About this episode

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.

Mathieu Flamini

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 to oil.

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Highlights

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Mathieu taking a break on the pitch in between his busy business commitments

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Flamini with his BF Biochemicals business partner, Pasquale Granata

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Mathieu played as a midfielder for Marseille, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, AC Milan and Getafe

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Unfortunately no book has….

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WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING IN LOCKDOWN?

I like documentaries around health and sustainability: The Game Changer / What the Health / A Plastic Ocean / The Biggest Little Farm

WHAT IS YOUR LOCKDOWN SOUNDTRACK?

Love you Better by John De Sohn and Rasmus Hagen; Burial by Seinabo Sey; Outro by M83; Control by Zoe Wees and La fin de l’ete by Christophe Maé

Have a listen to the Change Makers Lockdown Playlist.

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IN ONE SENTENCE, DESCRIBE YOUR NEW NORMAL.

Cut the superficial, and focus on what really count for you.

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I’m a big fan of David Attenborough – he brought the animal world into the life of millions of English people.

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WHAT IS YOUR BEST TIP FOR LIFE ?

Stay positive whatever happens.

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