Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference

On 20th October, I attended the Google Cloud Platform’s User Conference (NEXT London 2016) at the InterContinental hotel in London (near the O2 arena). The goals of the day were to: Learn Read More »

Amazon Web Services Conference at The Shard

I attended an AWS conference at The Shard, the tallest building in London. The event focused on the following areas: – Understand the benefits of the AWS cloud – Learn how AWS helps Read More »

Big Data Bootcamp in London

Great event yesterday in London, attending a Big Data Bootcamp powered by BigStep, CouchBase, and MapR during which they presented their technologies. An awesome opportunity to meet numerous bright minds among the Read More »

Mission at Noble Agri (Switzerland)

On Thursday 14th January, I finished an 8 months mission to coordinate the split of Noble Agri in the Treasury department (bought $1.5bn by COFCO) in Geneva (Switzerland). I have also created and Read More »

Course de l’Escalade (Race in Geneva)

On Saturday 5th December 2015, I ran the “Course de l’Escalade” in Geneva (Switzerland) in 37’43”. For the 38th edition, more than 37.000 people ran in the old city of Geneva. This Read More »

 
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[Book] “Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future”

My second book recommendation is “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel, an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager who cofounded PayPal and was the first outside investor in Facebook.

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

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[Book] “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”

Here is my first book suggestion: “The Lean Startup” written by Eric Ries. Eric is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author recognized for pioneering the lean startup movement, a new-business strategy which directs startup companies to allocate their resources as efficiently as possible. He has co-founded IMVU.

Look at these reviews:

The Lean Startup has a kind of inexorable logic, and Ries’ recommendations come as a bracing slap in the face to would-be tech moguls: Test your ideas before you bet the bank on them. Don’t listen to what focus groups say; watch what your customers do. Start with a modest offering and build on the aspects of it that prove valuable. Expect to get it wrong, and stay flexible (and solvent) enough to try again and again until you get it right. It’s a message that rings true to grizzled startup vets who got burned in the Great Bubble and to young filmgoers who left The Social Network with visions of young Zuckerberg dancing in their heads. It resonates with Web entrepreneurs blessed with worldwide reach and open source code. It’s the perfect philosophy for an era of limited resources, when the noun optimism is necessarily preceded by the adjective cautious.” — Wired

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MSc Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL

I have started a one-year Master degree at University College London (5th best university in the World, according to QS World University rankings).

The Technology Entrepreneurship MSc equips graduates that have a strong desire to be an entrepreneur with the skills and knowledge needed to understand the start-ups ecosystem. The programme provides an effective grounding across a wide range of the applied disciplines required for the effective management of technical ventures.

Source: UCL Management Science & Innovation

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Hillel Neuer – Executive Director of UN Watch

Hillel C. Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Originally from Montreal, Neuer has written on law, politics and international affairs for publications such as the International Herald Tribune, Juriste International, Commentary, The New Republic Online and the Christian Science Monitor.

He appears regularly before the UN Human Rights Council, intervening for a range of causes including the rape victims of Darfur, political prisoners in Cuba, and Middle East peace.

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Graduation – Class of 2014

On 22nd July 2014, I graduated from King’s College London. I have obtained a “BSc Computer Science with Management”.

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Marathon de Paris 2014

On 6th April 2014, I successfully ran the Paris Marathon (42.195 km) for the second time. I did it in 05H 06’49” (which is just 47sec better than last year).

If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.
– Emil Zátopek


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Freddie Knoller – Shoah survivor

Freddie Knoller was born into a cultured Viennese family in 1921. When the Germans entered Austria, he fled west. He became a “tourist guide” and pimp for the Nazi soldiers in Paris. He joined the French Resistance, but was betrayed to the authorities by a spurned lover. The French police handed him to the Gestapo and he was sent by cattle truck to a concentration camp.

As the allies advanced, Freddie went on a number of death-marches from one concentration camp to another. His supreme optimism and determination to live saved him. His parents perished, but his two brothers had escaped to the U.S.A. Freddie married an English woman, and became a successful businessman.

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Fire walking – Raising money for Shoah survivors

Today, I walked barefoot on fire! Distance: 20 feet of red hot embers burning at 1236 degrees Fahrenheit!! £30,000 pounds were raised for the Targu Mures Trust (offering home care and medicines to Shoah survivors in Romania).

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Internship at BlackRock (London)

While working closely with BRS Client Solutions, I was part of the BPI team (BlackRock Platform & Integration) which ensures a globally consistent operating model and platform across all investment and operating functions.

During this 10 weeks internship, I was…

  • Researching how the systems are used by the Portfolio Managers
  • Assisting with the documentation of different BlackRock systems for the users
  • Working on some financial process implementation
  • Helping to improve the internal communication in Client Solutions by creating new internal communication channels
  • Testing and debugging systems developed by the IT teams
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First blood donation

Today, I gave my blood for the first time in London.

Feeling good !!

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Robot Control Software

Year-long project involving a team of eight people working on a JAVA program to run an autonomous robot.

Requirements:
– Localisation & Mapping Solution
– Navigation solution
– Garbage collection solution
– Command-line interface
– Graphical interface (with map visualisation)

The simulations were done using Player/Stage and a 26 pages report was produced at the end.

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Marathon de Paris

After 32 weeks of training and being sick the week before, I successfully finished the « MARATHON de Paris » ==> 42,195 km !!

I did the first 30km in only 3hours and finally finished my first Marathon in 05h07′

CHALLENGE ACCOMPLISHED !!!

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Johan Verbeke – Belgian ambassador to United Kingdom

Lunch with HE Mr Johan Verbeke, current Belgian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Prior to serving in London, Verbeke was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG). He was formerly the permanent representative of Belgium to the United Nations and to its Security Council. He was briefly the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, serving as the United Nations Secretary General’s representative in Lebanon. Prior to that, he had been the Chef de Cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Zigi Shipper – Shoah survivor

Mr Zigi Shipper was 14 when he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. He described himself as lucky to have survived and said he felt he owed it to those who did not survive to keep talking about what had happened.

He said: “Whole families were wiped out – who will tell their story?”

At King's College London

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Matthew Gould – British Ambassador to Israel

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and his wife Celia arrived in Israel on 12 September 2010. 

At King's College London