1. What age do you feel right now and why?
20! Just great age with a certain freedom and mainly this energy which makes you "moving the mountains".
2. Which book are you reading now?
The girl who take an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz who took over the Millennium series after Stieg Larson.
3. What are your top 3 favourite books and why?
I would say ‘Time to kill’ by John Grisham. This book was my first book in English and I realised I could enjoy the story and the reading in English. Even if this book is a fiction, I discovered a face of the USA about the oppression on the black people and the power of the Ku Klux Klan at that time. Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, who was the trigger of the Italian mafia fall in the 90s, very impressive and worrying truths about the Italian mafia in this book. And then, HHhH by Laurent Binet, about Reinhard Heydrich. This was for me a true finding of unexpected information and details about the second world war and Heydrich.
4. What is your definition of elegance?
The simplicity and combination of details which are not catchy and left you with a nice feeling.
5. What are you the most passionate about?
Life and all the positivity it brings.
6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Kilimanjaro. To discover wild nature, untouched (I hope) by humankind, where the sanctuary of great apes is, and also where you move from almost desert climate then tropical to high mountain with snow. That should be something to experience.
7. If you could only keep 3 possessions, what would they be?
My passport, my credit card and my Kindle.
8. What is your philosophy towards your work, or role, or life?
To ask costs nothing. This is a way to make things moving. At least this is the way to understand or to know if something is feasible…
9. What do you worry about, and why?
I really start to worry about our legacy on earth, the extinction of species (animals and vegetal), to have every year less bees in the nature. Would next generations be able to see the nature and the wildlife as we know?
10. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
There isn’t one particular person. I had the chance to meet very interesting and inspiring persons at crucial moments of my career. Without having the title, they acted for me as my mentors, and really inspired me.
11. What was one of your most crucial moments in life?
When I arrived in Tokyo in 92 to work there for 16 months which turned into almost 7 years.
12. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?
It could be the first step of Armstrong on the moon.
13. What are the 3 things you need, to be successful in your job, or role?
Opportunity, great team and positivity.
14. Is there a skill you would like to learn and why?
Legal matters, as becoming a lawyer. I have always been fascinated by the people who master the law, understand it and know how to use it for the benefits of a cause, situation or person.
15. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
When you fail you can’t go lower, you can just go higher.
16. What does a perfect day look like to you?
I think whatever the recepe of my perfect day, the end of the day should taste the same: achievement and this strong feeling of well-being.
17. What cheers you up?
Smiles on people’s faces.
18. How do you define success and how do you measure it?
Success could be personal or a team success, but in both case I need to have a target, personal or team one. Then, when I hear "We did it!" or I tell myself "I did" if this was a personal target, this is the signal of achievement and this is how I would measure it.
19. What part of your job would people find most surprising?
Maybe that I am the "IT guy" doing website content and taking care of IT issues…. I should have put that in the question about the skill to learn, my knowledge being not enough to understand or manage everything, I should learn much more about IT...
20. What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?
Any sports will help me, I believe that running would be the easiest way for me to get back inspiration.
21. In which order (most important 1st) would you classify these 4 A-words: Accuracy, Acceptance, Achievement and Appreciation
Accuracy, acceptance, achievement and appreciation.
22. How would you define leadership?
When the vision of one person become the initiatives of others with the willingness to make it true or happening.