André Loesekrug-Pietri, of both French and German nationality, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital, including 10 years with China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defense policy as well as technology and innovation. Graduate from HEC and from Harvard Kennedy School, he attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school. Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he is a private pilot and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.
The Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI) is the European advanced research projects agency (ARPA) with a mission to bring Europe in a leadership position in emerging and breakthrough technologies.
To achieve this goal, JEDI is launching GrandChallenges to push the frontiers of science & innovation, with a radical new method based on purpose-driven research, maximum speed, full focus on excellence, deep interdisciplinarity, and bold ‘moonshot’ risk-taking.
JEDI aims to provide Europeans and free societies with the means of technological and scientific power, for prosperity and societal resilience. Driven by humanistic values, JEDI is focused on solving major societal challenges of our time (environment, healthcare, digital, education, oceans, space) through innovation.
To be always ahead of the curve, JEDI has developed cutting-edge technology foresight and is actively engaged in high-level tech & policy recommendations.
JEDI is working for the common good, powered by more than 4600 technology and scientific leaders from academia, industry and deeptech startups in 29 countries in Europe and globally. It is fully independent and financed by engaged foundations, companies, individuals and public institutions.