Group Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Paun is the new Group Innovation Director of AKKA Technologies. He is also the Development & Strategy Director of the New Competitiveness Cluster SAFE resulted after the merging of the Pegase and Risques, former Competitiveness Clusters in Aerospace respectively Management of Risk. He is in charge with identifying new opportunities of development and proposing the adapted strategy to tackle such an opportunities. He is also launching the respective activities. First actions were performed in engaging SAFE on best practices related to Open Innovation in gathering together SMEs with Large Industrials and Corporations. Dr. Paun is also Industrial Innovation Deputy Director at ONERA – France National Aerospace Research Centre, since January 2005, in charge with the Technology Transfer and International Business Development and defines programs and new partnership policies focusing on complementary knowledge, cross supporting offers, mutual intellectual property valuation, joint spin-off, risk sharing co-development… Previously, Senior Science and Technology Expert, he coordinated the Multifunctional Materials program at ONERA and also gave courses for master degree in aerospace. He obtained an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston 2007, his PhD at ENSICA, Toulouse 1998, got his Master in Aerospace Engineering at the Aeronautic Faculty in Bucharest and his Certificate “Sciences de l’Ingénieur”, within the International Program, at Ecole Polytechnique de Palaiseau 1993. Dr. Paun has also an extensive business development experience out of the aerospace domain, especially in emerging East-European markets. He had created his own Engineering and Development Company (Celidea), his own start-up on cross participative evaluation platform (XValuator.fr) and he is an associated founder of another dynamic start-up in France (Progonline.com). He is also founding member of the think tank “Club de Bucarest”, the first Parisian think tank of independent professionals from Eastern Europe. Dr. Paun has lectured at Toulouse Business School, Supaero, Ecole de l’Air, ENAC and ESEO, published 3 books in innovation management and has been quoted in multiple international newspapers including: Aerospace Testing Magazine, Les Echos, l’Usine Nouvelle and Air & Cosmos.