Jörg Feustel-Büechl, German, graduated in 1967 in mechanical engineering at the Technical University Munich.
He joined the MAN group, where he worked for 19 years acquiring extensive industrial and management experience in leading-edge technologies, principally space transportation, aeronautics and new energy systems.
He has been involved in the ARIANE development and production programme from the very beginning in 1973 and was building up all ARIANE activities in MAN-Technologie. He reached Senior Vice President status with 700 collaborators, before moving on to ESA in 1986 upon recommendation of the German research ministry BMFT.
Jörg Feustel-Büechl joined ESA in November 1986 as Director of Space Transportation Systems and held this position until March 1994. During this period he was responsible for all ESA ARIANE programmes as well as the HERMES activities.
In 1994 he was appointed as Director of Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity. In this function he directed the ESA activities relating to the International Space Station ISS, the Microgravity application programmes, and the European astronauts activities.
From 2004 to 2007 he supported the Director General as Director of Reforms before he left the Agency after 21 years of service.
Since 2007 Jörg Feustel-Büechl supports as consultant various national and international research organisations.