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Work experience

8 SECURITIES | Hong Kong& Japan | FinTech & Social

Jun 2011Present

CTO- Board member

  • I led product innovation by introducing Social Networks, Big Data, Behavioral Finance, Machine Learning and AI at the heart of our strategy.
  • Launched the first Social Trading and Robot Advisor products in Asia. Now used by 55,000 investors.
  • Represented the company, products and technology in major events, media publications and awards competitions
  • Built cost effective platform running in the cloud and based on micro services
  • Built unique user experience on Ionic2 and Sencha.
  • Played a key role in 4 fund raising rounds to a total of $32M. Technology, Products and Innovation were the main drivers for the company valuation.
  • Led the acquisition and merger of a Japanese broker in 2012. I realized 80% technology cost savings in 2013 following the merger.
  • Joined the founding team of 8 Securities in 2011. I contributed, the product and technology developed in ORbyte Solutions

ORbyte Solutions Ltd | London | FinTech & Social

Dec 2008Apr 2011

co-founder

  • I self-founded a London based software house with the goal to build and sell the first social trading platform on the market.
  • I led the product development, marketing and sales effort. I conceived and developed the user experience.
  • I sold our product and services to: Saxo Bank (UK), Mubasher (Saudi Arabia), Lmax (UK), FX.com (UK), iii (UK), Boom HK (now part of Monex), E*Trade (UK)….
  • Developed other experimental products such as World cup sport betting competition on Facebook, Sentiment analysis on twitter stream, Sentiment analysis on TV shows…

CITYIndex | london | CFD, Spreadbet, FX  

20062008

Head of Development and Delivery

  • Led a team of 60-80 project managers, business analysts QA and developers
  • Led the delivery of Cityindex new trading systems in 18 months from the ground up (risk management, order book, execution, margin, client trading platform, price engine …) supporting 110,000 clients and 50,000 orders per day.
  • Managed and migrated 40 white label partners to the new platform including Barclays, TD waterhouse, SelfTrade…

E*Trade | London | Retail and Institutional Brokerage

20002006

Senior Manager International Technology, E*Trade


  • Led a team of 20 technology associates across 6 countries
  • Managed both institutional and retail technologies building synergies across systems and teams.
  • Led middle and back-office migration project to ADP over a 20 month period.
  • In charge of implementing Sarbanes Oxley programme across 6 countries

Zebank | First french online bank

19992000

CTO UK 

Cargill Investor Services | Paris, london | institutional brookerage

19971999

IT Manager

Bureau Veritas | tunis,morroco

19961997

IT Manager

INRIA | machine learning and genetic programming

19941995

Research

Published a research paper in Artificial evolution: " Mixed IFS: Resolution of the inverse problem using genetic programming"

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/3-540-61108-8_42

Key Achievements

  • Ability to detect early new product and technology trends.
  • I designed and built innovative award winning products used by 50,000 clients across Asia.
  • Self-founded my business, acquired customers and sold my products and services in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
  • Successfully led the most strategic and ambitious projects for E*Trade International and City index.
  • Built and led successful teams of various sizes and discipline across several countries (Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Tunisia, Germany, Japan, Morocco, India…)

Technology 

Application 

Ionic2, Angular js, Sencha

Node.js, Python

Micro-services architecture

Machine learning

Azure ML, Cognitive services, LUIS, Chatbot Framework

Python, ScikitLearn

Google Tensor Flow

Data science

Splunk, Python, Pandas, Numpy, Spark

Product Portfolio

Public speaking | Publications

TechCrunch, FF16, AWS startup finalist, nominated CIO of the month... Interviewed by major Asian leadership publications. Case studies with major technology partners such as Amazon and Splunk. Participated in panels discussions with major financial institutions such as HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs ...

Education

SPOCe

Sep 2008Oct 2008

Programme Management Practitioner

ESIEA

19901995

Master of Computer Science, Electronics and Robotics

Ecole Massillon | paris

19901990

Baccalaureat C (in Science)

Interests

Card magic, Rubik's cube (best time 35s but I got lucky), Sudoku, Origami, Guitar, long distance Hiking, Running, Kendo...