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During this public event, we will delve into the evolving dynamics of cross-border payments and data interoperability for corporates in the Asian market. Experts will explore key themes such as speed, security and the future of development in this rapidly evolving landscape and what it means for corporates.

With 2-second data enriched payments capabilities, corporate expectations are changing in terms of speed of collection, reconciliation and even distribution channels. During this panel discussion, we will touch upon the specific needs and preferences of corporates and the ability to facilitate cross-border payment nuances and actionable strategies.

Join us and gain invaluable insights from industry experts offering insights from the security aspect, corporate perspective and the bank’s vision for the future of cross-border data and payments.



08.30 am Registration and Networking
09.00 am Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping by EuroCham
09.05 am Opening Remarks by Mr Jens Rübbert, President of EuroCham Singapore
09.10 am Speaker Presentations
– Mr Shirish Wadivkar (Swift)
– Ms Rupa Balsekar (BNP Paribas)
09.40 am Panel Discussion and Live Q&A moderated by Mr Carl Van der Elst, Co-Chair of the Financial Services Committee
10.35 am Closing Remarks by Mr Jens Rübbert, President of EuroCham Singapore
10.45 am End of Event

Light refreshments will be served.
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.




Ms Rupa Balsekar
Managing Director & Head – Transaction Banking, South East Asia
BNP Paribas

Rupa Balsekar is the Managing Director & Head of Transaction Banking for BNP Paribas South East Asia. Rupa is an Experienced Corporate Leadership Banker with over 25 years experience in Banking covering Cash Management, Traditional Trade & Supply Chain. She is the Member of the BNPP Singapore Exco and Transaction Banking APAC Exco.

In her role, Rupa has been responsible for Creating a Winning Transaction Banking Franchise and spearheading the focus on technology for the Delivery of Industry First solutions in Cash Management & Trade for the benefit of her clients. She has been the Vice Chair of ICC India’s Working Group on Banking and Finance 2021-22. Rupa herself has been recognized as Transaction Banker of the year in 2019, by AAA Asset.

Rupa holds a CA degree from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has been a Mumbai University Merit ranker. Rupa is also personally committed to creating positive change through community work in the area of child education through “Help A Child To Study” Somaiya Vidyavihar Trust. This NGO supports higher education for the underprivileged and meritorious students from low income families in Maharashtra-Karnataka belt.


Mr Shirish Wadivkar
Global Head – Wholesale Payments & Trade Strategy

Shirish joined Swift in 2022 as Managing Director, Global Head – Wholesale Payments & Trade Strategy, based in Singapore. Shirish has over 24 years of experience and the last 16 years in Payments across retail, corporate, and financial institutions.

At Swift he is responsible for the definition of “Why” for Wholesale Payments & Trade, an area that is both, core today and for the future of global commerce across the ecosystem Swift serves. Wholesale Payments & Trade is an integrated agenda that covers core payment products for B2x payments and corporate treasury; trade standards, digitisation and trade platforms; payment market infrastructures, and marketplaces. Shirish is also on the Board of Directors of Swift India, a JV with leading banks in India.

Before Swift, Shirish was Managing Director & Global Head of Payments for Standard Chartered Bank. His 19-year career at Standard Chartered spanned geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, and Asia. He held multiple leadership roles encompassing Product P&L management of retail and corporate payments, currency clearing, and FI Trade finance. Most recently he led the bank’s foray into Digital Currencies and alternate settlement networks.




Mr Carl van der Elst
Director, Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch
Co-Chair of the Finacial Services Committee, EuroCham

Carl is within Deutsche Bank responsible for the coverage of the European multinational clients active in the Asia Pacific region. Originally from Holland, Carl has lived in Asia for more than 20 years, with the majority of his time spent in China. Carl joined Deutsche Bank in Beijing in 2008 after previously working at Credit Suisse and ING. Carl has a Masters in Law from Leiden University and a MBA from UC Berkeley. Carl is fluent in Dutch, English and German while conversant in French and Mandarin.



On 28 August, EuroCham hosted an insightful panel discussion run by the Financial Services Committee.

The future of corporate payments in Asia is indeed shaping up to be more collaborative, inclusive, and tech-driven. How is your organization adapting to these emerging trends?

A special thank you to Swift for hosting, to Carl for moderating, a big shoutout to our esteemed speakers, Rupa and Shirish and to all who joined us in order to make the event a success!