Olivier Oullier

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Alma materUniversity of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II, University of Cincinnati, EHESS, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Member ofWEF/Board of Trustees, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2011
Interests • neuroscience
• brain-computer interfaces
• human-machine interfaces
• digital healthcare
• Fourth Industrial Revolution
Neuroinformatics expert. Former member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Olivier Oullier is the President of EMOTIV, a US company that is the global leader in personalized neuroinformatics, brainwear that can monitor and interact with the human brain. He is the former Head of Strategy in Global Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum who named him a Young Global Leader in 2011.[1]

Between 2009 and 2012, Oullier was an adviser to the Center for Strategic Analysis of the French Prime Minister where he was in charge on the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program, using behavioral and brain insights (nudging[2]) "to improve policy-making".[3]


Oullier is a Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva's executive education programs. His lab and applied research focuses on consumer behavior, engagement, influence, social coordination dynamics, decision neuroscience.

Building on cutting edge laboratory and field research in psychology, behavioral economics, complex systems and decision neuroscience, he has developed new operational methods to measure the gap between what people say/think they do and what they do in their daily activities and environments[3].

His company EMOTIV is a world leader in portable EGG neuroimaging and personalized neuroinformatics. "Our brainwear is portable, wireless, scalable and affordable...In addition to monitoring brain activity and better understanding attention or stress, we are also working on interfacing the human brain directly with connected objects. This is what is called brain-computer interfaces (BCI), or human-machine interfaces (HMI). In a nutshell, it means allowing people to control objects (physical or digital) with their minds....The repertoire of possible applications for brain-computer interfaces keeps growing. Our brainwear can interact with every connected object: a television, a mobile phone, a [[[drone]], a car, your home."[4]

He became the vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience and Behavior, the founding of the Global Shapers hub in Marseille. He sits on several boards of NGOs and companies and is the chairman of Global Dignity for France.[3].

Oullier has more than 15 years of experience as a strategist advising global companies and executives in healthcare, PR, communication & consumer industries.[5]

“In France, the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos is too often mistakenly perceived as the place where world leaders secretly decide our future. For a lot of people in my country, Davos seems to embody the “evil capitalists”. This is particularly true in French academia. So much so that, when I was applying for my full professorship, I was strongly advised to hide that the Forum made me a Young Global Leader a couple of months earlier. In many countries this honor would have helped me get the job. Not in France.”
Olivier Oullier (February 4, 2013)  [6]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by a lot of people, both leaders and followers
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2951 known participants