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Executive Committee
Ulf Schneider – President

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Ulf Schneider is the Managing Director of Lantiq Asia Pacific Pte Ltd in Singapore, a carve-out of the Broadband Communications business unit from Infineon Technologies, since November 2009.

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

Ulf has been the President of Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) since 2005 and has served as a Board Member of the National Research Foundation of Singapore for the period 2005 to 2009. He is a member of the Singapore-MIT Alliance Governing Board since October 2009 as well as a member of the Singapore Customs Advisory Committee since July 2010. In addition to his multiple portfolios, he has also been an active member of the National University of Singapore's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Consultative Committee since November 2006 and the Chairman for the Singapore-German Chamber of Industry & Commerce (SGC) R&D Committee, as well as the Conference Chair for A-SSCC 2013 Committee.

Ulf holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen in Germany. He is married to his wife, Nicole and has a daughter, Laila.

 
Mike Holt – Vice-President

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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.

 
Sandeep Chatterjee – Secretary

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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.

 
Meenu Sarin – Assistant Secretary

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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.

 
Paymon Rasekhy – Assistant Treasurer

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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.

 
Darence Tan - Executive Committee Member

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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.

 
Dean Tankersley - Executive Committee Member

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Dean has been in the Semiconductor Industry for 26 years with Micron Technology and Texas Instruments. During that span he has held various positions in the Supply Chain, Finance, and Information Technology disciplines. He was active in both execution and strategy creation roles for the Supply Chain within Micron’s global business environment. He is currently the Back End Central Planning Director.

Dean has been visiting Singapore for almost 20 years and moved to Singapore a year ago to focus on building a Micron Supply Chain team for the Asia region as Micron expands its operation base within Asia. He has also recently concluded one of the largest Supply Chain process and system evolutions within Micron’s history driven by the need to address Micron’s expanding global presence, breadth of products, and markets served. 

 
Jerome Tjia – Executive Committee Member

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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.

 
Kwok Lih - Executive Committee Member

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Kwok Lih is currently with Intel Mobile Communications, he is leading a research and development team in the area of wireless communication systems and products. Prior to his career in Intel, he worked as an R&D engineer in Motorola Electronics and Infineon technologies.

He obtained a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, a master of science in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the National University of Singapore. He has also attended advanced management programs from the Sloan School of Management (MIT), Singapore Management University and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Kwok Lih is a senior member of IEEE. 

 
Dr Lai Weng Hong - Executive Committee Member

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.

 
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).

 
Philippe Pellegrin - Executive Committee Member

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Philippe Pellegrin is 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. 

 
Philippe Royannez – Executive Committee Member

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Philippe is the IC Design Director at Intel Mobile Communications Singapore. Prior to joining Intel, he worked 6 yearsat Siemens and Infineon, 10 years at Texas Instruments and 3 years at ST Ericsson. He was also the CTO and Co-Founder of Xiledge Tech., a US startup specialised in Ultralow power IC.

Philippe has worked in Germany, France, US, India and Singapore. He has been in charge of designing various applications such as Automotive, Non-volatile memories, Security and Smart Cards, Digital Basebands, Application processors and Wireless Connectivity.

Philippe holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from ISEP, and a MS and a PhD in Computer Science from the Paris VI University. He is also an IEEE Senior Member.

He likes sharing his enthusiasm for technologies and is occasionally teaching IC Design at University. His main interests are Low Power, Wireless IC, Design Automation, Embedded Systems and Advanced Packaging.

 
Dr See Kwang Seng - Executive Committee Member

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.

 
Sunil Agarwal - Executive Committee Member

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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.

 
Dr Holly Ott – Program Chair, SSIA Supply Chain Forum

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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.

 
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.