Breakfast Briefing for Company Secretaries: Digital Corporate Governance, What’s Stopping Us?
Bert is the Co-Founder and CEO of Governance.com, the low-code process management platform that provides smart automated solutions for client lifecycle management, corporate governance, risk management, compliance and other digital operations.
Prior to Governance.com, Bert was in charge of the investment fund depositary business of Dutch bank ABN AMRO. In his 15-year career with the bank, he witnessed the accelerating pace of regulation and compliance, and became increasingly frustrated with the complexity of combining a client facing business and the regulatory requirements.
In 2014 Bert resigned from the bank to team up with his twin brother and build a solution to this problem. The company has since received multiple international recognitions for its leading role in the field of RegTech including being awarded as Luxembourg’s Financial Software Provider of the Year 2020: the application of smart technology to simplify and digitalise business process management for
Raphaël worked for eight years as a fund accountant (in the regulated and non-regulated sector) and as a domiciliation agent before joining PwC Luxembourg in 2007. He started his career in 1999.
At PwC, he worked in the corporate tax department where he was in charge of a portfolio of international clients (consulting and compliance).
Raphaël helped create the corporate structuring service (CSS) department, where he gained experience in implementing structures and managing the routine activities of companies in Luxembourg from a corporate secretary perspective. He acted as corporate secretary for international groups.
Raphaël is in charge of the domiciliation department and heads PwC Luxembourg’s programme for independent directors.
Raphaël is also involved in developing web-based database management tools (dedicated to collaboration and governance of boards).
Raphaël is also managing the EGC services (Entity Governance and Compliance) which supports clients in the monitoring, completion of annual formalities as per applicable regulations and organization of meetings of boards/committees.
Raphaël is a member of the Ordre des experts-comptables (Luxembourg’s institute of chartered accountants) and was involved in several of the institute’s domiciliation and anti-money-laundering committees. He is member of the working group of ILA (Institut Luxembourgeois des Administrateurs) related to Company secretarial and Governance Officer.
Raphaël is also certified in corporate governance with HEC Liège.
Director & Conducting Officer
Julie is Country Head of VAM in Luxembourg and a Board member of VAM Global Management Company SA, VAM Global Sárl and VAM Global Services Sárl.
Prior to joining VAM in 2016, Julie worked for leading international organisations developing their cross-border fund distribution strategies and implementing operations to support such strategies. Having commenced her financial services career in 1980, Julie arrived in Luxembourg in 1987 acquiring an in-depth knowledge of Luxembourg UCITS and AIFs.
Julie is experienced in managing outsourced financial service providers internationally and has a track record in coaching strong management teams.
Julie holds an MBA from the University of Leicester and is a Certified Director in Luxembourg. She also holds qualifications in Private Client Advice and Risk Management in Financial Services.
Delphine is Assistant Company Secretary within the JPMorgan Chase Group and she is the appointed Company Secretary of JPMorgan Asset Management (Europe S.à r.l.). JPMAME is an approved UCITS Management Company and an AIFM supervising the activities of JPMorgan’s Luxembourg, French and Irish domiciled mutual fund ranges. JPMAME provides distribution, administrative, operational and client servicing capabilities and has branches in Austria, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. JPMAME is the largest promoter of funds domiciled in Luxembourg.
Delphine is a member of the ILA Company Secretarial and Governance Officer Committee and has recently completed the ILA Company Secretary certification.
David Suetens is an Independent Director as an industry expert in financial services and risk management with two INED mandates, one as Chair and one as Risk Chair. Previously, he was executive vice president and country head for State Street and its affiliates in Luxembourg and managing director of State Street Bank in Luxembourg. In this role, he was responsible for the business strategy and governance, and chair of the management board. He has also held the role of international chief risk officer for State Street and was responsible for leading the company’s risk management function internationally. Mr. Suetens joined State Street in May 2012 from ING Investment Management Europe where he served as chief risk officer and a board member. Previously he served as the board member for ABN AMRO Asset Management and was responsible for Compliance, Legal and Risk Management. Mr. Suetens also served as chair of several SICAV boards in Luxembourg. In 1998, he joined ABN AMRO, where he held various senior global positions within ABN AMRO Bank in both London and Amsterdam. Prior to ABN AMRO, he was a product manager with EUROCLEAR for tri-party collateral management services.
Mr. Suetens holds a Faculty of Law – Juris Doctor from the Catholic University Leuven and a degree in investment advice from St Aloysius University in Brussels. He also holds a master’s degree in international banking law and finance from Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Suetens has spoken widely on risk and business topics at financial industry conferences.
Chris is a UK Chartered Company Secretary, and member of the Luxembourg Institute of Administrator Company Secretarial and Governance Officer Committee, with nearly 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, specialising in corporate governance in Luxembourg, Jersey and the UK, including roles in JTC, Invesco & State Street.
He is currently an executive board member and an Authorised Manager of Luxembourg based PSF, ONE corporate, which provides dedicated Domiciliation, Company Secretarial and Board support services, delivered by driven and experienced specialists.
In his role at ONE, Chris designed and successfully implemented the Group’s governance framework and is responsible for overseeing the client delivery of Domiciliation, Corporate Secretarial/CoSec and Board support services. Passionate about building strong relationships with clients through the delivery of outstanding, responsive and trusted services. Chris is a strong advocate for solving problems with innovative, efficient and technology driven solutions, helping to drive continuous improvement and standardisation.