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SSIA Summit 2016 Speakers


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Ivo Bolsens

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer


Ivo Bolsens is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), with responsibility for advanced technology development, Xilinx research laboratories (XRL) and Xilinx university program (XUP).

Bolsens came to Xilinx in June 2001 from the Belgium-based research center IMEC, where he was vice president of information and communication systems. His research included the development of knowledge-based verification for VLSI circuits, design of digital signal processing applications, and wireless communication terminals. He also headed the research on design technology for high-level synthesis of DSP hardware, HW/SW co-design and system-on-chip design.

Bolsens holds a PhD in applied science and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.




Dr. Lim Khiang-Wee

Executive Director





Khiang-Wee LIM is the Executive Director of CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise) in Singapore. He graduated from the Univ of Malaya and obtained his doctorate from Oxford in 1982. He has held academic appointments at the National University of Singapore and UNSW Australia. In recent assignments, he has been the Executive Director of SIMTech, IMRE and the Graduate Academy at A*STAR. He set up IPI- Singapore in 2011 to catalyse intellectual property intermediation activities that support and enhance the innovation capacity of Singapore enterprises. He is a member of the Engineering Accrediation Board of Singapore, the Board of Governors of NUS High School and of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Institute of Technology. 




Ariel Meyuhas

COO & Co-Founder

The Max Group                       

Mr. Meyuhas is a co-founder and COO of the MAX Group, a global consulting firm transforming the semiconductor industry’s operational landscape. The firm provides a unique range of operational solutions that increase factory and supply chain performance – More product out installed capital, faster cycle times, higher yields and lower cost of operation. With over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, Ariel brings vision, innovation, a very strong relationship portfolio with leading semiconductors companies, and steers for perfect execution at MAX.


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Peter Ho


HOPE Technik Pte Ltd

Peter is one of the directors at HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, a company he co-founded in 2006. HOPE Technik is an engineering solution provider specialising in niche areas of high-tech engineering, with departments in unmanned systems, defence, biomedical, smart logistics and special vehicle arenas.

Peter serves as CEO where he guides the company towards long-term technical and business goals, and has seen the company grow from a start-up in 2006 through to a multi-million dollar group at present employing over 100 teammates.

Peter graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2003 with a Second Class (Upper) Honours in Mechanical Engineering. For his final year project, he was responsible for setting up and leading the first NUS Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team, and in his short stint as a staff with NUS, supervised the second NUS Formula SAE team and also secured a contract for Robotic Exploration at the Great Pyramid in Egypt with the National Geographic Society.

Peter subsequently joined Team Petronas Touring Cars, a race car engineering team that competed in the British, German and Asian Touring Car Championships, and rose quickly from an entry mechanic through to his final appointment as Chief Engineer.

Having satisfied his decade-long thirst for race car engineering, he returned to Singapore and co-founded HOPE Technik (together with Michael Leong, Jeff Tang and Ng Kiang Loong). He has been involved in nearly all of the 350+ projects the company was contracted to execute, for a plethora of global clients in the defence, aerospace, medical and commercial arenas.

Peter was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from NUS in 2009 and was a finalist for ‘Singaporean of the Year 2015’ by the Straits Times. HOPE Technik was awarded the Innovator Award for the Emerging Enterprise Award from OCBC/ SPH in 2012. 


Thomas Jakob

Thomas Jakob

Regional President Asia Pacific

Bosch Software Innovations

Thomas Jakob is responsible for Bosch Software Innovations – the software division of the Bosch Group – in the Asia Pacific region since 2012.

In this role, Thomas is working on how to leverage the Internet-of-Things (IoT) for smart connected solutions in sectors such as manufacturing, energy, transportation as well as smart buildings and smart cities. He has been engaged in the IoT arena since 2010 having implemented numerous real-life projects across Asia as well as having spoken at numerous conferences and expert workshops on IoT-related topics around the world.

Prior to joining Bosch, Thomas established a consulting firm providing strategy and business development services to high-tech companies after having served as CEO of T-Systems in the region. Having worked for Hewlett Packard and Nortel in Europe as well as for Deutsche Telekom in Asia Pacific in product management, marketing, finance and business development roles before, he has been active in the ICT industry for more than 25 years now.

Thomas holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Dieburg, Germany as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Matteo Mancini

Matteo Mancini


McKinsey & Company

Matteo Mancini is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, and co- leader of McKinsey’s Operations Practice in Southeast Asia.

Matteo has served a wide range of manufacturer and technology companies on a broad range of lean methodologies, productivity, and cost optimization programs across Europe, the United States and Asia. Some of his recent work includes designing and supporting large-scale transformation programs for multinational consumer goods companies as well as developing productivity improvements for a number of low volume/high complexity manufacturers including oil rig makers and aerospace-and- defense companies.

In addition to serving clients, Matteo leads McKinsey’s Digital Capability Center and Productivity Sciences Center in Singapore, where he works with companies in both the private and public sectors to benchmark their productivity against global practice and develop Digital Operations use-cases to be applied for substantial and sustained productivity improvement.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Matteo was a senior consultant at Solving Efeso, focused on lean and world class manufacturing (WCM) projects. This work lead to three different awards from the Japanese Institute of Planned Maintenance.

Matteo holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering from Universita degli Studi di Brescia in Italy. 



Russell Tham

Corporate Vice President

President & Regional GM, Global Field Group, South East Asia

Corporate Business Development, Asia 

Applied Materials, Inc.

Russell Tham is president of Applied Materials South East Asia and head of the Global Field Group (SEA) where he oversees the regional business and leads the company’s infrastructure and strategy in South East Asia. Concurrently, he has Corporate Business Development responsibilities for new growth markets.

Under his leadership, Applied Materials South East Asia has grown from a sales and service organization to a strategic hub with research and development, semiconductor equipment manufacturing and various global corporate functions. In 2015, he further strengthened Applied Materials’ R&D presence in Singapore with an expanded focus to serve new global markets for advanced semiconductor technologies.

Mr. Tham serves as vice chairman on the South East Asia Regional Advisory Board of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) and is a member of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Advisory Board. In 2015, he led the development of the Singapore Semiconductor Vision 2020, a private public taskforce to enhance Singapore’s semiconductors industry through fostering innovation, partnerships and training of local leaders.

Mr. Tham is a member on the Energy Market Authority (EMA) Board, the national agency that promotes the energy sector and regulates Singapore’s electricity and gas infrastructure and industry. He is also part of the 30 member Committee on the Future Economy established in October 2015, to review Singapore’s economic strategies and position the country for the future.

Mr. Tham joined Applied Materials in 1994 and held various management positions before being appointed as vice president and general manager for South East Asia in 2004. In 2010, he played a key role in establishing Applied Materials’ first semiconductor product development center in Asia. In 2012, A head of Global Continuous Improvement he led the deployment of Lean Six Sigma in key operational areas to improve the speed and efficiency of processes globally.

Mr. Tham received a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the National University of Singapore.




Craig J.Garen

General Manager (Communications Technologies in the Connected Home Division)


Craig J. Garen has been an industry leader in the development of advanced communication solutions for over 30 years.  Mr. Garen currently holds the position of General Manager of Communications Technologies in the Connected Home Division of Intel.  Prior to this, Mr. Garen was Sr. Vice President for R&D at Lantiq (acquired by Intel in 2015).  He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Ikanos Communications, Inc and prior to its acquisition by Ikanos as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Broadband Access business unit of Conexant Systems Inc..  Mr. Garen joined Conexant from LSI Corporation, where he held the position of Vice President of the Mobility Division responsible for the development of cellular baseband and satellite radio chipsets.  Prior to LSI, Mr. Garen held VP and GM positions at Agere Systems and Lucent Technologies in Telecom and Analog Modems. 

Mr. Garen started his career at AT&T's Bell Labs, where he was part of the team that designed one of the industry's first DSP chips. Mr. Garen earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Lehigh University.





Ruchir Dixit

Europe & India Technical Director

Mentor Graphics


Ruchir has close to 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry focused having executed at multiple levels of responsibilities in design and development of ASIC, FPGA and PCB products. In all these years, Ruchir has either directly worked on or worked with customers on over 200 IC Tapeouts.

After spending close to 10 years in the IC development roles, Ruchir moved into EDA and Applications. In this role Ruchir has held various leadership roles. In these roles, Ruchir has worked with many customers world-wide and helped them to define the problem and then work to create solutions. Ruchir spent 11 years in Mentor, US and then moved to India in 2005 to start building the application engineering team in India.

After leading a global team on DFT and Analog/Mixed Signal technologies for several years,  Ruchir, now leads the India technical organization that works with customers across all product lines of Mentor.

Ruchir graduated from Wayne State University, Michigan with a Masters in Computer Engineering and has an undergraduate degree in Electronics & Instrumentation from Indore University, India.



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Dr Tan Geok Leng

Founder & CEO

AIDA Technologies



An industry veteran with over 30 years of work experience, Dr Tan began his career with Motorola in 1980, where he developed two-way handheld radios and pagers for the global market. He then took up a scholarship from the Kuok Foundation in 1986 to pursue a PhD in Digital Communications at Cambridge University and subsequently worked for Scientific Generics, a Cambridge-based technology consulting company. Upon his return to Singapore, Dr Tan was involved in several technology consultancy start-ups, and led high tech start-up companies such as Goldtron Telecommunications and Syspac Technologies. In early 2001, Dr Tan joined the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) where he held the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Director (Technology and Planning) before he joined A*STAR in February 2011 as Deputy Executive Director of the Science and Engineering Council (SERC).

Dr Tan assumed the role of Executive Director in February 2012, and was concurrently appointed as Executive Director of the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) to December 2013. Under his leadership, the institute was significantly restructured and reorganised to flatten reporting lines so as to drive the industry mission of the RI. He had set clear directions and focused the Institute on strong translational-oriented goals. His efforts have also translated into increased industry impact arising from I2R’s research.

When Dr Tan relinquished his appointment as Executive Director SERC and took on the role of A*STAR Senior Fellow on 1 October 2015, he provided advice on technological matters to the A*STAR leadership. He worked closely with our Research Institutes to identify potentially disruptive innovations coming out of A*STAR's labs that could be developed further for commercialisation, and assisted in developing technology platforms that harnessed capabilities across A*STAR’s Research Institutes.   Dr. Tan relinquished his position as A*STAR Senior Fellow recently to embark on a new chapter in his life as the founder and CEO of AIDA Technologies, a start-up focused on the application of AI-driven analytics from October 2016.  




Professor Yoon Soon Fatt

Chair, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Nanyang Technological University




Professor Yoon Soon Fatt obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree from the University of Wales (Institute of Science and Technology) Cardiff, United Kingdom in 1983. He received his PhD degree (Electrical Engineering and Physical Electronics) from the University of Wales (Institute of Science and Technology) in 1986 under scholarship awarded by the United Kingdom Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), United Kingdom Overseas Research Studentship and United Kingdom Collaborative Award for Science and Engineering (awarded by Standard Telecommunications Laboratories, Harlow, United Kingdom).

He is an electrical engineer by training and Professor of Solid-state Electronics and Photonics at the Nanyang Technological University. He joined Nanyang Technological University (then Nanyang Technological Institute) in 1989 as Lecturer in the School of EEE. Over the years, he was promoted through the academic ranks and became full professor in 2002. From 1999 to 2005, he held a concurrent appointment as Vice-Dean (Research) in the School of EEE while maintaining his teaching commitments and running one of the largest research groups in NTU on III-V compound semiconductors revolving around the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique for the advancement of semiconductor science and device technology.

On the international front, Prof Yoon is a highly regarded scientist, innovator and educator. He was appointed as Fellow of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) program during its inaugural launch in 1998. He is Co-Lead Principal Investigator of the Low Energy Electronics IRG under the SMART center of CREATE. Working in partnership with well-known French research institute, university and industry; IEMN Lille, UPMC Paris and THALES Research & Technology, he led the group to pioneer the world’s first III-V microwave photoconductive switch at long wavelength using a semiconductor process patented by his group. His achievement paves the way for designing novel systems that incorporate the capability for optically induced microwave switching, thus enabling a new paradigm in the emerging field of microwave photonics and terahertz technology.