Congratulations to this year's winner

Nicolas Panayi Group TreasurerOSM Thome

Nicolas Panayi, group treasurer, OSM Thome

In just five years, Nicolas Panayi has built a robust and lean treasury department from scratch, optimising OSM Thome’s setup within a rapidly growing organisation. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, in a maritime industry known for traditional process, Nicolas has focused on numerous initiatives to automate and digitise while allowing for scalability. Notable achievement include automating reporting to monitor credit risk exposure and cash visibility, automating incoming and outgoing payments and bank reconciliations  and implementing a multi-currency pooling structure. We are delighted to announce Nicolas as our first Agents of Change winner.

Highly commended

With so many stand out entries, the judging panel wanted to pay homage to the depth and quality of the submissions by announcing three highly commended winners.

Deborah Nageele, Manager Corporate Treasury Processes & Transactions, Dürr AG

Deborah Naegele, manager corporate treasury processes and transactions, Dürr AG

Under Deborah’s leadership, the treasury team at Dürr AG established a shared service centre for bank account verification, the first of its kind to cater to entities on a global scale within the group. The shared service centre, now serving internal customers worldwide, stands as a testament to Deborah’s work in tearing down silos and creating an innovative digital environment.

Noah Fasse, Head of Global Treasury, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Noah Faase, head of global treasury, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Demonstrating his passion for ESG, Noah orchestrated Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Sustainability Linked Revolving Credit Facility. Driving ABI’s sustainability agenda forwards, this was at the time of launch, the largest Sustainability Linked Loan in history and the first syndicated facility of its kind.

Julien Viala, Cash Manager, Carrefour

Julien Viala, cash manager, Carrefour

While still relatively new to treasury, Julien has taken impressive steps within French retail and wholesaling giant Carrefour. Playing a pivotal role in transforming processes and systems within cash management and payments across various countries including Switzerland, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Romania, Julien’s next adventure is Brazil, implementing similar cash management tools in a rapidly growing region.

About the awards

How to enter

The submissions are closed for this year.


What are the judges looking for?

Tell us your story! We are looking for a strong narrative to support your submission. Alongside a few pieces of information about your company, what we’re ultimately looking for is a compelling demonstration of how you or your team member is an agent of change within treasury. Keep it simple: bullet points are great! Remember to include a couple of examples that you’re happy to share.

Criteria and eligibility

Agents of Change status will be awarded to junior treasury colleagues who are breaking down barriers and pushing innovation in their organisations or the industry as a whole. Whether through a drive for sustainability, diversity initiatives, wellbeing programmes or championing new technology – we want to hear from you.

Submissions are open to any commercial business, public or state-sector entity or not-for-profit organisation, anywhere in the world. We’d like to recognise treasury colleagues with less than 10 years’ experience in the sector. Banks, consultants, FIs, software providers and other vendors are not eligible to enter, but we absolutely welcome submissions on behalf of your clients.

Guidelines and tips

  • Please use the online entry form to submit your application. To ensure consistency and fairness in judging, this form is mandatory for all submissions.
  • Please provide a clear explanation as to why you or your nominee should be celebrated as an Agent of Change.
  • You may submit supporting material in English only. Examples could be testimonials from your chief executive, investors, bankers, or internal customers or stakeholders.
  • Any commercially sensitive information in the entry should be marked as such and will not be disclosed outside of the judging panel. Please note, however, that you must provide an adequate amount of disclosure to justify the recognition.
  • Winners will be expected to attend EuroFinance International and will receive a free of charge ticket to attend. We’ll invite you to participate in a panel discussion on the Future Focus stage to chat about your nomination.
  • Smile! We will interview winners about their nomination and take some beautiful, professional photos.
  • Winners must agree to have their photograph and an article about their nomination to be published on the EuroFinance website.
  • We’d love for you to post on LinkedIn about your achievement.

Winners will receive

  • A free of charge ticket to attend EuroFinance International Treasury Management conference taking place in Copenhagen in 2024.
  • An opportunity to present at the annual flagship EuroFinance conference on the Future Focus stage, in a panel discussion or interview.
  • An interview and photograph with the EuroFinance editorial team published on the EuroFinance website.
  • Recognition logo as an ‘Agent of Change’ for your website, social media, and other materials.
  • Banks and vendors whose clients are recognized may license the recognition logo from EuroFinance.

Judging process

  • The judging panel will comprise of corporate treasurers, technology partners and The Economist Group.
  • Whilst this recognition is supported by J.P. Morgan Payments, they have elected to remain impartial in the judging process.
  • The judging panel may conduct its own additional research or put questions to the entrants in order to clarify your submissions.
  • Entrants will be notified whether they have won or been shortlisted as soon after the closing date as a thorough judging process allows.
  • Judging will be conducted under strict guidelines and impartial of bias or interference.
  • Judges will not be able to nominate their team members.
  • Anyone considering entering and has any questions about the rules or procedures may email [email protected].