We endeavour to protect human dignity through social inclusion and economic advancement 

A story of passion

Two bankers, Xavier Heude and Michel Vandevoir, who had met at a major Luxembourg bank, decided that they wanted to add their ethical convictions to their professional duties. In other words, they wanted to replace the traditional banker’s mantra of risk and return with the triad of risk, return and impact. Driven by the desire to contribute to the protection of human dignity and human fulfillment, they decided to realize their mission by financing SMEs in developing and emerging countries to improve local living conditions.

And so, in 2016, they founded BACKBONE. To their logo, they added a graphic symbol describing the four colors of the human environment to be protected: ochre for earth, yellow for sun, green for nature and red for fruit.

BACKBONE is looking for the integral development of human being that goes beyond (or rather that should be the pillar of ?) the ESG approach and the SDGs.
In the current situation where all values tend to be questioned, BACKBONE is getting back to the roots and attempting to shed light over what is essential for every person.
This is just the beginning of a long journey that BACKBONE is pursuing day by day.

Backbone offices are located
in the heart of Luxembourg-city,
just in front of the Grand-Duchy palace (here above).

Luxembourg team

Xavier HEUDE

Xavier HEUDE

Co-founding Partner

Michel VANDEVOIR

Michel VANDEVOIR

Co-founding Partner

Carlo BONAZZA

Carlo BONAZZA

Risk Officer

LOCAL TEAM

 
Thierry Owono

Thierry Owono

Cameroon

Marcelo Ortiz

Marcelo Ortiz

Mexico

ADVISORS

Annemarie ARENS

Annemarie ARENS

Independent business advisor

HIRH Archduke Imre de HABSBOURG-LORRAINE

HIRH Archduke Imre de HABSBOURG-LORRAINE

CEO of a patrimonial advising company & Founder of an ethical consulting company

Mohsen HASSEN

Mohsen HASSEN

Former Minister of Trade in Tunisia

Cyril de JERPHANION

Cyril de JERPHANION

Business angel

Eric Van de KERHOVE

Eric Van de KERHOVE

CFO of an international NGO

John LI

John LI

Former Managing Partner of a “Big-Four” audit & advisory company

Aymeric THUAULT

Aymeric THUAULT

Expert in Peer-to-Peer Lending

Jean-Pierre VERNIER

Jean-Pierre VERNIER

Former Bank’s Senior Executive

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