André Loesekrug-Pietri has held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. He is a former assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, chairman of a Capital Fund, and special advisor to the French Minister of Defence. Currently André Loesekrug-Pietri serves as the chairman of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative. He launched the fi rst Darpa-type Grand Challenge from Europe in 2020. He is a member of the Innovation Board of the Munich Security Conference. He has been named Young Leader by the World Economic Forum. He attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school, is a private pilot, and a Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.