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5 "signature" strengths...:

  • Creativity, Ingenuity & Originality
  • Love of Learning
  • Humor
  • Industry, Diligence & Perseverence
  • Perspective (Wisdom) attain 5 objectives:

  • Innovate
  • Solve problems
  • Change status quo
  • Shape the world
  • Be authentic


Obtained 4 major degrees
Worked in 5 different countries
Worked with 192 different nationalities
Designed 5 projects for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Organized 10 big events for the World Health Organization
Worked for 2 banks and 1 consulting firm
Set up 2 consultancies
Conducted research in 3 different streams
Taught in 4 grad schools
Changed the life of more than 1,000 people
Created 3 newspapers
Wrote 5 books
Ran 400 meters
And am 1 of a kind to be creative, have an impact, change lives, change organizations and change the world.

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Aug 2012present

PhD Candidate in Technology and Operations Management


I conduct research on the dynamics of innovation, in particular on the effects of very specific moments in the life of companies: transitions.

I focus on three complementary streams of research:

  1. I am principally interested in startups and the way they orchestrate pivots and business model innovation to sense and seize new opportunities.
  2. I also study how companies can optimize their transitions between pioneering and traditional innovation, between using close and distant technologies.
  3. I analyze the return on transitions between R&D-driven and design-driven innovation.

My research is applicable to answer many "hot" questions driving business today. For instance, how does a startup like go from a gay social network to a market place for designers to the Nike id of furniture and in the same time from a startup to a unicorn to be acquired for only $15M in only 18 months? Crazy? Random? Or the wrong execution in terms of business model innovation and pivoting?
A more traditional question but still unresolved at the execution level: how does IBM transition successfully from hardware to software to services?
Finally, what is really true about design and design thinking? How does Apple use design to go from a dying computer hardware company to the highest market value in the world?

Everybody wants to think out-of-the-box, but too many people forget the box! There are ways to execute transitions in innovation and design. Designing your value chain is at the center of successful innovations.

Jun 2015present



Quincus helps businesses improve their performance and productivity by simplifying their city-logistics process. That is why Quincus has eliminated the traditional and expensive courier option and has created an easy, reliable and cost-effective way to schedule, deliver and control your products.
Today there is no reason why businesses should not have affordable, simple, and fast deliveries as part of its model.

I help the firm grow by bringing my academic, business, and design expertise.

May 2014present


Arcstone Pte. Ltd.

Dedicated to operationalizing data for the manufacturing industry, Arcstone Pte. Ltd. was founded in Singapore to help manufacturers harness data from machines and facilities, turning it into actionable information for real-time monitoring, control and decision making. Arcstone’s platform and modular solutions are highly customisable for a wide range of industries and purposes.

I help the firm grow by bringing my academic, business, and design expertise.

Aug 2010Present

Consulting Associate Professor & Industry Coach

Schoolab (UC Berkeley, Centrale Paris, ESSEC, Strate College...)

Schoolab is an Innovation Studio headquartered in Paris and with branches in the US, Singapore and South America.

At Schoolab for the past 12 years, we’ve built an outstanding ecosystem to design and deliver great innovations to market. We have found a new way to mix learning and doing. Today:

  • We make people, from students to CEOs, more innovative and entrepreneurial.
  • We make organizations, from startups to large companies, build great products and services faster and better.

Schoolab is the perfect complement to traditional business, engineering and design education. The Innovation Studio is a place to experiment and go fast. No red tape. We work like the best startups with flexibility and a lean approach. We beta-test all our ideas and try to be steps ahead in terms of education and innovation.

Coaching, sharing, giving, and being challenged is what I like the most when I teach graduate students from Centrale Paris, ESSEC, Strate College, UC Berkeley..., entrepreneurs, or C-executives from S&P500 and CAC40 firms.

I bring all my experience on Technology Management, Design Thinking, innovation and project management. I also lead the students through the difficulties of teamwork and the political aspects of the professional world.

Jul 2009Jun 2012

Founder & Business Designer

Pennetier Design Factory

Being a designer means being a "whole brain" mixing analysis and creativity.

It means also being able to not only predict the future, but also to have a hand in shaping it as well.

Pennetier Design focuses on growth and on making the lives of users easier and more enjoyable. The firm has:

  • Designed products, services and consumer experiences
  • Optimized processes
  • Shaped branding strategies
  • Built simple and winning strategies for complex problems
  • Engaged end users through ethnologies

"Fail early and often, to succeed sooner and better"

Jul 2009Jun 2012

Founder & Management Consultant

Pennetier & Partners

Pennetier & Partners is the Management Consulting branch of my activity.

Sometimes clients are under pressure and overwhelmed by the huge amount of information and inputs they need to process. They have an important strategic issue, they need to take serious decisions, or they want to see the big picture of their situation. That is when they call me to help them transform their problems into opportunities.

My work as a management consultant is driven by 3 pillars:

  • Adding value
  • Ethics
  • Trust & Confidentiality

"Change lives. Change organizations, Change the world. "

Jun 2008Sep 2008

Business Development Intern and Assistant to the CEO

Left Bank
  • Developed the business plan of a new Left Bank brasserie in Walnut Creek: $1.5m of equity, $5m projected sales
    • Conducted market research
    • Evaluated competition
    • Analyzed demographic information 
    • Built financial models and 5-year projections of operations
  • Prepared lease negotiation
  • Reviewed operations by interacting with management, authorities, designers and architects to support the chain strategic development
Jun 2005Apr 2007


KPDP consulting
  • Won and sold 5 projects to Crédit Agricole’s financial and risk departments, revenue: $801,000
  • Designed, developed and presented Risk Management solutions and Basel II reporting tool for leading French banks
  • Hired 5 junior consultants
  • Designed and implemented training program for 20 consultants covering structured finance, regulatory issues (Basel II), consolidation
  •  Led KPDP’s communication strategy: founded and edited firm's monthly newsletter
Jul 2004Mar 2005

Junior Banking Analyst

Natexis Banques Populaires
  • Designed financial analysis tools: DCF, swap, multi-seniority loans, specific tax issues, syndication, risk management (country, corporate, asset)
  • Set up two commercial deals: two cargos for Lan Chile ($65m), two A319 for Easyjet ($50m)
  • Negotiated contracts with software editor ($52k)
  • Prepared (in direct collaboration with the president and the four VPs) the separation of the Aircraft Finance department into an autonomous subsidiary to be presented to the Board
Oct 2002Jun 2003

Assistant to the Director of Governance

  • Led teams of 20 trained support staff to follow protocol, and organized major diplomatic events:
    • in charge of planning (credentials, speakers list),
    • in charge of logistics (formal award ceremonies, protocol issues, and guests reception)
  • Facilitated public relations with diplomats and ministers during international negotiation (Avian flu, governmental)
Jun 2001Sep 2002

Systems engineer

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA)
  • Analyzed financial feasibility of new technologies on missions to collect rock samples on Mars ($2.5b), The Moon ($400m), Venus and Mercury (Manager of cost modeling)
  • Directed and designed the Technology Mass Sensitivity (T-MaS) project
  • Developed model to estimate effects of technology improvements on spacecraft total mass





Technology and Operations Management

Relevant coursework:


  • Econometrics A&B
  • Empirical Methods in Operations Management
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Topics in TOM
  • Operations Strategy
  • Foundations of Operations A&B
  • Discrete Stochastic Processes
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Optimization
  • Modeling Workshop
  • Microeconomics A&B
  • Social Theory
  • Probability and Statistics A&B
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Game Theory A&B
  • Network Analysis A&B
  • Dynamic Programming Apps


Stanford Graduate School of Business

Global Management Program Certificate

Relevant coursework:

  • Marketing & Design: General marketing / Building innovative brands / Consumer behavior 
  • Entrepreneurship: Managing growing enterprises / Formation of new ventures / Global value chain strategies / Social entrepreneurship / Strategic decision making