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Carlos E. Palacios

Director IRIA SA
Chairman IRIA Limited

An economics graduate of the University of Geneva, Carlos spent the first ten years of his career at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in Zurich, New York, Buenos Aires and Geneva. After occupying the position of Co-head of the Commodity and Trade Finance Department at SBC, Carlos moved to oil trading and joined Glencore UK in London in 1991. Carlos co-headed the Oil Project and Structured Finance at Glencore before leaving in 2003 to co-found IRIA SA with Christophe Marquot.

Christophe Marquot

Director IRIA SA
Director IRIA Limited

After graduating in politics from IUHEI in Geneva, Christophe trained at Banque Paribas and SGS and joined André & Cie SA, a Swiss grain trader, in 1985. In 1989, he moved to the Continental Grain Company based in Geneva, firstly as Countertrade Manager, then as Trade Finance Manager and lastly as General Director of Russia and Ukraine. Christophe moved to the political risk insurance broking business in 1999, spending four years with SIACI-JLT. He co-founded IRIA SA with Carlos in 2003.

Vincent de Spoelberch

Director IRIA SA
Director IRIA Limited

After graduating in micro-technology engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, Vincent spent the first five years of his career in commodity trade finance banking at Banque Paribas and UOB in Geneva. In 1996, he moved to oil trading, joining Savas Oil Management SA. Vincent moved back to commodity trade finance in 2000 to become Senior Account Officer at ING in Geneva. Four years later, he joined Litasco, the international marketing and trading company of the Lukoil group, as Credit Risk & Credit Control Manager. Vincent joined IRIA SA in 2006.

Benoit Lecadre


Benoit graduated in Business at the IPAG in Paris in 2005. After training in Abu Dhabi with a provider of technical services to oil companies, Benoit spent the first six years of his career in commodity trade finance at Credit Agricole (Suisse) SA (Account Officer) and then ING (Senior Transactional Manager). In between, Benoit worked as Trade Finance Officer for the oil trader Castor Petroleum limited. Benoit joined IRIA SA in 2011.