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Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, a pioneering balloonist and entrepreneur, founded Solar Impulse, achieving the first solar-powered round-the-world flight. A psychiatrist and expert in hypnotherapy, he leverages his aviation exploits to inspire corporate audiences. Piccard also launched the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, advocating profitable environmental technologies and innovative, sustainable development.


About Dr. Bertrand Piccard

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, the visionary behind Solar Impulse, made aviation history by completing the first round-the-world flight in an airplane powered solely by solar energy, with no fuel or polluting emissions. A renowned explorer and psychiatrist, he is a sought-after keynote speaker who inspires audiences with his ground-breaking achievements and innovative ideas on sustainability.

Born into a family of scientific adventurers, Bertrand’s legacy includes his grandfather Auguste, the first to explore the stratosphere, and his father Jacques, who reached the deepest part of the oceans. Bertrand’s own adventures began with ballooning and hang gliding, leading him to become the European Hang Glider Aerobatics Champion in 1985. In 1999, he and Brian Jones completed the first non-stop balloon circumnavigation of the globe in the Breitling Orbiter 3, earning numerous prestigious awards.

A trained psychiatrist and expert in hypnotherapy, Bertrand uses his unique background to offer profound insights into human communication, stress management, teamwork, and motivation. He has taught at the Swiss Medical Hypnosis Society and continues to cover medical topics, including hypnosis and self-hypnosis, in his talks.

Bertrand’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated through his leadership of the Solar Impulse project and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which aims to promote 1,000 profitable environmental solutions. His work in sustainable aviation has earned him the UN Champions of the Earth Award, among other accolades.

Bertrand’s lectures, delivered in English, French, and German, draw on his extraordinary experiences to inspire corporate audiences. His topics include “Adventure is a State of Mind,” “Be a Balloonist in Your Business,” “Team Spirit and Psychology of Communication,” “How to Play with the Winds of Life,” and “Coping with Crisis Situations.”

As an author, Bertrand has written best-selling books, including “Une Trace dans le Ciel” and “The Greatest Adventure,” which share his journey and vision for a sustainable future.

Dr. Bertrand Piccard embodies the spirit of exploration and innovation, challenging audiences to rethink the possibilities of clean technologies and sustainability. His dynamic presentations encourage individuals and organizations to embrace pioneering spirit and drive positive change for the future of our planet.

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