This week, professional footballer Mathieu Flamini speaks to Michael about his career and co-founding GF Biochemicals, a fast-growing producer of levulinic acid. From growing up on the beaches of Marseille to a football career at the highest level, in this episode, Mathieu demonstrates he is an athlete with a difference who has a huge amount of drive and ambition to put people's health and our planet on the right path to a sustainable future.
A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Mathieu played as a midfielder for Marseille, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, AC Milan, Getafe and the French national team. While football is a huge passion for Mathieu, his interest in climate change and the environment began as a young child. Mathieu co-founded GF Biochemicals in 2008 shortly after moving to AC Milan. The company is the world’s first commercial producer of levulinic acid, a substance that could provide the world with a substitute for oil.