Vice President European Technology Platform Photonics 21
Dr. Giorgio Anania is currently Chairman of the Board of Cube Optics AG, a small German optics company, advises a French Private Equity fund on optics acquisitions and is a Vice President of Photonics 21, a European industry lobbying association which he helped get started. Until 2007 Dr Anania was President and CEO of Bookham Inc. (now Oclaro), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of telecom optical components, which he joined in 1998 before it had any revenues, floated on the London and New York markets in 2000, and built up to sales of $230 million/year through a combination aggressive internal growth and acquisitions, followed by integration and restructuring to get the company to financial breakeven. From 1993 to 1998 Dr Anania was Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Flamel Technologies, a French drug delivery company which he helped take public on NASDAQ in 1996. From 1991 to 1993 Dr. Anania was Principal at OC&C, a McKinsey-Booz Allen strategy consulting spinoff in Paris. From 1987 to 1991 Dr Anania was Vice President, Business Development and Founder/General Manager, Miniplex venture, at Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, California, where he created one of the world’s first DSL telecom-equipment businesses, and prior to that was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, management consultants, in New York. Giorgio Anania holds a BA and MA from Oxford University in England, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University.
Vice President & Professor of Photonics University of Strathclyde
Allister Ferguson was educated at the University of St Andrews, where he obtained his BSc and PhD in physics. After completing his PhD in lasers and nonlinear optics he was awarded a Lindemann Fellowship that enabled him to spend time as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He has held academic posts at the University of Oxford, where he was a Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Southampton, and in 1989 he took up the Chair of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde. At Strathclyde his research group is active in lasers, nonlinear optics and laser spectroscopy. He founded the Institute of Photonics, where he is the Technical Director, and the Centre for Biophotonics, where he is Associate Director. Since August 2004 he has been the Deputy Principal with responsibility for research, knowledge transfer and commercialisation. He also has responsibility for post-graduate research student matters. He has overall responsibility for Research and Innovation, the office that deals with grants, contracts and the exploitation of the University's intellectual property. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Optical Society of America, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute for Contemporary Scotland and Royal Society of Edinburgh. In his spare time Allister takes a keen interest in traditional music and Scottish country dancing.
Professor & Managing Partner INSEAD & Telesoft Partners
Bill Magill has held senior positions in venture capital, investment banking, and consulting, and is an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, teaching a course on private equity. He has been a managing director for 10 years at TeleSoft Partners, a venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, where he leads investments in clean technologies and communications companies. Through his consultancy, VentureScout, Bill advises European entrepreneurs, investors, and other technology initiatives. Through the telecom boom of the 1990s Bill was a market analyst with RHK, a leading consultancy during the time, and a senior research analyst with Banc of America Securities covering optical communications stocks. He started his career building laser systems for TRW and Livermore National Labs. Bill has lived and worked both in Europe and the U.S. and now splits his time between the two geographies. He is a graduate of the Texas State Technical Institute, University of California at Davis, and San Francisco State University. Bill speaks regularly at international technology forums and has served as a selection committee member for the Materials Research Society’s annual Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Cleantech Group’s Investment Forums.
Executive Manager Optics Valley
Sébastien Magnaval is currently Executive Manager at Opticsvalley. With the support of French local and regional governments, Opticsvalley develops tools and innovation programs to strengthen the optics, electronics and software industries through its network of partners including firms, research and training centers. Prior to this responsibility, he had successive functions within high-tech industry: process development at Thales Microsonics in charge of etch and deposition teams, product support engineer and sales engineer at Applied Materials –worldwide leader of equipments for the semi-conductor industry. He was also researcher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris and he’s got a PhD from the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris with an expertise in Applied Chemistry.
General Secretary European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)
Tom Pearsall graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and earned a Master’s degree at the University of London in 1970 and a Ph. D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 1973. Following his degree work, he worked at Bell Laboratories Thomson CSF, and Corning He is a pioneer developer of InGaAsP and the inventor of the InGaAs photodetector. He has also worked on Si-Ge materials and devices, making the first transistors and detectors from these materials. In 1990, Pearsall was named the first Boeing-Johnson chair of semiconductor technology at the University of Washington. In 1996 Pearsall was named Fulbright Senior Scholar at the CNRS/Max-Planck-Institut in Grenoble, France. From 1998 to 2002, he directed research on planar photonic crystals at Corning in Fontainebleau, France. In 2003, Pearsall started EPIC, The European Photonics Industry Consortium. EPIC has 80 members located in 16 countries of the European Union. EPIC has been a major contributor to the launch and the development of the European Technology Platform Photonics21. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the IEEE.
After studying physics, Horst Sickinger has worked in optical technologies, especially optical metrology and micro optics for many years. Since 2001, he is executive director of bayern photonics, the regional innovation cluster for optical technologies in Bavaria. One of his main tasks is to further the development of the state-wide network linking companies, institutions of higher education, R & D institutes, and providers of dedicated services and funds. To achieve these objectives, companies and research institutes get the opportunity to share in technical matters and to find innovative solutions together.
President & Chief Executive Officer Barnel bv
Dr. Bart Verbeek received his PhD (cum laude) in physics in 1979 and joined Philips Research in Eindhoven in semiconductor laser research. During 1986-1987 he was Member of Technical Staff of AT&T Bell Labs Murray Hill NJ. Back at Philips Research in 1987 he managed European RACE and ACTS projects. He was part time professor at the Delft University of Technology from 1988-1995. In 1995 he was group leader Philips Optoelectronics Research and member of the management team of Philips Optoelectronics. From 1998 until 2004 he was Director R&D of JDS Uniphase Netherlands BV in Eindhoven. In 2005 he joined ThreeFive Photonics BV in Houten as manager. Bart Verbeek has been active in Technical Program Committees of Optical Conferences (ECOC, OFC, IOOC, ECIO), chairman TPC of ECOC’01 and Photonics Event. He has published over 120 papers and gave invited papers on international conferences. In 2006 he was appointed as independent Chairman of the IOP Photonic Devices Advisory Board. Now he has his own consultancy/investment company BARNEL bv with a focus on Photonics.
Founder and general partner of Aloe Private Equity
Dr. Vivek Tandon is an experienced international entrepreneur with an extensive background in building technology start-up companies. He is the Founder and General Partner of Aloe Private Equity, a company with international links that develops and provides capital injection into Companies with Environmentally Sustainable Technology and establishes strategic partnerships with companies based in India, China and other ASEAN countries. Prior to forming Aloe, Vivek co-founded a number of technology companies He has held several senior executive management positions including Managing Director (UK) of Viventures (a USD$700m Venture Capital Fund), CIENA, Kymata, British Telecommunications PLC and Motorola. Vivek is currently the Vice Chairman of Allied Technology Group, Director & Chairman of remuneration committee of Greenko (a listed Indian based Renewable Energy company), Board Director of Recupyl (a French based recycling company), Board Member of EnvironCOM (a UK WEEE recycling company), Chairman of Maxsys (a UK company selling energy saving equipment) and Chairman of AlphaPET (a recycling company with manufacturing facilities in India). He has a PhD from University College, London. He has published numerous papers and has several patents to his name.
Chief Executive Officer OpTecBB
Since 2001 Bernd Weidner works as the managing director for OpTecBB, the competence network for optical technology in the federal states Berlin and Brandenburg. From 2000 to 2001 he made an additional study to get the master’s degree (MBA), including an internship at the BDI - the umbrella organisation of the German industry. Prior Bernd Weidner worked for nine years in the Berlin branch of Perkin- Elmer Germany, a subsidiary of the well-known American company- the pioneer for analytical instrumentation. From 1977 to 1990 he was an employee of the metrological state institute of the former GDR. As the head of the optical department he was responsible for the basic physical units on the field of light and optical radiation measurements. His higher education in physics he got from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Alastair has been involved in UK photonics for over 30 years, operating in both the private and public sectors. He started his industry career in Barr and Stroud Ltd subsequently Pilkington Optronics, as a laser physicist and subsequently held positions in project management and marketing. In 1989 he joined Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s principal economic development agency, and was Head of Optoelectronics for several years. During this time he founded the Scottish Optoelectronics Association and was involved in establishing the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde. In 2001 he was appointed as Business Development Manager of Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd, a foundry for compound semiconductor devices and was a key figure in growing the company’s global customer base. In December 2006, Alastair was appointed to his current position as Director of the Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network. The Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network, sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board, brings together diverse organisations and provides activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in UK photonics.