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Denis Marcon

General Manager


Denis Marcon received a M.S. degree from the University of Padova in 2006. Subsequently, he received the degree of Doctor in Engineering (Ph. D.) from the Catholic University of Leuven and imec with the thesis entitled “Reliability study of power gallium nitride based transistors” in 2011. He is leading author or co-author of more than 50 journal papers or international conference contributions.

After his Ph.D. graduation, he has been leading projects aiming to develop GaN HEMTs for several applications (RF and power switching). Thereafter, he has joined the business development team of Imec where he was directly responsible for the partnerships with imec in the field of GaN power electronics as well as on dedicated development and manufacturing of Si-based devices, MEMS, sensors and micro-systems,

Today he is the General Manager of Innoscience Europe (subsidiary of Innoscience) and he is directly responsible for Innoscience’s GaN business in Europe.

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Innoscience is an Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) founded in December 2015 with the support of international prestigious investors. With the development of new technologies, the electric power grid and power electronic systems across the world are undergoing a massive transformation. Our vision is to create an energy ecosystem with effective and low-cost Gallium-Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) power solutions. In November 2017, Innoscience first established a mass production 8-inch wafer line for GaN-on-Si devices and, in order to fulfill the rapidly growing power demands, Innoscience has inaugurated a new facility in September 2020. As a cutting-edge GaN technology provider, Innoscience’s 1,600+ employees and over 500 R&D experts are dedicated to delivering high performance and high reliability GaN power devices that can be widely used in diverse applications including portable devices, mobile phones, chargers and adapters, electric vehicles (EV) and automotive. For more information, please visit www.innoscience.com.

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Dr. Amr Hafez

General Manager, Goodix Egypt

Goodix Technology

Dr. Hafez is an international semiconductor expert with experience spanning multiple domains and geographies. He has founded and is currently the General Manager of Goodix’s design center in Egypt, leading a multidisciplinary team in working across sites, delivering complex SoCs for the mobile market. Prior to that, he led the ASIC Solutions business unit of Si-Ware Systems, a pioneer in the vibrant Egyptian semiconductor landscape. During that time he led his team in delivering cutting edge products to customers and partners in the US, Europe, China and the Gulf. Prior to Si-Ware, Mr. Hafez was an RFIC leader at PMC-Sierra and Blackberry in Canada.

Mr. Hafez holds a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, has published several patents and technical papers and teaches analog and RF circuit design at Cairo University.

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Goodix Technology (603160.SH) is an integrated solution provider for applications based on IC design and software development. We provide industry-leading software and hardware semiconductor solutions for smart devices, IoT applications, and automotive electronics. Our commitment to being global leaders in our markets is demonstrated by acquiring the best talents around the world and aggressively investing in R&D. We are dedicated to breaking through boundaries of technological innovation within sensing, processing, connectivity and security, empowering a connected, intelligent world. Striving to become a world-leading comprehensive IC design company, we are committed to deliver greater unique values to global customers, partners, and enrich the smart lives of hundreds of millions of consumers around the world.

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Dr. Hisham Haddara

Chairman and Founder

SiWare Systems

Hisham Haddara is the founder of Si-Ware Systems (SWS), a leading fabless semiconductor company in Egypt. Prior to founding SWS in December 2003, he was with MEMScAP from May 2000 as EVP and President of MEMSCAP Egypt and was co-founder and first GM of ANACAD Egypt in 1994. By the end of 1994, ANACAD was acquired by Mentor Graphics Corporation (MGC) where he worked till May 2000 as GM of Mentor Graphics Egypt.

Hisham has been a professor of microelectronics at Ain-Shams University, Cairo till 2016. He has authored and co-authored two books, several patents and more than 100 scientific publications in International Journals and Conferences. He received his Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, France in 1988. His Ph.D. research work won the best Ph.D. thesis award for the years 1987-88, awarded by the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).

Hisham is the founding chairman of the GSA-Egypt chapter and board member of EITESAL, (Egyptian Information, Telecommunications, Electronics & Software Alliance), the biggest technology NGO in Egypt. He is also a board member of the IT Industry Development Agency, ITIDA.

Hisham is currently leading a team to develop a national strategy for the semiconductors industry in Egypt under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

Hisham serves as advisor to the Minister of Scientific Research on innovation and heads a team to develop a national innovation policy for Egypt. He has been an expert on innovation with the ESCWA UN organization and is currently enrolled in the MIT REAP program at the MIT Sloan school of management as part of a national team to accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cairo.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Science, Technology & Innovation Funding Authority and the board of and Zewail City for Science and Technology. He has also served as a member of the steering committee of Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology as well as a member of the Engineering Education committee of the Supreme Council for Universities.

Hisham is chairman of the board and co-founder of Si-Ware Systems, Pearl Semi and Fab-Minds.

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Si-Ware was founded in 2004 by leading-edge scientists and entrepreneurs who developed the world first alignment-free, calibration-free, and shock-resistant MEMS based Fourier Transform Near Infra-Red (FT-NIR) spectrometer on a chip. This was and still is the smallest FT-NIR MEMS spectrometer in the world.

In 2014, Si-Ware won the prestigious Prism Award from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for our first-generation technology. Since then, Si-Ware has continued to innovate scoring more than 100 patents and a large number of research papers that represent our technical advancements in FT-IR spectroscopy.

Now, Si-Ware provides end-to-end FT-NIR solutions under the brand name NeoSpectra. This combines portable FT-NIR Analyzers with intuitive software and a powerful cloud to quickly analyze samples with speed and precision across almost all industries. Si-Ware brings highly accurate, on-site material analysis within reach for all through affordable and accessible technology. We have redefined NIR performance and use through unique FT-NIR technology that enables simultaneous analysis of multiple parameters with greater accuracy, across practically all industries and scientific applications.

Si-Ware, an independent fabless semiconductor company that fosters silicon innovation, employs more than 100 engineers, and has commercial sites and development centers in Cairo, Egypt and Paris, France as well as in California and Boston area in the USA.

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Kamel Ait Mahiout



Kamel Ait Mahiout is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the electronics industry. His expertise spans from RF and Microwave engineering to executive roles in prominent companies such as Unity SC and Amkor Technology, where he significantly contributed to the growth and alignment of the businesses with key industry players.

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International Semiconductor Executive Summits (ISES) holds a significant position within the semiconductor industry. Since 2010 we have scaled 8 major successful regional events globally. Our initiatives to date have been fully supported by local governments. For e.g., ISES USA is hosted in partnership with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, ISES Taiwan is hosted in partnership with ITRI, ISES EU is hosted in partnership with the EU Commission, ISES Southeast Asia in partnership with Invest in Penang. We serve as a platform where senior executives in technology, manufacturing and R&D from various semiconductor companies, technology providers, and related industries gather to exchange information, shape strategies, and discuss the industry’s direction. Our summits have influenced industry trends and decisions due to the high-level discussions that take place.

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