From October 4-5, 2021, World of Open Account (WOA) hosted its first face-to-face international receivables finance conference of the post-pandemic era.

Held in Vienna, Austria, the WOA Community Convention’s main partner was Raiffeisen Factor Bank AG, and it was also sponsored by Adamant Lane AG, Atradius Collections, Codix, efcom gmbh, HPD Lendscape and SCHUMANN.

Joint organisers Erik Timmermans and John Brehcist

Joint organisers Erik Timmermans and John Brehcist said: “We know that getting back together was something very important for all our attendees. 

“Thanks to them and to our sponsors, we were able to hold an in-depth programme that was incisive, entertaining and challenging – we are all looking forward with confidence to the future of the open account RF world!”

During the two-day WOA Community Convention, presentations were given by guest speakers including Andreas Bene; José Angelo Estrella Faria; Simon Peterman; Christian Berger; John Brehcist; Kevin Day; Gideon Jones; Alecsandra Valasuteanu; Sebastian Erich; Ernesto Vila; Federico  Avellán Borgmeyer; Laurent Tabouelle; Otto Johannsen; Robert Meters; and Simon Featherstone. 

“Despite the challenges of international travel remaining for many, we were delighted to see so many attending,” Timmermans and Brehcist added.  

“And for those who wanted to come but were prevented by remaining controls, we look forward to seeing you at our next Conference!” 

WOA is a new initiative for a global collaborative community of professionals and companies in open account receivables financing. Its mission is to be the digital home of receivables finance and a collaboration-based networking and competence centre for better, safer and more productive receivables financing. 

WOA was initiated by Erik Timmermans, and is supported by a host of high-profile strategic advisors and founding members from within the receivables finance industry. 

It is a division and trading name of BZIX Consulting & Management, which is based in Brussels, Belgium. 

Trade Finance Global (TFG) is a proud media partner of the WOA Community Convention.