Initiator and Chairman
Born into a Swiss dynasty of explorers and scientists, who conquered the heights and the depths of our planet, Bertrand Piccard seems predestined to perpetuate one of the greatest family adventures of the 20th century. Psychiatrist, aeronaut and renowned lecturer, chairman of the Winds of Hope humanitarian foundation and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, he uses his family heritage to deal with today’s global challenges.
In 1999, Bertrand Piccard made the first ever non-stop round the world balloon flight, the longest flight in terms of duration and distance in the history of aviation.
As a scientist adventurer, he combines exploration, protection of the environment and a better quality of life. He launched in 2003 the Solar Impulse project : to fly around the world in a solar aircraft, without fuel or polluting emissions, to promote renewable energies and new technologies.Moving outside the customary certainties, Bertrand Piccard is first and foremost a visionary communicator.