Addy Borst MSc was trained at the Dutch Military Academy to become a career officer in 1981 but, after a change of direction, he graduated in 1991 from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Delft. His business career started as a Flight Test Engineer at Fokker Aircraft, and later on he joined KLM Airlines, where he won the company’s Total Quality Award. In 2000 he started his own company, which focused on engineering aircraft data systems and flight data analysis. Through this work, he came into contact with TNO, which he joined to become program manager, leading 12 project managers in the field of Command & Control for the Dutch and Belgian Air Forces. In 2004 TNO gave him the Entrepreneur Award. Until the spin-out of ROBIN Radar, Addy worked on the development and operation of bird radars and Fly Safe project of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Siete Hamminga MSc studied Industrial Engineering & Management at the University of Twente. After a period at Unilever in Switzerland, he finished his studies in Silicon Valley. He then co-authored ‘Beyond the Hype’, a book that captured the views of top Dutch e-business executives after the hype of the late 1990s. Partly based on these experiences, he founded Waleli in February 2002 – a company dedicated to converting promising technologies into commercial successes. Siete won several entrepreneurial and innovation awards, including the LiveWIRE Young Business Award in 2004. Waleli became an Innovation Accelerator for established companies like Siemens, Philips and TNO. This resulted in several high-tech start-ups, including ROBIN Radar Systems which he currently leads.