Bertrand Piccard

Founder and Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation

It is in Bertrand Piccard’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. Hailing from a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abyss, he made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts: flying around the world nonstop in a balloon, and more recently in a solely solar-powered plane. A pioneer in viewing ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies.

His dual identity as a psychiatrist and explorer makes him an influential voice heard by the largest institutions, and today he is considered to be a forward-thinking leader on the themes of innovation and sustainability. Founder and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, his mission today is to select 1,000 efficient solutions to protect the environment in a profitable way. In a third around-the-world tour, he will bring these solutions to decision-makers in order to help them meet their environmental targets while ensuring clean economic growth.

Bertrand Piccard is now United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment and Special Advisor to the European Commission.