Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Christian Lindener, Innovation Expert

Who: Christian Lindener is a serial entrepreneur and an expert on innovation. He is currently Co-founder of Reflex Aerospace, a company that is designing and manufacturing advanced digitized satellite technologies Reflex is also leading the consortium UN:IO, a venture formed by Mynaric, Reflex Aerospace and ISAR Aerospace that is behind the realization of Europe’s secure satellite constellation. Until recently Lindener served as head of Airbus Scale, the central innovation unit that serves all of Airbus’ divisions. Prior to joining Airbus in 2019, he was managing director of Wayra Germany, Telefonica’s technology corporate venture arm based in Munich. Topic:  Corporate innovation and venture building Quote:  “The next innovation wave can be owned by corporates if they do it the right way and use venture building as a growth engine.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.