About Us

About Us

Jean Dessain is Managing Director at Navagne Management and professor of Finance and Machine Learning at IESEG, School of Management (Lille & Paris).
Jean is also non-executive director at various companies.

Jean Dessain is a financial & strategic expert. Over the last years, Jean has assisted several companies, from start-ups to large SMEs, with strategic & financial management, capital raising and M&A.
Examples of realized transactions are presented in the case studies.

Jean holds also several non-executive positions as director, currently at :

  • OneLife, a biotech active in enzymatic cleaning of medical devices
  • Koalect, a fintech offering crowdfunding and crowdsourcing online tools
  • Treedy’s, a AI-company that provides 3D-scanners and body-measuring tools for the fashion industry
  • Lean Fund, a privately-held seed and early stage investment fund managed by experienced entrepreneurs

As Associate Partner at Reacfin, Jean delivers Debt & Equity capital market advises, helping clients for managing capital structure, solvency and liquidity and for structuring & issuing capital instruments. He also assists institutional investors for strategy & market risks topics.

Jean is the former General Manager Capital & Funding at Fortis (2000 – 2010). 
He has structured various capital instruments and has led more than EUR 30 billion capital raising transactions worldwide. He has been involved at senior level in M&A deals for more than EUR 40 billion.
Jean started his banking career in 1991 as trader in derivatives at Paribas Belgium (1991-1998), before joining ABN Amro Belgium from 1998 to 2000.

Jean holds a MSc in Economics (1989) and a Master in Law (1988) from UCLouvain (Belgium); he also got a certificate in Machine Learning from Stanford University (2020).got