Grimaldi Forum prepares for B2B ‘Ready for IT’ event

ready for it

From blockchain and AI to cybersecurity and cloud technology, the upcoming ‘Ready for IT’ event at the Grimaldi Forum will unite digital and tech companies for three days of strategic talks and networking opportunities. 

Ready for IT, which will be taking place from 14th to 16th May, will offer a unique platform for discussion to an array of tech companies, their clients and potential investors. 

Around 750 people are expected to attend, with some 2,000 face-to-face meetings, conferences, business lunches and networking parties on the agenda.  

The event’s format combines one-on-one and B2B meetings with keynote speeches and workshops, and its organisers, DG Consultants and Les Assises de la Cybersécurité, describe Ready for IT as an ideal place for “CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and Innovation Directors” to meet and discuss their advancements in the realms of the digital transition and security. 

Among the sectors set to be represented at the industry conference are AI, blockchain, data, cybersecurity, strategy and consulting, and cloud technology.  

For more information on the event, its full programme of events and to buy passes, click here.  


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Interview: Stéphane Herpe, head of Wealth Management Monaco Markets CFM Indosuez

Born in 1969 near Paris, Stéphane Herpe’s career in finance spans from Wall Street to Monaco. After earning dual degrees in engineering and business, he honed his expertise in derivatives and structured products at major financial institutions. His leadership roles at Credit Lyonnais, CACIB, and CFM Indosuez have cemented his reputation as a visionary in wealth management. Now, as Head of Wealth Management Monaco Markets, Stéphane continues to shape the industry with his dedication and expertise.

Monaco Life spoke to Stéphane about his reasons for moving with his family to the Principality, his passions, hobbies, and what made him join the Monaco Ambassadors Club. 

Monaco Life: What brought you to Monaco, and how long have you resided in the Cote d’Azur? 

In 2008, market activities declined, and I wanted to take on a new challenge. I had been proposed to move to Monaco to take a new position as chief investment officer, leaving a sales role to join a buyer position behind the mirror. I had the opportunity to manage the Principality’s most prominent trading room and joined CFM Indosuez, which has the largest investment product platform with more than 50 experts in financial markets, private equity, wealth planning, and more. 

After living the Parisian life to the fullest, my family and I were excited to move to the beautiful French Riviera. We have been residing here for over 15 years, and we do not have any regrets. I do work in Monaco, but we live in a small, perched village next to Nice.

What do you like the most about working in Monaco?

I enjoy working in Monaco as it is an independent and prosperous country with a dynamic economy and a gross domestic product (GDP) among the top five in the world. I also like to be in a cosmopolitan universe with more than 140 nationalities, where the residents have an exceptionally safe and discreet environment.

What are your hobbies and interests? 

I am a sports enthusiast, and I enjoy playing tennis and golf. My wife and I are members of the Golf Club in Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, built in 1922, one of the oldest and most beautiful clubs in France, and we play there a few times a year. As a tennis fan, I enjoyed taking clients to the recent Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. 

But my main interest is wine. I have been a member of the Tasting Committee and Wines Guide of the Cercle Wine Business (CWB), founded in 1991, the first European network of business leaders and liberal professionals who love wine. Inspired by WBC three years ago, I created the private Wine and Wealth Club, dedicated to wine professionals and lovers among our clients.   

I like to spend weekends and holidays with the family, returning to my roots in our family cottage in Morbihan, Brittany, and Etretat, Normandy. It is an excellent way to escape the French Riviera heatwave and the summer inflow of tourists. 

Do you consider yourself a friendly person? Do you like to be part of a club?

Yes, I have a reputation for being sociable. I have always been involved in teaching and lecturing at universities and in diverse associations. Joining a club is an excellent way to be part of a collective action to achieve projects or exchange different visions of the world.

When and why did you join the Monaco Ambassadors Club?

I joined the MAC two years ago because I knew a few members who gave me good feedback. I also wanted to be involved in promoting Monaco’s attractiveness and taking part in humanitarian activities.

MAC is an excellent club with high-level members from all over the world. 

MAC events are outstanding, with “must” events like the Goodwill Gala and the Summer Party. They occur in beautiful places with a “tip-top” organisation, as we say in French.

Does MAC’s mission resonate with you? What are the advantages of being a MAC member?

Promoting the Principality of Monaco has always been one of my principal motivations for my job and personal life. As Head of investment at CFM Indosuez, I am also dedicated to promoting sustainable finance and investing in the blue economy, both of which are shared by MAC missions.

Another point in common with MAC is my strong interest in Education. I worked for many years as a lecturer for First Finance and a French leader in professional financial training for bank employees. I transmitted this passion to my son, who works for a French member of parliament at the Education Commission of the National Assembly, Palais Bourbon.

The advantages of being a member of MAC are sharing the passion for Monaco with other members, meeting unique people with fascinating backgrounds, and participating in charity events because our world is suffering from constantly growing inequalities. 

Do you have ideas or events to propose to MAC? 

I took part in an initiative to organise a breakfast discussion group about sustainable development. It was successful and should be renewed and multiplied on the same thematic or other themes, such as education and geopolitics. 

I propose to help create a Wine “inside MAC” Club with regular events. I am sure there are many wine enthusiasts in the club. I could also help organise additional cultural visits outside Monaco in this beautiful way to discover the French Riviera!


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Pretty pink and ivory roses win the judges’ hearts at the Concours International de Roses

Concours International de Roses

The winners of this year’s Concours International de Roses Nouvelles de Monaco have been announced, but there’s one prize yet to be awarded: the Prix du Public.  

The Princess Grace Rose Garden is in full bloom, with roses of every colour, form and perfume filling the park in Fontvieille. 

Some 75 roses from producers the world over were submitted ahead of this seventh edition of the competition, including 24 hybrid tea roses, 36 cluster flowering varieties, seven ground-cover roses and eight miniature roses. 

France is most represented, with 13 breeders of roses submitting 33 varieties, but there have also been contributions from specialist growers in the United States of America, Japan, South Africa and New Zealand. 

Prior to going on display at the Princess Grace Rose Garden, the roses have all been cared for at a site managed by Monaco’s Department of Urban Amenities, the Pépinière de Saint Laurent d’Eze, in a bid to reduce the environmental footprint of the festival. The six-month incubation period has also been a 100% organic endeavour. 

The producers were allowed to grow on 10 examples of their each of their new roses, but the unusually wet and cold weather of this spring seems to have held some of the specimens back as a small proportion still remain in bud.

Nevertheless, on Thursday 2nd May, it was announced that the international jury, a panel composed of rose specialists from across the continent, as well as Cécila Casiraghi of the Monaco Garden Club and Françoise Gamerdinger, the head of Monaco’s Department of Cultural Affairs, had already chosen their winners. 

A Danish rose, No.27 Orange Sunrise, won the Hybrid Tea category while the No.10 hybrid tea Jean Carles picked up the prestigious Trophée Piaget Rose and the Coupe du Parfum.  

Orange Sunrise, the winner of the Hybrid Tea category. Photo source: Monaco Communications Department

An ivory rose, No.36 Madame, also caught the eye of the panel, who proclaimed it the winner of the cluster flowering category and this year’s Coup de Cœur des Amis de la Roseraie Princesse Grace. 

In the ground-cover category, a delicate pale pink German cultivar, No.68 Pashmina, emerged as the winner, while the flawlessly white No.77 Rosa Bonheur was awarded the top prize in the Miniature category. 

Prix du Public 

There is one prize yet to be attributed: the Prix du Public.

Between 3rd May and 16th June, the global public is being invited to choose their favourite by liking the most beautiful specimens in a photo gallery on Facebook. The image that garners the most likes, the winner, will be announced on 19th June.  

See below for a link to the gallery of roses:



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Main photo of No.10 hybrid tea Jean Carles: Monaco Communications Department