EXPERIENCE AND PASSION
Giorgio has spent more than 30 years in senior management at high-technology companies, from start-up ventures to international public companies, and has led two successful IPOs. He is also vice president of the executive board at Photonics21. Previously, Giorgio was CEO of Bookham, now Oclaro, which he grew from a start-up into a quarter-billion-dollar NASDAQ-listed public company with over 2500 employees. He was previously vice president of sales, finance and business development for Flamel Technologies. Prior to that, he was the founder and general manager of the Miniplex DSL Business Unit (one of the world's first DSL companies) at Raychem in California, and senior strategy consultant at Booz Allen in New York. He has a M.A. degree in physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in thermonuclear fusion from Princeton University.
Xavier brings to Aledia more than two decades of experience in semiconductors and optoelectronics. Previously he was vice president of the optronic division at the research institute CEA-LETI, where he launched the lighting and microwire LED programs. He also has served as divisional vice president of Thomson-CSF and vice president of the opto division at Atmel. In 1985, he began his career in solid-state lighting by founding the start-up company Ferrolux. He holds an engineering degree from CPE in Lyon.
Philippe has been developing semiconductor components since 1997, holding more than 10 patents and publishing more than 20 technical papers. Prior to co-founding Aledia, he worked at LETI for 17 years, including time as the head of the LED process development program and as a research engineer working with optoelectronic components and related technologies. Philippe graduated from ESPCI in Paris with an engineering degree, and obtained a M.S. in solid-state physics from Paris University.
Bernhard's background includes 29 years in the semiconductor, lighting and healthcare industries. He worked for 10 years at OSRAM, where he held a variety of senior management positions including senior vice president and general manager of solid-state lighting and CTO. Bernhard earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Ulm in Germany.
Guillaume Devauchelle is Valeo Group Innovation & Scientific Development Vice-President. Prior to this he was Deputy General Manager of Valeo Electronic & Connective Systems. He joined the VALEO Group in 2000 after the acquisition of the company Sylea where he occupied the function of Research and Development Vice-President. Guillaume Devauchelle made his entire career in the Automotive and Aeronautics Industry and has a Master's degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris (1981). He is Vice-President of the Pôle de Compétitivité MOVEO, Vice-President of the Société des Ingénieurs de l'Automobile and Member of the Board of the University of Versailles at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Alessio is a venture partner at Sofinnova Partners, focusing on the energy field. He joined Sofinnova in 2005 and has worked with the firm's semiconductor, components, energy, materials and systems holdings. Previously, he led STMicroelectronics' R&D efforts in advanced CMOS technologies. He began his career in 1997 as a researcher at LETI. Alessio holds five patents and has written several publications. Alessio is a Kauffman Fellow with a M.Sc. in chemical engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a M.B.A. from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP-EAP).
Jiong is a partner at Braemar Energy Ventures. She has worked in various high-technology industries since 1995, holding positions in research, operations and finance including senior technology and business positions with Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs. She also was a member of the venture capital group at 3i, where her responsibilities included investments in information technology and cleantech. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for several companies. Jiong is a Kauffman Fellow with a B.S. in physics from Lanzhou University in China, a M.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Bolder.
Sophie is a founding partner and member of the management board at Demeter Partners. She has worked in the private equity market since 1991. Prior to launching Demeter Partners, Sophie was an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, an investment manager at BTP Capital and an investment director at Crédit du Nord. She also served six years as the director of Société Générale Private Equity. Sophie holds a M.Sc. in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Anne-Sophie is an investment director of the Ecotechnology fund at Bpifrance. She joined Caisse Des Dépôts Entreprises (subsequently merged into bpifrance) in 2009 to launch the mezzanine fund and the Ecotechnology fund. She was formerly Investment director in Renewable Energies at the Caisse des Dépôts. Prior to that, Anne-Sophie held banking positions at the French Ministry of Finance, mainly on transport infrastructure projects. Anne-Sophie began her career as an engineer in the defense industry (fighter aircraft engines designer). Anne-Sophie Carrese graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Corps de l'Armement.