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Why “Middle East” – GSME’s Journey in Search of New Talent & Hub for Semiconductor Design & Manufacturing

Semiconductors are the backbone of 4th industrial revolution enabling us to live in a smart & connected world. Connected world, Digitizing Auto Industry, social-media revolution, industrial automation, & AI decision making is spiking the demand of Integrated Circuits. Now when semiconductors are becoming the new “Oil”, fight over its control is also getting intense. Trade-war between US & China is drifting to become China-vs-West issue to gain controls over semiconductor manufacturing market. Semiconductor industry is experiencing shortage of skilled engineers in the field of microelectronics, IC design & manufacturing. GSME started its efforts over a year ago to identify & establish new hubs to support semiconductor ecosystem. GCC countries in Middle East can play a significant role in filling in the gap industry is experiencing.

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Farhat Jahangir

Co-founder & CEO

GS Microelectronics

Farhat serves as the CEO at GS Microelectronics. Prior to joining GSME he was serving as VP & GM of Manufacturing at Onsemi, where he was managing ON Semiconductor’s largest 300mm Fab in East-Fishkill, New York for over two years. Farhat joined ON Semiconductor through Quantenna Communication acquisition in March 2019 where he was serving as SVP of Manufacturing, Operations & Quality for six plus years. Farhat played a pivotal role in making Quantenna successful through manufacturing optimization, process & yields improvements, cost reductions, & significant margins improvement. Farhat’s efforts enabled Quantenna’s successful IPO in October 2016.

Farhat has over 25 years of successful experience in global manufacturing, Fab & OSAT operations, supplier management, building partnerships, and the assurance of quality & reliability processes. Prior to joining ON Semi/Quantenna Communications, he headed semiconductor manufacturing operations and quality functions at Synerchip Corporation (acquired by Silicon Image) & SiTime (a MEMS based timing solution company). His contributions towards building and restructuring company’s lower margin product lines to higher margins, enabled market penetration and corporate margins growth in the companies he served. Farhat also held various engineering and management positions in the areas of semiconductor manufacturing in companies like Texas Instruments, Cypress Semiconductor, Silicon Image & IDT.

Farhat holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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Maryam Al-Bulushi

Senior Mgr. Business Operations & Corporate Affairs

GS Microelectronics

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Ammar Al-Kalbani

Lead IC Design & Verification Engineer

GS Microelectronics

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