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Dr Herve Francois (1978, French nationality) has joined ING in 2011. He is currently Blockchain Initiative Lead at ING Netherlands with a focus on Digital Assets and has over 18 years of work experience in Financial Market environment (ranging from quantitative analyst, structuring team, trading to innovation) within 5 different countries (USA, France, Hong Kong, Japan and Netherlands). Herve is working on different innovation projects related to Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology like tokenization of assets.

ING Blockchain program has delivered over 44 proofs of concept in collaboration with the following business areas: payments, trade finance and working capital solutions, financial markets, post-trade, bank treasury, lending, compliance and identity.

ING, as an innovation leader on blockchain/DLT, sees increasing opportunities with regard to Digital Assets on both asset backed and native security tokens. ING is particularly active in developing the technology behind digital assets to empower its clients with a compliant access to this emerging ecosystem. Entrepreneur minded and business oriented, Herve is responsible to bring proof of concept into production, capitalizing on technology potential in order to unlock mass-scale value.

Herve is an active leader in global consortia and regulatory working groups, envisioning market impact of blockchain/DLT. He is also a mentor at Startupbootcamp and Kickstart accelerator and a regular speaker at diverse Blockchain Conferences.

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