Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO Lilium
Daniel was born in 1985 in Tübingen. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich with a focus on flight propulsion systems. Daniel started Lilium in 2015 together with the other three co-founders.
His first patent was filed when he was still in high school. He has won multiple awards, including “Jugend forscht”, Germany’s most recognized tech competition. As a project manager at ABB in Zurich, he has gained in-depth experience in managing complex projects as well as insights into business development.
Flying has always been his passion: he started gliding at the age of 14 and became a pilot before he was allowed to drive a car. He has been holding the position of CEO at Lilium since the beginning of 2015.
Lilium is a disruptive aviation start-up based in Munich. Co-founded in 2015 by Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner, the team brings together international world-class engineers and designers.
The group shares the vision of a completely new type of individual transportation and is dedicated to developing and building the world’s first fully electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet. An estimated range of up to 300 km and a top speed of 300 km/h, along with zero emissions make it the most efficient and eco-friendly individual means of transportation of our time. By providing ultra-redundancy, the Lilium Jet will also set new standards in safety.
Lilium aims at liberating towns and cities from today’s congestion and pollution, with people able to come and go freely, vastly expanding the radius of their everyday lives.