Photo de Philippe Lauper assis dans le cockpit de l'avion Solar Impulse


Solar Impulse was founded in 2004 with the ambition to realise the first round-the-world flight with an airplane propulsed with solar power only. The project took place in two phases. The first phase consisted in the realization of the Solar Impulse 1 airplane that proved to possibility to fly a 24h cycle using only solar energy in summer 2010. The second phase was the realization of the Solar Impulse 2 that successfully completed the circumnavigation of the world in summer 2016.

The project lasted 12 years, beneficiated from a CHF 100 millions budget and kept 70 persons busy in 2012 and up to 150 during the round-the-world mission.


  1. Team member in charge of project management during the first phase and responsible of mission flights logistics during the second phase.
  2. Phase 1: Definition of the project, preparation of the airplane requirements specification, detailed scheduling, risks management, project team coordination and reports to the steering committee.
  3. Phase 2: Definition of the project, preparation of the requirements specifications of all logistics items and in particular the inflatable hangar, supply and test of the items, training of the ground team and implementation during the mission flights.

Philippe Lauper, Project guide

To this day, Solar Impulse was the biggest project I participated to. It’s the first one that allowed me to apply the project management method and tools in a very broad and complex context. This project also largely inspired me the creation of the Circular Project Management method and still is a perfect example and big conversation topic during my trainings.

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View of the Maladière football stadium, the finish line of the cycle race, the public and the guest tent


The Tour de Romandie is a Swiss cycling stage race founded in 1947 that is considered as an ideal preparation for the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France that take place later on.

The city of Neuchâtel hosted stages of the Tour de Romandie three times:

  • In 2011, arrival of the 3rd stage
  • In 2014, individual time-trial with a unique arrival on the grass of the Maladière soccer stadium
  • In 2019, prologue downtown Neuchâtel and departure of the 2nd stage

On each of these occasions, the city of Neuchâtel puts in place a local committee that is in charge of the organisation of the event in close collaboration with the authorities and the organization of the race.


  1. Member of the local committee, in charge of the planning and logistics of the stage.
  2. Participation to the coordination meetings with the authorities of the city of Neuchâtel.

Laurent Claude, Président du comité d’organisation local

In our various follies, in our desire to do and be different, the 2014 stage in particular will remain in the annals as something crazy! To be able to welcome the best cyclists in the world in a soccer stadium located above a shopping mall with the help of a ramp about a hundred meters long by breaking a traffic circle for a day … was a challenge that only our region, cradle of watchmaking, could imagine.

This unusual project could not have succeeded without Philippe’s help and experience in project management.

Some said: “They did it because they did not know it was impossible … ” to the impossible no one is held, it is enough to know how to surround oneself!

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Philippe Lauper wearing an Auvernier Jazz Festival T-shirt on the festival site


The Auvernier Jazz Festival is an event that took place in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel from 2009 to 2021. An associative committee of about forty members and a hundred volunteers have enabled jazz music lovers to experience 11 editions alongside world-renowned artists, while tasting local products.


  1. Member of the committee, in charge of the logistics team (infrastructure, security, food & beverage, decoration, sustainable development).
  2. Management of the annual festival schedule.
  3. Partnership with the Auvernier Jazz Festival offering Prefix the opportunity to be visible in the communication of the festival and to welcome its clients in the VIP area of the festival.

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The word of the ibex

Shunryu Suzuki said:

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.


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