Managing Partner (UBIZ & HICO Founder) Advisory Board Member

Stephane Drai

I wanted to be a football player, failing that I did a startup … I have always been attracted by technology and convinced that innovation can lead to major societal changes. In 2001, I co-founded CertEurope, a leader in electronic signature certification, the first step towards innovative electronic payment systems that I later developed in Africa, a continent that I fell in love with!

Artificial intelligence and BlockChain will upset the African ecosystem to make it the continent of tomorrow. Mentor and jury member of WILCO, accelerator of innovative start-ups in Ile de France, my ambition as part of Havila Partners is to bring my entrepreneurial know-how to the service of start-ups with high technological potential

Phone:+32 565 567 667


Philippe Duquesne

« Dom Philippe », common points to all his days: the smile, the perseverance, the work of the figures and economic models but also …… the word « Champagne » which he evokes by passion once a day ! (meaning successful deals also 🙂 )

Philippe is graduated from the Solvay Business School (Brussels University), after 5 years in the treasury department at the European Coordination Center of Schindler Elevator, Philippe was CFO in several companies in Belgium (Matermaco in

Brussels), France (Lambert-Rivière in Paris) as well as international (Deep-Green Group, Brussels based, with subsidiaries in Paris and the U.S.), for more than 12 years. Within his own limited company, set up in 2007, Philippe also developed his corporate skills in helping foreign companies with creating subsidiaries in Belgium, supporting them on tax and VAT matters. He is also director in various boards of Belgian holdings of foreign multinational corporations, mainly US, French, and British.

Phone:+32 565 567 667

Partner (Ubiz Founder & CEO)

Tanguy Vanderlinden

Tanguy’s key words to keep in mind : entrepreneurship, tech communities, holistic approach

Discovering new industries & technologies, supporting entrepreneurs and finding synergies are part of Tanguy’s personality traits.

Tanguy has 15+ years of professional experience through the following industries : education (e-learning), supply chain, medical, payment, green energy, advertising, coaching, coworking & (lately) design sector. He studied Applied Social Communication, Economics & Business Administration at IHECS (Brussels), VSE (Prague), ESCP Europe (Oxford), AIT (Bangkok) and keeps on learning/ experimenting on a continuous way.

Partner, Head of Hospitality Industry

Bernard Festy

Balbec, aka Marcel de Cabourg

Joining Litterature and Finance: The two areas are mutually enriching and many bankers are writing (some detective novels but not only). Why the reference to Proust? he was a night writer, a period most conducive to reflection … « 

Bernard is particularly involved in operations between Asia and Europe, particularly in the Leisure, Hospitality and Real Estate sectors. After having spent close to 20 years in Asia (Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and China) and New York as a banker (representative, commercial and merchant banker) with Societe Generale Group and in Paris with Union Financière de France as an advisor to high networth individuals, Bernard based in Brussels has 3 main objectives:

▪ To advise Famliy Offices and High Net Worth Individuals

▪ Raising funds for European and Asian companies

▪ Helping Asian firms for their investments in Europe

Phone:+32 565 567 667


Alain Leriche

Alain spent most of his 33 years career in building up new businesses in finance and industry. At Allianz, Candriam, Natixis, EDF, Alter Domus or by his own (as interim manager or consultant), he has managed key subsidiaries or departments mainly in asset management and /or corporate finance.  His main focus has been international business development, from France, Luxembourg or Belgium.

Alain holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the “Université de Namur” (Belgium). He is a frequent lecturer at European universities and high schools on a variety of topics including financing infrastructure projects and International Transfer Pricing issues. He has also been and is still involved in various major projects in social impact finance.

Phone:+32 565 567 667


Philippe Schmerber

« Lev Yachine » for us : He is the goalkeeper of the deals and will look in the skylight inconsistencies business plans and protocols!

But off the field, Philippe began his career as a CFO in a communication and publishing group. He joined a leading consulting company in Europe for the implementation of financial control. After several years, he opted for the restructuring and then the M & A. He led more than 60 missions, with 98% success in structuring. At Havila Partners, he is responsible of Debt Financing and particularly active in the Media, Tech, Industry, Telecommunications, Energy, Logistics and Transport sectors, Biotech

Phone:+32 565 567 667


Olivier Mumengi