The 2017 Supply Chain Finance Leader of the Year Award goes to Robert Barnes, founder and CEO of TradeIX. This new, innovative company – a winner of a 2017 SCF Award in its own right – is “rewiring” trade finance by creating API-driven blockchain technology to create the most connected and secure platform infrastructure for all players in the SCF and trade finance field. It promises to eliminates silos between parties, reducing and better managing risks while taking out costs and inefficiencies.
Barnes was presented with the award not only because of what TradeIX has achieved to date but because of his extraordinary track record in redefining the industry. In 2002 he was a co-founder of PrimeRevenue, creating the first non-bank platform for supply chain finance, growing it to a business that processed more than $120bn in trade.
“PrimeRevenue was at the frontier before the rest of the market followed,” said Michiel Steeman, chair of the judging panel and of the Supply Chain Finance Community. “He is again setting new directions for the SCF market with TradeIX.”