Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is a technology entrepreneur and investor. She serves as CEO of Global Space Ventures, her family investment office, on NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board,  on the board of the National Museum of Mathematics and the XPRIZE Foundation, and on the advisory board of the Truman Center. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Women Corporate Directors.

Her entrepreneurial and investing activities have been focused on frontier technologies including AI, biotech and space. She was instrumental in beamed energy technology becoming onboarded to NASA’s technology roadmap, as cofounder of Escape Dynamics, which Fast Company ranked third of the “Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Space Companies”, and whose technology was featured in Scientific American as a “World Changing Idea”. She is an early investor in SpaceX, SparkCognition, and Lynk, which demonstrated the first “cell tower in space” and is working on bridging the connectivity gap for rural America and beyond.

Her 20 years career in finance has spanned the US, Europe and Asia and included leadership roles at major global investment firms Renaissance Technologies and TPG-Axon, serving as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where she started her career in 1999, and starting her own investment firm.

She dedicates much of her time to foreign policy and national security. She has contributed to Council on Foreign Relations study groups on transformative technologies, and US Policy towards Asia, presided over policy discussions on topics ranging from Space Force to US national security and US-China relations, and briefed members of the Senate on commercial space and national security.

Laetitia has also served on the National Finance Committee for both the Biden/Harris and Clinton/Kaine presidential campaigns, including as Co-Chair of Innovators for Biden, Women for Biden, and AAPI for Biden, and as Co-founder of “Entrepreneurs for Hillary”, a coalition which raised over $8 million for the Clinton/Kaine campaign.

Laetitia is a recipient of several awards including Vanity Fair France’s 50 Most Influential in the World and 15 Most Influential Entrepreneurs (2016), Institutional Investor’s rising star award (2010), the Women Forum for the Economy and Society’s rising talent award (2010), and Harvard Business School’s business plan competition top award (2004) for launching the first human egg-freezing US technology company. She has an extensive record of TV and print media appearances in the US and France, on technology, innovation, foreign policy, national security, and the economy.

A first-generation American, Laetitia is a native French speaker, has lived and worked in France, the United Kingdom, and China, and holds an MBA for Harvard Business School. She is married to the first second-generation American Astronaut, and they have two children, Kinga Shuilong (8) and Ronin Phi (6). She is also the granddaughter of French scientist André de Cayeux de Sénarpont, whom the Cailleux (crater) on the moon is named after.