Dr. Bertrand Piccard


Aviation, Sustainability, Leadership

Job Title

Serial explorer, psychiatrist, chairman, author and ambassador for clean technologies


Solar Impulse Foundation


Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland


English, French


Serial explorer, psychiatrist and ambassador for clean technologies combining innovation and adventure to tackle the great challenges of our time. An inspirational keynote speaker, he was not only the first man to fly around the world solo in a balloon; he also made history by completing the first round-the-world solar flight with his Solar Impulse project. He is a keynote speaker on the themes of sustainability and innovation. He is renowned for his pioneering aerial adventures and for promoting sustainable travel. Using his aerial exploits as a backdrop, he also illustrates his concept of the psychology of life, human communication, teamwork, motivation, pioneering spirit, as well as how to deal with stress, uncertainty and crises.

Speaking Topics

How to achieve the impossible? The pioneering spirit – key to inventing the future.

Dealing with crises: developing through change.

Become a balloon pilot for your company: change altitude in the winds of life.

Clean technologies, sustainable development and environmental policy.

Failure and success, two faces of the same reality.

Hypnosis and autohypnosis.

Leadership and Teamwork.

Goal Setting.

Solar Energy and Sustainability.

Exploration and Science.

Solar Impulse: The Future is Green.

Adventure is a state of mind: the metaphor of the round-the-world balloon flight.

Change Altitude – drop ballast.

Team spirit and psychology of communication.

Coping with crisis situations.

Expert Profile

Explorer, psychiatrist, ambassador for clean technologies. First man to fly around the world in a balloon and in a solar airplane.

It is in Bertrand Piccard’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. From a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abysses, he made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts, around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar plane without fuel. Pioneer in his way to consider 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 which today consider him as a forward-thinking leader on the themes of innovation and sustainability. Founder and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, he has succeeded in his mission to select 1000 efficient solutions to protect the environment in a profitable way. In a third round the world tour, he will bring them 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.