With his dual identity as a medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand Piccard has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability. He is independent, not affiliated to a particular party or lobbying group, and as such is a trusted adviser and influencer for the development of new societal solutions, and a very sought-after speaker for private and public audiences.

It is in Bertrand’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible, like he did when circumnavigating the globe nonstop in a balloon and crossing the Atlantic in a solar airplane. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Rather than new territories, he wants to discover new ways of doing and thinking, in particular in the field of clean technologies for a better quality of life. .

Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies. This is why he spent the last 15 years bringing together the major partners providing technology and funds for this adventure. Together with his wife Michèle, he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a now widely recognized platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favour of clean technologies and energy efficiency. .

The inspiration he received from other explorers and pioneers during his childhood gave him the desire to inspire young generations in return.

« The pioneering spirit is less about thinking up new ideas, as ridding ourselves of dogmas and habits that hold us captive in old ways of thinking and acting.»


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How can we achieve what most people think is impossible? A questioning approach yields openness of mind and heart, whereas certitude is an end in itself. From vision to implementation, innovation is a state of mind outside established paradigms.

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Balloon-flight becomes a model for management, and even for personal development. In this metaphor for life, the balloon is the prisoner of the airflow that propels it along, just as we are imprisoned by our certitudes, problems or destinies. Just as balloons can change altitude to find air currents that alter their direction of travel, so too human beings can elevate themselves professionally, psychologically, philosophically or even spiritually in order to re-assume responsibility for the direction their lives are taking. To do this, they must learn to jettison ballast – as in a balloon – the ballast of dogmas, ingrained habits, exclamation marks and other set norms.

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Bertrand is fully aware that his audiences are not there to listen to an adventure story, but rather to tap into his experiences and draw inspiration from them for their own professional and personal lives. He uses his aeronautical expeditions as a backdrop to develop his concepts of psychology for living and human communication. Within this framework, he has inspired audiences at hundreds of public and private events, speaking on the pioneering spirit, motivation, and team-work, as well as how to deal with stress, uncertainty and crisis situations.

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