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Executive Committee
Ulf Schneider – President


Ulf Schneider is the General Manager of Intel Technology Asia Pte Ltd in Singapore since 1 November 2015.

Ulf has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to this appointment with Intel, Ulf has held different managing positions with Lantiq, Infineon Technologies and Siemens Semiconductors in Germany, India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ulf has been the President of Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) since 2005 and the Chairman for the Singapore-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce (SGC) R&D Committee since 2010. Ulf is a member of the Singapore Customs Advisory Committee since July 2010 and has been a Board Member of the National Research Foundation in Singapore from 2006 to 2009. He was a member of the Governing Board of the Singapore-MIT-Alliance (with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) between 2009 to 2014, and is a member of the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) of the School of EEE at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also holding an equivalent position for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore. 

Ulf has been appointed as an advisor for several semiconductor start-up companies in Singapore, most recently for Silicon Cloud International.

Ulf holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen in Germany.

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Mike Holt – Vice-President


Mike Holt helps senior executives in technology companies improve results. Mike focuses on technology companies doing business in or from Asia.

Mike has excelled at developing new businesses and improving the performance of existing businesses by working with CEOs as an advisor and “hands-on” executor.

Mike is a "hands-on" senior executive, proven leader of high growth companies and an experienced CEO. Mike’s recent experiences includes leading as CEO, two consumer electronics fabless semiconductor companies where his achievements include raising $40 million in venture capital and leading from start up to profitability and exit.

Mike’s experience spans multiple disciplines including: marketing, product development, operations and mergers/acquisitions in both entrepreneurial and senior management positions. Prior to leadership roles in venture-backed technology companies, Mike spent 15 years at Texas Instruments/Silicon Systems which include leading a business from start up to greater than $100M in sales.

Mike holds BSEE, MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of California, Irvine.

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Dr Lai Weng Hong - Secretary


Weng Hong has more than 16 years of diverse working experience in advance node wafer fabrication, device modeling, IC design service, testing and failure analysis (FA). He also has experience in business development and customer engagement. His core expertise is in electrostatic discharge (EDS) design, testing and FA. He is currently Director at Test Incorporated Asia Pte Ltd, which specializes in the provision of best-in-class testing, analysis and consultancy services and solutions to the semiconductor and electronics industry. Prior to this, he was Principal Engineer with Chartered (now Globalfoundries) and later, Scientist at A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), during which he actively supported the local semiconductor industry via technology transfer and provision of training courses to the local semiconductor Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and multinational companies (MNCs) in collaboration with other government agencies. Apart from SSIA, he is also a member of two other technical committees in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES). He is a graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with B. Eng. (Hons) and PhD in Electrical Engineering with major in Microelectronics.

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Meenu Sarin – Assistant Secretary


Meenu Sarin value-adds to her clients through her company, VLSI Consultancy, by helping them address their various challenges and issues in the techno-commercial space in the semiconductor eco-system. She broadly focuses on 3 main facets - Talent Development, Strategic planning and Technology/Product roadmap planning, and Program Management consulting and implementation.


Meenu's experience in the semiconductor industry spans across various facets of operations and across geographies like Europe, India, Singapore, Greater China and Australia. Prior to starting VLSI Consultancy, Meenu was a Technical Marketing Manager in STMicroelectronics (STM/Singapore with focus on Telecom segment. In this role, she was responsible for Business Development and Program Management for STM's semicustom ASIC projects in Asia Pacific. She also worked as a Program Manager in charge of managing various semi-custom projects with customers in the Asia-Pacific Region. Before her move to STM Singapore, Meenu worked at STM India. As a Design Manager for Library Design Group, she was responsible for starting up and managing a 30 member team involved in design and development of semi-custom digital libraries in various technologies across different platforms as per the market requirements, and to support designers in STM's worldwide locations. Prior to this, Meenu had been a Design Engineer for digital library design and development at STM Italy for several years after she received her engineering degree (Computer Engineering) from Delhi Institute of Technology, India in 1988.

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Sunil Agarwal - Treasurer


Sunil is a Tax Partner with the International Tax Advisory practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore. Sunil has over 18 years of experience in international tax, transfer pricing and tax consulting services. Sunil leads the Technology, Infocomm, Media and Entertainment practice of the tax division. 

Sunil specialises in tax restructuring and has assisted various multinationals in optimizing their taxes across the Asia Pacific region. Some of his key experience includes advising companies on restructuring of their business operations to achieve optimal tax position, assisting clients in establishing tax-efficient structures, advising clients in exploring transfer pricing planning opportunities & advising multinationals on various cross border tax issues.

Sunil has closely worked with several multinationals to optimize their holding structures, financing structures and contracting structures to achieve a reduction in their overall effective tax rate.  

Sunil has worked extensively with the Economic Development Board (“EDB”) of Singapore and International Enterprise Singapore (“IE”) and assisted several clients to negotiate a favourable tax incentive from the EDB and IE.

Sunil is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Institute of Costs & Works Accountants of India. Sunil is a regular speaker at various international tax seminars.

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Darence Tan - Assistant Treasurer


Darence Tan is a Regional Sales Manager with Synopsys Singapore.  He oversees the South Asia region, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan etc.  He has been with Synopsys for over 12 years.  He is actively involved in the business development and manpower development programs in South Asia working with various multi-national companies, government organizations, universities, research institutes and startups.

Before joining Synopsys, Darence has worked with Cadence and Mentor Graphics, which encompassed various roles of responsibility such as applications support, technical marketing, consulting and design services.

Darence holds a Bachelor in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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CK Tan - Executive Committee Member


CK is a 25+ years veteran of the semiconductor industry. He started his semicon career with AMD Singapore and then moved on to various Operations / Engineering / Outsourced / Factory Management / Supply Chain / Procurement / Quality / Business role(s) with Cyrix, ST Assembly, SiLabs and UTAC. CK has extensive experience in OSAT business.

CK holds a BSc (Eng) Hons in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from University of London.

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Jerome Tjia – Executive Committee Member


Jerome Tjia has been working in the semiconductor and electronics industries for more than 22 years. He started off as IC Design Engineer and progressed to hold many R&D management position: IC Design Manager, Architecture & Standard Design Manager, Program Manager and Development Manager.

Jerome has worked on various products and technologies ranging from Ethernet to USB to Ultra Wide Band and Wireless Connectivity. He is currently with Infineon Technologies AP Pte Ltd as the Head of Development Centre. Jerome holds a BE (1st Class Honors) from University of New South Wales, Australia and a MSc from National University of Singapore. He is married and has two sons. His hobbies include badminton, photography and audiophile music.

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Kwok Lih - Executive Committee Member


Kwok Lih is currently an advisor to the executive office in Mediatek. Concurrently, he serves as a business advisor for SPRING Singapore and SUTD-JTC I3 research centre. Prior to that, he was leading R&D operations in both Intel and Infineon Technologies  for more than 10 years. He started his engineering career with Motorolo as a technical staff where he spent 10 years in R&D.

Kwok Lih holds an MBA and MSEE from the National University of Singapore. He obtained a BSEE from Texas A&M University. He has also completed advanced management courses from MIT Sloan school of management and also Singapore Management University.

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Leong Kam Chew - Executive Committee Member

K.C. Leong received his B. Eng (Hons) and MEng (Microelectronics) from Nanyang Technological University in 1996 and 1998 respectively. He joined the then-CHARTERED SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING (now GLOBALFOUNDRIES) in 1998 in the R&D Department working on 0.25 µm. 0.18 µm and 0.13 µm CMOS technologies as well as the 0.18 µm SiGeBiCMOS technology. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Learning & Organization Development (L&OD) department in GLOBALFOUNDRIES overseeing the technical talent sourcing and training  & development of the technical pipeline: Industrial Postgraduate Program Program (EDB-IPP), Joint Industrial Postgraduate Program (EDB-JIP), Specialist Manpower Program (EDB-SMP) and Alpha (GF's internal 1-year intensive training program to accelerate learning cuve of engineers).

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Paymon Rasekhy – Executive Committee Member


Paymon is a 23 year veteran of the semiconductor industry. After 17 years of working in various engineering and management roles in the semicon fabless and IDM companies, he founded Lynxemi, a test development and supply chain management company based in Singapore.

Prior to starting Lynxemi, Paymon was the VP of Manufacturing at SwitchCore AB, a Swedish fabless company, where he was responsible for the product commercialization of SwitchCore's products, taking the revenue from $0 to $20M/year.

His other years were spent at Motorola, Silicon Systems and CommQuest (IBM subsidiary) product and test engineering.

He holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from California State University, Fullerton.

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Philippe Pellegrin - Executive Committee Member


Philippe Pellegrin was Group Vice President of STMicroelectronics and deputy director of the Global Procurement and Outsourcing organization, based in Singapore. Pellegrin was recently appointed Head of  materials and equipment sourcing for the all Back-End assembly and test operations of STMicroelectronics in Asia and in Europe. He is also in charge of all purchasing activities in Asia including the Front-End operations in Singapore.

Pellegrin has 14 years’ experience in various procurement functions in the semiconductor industry. After seven years at Semco Engineering, a semiconductor equipment company in France, Pellegrin joined SGS-Thomson, Inc in Phoenix, Arizona in 1994. He was appointed Equipment engineering manager in 1996 in manufacturing operations, and joined the Corporate Purchasing organization in 1998 as Capital Equipment Sourcing Director in Geneva.

In 2005 he was appointed Regional Purchasing Director for Europe at STMicroelectronics, in Crolles, France. He was promoted Deputy Director of the Global Purchasing Organization in 2007, in charge of Indirect Procurement worldwide.

In 2010 STMicroelectronics Procurement Organization won the first EIPM Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2012 Philippe Pellegrin was elected in the top three French purchasing executives by the readers of magazine Decision Achats.

Philippe Pellegrin was born in Oran, Algeria, in 1963, and graduated with a degree in Materials Science from University of Montpellier, France.

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Sandeep Chatterjee - Executive Committee Member


Sandeep has multi-dimensional background in Human Resources, Consulting & Information Technology domain across Singapore, India and the United States of America. He has unique experiences of working in multi-nationals, government organization, & start-ups. He has previously worked with IBM, Apar Infotech, KIOCL, Readiminds. He is currently the Managing Director of Flexione Pte Ltd, a Singapore based on-site technical services firm supporting Information Technology and Electronics Firms.

Sandeep has a Masters Degree in Personnel Management and Labour Welfare from Utkal University with a First Class rank (Gold Medalist). He has also pursued HR and Management courses in the continuing studies arm of Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. He has co-authored CCH Publications "HR Strategies in Asia ". During his spare time he pursues his other interest, "music" and has been featured in the Singapore Arts Festival as a singer.

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Saw Biing Huei - Executive Committee Member


Biing Huei is Deputy Director of Sales for Global Accounts / Foundry at STATS ChipPAC, a leading outsourced semiconductor assembly & test (OSAT) company, headquartered in Singapore. He leads the sales team responsible for managing foundry accounts, and global customers with headquarter role and decision making in Singapore.

Before joining STATS ChipPAC, Biing Huei was Regional Sales Manager at AFL Telecommunications LLC, managing the company’s distributor and reseller networks in Asia Pacific to provide a complete line of fiber optic test equipment for various industries. Prior to moving to AFL, he was Director of Sales and Development with SEMI Singapore. At SEMI Singapore, Biing Huei was responsible for membership development, sales and customer relationships for SEMI in Southeast Asia. SEMI is the global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, photovoltaic, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. 

Prior to joining SEMI, he has also worked in Automated Test Equipment (ATE) sales with Teradyne (Asia) Pte Ltd, was a Sales Manager with HGV Machine Vision Pte Ltd and at Matsushita Technology (S) Pte Ltd (MASTEC).  Biing Huei received his Bachelors of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and his Masters of Business Administration degree from California State University East Bay.

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Yannick Leclercq - Executive Committee Member


Yannick Leclercq is the Managing Director of Intel Mobile Communications, Singapore. He also manages the R&D group of Wireless Connectivity System, GNSS Core and Product (WCS/GCP). 

With over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, Yannick has been involved in many IC development projects from the early definition to mass production of DECT, Bluetooth, GSM, Wifi, NFC and so on.

Prior to his current position, Yannick was the head of Product Development for the ST-Ericsson's Connectivity Business and managed the transition into Intel after the acquisition in August 2013.

Yannick received his Masters in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) from ESEO Angers in 1993.

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NON Executive Committee

Dr See Kwang Seng - Chief Editor of SSIA Voice

Kwang Seng is the Programme Director for Silicon Technologies, Centre of Excellence (Si-COE) in Nanyang Technology University (NTU). He is responsible for attracting international and local universities and organizations for the establishment of joint research and business ventures. He is also in charge of exploring and facilitating commercialization of emerging technologies and the spin-off of start-up companies. He also provides liaison between Si-COE and external groups including companies, professional associations, government agencies, academia and funding agencies.

Before joining NTU, he was with Global Silicon Partners (GSP) of Globalfoundries Singapore (GFS) for 8 years as a Process Integration Senior Section Manager. He was in charge of 0.13 μm Low Power (RF), Ultra-Low Power, Low-Voltage-High-Performance, High Voltage, EEPROM technologies and has worked with major customers from the US, EU and AP regions. He was also the Lead Manager in charge of Total Process Control and Electrical Testing Automation inthe department. He graduated from GFS' Organizational Development Leadership Program (ODLP) in 2011, which was designed for higer-performing managers.

Kwang Seng holds a PhD in Microelectronics from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in NTU.

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Dr Holly Ott – Program Chair, SSIA Supply Chain Forum


Holly holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in semiconductor material characterization and device modeling and has worked for twelve years in semiconductor production in the USA, Europe and Asia for JVs with Siemens, Motorola, IBM and Infineon. Most recently she played a key role in the transfer of Infineon's wireless operations from Germany to Singapore and headed the Television Tuner planning division from Singapore. Her work has been in the areas of device simulation and matching, volume electrical and reliability testing, and operations and supply chain management. Currently, Holly is a senior lecturer of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the School of Management at the Technical University of Munich and is an adjunct professor at Singapore Management University and an associate faculty at SIM University. She is active with the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association to support training and development needs for semiconductor companies in Singapore.

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Lai Wah Yi - Director

Wah Yi has more than 15 years of experience in Business Development and Sales for SMEs and startups. She started off as a Financial Planner upon graduating from NUS. Despite joining the workforce during the 1998 recession, she successfully achieved the Million Dollar Club within 2 years. She later moved on to do regional business development work for Huper Optik International where she recruited and managed distributors in the SEA market. During her employment with Double A, she set-up and spearheaded the new Double A Copy Center business unit in Singapore and successfully captured 40 key accounts within 3 years. 

Wah Yi started working with SSIA since early 2011 and is currently Director overseeing the daily operations, business development and marketing of the association's events and activities.

Wah Yi holds an Bachelor of Arts degree from NUS with majors in Psychology and Geography.

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