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Payments International
Returning November 2023

Alexandre Stervinou
Deputy Director, Infrastructures, Innovations and Payments Directorate at Banque de France


Alexandre Stervinou is currently Deputy Director in the Infrastructures, Innovations and Payments Directorate at the Banque de France, a 90+ staff directorate with a budget of circa 30M€ in charge of strategic policy orientations for, and the oversight of, payments and market infrastructures, with a focus on fostering innovations in those fields (e.g. CBDC). The Directorate has also an operational role with participants to the French component of the Target2 RTGS and a strong cybersecurity focus. Between 2019 and 2021, Alexandre was a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Secretariat, where he mostly dealt with innovation related matters on the G20 agenda for financial services, and more specifically on cutting-edge topics such as cross-border payments, cybersecurity, crypto-assets and stablecoins, BigTechs, cloud services, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Prior to this, he was the Head of the Non-cash Means of Payment Oversight division at Banque de France, in charge of policy and oversight issues for cashless payments. In this role, he was the Secretary of the Observatory for the Security of Payment Means, chaired by the Governor of Banque de France, and Secretary of the National Payments Committee. To this end, he contributed to the development of a national and European retail payment strategy supported by Banque de France, in collaboration with the private sector.

Alexandre has represented the central bank since 2008 in various international and European committees related to payments and innovation, notably working on European regulation and oversight frameworks.

Alexandre started his career in the private sector, with a focus on IT security solutions mainly for the financial services and telecom industry.

Agenda Sessions

  • Central bank perspectives on digital currencies