Welcome to the Young Professionals Initiative! The Berne Union's 'YP Initiative' was launched in 2019 to increase the role of young professionals in the work of the association by providing a platform which both promotes engagement and increases the value of our output for young, junior and rising professionals in the export credit and investment insurance industry.

The initiative is self-directed by a group of 'Core Group Members' who are responsible for setting objectives and overseeing implementation. You can find more information on the Core Group Members, below.
Those interested in joining the Young Professionals, learn more bout the work of the YP's, or want to join the Core Group, should contact Nicole Cherry at the Berne Union Secretariat - ncherry@berneunion.org



The BU Pulse

The Young Professionals 2nd edition of the BU Pulse can be downloaded HERE. If you would like to contribute to the next edition please contact Nicole

YP's - Who's Who??

To become more familiar with who's who, and to initiate your own networking, you can download the full list of 157 Young Professionals HERE

YP FORUM 2022! 

If you would like to attend the YP's first ever in-person meeting, please register your attendance before 21st September                               HERE


The Young Professionals compiled a glossary of terms relating to trade / export finance and export credit and political risk insurance. The definitions are collected from a variety of original sources (which are all linked for reference). Where multiple sources exist for a given definiendum, all sources are included. Where there is no suitable source we have provided an original definition.GLOSSARY
The Young Professionals will soon be invited to volunteer their efforts towards assisting the BU Secretariat mind map and redesign the new Berne Union Website, to make the information more accessible, like a library!
For those of you who have a creative mind and find pleasure in organising, you can volunteer your involvement in this project by emailing Nicole at the secretariat.  


Johannes Schmidt - AXA XL

Johannes Schmidt

Risk Analyst, AXA XL

Johannes is a Risk Analyst in AXA XL’s Political Risk, Credit & Bond team. In his previous position he supported the Berne Union’s Investment Insurance Committee as an Associate Director at the Berne Union Secretariat. He started his career at PwC, who are managing the investment and untied loan guarantees on behalf of the German Government.

Johannes holds a Masters degree in International Business of Macquarie University, Sydney, and a Diplom in Economics of Ulm University, Germany.

Emma Vita - SACE

Emma Vita

International Relations Department, SACE

Emma joined SACE in 2015 and is currently working within the International Relations team, focusing on sovereign and political recoveries. She has a very good knowledge of SACE and the ECA world in general thanks to a 2-year period spent within SACE’s Global Solutions team, in charge of advisory and capacity-building programs to other ECAs and other governmental agencies/financial institutions.

Prior to joining SACE, Emma worked in Confindustria – the major Italian manufacture’s association – at their international representation in Bulgaria, where she matured a thorough experience on SME’s internationalization processes and performance on new markets. Emma holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna and matured an extensive experience abroad.

Nicole Cherry - BERNE UNION

Nicole Cherry

Event Logistics and Member Support, BERNE UNION

Nicole joined the Secretariat in July 2016 and is responsible for all meeting and office logistics. In this role she works closely with Berne Union member hosts and external suppliers, coordinating preparation for General and Specialist Meetings across the world. She also manages office operations, finance and accounts and is the first port of call for all member support and assistance. Nicole has lead the Young Professionals Initiative since December 2020.

Nicole has a degree from Roehampton University and has spent six years working in Tanzania on various charity and non for-profit projects as well as gaining corporate experience working as the assistant to the CEO of East Africa’s largest company.

Emilia Von Mettenheim - EULER HERMES

Emilia Von Mettenheim

Management Lawyer, EULER HERMES

Emilia joined Euler Hermes in February 2018 as a Legal Trainee in the department of the General Counsel, where she was trained in the field of export credit guarantees of the German Federal Government. In March 2019 she became part of the Business Management Team in the EH Liaison Office in Berlin, where she is responsible for the entire range of Export Credit Agency-related topics and the relationship with the Federal Government. 

Emilia is a fully qualified lawyer with an additional L.L.B. (Université Paris X Nanterre). She studied at the University of Potsdam and University of Paris Nanterre. She completed her legal clerkship and her bar exam at the Berlin Court of Appeal.

Emily Kate (EK) Gray - EDC

EK Gray

International & ECA Relations Team, EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA

Emily Kate Gray (EK) joined Export Development Canada in 2019. She started in Information Technology then moved to the Corporate Secretariat team, working with EDC’s and FinDev Canada’s Board of Directors. Emily Kate Gray has a strategic, solutions-oriented, and change management mindset. This mindset encouraged her transition to the International & ECA Relations team where she currently acts as a Sr. Associate responsible for International Financial reporting, promoting ECA relationships, and supporting her team’s wide portfolio. Emily Kate holds a Bachelor of International Business with a concentration in Marketing and Trade, a minor in Spanish Language studies, during her undergrad she spent a year in Pamplona, Spain.

Currently Emily Kate is the Chair of EDC’s Growing Professionals Committee. A committee dedicated to helping growing professionals go grow and succeed at EDC. In her tenure, she has restructured the committee governance framework, worked with EDC’s President & CEO to better engage with this demographic, and sits on the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity committee.