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May 2025

Tom James
CEO & CIO at TradeFlow Capital Management Pte Ltd


Tom is CIO & CEO and co-founder of the Trade Flow Funds and FinTech business. He has over 30 years of commercial expertise in the Commodity & Energy industry and is the business and system architect for this unique and innovative Digitised Trade Finance solution for bulk physical commodity transactions.

He is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the global natural resources market with commercial exposure gained through broad ranging senior regulated roles in financial institutions (including Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Credit Agricole and Credit Lyonnais) and various trading firms including BHP Billiton. These roles have enabled him to gain a holistic industry perspective, covering a full range of functional areas including trade finance, project finance, investment banking, supply chain/operations, derivatives, physical markets, and fund management.

During his career he has operated in many countries in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. He has authored over nine books in the energy & commodity trading and risk management field and served as Chair Professor and Adjunct Professor at various universities around the world and is a former member of the United Nations FAO Commodity Risk Management Advisory Group, and a former Senior Energy Advisor to the United States Department of Defense (TFBSO).

Agenda Sessions

  • Bridging the trade finance gap: Leveraging non-bank support