The Team

Managed by a team of leading experts in trade finance, blockchain technology, and API solutions; TradeIX has the strong foundation to be the driving force in the market. Our team has complementary skills with unique capabilities:

  • Deep understanding of the trade finance and B2B ecosystem
  • Distributed ledger and API technology expertise
  • Ability to attract blue-chip global partners
  • Proven track record of delivery

Robert Barnes, CEO

Rob Barnes is co-founder of TRADEIX. Rob’s trade finance experience and expertise started in the logistics and financial technology sectors. In 2002, he founded PrimeRevenue Inc and was the CEO of one of the pioneers of supply chain finance (SCF) applications. He developed the largest non-bank SCF application with over $120B in annual processed volume through a combination of technology and services. In 2007, Robert founded the consulting company, Aradya and advised banks including HSBC, RBS, Morgan Stanley and Westpac on supply chain and trade finance.


David Sutter, Chief Strategy Officer

David Sutter is an experienced Fintech entrepreneur and a blockchain/DLT expert. He was one of the first to foresee the benefits DLT could bring to financial services and in particular trade finance. Over the past years he helped pioneer and design the technology’s application for trade finance. He joined TradeIX in 2017 as Head of Platform Strategy to develop a roadmap for the trade and working capital finance platform and for the Marco Polo Network. He devised an ambitious and ground-breaking vision for the Trade Finance Industry, for the Marco Polo Network and for TradeIX which fundamentally differentiates them from other players and networks in this field. As the Chief Strategy Officer, he will continue defining and designing the future of TradeIX and the Marco Polo Network.


Diane Gray-Smith, CFO

Diane is a CFO, passionate about businesses who leverage technology to drive transformation and innovation. Most recently she was CFO for Public Mint, a fiat blockchain and stable coin start up, and the Global CFO for Uphold, a next generation fx and global payments technology platform.

Prior to this she has spent the last 13+ years as an Interim Executive advising Boards and leading the finance function through periods of great change, whether start up, fast growth, mergers & acquisition, fundraising or restructure.


Frank Ruscio, COO

Frank is an accomplished Information Technology Executive. Most recently, he was the Chief Information Officer for Insurance Australia Group (UK), Toyota Financial Services (Australia and Asia Pacific) and Ardent Leisure Group. Prior to this, Frank had career engagements with financial institutions such as Westpac Banking Corp and Macquarie Group. Frank is recognized for effectively managing operations and delivering change across business and IT domains for the last 20 years.


Daniel Cotti, Managing Director,
Center of Excellence, Banking & Trade

Dani has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Finance, Transaction Services, Banking and Technology. Dani was the European Trade Finance Head at Citibank and Global Head of Trade Finance and Transaction Products at ABN AMRO/RBS. Subsequently, he managed and build out the Global Trade Finance and Loans business at JP Morgan. In 2015, he founded Cotti Trade & Treasury, a consultancy firm for global trade finance. Dani is a Trade Finance industry expert and had industry wide, global engagements with SWIFT, BAFT, ICC and WTO organizations and is currently the non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Bolero Intl. Ltd and member of the board of the GLEIF Foundation.


Richard Tynan, Managing Director

Richard Tynan is a co-founder of TRADEIX. Richard has over 25 years of Investment Banking experience in both Fixed Income and Capital Markets. Richard was Head Debt and Equity Syndication at RBS, Head of Corporate Debt Syndication at Morgan Stanley, and ran Private Placements at Lehman London. Prior to co-founding TRADEIX Richard established PRCM in London, a Capital Management business that successfully raised a significant institutional balance sheet, and focused on origination and distribution of Trade Assets.


Shane O’Flynn, Head of Product & Engineering

Shane joins TradeIX as Head of Product & Engineering in Dublin with over 30 years experience of Product Management and Software Development. In this role, he is responsible for all Product Management and Software Engineering functions in TradeIX including Product Definition, UX Design, Architecture, Application Development, DevOps and QA. Scaling the development capability and building an industrial strength team is a key success factor for TradeIX. Shane was part of the team that grew a Dublin-based start-up from 60 to over 600 engineers. His work has taken him to all corners of the globe having delivered projects across multiple industries in over forty countries.


Leon Scott, Head of Operations APAC

Leon Scott has a strong background in trade & commodities finance, banking and supply chain management. Prior to TradeIX, Leon was a Director at PrimeRevenue where he was responsible for 30+ bank partnerships in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the company’s global capital markets product. Leon also held senior roles at HSBC in Hong Kong and London where he focused on product strategy and delivery for trade & commodities finance. Leon started his career with DHL in New Zealand after obtaining a degree in Supply Chain Management and Logistics.


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