Hi! I am a French & American global citizen (Third Culture Kid), born in Hong Kong and living in Amsterdam since 2020.
I was born in Hong Kong to a French (Picardie) mother and American (Boston) father in the late 80s. My parents met in London, and decided to move to Hong Kong seeking new adventure and prompted by a Virgin Airways 99 pound one-way-ticket to Hong Kong deal. After 5 years, I continued childhood in Northern California and teenage years in Paris, generally identifying with international culture. I studied industrial design at California State University, Long Beach earning a BS. During college I lived abroad for one year in Shanghai, China to continue the Mandarin studies I had started in high school in France. With the certification earned at Jiao Tong University, I completed a double bachelor's degree in Mandarin Chinese.
During my last year of college, I met my first business partner in 2010 with whom I started Nimble Scooters, a company that designed and manufactured kick-scooters with built-in cargo space for transporting goods over short distances. In parallel, I also worked for a few other companies such as CG-Mobile and Brille24.de as a designer and creative strategist, as well as a freelance sales lead for micro-mobility at Autonomy up until 2016. Meanwhile, our California-based company Nimble Scooters grew and at a turning point, the same team pivoted into making electric bikes, thus starting the Super73 in Spring of 2016.
This path led me to become familiar with the (electric) urban mobility scene in Paris and the United States. My network and understanding of the industry has since increased thanks in part to working on the first edition or the first urban mobility festival Autonomy Paris in 2016.
Extensive travel and the ability to pick up languages quickly enables me to be aware of the subtle cultural differences that make our world unique, a necessary skill for branding, strategic product launches and relationship building. I'm a natural connector.
After leaving my active role at Super73 where I initiated and led sustainability for the last couple of years, I branched out and exploring work in the renewable energy sector, with Metos Energy, a business I joined early 2023. In parallel, I continue work in the urban mobility space as a consultant and fractional executive for passionate and innovative companies.
I love building things, whether it's companies, events, websites, dinner menus, and relationships. When i'm not riding bicycles, traveling or working on the computer, I'm most likely playing volleyball (preferably on the beach), meeting up with visiting friends, learning a new language or cooking.
While I speak English with more of an American accent, and speak French with a not-French enough accent, I do feel more French / European. Having learned Spanish, Italian and Chinese have come in handy throughout my life, as well as bits and pieces in German, Swedish, however that has not come in handy in my conveniently located and culturally perfect home of Amsterdam, where I now seek to learn Dutch.
I have two sisters that I admire very much. One, Cynthia lives in Yosemite National Park and works for the State Department, tackling safe water issues such as lead poisoning in low-income housing. The other, Eloise, left a comfortable life and previous role in a tech company to pursue a hands-on career as a member of the Utah Conservation Corps in Utah, then 4 years as a Wildland Firefighter out of Missoula, MT. She now trains with the Gallatin Rappel Crew and is furthering studies in Land Management in Colorado.
My parents are also incredibly active, my mother having started social projects within her neighborhoods in Paris, France within the group Florimont in the 14th. One to highlight is Graine de Quatorzien aimed at educating people on wheat types and bread with the key event as "Le Banquet des Pains". My father is the biggest techie I know, I owe him an early start on computers, gaming, event planning and storytelling, the art of conversation and asking interesting questions.