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– Co-Founder, CEO and Pilot Solar ImpulseAndré Borschberg – Co-Founder, CEO and Pilot Solar Impulse
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André Borschberg is an entrepreneur who conceived, with his team of engineers, a solar airplane of unlimited endurance and, alternating with Bertrand Piccard in the cockpit, successfully completed the first circumnavigation of the globe without a drop of fuel and establishing a world record by flying for the first time ever 5 days and 5 nights non-stop over the pacific ocean.
Heading the Solar Impulse project together with Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg converted the vision of a solar airplane of unlimited autonomy into reality by building up the technical team, leading the design, construction and test of two prototypes, and organizing flight missions. The result was the successful completion of the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe in a solar airplane without a drop of fuel. In 2015, during the Japan-to-Hawaii leg of the mission, he flew for the first time ever 5 days and 5 nights non-stop over the Pacific Ocean and breaking the world record for the longest solo flight in an airplane of any kind. In addition to conceiving the revolutionary aircraft and piloting it around the globe, André has led the evolution of aviation technology into new, energy efficient solutions that will also serve and transform a number of industries.
Fueled by a drive to push the boundaries of the possible in both technology and human endeavors, André Borschberg is an entrepreneur whose passion for exploration is matched only by his persistence to drive economic, environmental and spiritual growth.
Heading the Solar Impulse project together with Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg converted the vision of a solar airplane of unlimited autonomy into reality building up the technical team, leading the design, construction and test of the two prototypes as well as organizing the flight missions. The result was the successful completion of the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe in a solar airplane without a drop of fuel. In addition to conceiving the revolutionary aircraft and piloting it around the globe, André he has led the evolution of aviation technology into new, energy efficient solutions that will also serve and transform a number of industries.
In 2015, during the Japan-to-Hawaii leg of the mission, André flew for the first time ever 5 days and 5 nights non-stop over the Pacific Ocean breaking the world record for the longest solo flight in an airplane of any kind. He had previously achieved recognition for the first-ever day and night flight in a solar airplane flying Solar Impulse 1 in 2010, followed by a number of different world records.
A graduate engineer from EPFL and holder of a management science degree from MIT, he also is an entrepreneur of several new projects and startups. Thanks to his wife Yasemin, André discovered yoga and meditation, which have been essential to his successes in both exploration and entrepreneurship. These practices have helped him develop the right mindset to become an explorer. Important was to have and keep the right attitude to constantly welcome and be open to new and unforeseen situations. Developing and flying a solar airplane with unlimited endurance was considered impossible by the aeronautical industry.
Fascinated by aviation from his early youth, he learnt to fly with the Swiss air force and holds an assortment of professional airplane and helicopter pilot’s licenses. He also does aerobatics in his spare time.
As a leader in pioneering technologies, André enjoys sharing his experiences as a speaker and lending his point of view on topics ranging from ‘Making the Impossible Possible’; ‘The Pivot Point from Explorer to Leader’; to ‘From Vision to Reality’; and ‘Turning Obstacles into Opportunities’.
21st June 2018
H55 Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum
- World Economic Forum on Thursday announced its selection of the world’s 61 most promising Technology Pioneers 2018, the most diverse class of such pioneers ever
- Companies were selected for their potential to “transform society and industry” and “shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Fulvia Montresor of the World Economic Forum said
- H55 develops certifiable electric propulsion and battery management solutions for the aviation industry making air transport cleaner, quieter, safer and more affordable
- The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.
Sion, Switzerland, June 21, 2018 – H55, a technological legacy from Solar Impulse producing propulsion systems for existing airplane designs and new aviation solutions such as flying taxis, drones and VTOLS has been selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”.
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers community are early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.
This year’s cohort is the most diverse ever, both geographically and in terms of gender. 25% are female-led, and a majority (54%) come from regions outside the United States and Silicon Valley, with each continent represented, barring Antarctica. There is also a wide variety in the technologies the pioneers focus on: the focus technologies include artificial intelligence, big data and internet of things (IoT), biotechnology, blockchain, autonomous vehicles, cyber security, vertical farming and other agricultural advances, decentralised microgrids and robotics. The full list of technology pioneers can be found here.
Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, André Borschberg will be participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions. This meeting, also dubbed “Summer Davos” will be held in Tianjin, China, September 18-20. Many Pioneers will also attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2019, and continue to contribute to Forum initiatives in the course of the next two years.
“We welcome H55 in this diverse group of technology pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “H55 and its fellow pioneers are front and centre in shaping the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution and we believe they will be transforming society and industry in a positive way in the years to come.”
Commenting on being selected as a Forum Technology Pioneer, André Borschberg, H55’s Executive Chairman and Co-Founder is “honoured to be included in those companies which the Forum feels will be making a positive societal impact using disruptive technologies which are economically and environmentally promising. Electric propulsion will revolutionize aviation as it allows the development of completely new transportation solutions which will dramatically enhance urban mobility. New frameworks for collaboration between industry and governments will have to come into play and here being part of the Forum’s network and activities in federating all the stakeholders in working out new policies and, is of both tremendous value for H55 and in terms of improving the way we live and move around in the future”.
The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.
All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers18
More information on past winners can be found here.
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Press release – 21st June 2018 (pdf)