Alain Harrus, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO, Kateeva, Inc.
Alain joined Kateeva in 2013.
Previously, he was a Partner at Crosslink Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital company where he led the firm’s semiconductor and energy technology investment activities.
Before turning to venture capital, Alain developed breakthrough process technologies that kept semiconductor manufacturers on track with Moore’s Law—first as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, and later as Chief Technology Officer at Novellus Systems—now part of Lam Research. There, he championed a total copper metallization solution for advanced semiconductor manufacturing—a disruptive move that made Novellus a category leader and helped catapult the company across the $1 billion revenue threshold.
As an investor, Alain focused on early-stage science-based hardware companies developing challenging technologies. An engaged Board member, he advised executive teams on strategic growth initiatives, particularly technology roadmap development, product and commercialization strategies, and infrastructure, as well as fund-raising, valuation, and exits.
Alain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Paris XI at Orsay, France, as well as a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers and is a co-inventor on six patents.
Conor Madigan, Ph.D.
President and COO, Kateeva, Inc.
Conor co-founded Kateeva in 2008.
Beyond leading the company’s technology development and commercialization initiatives, Conor has helped grow Kateeva from a team of less than 10 to more than 300 global employees, while helping to secure several financing rounds to support the growth.
Before Kateeva, Conor was a postdoctoral Research Scientist at MIT and has worked on organic electronic device technology for more than a decade. He has authored numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering.
In 2016, Conor was named “Inventor of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association. Before that, he was named a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. In 2010, he appeared on the prestigious TR35 list. Published annually by MIT Technology Review Magazine, the list names top technology innovators under the age of 35.
Conor earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from MIT. Both degrees are in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Yan Xiaolin
CTO and SVP, TCL Corporation
Dr. Yan joined TCL Corporation in 2001. He was vice general manager of TCL multimedia R&D center and director of flat panel display TV R&D center for FPD TV development. Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer and the Senior Vice President of TCL Corporation, and the President of TCL Corporate Research.
Dr. Yan graduated from the Institute of Plasma Physics of Chinese Academy of Science with a Doctoral Degree in July 1999. From July 1999 to May 2001, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Chinese Academy of Science.
Dr. Yan is the leader of the expert group of the New Display Key Project of the national five-year plan (2010-2015) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, the expert of compilation group for the national key project on strategic electronics of the five- year plan (2016-2021), the expert member of compilation group for the National “New materials research and engineering Key project ” plan, a Committee Member of the Electrical Technology Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC, the Asia Regional Vice President of the Society of Information Display (SID), a Director of the Display Technology Committee of the Chinese Vacuum Society, a President of the Engineering Laboratory of Digital Home of the PRC, an Executive President of the Engineering Technology Research Center of Digital Family Life of the PRC and the Chairman of the China 3D Industry Association.
In addition, Dr. Yan completed 12 national projects as a person-in-charge, formulated one set of International Electrotechnical Commission international standard and two sets of national standards as a group leader, as well as registered 32 patents of his inventions as the chief inventor, two of which were awarded the Gold Award and Outstanding Award of the PRC National Patent Award respectively. The Gold Award also was recognized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and had definite influence internationally.
Dr. Jin Yi
Executive Director, Redview Capital
Dr. Yi is Executive Director at Redview Capital, a private equity fund founded by Mr. Jianming Yu in January 2016. Redview Capital focuses on traditional growth capital, on investments in Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Advanced Materials, and Consumer sectors in China. Dr. Yi’s main focus areas are Clean Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Materials.
Dr. Yi has in-depth domain expertise in materials and clean technology with over 10 years of experience in technology development, product marketing and entrepreneurship. Since joining New Horizon Capital in 2013, Dr. Yi has taken a leading role in its Jinko Power investment.
Prior to New Horizon Capital, Dr. Yi spent four years at Keytone Ventures, investing in clean technology and high-tech sectors. Before Keytone Ventures, he was one of the founding members and a product marketing manager at Applied Materials’ energy storage product group, and a design engineer at its semiconductor process equipment group. Before his corporate career, Dr. Yi conducted materials research on Li-ion battery and fuel cell at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Feng (Philip) Yuan
VP, BOE Technology Group
Feng (Philip) Yuan is VP of BOE Technology Group, a global leading enterprise in the semiconductor display industry. He graduated from Tsinghua University in China, with an MBA degree and engineering background. Mr. Yuan served continuously in BOE, representatively as VGM of Strategic Planning Department, Director of Corporate Office, GM of Domestic Sales, and now, Chief Strategic Marketing Officer. He serves as Chairman or Director in several BOE Group subsidiaries. With years of sales practices and marketing research, he has been an expert in the semiconductor display industry. He’s a frequent speaker at leading global conferences, and has delivered keynote addresses at US SID, Korea IMID, and China Hi-tech Fair.
General Partner, Sigma Partners
Fahri joined Sigma Partners in 2006 as general partner. He applies his expertise by identifying strong entrepreneurs with good ideas to help build disruptive, market-leading companies.
Fahri was founder, president, and CEO of Qtera Corporation, which he led to become the leading provider of ultra-long-haul photonic networking solutions. Nortel Networks acquired the company for $3.25 billion. Fahri continued to lead Qtera as president of the wholly-owned subsidiary until 2001. Before Qtera, Fahri was a member of the executive team at Siemens. Here, he helped establish and manage the company’s Optical Networks business unit in North America, which was later spun-off as Optisphere Networks. Prior to Siemens, Fahri led Pirelli’s pioneering activities in the optical amplifier and Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) markets. The optical systems division of Pirelli was later acquired by Cisco Systems for $2.15 billion.
Before joining Sigma, Fahri founded Concept Ventures in 2005 by acquiring a portion of the assets of Applied Materials Ventures where he served as managing director.
A native of Cyprus, Fahri came to the U.S. in 1985 on an academic scholarship to the Florida Institute of Technology, where he earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds five patents in the field of fiber optics and optical communications.
General Partner, Spark Capital
Todd Dagres is a founder and general partner of Spark Capital.
Previously, he was a general partner and executive committee member at Battery Ventures. There he led the Communications Investment practice while focusing on the media, entertainment and communications industries. Prior to Battery Ventures, Todd was principal and senior technology analyst at Montgomery Securities; senior technology analyst and vice president at Smith Barney/Robinson Humphrey; vice president of communications at the Yankee Group; and business Development manager for Networks and Communications at Digital Equipment Corporation.
Todd was named to the Forbes Midas List three times. The list ranks venture capitalists who have created the most wealth for their investors. In 2008, AlwaysOn ranked him on their Hollywood IT List which features top entertainment executives and dealmakers in information technology.
Todd holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in psychology from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
Dr. Rao Mulpuri
Chief Executive Officer, View Inc.
Dr. Mulpuri is the Chief Executive Officer of View Inc. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the financial and operational performance of the company.
Prior to View Inc., he held several executive positions at Novellus Systems, most recently as President of Novellus Systems Japan and Vice President and General Manager of the Integrated Metals Business Unit.
He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India, MS in Manufacturing Engineering, and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Boston University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Director, View Inc.
For 30 years, Harold has applied his broad financial and business strategy credentials to help turn pioneering technology companies into global brands, earning the respect of customers, and the admiration of Wall Street. He served as a director of Rambus Inc., a chip interface company from 2003 to 2012, and as its chief executive officer and president from 2005 to 2012, providing the vision and operational leadership necessary to drive growth. His private sector career began at Intel, where he held these positions: treasurer, vice president of Intel Capital, chief financial officer, and vice president of planning and logistics. After that, he became the chairman and chief executive officer of Pandesic, LLC. Harold began his career as a United States Army Officer.
Harold holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He currently holds Board positions at Quantenna Communications and View Inc.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Growth, Veeco
Ken MacWilliams joined Veeco in April 2011 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Growth.
Prior to Veeco, Dr. MacWilliams held several key leadership positions throughout his tenure at Applied Materials. He served as Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Silicon Systems Group, Vice President and General Manager of Technology and New Products for Solar Business Group, Vice President and General Manager of Maydan Technology, and Vice President CTO and CMO Thin Films. Prior to that, he oversaw Novellus Systems’ PECVD Business as Vice President and General Manager and as Director of Technology and Product Manager. Dr. MacWilliams also served as Director of the Solid State Electronics Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation before joining Novellus Systems.
Dr. MacWilliams earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Clarkson University. Additionally, he received his MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.