Elected Officials

President
Beatriz Reguero
CESCE Spain | Chief Operating Officer, State Account

Beatriz Reguero joined CESCE, the Spanish Export Credit Agency (ECA) in 1999 as Deputy Director of the Country Risk and International Relations Department. In 2012, she became the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the State Account Business at CESCE. Previously, between 1992 and 1999 she held different positions in the Spanish Public Administration, mainly within the Ministry of Economy, related to Trade responsibilities. Within the Berne Union, she was appointed Chair of the Short Term (ST) Committee  for the period 2010 – 2012 and later on, Chair of the Medium and Long Term (MLT) Committee in 2015 - 2017. Beatriz graduated in Economics from the University of Madrid in 1989.

Vice President
Christina Westholm-Schröder
Sovereign Bermuda | Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriter

Christina is responsible for all aspects of Sovereign's transactional underwriting, with particular focus on capital markets and financial institution business. Christina is also relationship manager for a number of Sovereign's ECA and Multilateral Agency clients. Christina has worked in the political risk field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Sovereign, she was with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) for 11 years.

She joined MIGA as one of its first employees in 1988 and worked in several capacities, including Regional Manager for Asia and Latin America and most recently as Manager for Syndications and Business Development. In this capacity, she was also responsible for the Agency's re- and co-insurance activities.

Prior to MIGA, Christina worked as a political risk insurance broker 
in the Bank of America's Global Trade Finance Department in New York and as Manager in the Political Risk Department at AB Max Matthiessen in Stockholm, Sweden. Christina has an MBA in international business from Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration and an MBA in finance from New York University.

ST Committee Chair
Julian hudson
CHUBB United Kingdom | Global Head of Trade Credit

Julian has 24 years experience in political risk and credit insurance. He commenced his career as an underwriter with Trade Indemnity (now Euler Group) in London before moving to Asia in 1999 to assume a regional broking role with Jardine Lloyd Thompson in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

Julian relocated to Singapore in January 2007 where he joined ACE (now Chubb) as the Regional Manager for Political Risk & Credit business and established the Asia practice. In July 2014, he moved back to London in the capacity of Chief Development Officer, Political Risk & Credit within Chubb Global Markets where, in addition to day-to-day underwriting responsibilities, he was involved with the promotion of new political risk and credit insurance products, the establishment of new overseas offices and capabilities, and the provision of solutions for multi-national companies. In November 2015, he was made Global Head of Trade Credit.

Julian’s experience ranges from short-term trade transactions to medium-term specialty credit through to sovereign and sub-sovereign non-payment risk, and protecting debt and equity flows into a variety of projects.

 
MLT Committee Chair
Robert Suter
SERV Switzerland | Head of International Relations & Business Policy

After completing a Master’s degree in International Affairs & Governance from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Robert Suter joined the International Relations team at SERV and has lead this growing team since 2014. It now includes International & Government Relations, Business Policy, Sustainability Analysis and Bank & Country Risk Analysis. He has participated in international negotiations on Official Export Credit Support at the OECD and the IWG as a member of the Swiss delegation and represented SERV at various international conferences and forums, including the Berne Union, for many years.

INV Committee Chair
John Lentaigne
ATI Multilateral | Chief Underwriting Officer

John Lentaigne was appointed Chief Underwriting Officer of ATI in late 2016. He has over 14 years of experience in the credit and political risk sphere, as well as prior entrepreneurial experience. During his first year at ATI, the firm underwrote US$2.4 billion of exposure and registered a 52% increase in Gross Written Premium.

Prior to ATI Mr. Lentaigne was the Co-Head of Political & Credit Risks at Brit, one of the largest syndicates at Lloyds. John helped to establish Brit's presence in this area and built out Brit's team to rapidly become one of the most competitively positioned London market participants. Prior to working at Brit, John had established a strong underwriting reputation at both AXIS, Chubb and XL Catlin in both London and Bermuda.

John also has a diverse range of entrepreneurial experience, for example having worked as a film producer, live events organiser and having established a record label. John holds a Master of Modern History degree from Oxford University.

PC Committee Chair
Imaad Al-Harthy
Credit Oman | General Manager

 

 
ST Committee Vice Chair
JC (Jong-chul) Eun
KSURE Korea | Head of International Relations

Born in 1969 in Seoul, Korea, JC(Jong-chul) Eun studied law at Korea University, specializing in international trade. After his college graduation, he joined the Republic of Korea Air Force, serving at the Suwon Fighter Wing for three and a quarter years and completing his service as a first lieutenant.

Joining the Korea Export Insurance Corporation, the former body of K-SURE, in 1996, Eun has built a variety of career experiences in the field of trade insurance and export credit. Until 2008, he worked for the ST business of K-SURE managing the development of new ST programs and debt recoveries. Also while at the Business Planning Division, Eun managed government affairs, assisting the Korean government to formulate the market and user-centered economic policies.

From 2009, he directed K-SURE’s project financing department while managing programs for Korean SMEs. As a notable international relations specialist, Eun has been successfully dealing with the international trade affairs of K-SURE with his keen knowledge and broad experience in the international organizations such as the Berne Union, OECD and WTO, making meaningful contributions to building sound and solid mutual relations with the institutions, and expanding the scope of mutual cooperation and exchange.

For the twenty three years of career experience starting from the same year of Korea joining the OECD in 1996, Eun has successfully built extensive knowledge and network of global export credit insurance which has been instrumental to the Korean export and economic growth. His knowledge and understanding in the short-term export credit, global trade and the rules and norms are expected to create significant synergy for addressing a range of issues faced by the international trade insurance community.

 
MLT Committee Vice Chair
Irene Gambelli
SACE Italy| Senior Advisor for International Relations

Irene Gambelli is an International Relations specialist at SACE, the Italian Export Credit Agency, looking after company’s relationship with foreign ECAs, MDBs and other international institutions, and representing Italy’s position within the OECD and EU, including negotiations and working groups on policy-related issues and topics that steer export credit business. She has been with SACE since 2006, spending 3 years in the underwriting area and additional 4 years coordinating the business strategy and origination activities of SACE’s overseas network in major emerging and developed economies.

Within the Berne Union, from 2014 to 2016 she assisted former President and Vice President in developing key reforms and initiatives aimed at fostering organisational improvement and visibility worldwide. She has been an active member of Berne Union’s focus group on SMEs from 2014 to 2019 and is currently involved in ongoing initiatives on data and digitalisation.

Before joining SACE, Irene worked 6 years for a business law firm in Rome. She holds a Masters’ degree in Political Sciences from the University of Rome, Italy, and a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Marketing and Business Communication from ISM Rome.

 
INV Committee Vice Chair
Dominique Meessen
CREDENDO Belgium | Head of Reinsurance

Dominique spent 25 years in Credendo ECA’s Underwriting and Account Management department where he occupied different positions, including management positions.

In September 2018, Dominique joined Credendo’s Reinsurance department He is currently Head of Reinsurance and responsible for both Outward and Inward reinsurance activities in Credendo. Dominique has extensive experience in Credit and Political Risk insurance from an ECA perspective but also from a private player perspective thanks to Credendo market activities.

He has attended Berne Union meetings for almost 15 years. He was Chair of the Technical Panel Meeting of the Investment Insurance Committee in 2007 and 2008. Before joining Credendo, Dominique briefly worked in a business law firm in Brussels. Dominique holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

 
PC Committee Vice Chair
Martina Jus
HBOR Croatia | Executive Director - International Affairs, Export Credit Insurance, EU Funds and Financial Instruments

Martina Jus joined the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) in 2005 as a legal counsel, following her admission to the State Bar. She has worked in several capacities at HBOR since then, including a management board position.Currently she is the Head of Division for International Affairs, Export Credit Insurance, EU Funds and Financial Instruments. She has been particularly invested in the development of new products and positioning of HBOR on the international market. Martina also served as a member of the Management Board of the Croatian Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (HAMAG) from 2012 to 2014. Martina holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Zagreb (Croatia).