Our team recently had the pleasure to meet Nadia Manzari, Partner at Schiltz & Schiltz. She tells us more about her biggest professional achievements and how she promotes the role of women.

Can you tell us more about your professional career and your current missions within your company?

I started my career in 2001 at the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, (CSSF) as an in-house lawyer in the Banking department. During my 17 years at the CSSF I got the opportunity to acquire substantial expertise in financial regulation. In my role as Head of the Payments, Markets Infrastructures and Governance Department I have contributed to the set-up of the entire payments and Fintech framework at the regulator and thus helped paving the way for the payments and Fintech ecosystem in Luxembourg.

I came back to private practise 3 years ago by becoming a partner at Schiltz & Schiltz S.A. 

In my new role, I do advise national and international companies and organizations on financial regulation in general, financial technologies including digital payments, virtual currencies, distributed ledger technologies, digital identity, compliance models and regulatory technologies.

What are your biggest professional achievements? Why?

Throughout my professional career, my focus was and continues to be the development of the payment and FinTech ecosystem in Luxembourg. Today our FinTech Industry is growing rapidly and I am really proud to see that an increasing number of start-ups as well as established companies are innovating. Mobile payments, trading platforms, cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, crypto currencies and P2P lending are at present very well developed and integrated services. 

For many years now, I have been strongly believing that innovation in financial technology has the potential to completely redefine the financial sector and that’s what is finally happening. Seeing this happening today makes me a little bit proud and having contributed to making this happen is one of my biggest achievements.

How, almost on a daily basis, do you promote the role of women in the financial services industry? What else should be done?

Over the years I had the great luck to work with excellent teams composed of passionate and very competent women and men. It is important for me to mention here that all my work and achievements over the last years would not have been possible without enthusiastic and dedicated people. I do encourage people to go for their opportunities and to stand for what they do believe in, independently of being a woman or a man. 

I do believe that a diverse workforce is an innovative workforce. Empowering women at the workplace is fundamental and should be at the top of the agenda of any company. 

Can you share with us some initiatives or projects you participated in, in order to promote the role of women?

I do actively encourage women not exclusively at my workplace but also my daughters at home for example (as I consider that this must go beyond the workplace) to seize the chances they wish, to stand for, what they do believe in and to be confident in what they do and what they are.


Publié le 22 avril 2021