Olivier Crespin

4 X Bank builder


With over 20 years of experience in banking and fintech, Olivier has created and led digital banks in multiple countries, including India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the UAE. He is a qualified lawyer and an IBF Fellow, a prestigious credential that recognizes senior industry leaders who have demonstrated mastery of banking and financial services. He is also a pioneer and investor in the digital assets and metaverse space, having backed four unicorns in web3, entertainment, and financial services. He is passionate about bridging the gap between traditional finance and decentralized finance, and empowering customers with innovative and inclusive banking solutions.

Olivier Crespin is an experienced financial and technology executive, currently serving as the Program Director at CFTE, where he leads the “Mastering Digital Banking” course in collaboration with the Central Bank of Egypt, Banking Association Egypt, and Fintech Association Egypt. He is also a Board Advisor at Inveniam and a General Partner at True Global Ventures, which has invested early in unicorns like Animoca Brands and Ledger.

Olivier Crespin also co-founded and led Zand Bank, the UAE’s first digital bank to offer both retail and corporate banking, achieving regulatory approval and launch. He was Chief Fintech Officer at CIMB, overseeing fintech initiatives across Southeast Asia. At DBS Bank, he served as Group Head Digital Bank, launching Digibank India and winning global recognition as the World’s Best Digital Bank. He spent 16 years at Citi, holding various leadership roles including Global Head of Operations for Citi Private Bank. He also held senior positions at BNP Paribas and led the administration of Argentinian debt reconciliation. Recognized for his expertise, Crespin is a public speaker and active in the fintech community, bringing extensive international experience and multilingual proficiency in English, French, and Spanish.
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