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Passionate about design, technology and human behavior, Damien is driven by delivering innovative solutions from conception to launch on critical problems - especially in achieving a more fair, equal and sustainable society.
Damien works as an Innovation Lead at Pictet - one of the leading independent wealth and asset managers in Europe. He helps the company to industrialize their innovation capacity by connecting ideas with banking and technological expertise. He drives change to build an ambidextrous organisation where exploration of new value sources and operational excellence coexist.
He launched a corporate incubator & accelerator to transform ideas into concrete business cases in 4 weeks - enabling to release MVPs - Minimum Viable Products - in a few months. It allows the company to invest time and resources smartly as well as move beyond incremental solution.
The ideas are taken by building small cross-functional talent teams in order to seize all possible opportunities and deliver proposals that matter. Damien coaches them in this chaotic innovation journey to (re)design products, services or organizations. More than 120 ideas, 15 business cases and 5 C-level strategic projects have been delivered. ESG, Digital Assets, Blockchain reflections are included.
In addition, he leads the Design Thinking Community - a community of practice in the organization, do market intelligence on technology and innovation.
Before his current job, he was a full stack developer and a coordinator at China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC). He designed and implemented its web collaborative platform curated by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
He holds a Master Degree in Information Systems from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) at the University of Lausanne and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. His Master thesis looks at a psychological factor (psychological safety) for fostering innovation, learning behaviors, and team performance where innovation projects are complex, uncertain, and interdisciplinary.
His complementary skills in management, IT, and UX allow him to lead complex projects and create bridges between technical and business worlds.
Always on the hunt for discovering new cultures and exploring the latest innovations and technologies, Damien went serial times to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and San Francisco for prototyping IoT devices and accessing to the hardware and fintech ecosystems.