Damien Balsan has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications, mobile, bank card, and payment industry. Damien started his career in Mexico at France Telecom, in charge of developing the Minitel concept following France Telecom's investment of $500M in Telmex (Telefonos de Mexico). He has held several positions at Gemplus, the leading smart card manufacturer, including: Sales Director of Central and Eastern, General Manager for South America, and Director of Marketing for the Gemplus Mobile Business unit that focused in mobile banking and mobile commerce applications. Damien graduated from MIT's Sloan School of Management and was one of the first Developmental Entrepreneurship alumni, completing his thesis on Mobile Commerce Business Models with a particular focus on developing countries. The ideas developed in this thesis led him to become a co-founder of WAY Systems, an international leader in mobile point-of-sale devices.
Global Entrepreneurship: Inefficiency as Opportunity in the Developing World
as author at MIT World Series: Enterprise Forum,
together with: Alex (Sandy) Pentland (moderator), Randy Zadra, Rick Burnes, Iqbal Quadir,
Innovation Everywhere—Why the World Isn’t Flat Enough
as author at MIT World Series: Emerging Technologies Conference 2005,
together with: Alex (Sandy) Pentland (moderator), Jimmy Wales, Nancy Hafkin, John M. Stelling,