André Loesekrug-Pietri (@andrepietri) is currently speaker of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he spent 15 years in private equity, including 10 in Asia. In 2017, he became special advisor to France’s minister of defense, responsible for European defense as well as technology. A graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he is lecturer at Sciences Po and non-resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund. He attended the Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is a private pilot, and colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve.