Prior to joining Airbus, Christian Lindener worked as Managing Director for Wayra Germany, a technology innovation hub. In this role, he oversaw the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as, the selection of startups and young technology corporations for integration into the Telefonicà investment portfolio. As an independent tech consultant, he has created and advised more than 20 incubator and accelerator programs. As Director of TechFounders, a high-tech hardware accelerator based in Munich, he was responsible for the development of more than 50 high-tech startups. Lindener co-founded two companies, one of which–a virtual reality startup—was purchased by booking.com in 2014. He was born in Brasil and grew up in Mexico. He studied international business administration and economics at the Leopold- Franzens-University in Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans and the University of Barcelona.