Atlantic Ocean, November 2006


Professional Experience

After a succesful career in information technology and computer journalism, I am now pursuing my lifelong love for the sea as my new field of work. In addition to my maritime qualifications and nautical experience I have many transferrable skills from my earlier professions valuable for working aboard and managing a yacht.

My approach has been mostly entrepreneurial, working through my own small companies, but I have also been engaged in top management and as part owner in two successful Internet businesses. I have hospitality experience from arranging and hosting group travel and international conventions through the years and have also held positions as chairman and treasurer in voluntary organisations.

When I'm not at sea I still like to write professionally but will now focus on boating, travel and lifestyle journalism. I also continue taking on IT development projects for a number of clients.

A short chronological overview of my professional experience and education is shown below. If you'd like to read the full story, please see my profile on LinkedIn.  

Work Experience Summary

2006 - Self-employed, Professional Yachtmaster, Writer, IT Consultant
2001 - 2006 Self-employed as:
  Contributing Editor, PC World Norge
(Norwegian edition of PC World, Norway's leading computer publication)
  IT consultant (mainly development of Microsoft Office solutions)
  Futures and options trader, development of trading systems (ongoing)
1997 2001 DinSide as, Vice President, Managing Editor, Chief Technology Officer (
1991 2004 Synapsis as, Owner and Manager (incorporated software company)
1995 1997 PC World Norge, Executive Editor
1982 1995 Self-employed, IT Consultant, Writer and Education Provider
1975 1978 Norwegian National Centre for Epilepsy, Care Assistant and Telemetry Lab Manager

Education Summary

2007 Deck Officer Class 5 training at Oslo Kystskipperskole (Oslo Coastal Skipper School)
2006 Professional Motor Yacht and Skipper Training, UK Sailing Academy, Isle of Wight
(see also Skills and Qualifications for further details)
2001 2005 Advanced seminars and courses in futures and options trading
(Chicago, New York and London)
1981 1984 Computer Science studies, University of Oslo
1979 1981 Medical studies, University of Oslo
1978 1979 Educational Science study, University of Oslo
1971 1975 Equivalent of Sixth Form College (including one year employed in regional newspaper)

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