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Blockchain Supported Supply Chain Finance: Tapping into Uncharted Territory

Expert Panel & Networking Event
26 October 2021, 3 pm – 6 pm (German Time)

Interactive Workshops
27 and 28 October 2021, 10:30 am – 12 pm (German Time)


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Supply Chain Finance Hub

We will discuss opportunities and challenges of supporting supply chain finance with blockchain technology. As a participant you will learn from the knowledge and experience of our top speakers coming from leading firms and universities as well as hear about the latest research on the topic, introduced by the host Prof. Dr. David Wuttke, Assistant Professor for Supply Chain Management at the TUM Campus Heilbronn.

We expect a networking event with 150+ participants including managers and executives of manufacturing firms, banks, SCF providers, fintechs as well as researchers and students.


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Expert Panel & Networking Event

26 October, 3 pm – 6 pm (German Time)

7 experts, 7 questions: All experts will share their perspective on specific issues that are of particular concern for blockchain supported supply chain finance. A joint panel combines the findings of theory and practice. Learn from the latest research findings and management experiences.

We strive to achieve an interactive online event with networking sessions with smaller groups where you can exchange knowledge and ideas in breakout rooms.

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Interactive Workshops

Registration Deadline: 10 October 2021, maximum of 40 participants per workshop

We will host two additional workshops where participants can discuss questions and approaches related to blockchain supported supply chain finance in greatest depth. Our academic experts will moderate these workshops.


Workshop #1: Blockchain supported supply chain finance:
overcoming information sharing barriers

27 October, 10:30 am – 12 pm (German time)

Blockchains, or distributed ledgers, offer high level of data integrity to be shared across firm borders. They have the potential to facilitate multi-echelon supply chain financing in unprecedented ways. However, while data cannot be manipulated once it is in the blockchain, the question is: who enters this data in the first place? Who verifies the data quality? Who decides what data to share? Do suppliers actually want to share and disclose potentially sensitive operations and finance related data? Who should have access rights to those data? In this workshop, Sairam Sriraman, Doctoral Student at Technical University of Munich, will moderate a discussion revolving around those questions. The objective of this workshop is to conceptualize the ideal blockchain-based supply chain finance program with appropriate incentive schemes.

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Workshop #2: Blockchain supported supply chain finance:
impacting sustainability

28 October, 10:30 am – 12 pm (German time)

Blockchain technology offers transparency in the supply chains. Therefore, by using blockchain supported supply chain finance, firms will increase their supply chain transparency. How can firms leverage this transparency for better sustainability performance? Can blockchain thus be a facilitator of sustainability? What are the main antecedents? On the other hand, proof-of-work is computation intense, requiring substantial amounts of energy. Would this offset positive effects? Hosted by Begimai Marlenova, Doctoral Student at Technical University of Munich, the objective of this workshop is to examine boundary conditions for blockchain based supply chain finance programs to increase sustainability performance. As such, this workshop will expand on the main theme of the previous SCF Hub.

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invited experts

Mark Cudden
Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer of Ireland based, Innovation DAC, the Joint Venture owned by some of Europe’s largest Banks.

Mark develops, executes the technology strategy, designs operating model and leads the Product Delivery and Technology teams at

Mark has held multiple leadership roles with organisations in various countries around the world, Europe, Asia and the US. Has led multi-disciplinary teams in transformation, cost optimisation and operational improvements initiatives and coached organisations towards sustainable growth and through installing high-performance cultures.

Is a member of the Hyperledger Trade Finance Special Interest Group.

Has worked on numerous projects over 23+ years gaining a wealth of experience from Engineering through Architecture into Leadership crossing a multitude of vertical sectors including, but not limited to; Finance, Education, Government and Telecommunications. Mark holds a master’s degree in Web Technologies and is an International speaker in Dublin, Paris, Tokyo and New York and online.

Mathias Hummel
Senior Associate
Horn & Company

Mathias Hummel is senior associate at the management consulting company Horn & Company and is an expert in the field of process analytics and business intelligence.
He works on processes along the entire value chain including “Purchase to pay”, “Order to cash” and “After sales”, always with a view on P&L relevance.
Prior to joining Horn & Company he worked at d-fine with a focus on credit risk in the banking sector.

Rebecca Liao
Co-Founder and former COO

Rebecca Liao is Co-Founder, Advisor and former COO at Skuchain, a top blockchain company that provides an end-to-end platform for trade and supply chain and a 2019 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. In 2020, the World Trade Organization named Skuchain one of the top three blockchain companies in trade finance. Under her leadership, Skuchain’s platform grew to $5 billion+ in annual volume.

She was a member of Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy team for her 2016 presidential campaign, responsible for Asia trade and economic policy. Prior to Skuchain, Rebecca was Director of Business Development and Head of Asia at Globality, Inc., a Softbank-backed B2B unicorn for AI-powered procurement of professional services. She began her career as an international corporate attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Fenwick & West LLP. She represented clients in Asia, North America and Europe across a variety of industries, including Internet, mobile, semiconductors, enterprise software, energy, advertising technology, consumer technology and finance. Her work focused on domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, venture financings, debt financings and public offerings of debt and equity. She also regularly advised public and private companies on corporate governance and securities law compliance.

Rebecca is also a writer and China analyst. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. A graduate of Stanford University, where she studied Economics, and Harvard Law School, she serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and is a Co-Chair of the Brookings Society. She is also a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Dr. Claudia Milbradt
Clifford Chance

Dr. Claudia Milbradt is a partner with Clifford Chance, heads the German IP and tech group and is a member of the global leadership group of Clifford Chance tech group. Claudia has vast IP experience in the field of patents, copyrights, software, databases, trademarks, and design rights. She specialises in IP litigation, IP strategic advice as well as in the acquisition and divestiture of technology and complex technology driven transactions.

She regularly holds speeches and publishes articles in legal law journals and books/compilations.

Claudia regularly holds lectures at Downing College in Cambridge at a post graduate IP summer/winter school.

Claudia is editor of the following publications:

  • “Fighting Product Piracy” (2009),
  • “R&D Agreements ‐ a Guideline” (2011) [German] and
  • “Patent Litigation in Germany” (2012).

Douglas J. Schoch
Vice President, Credit Risk Intelligence, Customer Account Management Americas
Siemens Financial Services

As Vice President, Credit Risk Intelligence, Customer Account Management Americas, Mr. Douglas Schoch is responsible for the implementation and growth of the Siemens Supply Chain Finance program in North America. Supply Chain Finance is an important part of Siemens’ initiative to improve working capital and manage supply chain risk. Additionally, Mr. Schoch heads the Siemens Customer Account Management team responsible for providing transparency of customer exposure and credit risk management services for Siemens companies throughout the Americas region.

Mr. Schoch has over 20 years experience in applying trade finance solutions in multiple industries that have resulted in improved working capital positions and cash conversion cycle times. Mr. Schoch holds a Master of Science Industrial Relations degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Graduate Certification in Supply Chain Management from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.

Yvonne Scholz
Head of Trade Finance Bavaria
UniCredit Bank AG

Since December 2020, Yvonne Scholz is Head of Trade Finance Bavaria being responsible for Trade Finance sales activities within the transaction banking business of UniCredit Bank AG in Germany.

Yvonne Scholz started her career at Bayerische Vereinsbank AG as private banking advisor. A few years later she moved to the foreign trade division, taking the role of a Trade Finance Specialist.

Besides international Trade Finance business she studied business economics and successfully completed an additional education to become a “Certified Management Accountant” with distinction.

In 2010 Yvonne joined “S-International Region Nuremberg GmbH & Co. KG”, soon being promoted to Head of Trade Finance.

Besides significant project experience within international businesses, Yvonne is a senior advisor in Trade Finance business.

In 2019 Yvonne moved back to UniCredit Bank AG and soon became Head of Trade Finance Sales Team in Bavaria, being responsible for the sales activities within the corporate client segment of UniCredit Bank AG for Trade Finance instruments as well as Working Capital solutions.

Yoko Shibuya
PhD Candidate and Blockchain Expert
Stanford University

Yoko Shibuya is an economist studying international trade, firm dynamics, and supply chain questions. Her recent paper with Volodymyr Babich (Georgetown University), “Multi-tier Supply Chain Financing with Blockchain,” compares traditional supply chain financing systems with Blockchain-based supply chain finance.  She is currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford University and expects to graduate in 2022.

Your Host

Prof. Dr. David Wuttke

Assistant Professor for Supply Chain Management
Technical University of Munich
TUM Campus Heilbronn

Workshop Moderators

Begimai Marlenova

Doctoral Student in Supply Chain Management
Technical University of Munich
TUM Campus Heilbronn

Sairam Sriraman

Doctoral Student in Supply Chain Management
Technical University of Munich
TUM Campus Heilbronn

Our roadmap

Online*Main Event on 26 October 2021
3:00 pmWelcome Speech & Background Information by Prof. Dr. David Wuttke
3:25 pmSpotlight – 7 Experts, 7 Questions
4:00 pmNetworking Moment
4:10 pmPanel Discussion
5:20 pmWrap-up and Outlook
5:30 pmNetworking Sessions
6:00 pmClosing

*You will receive the access data to our online event 1 week before the Supply Chain Finance Hub takes place.