French national, Nicolas Payen has 15 years of experience in both engineering and marketing/commercial leadership roles. His deep-tech journey started in 2008 as the co-founder of a start-up named Efficient Home looking after the emerging market of the Smart Homes / Smart Grid for Schneider-Electric. In 2012 he released the connected residential energy management system named WISER. This connected solution was then deployed in the largest French Smart Grid pilot named Greenlys in collaboration with ENGIE.
In 2013, he moved to Hong-Kong to head the Smart Space category for the Asia Pacific region and to lead the deployment of the EcoXpert channel partner program for the building energy management system integrators of Schneider Electric. In March 2016, he became the Global Head of Internet of Things for MANN+HUMMEL, the largest filtration company in the world, where he led an Innovation Lab and a Global Competency Centre on smart devices, digital services, big data, and AR/VR. The OurAir solution was then launched to help building owners and consumers improve indoor air quality. In April 2017, Nicolas created the Future Economy Studio – a digital ventures building company in Singapore.
Positive Energy Ltd. was incubated in 2017 inside the Future Economy Studio. Since then Nicolas, as CEO and CO-founder, leads the development of this Fintech start-up. For solar and wind developers who want to finance their projects and for investors who look for investment opportunities in the renewable energy space and because both parties suffer from lengthy, costly, and expensive due diligence, Positive Energy Ltd provides a blockchain based digital platform to maximize deals discovery, to ease match-making and to accelerate the deal flow through standardization. This platform increases the amount of capital available to finance these infrastructures and so accelerates the energy transition.