Helene has served as Airbus Defence & Space Innovation Director and grew a portfolio of over 50 new businesses ranging from space data-based services to electrical-powered stratospheric drones. Helene has played a critical role in the creation of the Airbus Group Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, Airbus Ventures, and in the Airbus-OneWeb partnership. She also had operational responsibilities, starting and leading a small rocket program.
Helene began her career at the French Ministry of Sciences & Research as Deputy Head of Department for European Affairs. Following her passion for entrepreneurship & Europe, she specialized in digital innovation and joined faberNovel to contribute to the growth of the digital ecosystem through investing in and coaching startups both in France and Germany and leading innovative projects for large companies.
Helene is a Young Leader of the French American Foundation. She privately invests in tech startups and serves as senior Advisor of Red River West (a VC fund that invests into European startups and scale them in the USA) and – among others – as Board Member of ThrustMe.
Helene aspires to contribute to the growth of a peaceful & accessible space ecosystem in which Europe would play a strong role. Helene’s family has lived since decades on both sides on the Atlantic Ocean and her four children are raised in a double German & French culture.
She graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure with a MS in Economics & Applied Mathematics, and from Ecole Nationale d’Administration with a Master of Public Administration.