Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss psychiatrist, pioneer and an adventurer. He circumnavigated the earth in a hot-air balloon with Brian Jones in 1999. Piccard took inspiration from his grandfather, who ballooned into the stratosphere over 80 years ago. The family tradition of adventure continued with Bertrand’s father who reached the deepest point of the world’s oceans in 1960 at the Mariana Trench.
Bertrand Piccard completed his balloon circumnavigation in 20 days, flying more than 45,000 km non-stop. Piccard then set about a mission to circle the world in an airplane powered by solar energy in 2016. The plane, named Solar Impulse flew non-stop around the world, even at night. Environmentally friendly, Solar Impulse stored solar energy so that it could use it to power its engine at night.
Bertrand Piccard is also an author and a well-known speaker. His famous book ‘Around the World in 20 Days’ published in 2000 became an instant hit in France, USA, UK and Germany. His amazing speaking ability has helped him to be recognised among the world’s top motivational speakers. Bertrand Piccard is among Europe’s leading motivational speakers. He engages audiences through his adventure stories and then teaches them the importance of motivation and innovation to achieve the impossible.
After his round-the-world flight, Dr Piccard became a sought-after speaker both by the public and by companies who invite him to address their management, employees or clients. He knows that his audience isn’t there to learn how to fly a balloon, but rather to find in his experience a source of inspiration for their private or professional lives.
Using his aerial exploits as a backdrop, Bertrand Piccard illustrates his concept of the psychology of life, human communication, team-work, motivation, pioneering spirit, as well as how to deal with stress, uncertainty and crises.
"Bertrand was warm, interesting and amusing. He exceeded my expectations and I think the clients as well!”
"It was enthralling. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.”