Driving the evolution of smart finance

This year again, Societe Generale’s experts will participate in Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event organised by SWIFT, from October 5th to 8th. The annual conference and exhibition that usually connects more than 8,000 executives, decision makers and thought leaders from across the industry will take place virtually this year.

Dive into our expert views and discover our insights into the key issues that are discussed at Sibos. This year's Sibos theme resonates with us, our experts from transaction banking and securities services and with our clients "Driving the evolution of smart finance".

Our latest expert views

Trade finance: moving in the right direction as confidence grows
Despite the massive slowdown that we have witnessed in recent months as a result of government reaction globally to the...
Trade Finance
Despite the massive slowdown that we have witnessed in recent months as a result of government reaction globally to the Covid-19 pandemic, suppliers around the world continue to benefit from access to good and inexpensive products and well established infrastructures for trade and trade finance.
Trade finance: moving in the right direction as confidence grows
Correspondent banking is alive and well and has a key role to play in the future of international payments
Time and time again, correspondent banking has been reported dead as technology has advanced and we have moved into a...
Cash Clearing
Time and time again, correspondent banking has been reported dead as technology has advanced and we have moved into a brave new world. Time and time again, it has come back to life and demonstrated its enduring value.
Correspondent banking is alive and well and has a key role to play in the future of international payments
On the journey towards sustainability
The onward march of sustainability as a key element in corporate thinking and planning continues, accelerated by the...
ESG/CSR
The onward march of sustainability as a key element in corporate thinking and planning continues, accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.
On the journey towards sustainability
The world stands at a once-in-a-lifetime turning point
In this article, we look back at 2020 and discuss the ramifications for the future of global trade. World trade and...
Trade Finance
In this article, we look back at 2020 and discuss the ramifications for the future of global trade. World trade and gross domestic product have traditionally grown in tandem, but the reactions of governments worldwide to the Covid-19 pandemic have defined a new normal. Serious questions are presenting themselves as to the extent that this new normal will drive...
The world stands at a once-in-a-lifetime turning point
The Asian Markets key treasury levers
As a treasurer, when you start to look at a vast continent like Asia, you have to realise that there is not one Asian...
Transaction Banking
As a treasurer, when you start to look at a vast continent like Asia, you have to realise that there is not one Asian market but many Asian markets that are already more or less interconnected between each other.
The Asian Markets key treasury levers
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (P.E.T), or how to improve overall efficiency and reduce management costs for many use cases in the financial sector
Cecile BARTENIEFF, COO and Head of IT & Operations for Societe Generale Global Banking & Investor Solutions (GBIS) took...
Innovation
Cecile BARTENIEFF, COO and Head of IT & Operations for Societe Generale Global Banking & Investor Solutions (GBIS) took part in SIBOS’ November session round table about Privacy Enhancing Technologies (P.E.T).
Privacy Enhancing Technologies (P.E.T), or how to improve overall efficiency and reduce management costs for many use cases in the financial sector
They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it
Any would-be potential cyber-attacker who thinks that Covid-19 has created some kind of open season on high-end users of...
Transaction Banking
Any would-be potential cyber-attacker who thinks that Covid-19 has created some kind of open season on high-end users of high-end technology systems really ought to think again, and go and lie down in a dark room until the urge to engage maliciously subsides. Client protection is very much at the top of our list of priorities and we work endlessly to ensure...
They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it
Technology is catching up with the human imagination, but there remains a long way to go
That is one of the striking features that emerges from a long-term examination of the payments industry, whether at a...
Transaction Banking
That is one of the striking features that emerges from a long-term examination of the payments industry, whether at a local, regional, national or international level.
Technology is catching up with the human imagination, but there remains a long way to go
Masterclass The Banker
Series of masterclass videos from The Banker on correspondent banking, green trade finance and supply chain finance
How Covid-19 is changing the face of Trade Finance
During the Covid-19 crisis, resiliency, robust IT infrastructure and adoption of digital tools have become the foremost...
Trade Finance
During the Covid-19 crisis, resiliency, robust IT infrastructure and adoption of digital tools have become the foremost priorities for organisations. For the Trade Finance industry, it has definitely been an inflection point as the adoption of digital across the chain has been quite low.
How Covid-19 is changing the face of Trade Finance
The future of post-trade in a post-covid world
The health crisis forced the whole world to dive headfirst into virtualisation and innovative technologies much faster...
Technology
The health crisis forced the whole world to dive headfirst into virtualisation and innovative technologies much faster than expected. Yvan Mirochnikoff, Head of digital solutions at Societe Generale Securities Services, shares his analysis of the finance industry and securities services in particular.
The future of post-trade in a post-covid world
The irresistible rise and rise of central bank digital currencies
The creation, development and implementation of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) is beginning to look inevitable....
Transaction Banking
The creation, development and implementation of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) is beginning to look inevitable. A growing number of major central banks around the world have now launched investigation and experimentation initiatives and it is surely only a matter of time before they achieve greater recognition, respectability and, essential for any...
The irresistible rise and rise of central bank digital currencies
The future facing the trade finance data universe
Digitisation and data have been the mantra of trade finance experts and consultants for several years now. In this...
Trade Finance
Digitisation and data have been the mantra of trade finance experts and consultants for several years now. In this article we set out to address the central issues currently facing the data universe.
The future facing the trade finance data universe
The technologies and securities services of tomorrow
Innovation has always been a hot topic in the world of investment funds. It looks for operational efficiency with...
Technology
Innovation has always been a hot topic in the world of investment funds. It looks for operational efficiency with increased automation, new services, and better risk management. The client experience is an accelerator. Asset managers, the main clients of asset-servicing banks, are under strong cost pressure.
The technologies and securities services of tomorrow
Security Tokens – reconciling distributed ledgers and centralised ledgers
The Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) used in Blockchains has enabled the emergence of a new type of digital asset:...
Technology
The Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) used in Blockchains has enabled the emergence of a new type of digital asset: cryptocurrencies, the first of which was the famous Bitcoin.
Security Tokens – reconciling distributed ledgers and centralised ledgers
Understanding tomorrow's client relationships
While the main challenge for bankers at the beginning of the century was to differentiate themselves from their...
Transaction Banking
While the main challenge for bankers at the beginning of the century was to differentiate themselves from their competitors, it has evolved much further ever since. Today, they are expected to remain by their clients’ side in all circumstances, to support them on a daily basis.
Understanding tomorrow's client relationships
Investing in green finance
Institutional investors have one topic on their mind when the climate issue is raised, which can be summed up in two...
ESG/CSR
Institutional investors have one topic on their mind when the climate issue is raised, which can be summed up in two words: environmental indicators. How do you implement them? What difficulties are encountered? When will a European standard be introduced?
Investing in green finance

Our speakers

Cécile Bartenieff
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Cécile Bartenieff
Chief Operating Officer of Global Banking & Investor Solutions
Cécile Bartenieff
Claire Calmejane
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Claire Calmejane
Group Chief Innovation Officer
Claire Calmejane
Cécile Bartenieff
Cécile Bartenieff
Chief Operating Officer of Global Banking & Investor Solutions
Societe Generale

Manager of the Service Unit Resources (Global Banking & Investor Solutions)

Cécile Bartenieff began her career in 1990 at Accenture's consulting division before joining BRED Banque Populaire in 1995 where she worked successively as an Arbitrage trader and then in sales for large Corporates. Cécile Bartenieff joined Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking in 2000. She held various managerial positions within the Finance and Operations Departments before joining the COO office of Global Markets. In 2014, Cécile Bartenieff was nominated Head of Operations of Global Banking & Investor Solutions. She was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Global Banking & Investor Solutions on 1st June 2017. 

Cécile Bartenieff holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the ESSEC Business School.

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Claire Calmejane
Claire Calmejane
Group Chief Innovation Officer
Societe Generale

Claire Calmejane began her career in 2006 in the Technology Transformation department of Capgemini Consulting, where she supported companies and especially financial institutions in their technological and digital transformation. Contributing to a study on the digital transformation of large companies led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, she joined the London office of Capgemini to lead the digital centre of the Financial Services sector. Recruited in 2012 by Lloyds Banking Group as Head of Digital Delivery in the Online Services Department, she was appointed Innovation Director and set up the Innovation Labs and the Digital Academy before being appointed Risk Transformation Director at Lloyds Banking Group.
In September 2018, Claire Calmejane joined Societe Generale as Group Chief Innovation Officer. 

Claire Calmejane studied IT Engineering with a degree from the École pour l'informatique et les techniques avancées (EPITA) and a Masters degree from the HEC French school of management.

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