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Keynote speaker Gilles Babinet has been a serial entrepreneur since he was 22. He has several successful ventures to his name, all with focus on the digital space. This is because he is passionate about technology and big data, and he strongly believes in the positive impacts which digitalization can have on our societies.
He is a cherished public authority on digitalization for the French people, serving as France’s Digital Champion in the European Commission since 2012. Babinet is also a prolific author, having written several books on the topic of big data and digital transformations. Babinet is an ideal speaker for you if you’re looking for someone who knows his way around the fields of big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain, egov and democracy, as well as the many other aspects of digital transformation and the journey of entrepreneurship.
At the age of 24, he set up Absolut, a consultancy firm specializing in product design and marketing that became under his management a major consultancy group in its field in France. Through Absolut, Gilles Babinet was involved in the emerging Entertainment mobile market from the beginning and sold Absolut at the beginning of 2000 to Euro-RSCG, a worldwide communications group, in order to fully dedicate himself to the creation of Musiwave.
In 5 years, Musiwave became the leading European provider of mobile music and entertainment services to telecommunication operators and media. Musiwave was sold to Openwave a public American company for $139M in January 2006.
Along with these non-executive positions, Babinet is executive Chairman of Captain Dash, which provides gives marketers a dashboard to visualize, evaluate and correlate data flows from their own ERP and external data such as the weather, air quality, car trafic.
Gilles Babinet has also served as the first Chairman of the National Digital Council in France from April 2011 until April 2012.