Alain Sylvain

CEO, Sylvain Labs

Alain is a brand and innovation consultant who established Sylvain Labs in 2010 to guide companies through complex business problems and identify new product and brand opportunities. He believes that by applying imagination, some science and a little whimsy, no challenge is too complex. This approach has led Sylvain Labs to lasting and growing results for clients including Google, Spotify, GM, AB InBev, Pepsico, Patagonia, Airbnb and others.

In addition to Sylvain Labs, Alain is a dedicated partner of several investment ventures, including Master + Dynamic – a design-driven, premium audio brand – and So Choice Softworks – a mobile gaming company. His endless curiosity and appreciation for storytelling has also led him into film, where he has served as the executive producer of short documentaries, Instafame - an exploration into the psychological impact of digital fame on young people - and the recently premiered Some Kind of Quest - a profile of one very unique individual and his journey to keep a dream on track.

Prior to founding Sylvain Labs, Alain was managing director at Redscout and a lead strategist at Mother New York. He also held positions at The Martin Agency, Publicis and SS+K. He frequently shares his perspective on innovation, culture, and brands through lectures and by mentoring future talent. He is also a current board member of the VCU Brandcenter. Additionally, Alain is a passionate supporter of and advocate for HELP, a merit- and needs-based scholarship program, the Global Poverty Project and the Lower East Side Girls Club.