One of the best ways to get access to mentoring in the trade industry can be via an initiative of the International Trade & Forfaiting Association. The Martin Ashurst Mentorship Forum is run under the auspices of ITFA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative. The Mentorship Forum works by matching industry mentors with a diverse range of mentees, who have an interest in discovering or advancing within trade finance, and who might be students, professionals from other industries, or even professionals from our membership base who are not yet engaged in trade finance.

The programme also brings to life a number of other value-added benefits to mentees, such as the access to an HR Partner for advice on HR-related matters (a recruitment professional specialised in the Trade Finance industry), availability of a pool of area specialists (front/middle/back office, credit, legal, compliance, etc) and invites to some ITFA and ITFA-member led events, amongst others.

The programme is available to ITFA members only. For more information, email Duarte Pedreira at

The ethos of the programme was wonderfully outlined in this article by Duarte Pedreira:

What do you want to be when you grow up? A trade financier!