Romain Lacombe is the CEO & founder of Plume Labs, an environmental tech company helping people take action to avoid air pollution thanks to smart devices and actionable insights.
Flow, the company’s personal air quality tracker, helps individuals manage their exposure to major pollutants and crowdsource air quality hotspots in their community. A companion mobile application uses AI to forecast live air quality levels around the world. Founded in 2014, Plume Labs raised $4.5M and is headquartered in Paris, France.
From 2011 to 2014, Romain was the head of innovation of data.gouv.fr, the French Prime Minister’s task force for open government data, which he helped initiate after authoring a report on the policy’s potential for sustainable development and civic innovation. He previously researched carbon markets at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and consulted for the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group on CO2 emissions.
Romain studied applied maths, physics and economics at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar in Technology Policy. He is an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 and a TED Fellow.
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