Managing Director - IBM Venture Capital Group
George Ugras previously worked at ACM, an early stage venture fund, where he was general partner and managed investments across big data infrastructure, cloud computing, and analytics.
He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, and Stanford and advised faculty on technology spin-offs at various universities. He also provides oversight to the Space Electronics Group at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
He was a research fellow.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer - CIENA
With more than 20 years of telecom experience, Mr. Alexander is currently serving as Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Alexander has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems.
From 1982 until joining Ciena, Mr. Alexander was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. Mr. Alexander is an IEEE Fellow and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. He has served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the IEEE / LEOS Board of Governors, and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997.
Mr. Alexander received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 18 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference and journal articles.
CEO - Total Energy Ventures
François Badoual is a graduate civil engineer with 27 years of experience in the oil & gas industry.
He started his career with Total in Indonesia as logistic engineer. He then became a reservoir engineer working on reservoir modeling and exploration wells, as well as on Middle East fields posted in Dubai. He then moved to the head office economical evaluation team. He led the consolidation of the company’s long term plan before moving to the extra-heavy crude oil Sincor project in Venezuela where he created the corporate business department. Back to Paris, he joined the new business and asset management team working in the new ventures identification group. He was then appointed deputy general manager in Angola. He subsequently was nominated country chairman in Algeria developing tight gas onshore projects and petrochemical activities. As of August 2012 he is CEO of Total Energy Ventures, the venture arm of Total. Its investments support the development of companies with innovative technologies or business models to offer new energy solutions for tomorrow. In areas such as gas, renewable energies, power, energy efficiency, energy storage, digital energy, greenhouse gases reduction, and sustainable mobility
Managing Partner - Aster Capital
Jean-Marc serves as the General Partner & Managing Director of Aster Capital (located in San Francisco, Paris and Beijing) since March 2006.
Throughout extensive experience in supporting high growth companies, Jean-Marc leverages his networks and opens partnership opportunities with its corporate sponsors for the companies he supports.
He has been active in the financing of more than 40 innovative companies, including Solairedirect (France, acquired by Engie in 2015), Connectblue (Sweden, acquired by u-blox in 2014), and CPower (US, acquired by Constellation Energy in 2010).
Jean-Marc holds a Master’s degree in Business Management (Grenoble Graduate School of Business), an executive education (INSEAD) and an additional Master’s degree in Mathematics. He has a keen interest in international matters, due to his frequent travels. He likes to adapt each strategy to each culture as he strongly believes that adaption is the key to success. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction. He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science
Founder and managing partner - Panakès Partners
Alessio is co-founder and General partner of a new VC firm, Panakes Partners, headquartered in Milan-Italy, that finances medical companies (focus on the medical device, diagnostics and healthcare IT fields), early stage startup and SMEs, with extremely promising products and great ambition, in Europe and Israel, improving both patient outcomes and healthcare economics. Alessio has 9 years of VC experience in Sofinnova Partners, one of the largest European VCs, grown internally from Analyst to Partner positions, with European and American exposure. He began his career in 1997 as a researcher at LETI, one of the most important European Labs in the research field, before joining the central R&D group of STMicroelectronics. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano, with a degree in chemical engineering, specializing in the chemistry and physics of solid materials, and with an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP-EAP). Alessio is a Kauffman Fellow
Senior Partner - Merieux Développement
Thierry Chignon has more than 25 years of experience in Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trials with particular focus on the medical device sector, including a first experience as Head Pharmacist with Institut Mérieux (10 years). As Director with Quintiles Consulting Europe, between 1997 and 2006, he defined and participated in the implementation of business development strategies for innovative products in Europe. Thierry also worked for 5 years as an expert of the Commission of the European Union drafting Guidelines and Regulations for medical devices. He has chaired standardization working groups in CEN and ISO, as well as a Eucomed Task Force on Tissue engineering. In 2006, Thierry joined Matignon Investissement et Gestion to raise and deploy the first French fund dedicated to European medical technologies (Matignon Technologies II, 80M€). After several positive exits (trade sale and IPOs), Thierry joined as Senior Partner Merieux Développement in early 2014. He is actively investing in venture and growth projects both in human and animal arena, combining products and services. Thierry holds a Pharmacy Degree, PharmD, a Master Degree from IEP Paris (Sciences Politiques Paris), and an executive MBA from HEC Paris.
Chief Executive Officer - Genomics Medicine Ireland
Dan Crowley is co-founder and acting CEO of Genomics Medicine Ireland, and a Venture Partner with ARCH Venture Partners. Dan has been directly involved in the formation and financing of several notable science and technology companies including Movidius, Clearsight Innovations, Silvercloud Health, Nuritas, KDM Valentia and Kusp. Dan was previously founding director of VentureLab, one of Europe’s first science venture accelerators, at NDRC, and was executive director of the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering (AMBER) at Trinity College Dublin. Dan holds a BA and MSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, a DipSI from Oxford University, an MBA from Cornell University, and is a Kauffman Fellow.
Chief Executive Officer - iPhotonix
Amir Elbaz is the CEO of iPhotonix, a world leading company in the software defined optical access networks space. Amir has extensive experience in managing technology companies through their critical growth stages and utilizes his background to bring innovative ideas and products into the companies he manages. Amir has been advising companies on business strategy, restructuring and business development since 2005. During his career he held CFO, marketing and business development positions. Prior to turning to managerial roles Amir had several positions with investment funds in the US and Europe, focusing on high-tech investments. Amir holds a BA and MBA in Finance and Investments. In spite of his many duties, Amir is an avid runner and enjoys traveling with his family to exotic places.
Chief Technology Officer - First Solar, Inc.
Raffi Garabedian has been the Chief Technology Officer of First Solar, Inc. since May 2012 and manages the Company’s technology, photovoltaic module, and power plant system products and roadmaps.
Mr. Garabedian joined First Solar in June 2008 as Director of Disruptive Technologies.
Prior to First Solar, Mr. Garabedian spent over 15 years in the MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) industry, developing new products ranging from automotive engine control sensors to fiberoptic telecommunications switching systems. He was the founding CEO of Touchdown Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Verigy, as well as Micromachines Inc., which was acquired by Kavlico.
Mr. Garabedian is named on approximately 28 issued U.S. patents.
Mr. Garabedian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on semiconductor and microsystems technology from the University of California Davis.
Chief Financial Officer - Twist Bioscience Corporation
Solange is the Chief Financial Officer of Twist Bioscience Corporation, a San Francisco based start-up that manufactures synthetic DNA using its semiconductor-based silicon platform to enable cost-effective, rapid, high-quality and high throughput production. Solange has an extensive experience with Fortune 500 technology companies leading financial and operational teams globally, enabling business strategic development and international expansion. Recently, she caught the entrepreneurial spirit and joined Twist Bioscience last year as the company’s CFO. Prior to Twist Bioscience, she served as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Agilent Technologies. Prior to this position, Solange served as Agilent’s Life Sciences Group (LSG) CFO and headed the LSG’s business development organization, where she led several acquisitions. Solange started her career at Hewlett-Packard in Grenoble and held several escalating positions around the globe until she joined Agilent with the spin-off from Hewlett-Packard, to serve as Managing Director of European Financial Services in Brussels, Belgium. In 2001, she transferred to the Bay Area and subsequently held several finance director roles, in different industries at Agilent. A French native, she obtained her MS in Management from HEC School of Management in Paris, France.
CEO - Poietis
Fabien has an over 15 years experience in the field of regenerative medicine.
He holds a PhD in Science from INSA, the National Institute of Materials and Applied Sciences, of Rennes (2000) and a habilitation to lead Research in Health and Life Sciences issued by Bordeaux Segalen University (2010). Fabien was appointed Researcher at INSERM in 2005 and was also Guest Researcher at Harvard University in 2010 in the Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory. He also has completed its scientific training by entrepreneurship education provided to HEC (Challenge + program) in 2012-2013.
Fabien has initiated pioneering work internationally in the field of bioprinting and published over 20 scientific articles and directed more than 50 invited lectures on this new technology.
Knowledge Manager - Health Technology Assessment
Iñaki Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea has a BSc and MSc from the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU and is a Doctor in Sciences (NeuroScience) with a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and a Masters in Bioethics. He is the Knowledge Manager at Osteba, Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment and an Associated Professor at the Nursing School of the Basque Health Service. He has been the vice-chairman and chairman of EuroScan International Network for the identification and evaluation of new and emerging health technologies and the Secretary on the Board of Directors for HTAi until 2015. He has been also advisor of WHO in the process of evaluation of medical devices in low-resource settings and evaluator of the European Union in different call for funds.
Investment manager - Samsung Ventures
Hyun Chul Jeong is an Investment Manager at Samsung Ventures Europe, based in London, where he involves and look for strategic opportunities in the space of chemicals, electronic materials, hardware & devices and certain areas related in digital/mobile technologies. He joined Samsung Ventures in 2012 and has involved in several investments and exits in Europe. Prior to Samsung Ventures, Hyun Chul worked in Samsung’s corporate research centre and involved in open innovation R&D activities with European research partners. He holds MSc. in Physics and Composite Materials from Imperial College London.
Investment Partner - Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Dieter Kraft, Investment Partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), is responsible for the European Venture Business of RBVC.
Being more than 20 Years with Bosch Dieter holds contacts to the Bosch management organization and is broad based in technology.
Before he joined RBVC in June 2009 he was heading the Systems engineering Division of Hybrid Electric- and Electric Vehicles within Bosch worldwide.
Dieter's professional background is operational business within Hardware / Software of automotive electronics and Software for telecommunication networks. Heading a Corporate Research Division he was in charge of communication and energy networks, Software methods and architectures, electric drives, human machine interaction and new business areas for Bosch. Dieter got his PhD at University of Frankfurt in nuclear and atomic physics and got some insights to mathematics, pharmacology and nuclear medicine during his studies.
Business Lab VP - PSA Group
Anne Laliron, electrical and electronic engineering graduate, has been working in automotive industry for 17 years. She started as electronic engineer at Valeo, working of 42V and power line communication. Within the electronic department she managed several electronic innovative projects. In 2004 she took the responsibility of product marketing for the electronic business unit. She defined the innovation strategy of the business unit and made the promotion of the innovation at car makers. She also managed the benchmarking activities as well as patents. In 2007, she became the Product Marketing Director of Valeo lighting business unit. In this position, she experienced, jointly with group marketing team, new ways of testing innovations concepts with final customers. She developed strong relationships with worldwide car maker’s innovation teams. Then she left automotive industry and joined Lectra as Manufacturing Product Line Director. In 2011 she came back in automotive industry becoming the 208 GTi Project Director at PSA Group. As Project Director she had to manage all the project phases from design to industrialization up to product launch. Since 2014, she is in charge of Innovation Strategy of PSA Group, focused on 3 main pillars: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Clean technologies and Brands’ attractiveness. Her team is also deploying Open Innovation culture within the Group.
Group VP Research & Technology - Legrand
Pierre Laroche is VP Research & Technology at Legrand, global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures.
With the Legrand Group for some twenty years, he has successively held positions as R&D Manager of a unit specialised in electronics, R&D Coordinator of a division, and Head of R&D at the Commercial Systems & Infrastructures Division.
In 2014 he contributed to setting up the Group’s Innovation & Systems Department, leading its Innovation Projects Unit.
Previously, after graduating as an electronics engineer from ENIBrest, he spent 5 years in aeronautics at Aérospatiale, before taking on the role of Technical Director with an SME specialised in electronic systems for telecoms and security.
His current responsibilities include technology partnerships, particularly in the fields of digital, assisted living and energy efficiency, as well as collaborative projects.
Chief Technology Officer - Schneider Electric
Nicolas Leterrier joined Schneider Electric in 2011. He is since May 2015 Chief Technology Officer of Building & IT activity. He held previously the position of Vice-president in charge of Innovation within Technology Strategy organization. He was responsible for the Innovation teams based in France and the teams in charge of Technology Innovation & embedded Platform development for Schneider Electric. Nicolas began his career in Paris working for Gaz de France and GFInformatique. In 1991, he joined ST Microelectronics as a software development engineer. After working in the US for data storage business development, he became in 1999 manager of an application development group covering the field of Telecommunications, Automotive and computer peripherals. Nicolas is graduated with a master of sciences of the Paris XI Orsay University and an engineering diploma from Ecole des Techniques du Génie Logiciel (software engineering).
founder and CEO - Phorix Limited
Mark originally trained as a medicinal chemist in England, obtaining his Ph.D. and post Doctoral experience at Bath University. During the last twenty years he has worked across many pharmaceutical roles from drug discovery, clinical development, sales and marketing. As global head of digital solutions for respiratory at Novartis was focused on digital healthcare innovation, where technology meets health outcomes. Recently he started Phorix Limited, a London based company focusing on catalyzing healthcare innovation and improved patient outcomes. Separately he writes on the science and art of storytelling and how to make science and medicine memorable.
Distinguished Systems Engineer - Juniper Networks
Julian Lucek is a Distinguished Systems Engineer at Juniper Networks, where he has been working with many operators on the architecture and evolution of their networks. Before joining Juniper Networks in 1999, he worked at BT for several years, at first in the Photonics Research Department and later in the data transport and routing area. He has a Master's degree in Physics and a PhD in ultrahigh-speed optical transmission and processing from Cambridge University. He is the holder of several patents in the area of communications technology. He is co-author of the book "MPLS-Enabled Applications: Emerging Developments and New Technologies", which is a best-seller in the world of packet networking.
Partner - Arch Venture Partners
Jean-Louis is an accomplished Business Management executive with extensive experience as a General Manager and CEO in France and the United States. He also serves in numerous Boards of Directors. He is adept in formulating strategies to position or reposition numerous businesses, has led numerous acquisition projects and managed the creation of a successful Joint-Venture in Asia. Jean-Louis is currently a Venture Partner with Arch Venture Partners. He is also Managing Director of YADAIS a consulting firm in Telecommunications and Photonics. Jean-Louis was Kotura President & CEO from 2004 to 2013 when Kotura was acquired by Mellanox. Kotura, Inc., a worldwide leader in silicon photonics, designs, manufactures and markets CMOS optical components which are deployed throughout the communications network. Formerly, Jean-Louis served as Vice President – Optical Networking Products for Corning, Inc. Jean-Louis’ prior experience include Technology Director with Amphenol and Thompson CSF in France. Jean-Louis’ credentials include an Executive M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School in Boston, Massachusetts. He also holds an engineering degree from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Rennes, France.
Head of R&D Global Government Grant Office (G3O) - Johnson & Johnson
Prof Theo F Meert is the head of the R&D Global Government Grant office (G3O) of J&J. The G30 aims to be a Center of Excellence and point of contact for Public Private Partnerships and grants worldwide by ensuring optimal use of available (public) funding opportunities to optimize our strategic engagement in PPPs as an important tool in our external innovation strategies for Janssen Pharmaceutica, MD&D and J&J consumers. Besides being a point of contact for multiple grant agencies, Theo is an active member in EFPIA and IMI as ILG representative and leading the SGG DKM and ND. He was also the (co)-author of various calls.
During his career at J&J, started in 1981, he is appointed to multiple international global functions. He was born in 1958 in Oostham, and obtained a Ph.D.on psychopharmacology in Experimental Psychology at the University of Brussels (1986) and a Ph.D. in Medicine/Anesthesiology at the University of Antwerp (1994).
Institutional Business Development - European Investment Fund (EIF)
Nitan started his career as an engineer in the Aerospace and Defense sector at EADS Astrium. Later, he gained in-depth industry knowledge during five years at Texas Instruments in both Europe and the US, where he acted as Head of Business Development. After obtaining his MBA from Oxford University in 2006, Nitan joined Mummert & Company, where he was involved in a significant number of M&A transactions in the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) sector.
Nitan joined the European Investment Fund (EIF) in 2010. He worked as an Investment Manager within the Venture Capital team and was responsible for investments in venture capital funds.
Currently Nitan works as a Business Development Manager leading the development of new equity products e.g. sector specific co-investments products.
Managing Partner - Nest Venture Capital
Ethan, an American entrepreneur specialized in digital marketing strategy and international business development is Managing Partner at Nest Ventures. Nest is an early stage fund based in Hong Kong and located in Singapore, Bangkok, Nairobi, London and Paris operating the Nissan Infiniti Smart Cities, DBS and OCBC Banks FinTech, Konica Minolta Digital Health and AIA HealthTech startup accelerators.
Partner - Wellington Partners
Christian is an active business angel and since 2009 serves as a Partner with Wellington Partners, the pan European technology investment firm. Christian is a savvy technologist with a passion for transforming breakthrough innovations into real businesses that have the potential to improve the state of our world. He has led venture, growth and buyout investments in the Electronics, Resource Efficiency, Software and Internet Infrastructure area and has served on some 20 boards including NXP Semiconductors, Q-Cells, Heliatek, Orcan Energy and Romo Wind. Christian spent nine years with Apax Partners where he was a Partner in the Tech & Telecom team and five years with McKinsey where he worked with clients in the electronics, digitial media, telecom and medtech industries. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction. He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs. In his spare time he tries to keep up to speed in cognitive robotics, quantum gravity and data science.
Director - Western Digital Capital
Aymerik leads Western Digital Corporation’s start-up investment activities in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, as part of the larger Corporate Business Development organization that also spearheads M&A. Aymerik came to Western Digital in 2016 via its acquisition of SanDisk Corporation where Aymerik led its North American corporate venturing program. Aymerik has over 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Aymerik has had portfolio companies go public on the Nasdaq, NYSE, and Germany’s Neuer Markt, as well as acquired by Cisco, Yahoo, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Cable & Wireless, IBM, Cox Automotive, Keynote, Ericsson, and SAP. Immediately prior to SanDisk, Aymerik headed start-up business development for a multinational consumer electronics engineering and manufacturing services company, culminating in the launch of an accelerator for hardware start-ups. Aymerik’s computing industry career began while a university student when he served as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer. Aymerik earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.
Head of Technologies - EDF Energies Nouvelles
P.G. Therond is currently Head of Technologies at EDF Energies Nouvelles, a green energy provider. In this position, he looks to all development with renewable technologies like PV solar, Concentrated Solar Power, marine energies, offshore wind, electrical storage, innovative biomass. Previously, he was responsible for strategy for New Businesses at EDF SA.
Pierre-Guy Therond spent also 15 years at the R&D division of EDF, where he took various positions, as researcher and manager of research, development and testing services in the domains of electrical engineering, electrical systems, materials, renewable energy and environment. His last R&D position was as Director for R&D portfolio on renewable and environment.
Pierre-Guy Therond has been involved into international organizations: he chaired two Task Forces at CIGRE , and used to be the Vice President of RECS International for 4 years.
Pierre-Guy Therond received a PHD in solid state physics in 1986, and is graduate from the French High School for Electricity (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité) since 1983.
Managing Director - ARCH Venture Partners
Paul Thurk is a Managing Director with ARCH Venture Partners, joining in 2000 via a Kauffman Fellowship. In 2011, he established ARCH’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Thurk was co-founder and initial CEO of Innovalight (acquired by DuPont), CoolEdge Lighting, and Pinon Technologies (acquired by a large German chemical company). More recently he was co-founder of Carrick Therapeutics and Genomics Medicine Ireland. Mr. Thurk formerly held various operating roles at NABS (acq by ILS) – a supplier of electronics components to the computer industry - ending his tenure there as Director of Operations Asia Pacific. Mr. Thurk holds a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
ARCH is a global venture capital firm of 30 years and over $2 billion under management, focused on disruptive innovations in the physical and life sciences. ARCH invests at the earliest stages, often co-founding start-ups directly out of university labs, and continues to invest to exit.
Head of Unit in DG CONNECT 'Competitive Electronics Industry' - European Commission
Willy Van Puymbroeck holds a PhD in Physics (1981) and an MBA (1986). Before joining the European Commission in 1988, he worked as a software researcher in Alcatel Bell from 1982 to 1988. In the Commission Willy Van Puymbroeck worked in various areas going from Computer Integrated Manufacturing, International Cooperation to Budget Implementation. He is currently Head of Unit in DG CONNECT 'Competitive Electronics Industry' covering strategy and R&D&I in micro- and nanoelectronics and smart integrated systems.
Director of Strategy & Business Development - D-Wave Systems
Dr. Colin P. Williams is Director of Strategy & Business Development at D-Wave Systems Inc, reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, Colin advises on the strategic direction of the company, manages its strategic partnerships, performs competition and market analyses, informs sales strategy, guides technology strategy, and speaks regularly on behalf of the company. Prior to joining D-Wave, Colin was a Senior Research Scientist (SRS) and Program Manager for Advanced Computing Paradigms at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Earlier, as an acting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, he taught courses on quantum computing and quantum communications, and computer-based mathematics. Colin earned his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1989 and wrote “Explorations in Quantum Computing,” one of the first textbooks in the field.
CEO - Talent Age Associates
Kyung H. Yoon is CEO and Founder of Talent Age Associates based in Silicon Valley, providing creative talent strategies for Fortune 500, multinational corporations, and mid-cap/venture backed companies in the technology, fashion, consumer, lifestyle and financial industries. Kyung is regularly engaged as a corporate director, advisor, executive search and organizational consultant, bringing creativity, global vision and innovative, value-added solutions to her clients around the world who are facing disruptions from technology innovations and globalization.
Kyung is also co-founder and partner of Executive Board Exchange (EBX), the premier community for corporate director and board engagement. Kyung has unparalleled access to top-level executives and corporate directors due to her extensive board experience as a current director of MCM Worldwide/Sungjoo Group, current Board Advisor of Creative Arts and Technology (C.A.T), Council Member of Stanford Center on Longevity, Advisory Board Member of Translink Capital and Shortlist. She is also a member of Women Corporate Directors and Belizean Grove.