Speakers

6 December 2017 – 13:40 - 14:10

Speaker

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 13:40

Carmelo Papa

President of EPoSS, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of STMicroelectronics Italy

Carmelo Papa elaborates on the event theme: "Our Digital Future", from an Industry perspective.

Carmelo Papa is Chief Executive Officer, as well as General Manager of STMicroelectronics Italy, the Group’s Italian subsidiary, and has held this role since April 2016.

Papa started his professional career with International Computers Limited. He joined SGS Microelettronica, a predecessor company to STMicroelectronics, in 1983, and three years later was promoted to Director of Product Marketing and Customer Service for Transistors and Standard ICs. In 2000, Papa was appointed Corporate Vice President, responsible for ST’s sales and marketing in Emerging Markets. In 2005, he was chosen to lead the Micro, Power and Analog Group and his mandate was expanded in 2007 as head of the Industrial & Multisegment Sector. In January 2012, Papa was appointed General Manager of ST’s Industrial & Power Group.

Papa is currently serving his third term as Chairman of the European Platform on Smart Systems (EPoSS), an industry-driven initiative focused on innovation in nanotechnologies and smart systems integration.

Papa also holds chairs in banks, universities and associations bound to regional territory development. In particular, he chairs the Unicredit Advisory Board (Consiglio di Territorio) for the Sicily region since April 2015.

Papa was born in Castiglione di Sicilia, Italy, in 1949, and graduated in Nuclear Physics from the University of Catania.

6 December 2017 – 14:10 - 14:40

Neugebauer

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 14:10

Stephan Neugebauer

Director Global Research Cooperation at BMW, Chairman of ERTRAC

At EFECS 2017, Stephan Neugebauer will talk about the future of mobility. 

Dr.-Ing. Stephan Neugebauer is Director Global Research Cooperation at BMW Group and Chairman of European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) since 2015.

He completed his university studies in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 1991. He was a scholarship holder of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation. After this, while being research assistant at the “Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Vehicles”, he completed his doctorate by obtaining the title of Dr.-Ing.

Stephan Neugebauer started at BMW in the diesel engine development department in Steyr (Austria). In 1998, he returned to Munich in different functions in the development of BMW Gasoline Engines.

In 2005, he was transferred to the total vehicle development, taking over a new function as Head of the Energy Management Department and later as Head of the Thermal Management Department.

From 2012 to 2015, Stephan Neugebauer was Head of Vehicle Project, current BMW 3 series and 4 series.

6 December 2017 – 14:40 - 14:55

Cuomo

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Andrea Cuomo

Executive Vice President, Advanced Projects of STMicroelectronics

Andrea Cuomo will introduce the lighthouse sessions

Andrea Cuomo is Executive Vice President, Advanced Projects of STMicroelectronics, where he leads the Advanced Systems Technology (AST) Group.
Since June 4th 2015, he is the Chairman of the Governing Board of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership established between the European Commission, the Member States and the European Electronics Components and Systems Industry associated in the Aeneas, Artemis and Eposs Initiatives. Rooted in the Horizon 2020 framework, ECSEL objective is to fund the Research and Innovation projects of the European Industry for a total value exceeding 5 Billion Euro, thanks to a budget of about 1.2B€ allocated by the European Union and a matching amount of 1.2B€ allocated by the ECSEL Participating States.

6 December 2017 – 16:50 - 17:20

List

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 16:50

Georg List

Vice President of Corporate Strategy at AVL List GmbH

Georg List talks about the importance of collaborative Research & Innovation from an Industry point of view.

Georg List is responsible for corporate strategy development at AVL List GmbH across three strategic business units as well as group M&A activities.

AVL is the world's largest privately owned company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. As a fast growing, highly innovative company in a very competitive industry, AVL invests heavily in R&D to develop technologies and explore business opportunities linked to clean and affordable mobility.

Georg List holds a Master of Science degree (Dipl. Ing.) in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining AVL, Georg List was partner at Booz & Company (previously Booz Allen Hamilton). In the 16 years there, he specialized in innovation management across automotive, aerospace and renewables, and led the European Innovation Group. Before Booz & Company, he worked with Société Générale de Surveillance S.A. in Europe and Asia. During his studies he worked with Mazda Motor Corp.’s Technical Research Center in Hiroshima, Japan.

6 December 2017 – 17:20 - 18:05

Colvenaer

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 17:20

Bert de Colvenaer

Executive Director of ECSEL Joint Undertaking

The impact of funding tools is explained. What visible effect does ECSEL have on Europe and beyond?

Bert De Colvenaer was appointed Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking as of January 1st 2016. ECSEL is a public-private partnership on nanoelectronics, embedded software and smart system integration established as an autonomous European Union body through the merger of ENIAC and ARTEMIS JUs.

As Executive Director, he is the legal representative of the ECSEL JU and is the chief executive responsible for its day-to-day management. Prior to his appointment he was Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) mandated to bring the FCH technology to the point of market readiness. Bert De Colvenaer has been involved in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, in the field of power-train production engineering and advanced research. He has been working on fuel cell research from the early 90's and was involved in high level group activities and major EU research projects. In 2002 he established and led the Advanced Technology Division of Toyota Europe, focusing on breakthrough research in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen, robotics and new automotive production technologies. Prior to Toyota, he worked for Volvo. His academic background is in mechanical engineering and in industrial management.

Maloney

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 17:20

Colette Maloney

Head of Unit Competitive Electronics Industry at DG CONNECT of European Commission

The impact of funding tools is explained. What visible effect does H2020 have on Europe and beyond?

Colette Maloney heads the Competitive Electronics Industry unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. The unit is charged with doubling the value of production of semiconductor components in Europe and strengthening the competitiveness of the electronics value chain, from equipment and material up to microsystems and smart objects and devices.

From 2004-2008 she was Head of Unit Cognitive Systems and Robotics, thereafter ICT for Sustainable Growth (from 2008), Smart Cities and Sustainability (from 2012), and Photonics (during 2016). Prior to this she held various assignments in the Commission in the field of ICT, from microelectronics, to telecommunications and digital content.

Before joining the Commission in 1994, she held research positions in Ciba, Switzerland and Dartmouth College, USA. She has a BSc in Mathematics and Physics (summa cum laude) and a PhD in Physics (1982 and 1986 respectively) from Trinity College Dublin.

lemke

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 17:20

Max Lemke

Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry" in Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission

The impact of funding tools is explained. What visible effect does H2020 have on Europe and beyond?

Dr. Max Lemke is the Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry" in Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. He has a leading role in developing and coordinating the strategy for Digitising European Industry. In the European Commission's Research and Innovation Programme HORIZON 2020, Dr Lemke is responsible for the areas embedded and cyber-physical systems, advanced computing, and ICT for manufacturing. He is co-responsible in CONNECT for the Joint Technology Initiative ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) and the Public Private Partnership Factories of the Future. In the latter context he has gradually built the I4MS initiative (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs). He is particularly devoted to establishing a pan-European network of digital innovation hubs covering all of Europe and to strengthening European leadership on digital industrial value chains and platforms.

Dr Lemke has worked in various areas in the European Commission Research and Innovation Programmes since 1995. Before joining the Commission, Max has worked in research and industry in Germany, the US, and the UK. With a Doctorate in Natural Sciences, he has a scientific background in numerical mathematics, parallel computing, and software engineering.

Uusi-Honko

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 17:20

Heikki Uusi-Honko

Chairperson of EUREKA High Level Group

The impact of funding tools is explained. What visible effect does Eureka have on Europe and beyond?

Heikki Uusi-Honko is the Chairperson of the EUREKA High Level Group and Association for the period 2017 / 2018, and holds the position of development director for international operations at Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. He has a 25 years’ experience on innovation policy implementation and design in various positions including working with funding decisions, programme design, impact assessment, and organisational development. He has also several years’ experience from working abroad in an international organisation. He has participated in several national and international working groups, panels, and projects evaluating or developing innovation policies and specific programmes.

Mr Uusi-Honko completed his MSc degree in process engineering in 1985 at Åbo Akademi, the Swedish-speaking university in Finland. He also holds the degree of Licentiate of Technology from the same university. Before joining Tekes, he worked for the Nordic iron & steel industry, specializing in process modelling and control systems. His credo is that good engineering paves the way to good innovation.

7 December 2017 – 09:00 - 09:30

Duranton

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 09:00

Marc Duranton

International Expert and European Project Coordinator at CEA LIST

Marc Duranton gives an idea of future technologies.

Dr. Marc Duranton is a member of the Research and Technology Department of CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission). He previously spent more than 23 years in Philips and Philips Semiconductors where he worked on several video coprocessors for the VLIW processor TriMedia and for various Nexperia platforms. In NXP Semiconductors, he led the Ne-XVP project that targeted the design of the hardware and software of a multi-core processor for real-time applications and for consumer video processing. He also led the architecture of the family of L-Neuro chips, digital processors using artificial neural networks techniques.

His interests include parallel architectures for high performance and real-time processing, models of computation and communication with time guaranties, compiler technology, Deep Learning, cognitive systems and emerging paradigms for computing systems. He has published more than 35 patents and several book chapters.
He is in charge of the roadmap activity of HiPEAC on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation, freely available at www.hipeac.net/roadmap.

7 December 2017 – 09:30 - 10:00

Hyttfors

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 09:30

Stefan Hyttfors

Motivational speaker at Pro Motivate

EFECS 2017 will feature a motivational speech by Stefan Hyttfors.

Stefan Hyttfors is an acclaimed futurist, author and global speaker focused on disruptive technologies, behavioral change and next generation leadership. Stefan has a background as journalist and economist. He has been awarded the Swedish speaker of the year two times.

Noteworthy clients include: Microsoft, IBM, Ericsson, HP, Spotify, Gartner, Deloitte, PwC, Swedbank, DnB, LSEG, AstraZeneca, Skanska, E.on, BMW, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Unilever, H&M, Nike, IKEA.

Stefan’s expertise covers areas such as:

  • Being cutting edge through customer driven innovation.
  • The future economy of labor – what we should be aiming for.
  • How to turn leadership around, from one of self-serving to team-serving.
  • How traditional hierarchies are being replaced by networks.
  • How to prepare for change in the face of uncertainty.
  • How to make your business more value oriented.
  • Increased sustainability through controlled growth.
  • Holistic value creation – making your business valuable for society, employees and clients, as well as owners.
  • How to become more agile and competitive in the new information economy.

7 December 2017 – 14:15 - 14:40

Deprez

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 14:15

Francis Deprez

Public Authority of Belgium

Francis Deprez elaborates on International collaboration from a National perspective.

Francis Deprez graduated in electronics from both the technical university of Flanders and the university of Leuven. He took a post graduate degree in photonics at the university of Ghent. He obtained several R&D and business management certificates from Vlerick Business School and others.

Francis Deprez started his carrier in 1984 at the very start of MIETEC, currently On Semiconductor in Flanders. In 1986 he joined IMEC at their start on the current IMEC campus, and rejoined MIETEC in 1990 as technology engineer. In 1992 he joined ATEA-SIEMENS in a commercial position and in 1993 took the position of R&D manager in an sme manufacturing point-of-sales bank card equipment. In 1998 he joined Philips Lighting Components in an R&D management position focussing on automotive lighting products. In 2007 he joined the Flanders agency for innovation, taking the position of scientific advisor.

As of 2009 Francis Deprez has been active in European R&D funding programs such as CATRENE, ITEA, ENIAC, ARTEMIS, ECSEL, PENTA, and ERANET cofunds in the field of photonics. He has been (and is) member of the public authority boards of CATRENE, ENIAC and ECSEL and has been (and is) member of the ENIAC and ECSEL Governing Board.

7 December 2017 – 14:40 - 15:00

Ploss

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 14:40

Reinhard Ploss

CEO of Infineon

Reinhard Ploss closes the premiere edition of EFECS.

Reinhard Ploss has been a member of the Management Board of Infineon Technologies AG since 2007. He has been CEO since October 1, 2012. Reinhard Ploss was born on December 8, 1955 in Bamberg. He studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich and in 1986 received his doctorate. He began his career at Infineon (Siemens AG until 1999) in the same year.

Positions within the company:

  • Since 2012: Chief Executive Officer, responsible for Divisions, Group Strategy, Communications & Government Relations, Human Resources (Labor Director),Legal, Research & Development
  • Since 2007: Member of the Management Board
  • 2005: Head of Development and Manufacturing as well as Operational Management in the Automotive, Industrial & Multimarket Segment
  • 2000: President of the Automotive, Industrial & Multimarket Business Group
  • 1999: Head of the Industrial Power Business Unit as well as President of eupec GmbH Co. KG, a subsidiary of Infineon
  • 1996: Head of the Power Semiconductor Business Unit, focusing on development and manufacturing
  • 1993: Head of Technology in the Villach chip manufacturing plant (Austria)
  • 1986: Process engineer for chip manufacturing in Munich

7 December 2017 – 11:45 - 13:00

Cronin

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Aidan Cronin

Siemens-Gamesa Wind Power A/S, Denmark | Chair of the European Technological Platform on Wind Energy

Aidan Cronin is panellist in the High Level Panel session.

Advisory Specialist in Technology and Innovation Department at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Denmark (8 years) working with integration, development and adaptation of new technologies.
Formally senior analyst at Vestas Wind Systems (7 years) covering technical analysis and technical Advocacy.
CEO of Tekwini Tronics in Durban developing and manufacturing wiring systems for South African townships
Research Manager in Data Research doing a variety of Energy research in Rural KwaZulu.
B..Comm University College Cork 1982 MSc from Århus School of Business Denmark 1984
Chair of ETIPWind program and member of ECEEE

7 December 2017 – 11:45 - 13:00

Klauw

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Kees van der Klauw

Chairman Alliance for Internet Of Things Innovation (AIOTI), Philips Lighting

Kees van der Klauw is panellist in the High Level Panel session.

Graduated in Electronics Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, PhD in microelectronics He joined Philips Research and worked several years on the design and characterization of CMOS devices and processes.

In 1992 he moved to Philips’ Flat Panel Displays where he held positions in project management, engineering-, operations-and general management of Philips LCD activities and was involved in the establishment of Philips’ LCD joint ventures in Japan and Korea.

In 1999, he joined Philips Consumer Electronics, was in charge of High End TV development and platforms for TV worldwide and in 2005 became CTO of Philips Television, Monitors and Professional Display Business.

Kees joined Philips Lighting in 2009, where he was the Chief Architect and the R&D Manager for Professional Lighting Solutions. Since October 2013, he is Head of Research Programs for Philips Lighting (founding member of AIOTI)

Since 2015 Kees has been involved in the establishment of AIOTI

7 December 2017 – 11:45 - 13:00

Murray

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Franck Murray

President of Murata Integrated Passive Solutions

Franck Murray is panellist in the High Level Panel session.

Franck Murray is presently the President of Murata Integrated Passive Solutions, a fully owned subsidiary of Murata. Murata Integrated Passive Solutions is developing, manufacturing and selling Silicon based Passive Components.

He started this activity with a team of trusted people as an independent company in June 2009 under the name of IPDIA, an SME (120 persons). Murata (60 000 employees) acquired IPDIA in 2016.

Based on the development of passive components, Franck within IPDIA and then Murata, contributed to the development of highly miniaturized sub-components and systems with high electronics performances dedicated to medical, car or telecommunications industries.

Since June 2016, Franck has been strongly involved in regional SMEs economic engagement as Management Board Chairman of a 100 M€ investment fund dedicated to the Normandy Development Agency. Through this fund, Franck is participating into the development of startups and SMEs by facilitating their access to long term growth capital.

Franck got his Engineer Degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1984, a PhD in Physics in 1987 and an MBA at ESSEC (Paris) in 2003. After his PhD, he has held several engineering and management positions both in startups and larger companies. He spent 14 years at Philips and NXP before starting the entity that is now part of Murata.

7 December 2017 – 11:45 - 13:00

Ottavis

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Pietro Ottavis

Chief Operating Officer of the Robotics & Automation Products business unit at Comau (FCA Group)

Pietro Ottavis is panellist in the High Level Panel session.

Pietro Ottavis, 52 years old, is Chief Operating Officer of the Robotics & Automation Products business unit at Comau (FCA Group). Prior to this, he held the role of Vice President of Delphi Infotainment and Driver Interface (IDI) at the Electronics&Safety division of Delphi.

Before joining Delco Electronics (Delphi Italia) as Sales Account manager in 1993, he worked for five years in Turin as a software and systems engineer in electronic devices area at Aeritalia (currently Alenia) and Pentatron. During his career, he held several roles in Sales & Marketing prior to his appointment in 2000 as Purchasing Manager for Delco Electronics in Wuppertal, Germany. In 2002 he was responsible for Global Supply Management Europe for Delphi Packard E/EA and Electronics&Safety (E&S), and subsequently led the integration of E&S with Packard E/EA Global Supply Management in Europe. In 2006 he was appointed Director General of Global Supply Management Delphi Packard E/EA, a role that he held until May 2011. He successfully led Packard Global Supply Management, improving the Materials & Logistics sector performances and spearheading the Supply Chain Management development. In May 2011, he was appointed Managing Director of Delphi Electrical/Electronic Distribution Systems (DEEDS) for Europe, the Middle-East and Africa, one of the biggest business units of the company, before becoming the Vice President of Delphi Infotainment and Driver Interface in 2012. Born in Casale Monferrato, Pietro Ottavis obtained a degree in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino in 1989.

7 December 2017 – 11:45 - 13:00

Schneider

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Dr. Matthias Schneider

Car external communication standards at AUDI AG | Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors

Dr. Matthias Schneider is panellist in the High Level Panel session.

Matthias Schneider currently takes care of car external communication standards at AUDI AG in the area of patents and is also Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors.
Before joining Audi he worked for Nokia and was Vice President at BenQ and Siemens.

7 December 2017 – 11:45 - 13:00

Buhr

Plenary

07/12/2017 - 11:45

Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr

Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner M. Gabriel, Digital Economy & Society, European Commission

Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr is panellist in the High Level Panel session.

Carl-Christian Buhr is an economist and computer scientist who advises Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.He joined the Commissioner's cabinet after heading the Commission's IT Security unit.
Previously, he was an adviser to Commissioner Phil Hogan 2014-2016 and Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes 2010-2014. He has also worked on IT antitrust and merger cases 2007-2010 and as an IT auditor at the European Court of Auditors 2005-2007.

5 December 2017 – 13:25 - 13:45

Gide

Plenary

05/12/2017 - 13:25

Laila Gide

Chair of ECS-SRA editing board, Director Advanced Studies Europe at Thales, President of ARTEMIS Industry Association

Laila Gide gives an introduction to the ECS-SRA, the Strategic Research Agenda for Electronic Components and Systems.

Laila Gide is Director Advanced Studies Europe, at the Corporate Strategy, Marketing and Technical Directorate, member of the Thales Technology Board. She joined Thomson-CSF (now Thales) in 1976, and built a strong experience in large international cooperation programmes, transfer of technology and industrial exploitation in various countries in South America, Asia, South Africa and Europe. She held several positions in Thales and before moving to the European Affairs in 2002, she was quality director of Thales Naval Systems insuring quality assurance of major naval programmes.

Since 2002, Laila Gide is active in the European R&D&I funding frameworks and represents Thales interest in several trade associations and European initiatives (such as ASD, GIFAS, ITEA3, Photonics 21, KIC DIGITAL, EuRobotics and ARTEMIS-IA. She coordinates Thales involvement in the PPPs/ JU where Thales is member, such as Contractual PPPs Big data, 5G, Cyber-Security, SPARC, Photonics 21, as well as in the Joint Undertakings CleanSky2 and Shift2Rail.

In October 2016, Laila Gide was designated President of ARTEMIS-IA, and for ECSEL JU she is now chairing the Private Members Board and represents it in ECSEL JU Governing Board. She chaired the Strategic Research Agenda Workgroup that delivered ARTEMIS SRA 2006 and its up-dates 2011, 2014 and the latest 2016 version published in April 2016. Currently she Chairs the ECS-SRA editing board, which will deliver the 2017 Strategic Research Agenda for Electronic Components and Systems.

5 December 2017 – 17:15 - 18:00

Connock

Plenary

05/12/2017 - 17:15

Peter Connock

PENTA Director at AENEAS, Board Chairman of memsstar Limited

Peter Connock elaborates on the different funding instruments available for R&D&I of Electronic Components and Systems.

Peter Connock has been working in the semiconductor industry for 40 years with a wide range of responsibilities in development, customer service, marketing and management. He has held long-term positions at Edwards, Applied Materials and memsstar in locations around the world. In his latest role, PENTA Director at AENEAS, he is responsible for the management of the EUREKA cluster PENTA – focussed on catalysing activity in the micro and nanoelectronics enabled systems and applications sector in Europe. PENTA will operate for 5 years, and launched its first call in January 2016.

This complements his Board Chairmanship of memsstar, Europe's premier semiconductor equipment remanufacturer and services provider. It also serves the global MEMS marketplace, offering etch and deposition expertise, experience, proprietary and remanufactured systems and know-how to deliver innovative products and services for research, commercial R&D and production.

He has further augmented his operational activities by establishing a long-term relationship with industry representative bodies such as SEMI serving on SEMICON, ISS and now the Secondary Equipment committees in Europe for many years. These activities are complemented by his appointment to the nmi Board in the UK – representing the UK microelectronics industry.

Peter also specialises in working with SME's at Board level in strategic marketing and business development.

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Gigase

Plenary

05/12/2017 - 17:15

Yves Gigase

Head of Programmes at ECSEL Joint Undertaking

Yves Gigase elaborates on the different funding instruments available for R&D&I of Electronic Components and Systems.

Dr. Yves Gigase is the Head of Programmes of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking, before which he held the same post for the ENIAC JU. Before that he occupied manager and/or researcher positions in several companies active in optoelectronics, electronic consumer goods, consulting and telecommunication.

Yves Gigase holds an MSE in Applied physics and a PhD in Optoelectronics, both from the University of Gent. He completed two postdocs; one at the IBM Research Labs in Zurich and one at the Optical Computing Systems Centre at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an IEEE member.

Ibanez

Plenary

06/12/2017 - 17:20

Francisco Ibanez

Deputy Head of Unit Competitive Electronics Industry at DG CONNECT of European Commission

Francisco Ibanez elaborates on the different funding instruments available for R&D&I of Electronic Components and Systems.

Francisco J. Ibanez holds university degrees in Engineering and Solid-State Physics (Autonoma University, Madrid) and Masters in Communication Networks and Signal Processing (Polytechnic University, Madrid), Business Administration (Catholic University of Leuven) and Information Society and Knowledge (Open University of Catalonia).

Prior to joining the European Commission, he was active in semiconductors research (Bell Labs, US) and had a number of industrial assignments, including process and product engineering in microelectronics design and fabrication (AT&T Microelectronics, Lucent Technologies).

At the European Commission he had responsibilities in different R&D areas, including Networks and Communications and Future and Emerging Technologies. He is currently Deputy Head of the Competitive Electronics Industry unit within DG CONNECT. He is involved in the ICT part of the EU Research and Innovation Programme (Horizon 2020) with main interest on micro-nano electronics and integrated microsystems.