HELLO, THIS IS CHRISTOPHE

I am a French engineer and musician who plays the viola. I started to play the viola when I was 7 years old. In 2004, I graduated from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional d’Angers (Angers’ Music School) with a gold medal in music theory and a silver medal in viola. Today, I play the viola in orchestras in Paris. I also play the viola in quartets and I often play duos with piano.

In 2011, I graduated from two engineering schools in France, Arts et Métiers ParisTech (Master of Science in mechanical engineering) and CentraleSupélec (Master of Science in electrical engineering).

Fond of innovation and entrepreneurship, I created my first startup in 2011, The Volt Makers. It developed the Voltmaker, a smartcharger to power electronic devices. Unfortunately the product remained at the prototype stage, due to a lack of correspondence between the price of the technology and the market. After working a few years at RATP Group (the transport operator in Paris) as a project manager for bus procurement and for low-carbon transportation, I created in 2014 my second startup, Gomario.fr, a marketplace for a direct access to qualified local tradesmen in Paris. The company closed in 2015, as the business model was not viable. At this date, I became the innovation manager for the RATP engineering department. From 2015 to 2018, I managed 40 innovative projects (around 4 million euros per year), created the Fab Lab for the engineering department and started the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) activities for RATP.

I love to travel, and from the 19 countries I visited before starting this journey, I keep in mind hundreds of meetings that helped me to be who I am. My last two trips (walking alone, by foot, on 650 kilometers on the Camino de Santiago in 2016, and crossing France and Italy by train in 2017) convinced me to go back on the road for a longer time.

Willing to dedicate a few years of my life to help others, to travel and to share around music, I decided to start this world trip. The rest of the story remains to be written.