EXPERIENCE AND PASSION
Giorgio has spent 35 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 Chairman of Sicoya, a Berlin-based startup active in silicon-photonics components for telecommunications, and also vice president of the executive board at the Photonics21 public-private partnership co-managing 800 million euros in funding in partnership with the European Commission. Giorgio was previously Chairman of Cube Optics (sold to Huber & Suhner at end-2014). Previously, Giorgio was CEO of Bookham, now Oclaro, which he grew from a start-up into a quarter-billion-dollar NASDAQ-listed public multinational 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, Principal at OC&C Strategy Consultants, 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.
Abdul is an Investment Director for Intel Capital covering Western European transactions. His investment focus areas include Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Mobility. Before rejoining Intel Capital in 2015, Abdul served as Intel's Assistant Treasurer for five years, leading EMEA fixed income investing, FX trading and cash management activities. Abdul first joined Intel Capital in 1999. Abdul's current board positions include Chronocam, ProGlove, Sigfox and what3words. Before Intel, Abdul spent seven years with PwC Corporate Finance, was a design engineer with Plessey Semiconductors and a robotics researcher with Ikerlán in Spain. Abdul is a UK-qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an honours degree in Electronic Engineering.
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.
André is the co-founder of Soitec, who developed and commercialized the revolutionary Smart Cut™ "atomic scalpel" silicon-on-insulator technology for semiconductor fabrication. Soitec's advanced materials are used in most smartphone platforms and many computers. For 23 years as President and CEO, he was responsible for overseeing the strategic, operational and financial activities of the company. He has established operations in 10 countries and 5 manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He introduced Soitec on Euronext in 1999 and managed financing operations totaling close to $1 billion. André has been awarded the French Knight of the Legion of Honor and Knight of the Order of Merit. He has a doctorate in semiconductor physics and a master's degree in materials science from Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France).
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.
Laurent Arthaud is General Manager for Life Sciences, Ecotechnology and French Tech Acceleration of Bpifrance Investissement, in France. He is member of the Boards of Director of Adocia (Euronext ADOC), Aledia, Calyxt (NASDAQ CLXT), Cellectis (NASDAQ CLLS), TxCell (Euronext TXCL), SparingVision and member of the Supervisory Board of Kurma LifeSciences Partners. Before this, from 2006 to 2012 he was Deputy CEO at CDC Entreprises, and in 1999-2006 he founded Aventis Capital, the venture arm of Aventis. In 1997-1999 he was General Secretary for Research at Rhone Poulenc. Previously he was advisor in charge of labor to the prime minister of France, Alain Juppé, and prior to that advisor to the labor minister. He started his career at the French ministry of finance in 1986. Laurent Arthaud graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and from French National School of Statistics and Economic Administration (ENSAE).