Conference: Has fintech reached the age of reason?

Join the industry conference before the Talent Fair kicks off and hear from key players in the fintech domain, from startups to large financial institutions.

The fintech industry came about as a new breed of firms, using disruptive technology, started to reshape financial services, making them more user-centric, cheaper and more efficient.

These new actors, who have grown and multiplied, are increasingly pivoting to more symbiotic business models with incumbent institutions: Is fintech moving away from disruption to integration and collaboration? How much of a threat are fintech startups for banks, and how much of an opportunity? How crucial is it to regulate fintechs?

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm: Registration and welcome coffee

HEC team will greet you in the S building


2:45 pm to 4:45pm: Conference "Has fintech reached the age of reason?"


Panel discussion: Fintech at the crossroads: disruption, collaboration, regulation

- Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier, Founder and CEO, IBANFIRST

- Matthieu Garnier, Head of Fintech & Research, BNP PARIBAS

- Jonathan Tyce, Senior Banks Analyst, BLOOMBERG

- Antoine Benoist, Corporate Development, ODDO & CIE

Debate moderated by: Marc Lapostolle, Project Manager Bank & Finance, FINANCE INNOVATION

and Jean-Rémi Gratadour, Development Manager, HEC DIGITAL CENTRE


Discussion: The future of payments: A view from the top

Nicolas Kozakiewicz, Head of R&D and Innovation, WORLDLINE



Céline Lazorthes (H.08), Founder and CEO, LEETCHI GROUP


HEC Fintech Alumni Roundtable


4:45 pm to 5:30 pm: High Tea networking break

Snacks, light refreshments and networking opportunities

Featuring: HEC Alumni Hub Finance space


5:30 pm to 7:00 pm: Talent Fair

Speed networking workshops with HEC Paris students


7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Cocktail reception

Celebratory cocktail and more networking opportunities

Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier, Founder & CEO, IBANFIRST

Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier began his career as a trader at CIC in Paris and later at Commerzbank and Indosuez (now Calyon) in London. In 2006 he created in order to provide French individuals a simple and legal access to the foreign exchange market (Forex). Cambiste was the first company in France to have a license from the CECEI (Credit Institution and Investment Firms Committee). In 2008 Cambiste was bought by Saxo Bank to give birth to their French branch: Saxo Banque. It was the first bank to give access to the CFD market.

Pierre-Antoine was appointed president of Saxo Banque France in 2008 and since April 2011 Head of Western Europe being also responsible for Italy and the Netherlands.

In 2016, Pierre-Antoine left Saxo Banque to take the lead in one of his start-ups: IbanFirst (Formerly FX4BIZ) – a Belgian Fintech that is specialized in International Payments for corporates. As CEO he developed his vision and made pivot the start-up to a Banking As A Service (BaaS) model with the objective to rebuild around technology all financial services targeting SMEs with a new brand: IbanFirst.

He is active as a business angel with dozens of investments in start-ups.

Pierre Antoine is also a board member of ACI France and a member responsible for the exchange Commission.

He graduated from CERAM, the Westminster University of London and Stanford University. In 2009 and 2010 he published two books about Forex trading and CFD. 

Matthieu Garnier, Head of Fintech & Research, BNP PARIBAS​

Matthieu Garnier leads Fintech and Research for BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB), where he has responsibility for assessing and exploring Fintechs potential impact on the CIB businesses of BNP Paribas, and proposes partnerships & investments to leverage them.

Prior to this role, Matthieu was Head of Strategic Investments for BNP Paribas' Global Markets, and part of the Electronic & Business Markets management committee at BNP Paribas Global Markets. In this capacity, he engineered and managed several investments on behalf of BNP Paribas, in market structures, tech companies and acquisitions of businesses from BNP Paribas competitors.

Previous to that, he worked in Strategy and Development for Global Equities, and had various management roles in organization, IT and structuring for BNP Paribas Derivatives business.

Before joining BNP Paribas, Matthieu worked in a technology strategy consulting firm. He also serves/served as Board member for Broadway Technology and EASDAQ NV.

Matthieu owns an engineer degree majoring in Maths & Computer science, and a MBA majoring in Finance & Strategy.

Jonathan Tyce, Senior Banks Analyst, BLOOMBERG

Jonathan Tyce runs Bloomberg Intelligence's EMEA Banking research product.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2011, he spent 15 years in various buy - and sell-side roles including European Bank strategist at Fox-Pitt Kelton and PM of a Pan-European Financials Hedge Fund at JO Hambro. He spent 18 months in Hong Kong setting up Bloomberg's Bank research platform, and also oversees the Latin American and Central and Eastern European Banks product.

Marc Lapostolle, Project Manager Bank & Finance, FINANCE INNOVATION​

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Marc Lapostolle holds a master degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from ISTEC Business School. After working for a fast growing french company in wage portage, Marc joined the French financial competitivity cluster, Finance Innovation. There, he is reponsible for sourcing innovation projects carried by french startups and built a wide knowledge of the french fintech stage. With a particular focus on the banking industry, he makes it possible for historical actors to meet and work with these new challengers.

Antoine Benoist, Corporate Development, ODDO & CIE

Since 2011, Antoine Benoist is in charge of Corporate Development at Oddo & Cie, including acquisitions and management of minority investments of the Oddo Group (in the fintech sector : Bankin, Lydia). After starting its career at Dexia, he worked in Banque de Neuflize –OBC, in consulting firm Synagir and as Head of Marketing of Banque Robeco. Antoine Benoist graduated from IEP Paris.

Nicolas Kozakiewicz, Head of R&D and Innovation, WORLDLINE

Nicolas has 20 years’ experience in Innovation and R&D both in big corporations and startups (as founder or investor), in Europe and the Silicon Valley. Nicolas has led multinational engineering teams from upcoming trends and technologies to business-applied services.

For the past few years, Nicolas has driven the Global R&D and Innovation at Worldline, leading teams to concentrate, evaluate, prioritize and drive to market all the disruptive technologies/usages, instilling innovation, igniting new services and increasing performances and efficiency in our portfolio. Nicolas joined Atos group in 2009 and holds a SW/HW engineering degree from EFREI backed up by a startup specialised course from HEC Paris.

Céline Lazorthes, Founder and CEO, LEETCHI GROUP

Céline Lazorthes is the the optimistic and passionate founder and CEO of, the leading online money collection site with more than 6 million clients in 150 countries and a team of 60 employees. The Leetchi group also runs a payment API, MANGOPAY, dedicated to players in the sharing economy such as marketplaces and crowdfunding platforms; and Leetchi Cash, a tool for sending money by email.

Deeply engaged in the startup community, Celine is a founding member of France Digitale, an active business angel and a regular speaker on entrepreneurship and FinTech, including Wired Money (London), Money 2020 (Copenhagen) and The Next Web (Amsterdam).

Born in the south of France, she is very attached to her values and fosters a friendly and caring atmosphere in the company. For Céline, there are no limits. Anything is possible!