Erich Lejeune was born in Dorfen, Bavaria, on 15 June 1944 and grew up in the Marienplatz and Schwabing districts of Munich. He is not only an expert in motivation and philosophy, but a globally successful visionary, entrepreneur, networker, best-selling author and consultant. Following the international success of ce (1976 – 2001) and stock market flotation in the worldwide trade of microchips, Erich Lejeune founded the Lejeune Academy in 2002 at the suggestion of Prof. h.c. Hans Zehetmair, former Bavarian State Minister for Science.
Since 2008, Munich’s Jesuit School of Philosophy has been a scientific partner to the Lejeune Academy. In 2012, Erich Lejeune founded the Erich Lejeune Faculty of Philosophy and Motivation at the School of Philosophy, the world’s only faculty for philosophy and motivation to date, where internationally renowned philosopher and Jesuit, Prof. Godehard Brüntrup, holds the Chair. In addition, he advises the executive committee of the Jesuit School of Philosophy on questions of strategy.
He is known to a wider public as the presenter of the TV shows “Brennpunkt Wirtschaft”, “Lejeune - der Personality Talk”, “Motivation Gesundheit”, “Der Münchner Finanztalk”, “Der Münchner Flughafentalk”, “Der Münchner Medizintalk” and “Motivation Deutschland” on the local Munich channel, münchen.tv.
Erich Lejeune is the best-selling author of 21 books in the German language, some of which have been translated into several other languages including English, Chinese, Russian, Czech, and Spanish.
Since 2001, Erich Lejeune has represented the Republic of Ireland in Germany: initially as Honorary Consul in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, and since 2010 as Honorary Consul General in Bavaria and Thuringia.
As benefactor and president of “Heart for Heart – Foundation for Life”, Erich Lejeune and his wife, Irène Lejeune, have supported the installation of three cardiac catheterisation laboratories in Vietnam: two at the University of Da Nang and one at the University in Ho Chi Minh City. Since the foundation came into being, it has saved the lives of more than 4,000 children suffering from genetic heart defects, among others, due to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Erich Lejeune has received numerous national and international awards, including an honorary doctorate in 2013 from the University of Da Nang for his commitment to “Heart for Heart – Foundation for Life!”. In 2012, he was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit by Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer, who had already presented him with the Order of Merit, First Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2007. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate by papal decree from the Jesuit School of Philosophy in Munich. In 1999, he received the European Taxpayers’ Award from the Taxpayers’ Association of Europe.