GSA WLI Co-Chair, Chief Diversity Officer & VP, Human Resources
Vicki Mealer-Burke was appointed as Qualcomm’s first Chief Diversity Officer in November 2016. In this role as CDO, Vicki brings nearly 20 years of business and operational leadership experience at Qualcomm which uniquely position her to provide the vision, strategy, leadership and oversight of inclusion and diversity initiatives across the company such as strategies for talent development, recruitment and retention, and community outreach.
Vicki assumed responsibility for Qualcomm’s Employee Relations team in late 2017. In this role, she has oversight to ensure that Qualcomm is dedicated to creating and sustaining a positive work environment by helping to resolve work-related challenges. Prior to this appointment, Mealer-Burke was the VP and general manager of Qualcomm Education Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Vicki joined Qualcomm in 1997, and during her tenure, she has been responsible for developing comprehensive solutions for customers seeking to bring high-value wireless services to market by holding leadership positions in business development and product management across a variety of Qualcomm’s businesses.
Additionally, Mealer-Burke is the chairperson of Qualcomm’s Women’s Leadership Council, the executive sponsor of eQuality, Qualcomm’s LGBTQ employee network. She is the senior representative for Qualcomm’s partnership participation in the USBLN Going for Gold Campaign. She is on the Board of Directors for both NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology) and the ERTSC (Employment Roundtable of Southern California) as well as LEAD San Diego, a nonpartisan, leadership development arm of the San Diego Regional Chamber.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in management information systems from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree from Ohio State University.
Debora Shoquist is executive vice president of operations at NVIDIA. She is responsible for the company’s IT, operations and supply chain functions. These include manufacturing product and test engineering; foundry operations; supplier/contract-manufacturing management; supply planning; logistics; facilities; and the company’s quality management system. She is also responsible for overseeing construction of the company’s new $360-380 million building at its Santa Clara headquarters.
Shoquist joined NVIDIA in 2007 as senior vice president of operations and was named to her current role two years later. She has more than 15 years of executive experience in general management, manufacturing and operations, including plant management, engineering, information services, finance and human resources.
Shoquist served from 2004 to 2007 as executive vice president of operations at JDS Uniphase. From 2002 to 2004, she was senior vice president and general manager of the Electro-Optics business at Coherent, a manufacturer of commercial and scientific laser equipment. Previously, she spent 11 years in key executive roles at Quantum, including president of the Personal Computer Hard Disk Drive division, and 10 years at HP in various engineering and manufacturing management roles.
She holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a BS degree in biology from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Lisa Su, Ph.D.
Tali brings nearly two decades of executive management experience as a strong voice in the semiconductor industry. With a keen ability to multitask, strategize and oversee worldwide teams and customers, she lends her expertise and passion to her position as Chief Marketing Officer, where she manages also the IoT business line, heads up DSP Group’s US operations and corporate management. Prior to this role, she was the CVP Corporate Development. Before joining DSP Group, Tali was Director of Commercial Legal Affairs at RADA Electronic Industries, a Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, the founding manager of the “Atidim for Industry” program, and an intern at the IDF Ombudsman’s office. Tali holds an LLB in Law and Government with honors from the prestigious Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) of Herzliya and an MBA from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Co-Founder, President and Vice Chairwoman
Weili Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world. Widely considered a technology visionary, she is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she helped Marvell’s rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. Ms. Dai’s business acumen, strategic thinking, product leadership, endless passion and personal network have contributed greatly to Marvell’s fast rise to success. Her close relationship with her customers and the foundation of the trust shared with them has given her a strong reputation for professionalism and integrity throughout the technology industry. Ms. Dai has served a pivotal role in creating some of the Marvell’s most important strategic partnerships and under her leadership Marvell’s technology has become an integral component of many of the world’s most important products in enterprise, communications, mobile computing, consumer and emerging markets. She has been a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world and an ambassador of opportunity between the US and China, particularly in the arenas of education and green technology. Ms. Dai has become a powerful advocate for the better use of technology to improve the human condition.
For her contributions to technology and society, Newsweek named Ms. Dai one of the “150 Women Shake the World”. She was profiled by CNN International for the “Leading Women Series”, “Leading the Female Tech Charge”, “Leading Women Principles Fair and Care”, “Educating for Future Success”, and “Leading Women Inspire others”. Forbes Magazine listed Ms. Dai as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”.
In 2013, the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) recognized Ms. Dai along with her husband Sehat Sutardja, Co-Founder and CEO of Marvell, with the prestigious 2013 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. Ms. Dai and Dr. Sutardja were selected because of their exceptional success in creating Marvell, their individual contributions to today’s modern semiconductor age, as well as the talents and expertise they’ve continuously leveraged to address and overcome pressing global issues.
Ms. Dai is currently the Co-Founder, President and Vice Chairwoman of FLC Global. She is also the Chairwoman of Lark Technologies. She was the President and a member of board directors of Marvell from 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Dai held a number of significant positions within Marvell since she co-founded the company in 1995: she served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Manager of the Communications Business Group. Ms. Dai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ms. Dai is an active philanthropist, led Marvell’s global civic engagements, including major partnership with the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC). She served as a member of the executive committee for TechNet and Bay Area Council and sat on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board director of the disaster relief organization, Give2Asia, and was named to the prestigious Committee of 100, an organization representing the most-influential Chinese Americans. In recognition of their generosity, Sutardja Dai Hall at her alma mater UC Berkeley was named for Ms. Dai along with her husband Sehat Sutardja, who is currently the Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of FLC Global. Sutardja Dai Hall is home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Celebrated as the glue behind her company, family and community, Ms. Dai is the proud mother of her two sons, Christopher and Nicholas who both received their Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Ms. Dai was selected as the first woman commencement speaker at the University of California, College of Engeering graduation ceremony on May 12, 2012.
CEO and Co-Founder
Mouna Elkhatib is CEO and co-founder at AONdevIces, Inc an AI chip startup with focus on voice and audio. She has over 17 years of experience in the semiconductor business with a strong track record as an excellent engineer, manager and cross-functional team leader. Prior to AONdevIces, she was the system lead and principal chip architect at Qualcomm for a family of audio codec chips with integrated voice activation. Before that, she held the director of VLSI position at Conexant, managing audio SOC architecture and design. She is one of the key developers of Conexant’s PC-HD audio codecs, USB audio codecs/DSP and Voice input processor SOCs for smart speakers. Mouna holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electricité et de Mécanique (ENSEM), 11 US patents and multiple awards.
Ritu Favre has led NEXT Biometrics as CEO since she was recruited to join the company in February 2017. As CEO, Ritu has targeted the key market segments where NEXT and its unique biometric fingerprint sensor technology can achieve substantial revenue growth, reshaped the company’s organization to be more customer and results-oriented, and led the company’s engineering and development teams to accelerate the technical breakthroughs that will provide the foundation for the company’s success moving forward.
Ritu Favre is a successful and proven industry leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the development, launch, and management of cutting-edge RF and fingerprint sensor solutions. Prior to joining NEXT, she built profitable, growing businesses while holding senior management positions with market leaders such as Motorola, Freescale and Synaptics.
Ritu received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. She is based in Silicon Valley, California.
Jean Hu joined Marvell Technology in August 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Jean is responsible for the company’s financial planning and strategy, accounting and reporting, treasury and tax, as well as investor relations.
Jean has a proven track record with almost 20 years of financial leadership in the semiconductor industry. She previously served as CFO of QLogic Corp. and served as acting CEO during two transformational periods in the company’s history. Jean also held several senior positions at Conexant Systems, including CFO, Treasurer and SVP of Business Development.
Jean earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Ann B. Kelleher
Ann B. Kelleher
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing and Operations
Dr. Ann B. Kelleher is senior vice president and general manager of the Technology and Manufacturing Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for corporate quality assurance, corporate services, customer fulfillment and supply chain management. She is also responsible for strategic planning for the company’s worldwide manufacturing operations.
Before assuming her current position in the Technology and Manufacturing Group, Kelleher was general manager of the Fab/Sort Manufacturing organization. In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of Intel’s high-volume silicon manufacturing. Earlier in her Intel career, Kelleher was the site manager of Intel’s Fab 11X fabrication facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, the plant manager of Intel’s Fab 12 facility in Chandler, Arizona, as well as the factory manager of Fab 24 in Leixlip, Ireland.
Kelleher joined Intel in 1996 as a process engineer, going on to manage technology transfers and factory ramp-ups in a variety of positions spanning 200mm and 300mm technologies.
She holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from University College Cork in Ireland.
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Lori Knowlton is senior vice president and chief people officer at Silicon Labs. She is a responsible for the company’s overall talent strategy, leadership development, total rewards, employee communications, community relations, talent acquisition, engagement and culture. Through her career, Lori has worked closely with leadership teams and Boards, supported both organic and acquisitive growth, led talent programs aligned with business strategy and developed expertise in creating high trust cultures.
Previously, Lori served as chief people officer for HomeAway.com. She led the company’s people agenda from early stage growth through a highly successful IPO and, ultimately, through acquisition by Expedia. During her ten years at HomeAway, Lori grew the global team exponentially, created scale and process across 13 countries and achieved measurable employee engagement directly linked to feedback and culture. At HomeAway, Lori was a key member of the senior executive team and worked closely with compensation committee of the Board.
Prior to HomeAway, Ms. Knowlton held progressively responsible roles in technology companies including Progress Software, Interliant, C-bridge Internet Solutions and the Monitor Company. She has acquired and integrated over 55 companies. Lori is a mentor at TechStars Austin where she has been honored to be named among the best mentors in the program by the participating companies.
Her insight and sense of humor are on display in her public speaking engagements including National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Spring Forum panel on “Translating Corporate Culture Across Continents”, NACD Summit on panel on “Global Talent Management”, The Texas Conference for Women on “The Skills You Need” , a keynote titled “Your Seat at the Table” for Connected Women in Technology and a pecha kucha on the same topic for DisruptHR.
Lori earned her Bachelors’ degree in English literature from Bowdoin College in Brunswick ME magna cum laude and was named a James Bowdoin Scholar. Lori lives in Austin, TX with her husband, daughter and a great border collie.
Jane Li is a successful high tech industry General Manager and Chief Operating Officer and private equity Operating Partner. In her over 20 years career, Jane Li ran and grew many businesses and managed large P&Ls for Fortune 500 companies – Corning, Fujitsu and Huawei and Huawei Symantec Joint Venture. Jane Li also brings to boardroom strong skill sets in strategy development, including M&A strategies and international JVs, digital transformation and in marketing and sales leadership. She is an independent director and member of the compensation committee of Semtech (SMTC) (Semiconductor), an independent director and member of the audit and gov & nom committee of Knowles (KN) (Semiconductor), strategic advisor and operating partner for Diversis Capital (Private Equity), on the board of ServicePower (SaaS) the advisory board for Zadera Storage (Cloud Storage), and on the growth and acceleration board of Skytap (SaaS). At Diversis, Jane advises, strategizes, provides leadership insights and monitors executions of investments expand across information technology, telecommunications, semiconductors, Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security. She also has unique international market expertise and Asian/China insights via her extensive executive management experiences with global companies headquartered in US, Japan and China.
Jane most recently served as the COO for Huawei Enterprise USA (IT, Cloud, Mobility). Her responsibilities included strategy development and execution, sales, channel development, channel marketing and operations.
Before moving to Huawei Enterprise, Ms. Li served as General Manager for Huawei Symantec USA (Storage and Security). Her responsibilities included strategy development and execution, marketing, sales, business development, product management, application engineering and customer services for the North American Region.
Prior to joining Huawei, Ms. Li was Executive Vice President and General Manager for Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor Inc. (FCSI). At FCSI, Ms. Li managed sales, marketing, business development, operations, customer service, and quality for North America, South America and other international regions.
Ms. Li held various executive positions at optical component and module companies. As Vice President of Sales and Business Development at NeoPhotonics, she was responsible for developing global customer and partner relationships, and forging strategic alliances with application partners.
Prior to that, Ms. Li was Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Novalux, Inc., a manufacturer of extended cavity surface emitting lasers. Ms. Li also served as Marketing and Sales Director for Metro Applications at Corning Incorporated where she led the successful launch and promotion of metropolitan fiber products worldwide.
A former member of the National Board of Directors for Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT), Ms. Li earned BS and MS degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from Zhejiang University in 1990, as well as a master’s degree in Communications and Marketing from Ohio University in 1993. Ms. Li also attended Stanford Directors’ College in 2016. Jane Li is fluent in both English and Madarin Chinese.
Sample awards and honors for Ms. Li include 100 Women in Tech 2015 by Hot Topics; Women of the Channel 2015 by CRN; and Channel Chief 2015 by CRN.
Dr. Xiaotong Lin
Dr. Xiaotong Lin
Dr. Xiaotong Lin has been the CEO since Coolstar Technology was founded in 2014. Under her leadership, the company has raised $20M funding, grown to 36 full-time employees, and has now developed into production phase.
From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Lin was a Senior Principle Scientist at Broadcom, responsible for ASIC architecture for Read Channel and Gigabits Ethernet chips. She was one of the main contributors to IEEE 802.3az (Energy Efficient Ethernet standard) and Automotive Broadreach Industry Specifications. Before joining Broadcom, she was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies. She holds 10 granted patents.
Dr. Lin graduated from the Gifted Students Program at Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1995. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 2000.
Dr. Maria Marced
Dr. Maria Marced
Dr. Marced is responsible for driving the development, strategy and management of TSMC’s business in Europe.
Before joining TSMC she was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing at NXP/Philips. She also served as Philips’ General Manager of The Connected Multimedia Solutions Business Unit, overseeing semiconductor solutions for Connected Consumer applications.
Dr. Marced spent 19 years with Intel before that, rising to become Vice President and General Manager responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
Managing Director, Global Head of Semiconductor, CleanTech & Auto Tech Investment Banking
Wells Fargo Securities
Jennie Raubacher is a Managing Director in the Technology Investment Banking group at Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco, where she leads the global Semiconductor, CleanTech and Auto Tech investment banking practice.
With nearly 22 years of experience in technology investment banking (including 14 years at Lehman Brothers/Barclays), Jennie has completed over 140 transactions, including over $60 billion in M&A and over $200 billion in financings.
Significant transactions in which she was involved include the $2.7bn LBO of Avago (largest semiconductor LBO in history at the time) and $17.6bn LBO of Freescale (largest semiconductor LBO in history); advising Mubadala on the $5bn formation of GlobalFoundries; the IPOs of Avago, Cavium, Mobileye, Techwell, Montage, ChipMOS, SunEdison Semi; and lead-managed financings for companies including AMD, ADI, Avago/Broadcom, Cirrus, Intel, Marvell, Maxim, Micron, Qorvo, Silicon Labs, Spansion, STATS ChipPAC.
Jennie graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she was department salutatorian, and earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Jennie is a native Californian, speaks Mandarin Chinese, and her passions outside of work include food, wine and travel. She is actively involved with Stanford’s Women on Boards initiative. She is a Founding Sponsor of the Global Semiconductor Alliance’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, and serves on the GSA’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Maryam Rofougaran is co-founder and co-CEO of Movandi Corporation a venture-backed startup commercializing multi-gigabit, millimeter wave networks with innovative RF front-end technology for 5G and beyond. She is also the COO and board member of the company. Maryam Co-founded Movandi in the middle of 2016 with the mission to continue innovation and enabling next generation of wireless communications. In 2018 Movandi was awarded by the Global Semiconductor Alliance as the Start-up to Watch.
Prior to Movandi, Maryam was a Senior VP of Radio Engineering at Broadcom Corporation. She joined Broadcom in 2000 through acquisition of the company she had co-founded, Innovent Systems. At Broadcom Maryam was instrumental in growing a new wireless business unit and turning it into one of its biggest business units. At Broadcom Maryam led a team of several hundred engineers worldwide who developed wireless radios for a variety of integrated and multi standard chip technologies, including Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, NFC, cellular devices, mobile backhaul, femtocells, 60Ghz WiGig and other mobile network technologies. Her team developed and shipped more than one and half billion radio chips annually.
Maryam cofounded Innovent Systems in November of 1998 and was Vice president of Product development and member of the board of directors. Innovent Systems was one of the first startups to commercialize RF CMOS and full SOC integration for short range wireless communications such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Maryam was not only involved with design and product development, product roadmap and market strategy, but also every aspect of business and growing company from scratch to its acquisition by Broadcom in August 2000.
Jodi Shelton is the co-founder and president of GSA. A pioneer within the technology space, Shelton was instrumental in the creation of the Alliance and has continuously addressed global issues in the industry as the voice of its members. Under her leadership, GSA has grown its membership to include companies throughout the supply chain representing 25 countries across the globe. In her role as president, Shelton oversees GSA daily operations, ensuring that the Alliance remains focused on achieving its defined mission and goal to foster a more effective ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. She is the key liaison between GSA and the business community at high-level financial and industry conferences, providing insight on key topics pertaining to the global fabless supply chain. Shelton earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University and her master’s degree in political science from the University of Houston.
Dr. Lisa Su
Dr. Lisa Su
CEO, President and Board Member
Dr. Lisa Su is AMD’s president and chief executive officer and also serves on the company’s board of directors. Previously, she was chief operating officer responsible for integrating AMD’s business units, sales, global operations and infrastructure enablement teams into a single market-facing organization responsible for all aspects of product strategy and execution. Dr. Su joined AMD in January 2012 as senior vice president and general manager, global business units and was responsible for driving end-to-end business execution of AMD’s products and solutions.
Prior to joining AMD, Dr. Su served as senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and was responsible for global strategy, marketing and engineering for the company’s embedded communications and applications processor business. Dr. Su joined Freescale in 2007 as chief technology officer, where she led the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts.
Dr. Su spent the previous 13 years at IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions, including vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Prior to IBM, she was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center (SPDC).
Dr. Su has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has published more than 40 technical articles and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) in 2009. Dr. Su was named “2014 Executive of the Year” at the EETimes and EDN 2014 ACE Awards and was honored in MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Young Innovators in 2002. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Analog Devices and the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association.
Senior VP & GM, Automotive and IoT Line of Business
Dipti Vachani is the senior vice president and general manager of the Automotive and IoT Line of Business at Arm. Dipti’s organization is responsible for the proliferation of Arm-based solutions in the transformational opportunities of autonomous driving and IoT.
Prior to joining Arm, Dipti served as vice president and general manager of the Product Management and Customer Enablement division in the IoT Group at Intel Corporation. There, she was responsible for driving the overall product development roadmap, technology direction, IoT Edge product portfolio and worldwide customer enablement for IoT.
Before Intel, Dipti spent 17 years at Texas Instruments, where she led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of Arm MPUs, and held multiple product manager and leadership roles including vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group.
Dipti has served on the board of directors for NetSpeed Systems and the Innovation and Technology advisory board for the City of San Jose. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University, an executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a graduate of the executive education programs at Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge business schools.