Meet the Nordic Unmanned family

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Lars A Landsnes

COO

Lars joined Nordic Unmanned as COO and Accountable Manager from Wideroe Airline, where he held the function as Vice President Continuous Improvement. Lars has for the last 25 years held various senior international leadership positions in the manned aviation and aerospace industry. Building new businesses, business lines and change management is key experience, this from large organisations to startups, supporting civil and military customers. Lars holds a Master of Science in Business Administration.

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Stein Engen

CCO

Stein Engen joined Nordic Unmanned in 2018 from FLIR systems. He is an experienced Commercial Director with a demonstrated history of working in the aviation and aerospace industry. His additional skills include Crisis Management, Emergency Management, Intelligence, Military Affairs, and Operational Planning.

He is a strong business development professional with his Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialised in Business Administration from NKS/Heriot-Watt University/ Edinburgh Business School.

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Bjørn Askim

CFO

Bjørn Askim manages finances and is currently entirely engrossed in budget negotiations.

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Ole-Andreas Fagertun

Chief Development Officer

Ole-Andreas Fagertun joined Nordic Unmanned with the acquisition of the Staaker Company in 2019. During his time at the Staaker Company, Ole-Andreas started as Director of Product Design and led the design and mechanical development of what became the world's leading auto-tracking action sports drone: The Staaker 1. In the year leading up to the acquisition, Ole-Andreas took the role as CEO for the Staaker Company.

Before his time in the Staaker Company, Ole-Andreas acquired years of experience in industrial design and in leading development projects in companies like Bergans and Adax, building on his MSc in industrial design from NTNU. He also has practical skills and leadership experience from his time as a skilled wooden boat craftsman.

Ole-Andreas now heads the R&D department of Nordic Unmanned, but still gets to design and develop products, which is his passion.

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Morten Olsen Lysgaard

CTO

Morten Olsen Lysgaard joined Nordic Unmanned in 2019 from the acquisition of The Staaker Company, which he co-founded in 2014. During his time at The Staaker Company Morten was CTO and leader of the technical development team creating what was at the time the world's best auto-tracking action sports drone: The Staaker 1
Morten has an MSc in applied mathematics and physics from NTNU, Trondheim and during his studies exchanged with both QUT in Australia and ETH in Switzerland, studying control systems, robotics and perception. His education and experience has given him a broad skillset: mechanical, electrical, optical and radio-physics, mathematical modelling, numerics, PDEs, simulation, software architecture and design, embedded programming and more.
His mission at Nordic Unmanned is technical leadership of the development team laying the course in a complex and technologically challenging environment.
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Knut Roar Wiig

CEO

Knut Roar is a serial entrepreneur, private investor and co-founder of several major startups.

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Alexander Hatlestad

Sales, Governmental, Energy and utilities

Alexander has a technical background as a system mechanic on the F-16 fighters of the Royal Norwegian Airforce and Bell 412 helicopters. He has worked 11 years in the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry as a field specialist. Alexander has been working in the Norwegian drone industry for the last 6 years in various roles from operations to business development. Alexander is a certified PPL-A and UAV pilot.

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José Luis Gil Yepes, PhD

Digitalization Manager

José Luis Gil joined Nordic Unmanned on September 2019 as our Digitalization Manager. He has a master’s degree on Geodesy and Cartography, and a PhD on Geomatics and Machine Learning. After working 3 years in the academic sector, José Luis moved to Norway in 2013. Since then, he has been involved in several roles, from consultant in the oil industry to business development on the digitalization sector. José Luis is specialised on LiDAR and remote sensing data processing and data acquisition systems.

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Bruno Boucher

VP Governmental Affairs

Bruno Boucher joined Nordic Unmanned in 2019 after 12 years of experience at large German airline subsidiaries having delivered many airport, airline and civil aviation projects around the world. His main responsibilities consist in working with Civil Aviation and other authorities to secure the permits to fly for our operations in various countries for our platforms.

Born in Canada, now German citizen, he brings a vast experience in shaping and delivering large complex projects that involve technical, commercial, legal and operational dimensions. He earned his Elect. Engineering B. Sc. at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

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Erlend Trane

Head of Maintenance

Erlend is heading up the Nordic Unmanned MRO organization, a team of experienced technicians from Aviation Maintenance. He joined Nordic Unmanned in 2019 from the Aviation MRO industry. He has a technical background and extensive leadership experience in Aviation MRO and Supply Chain Management.

He has experience from MRO Operations Management, and has held roles such as Director of Maintenance (EASA Part 145 Maintenance Manager), Supply Chain Director and various other leadership roles at several large organizations in the Aviation/Helicopter MRO industry.

Erlend is skilled in MRO Operations Management, Asset Management, International Sales, Business Development, Contract Negotiations with suppliers and customers as well as Strategic Sourcing.

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Jonas Støre

Product Line Manager - Defence & Security

Jonas has an extensive military background serving as a Navy EOD officer. After working several years for FLIR Systems, Jonas Joined Nordic Unmanned in 2019.  Jonas is a certified UAV operator as well as a Commercial helicopter pilot. With experience spanning from improvised explosives, crisis management, intelligence, aviation and aerospace industry Jonas is a good fit for serving our Defence & Security customer segment.

 

 

 

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Ole Benjamin Wike

Product Line Manager - Topometrics

Ole Benjamin is head of the Topometrics business unit and joined Nordic Unmanned in 2017 after 6 years in the aviation industry and 6 years in the Oil & Gas industry. He has a technical background as an aircraft engine mechanic and ROV pilot technician and has experience in leadership positions.

Since joining Nordic Unmanned he has specialised in remote sensing using drones and processing of such data, resulting in the development of the Topometrics business unit. Ole Benjamin is a certified RPAS operator and has skills in Crisis Management, Negotiation, Business Development, Continuous Improvement, LiDAR Acquisition and Data Processing.

 

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Heidi Gåskjenn

Flight Operational Manager

Heidi Gåskjenn joined Nordic Unmanned in January 2019. She has seven years of experience as a helicopter pilot, mainly for transportation of personnel offshore in the UK sector. She has also worked as data analyst and desk controller, and recently completed a bachelor’s degree in business and administration at BI.

Heidi is a pilot on the Skeldar V-200, one the heaviest UAS in the Nordic Unmanned portfolio. Skilled and resourceful person who is not afraid of hard work and new opportunities. Goal orientated, focused, good communicator, dedicated, calm under stress, and proactive. Also, structured, systematic and easy adaptable. She combines her long experience in conventional aviation with an expertise in unmanned systems to excel in her role as Head of Operations and pilot at Nordic Unmanned.

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Thomas André Olsen

Product Line Manager - Staaker Drones

Thomas André Olsen is our most experienced drone pilot. After many years in the industry he helps our customers with getting the right system, challenging integrations and special ops piloting. He is one of the few in Norway to have flown explosives in operations, and with his passion in RC flying he has a steady hand for every situation. In his work at Nordic Unmanned he has developed our famous BG200 all-weather drone. Thomas is a certified UAV pilot and a very skilled skier.