trade landscape forward through sustainable, efficient and secure trade solutions.

We are proud to have participated in another successful GTR Africa event. Watch some of the highlights and key insights from our prestigious clients and team. #AfricaExpertise

Michelle Knowles, Head of Trade and Working Capital Product, Absa CIB and Kuben Pillay, Head of Trade and Working Capital Sales, Pan-Africa Absa CIB,

highlight how GTR Africa is a platform that allows clients to network and how the agenda will address opportunities and challenges in Trade Finance. #AfricaExpertise #GTRAfrica

In recent years we have seen far more collaboration between the banks, Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Insurers – particularly as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) funding frameworks are maturing and it is clear that funding pools here are expanding. Watch as @Bohani Hlungwane, Managing Director, Head of Trade & Working Capital, Pan-Africa, Absa CIB and @Ovizikhungo Sicwetsha, Pan-African Head, Short Term Finance, Absa CIB unpack the key developments that influence Trade Finance and how ESG influences Trade Finance.#AfricaExpertise #GTRAfrica

Meet the team

Unlocking your potential with insight and sustainable solutions.


Kuben Pillay

Head: Trade and Working Capital Sales Commercial, Pan Africa Transactional Banking at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking

With more than 16 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry, Kuben has experience across Sales, Strategy and Operations. Currently he oversees the Southern Africa Region (South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana) Trade and Working Capital Business.

Kuben specialises in African Trade providing innovative trade and working capital financing solutions to corporates across the bank.


Bohani Hlungwane

Group head of Trade and Working Capital, Absa Corporate and Investment Bank

Bohani is a senior global corporate banker, thought leader on Africa Trade, Trade Finance & Working Capital specialist, speaker on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and business leader with 18 years’ experience in banking across geographies.


Mosa Tshabalala

Head of FI Trade Sales (International), Risk Distribution and Syndications

With more than 18 years of management experience in diverse financial institutions, Mosa Tshabalala has substantial experience in the banking sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coupled with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the international market dynamics and key players in the FI Trade and Risk Distribution space, Mosa has a proven record of integrity, results, productivity, and quality.


Michelle Knowles

Managing Director: Pan Africa Head of Trade and Working Capital Product at Absa Corporate and Investment Bank

During her 20 + years in the Banking industry, Michelle has spent a major part of her career in International Trade, holding several different roles and responsibilities. She is a member of the global advisory committee for Factors Chain International and appointed the Co-Chair of the BAFT Africa council in 2021, appointed to the BAFT Board in 2021 and appointed as BAFT Treasurer in 2023. In her current role as the Pan Africa Head of Trade and Working Capital Product, Michelle is responsible for executing the Trade and Working Capital Product and Digital strategy across Pan Africa. The evolution of Supply Chain Finance products and Digital Trade has been a key focus for her.

Thought leadership articles

Unlocking your potential with insight and sustainable solutions.


No more business-as-usual in African capital markets

For Africa to narrow a trade finance gap which is nearing $120bn per year, we need stakeholders to take a more nuanced approach to risk and partnerships in 2024.


A bridge over troubled waters, how digitalisation will close the African trade finance gap, further ESG and empower SMEs

Europe remains one of the most important continents for trade with Africa, but recent years have seen a decline relative to other regions, with a notable uptick in flows from China and MEA regions.


Absa leads the pack in support for SMEs

Small- and medium enterprises (SMEs) are crucial to Africa’s and South Africa’s economy. SMEs urgently need bank funding support to aid their survival through the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Through funding, small businesses can participate and benefit from the new growth opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). At Absa, we are committed to all our clients (big or small) and are determined to give them access to limitless possibilities.


It’s time to rethink how we do trade

Absa’s Abdul Yassim (Head of sales trade and working capital South Africa) and Ruth Ngulube (Head of trade and working capital in Zambia) unpack Covid-19’s effects on trade and how it will bounce back. They explain that despite the challenges South Africa and the region face, there are emerging solutions that will bring new opportunities into the industry.