Events

Horizon Conference 2016

Looking into the future of financial services

The 6th edition of the annual Horizon Conference organized by Deloitte Luxembourg took place on 14 June 2016 in the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. Innovation, FinTech, Blockchain and business creativity filled the agenda, challenging the world views of around 300 professionals from the financial industry.

International keynote speakers such as Nicolas Cary or Fredrik Härén painted a picture of a future in which financial services would look very different from what they do today. For the third year in a row, Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg Minister of Finance, showcased in his opening speech how Luxembourg has a good track record for innovation, resulting in its highly successful fund industry. Hugues Delcourt, CEO of the Banque Internationale à Luxembourg guided the audience through the varied programme as the chairman of the day.

Key facts

300 participants

150 companies represented

540 users of the live streaming

  • What we need are people with imagination and a master plan. Innovation boils down to having a plan and finding the right team to turn it into reality.



    Benjamin Collette, Partner and Innovation Leader at Deloitte Luxembourg

Relive the conference

Speakers

Nicolas Cary

Blockchain-info Co-founder, Blockchain - CEO

Nicolas Cary is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong technologist. He attributes much of his insight to his personal journeys around the world. He holds degrees in Business with an emphasis in Leadership Studies and International Political Economy. He has taught English and conducted poverty reduction assessments in rural India prior to spending the past decade growing start-ups. He is trilingual, and has a deep passion for positive digital disruption. He was a founding Partner at PipelineDeals where he focused on product development and management. In 2013 he Co-Founded Blockchain. More recently he Co-Founded YBUSA.org, the leading youth business accelerator. Winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world, Mr. Cary accumulated over 300K miles last year doing FinTech advocacy, keynoting conferences, and attending grass roots meet ups across the Europe and around the world. His media appearances include the NYT, NPR, WSJ, Financial Times, Wired, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, CNET, World Economic Forum, Marketwatch and many more. His company Blockchain is the world’s leading Bitcoin software company. Blockchain has over 7.25 million users, they run the most widely trusted block explorer, and manage the most widely used developer platform in the Bitcoin eco-system. In 2014, Blockchain raised the largest first outside capital round in industry history announcing over $30.5 million closed from leading venture capital firms.

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Pierre Castagne

Luxoft, Managing Director

Pierre Castagne joined Luxoft in May 2013, as Managing Director – Financial services, to develop LUXOFT Risk practice and bring to market their innovative Advanced Data Visualization Framework: HORIZON. Pierre has 20 years of experience as executive MD at Thomson Reuters in delivering Trade and Risk Management software, data and services to the Global Financial Industry. In-depth Financial Services Industry knowledge with specialized expertise in trading workflows (front middle and back-office), operations and Risk Management ; as well as the regulatory environment driving changes in this industry. Pierre holds a Master degree in economics from the University of Mons (Belgium).

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Benjamin Collette

Deloitte Luxembourg, Partner - Financial Services Leader

Benjamin Collette is a partner within the advisory and consulting department. He joined Deloitte in 2006 and is specialised in strategy definition and planning projects, product development, as well as operations set-up and efficiency engagements. His areas of expertise mainly include investment management and services clients, private banking, global custody and banking clients as well as investment funds. Before joining Deloitte, Benjamin served as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company Inc. Luxembourg, and as a director of Moventum, a company serving independent financial advisors. He is fluent in French and English.

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Nicolas Cary

Blockchain-info Co-founder, Blockchain - CEO

Nicolas Cary is a serial entrepreneur and lifelong technologist. He attributes much of his insight to his personal journeys around the world. He holds degrees in Business with an emphasis in Leadership Studies and International Political Economy. He has taught English and conducted poverty reduction assessments in rural India prior to spending the past decade growing start-ups. He is trilingual, and has a deep passion for positive digital disruption. He was a founding Partner at PipelineDeals where he focused on product development and management. In 2013 he Co-Founded Blockchain. More recently he Co-Founded YBUSA.org, the leading youth business accelerator. Winner of the 2015 European Digital Leader award for his inspiring and innovative contribution to initiate progress in the digital world, Mr. Cary accumulated over 300K miles last year doing FinTech advocacy, keynoting conferences, and attending grass roots meet ups across the Europe and around the world. His media appearances include the NYT, NPR, WSJ, Financial Times, Wired, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, CNET, World Economic Forum, Marketwatch and many more. His company Blockchain is the world’s leading Bitcoin software company. Blockchain has over 7.25 million users, they run the most widely trusted block explorer, and manage the most widely used developer platform in the Bitcoin eco-system. In 2014, Blockchain raised the largest first outside capital round in industry history announcing over $30.5 million closed from leading venture capital firms.

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Pierre Castagne

Luxoft, Managing Director

Pierre Castagne joined Luxoft in May 2013, as Managing Director – Financial services, to develop LUXOFT Risk practice and bring to market their innovative Advanced Data Visualization Framework: HORIZON. Pierre has 20 years of experience as executive MD at Thomson Reuters in delivering Trade and Risk Management software, data and services to the Global Financial Industry. In-depth Financial Services Industry knowledge with specialized expertise in trading workflows (front middle and back-office), operations and Risk Management ; as well as the regulatory environment driving changes in this industry. Pierre holds a Master degree in economics from the University of Mons (Belgium).

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Benjamin Collette

Deloitte Luxembourg, Partner - Financial Services Leader

Benjamin Collette is a partner within the advisory and consulting department. He joined Deloitte in 2006 and is specialised in strategy definition and planning projects, product development, as well as operations set-up and efficiency engagements. His areas of expertise mainly include investment management and services clients, private banking, global custody and banking clients as well as investment funds. Before joining Deloitte, Benjamin served as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company Inc. Luxembourg, and as a director of Moventum, a company serving independent financial advisors. He is fluent in French and English.

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Hugues Delcourt

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, CEO and Chairman of the day

Hugues Delcourt, 48, is Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) and has held this position since October 2014. A graduate of HEC Paris (École des Hautes Études Commerciales), Hugues began his career in 1990 at Banque Indosuez in Asia (China, Korea and Hong Kong). After obtaining an MBA at INSEAD in 1998, he joined the ABN AMRO group, where he spent more than 15 years in management positions in various countries in Asia and Europe. During his career, Hugues has developed experience in various banking areas (retail, business, investment or private banking). Before taking over BIL’s leadership, Hugues was CEO of ABN AMRO Private Banking for Asia and the Middle East, as well as Country Manager for Singapore. Languages: English – French – Italian – with a good grasp of German and Mandarin.

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Pierre Gramegna

Luxembourg's Minister of Finance

Pierre Gramegna was born on 22 April 1958 in Esch-sur-Alzette. Following secondary school studies in Esch-sur-Alzette (classical mathematics section), Pierre Gramegna pursued studies in law and economics at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), where he was awarded a master’s degree in civil law in 1981 and a degree in economic sciences in 1982. He completed his post-university education with a DEA (post-graduate diploma of advanced studies) in Community law. Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Pierre Gramegna joined the government as Minister of Finance on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”). A career diplomat, Pierre Gramegna joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He was subsequently appointed political and economic affairs advisor to the Luxembourg embassy in Paris in 1988, an office he held for four years before being appointed consul general and director of the Board of Economic Development in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2002, Pierre Gramegna was Luxembourg’s ambassador to Japan and South Korea. He was subsequently responsible for the Directorate of International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, Pierre Gramegna took up the position of director general of the Chamber of Commerce, an office he held until his appointment to the government in December 2013. Prior to joining the government, Pierre Gramegna was a member of the executive board of several companies, including in particular Cargolux Airlines International SA (as chairman from 2004 to 2008), the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Bourse de Luxembourg), the National Credit and Investment Company (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement), the Del Credere Office (Office du ducroire), LuxExpo Luxembourg and BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg SA. He has also been a member of numerous advisory committees, such as the Tripartite Coordination Committee (Comité de coordination tripartite), the Economic and Social Committee of the Greater Region (Comité économique et social de la Grande Région), the Advisory Committee on Foreign Trade (Comité consultatif du commerce extérieur), the Economic Development Committee (Comité de développement économique) and the National Committee for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship (Comité national pour la promotion de l’esprit d’entreprise).

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Fredrik Haren

Keynote speaker

Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered more than 2000 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 60 countries, and has inspired business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”, “Developing World”, and “One World One Company”. He has been voted ‘Speaker of The Year’ in Sweden, is one of only 700 Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) and one of only 30 certified Global Speaking Professionals (GSP) in the world.

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Hugues Delcourt

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, CEO and Chairman of the day

Hugues Delcourt, 48, is Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) and has held this position since October 2014. A graduate of HEC Paris (École des Hautes Études Commerciales), Hugues began his career in 1990 at Banque Indosuez in Asia (China, Korea and Hong Kong). After obtaining an MBA at INSEAD in 1998, he joined the ABN AMRO group, where he spent more than 15 years in management positions in various countries in Asia and Europe. During his career, Hugues has developed experience in various banking areas (retail, business, investment or private banking). Before taking over BIL’s leadership, Hugues was CEO of ABN AMRO Private Banking for Asia and the Middle East, as well as Country Manager for Singapore. Languages: English – French – Italian – with a good grasp of German and Mandarin.

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Pierre Gramegna

Luxembourg's Minister of Finance

Pierre Gramegna was born on 22 April 1958 in Esch-sur-Alzette. Following secondary school studies in Esch-sur-Alzette (classical mathematics section), Pierre Gramegna pursued studies in law and economics at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), where he was awarded a master’s degree in civil law in 1981 and a degree in economic sciences in 1982. He completed his post-university education with a DEA (post-graduate diploma of advanced studies) in Community law. Following the legislative elections of 20 October 2013, Pierre Gramegna joined the government as Minister of Finance on 4 December 2013 in the coalition government formed by the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (“déi gréng”). A career diplomat, Pierre Gramegna joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He was subsequently appointed political and economic affairs advisor to the Luxembourg embassy in Paris in 1988, an office he held for four years before being appointed consul general and director of the Board of Economic Development in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2002, Pierre Gramegna was Luxembourg’s ambassador to Japan and South Korea. He was subsequently responsible for the Directorate of International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, Pierre Gramegna took up the position of director general of the Chamber of Commerce, an office he held until his appointment to the government in December 2013. Prior to joining the government, Pierre Gramegna was a member of the executive board of several companies, including in particular Cargolux Airlines International SA (as chairman from 2004 to 2008), the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (Bourse de Luxembourg), the National Credit and Investment Company (Société nationale de crédit et d’investissement), the Del Credere Office (Office du ducroire), LuxExpo Luxembourg and BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg SA. He has also been a member of numerous advisory committees, such as the Tripartite Coordination Committee (Comité de coordination tripartite), the Economic and Social Committee of the Greater Region (Comité économique et social de la Grande Région), the Advisory Committee on Foreign Trade (Comité consultatif du commerce extérieur), the Economic Development Committee (Comité de développement économique) and the National Committee for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship (Comité national pour la promotion de l’esprit d’entreprise).

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Fredrik Haren

Keynote speaker

Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered more than 2000 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 60 countries, and has inspired business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”, “Developing World”, and “One World One Company”. He has been voted ‘Speaker of The Year’ in Sweden, is one of only 700 Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) and one of only 30 certified Global Speaking Professionals (GSP) in the world.

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Nicolas Mackel

Luxembourg for Finance, CEO

Nicolas Mackel has been CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre, since July 2013. Nicolas is a career diplomat. He graduated with a Law degree from the University of Aix-en-Provence, and holds two post-graduate diplomas in European Law from the Sorbonne University and the College of Europe in Bruges, where he also served as a teaching assistant in the Law Department. He worked as a legal clerk at the European Court of Justice before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999, where his assignments focused on the successive EU Treaty negotiations (Amsterdam, Nice, Constitution, Lisbon). Nicolas was consecutively posted at Luxembourg’s Permanent Representation to the EU (2002-07), as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington DC (2007-11) and as Consul General in Shanghai (2011-13) where he was in charge of promoting Luxembourg’s economic interests throughout China as the Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office.

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Claude Marx

Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), Directeur Général

Claude Marx is Director General of the CSSF, Luxembourg’s financial supervisory authority. Claude Marx is a member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), representing the CSSF. Prior to his nomination as Director General of the CSSF, Claude Marx was CEO, authorised manager of Lombard International Assurance S.A., a unit-linked life insurance company, owned by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Luxembourg PFS Lombard Intermediation Services S.A., a fully owned subsidiary of Lombard International Assurance S.A.. From 1994 to 2011, Claude Marx worked for HSBC, where he held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Private Bank (Luxembourg S.A.) from 2000 to 2011. Claude Marx holds a Law Degree from the University of Paris and an LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of London. He is fluent in English, German, French and Luxembourgish.

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Nicolas Mackel

Luxembourg for Finance, CEO

Nicolas Mackel has been CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre, since July 2013. Nicolas is a career diplomat. He graduated with a Law degree from the University of Aix-en-Provence, and holds two post-graduate diplomas in European Law from the Sorbonne University and the College of Europe in Bruges, where he also served as a teaching assistant in the Law Department. He worked as a legal clerk at the European Court of Justice before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999, where his assignments focused on the successive EU Treaty negotiations (Amsterdam, Nice, Constitution, Lisbon). Nicolas was consecutively posted at Luxembourg’s Permanent Representation to the EU (2002-07), as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington DC (2007-11) and as Consul General in Shanghai (2011-13) where he was in charge of promoting Luxembourg’s economic interests throughout China as the Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office.

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Claude Marx

Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), Directeur Général

Claude Marx is Director General of the CSSF, Luxembourg’s financial supervisory authority. Claude Marx is a member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), representing the CSSF. Prior to his nomination as Director General of the CSSF, Claude Marx was CEO, authorised manager of Lombard International Assurance S.A., a unit-linked life insurance company, owned by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Luxembourg PFS Lombard Intermediation Services S.A., a fully owned subsidiary of Lombard International Assurance S.A.. From 1994 to 2011, Claude Marx worked for HSBC, where he held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Private Bank (Luxembourg S.A.) from 2000 to 2011. Claude Marx holds a Law Degree from the University of Paris and an LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of London. He is fluent in English, German, French and Luxembourgish.

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