Philippe Blanchard

Founder & CEO, Futurous

With 25-year-old global expertise in Technology and mega-event, Philippe Blanchard founded Futurous, the “Games” of Innovation. A new type of competitions associating male and female, athlete and para-athlete, sports and esports, mankind and robots and offering education and interactivity between
competitors and spectators.

Mr. Blanchard has been the senior Advisor to Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai. Philippe was in charge of the Bid Dossier and has been pivotal to the success of Dubai: strategic planning, Technology and Innovation master plans. His mission was to ensure Expo 2020 Dubai operates as an advanced smart city, harnessing the power of Technology for better services and stakeholder experience.

Prior to joining Dubai Expo, Philippe served as Director for the International Olympic Committee: he was appointed in the perspective of the IOC reorganisation and he set the new business intelligence and knowledge management practices, helping bidding and Organising committees in their Olympic ambitions. His department was also responsible of the Olympic Legacy and the interface with the Academic world.

He previously served as Director general of La Cité Apprenante, a Think tank on ICT and as a consultant with Accenture in strategy and organisation.

On a personal level, he is an active member of several United Nations working groups (e-governance, smart cities), of the US and European Chapters of the Internet Society (ISOC)...

He holds a Master of Science in business administration (EDHEC Business School) and post-graduated in Innovation & Technology management (Ecole Centrale Paris). Philippe is also an alumnus of the Executive trainings of IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland).