Top FinTech Thought Leaders in France

Success in any industry, in financial services especially, is attributed to a combination of factors, including economic conditions, federal support, regulatory environment, the role of the main stakeholders, and, of course, the leadership, expertise and guidance provided by the influencers’ community. Every country has its own community of thought leaders dedicated to national success. Previously, we have looked at the community of FinTech influencers in the US and top FinTech influencers in Italy.

This time, let’s turn to France, a European country with rich and rapidly growing FinTech ecosystem. France is among the countries that truly know and appreciate the value of knowledge and has a history of focusing on talent – the foundation of any innovative nation. The whole ecosystem in the country is tuned to create a climate for active, almost barrier-free, growth and development of innovative solutions in the financial sector and beyond. The success of that endeavor is indicated in numbers – from January to September 2016, FinTech investments in France increased by 71%, indicating growing interest in the segment. In Q3 2016, funding to French tech companies passed a record of $1.5 billion.

France also has an extensive incubator network that counts over 41 dedicated incubators (50 Partners, 104factory, Belle de Mai, Savoie Technolac, Paca-Est, EuraTechnologies, EM Lyon, Montpellier BIC, Paris Pionnières, and many more) across 12 major cities nurturing the next generation of innovators.

Among other attractive for startups and entrepreneurs hallmarks, French Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance in charge of Digital and Innovation, Axelle Lemaire notes that France offers a truly supportive fiscal and legal framework for startups with entrepreneurs privileges and tax cuts for the corporation.

Flourishing entrepreneurial community in France partially owes its success to the strong leadership of FinTech supporters across industries. The FinTech influencers list that the LTP Team has put together is based on both thinkers and doers in the FinTech and FinServ space. It includes startup founders/CXOs, bankers, technologists, industry experts/advisors, regulators and people who run associations and industry bodies.


Adrien Choquet

AEC Fintech Associate Director

Anthony Deydier

Le Groupe La Poste Head of Digital Lab

Aymeril Hoang

Societe Generale

Head of Group Innovation

Cedric Teissier

Finexkap CEO Céline Brognaux Societe Generale

Head of Open Innovation

Céline Lazorthes

Leetchi, Mangopay Founder and CEO

Charles Beigbeder

Gravitation President Chedy Riahi BNP Paribas

Innovation Associate

Christian Bombrun Orange

VP Marketing, Entertainment and Digital Services

Christophe Puyo

Prexem Founder and co-CEO Cyril Chiche Lydia


Delphine Desgurse

Le Groupe La Poste Head, Digital Strategy and Innovation Fabrice Marsella Le Village by CA

Managing Director

Florian Graillot

AXA Strategic Ventures Senior Associate François Guéno Natixis

Manager, Innovation

Frédéric Oudéa

Societe Generale CEO Geoffroy Goffinet ACPR

Deputy Director, Authorizations, Licensing and Regulation

Ivo Streiff

AXA Head of Innovation Jean-Louis Bancel Crédit Coopératif


Jean-Michel Pailhon


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Founder, Ciallogy </tr> Jean-Michel Reynoird Groupe BPCE

Head, FinTech

Joan Burkovic

Bankin’ Co-Founder and CEO Julien Gueguen Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

Responsible Innovation

Kamal Bouhouch

Banque de France Manager, Open Innovation LAB Laurent Nizri Paris FinTech Forum

Founder and CEO

Marie-Anne Barbat-Layani

La Fédération bancaire française (FBF) General Director Martine Lepel Societe Generale

Head of Business Intelligence and Innovation

Minh Q. Tran

AXA Strategic Ventures General Partner Nicolas Chatillon S-money


Olivier Goy

Lendix Founder and CEO Olivier Lepeltier Banque de France

Deputy Head of Digital and Innovation Division

Patrice Bernard

Conix CEO Patrick de Nonnevill Lendix


Pierre-Antoine Vacheron

Ingenico EVP, E-Payments Pierre-Philippe Groupe BPCE

Director, Innovation

Ronan Le Moal

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa CEO Sofia Merlo BNP Paribas

Co-CEO, BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Stéphane Richard

Orange CEO Thierry Bedoin Banque de France

Chief Digital Officer

Xavier Niel

Kima Ventures Founder Yves Tyrode Groupe BPCE

Chief Digital Officer

Hugues Le Bret

Compte-Nickel Founder and CEO Camille Tyan PayPlug


Alexandre Prot

Qonto CEO Adina Grigoriu Active Asset Allocation

Founding Partner, CEO

Cyril Tramon WeShareBonds


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With any questions or recommendations regarding the list of top FinTech influencers in France, please reach out to the LTP Team at or Nicolo Petrone, Global Venture Development, MEDICI, at