EARTH DIALOGUES 2013 PANELIST: BERTRAND PICCARD
Panel 1: Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse
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 lecturer, chairman of the Winds of Hope humanitarian foundation and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, he is passionate about today’s great human challenges.
A pioneer of ultralight flying in the 1970s, an airplane and glider pilot, Bertrand Piccard achieved in 1999 the first ever non-stop round the world balloon flight, which was the longest flight in terms of duration and distance in the history of aviation.
Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse, he developed the project’s philosophy and outlined its symbolic and political reach, convincing the project’s financial partners. Seeking to link science with adventure to promote a better quality of life, he shares with André Borschberg control of this project, just as he shares with him the controls of the aircraft.
For more information about Bertrand Piccard, please visit the Solar Impulse website.
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