Emilie Allaert, head, Luxembourg Blockchain Lab. Photo: Eric Devillet

Emilie Allaert, head, Luxembourg Blockchain Lab. Photo: Eric Devillet

Delano’s Winter 2024 magazine featured 100 Luxembourg technology influencers. Here are the first 10 profiles. Executives are listed in alphabetical order, by family name.

Emilie Allaert

took the lead of the Luxembourg Blockchain Lab, the innovation cluster for digital ledger technologies, in July 2022 after five and half years as head of operations at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology. She’s on the board of Luxembourg Blockchain & DLT Association, co-chairs the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry’s blockchain & crypto assets working group and lectures at the University of Luxembourg. She formerly held positions with Alpha FMC, JP Morgan and KPMG.

Fabrice Aresu

Fabrice Aresu, CEO, Luxtrust. Photo: Luxtrust

Fabrice Aresu, CEO, Luxtrust. Photo: Luxtrust

After serving as global business development officer and then chief commercial officer, was named CEO of Luxtrust, the electronic identity and trusted services provider, in 2021. He chairs Cloud Community Europe Luxembourg, has a seat on the Gaia-X Luxembourg Hub steering committee and sits on the board of the ICTLuxembourg trade association. He previously held sales management and consulting posts with Luxoft, Oracle and Thomson Reuters, and IT roles with Dexia and a local council in France.

Vincent Arnal

Vincent Arnal, chief information officer, Lalux Assurance. Photo: Eva Krins/Maison Moderne

Vincent Arnal, chief information officer, Lalux Assurance. Photo: Eva Krins/Maison Moderne

He has headed the IT department at La Luxembourgeoise, one of the country’s major insurers, for well over a decade, having shepherded several large projects, from digitalisation to data protection since he joined the firm in 2011. He became a member of the company’s executive committee in February 2023. Earlier in his career, had insurance industry consulting roles with Deloitte, Solucom/Eveho Conseil and CSC Peat Marwick Consulting. He studied at Northumbria University and Neoma Business School.

Djémaia Badji

Djémaia Badji, founder and CEO, BDA Global Services. Photo: Eva Krins/Maison Moderne

Djémaia Badji, founder and CEO, BDA Global Services. Photo: Eva Krins/Maison Moderne

She runs the executive search and staffing consultancy firm BDA Global Services (formerly known as MyJob Talent), which specialises in the IT and financial sectors and has offices in Luxembourg, Brussels and Paris. Djémaia Badji sits on the board of the FFCEL, the Luxembourg federation for women CEOs. She previously held positions with the recruitment and HR advisory firms Talan, Wikitree Group and Agentco, and earlier had banking and insurance roles with Bâloise Assurances Luxembourg, Crédit Agricole and Banque Populaire.

Sasha Baillie

Sasha Baillie, CEO, Luxinnovation. Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne

Sasha Baillie, CEO, Luxinnovation. Photo: Matic Zorman/Maison Moderne

has headed Luxinnovation--an economic development agency focused on innovative, digital and sustainable technologies--since 2018. Previously she led the Luxgovsat project (a joint venture between the government and SES), was deputy chief of staff to the deputy prime minister, and held several posts at the foreign affairs ministry, including serving as Luxembourg’s ambassador to Serbia and as deputy head of mission in Moscow and Brussels. She studied at St Andrews and the European University Institute.

Ludwig Balmer

Ludwig Balmer, CIO, Centre de gestion du personnel et de l’organisation de l’État (CGPO). Photos: CGPO, Lars Kienle/Unsplash

Ludwig Balmer, CIO, Centre de gestion du personnel et de l’organisation de l’État (CGPO). Photos: CGPO, Lars Kienle/Unsplash

He oversees the Luxembourg state’s civil service HR systems, as well as organisation and process management components, at the government’s personnel management service, and serves on the board of the MLQE process and excellence association. Earlier held management and engineering roles with the government’s IT service, and with IDS Scheer, Husky Injection Molding Systems and GE Plastics. He studied at the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne and Sacred Heart University.

Olivier Beaujean

Olivier Beaujean, CIO, Cargolux. Photos: Cargolux, Markus Spiske/Unsplash

Olivier Beaujean, CIO, Cargolux. Photos: Cargolux, Markus Spiske/Unsplash

He heads the expanding IT team at the freight airline Cargolux and he sits on the International Air Transport Association’s digital transformation advisory council. He previously overhauled the IT department at the components manufacturer IEE, where he was named CIO of the year at the IT One Gala in 2018. Prior to that Olivier Beaujean held management positions with Champ Cargosystems and CSB Consulting. He studied at the University of Liège, Sacred Heart University and IMD business school.

Sheila Becker

Sheila Becker, head of network and information systems security, Luxembourg Regulatory Institute (ILR). Photos: Andrés Lejona/Maison Moderne, JJ Ying/Unsplash

Sheila Becker, head of network and information systems security, Luxembourg Regulatory Institute (ILR). Photos: Andrés Lejona/Maison Moderne, JJ Ying/Unsplash

Today she is in charge of keeping data safe and implementing the EU’s NIS rules at the ILR. Before that she was head of the Luxembourg Army’s cyberdefence team and a cyberdefence advisor at the Luxembourg Directorate of Defence. is a founding member of the networking association Women Cyber Force. “Being a female in this domain gives you more visibility compared to a male because there are not so many females,” she says. “So it can also be an advantage.”

Jörg Behrend

Jörg Behrend, group CIO & chief technology officer, Ferrero. Photos: Ferrero, Taylor Vick/Unsplash

Jörg Behrend, group CIO & chief technology officer, Ferrero. Photos: Ferrero, Taylor Vick/Unsplash

He has headed up tech at the chocolate and snack maker Ferrero in Luxembourg since 2020. Prior to that, Jörg Behrend held IT management positions in Switzerland, with Philip Morris International, Bacardi, Simalaya and Orange. In 2015, while at Bacardi, he was named runner-up in the CIO of the year award by CIO Magazine and Computerwoche. He started his career as a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, after studying at Humboldt University and the Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics.

Haykel Ben Amara

Haykel Ben Amara, founder & chair, Beyn. Photos: Beyn, Michael Dziedzic/Unsplash

Haykel Ben Amara, founder & chair, Beyn. Photos: Beyn, Michael Dziedzic/Unsplash

“I’ve dedicated my life to developing innovative banking solutions,” he says. In 2019, Haykel Ben Amara launched Beyn Group, a fintech focused on digital banking and payment solutions, which is based in Luxembourg, with offices in Algeria and France, and serves more than 200 banks around the world. That was after co-founding Algeria E-Banking Services in 2004, and working at Clear2Pay, Diagram EDI and ILIS France. He attended ESCP Business School. Despite his techie background, “human relations are essential for me.”