Nitin Dahad

Founder

TechSpark

Nitin Dahad works with technology, industrial & media businesses, government agencies, & trade organizations to develop global market strategies and programs, based on nearly 30 years experience across Europe, USA, Asia and Latin America. He also writes and blogs about technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

In the late 1990s, he took microprocessor start-up ARC International to the USA and built its brand from zero to a successful IPO within two years. He also co-founded and successfully grew The Chilli in 2002, one of the first online magazines giving practical guidance for tech entrepreneurs and investors.

He started consulting firm TechSpark in 2002 to offer clients and organizations services to help deliver business growth based on his experience. TechSpark has delivered considerable success for many clients, helping them grow, raise money or exit.


 

Jean-Michel Deligny

Managing Director

Silverpeak LLP

Jean-Michel is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Silverpeak. He is also the Founder of Go4Venture Advisers which he successfully built up to a leading position in international equity private placements, especially in the software, telecom and digital media sectors.

Jean-Michel has twenty-five years’ experience in technology investment banking. He started his career as a Strategy Consultant at Coopers and Lybrand before joining Broadview International, where he worked on more than thirty-five public and private transactions. He later became European Head of Technology Investment Banking at UBS
As one of the most respected investment bankers in the European technology market, Jean-Michel speaks regularly at key international events.

Jean-Michel holds an MBA from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) business school in Paris, and is fluent in English and French (mother tongue).


 

Ian Ferguson

VP of WorldWide Marketing and Strategic Alliances

ARM, Inc.

Ian Ferguson was appointed Vice President of WorldWide Marketing and Strategic Alliances at ARM in August 2015 after serving as Vice President of Segment Marketing for over two years.

Ian joined ARM in 2007 as Director of Enterprise and Embedded Solutions. Within this role, Ian led a group chartered with driving ARM technology into embedded applications such as automotive, smart grid and networking applications. He was previously Vice President of the Server System and Ecosystem and led ARM’s push into energy-efficient data centers.

Prior to ARM, Ian was Vice President of Marketing for Enigma Semiconductor and QuickLogic. He has also worked as European Marketing Manager for IDT and as a technical marketing engineer for Motorola.


 

Paul Harvey

Head of EMEA Technology Investment Banking

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Paul is responsible for leading BAML’s efforts in serving technology clients across EMEA and increasing its market share in what is a key growth area for the firm. Paul has 25 years’ experience in technology, investment banking, and private equity. He was previously a General Partner at Atlantic Bridge, a technology private equity fund which he co-founded in 2004. Prior to this, he was head of European Technology Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, building a 30-person team from three people. He also formerly founded and ran the European Technology Investment Banking practice at both Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Paul has a BSBA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is Co-Chair of the Georgetown University City Alliance.


 

Miles Kirby

Managing Director, Europe

Qualcomm Ventures (QCV)

Miles Kirby is Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures, responsible for activities in the European regions. He currently manages and actively serves as a board observer for Qualcomm Ventures investments in Anteryon, Arieso, Chargemaster, Formula E, IP Access, Voluntis and Zesty.

Miles has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Miles was previously in Qualcomm Ventures and lead investments in A123, Iridigm and others before moving to lead the product management group at the Qualcomm division formed with the acquisition of Iridigm. He also lead the business development and innovation process in Qualcomm’s Corporate Research and Development group where he formed and drove projects in Augmented Realty, Wireless Charging, Neo (New processor architecture derived from the model of the human brain), Indoor position location and Multicore processor optimization.

He has an MBA from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering degree with honors from Bristol University, UK.


 

Adam Kostyál

Sr. VP, Global Listing Services, EMEA

NASDAQ

Adam Kostyál is Senior Vice President of Listing Services, Europe. In addition to Nasdaq Nordic Exchanges, where there are more than 800 companies listed, Adam is also responsible for the more than 120 European companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the U.S.

Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 10 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was Vice President of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the Eastern and Western Europe.

Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.


 

Martin McCourt

EVP Strategy and Innovation

Gemalto

Martin McCourt has held his current position since 2007, being responsible for Strategy and M&A and executing over 20 acquisitions. From January 2014 he has also taken responsibility for Research and Development, Innovation, IP and Purchasing.

He was previously President of Asia for Gemplus (2005-2007) and before that had spent 20 years with Corning Inc in R&D, sales and marketing, strategy and M&A roles, most recently heading the worldwide Project Services business for Corning Cable Systems.

Martin has a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, a PhD in Integrated Optics from the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin.


 

Michael Noonen

Co-Founder and Chairman

Silicon Catalyst

Mike Noonen was previously Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing, Design & Quality at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. He joined the company in January of 2012. Noonen is now Co-Founder and Chairman of Silicon Catalyst, and also interim CEO at Ambiq Micro.

Mike Noonen was previously Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing and member of NXP Semiconductors’ management team from 2008 to 2011. Along with NXP’s CTO he crafted and implemented NXP’s High Performance Mixed-Signal Strategy that resulted in 11 consecutive quarters of growth, a $5B business and NXP’s successful IPO in 2010.

Previous to NXP, Noonen was National Semiconductor's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing from 2005 to 2008 which were the most profitable years in National’s history. Noonen was Vice President of National’s Interface, Networking and Computing Businesses from 2001.

Prior to National he worked at Cisco Systems as Director of New Markets and Technology and he was Vice President of Sales and Business Development at 8x8 which went public in 1996. He started his career off with NCR Microelectronics as a Field Applications Engineer.

He has a BSEE from Colorado State University and holds multiple patents in the areas of internet telephony and video communications.


 

Graham O'Keeffe

Venture Partner

Imperial Innovations

Graham O’Keeffe is an experienced investor and operating executive in companies that achieve success through innovation and expansion into international markets. He works closely with investment funds, shareholder groups, and companies s on issues such as investment decision-making, fundraising, M&A, and international business strategy.

He was previously a Senior Investment Partner at Atlas Venture in Europe where he led investments in companies that achieved high value exits including Element 14, BarcoNet, Orthogon Systems, Phyworks, Icera Semiconductor, picoChip, and Ubiquisys. His early career involved engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and business development roles in the mobile phone and computing sectors at Nokia and Psion, working in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Graham is presently Executive Chairman of DisplayLink Corp., and a Venture Partner at Imperial Innovations. He also sits on the investment committee of the EBRD’s Venture Capital Investment Program.

Graham holds degrees from Oxford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


 

Malcolm Penn

CEO & Chairman

Future Horizons Ltd.

Malcolm Penn is the Chairman, CEO, and founder of Future Horizons, Europe's leading semiconductor industry analyst. He is also the President of Future Horizons' Moscow-based subsidiary firm, East-West Electronics, the world’s top market research consultant on the Russian and East European electronics industry.

Established in April 1989, Future Horizons provides business support services for use in opportunity analysis, business planning and new market development in the semiconductor and related industries. Its areas of activity include market research reports, custom consulting, industry forums and seminars, IC and system design evaluation services, and industry training.

Mr. Penn has over 45 years of experience in the electronics industry and for most of that time has worked extensively throughout Europe as well as in the United States, the former USSR, Japan and Korea. Future Horizons was also a member of the 1994 European Commission sponsored Cornu Panel of senior industry executives responsible for publishing the “Report of the European Microelectronics Panel” used to help formulate the strategy for EC microelectronics support in Europe.

Prior to establishing Future Horizons, Mr. Penn was Vice President of Dataquest and Director of Dataquest's European Operations, responsible for establishing all Dataquest's European-based research operations. Previously he was Manager of Component Engineering for ITT Europe (now Alcatel) and prior to that held various operations and marketing management positions with the worldwide ITT Semiconductor group.


 

Dr. Juergen Rebel

Corporate Vice President

Infineon Technologies AG

Juergen Rebel has more than 15 years of experience in both the semiconductor and private equity sectors. In 2013, he joined Infineon's Automotive segment as Head of the Business Intelligence and Development department. Previously, Juergen Rebel worked as Principal for the private equity boutique Praefinium Partners. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the private equity lifecycle including fund raising, deal analysis, due diligence, transaction execution, portfolio management and exits of investee companies. Juergen Rebel began his career at Infineon in 2000 where he held various senior management positions through 2009.

He studied Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering as well as Business Administration at the Technische Universität München (Technical University Munich), Germany, and at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. In 1999, he received a Dr.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Technische Universität München.


 

Jean Schmitt

Managing Partner

Jolt Capital

Jean is Managing Director of Jolt Capital SAS.

Jean is a successful entrepreneur and investor in technology, with deep technical insight. Most recently, he was Managing Partner at Sofinnova Partners, running the IT practice and focusing on the telecom and wireless markets. He was also the CEO and founder of SLP InfoWare, which he sold to Gemplus for 60 M€ in 2000. He then became Vice President of Telecom Solutions and Applications at Gemplus (now Gemalto, XPAR:GTO). Jean graduated from Telecom ParisTech and has a post-graduate degree in Artificial Intelligence. He is senior lecturer at Telecom ParisTech and HEC.

Jean is currently a board member of Heptagon Advanced Micro Optics (Switzerland/Singapore) and Inside Secure (FR). Jean used to be board member of Authentec (NASDAQ:AUTH) before its acquisition by Apple Inc in 2012.


 

Michel Tombroff

CEO

SoftKinetic

Michel oversees the company's overall corporate development and strategic alliances. He has 17 years of software engineering and management experience for start-ups, pre-IPO, and public companies. Prior to joining SoftKinetic, he served as VP Europe at Mathon Systems, the information risk management company.

Prior to that, Michel spent 8 years with TIBCO Software in Palo Alto, Paris and London, ending his time with the company as VP of sales. He spent seven years with real-time operating system company Chorus Systems (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 1996), ending as head of engineering.

Michel has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Brussels and a masters degree in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


 

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Dr. Tamara Baksht

Co-Founder & CEO

VisIC Technologies Ltd (VisIC)

Tamara is CEO of VisIC Technologies, a company that brings a new generation of semiconductor devices to market of electrical energy conversion.

Born in Siberia, Tamara studied Philosophy and Physics in Tomsk State University, prior to getting a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

Tamara co-founded VisIC Technologies in 2010, after ten years of experience in semiconductor technology development for a fully-owned subsidiary of the Israel Aircraft industry. Since 2010, she has been leading this promising technological startup company to be a successful player on the multi-billion dollar power electronics market.


 

Shlomo Gadot

CEO

Inuitive

With 30 years of experience in managing startup companies and the design of state-of-the-art chips, Shlomo Gadot, BSc., MBA, co-founded Inuitive in 2012.

Prior to Inuitive, Mr. Gadot founded Percello Ltd. In 2007 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Precello was acquired by Broadcom in 2010 for 88M$. After acquisition, Mr. Gadot served as a Senior Director for 2 years. Prior to Percello, Mr. Gadot was co-founder of Modem-Art Ltd. and acted as its Chief Executive Officer. After Modem-Art’s acquisition by Agere for $145m in 2005, Mr. Gadot was a Director of Baseband Processors in charge of teams in the UK (2G), Israel (3G) and Australia (4G-LTE).

Mr. Gadot is a graduate of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He comes with over 15 years of experience in various senior managerial and technological roles.


 

Jean-Pierre Nozieres

Chairman

EVaderis

Jean-Pierre Nozieres has 20+ years of experience in research and industry, from start-ups to large corporations and public laboratories. Founder and executive director of Spintec, founder and former CTO of Crocus Technology, he is in charge of the strategy, fundraising and board management as well as the supply chain (mainly foundries) and HR. He is an expert in new ventures, team and project management, non-volatile technologies and process.


 

Henry Nurser

CEO

Blu Wireless Technology Ltd.

Henry has over 28 years experience in business, R&D (silicon, software and process) and operational management roles – bringing to market innovative high volume consumer products on aggressive technology nodes.

Henry started his career in memory design at Mitsubishi Semiconductor’s Japanese R&D site and on return to the UK spent 4 years managing its applications support team in the UK sales office.

He initially joined INMOS (acquired by STMicroelectronics) as manager of the process NPI team, and after bringing multiple SoC designs to high volume production in product engineering and design management roles, he was appointed as STM’s DVD & MediaCenter business unit director. Within that role he successfully anticipated and drove major SW and HW strategy changes, and was responsible for multiple design wins with tier-1 OEMs in the consumer and automotive markets.

When he left STM in May 2011 he was the technical marketing director of the Connected Home division (>$800M sales 2011).

Henry holds a degree in engineering from Cambridge University.


 

Cybele Rolland

CEO

DelfMEMS

Ms. Cybèle Rolland has been the Chief Executive Officer of DelfMEMS SAS since July, 2014, before serving as its Chief Financial Officer. She joined DelfMEMS in January 2009 to help the team raise capital funds and structure the company.

Before that, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Benedicta, a midcap owned by private equity funds. She has successfully managed two LBOs and the final sale to HJ Heinz group.

Ms. Rolland holds an MBA from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris in 1995.


 

Paul Wells

CEO

SureCore Ltd

Paul has worked in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years including two years as Director of Engineering for Pace Networks where he led a multidisciplinary 70 strong product development team creating a broadcast quality video & data mini-headend. Before this he worked for Jennic Ltd as VP Operations successfully building the team from scratch as the company transitioned to a fabless model.

Prior to this he was responsible for the engineering team and before that he led a team for Fujitsu Microelectronics supporting ASIC customers in Europe and Israel.


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