International Transport Forum - 2014 annual summit Transport for a Changing World | 21-23 may 2014 - Leipsig, Germany | France presidency
Bertrand Piccard
Initiator and Pilot
Solar Impulse
Shaping Transport for a New Energy Future
09:00 - 10:30Friday, 23 May 2014
Sustainable Transport for All: Planning for Greener and More Inclusive Transport
11:00 - 12:45Friday, 23 May 2014

Combining exploration and protection of the environment, Bertrand Piccard initiated the Solar Impulse programme to promote renewable energies and new technologies with a project to fly a solar powered aircraft around the world. Operating outside the customary certainties, Bertrand Piccard is a visionary communicator, and it is his vision of the future that motivates the financial partners of this adventure. A pioneer of ultralight flying in the 1970s, an airplane and glider pilot, Piccard achieved the first ever non-stop round the world balloon flight in 1999, the longest flight in the history of aviation in terms of duration and distance. Piccard is a psychiatrist, aeronaut and renowned lecturer, chairman of the Winds of Hope humanitarian foundation and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.