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Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversation with Philippe Tanguy

Falling Walls Foundation | Philippe Tanguy, Nicola Jones

Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversations offers a livestream with the exclusive opportunity to attend interviews with breakthrough thinkers online. All sessions provide an intense personal atmosphere, in which high-level guests, speakers and panelists will focus on their individual research, career paths and experiences. Falling Walls Conversations takes place parallel to the main programme of the Science Summit. All sessions will be recorded and made available to a broader public after the Science Summit. Falling Walls Conversations is supported by Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

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Philippe Tanguy


Philippe Tanguy is the President of Polytechnique Montreal technological university. As an expert in hydrogen and economy decarbonization, he has also been working with government shaping the energy transition and industry electrification strategy. Prior to joining Polytechnique, Philippe served as a top R&D executive for the broad energy company TotalEnergies in Paris and Berlin, focusing on international R&D corporate strategy, in relation with the energy transition, the hydrogen economy, and the energy-water-environment nexus. He previously pursued an academic career in several universities in Canada, including 15 years as an industrial research chairholder at Polytechnique Montreal. Philippe is presently the Chairman of the World Council of Chemical Engineering and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His education includes a doctorate degree in physics (Paris), a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (Laval), and an executive management training (MIT Sloan).

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