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Dan Day-Robinson


Dan Day-Robinson is the CEO of Temeriti. Until 2019 he was Chairman of the International Commodities and Derivatives Association, founded in Switzerland 38 years ago. Its members are international banks, exchanges, traders, brokers and the investors in the commodities and derivatives space. From 2009-2010, Dan was Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations (UNCTAD). Before UNCTAD, Dan was a director of a UK-based consulting firm working in the commodity market development sector, working for both the public and private sector. Clients included the African Union, The Common Fund for Commodities (“CFC”), The Dubai Government (DP World), The World Bank, the European Commission, the UK Government DFID, the Dubai Metals and Commodities Centre, Norton Rose, Clyde & Co and United Insurance Brokers. During 2003-5 Dan led a project for the Dubai Government Ports and Customs Free Zone Corporation and Dubai Metals and Commodities Centre to  develop a risk management and electronic warehouse receipt system, Dan has acted as an expert witness in several high-profile commodity fraud cases. He is a well-known figure in the commodities and commodity finance community.


John MacNamara


John MacNamara (“Mac”) is CEO of Carshalton Commodities. For 20 years until 2019 he was Global Head of Structured Commodity Trade Finance at Deutsche Bank AG, first in Amsterdam and then in London, finishing as Vice-Chairman Trade Finance, Commodities. He chaired DB’s ‘Commodity Trade Finance Council’ which was a technical review body of all DB’s commodity trade finance facilities, and was responsible for all commodity-backed financing across both developed and emerging markets. Prior to setting up the multiple award-winning business at Deutsche, Mac set up the structured trade & commodity finance business at Santander in London, and has worked for international banks and commodity traders since 1982. His first structured deal was already in 1983, between the USSR and Colombia, financed by an Islamic commodity fund. Mac’s publications include the STCF chapter in the Loan Market Association (LMA)’s 2016 textbook ’20 Years in Loan Markets’ which includes product definitions for the main structures, also the PXF chapter in the LMA’s 2013 textbook ‘Developing Loan Markets’, also his own 2001 textbook ‘Structured Trade & Commodity Finance in Emerging Markets: What can go wrong?”, plus he contributed a large part of ‘Financiacion estructurada del comercio exterior’ – a guide written for the Spanish exporters’ institution ICEX. For the last 7 years he has been sitting on the LMA’s commodity finance working party, which produced the PXF template in 2013 and which recently has been working on a new template for BBF, and also on the steering committee for UNCTAD’s Global Commodities Forum, also on the editorial advisory boards on ‘Global Trade Review’ (GTR) and ‘Trade & Forfaiting Review’.


In 2019 GTR conferred their first ever ‘Legend in Trade’ award on Mac, while TXF gave him an award ‘For Outstanding Services to Commodities Finance’. Mac has an MA from Cambridge University and a Green Beret from the Royal Marines Commandos.


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