Sebastien serves as Chief Developer Evangelist for the Open API team at MasterCard where he leads the outreach to the global developer community. Puzzle solver, strategic thinker, beyond-the-horizon watcher and hands-on doer, Sebastien has technical and professional experience spans more than 20 years in various industries. He has shaped ecosystems and products around POS, mobile payment, mobile security, mobile identity and consumer solutions. He has provided expert opinions for and has been quoted in the WSJ, The Huffington Post, Reuters, Mashable, USA Today, CNN, CBC, Forbes, Dark Reading, Digital Transactions, Newsweek, etc. on topics ranging from mobile payments to mobile identity, consumer biometrics and security.
Prior to joining MasterCard, he was CTO at Validity where he was part of the executive team leading to the successful acquisition of the company by Synaptics for $255M. He was also instrumental in the launch of the first payment with fingerprint in the combo Samsung S5/PayPal/Synaptics Sensors.
Prior to Validity, Sebastien led the Mobile Ecosystem and Technology Integration effort at PayPal. He was also a member of the exclusive eBay Inventors Club for his multiple contributions to the patent portfolio as well as a 2-times recipient of the PayPalian Award.
Sebastien held a postgraduate degree from the Universite de Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne and a MSG from the Universite de Tours in France.