Sébastien is the CEO and co-founder of Real Impact Analytics (RIA). He is a rare blend of thinker and doer with a passion for transforming data into action for both business and philanthropic purposes.
Sébastien earned his MSc from Solvay Brussels School (summa cum laude) where he also founded the school’s first entrepreneurial club. After graduating, he joined McKinsey & Company as a business analyst. He successfully spearheaded prestigious international projects across many sectors, gaining expertise and versatility. He now serves on one of McKinsey & Company’s boards.
In 2009, he and his ex-school mate, Loïc Jacobs van Merlen launched RIA. Their mission was to give businesses the ability to mine, analyze and act upon massive inflows of data, easing workers’ daily jobs. Sébastien has facilitated over 100 implementations across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He’s also been instrumental in the development of Data for Good, which is a program that helps governments and international agencies alleviate poverty, food crises and provide disaster relief where it’s needed most.
Under Sébastien’s leadership, RIA has grown to a thriving team of 120+ employees around the world. He was recently selected to be part of the MIT Innovators Under 35 community.
When he isn’t tapping into rich data flows and driving RIA to even greater heights,Sébastien enjoys classical music, squash and scuba diving.