International Trade Professionals Programme 2020

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Get ahead, with our newly launched International Trade Professionals Programme 2020 (ITPP)

If you are looking to develop your reputation and knowledge as a leader in trade finance, this programme may be for you. In partnership with LIBF, the ITPP allows international trade professionals to write for TFG’s publications. The top 10 writers of this years’ cohort will be enrolled onto a trade finance course, certified by LIBF.

During these unprecedented times, this programme is also open to furloughed professionals or those currently unemployed within the trade finance sector.

What’s in it for you?


Boost your professional reputation as a leader in trade. You’ll be a published author and part of the ITPP’s 2020 cohort


Brush up your skills by working with our editorial team to write about a trade niche – shared with our global trade community


You’ll have a TFG Author Profile built for you, and become a member of ITFA Emerging Leaders, a global network of trade professionals


The top 10 writers (judged externally) will be enrolled onto a trade finance course, certified by The London Institute of Banking & Finance

International Trade Professionals Programme 2020

1. Trade Finance Global’s 2020 writer cohort

You’ll be working hand in hand with one of TFG’s editorial team to plan, scope and produce a journalistic piece of content on a pre-agreed topic within international trade and finance. This could be an essay on structured LCs, your own research on trade flows, an opinion piece on blockchain for trade or an educational piece on trade credit insurance.

Once we’ve agreed a topic, our team will be on hand to help you edit, improve and refine your article. Once this is done, your piece will be published on Trade Finance Global. The top articles (at TFG’s discretion) will also be published in print in Trade Finance Talks (magazine).

– An author profile created for you on Trade Finance Global
– Editorial help from our TFG experts
– Your work published to 120k monthly readers
– Articles promoted across our social channels (100k impressions / month) and email (30k database)

2. Certified trade finance courses by LIBF

The top 10 winners will receive access to one of the six trade and transaction banking courses provided by The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF). Participants on the programme can choose their preferred course. This includes the study materials, examination and certification. Each winner will receive access to one of the following courses:

Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS®)

Level 4 Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS®) – 601/1159/8
The Certificate for Documentary Credit Specialists (CDCS) is a professional qualification that is recognised worldwide as a benchmark of competence for international practitioners.

Certificate in International Trade and Finance (CITF)

This is an international trade certification that improves your technical knowledge and teaches you how to apply this knowledge to real situations. LIBF has developed the Level 3 qualification in consultation with trade finance experienced specialists.

Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees (CSDG)

The Certificate for Specialists in Demand Guarantees qualification will develop students’ understanding in the use of guarantees, industry rules, legislation and the challenges relating to demand guarantees and standby credits. CSDG enables students to demonstrate a high level of expertise and improves knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with demand guarantee best practice.

Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC)

This qualification gives you the technical knowledge to succeed in trade finance compliance and the ability to apply expertise in a professional setting. It is a valuable benchmark for Trade Finance Operations Staff, Relationship Managers, Bank Audit and Compliance Staff, and Risk Managers.

Certificate in Principles of Payments (CertPAY)

CertPAY enables professionals working in the global payments industry to attain an internationally recognised qualification. It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of payments, from terminology to the mechanics of moving money across the globe, as well as compliance, risk, regulation, and strategy.

Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF)

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance is relevant if you work or are aspiring to work within an area dealing with Supply Chain Finance (SCF). You will develop an understanding of the standard definitions for techniques of SCF, how to identify funding gaps as a result of trade cycle analysis, understand clients’ needs and develop your skills in structuring and implementing SCF solutions.

3. Invitation to join ITFA Emerging Leaders

As a global trade finance industry body, the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) runs the ITFA Emerging Leaders programme, an initiative which is crucial to ensuring the industry’s sustainability and growth in the future. By joining this programme, you will be invited to join ITFA Emerging Leaders, which includes the opportunity to be paired with a mentor, go to networking events and meetups around the world and the opportunity to tune into webinars, free of charge.


You can apply to be part of the International Trade Professionals Programme if you are 18 or over and can demonstrate that you are working in (or have worked in) any of the following fields:

The programme is available if you are working across, or have worked in any of the following domain areas:

  • Trade, receivables and supply chain finance (back and front office)
  • Trade based financial crime, compliance and regulation
  • Trade (research or economics based)
  • Shipping, logistics and supply chain
  • Trade policy, practitioner or law
  • Trade credit insurance, risk, sureties and bonds
  • Export credit agency, development finance institution, multilateral development bank (OECD / non-OECD)
  • Trade consulting
  • Risk: credit, political
  • Export finance
  • Trade technology / fintech in trade
  • Foreign exchange and currency risk
  • Sustainable trade

The programme is available at all of the following levels:

  • Entry level
  • Analyst
  • Business Development
  • Middle management
  • Manager
  • Assistant Director
  • Director
  • Senior Director


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Deadline for Applications is midnight on the 1st May 2020.

Application Process

There is an initial screening process to check and confirm your eligibility onto the programme.

Once onboarded, the cohort will be invited to join ITFA Emerging Leaders.

You’ll be working with TFG’s Editorial team to agree, draft and then produce a piece of content.

Following this, entries will be judged by both LIBF and TFG, and the top 10 winners will be enrolled onto a trade finance course, certified by LIBF.

Meet our writers

These are the writers that were part of the TFG Annual Accelerate Scholarship, a separate programme run by TFG.

Theo Iordache

Young professional on the 2019 Acclerate cohort. Articles published in Trade Finance Talks.

Tom Harrison

Being a student writer for TFG has been a great experience and one I would recommend for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of business and trade. The support provided has helped me develop as a writer, and getting to see my work published online was a really great sense of achievement.

Read Tom’s Latest Post ‘South Africa’s Political Crisis’

Other examples of contributor articles

Other examples of contributor articles

See all of our latest student articles here.

About TFG education schemes

TFG’s education schemes (scholarships, professional training and student writer programmes) were initiated in 2018 to address the trade finance gap, due to a lack of suitably skilled and qualified specialists in the sector – in a challenging time of reduced global trade, a significant shortfall in skilled entrants in the shipping and marine space, and general confusion around the trade finance market.

During the current uncertain times, TFG, working in partnership with LIBF, will be providing opportunities to trade professionals to get free training, build their reputation, and create outstanding content working with the TFG editorial team.

TFG’s Accelerate scholarship and student writer programme will re-open for participants in September 2020.

About Trade Finance Global

Trade Finance Global (TFG) is the leading trade finance platform. We assist companies to access trade and receivables finance facilities through our relationships with 270+ banks, funds and alternative finance houses.

Our award winning educational resources serve an audience of 120k+ monthly readers in print & digital formats across 187 countries, covering insights, guides, research, magazines, podcasts and video.


About The London Institute of Banking & Finance

We exist for a very simple reason – to advance banking and finance by providing outstanding education and thinking, tailored to the needs of business, individuals, and society.

Our focus is on lifelong learning; equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to achieve what they want throughout their career and life.

We provide a balance of experience, insight and thought leadership into today’s financial world, delivered by industry leaders, thinkers and members of our community.

And because we’ve been at the heart of the sector since 1879, we create connections and build partnerships between people and business that make banking and finance more accessible and understood, and enhance social inclusion through better financial capability.

We are The London Institute of Banking & Finance, lifelong partners for financial education.


Key Benefits

  1. Opportunity to write for Trade Finance Global and have an author profile built for you
  2. All participants will be invited to join ITFA Emerging Leaders
  3. Top writers will be enrolled onto a trade finance course, certified by LIBF

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Terms and Conditions

Entry Rules

This competition is run by TFG Publishing Limited (“Trade Finance Global”, “TFG”, “we” or “our”) and is open to all residents aged 18+ who submit an application to the TFG competition page. Doing so will give you the opportunity to win the prize as described on the scholarship page.

  1. Your participation in this competition is at your sole option and risk. No purchase is required to enter.
  2. By entering this competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  3. You may not participate if you are a TFG employee, agent or employee or agent of a TFG affiliate company, or a family relation of any such employee or agent.
  4. You may not enter this competition more than once and you are only eligible to win one (1) prize. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone ignoring this rule.
  5. The competition opens on April, 15th 2020 at Midday UK time. You must submit your entry by 23:59am UK time on 1st May 2020.
  6. Information submitted in this competition must not be abusive, offensive or defamatory. We will put through any relevant photo for voting but reserve the right to refuse irrelevant information as determined at TFG’s sole discretion.
  7. TFG cannot accept any responsibility for any technical failure or problem which may result in any entry being lost or not being properly registered.
  8. TFG will only cancel, suspend, or amend the competition if required to do so for legal, regulatory or security reasons.
  9. All valid entries will be assessed by a panel constituting TFG staff and an independent judge. The panel will award points for originality, inspiration and interest and a winner will be chosen on this basis. The decision of the panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding that decision.
  10. We reserve the right to substitute the prize for an appropriate alternative.
  11. The winner will be contacted by email by Midday UK time by 8th June 2020.
  12. The winner must confirm their acceptance of the prize by replying to our email with their name, email address and telephone number.
  13. If the prize remains unclaimed after five (5) days, we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  14. The winner will receive their prize within thirty (30) days after claiming their prize.
  15. TFG will use the winner’s Twitter handle when announcing the winner and you agree that your name may be announced on TFG social media for publicity purposes.
  16. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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About the Author

Deepesh Patel is Editorial Director at Trade Finance Global (TFG). In this role, Deepesh leads efforts in developing TFG’s brand, relationships and strategic direction in key markets, including the UK, US, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Deepesh regularly chairs and speaks at international industry events with the WTO, BCR, Excred, TXF, The Economist and Reuters, as well as industry associations including ICC, FCI, ITFA, ICISA and BAFT.

Deepesh is the host of the ‘Trade Finance Talks’ podcast and ‘Trade Finance Talks TV’. He is co-author of ‘Blockchain for Trade: A Reality Check’ with the ICC and the WTO, alongside other industry research.

In addition to his work at TFG, Deepesh is a Strategic Advisor for WOA, and works closely with ITFA. He also sits on the Fintech Working Group of the Standardised Trust.

Prior to TFG, Deepesh worked at Travelex where he was responsible for the cards business and the Travelex Money app in Europe, NAM, UK and Brazil. Deepesh is Chair of Governors and co-opted LA Governor of the Wyvern Federation, which has responsibility for 5 primary schools in South London.

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