Pascal Coppens: Biography highlights
Pascal Coppens has lived and worked in China and Silicon Valley for over 20 years. He is an international speaker at nexxworks and gives keynote speeches and workshops about innovation in China.
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Pascal Coppens’ background
Pascal Coppens is the expert in all things innovation and Day After Tomorrow in China, rooted in his deep understanding of the country as a sinologist. He is an entrepreneur at heart with more than 20 years of experience in China and Silicon Valley.
Pascal has employed, partnered and competed with hundreds of Chinese innovators. Armed with a degree in Business Engineering from Solvay Business School he started his career with Alcatel in Shanghai, and – after an intense period in Silicon Valley at Wind River Systems and Polycore Software (which he co-founded) – he returned to China and later founded Letsface to build the first offline digital community platform for premium brands.
Currently, Pascal is an inspiring international keynote speaker and partner at nexxworks and author of the book China’s New Normal, which offers sensational insights into business and technology in China and their potential for the rest of the world.
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"Pascal's contribution to our Leadership Meeting was incredibly fruitful for bringing up for discussion the 'never normal' strategies of the world's leading countries, in particular China, due to his vast experience with it. He has shown our company through a very engaging and interactive keynote that leadership is more than social skills and ambition, and that it is also about artificial intelligence, rapid development, solution-oriented thinking and taking risks. What most appealed to us during his speech were his applied examples to each argument and his guidelines that we could further implement within our own culture."
"At several events, Pascal Coppens managed to inform and inspire our customers and partners on China’s ‘New Normal’, and how European companies can play their role."
"Pascal inspired the full PG organization with his keynote that was delivered in Sept19. After the keynote a group of young, talented people teamed up to relook at some processes, principles, way of working to challenge those and update them based on what they had learned during the presentation.
On a regular basis the PG New Normal team comes together and presents the plan to the Belgium Lead team to further optimize the way we work!
Thanks a lot for inspiring us!"
"Thanks to his longlasting experience in both working and living in China, Pascal offers us an extraordinary baggage and exceptional expertise on the country and its people."
BNP Paribas Fortis
“I would like to thank you for your participation as a speaker to the International business Coaches Meeting earlier this week. Your amazing presentation has been very much appreciated!”
"As part of the SAS Virtual Friday series we had the pleasure to welcome Pascal to talk about what the West can learn from China in these unprecedented times. During his talk Pascal explained how China succeeds in tackling volatility and uncertainty, making it one of the most innovative countries today. Thanks a lot, Pascal and always looking forward to your next innovation stories.”
Pascal's speaking topics
China's New Normal
How China sets the standard for innovation
By 2030, China wants to become the world leader in innovation. This leaves Western companies with some 10 years to gear up. Pascal’s keynote “China’s New Normal” gives clear insights into the modern China, and reveals new potentials and superpowers coming from the fast and furious innovators of China. As ever more radical innovation will soon be inspired by China, this eye-opening keynote is a treat to anyone who is concerned with disruption and excited about the opportunity.
This keynote will elaborate on the six waves of innovation in China, and how China is now ready to take on the challenge to become a global leader in innovation by 2030.