Daniel Fiott, EUISS Analyst
Daniel Fiott joined the EUISS in late 2016, where he analyses European defence policy and defence industrial issues. From 2012-2016, he worked as a researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). At the VUB he analysed and lectured on various aspects of European security, including defence industrial issues more specifically. From 2014-2016 he served as a fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).
Before this time he held positions with think tanks and the private sector.
Mr. Fiott is regularly invited to lecture at defence colleges and universities across Europe, and he is widely published in leading journals on European defence matters. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and he holds a PhD from the Free University of Brussels.
Lowri Evans, Director General, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
Lowri Evans was appointed Director-General of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs on 1 September 2015. She has been Director-General in DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, she has worked in several policy areas in the European Commission notably Competition and Employment.
She started her professional career in audit and accountancy with Deloitte.
Jan Pie, Secretary General, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
Jan Pie is Secretary General of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) since September 2013. In his role, he is in charge of the management of the Association, heading major items of policy work, creating and maintaining close links with the European Institutions and international organizations.
He has extensive experience in complex civil security and Public-Private Partnership crisis management operations. Before joining ASD, Jan Pie, was Secretary General of the Swedish Security and Defence Association (SOFF) where he successfully developed the organization into a trusted and important strategic partner of Swedish and Nordic Public Institutions, as well as being a driving force within the industrial community. He also chaired the steering committee for the Swedish MoU office in Washington.
Prior to that, he held the position of Vice President and Emergency Preparedness Director at the SOS Alarm Group in Sweden. He also held several leading positions in business and industry.
Jan Pie holds a IFL Executive Management degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and an IHM Master for the IHM Business School in Gothenburg.
Frank Treppe, President, European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO)
Frank Treppe was born in 1956. He graduated from the Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen, Germany, in mechanical engineering. His professional career started in 1982 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology in Aachen.
Today, Frank Treppe is an Associate Member of the Board and Managing Director Political and International Affairs of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich. He is in charge of Fraunhofer’s international strategic business development. Moreover, he has a wide range of domestic and international responsibilities like Chairman of Fraunhofer Chile and Member of the Supervisory Board of Fraunhofer Austria and Sweden.
In addition, Frank Treppe is President of EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations, and he serves as evaluator in the technology programs of the European Commission.
Olli Ruutu, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
Mr Ruutu was born in Espoo, Finland, in 1976. He is married and has three children. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Helsinki University, Finland. In addition to his mother tongue Finnish, Mr Ruutu is fluent in English and Swedish and speaks French and German.
Mr Olli Ruutu was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency on 15 November 2017; he took up his duties on 16 March 2018.
Previously Mr Ruutu served as Deputy National Armaments Director at the Ministry of Defence of Finland and Director of Materiel Unit at the Resource Policy Department. He also chaired the Defence Administration Commercial Board and the Export Control Advisory Group and was Deputy Chairman of the Defence Materiel Steering Group, as well as a member of the Defence Forces’ Technology Board and the Defence Administration’s Industrial Cooperation Group.
Between 2009 and 2014 Mr Ruutu worked at the European Defence Agency, first as Principal Officer and subsequently as Deputy Head of Strategy and Policy Unit. Appointed by Dr Jussi Niinistö, the Minister of Defence of Finland, Mr Ruutu took part in the European Defence Agency’s Long-Term Review in 2016-2017.
From 2006 to 2009 Mr Ruutu worked as Defence Counsellor at the Finnish Permanent Representation to the European Union, dealing with EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy and defence capability development. Between 2007 and 2009 he worked also as National Armaments Director Representative (NADREP) at the Mission of Finland to NATO. From 2003 to 2006 Mr Ruutu held different positions at the Ministry of Defence of Finland, dealing with arms export controls and international armaments cooperation. During 2001 and 2002 he worked for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, dealing with international arms export controls and disarmament issues.
Jean-François Ripoche, R&T Director, Ministry of Defence, France
Brig. Gen. Jean-François Ripoche was appointed on June 2014 as Research and Technology director at the Strategy Directorate, of the DGA, the French MoD Procurement Agency, and is a member of the board of ONERA (French Aerospace Research Institute).
He began his career at the DGA in 1998 at the Tactical Missile Program Service as an engineer in charge of R&T for missile optronic equipments. He then became responsible for the Polyphem fiber optic missile program in cooperation with Germany and Italy. In 2001, he took charge of the tactical UAVs program office where he managed several programs and armament operations for the benefit of the French Army.
In 2005, he was appointed head of the R&T office of the weapons systems directorate and the same year, to the budget directorate as head of the office in charge of the operational budget for Helicopter, Land System, Missile and UAV programs.
Jean François Ripoche joined the strategy directorate in 2008, where he first held the position of Deputy Director for Industrial Affairs in charge of the electronics, land systems and naval systems industries. In 2012, he became head of capability development for C4ISTAR, where he notably participated in the launch of the CERES, GEODE 4D and DESCARTES programs as well as the establishment of the Cybersecurity capabilities master plan.
Jean-François Ripoche graduated from Ecole polytechnique (X90) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées in Paris. He holds a PhD in laser physics. He is married with three children.