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Emmanuel Colin

Identity can run really deep! I’ll stay practical and just give you some surface facts as an approximate answer.
I’m a French Engineer. I started my professional career exploring the ladder of jobs in a company from the software industry, from developer to consultant to pre-sales to projects manager. I worked on many projects for many clients, ranging from deadly boring to really exciting. The next step would have been to become a projects director but after 7 years I itched for change and took a fork in the road. 

I wanted to see the world, thus, I thought about taking a one year world-traveling vacation but ended up entering the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs instead. I got stuck in Paris for 4 years, then managed to get posted into the far unknown… Brussels! Which actually got to be pretty nice and interesting in a lot of ways because yay! Awesome people from everywhere 🙂
I’ve studied nuclear and particle physics at the University. Before that, I already liked to tinker with and dismantle all sort of objects especially the internals of computers and other electronic devices. This led me to start a PhD in experimental particle physics where I can combine these skills and knowledge.
 

Who are you?

Identity can run really deep! I’ll stay practical and just give you some surface facts as an approximate answer.
I’m a French Engineer. I started my professional career exploring the ladder of jobs in a company from the software industry, from developer to consultant to pre-sales to projects manager. I worked on many projects for many clients, ranging from deadly boring to really exciting. The next step would have been to become a projects director but after 7 years I itched for change and took a fork in the road. 

I wanted to see the world, thus, I thought about taking a one year world-traveling vacation but ended up entering the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs instead. I got stuck in Paris for 4 years, then managed to get posted into the far unknown… Brussels! Which actually got to be pretty nice and interesting in a lot of ways because yay! Awesome people from everywhere 🙂  

On which project are you currently working on?

With a friend, I had founded a hobby website about playing board games online in 2010. This project grew more and more and eventually got big enough to suck up all of the time and energy my “day job” left me.
It got to the point where I needed to make a choice, and in 2017 I decided to jump from the big ship to the small canoe and grab the paddles. Then it was all about rafting. The salmon way. Upstream!
So I’m currently a web entrepreneur managing the website Board Game Arena allowing anyone in the world to play board games with just a web browser.  

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Three years ago I started practicing capoeira (a martial art from Brazil combining elements from dance, acrobatics and music), then as a January 2019 challenge I started taking forró classes (forró is a partner dance from the northeast of Brazil), and discovered that I love dancing.
As a result my free time is now almost completely soaked up in Brazilian culture, and I’m loving it!
Also, bonsai kittens (have a look on Google it worth it)  

Song you would like to make us discover?

I’ll suggest a forró song I’m always delighted to hear, “Segura o Tombo da Canoa” from Thaïs Morell  

A quote, a poem, an advice, which follows you everywhere?

I’ll borrow from someone close to my field (John Carmack, legendary 3D graphic engines programmer): “Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.”  

How do you feel at Le Phare?

I feel welcome and at ease in a lively place. The founder Hanna and the whole team are always smiling, it looks like they love what they do and you can feel it!
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