Portrait | Education, Entrepreneurship / Innovation

They make the Université de Lyon: meet Nicolas Goiran

On The May 5, 2020

The Université de Lyon met with Nicolas Goiran, an alumnus of the 2019 September graduating class of the Digital Transformation University Diploma program.

Tell us about your journey before enrolling in the Digital Transformation University Diploma.

I initially trained as a “Civil Engineering and Urban Planning Engineer” specializing in the construction of civil engineering structures. After gaining experience working for a construction start-up in 1999, I went on to study at the Emlyon Business School to learn more about business and finance. These two skills led me to work in the private equity sector for the past 20 years or so.

Working in the business world, I became increasingly aware of the changing practices due to the arrival of new technologies, and realized that it was time for me to update my skills. I was particularly interested in taking a cross-disciplinary approach to addressing the issue of digital transformation in organizations. I wanted to take a step back from my line of work and gain a new perspective on potential changes in future organizational models.


In practice, what did you gain from this program? What stood out the most for you?

The Université de Lyon’s Digital Transformation University Diploma gave me the opportunity to explore technology’s place in future companies from three very complementary angles: strategically analyzing the impact of digitization, the impact of technologies, and how to manage these changes within an organization. The combination of these three elements allowed me to take a step back from my initial training, skills and experience.


What are you doing now?

Before completing the Digital Transformation University Diploma, I embarked on a start-up project in a field related to my past professional experience. The University Diploma helped me realize just how important digital technology is for my project. It also inspired me to develop a new offer in my line of business that I had not initially considered. I am currently still in the process of setting up my company.