A bit of history…

August 2006 : Olivier Duyckaerts, Benoit Cardinael and Olivier Libois, three IT consultants in the financial services area, initially teamed up to create a company of experts in business /functional design analysis and project management.

Our strategy has evolved around the same central idea since the beginning; remain focus, build a company expert in a specific domain and provide high added value services, out of range of traditional off shoring policies.

March 2009 : Boosted by the success of  our Belgian office we decide to open a sister company in Luxembourg, capitalizing on our network of former colleagues and customers.

2010 : We complete our service offering by designing a training program dedicated to business and functional analysts. Based on the recommendations of IREB® and IIBA®, the two leading organizations promoting the roles of the analysts on projects, we set up our ‘Efficient Business Analysis’ (EBA) training program. The objective is to train our consultants and our customers to business analysis industry best practices. This program, dedicated to anyone involved in requirements engineering or functional design analysis, has since then been delivered to over 800 professionals in Belgium and Luxembourg, making escent the first training provider on that subject in the BELUX.

Management Team

Benoit Cardinael

Benoit Cardinael

Co-Founder and Associate

Benoit has worked on delivery projects in the area of securities front to back office systems integration, in-house financial software developments and treasury management package customization for large customers in London, New-York, Paris, Luxembourg and Brussels. He started his career in 1996 at EDS, joined Capco then SWIFT before founding escent.

Olivier Duyckaerts

Olivier Duyckaerts

Co-Founder and Associate

Olivier has more than 15 years’ experience combining business analyst and project leader roles. Olivier delivers value added expertise to support the business strategy in financial and Capital Markets “front to back to accounting”, business process re-engineering, implementation of dealing/treasury packages and project management. Founder of escent, he previously worked in the banking competence centers of EDS, FICS and Expert Finance.

Fact Sheet


Belgium – Rue Guimard, 15 Brussels 1040
Luxembourg – 26-28, Rue Edward Steichen
L-2540 Luxembourg

Local presence
Brussels & Luxembourg

Benoit Cardinael, Olivier Duyckaerts 

August 2006

Revenues FY 2016
€ 10.400.000

Official training provider 
IREB® & IIBA® certificates of recognition

Platinum IREB Award

Escent in figures

Date of creation: 08/2006

Associates: 2

Offices: 2

Average yearly turnover growth: +20%

Average age: 35 years

Total team as from 12/2015: 70

Average consutant experience: +10 years

Average employment duration: +5 years

Number of people trained since 2011: +800



escent has grown at a regular pace since its creation.

Our customer base is strong with historical partners following us since the beginning in 2006 and new clients trusting us each year.

Our staff keeps growing both in number and in quality and we are proud of the long term relationship built with our consultants. For those who have left us, some of them became our customers, others moved to another industry but all have made a big jump in their career and remain friends.

Our service offering keeps evolving with industry trends but our business and functional analysis expertize remains however our core business both from a consulting and governance view point.

Business analysis methods and tools do change as per the introduction of new ways of managing projects like Agile. Our consultants are continuously trained to new standards with our training material evolving in parallel.

We are confident that the expertise we have built over the years combined with the continuous investment in training our staff to industry best practices will help us grow our customer base in the coming years. From a market perspective we are also convinced that business analysis is too sensitive to be off shored and needs to be dealt with locally.

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