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Day 1


Syed Alam, Semiconductor Global Lead, Accenture

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Syed is the global lead for Accenture’s Semiconductor practice. In this role Syed is responsible for Accenture’s business across the semiconductor ecosystem including IDMs, fabless, equipment manufacturers, foundries and IP companies. Syed brings 20+ years of high tech and semiconductor experience in advising major semiconductor companies on growth strategy, M&A opportunities, go-to-market strategy, JVs & partnerships, operations and supply chain management and as-a-service revenue models. Syed worked at Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector and Freescale Semiconductor before joining Accenture.


Laith Altimime, President, SEMI Europe


As President of SEMI Europe, Laith Altimime leads SEMI’s activities in Europe and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He has overall responsibility for regional events, programs, membership, advocacy, and collaborative forums. Additionally, he manages and nurtures relationships with SEMI members in the region, as well as with local associations and constituents in industry, government, and academia. He provides support and services to SEMI members worldwide that have supply chain interests in Europe. Altimime has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, mostly in Europe. He has held leadership positions at Altis, Infineon, Qimonda, KLA-Tencor, Communicant Semiconductor AG, NEC Semiconductors, and imec. Altimime holds a BS from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.


James Amano, Senior Director, International Standards and EHS, SEMI


The semiconductor industry has long led the way in Smart Manufacturing, with modern fabs gathering constant streams of data from hundreds of detectors, enabling real-time optimization of manufacturing processes to mitigate abnormalities, enhancing yield and productivity by reducing cost and cycle time. Multiple new activities are underway in the SEMI Standards Program that will play a key role in the continued digital transformation of our industry.

James Amano has led the SEMI International Standards Program since 2008. Prior to joining SEMI in 2000, he worked as the Silicon Valley sales engineer for Matsusada Precision, and as a trade specialist for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). He holds degrees in Economics and Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Maria Afsar, Manager Government Projects, SEMI Europe


Maria Afsar joined SEMI Europe in 2021 as Manager Government Projects. Before joining SEMI, she gained expertise in European projects in multiple positions. During her time at the European Covered Bond Council, she worked on the Energy Efficiency Mortgage Initiative. Prior to that, she was focused on CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) and H2020 projects in the transport sector, in particular automotive and ITS (Intelligence Transport System).


Martin Bailey, Directorate-General CONNECT, European Commission

European Comission

He worked as a lawyer for an international law firm in London before joining the European Commission in 2003. Following a stint at the Court of Justice, he has worked principally in the fields of single market and competition law, technology and economic regulation. He is also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, teaching digital law and policy.

Speaks English, French, German and Spanish. His interests including acting, cooking, winter sports and mountain-biking.


Niklas Berglind, Expert, McKinsey & Company

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Niklas will speak about the potential of the next generation digital technologies, and what it takes for Europe to capture it. Building on McKinsey’s and DG CONNECT’s study Shaping the digital transformation in Europe, he will discuss the potential impact of new digital technologies on different parts of Europe’s economy and labour market. Based on four objectives for technology in the service of people, Niklas will then present nine ideas to promote and manage the digital transformation.    


Jean-Luc Beylat, Vice President Global Innovation Ecosystem Partnership, Nokia Bell Labs

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During this presentation, Jean-Luc Beylat will discuss the megatrends that are changing the world and the way we connect with it, and how 6G will create a generational shift to augment human existence by connecting digital-physical-biological worlds at extreme capacity and high synchronicity by creating a trusted platform with a 6th sense. 


Jean-Luc Beylat is Vice President Global Innovation Ecosystem Partnership at Nokia Bell Labs, President of Nokia Bell Labs France, he is member of the Senior Leadership Team of Bell Labs.  He is also Chairman of the Business Cluster “Systematic Paris–Region” which boasts +900 members and more than €3.6 billion invested in research and development. Jean-Luc Beylat was also elected as president of the French Association for Competitiveness Clusters (AFPC) and Chairman of the Association Bernard Gregory (ABG), an association devoted to PhDs in France.

Jean-Luc first joined Alcatel in 1984, working on semiconductor lasers for seven years at Alcatel’s research Centre in Marcoussis (France). In 1992 he launched various projects concerning WDM transmission which led to an increase in Internet speed by a factor 100, and in 1996 he was appointed Director of the Department of Systems and Optical Networking Research Center, responsible globally for research in terrestrial and submarine transmission. In 2000, he rejoined Alcatel Optic as Program Director then as Vice President for Network Solutions, before finally in 2003 being named as VP in Charge of Partnership Programs at the Alcatel corporate CTO office.

Jean-Luc holds a doctorate in physics on semi-conductor lasers and their applications, awarded by the University of Pierre Marie Curie (France), now named Sorbonne University. He is a member of the Board of IRT SystemX, the Board of Administrators of the Paris-Region Enterprise, the board of the PPP Photonic 21. Finally, he co-founded and chaired the organizing committee of Prix Jean Jerphagnon. He co-chaired, with Pierre Tambourin, the report "L‘innovation, un enjeu majeur pour la France" delivered to the French government in April 2013 and 2 other reports for the French government delivered in 2017, one about IP done by public research and the other one about proposals for the Revision of the Allègre law (proposals were introduced in the PACTE law in 2019). 


Prof. Gerhard Fettweiss, Prof. / CEO, TU Dresden / Barkhausen Institut 

TU Dresden

This presentation will tackle trustworthiness challenges of the internet in the short and long term and what can be done to be tackled today. 

  • How do we design “anchors of trust“ for our Internet?
  • How do we network these in 6G and beyond?
  • How do we position this for Saxony/Germany/EU?

Gerhard Paul Fettweis (born March 16, 1962 in Antwerp) is a German-American Electrical Engineer and Professor for Telco-Engineering. With a scholarship from the prestigious Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes[1] Gerhard studied Electrical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen from 1981 to 1986, and completed his PhD there in 1990.[2] He then worked as a visiting scholar with IBM and TCSI Inc. in Berkeley. As of 1994 he holds the Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communications Systems at the Technischen Universität Dresden.


Stefania Gavra, Public Affairs Manager, SEMI Europe


Stefania is Public Affairs Manager at SEMI Europe, where she manages SEMI’s EU-funded skills initiatives. Before SEMI, she built a diverse network of industry, academia and public research organizations at Science|Business, a science communications agency specialized in EU research and innovation policies. Stefania has also managed communication projects of the European Parliament and she holds a Master’s Degree in European Political Studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


Leonard Hobbs, MIDAS Ireland



Leonard has over 30 years of experience in the ICT sector, mostly with Intel. He graduated from University College Cork in 1986 with a 1st class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the title of ‘graduate of the year’ by the college. He completed a Masters degree at the NMRC (now called Tyndall), at UCC in 1988. 
Leonard was appointed to the role of General Manager of MIDAS Ireland in 2016, which is the representative organization for Ireland’s microelectronics sector. He is also the Director of Research and Innovation at Trinity College Dublin where he owns the definition and implementation of the research, innovation and enterprise strategy for the University spanning research programs development, contract management, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and enterprise partnership liaison.


Laurens Kwakman, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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High Volume Semiconductors Manufacturing control is based on smart analysis of heterogeneous data from in-line metrology, defectivity analysis and electrical device yield testing. However, due to the ever smaller and more complex device structures, the IC manufacturers also need more, better and faster physical characterization via Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM); to calibrate the in-line metrology tools and to do root cause analysis of defects and (electrical) yield-loss. In this short presentation, it will be shown what is needed in terms of equipment and workflow developments to meet these exploding TEM demands and how the entire value chain (microscopy, material and automation suppliers as well as the TEM end-users, i.e. the top-ten, key IC manufacturers) can benefit from open standards, value-chain partnerships and system-level solutions enabled by a joint SEMI Standards Initiative.

Drs. Laurens Kwakman (m) is currently a consultant to ThermoFisher Scientific’s Semiconductors business unit and leader of the SEMI Standards Electron Microscopy Workflow Taskforce. Laurens Kwakman received his degree in experimental physics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1984. He has spent more than ten years in development of CVD processes and associated deposition equipment at ASM International and as resident visitor has managed joint development programs at AT&T Bell Labs, imec and CEA-LETI. In 1994 he joined Philips Semiconductors to work in a joint CMOS development program with STMicroelectronics at Crolles (France). From 1999 he managed the Physical Characterization department at the Crolles2 Alliance in Crolles where his responsibilities included the analytical support for process development and control, electrical and physical failure analysis and materials characterization. From 2007 until 2021, he was responsible for the strategic marketing and applications exploration of new microscopy technologies for the nanoelectronics industry at FEI in the Netherlands.


Dr. Heike Riel, IBM Fellow, Head Science & Technology, Lead IBM Research Quantum Europe / Africa


We have reached a turning point in computation. As we grapple with major challenges like a global pandemic and a warming climate, the next generation of computers will define how we respond to these and future crises. Learn how the AI Hardware Center is part of the development of a new, scalable computing platform that uses the power of AI and the flexibility of the hybrid cloud to create a virtually limitless pool of computing power and capabilities

Dr. Heike Riel is IBM Fellow, Head of Science & Technology and Lead of IBM Research Quantum Europe & Africa. She leads the research agenda and operation of the Science & Technology department aiming to create scientific and technological breakthroughs in Quantum Computing and Technologies, Physics of Artificial Intelligence, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and to explore new directions to computing. She is a distinguished expert in semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices and focuses her research on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. Her research has contributed to advancements in OLED display technology, molecular electronics and semiconductor nanoscale materials and devices.

She received the master’s in physics from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the PhD in physics from University of Bayreuth and an MBA from Henley Business College (UK). She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and filed more than 50 patents

She has received several prestigious honors, e.g., elected member of the Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences; she was awarded the APS David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics, the Applied Physics Award of the Swiss Physical Society, was honored as Fellow of the American Physical Society, and with an honorary doctorate by Lund University.


Lucilla Sioli, Director for "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry", DG CONNECT, EC

European Comission

Opening keynote presentation on the importance of semiconductors towards a European green and digital future focusing on EU's Processors and Semiconductors declaration to reinforce the processor and semiconductor ecosystem and to expand industrial presence across the supply chain, in order to address key technological, security and societal challenges.

Ms Lucilla Sioli is the Director for "Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry" within Directorate-General CONNECT at the European Commission. She is responsible for the coordination of the European digitisation of industry strategy and for policy development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The directorate also supports R&D&I in key digital industrial technologies including microelectronics, photonics, robotics and AI. Lucilla holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southampton (UK) and one from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) and has been a civil servant with the European Commission since 1997.

Leo Saint Martin, Associate consultant,


This presentation will describe the European electronics and microelectronics industries and present the skill gaps in microelectronics, the METIS project and how it fits in the EU electronics strategy. Skills and knowledge for today’s workforce and future generation are one of key elements for strengthening competitiveness of the microelectronics sector. There is a need for a stronger cooperation between the industry, the training and education providers, local and national authorities to make the microelectronics industry an attractive employment sector, to support the growth of the sector and create more high-quality employment opportunities. There are already some excellent projects and initiatives at national and EU level aimed at providing a skilled workforce and attracting talents for the sector. The METIS project, a Sector Skills Alliance co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program with €4 million EU funding, aims to overcome the skills shortage in the microelectronic components and systems value chain. The project has identified skills needed in 2020 and will design and implement from 2021 to 2023 more than 40 training modules that will deliver more than 1000 hours training to different levels of workforces (entrance level, experienced), with different education backgrounds (High school, Bachelor, Master), and in different fields (system design, component design, and basic manufacturing). The METIS has engaged a wide range of stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive survey including an online questionnaire, focus groups and interviews. The survey results are being used to form a Skill Strategy that will guide development of training modules and cooperation between industry and education providers in short and long terms.

Léo joined DECISION in 2017 as a consultant where he brings his skills in economics, statistics, finance and strategy.In 2019, Léo has been in charge of the study “Emerging technologies in electronic components and systems (ECS) – Opportunities ahead” (SMART 2018/0005), carried out for the European Commission DG CONNECT. This study consisted in a roadmap of the emerging technologies (high performance computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain, etc.) across the electronic industry, estimating their potential economic impacts over the coming decade and including policy recommendations regarding the technologies to support.In 2018, Léo was involved in the study “The Electronics Ecosystem: Overview, Developments and Europe’s position in the World” (SMART 2016/0007), also carried out for the European Commission DG CONNECT where is was particularly in charge of the study of the automotive electronics sector.Léo has also been in charge of several projects and studies for industrial associations, industrials and consulting firms on topics related to the electronics industry since 2017.Léo is in particular in charge of the study of the automotive electronics industry and its driving innovations: electrification of powertrains, ADAS, infotainment, etc.Léo has finally played an active role in the studies carried out by DECISION on the Security Industries (including Electronics Security Systems) for the French Security Industry (regrouping the Ministries of Economy, the Ministry of Home Affairs, industry associations, etc.). For instance, he has been in charge of the creation and development of a database regrouping more than 5,000 companies and research centers of the French Security industry (company name, nationality, number of employees, activity segment, turnover, geolocalisation, etc.).Before joining DECISION Etudes & Conseil, Léo has conducted a number of theoretical and empirical research projects in economics and statistics focusing on local and international development issues. Léo also led a project to reorganize the microcredit performance measurement tools of the second Indian micro-finance institution (ESAF): strategic plan, impact studies, etc.Léo holds a master’s degree in International Economics and Development from Paris-Dauphine University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law from Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense University.


Roel Wuyts, Team Lead, ExaScience Life Lab, imec


Roel Wuyts leads imec’s ExaScience Lab, a lab focused on scaling software solutions for data-intensive high-performance computing problems, primarily in the life sciences and the semiconductor manufacturing domain. Examples are large-scale machine learning algorithms for pharmaceutical companies, DNA sequencing software for hospitals, AI for material research and equipment optimization, and finally privacy-preserving amalgamated machine learning to reason across data silos, be that in health, pharmaceutical development, or semi-conductor manufacturing. Roel is also professor in the Computer Science Department of the KUL, in the DistriNet (Distributed Systems and Computer Networks) research group.


Day 2


Jean-Louis Champseix, Group Vice-President, Corporate Sustainability and Staffing, STMicroelectronics

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Jean-Louis Champseix is Group VP, Head of Sustainability, Learning & Development at ST Microelectronics since January 2017. He joined the company in 1992 with the role of Corporate Employment Director.  He then became Asia HR Director in 2004 and was appointed as Senior Vice President Head of Human Resources at ST Ericsson from 2008 to 2013. He became Group Vice President, Head of Learning & Development, Social Responsibility, HR Management Systems in September 2013.


Peter Connock, Chairman,,memster


Peter Connock has been working in the semiconductor industry for 40 years with a wide range of responsibilities in development, customer service, marketing and management. He has held long-term positions at Edwards, Applied Materials and memsstar in locations around the world. In his latest role, PENTA Director at AENEAS, he is responsible for the management of the EUREKA cluster PENTA – focussed on catalysing activity in the micro and nanoelectronics enabled systems and applications sector in Europe. PENTA will operate for 5 years, and launched its first call in January 2016. This complements his Board Chairmanship of memsstar, Europe's premier semiconductor equipment remanufacturer and services provider. It also serves the global MEMS marketplace, offering etch and deposition expertise, experience, proprietary and remanufactured systems and know-how to deliver innovative products and services for research, commercial R&D and production. He has further augmented his operational activities by establishing a long-term relationship with industry representative bodies such as SEMI serving on SEMICON, ISS and now the Secondary Equipment committees in Europe for many years. These activities are complemented by his appointment to the nmi Board in the UK – representing the UK microelectronics industry . Peter also specialises in working with SME's at Board level in strategic marketing and business development.

Olivier Corvez, Senior Manager, Environment Health & Safety, SEMI


Olivier Corvez is a Senior Manager based at SEMI Headquarters, Milpitas, California. He is focused exclusively on EHS and Sustainability Advocacy for SEMI worldwide.

Olivier brings over 20 years’ worth of very diverse experience acquired as a consultant, auditor or in-house Corporate EHS across most economic sectors, globally. Prior to joining SEMI, he was managing an EHS team distributed in 10 countries and dedicated to provide EHS compliance support to Cisco facilities worldwide. In addition to compliance experience, he worked on implementing EHS Management systems at ABB or Total primarily in France back in the late 90s. While at KPMG in Paris, he was involved in over 400 due diligence projects in the context of transactions services for electronics, chemicals, auto industry, aeronautics, etc. Lastly, Olivier gained significant experience while conducting verification exercises in the context of sustainability annual reports published by Shell, Heineken or Philips.

Olivier received an MS in Environmental Sciences from Universite de Rouen, France, and a BS in Environmental Geology from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He is trained as an ISO 14001 auditor by DNV Sweden.



Chris Jones, Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager, Edwards

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Chris Jones is a Ph.D. qualified chemist and has extensive experience in developing methods to help manage environmental compliance within the semiconductor, nuclear, military, and pharmaceutical industrial sectors, and is looking to communicate the importance sustainability to process developers, tool designers, and factory operators. We all need to have some understanding of how we integrate equipment into a fab to ensure that we have a profitable, safe, and environmental compliant facility. He is currently the Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager within the Edwards Organisation.


Clara Otero Perez, Senior Director of System Innovation, NXP Semiconductors

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Clara will share some insights on the NXP vision on mobility of the future: NXP is advancing intelligent transport systems and electrification in order to shape a future in which zero emissions, zero road fatalities and maximum convenience will become reality. ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – will come within everyone's reach and provide the safe and increasingly autonomous experiences that will reshape our relationship to transport. The technologies of the Automated Driving Domain will soon allow passengers to experience the ultimate in personalized and connected convenience as vehicles seamlessly Sense, Think, and Act on real-time road situations.

Clara Otero Pérez is Director Systems Innovations for Automotive at NXP Semiconductor in Eindhoven (NL). She is responsible for scouting new systems and applications where NXP’s products would play a role and build proof of concepts and demonstrators for those new applications such as cooperative connected car, autonomous driving and UAV.
After graduating in Physics by the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, she started to work for Philips Research in Eindhoven (NL) as a research scientist in the field of real-time systems and multimedia processors. In 2006 she moved to NXP and started working on automotive and secure connectivity related projects. In 2008 she became department manager driving innovation activities both internal as well as with partners in subsidy projects in the areas of IoT, connected car and cooperative mobility.


Adam Schafer, Director of Supply Chain Sustainability, Intel

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Adam Schafer is the Director of Supply Chain Sustainability within Intel's Global Supply Chain organization, responsible for Supply Chain ESG and Chemical Compliance. Within this role, Adam oversees Intel’s Supply Line Sustainability, Supplier Code of Conduct, Human Rights/ Labor policies, Chemical Regulations and Policy, Green material selections, Responsible Minerals, and Supplier Diversity & Inclusion programs. 
Adam joined Intel in 2001 as a process engineer in research and development, then moved to supply chain management in 2005. In 2017, he shifted from yield and metrology equipment to Supply Chain Sustainability. 
Adam received his B.S. in Chemistry & Philosophy from SUNY Oswego in 1994, and his M.S. & Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2000. He and his family live in Portland, Oregon. 


Giulio Vivo, Senior Researcher of the Electrical and Electronics Department of Centro Ricerche FIAT

CRF (Centro Ricerche Fiat)

In the presentation, Centro Ricerche Fiat explains the aim of the application of the BEM+PEM methodology for the cross topic of the Maintenance and Quality control of the plant associated with energy efficiency and thermohygrometric comfort of the industrial building.

In fact, this activity summarizes the achievements obtained and the ongoing tasks as contribution in the overall MADEin4 programme. Indeed, CRF has been designing and developing a digital twin to carry out energy analysis in order to identify some useful maintenance or energy improvement interventions. The model, once that is completed, will allow to find and test the best solutions targeting the energy performance of the industrial buildings in their obsolete parts and consequently to reduce energy consumption and to improve of the indoor air quality for a better working condition of the involved work force.

The activity related to the development and use of this methodology is divided into two main parts of modelling and energy analysis as follow:

Development and test of Building Energy Management (BEM) methodology to estimate the building consumption with integration of process loads using Process Energy Management (PEM) methodology. The development of a BEM partial model without process loads represents the first part, while the integration with the PEM data in order to get a complete model represents the second part of the activity.

Energy simulations to evaluate the best efficiency solution in order to reduce the consumption and to improve energy performance for a well-designed maintenance and to increase the quality of the building.

The current condition about the energy management of the factory shows greater control over the process but little attention to the energy consumed by the buildings and their maintenance and optimization. In particular, it is possible to observe:

Lack of knowledge of the thermal behavior of the industrial buildings.

Low diffusion of a common reference methodology for energy analysis.

Lack of a tool to analyze in an objective way interventions on the buildings of the plant.

In this scenario the BEM+PEM methodology represents a solution for a better knowledge and control of the energy condition of an industrial building for two important reasons, as explained in the speech:

BEM methodology with PEM integration can be used for predictive and objective energy analysis to identify the best solutions of maintenance, revamping and reduction of energy consumption.

BEM+PEM methodology produces a Digital Twin of the industrial building based on standard and analytical mathematical models (no machine learning); the subsequent analysis is functional to the predictive maintenance and quality control of working areas indoor temperatures, to improve the well-being of the involved workers. In fact, the indoor air temperature should be guaranteed at a certain set point condition for the health and comfort of the employees, and BEM+PEM model allows to verify that this occurs with the design of some efficiency interventions on the building or HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) system.

The commonalities between the Automotive and the ECS industries are finally exposed, by highlighting the potential application of the developments on this domain of the digital twining technologies applied to the energy analysis, to very different industrial sectors.

Regarding these synergies and cross fertilization activities, in the speech it is also shortly reported about the fundamental collaboration, which is ongoing and expected to span for the whole lifetime of the MADEin4 project and even afterwards, between FCA and ST Microelectronics. In particular, it deserves appreciation for the proficiency of skills and the brilliant technical contributions on this ongoing work provided from Rosario Sanfilippo (ST) and Federico Magnea (CRF).

Giulio Vivo is a senior researcher of the Electrical and Electronics Department of Centro Ricerche FIAT. Graduated in Information Science (1986), he is actually acknowledged as a key person in the fields of the machine vision, robotics, and Industry 4.0. Dr. Vivo is actually carrying out activities of technical co-ordination in the CRF department of World Class Manufacturing – Research & Innovation



Day 3


Dr. Atte Haapalinna, CTO, Okmetic


Born 1969, D.Sc. (Tech)
Key employment history:

  • Senior Vice President, Products 2014-2017
  • Business Development Manager, new business development 2011-2013
  • Application Manager 2008-2011
  • Senior Application Engineer, Customer Support Engineer, Development Engineer 1998-2008
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Prodktionstechnologie (IPT)
  • Visiting Scientist 2001
  • Helsinki University of Technology
  • Scientist 1995-1998


Gerd Teepe, General Manager, T3-Technologies



  • phd from Aachen University (1986)
  • NEC research lab, Tokyo, Japan (1986 - 1987)
  • Motorola Semiconductors (1987 . 2004) AMD (2004 - 2009)
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES (2009 - 2018)
  • T3-Technologies (own consultancy firm) (2018 - today)


Dr. Anthony Mathur, Doctor, Barts Heart Centre

Barts Heart Centre

How can new technological advancements support medical professionals in a post-covid reality? The increasing use of new technology (such as remote monitoring, remote consultations, new diagnostic tools), the future anticipated needs and opportunities.

Prof Mathur is a Professor of Cardiology at Queen Mary University of London and Director for Interventional Cardiology at Barts Health NHS Trust. He is also an adjunct Professor for the Department of Medicine, Yale, and an Honorary Professor at University College London and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Anthony sits on several international advisory boards, ranging from academic (European Society of Cardiology) to charity (Heart Cells Foundation).

Prof Mathur specialises in interventional cardiology and the management of heart failure patients who have failed conventional therapy. He aims to develop new techniques and devices to treat these patients who fall outside the remit of current recognised therapies. His research interests primarily concern the role of stem cells in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and several of his programmes have international recognition, including an adult heart stem cell research programme and a novel stent development programme. Alongside this, he heads the Compassionate Treatment Unit for Heart Failure at Barts Heart Centre - a dedicated stem cell programme unique in the UK.

Prof Mathur also leads Queen Mary’s Centre for Cardiovascular Medicine and Devices which links university and hospital researchers. Within this Centre, and as part of an on-going collaboration with Yale University, Anthony leads the EU-funded Cardiovascular Devices Hub. The CVDHub supports collaborations between academic, clinical and industrial innovators to develop clinically and commercially viable cardiovascular devices. This novel, cross-specialty unit helps UK SMEs over the hurdles involved in taking new innovations from laboratory bench to patient.


Dr. Christopher Piorkowski, Division Vice President & Chief Medical Officer Electrophysiology, Abbott


Christopher Piorkowski is Division Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Electrophysiology at Abbott. Dr. Piorkowski leads a medical affairs organization that is involved in new product development, preclinical research, emerging technologies and clinical trial strategy for the Electrophysiology business. Dr. Piorkowski joined Abbott in 2020.

Dr. Piorkowski received his M.D. from the University of Berlin, Charité. He trained in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Electrophysiology at the University of Leipzig.

Prior to joining Abbott, Dr. Piorkowski established and led the Department of Electrophysiology at the University of Dresden to become an internationally recognized site of medical excellence, at the forefront of clinical research and dedicated to training and education.

Dr. Piorkowski has authored over 240 scientific publications with more than 4,500 citations. His clinical and scientific expertise covers the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders. He has made important contributions to innovations in disease understanding, novel ablation approaches and medical technology advancements.

In his clinical career he’s treated patients globally in Europe, Asia and South America. He was elected President of the Arrhythmia Working Group of the German Cardiac Society for several years.

He has served as scientific reviewer for numerous EP journals, Medical Universities, MedTech Industry and VC organizations.


Dave Thomas, Vice President Product Management, SPTS Technologies

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Dr. Thomas worked for Philips Components and Nortel before joining SPTS (at that time Electrotech) in 1994 as a PVD Process Engineer, becoming PVD Technology Manager for Japan in 1996. He became Product Marketing Manager for Etch Products in 1997 and promoted to Marketing Director for Etch Products in 2008, responsible for SPTS’s etch product line, including marketing, product positioning & sales support. In 2020, he was promoted to VP of Product Management, expanding his role to cover all SPTS plasma etch and deposition products.

Dr. Thomas holds a BSc in Chemistry (Leeds University), MSc in Surface Chemistry & PhD Plasma Etching & Deposition (University of Bristol), and actively participates, and presents widely on etch and deposition technologies at global conferences. He has also authored over 30 technical articles and papers.


Industry Strategy Symposium Europe 2021 - STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Matthias Bonkass, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Xavier Buch, JSR Micro N.V.
  • Peter Connock, memsstar Technology
  • Maurice Geraets, NXP Semiconductors
  • Eric Gerondeau, STMicroelectronics
  • Leonard Hobbs, MIDAS Ireland
  • Angelika Iberl, Infineon
  • Ari Komeran, Intel
  • Lode Lauwers, imec
  • Didier Louis, CEA-Leti
  • Thomas Piliszczuk, Soitec
  • Thomas Richter, Robert Bosch
  • Frank Schulte, AIXTRON SE
  • Ronald Schnabel, VDE e.V.
  • Gerd Teepe, T3-Technologies
  • Jim Trayner, Tokyo Electron


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