Key Personnel

Are Børgesen

Founder, Chairman and CEO

is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Tidal Sails AS is a former pilot turned entrepreneur and innovator. He served as a Wideroe Airline Commander, where he was employed for 23 years. His background encompasses the Royal Norwegian Army – Officer School, and North American Institute of Aviation, where he graduated as a commercial pilot. He has since taken classes in philosophy and psychology at the University of Tromsø, and University College of Haugesund, Norway. He holds several patents to his name and has spoken at numerous tidal conferences across the world for over a decade.

Ivan Schrooyen


Is the CTO of Tidal Sails AS. He graduated in 2011 from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics / Fluid Mechanics. Over the last couple of years, Ivan has mainly worked for the marine industry across Europe and has quickly acquired a multidisciplinary skillset including various technical fields of expertise (CFD, hydrodynamics, automation, concept design, 3D modelling, etc.), commercial awareness, product development and research and development. On the side, his multiple passions for boats, skiing and kiting give him additional knowledge when it comes to the technical development of Tidal Sails. Ivan has joined the team in April 2020.

Madeline Lee Børgesen

Business Development Manager

holds a Bachelors Degree from Kristiania University College in marketing and brand management. During her studies She has been involved in several projects involving green ways of living, thinking and eating. She has gained experience working as a marketing co-ordinator of events. Three years with JCP Nordic. Her role is co-ordinating marketing activities and working with sub- contractors in this important aspect of the project and educational outreach activities

Leiv Anfin Drange


also with background from regatta sailing, graduated with Honours in 1987 BEng in Civil Engineering, Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow. In 1994, he received his Diploma from the Norwegian Business School (BI) From 1987-2003 a range of exams within higher mathematics, combustion, pollution and fire related topics as part of his PhD within Turbulent Gas Jet Fires. 1997-2004 he held the position of assistant professor in Fire Engineering at Stord/Haugesund University He was the first CTO of Tidal Sails in 2004, and he identified the exceptional energy extraction capacity of the technology. He since worked as CTO for Westcon, and then for Statoil. He is now back in Tidal Sails as an eager CTO and project manager.

Kurt Switzeny

Chief Ropeway Engineer

Is the founder and general manager of contaxx Ltd in Switzerland with offices in Austria and Oman. Decades of experience in the ropeway industry as a senior engineer and head of development at Doppelmayr / Garaventa. Inventor of over 30 patents. Establishing his own company with a focus on development and new technologies. Especially new applications of composite solutions in different areas. Cooperation with manufacturers of high-end 3D printers and ballistic armored plates for people and vehicles.

Ula Linkute-Schrooyen

Administrative Officer

holds a Master’s degree in Finance Law from Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania. Ula started her career as a compliance auditor in the Lithuanian public sector, later on she worked for a few worldwide known financial institutions and banks. The last six years Ula worked in developing EU fisheries and maritime policy at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. One of her main responsibilities was preparation of EU legislation. Often, she had to present her draft legislation at the European Parliament. Consequently, she has an in-depth knowledge of EU institutional, legal and procedural frameworks.

Bendik Siverts


holds a degree in mechanical engineering and an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH). A former sergeant in the Norwegian army, Bendik has previously held a number of financial controller positions.

Erik Hynne


holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo and an MSc in Political Economy from the BI Norwegian Business School which, along with his background in public administration, has given him a firm understanding of political and bureaucratic processes. Erik joined Tidal Sails as CIO in 2012.

Alexandra Lee Børgesen


holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Florida State University. After finishing her studies, she has worked as an Embedded Software Engineer.

Helge Tordahl

Administration Support

Helge is trained technician in IT and telecommunications and involved in digitizing the Norwegian telecommunications network. 15 years of sales management. He has been the CEO and board member in several industries over the past 27 years. His administrative expertise includes streamlining of projects, concepts, consulting, business establishment, capital expansion, and the financial facilitation of companies through firm auditing.