Born in 1987 in France, I started coding aged 12 by building websites and small desktop applications in PHP 3 and Visual Basic 6. Wanted to fully embrace my Danish roots (my mother is Danish), I then moved to Denmark after high-school to study Mathematics at DTU. To make ends meet, I installed and managed servers and computers of the uni's library. In my spare time, I lead a Warcraft III team which surprisingly enough ended up being ranked at a European level. To this day it remains one of my favorite strategy games as it combines real-time micro-management skills with longer strategical planning abilities, packed in short and intense games of 15-30min. It taught me a lot about decision making under uncertainty in high-pressure environments.
Initially triggered by a fascination of ants, I wrote a paper based on my thesis about the emergence of collective behavior of pedestrians as a first attempt to understand evolution from a physical perspective. I then spent two years in France at École Centrale Paris studying engineering, science and management, before heading back to Denmark to finalise my Master in Mathematical Statistics. My key research topic was about integrating large shares of fluctuating renewable energy onto the electricity grid, which led me to write a paper based on my thesis about controlling electricity consumption by forecasting its response to varying prices. As a student job, I spent time at IBM Denmark learning about business development in the Energy & Utilities sector.
I then spent some time at IBM Research in Zürich implementing my research, before leaving to Google where I worked partly on anti-abuse systems, and partly on internal energy projects. Dissatisfied with the slowness of large corporations, I took a year off and ended up joining a French AI startup called Snips. Snips started out as an research lab building an AI capable of inferring your personal knowledge graph without compromising your privacy. As first employee, I was fortunate enough to have the challenge to hire a team of 30 data scientists and engineers over the next two years, alongside building the initial versions of the infrastructure and AI models that powered the Snips technology. In an urge to get back to the energy world, and in the wake of the climate emergency, I left Snips after two years (it went on to become acquired by Sonos in 2019).
In 2016, given more pressing energy and climate situation, I discovered both an immense urge but also a large opportunity in centralising and visualising carbon data. With the mission of organising and making widely available the world's carbon information, I created Tomorrow, with the electricityMap as first initiative.
Favorite resourcesThis is a section containing my favorite resources, listed in the order that I discovered them (newest first).
- Or noir. La grande Histoire du pétrole (Matthieu Auzanneau) (French)
- Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life (Eric D. Schneider)
- What is life? (Erwin Schrödinger)
- Order Out of Chaos (Ilya Prigogine)
- Thermodynamique de l'évolution (François Roddier) (French)
- Le Hasard et la Necessite (Jacques Monod) (French)