• Hi, I'm Florian


    my résumé
  • I was born and raised in the same city as the World Wide Web, i.e. Geneva, in Switzerland. By nature, I am what people like to call a "geek" and, by training, I am a behavioral economic engineer with a background in Applied Mathematics, Economics and Microengineering. I'm currently a DPhil (read PhD) candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where I research the formation of reputation and trust in online economies as a Scatcherd Scholar.more

My Nerdy Life

Prior to reading for a doctorate at the University of Oxford1, I was a student at the École Polytechnique2, Palaiseau, France, from where I graduated with a Master's degree (MA) in Quantitative Economics and Finance jointly organized by the École Polytechnique and HEC Paris3, and a research-oriented Masters (MPhil) in Economic Analysis and Policy housed by the Paris School of Economics and the École Normale Supérieure4, Ulm.

During my stay at Polytechnique, I spent six months in India as part of a research internship. The research project was organized and supervised by the London School of Economics, the World Bank and the French Centre of Human Sciences in New Delhi. Based on the field work done in Palanpur, Uttar Pradesh, I wrote a thesis entitled Education in Rural India, Perspective from a North-Indian Village. The latter work earned the Scientific Award in Economics or "Prix du Stage de Recherche" in Economics from the École Polytechnique.

I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Lausanne, Faculty of HEC, Switzerland, a Diploma in Economics from the University of Kent, UK, and I am a former Microengineering student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne.

I have more than two years of teaching experience (TA) at the graduate level in Statistics and Advanced Quantitative Analysis, University of Oxford.

Finally, I'm an affiliate member of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science since July 2012.

My Geeky Life

My life as a so-called "geek" started in 1991 with the Nintendo Game Boy I received for Christmas . In 1993, my parents bought what is considered as the first true notebook ever produced, a Compaq LTE, and so the first operating system I used was Windows MS-DOS 3.31. My coding journey started at 12 with a simple HTML page and my first genuine program was a simulation of a predator-prey ecosystem written in C.

I'm now a hacker and an open source advocate with a quite heterogeneous set of interests including web development, rating algorithms, Big Data, IoT, robotics and space exploration. I've been lucky enough to see a few of my works featured in high-profile sites such as TechCrunch5, Lifehacker6, PC World7, PC Magazine8, MakeUseOf9 or even Wikipedia10. I'm fluent in PHP, Python, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS3, HTML5 and I have a good knowledge of C and Java. Languages on my current to-do list are Go and Clojure.

I have worked in the past as a freelance web developer and an online reputation consultant, monitoring and protecting the online reputation of prominent individuals in Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the US.

More recently, I made Google+ widget and founded Gmelius™ (>100K daily active users) and XpressYoo (coming soon).

Selected Awards & Scholarships

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  • Scatcherd Scholarship

    University of Oxford, 2009 – 2012
  • The Scatcherd European Scholarships are funded by an extremely generous benefaction from the late Mrs Jane Ledig-Rowohlt (nee Scatcherd), widow of the German publisher, Mr Heinrich Ledig-Rowohlt. These awards, set up in 1993, are open to all European nationals, and are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit.

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship

    United Kingdom, 2009 – 2012
  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds research and training in social and economic issues. I have been granted a three year award for my DPhil at Oxford.

  • Prix d'Option Scientifique en Économie (X2005)

    École Polytechnique, November 2008
  • Awarded Paper: "Education in Rural India, Perspective from a North-Indian Village". Paper written during the research project "Economics Development of Palanpur over Six Decades". Project supervised by Professor Nicholas Stern (LSE), Dr. Peter Lanjouw (World Bank) and Professor Himanshu (JNU).

  • Research Scholarship

    École Polytechnique, 2007 – 2009
  • A scholarship for students at the École Polytechnique who intend to enter research programmes.

  • Erasmus Scholarship

    Swiss Confederation
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