FOUNDER & PILOTS
Born in Zürich, graduate from the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in mechanical engineering and of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in management sciences, André Borschberg has gained a solid experience as a manager and founder of companies.
"Flying into the dawn sky with this aircraft that had passed through the night without fuel, the suspense was simply extraordinary. This unique experience marked the completion of the work of an entire team and the start of the next stage towards very long duration flights for Solar Impulse."
Fascinated by aviation from an early age, André Borschberg trained as a pilot at the Swiss Air Force School, first of all on Venoms, then Hunters and Tigers, airplanes that he has piloted for more than twenty years. Today, he collects professional pilot’s licences for airplanes and helicopters.
The organisation, management and development of companies are his strong points. He was trained at McKinsey’s for 5 years, one of the world’s leading management consultancies. He co-founded a risk capital company, started two technology companies, and became involved on the social front, on behalf of the Restos du Cœur and helping the sick. His wide range of professional competencies, versatility and perseverance enable him to succeed wherever he goes: from finance to marketing, from engineering problems to human resources.
André Borschberg is a member of such notable associations as the prestigious Young Presidents' Organization and the Organisation of Chief Executives. CEO of Solar Impulse and Bertrand Piccard’s associate from the project’s inception, he is a passionate company manager, who has established and motivated a team of 65 people within Solar Impulse, composed of the best specialists coming from highly varied origins and backgrounds.
André Borschberg is married with Yasemin and has three children.