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Alain Barbal Director at Neuchatel Innohub, Switzerland


For 35+ years, Alain Barbal has managed industrial operations, then built robotic facilities to increase product quality, process productivity, and financial profits in the microelectronics, photovoltaic, and the medical device industries. The past 10 years, he specialized in the design of truly international business ecosystems which must allow the emergence of useful technologies in a context of social, cultural and organizational innovation.

More specifically, since 2007, Alain has been involved in the economic development of Western Switzerland, and more broadly, the one of Switzerland. In this framework, he aimed at establishing mutually beneficial partnerships between multiple regions around the world so as to facilitate economic, scientific and academic cooperation. To reach these goals, he developed several business platforms such as the Neuchatel Innohub in San Francisco whose objective is to generate and enable high-tech interdisciplinary projects.

From the beginning of 2018, Alain has joined a Strategic Service Enterprise, Coherent Streams LLC, whose objective is to design business ecosystems as well as manage projects of digital transition that are favorable to the emergence of useful technological innovations in the industry, R&D, education, health, public governance & administration.

In business, Alain's favorite (best) practices are exploring, trying, failing, enduring, sharing, giving, and supporting creative open-minded people for the sake of the human community and the preservation of our natural environment.

Starting from the assets of the canton of Neuchâtel and, wider, from the competences and qualities specific to Switzerland, Alain intends to explain how the long-lasting and value-based tradition of an innovative region can contribute today to the effective, coherent and useful development of IoT ecosystems and the emergence of a human-friendly digital world.

See you then @ the Internet of Things World '18 in Santa Clara (CA)