Last work experience
Passionate about human behavior, design and technology, Damien develops innovative solutions from conception to launch. He plans to continue focusing on these areas and collaborating actively in challenging projects by solving critical problems - especially for a more fair, equal and sustainable society.
Therefore, Damien works as Innovation Lead at Pictet Group - one of the leading independent wealth and asset managers in Europe. He aims to boost the organisation’s innovation capacity by connecting ideas with technological and banking expertise. He drives change to build an ambidextrous organisation where exploration of new value sources and operational excellence coexist.
In additional, he is a full stack developer for China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC). He has designed and implemented its web collaborative platform for 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. Read more about this fascinating topic in The New York Times: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team.
His complementary skills in management, IT, and UX allow him to lead complex projects and create bridges between technical and business worlds. For instance, he participated an in entrepreneurial venture by developing and producing an IoT prototype with an interdisciplinary team formed by four engineers, two designers, and one businessman. He took part in other enrepreneurs’ challenges such as Venture Challenge and Startup Weekend (Lausanne, Switzerland; Oakland, United States).
Always on the hunt for discovering new cultures and exploring the latest innovations and technologies, Damien went multiple times to Hong Kong and Shenzhen for prototyping IoT devices and accessing to the hardware ecosystem. He also stayed a quarter in San Francisco and its Bay (especially Silicon Valley) for participating as a volunteer (NewCo Bay Area) and networking with the major actors.