Francois Gilardoni

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Dr. Francois Gilardoni is a venture capitalist and award-winning scientist educated in Switzerland and the USA, with nearly two decades of international experience (EU, USA, South Africa and Japan) in the high-tech and financial industries. He sits on the board of directors (as chairman, director or observer) of several FinTech, IoT, Big Data, Cleantech, Healthcare, and IT/ICT ventures of the fund. He has cross-border knowledge and excels in connecting the dots between academics, entrepreneurs, accelerators, tech engineers and investors from different industries and continents (e.g. EU-USA, EU-Africa). His forte is in venture capital, bringing customer high-tech solutions to new emerging markets, and conducting complex business turnaround in the high-tech industries.

He is the co-founder of Globas (a branch of duMonde LLC) that provides non-discretionary investment advisory services to clients and investors seeking to expand their portfolio in the high-tech industry, and global advisory services on corporate strategy.

He is also the chairman of World Innovation Day (WID), a non-profit association that organizes global business innovation competitions bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and industry. In 2014, he launched WID-I4H (bit.ly/WID-I4H) to foster a global culture of innovation in medical and healthcare science worldwide.

He holds a PhD (cum laude) in Computational Chemistry (using HPC), as well as advanced degrees in Environmental Science and Computing. He was awarded the prestigious Swiss Prix LATSIS for his achievements in Computational Chemistry and has authored numerous publications in highly ranked international journals. He has served as judge and advisor at national and international start-up competitions since 2007.

Areas of Expertise:
Venture capital (seed; early stage; growth) in the high-tech industry (FinTech; IoT; Big Data; Cleantech; Healthcare; IT/ICT); member of the board of directors; distressed analysis; business turnaround; startup acceleration; bring new technologies to emerging markets.

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