Christian Lindener
Board Member-in-Residence

Christian is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded several successful startups, including Skyroads — an open digital operations platform for the urban air mobility market, a virtual reality startup that was acquired by, and Reflex Aerospace — the first venture-backed satellite manufacturer in Europe. He is also the acting Interim Managing Director of UN:IO Enterprise, the joint venture by Mynaric, Reflex Aerospace, and ISAR Aerospace working to create Europe's own secure satellite constellation. 

Previously, Christian served as Head of Airbus Scale — Airbus’ central innovation unit — where he drove all of the company’s internal and external innovation activities. He also served as Managing Director of Wayra Germany — Telefónica’s CVC arm — where he oversaw the strategic direction of the organization and managed the selection of and investment in startups to be integrated into Telefónica’s portfolio.

Having spent a significant amount of time as a consultant in the space technology domain, Christian has created and advised over 20 incubator and accelerator programs across Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. As Co-Founder and Director of TechFounders — a high-tech hardware accelerator based in Munich — he was responsible for the development of over 50 high-tech startups. 

Born in Brazil and raised in Mexico, Christian holds degrees in international business administration and economics from the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Barcelona. He now lives in Munich with his wife and two children, and enjoys surfing the European swells in his free time.