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Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Non-Executive Chairman


Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is an electronics industry luminary and a founding-father of EDA, having co-founded both Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems in the 1980s. An accomplished academic, he is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley with a long list of awards and academic and commercial achievements under his belt: the Kaufman Award for “pioneering contributions to EDA”; the IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal “for ground-breaking contributions [to]…the development of electronics and electrical engineering..”; author of over 950 papers, 19 books and two patents.

Rupert Baines
Rupert Baines


Rupert is a 30-year veteran of the global semiconductor and communications industries, and has previously held senior roles in both start-ups and prominent trans-national companies. Before joining UltraSoC he was VP of Strategic Marketing at Mindspeed following that company’s acquisition of Picochip (now part of Intel), where he had served as VP of Marketing. His CV also includes spells at first:telecom, Arthur D Little and Analog Devices, where he played a key role in the development and mass-market adoption of digital subscriber line (DSL), the most common broadband access technology in use around the world today. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce & Manufacture (FRSA).

Aileen Ryan

Chief Strategy Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Aileen’s executive career spans software engineering, operations and strategy with a variety of firms including Huawei, TM Forum, Motorola and Alcatel. She is widely recognized as a leader in the global communications industry and has been named by Silicon Republic as one of the top 25 Irish leaders in the Sci-Tech world. Aileen serves on the editorial advisory board for VanillaPlus and IOTNow publications, and is a regular speaker and moderator at events globally. Aileen holds an M.B.A., an M.Sc. in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Micro-electronic Engineering from University College Cork.


Luke Hakes
Dr Luke Hakes

Board Representative


Luke is an Investment Director in the Ventures division of Octopus Investments. Luke represents Octopus on the boards of a number of high technology start-ups in the Semiconductor and Engineering spaces. After starting his career as a research scientist Luke moved into Management and Technology consulting where he spent a number of years helping large blue chip companies address their performance and operational deficiencies. Luke holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, an MSc in Bioinformatics and a PhD in Computational Genetics.

Alvise Bonivento
Alvise Bonivento

Board Representative

Alvise Bonivento is an Investment Director at Indaco Venture Partners. He has experience in running all parts of the deal flow and focuses on the ICT, embedded systems and biomedical device industries. He serves on the board of several Indaco portfolio companies.
 Previously, Alvise served at McKinsey & Co as an associate with responsibilities of team management working on various industrial sectors.
 The holder of several patents in the field of robotics, he holds a Laurea Degree in Communication Technologies from the University of Padua and a Master of Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Willi Mannheims

Board Representative

Willi Mannheims is a Managing Partner at eCAPITAL. He has 25 years of experience in venture and private equity, with four successful IPOs and numerous supervisory board positions with experience in supporting the growth of small and medium sized technology companies. He has held various management positions in business development, strategic planning, Venture Capital Fond Dasa / Daimler Chrysler; head of Business Development at CUBIS AG; Founder & CEO Secunet AG; CEO escrypt GmbH; equity stakes as CEO in Eracom AG, CEO ISITS AG. He is an aerospace engineering graduate and MBA holder.

Robin Lincoln

Board Observer

Robin leads the portfolio management practice at Oxford Capital Ventures. He has over 20 years of private equity and venture capital experience across the spectrum of new investments, working with portfolio companies and leading exit processes.  Previously Robin worked at HgCapital, where he founded and led Hg’s Business Services investment practice, Lloyds Bank and Living Bridge. He is a qualified chartered accountant.

James Bruegger

Board Observer

James is Investment Director and Managing Partner at Seraphim. He joined Seraphim shortly after its launch in 2006. He has participated in all the investments Seraphim has made to date. Previously he worked at Burlington Consultants, a boutique strategy consultancy that was acquired by Deloitte & Touche. At Burlington / Deloitte, James worked on c.20 private equity transactions, conducting commercial due diligence across a wide range of sectors. He holds a first class degree in History from University College London where he specialised in the history of science and medicine.


Simon Davidmann

Simon Davidmann is currently CEO of Imperas and a visiting Professor of Digital Systems at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to founding Imperas he served as a VP at Synopsys Inc, following its successful acquisition of Co-Design Automation, the developer of SystemVerilog. Before founding Co-Design Simon was an executive or European GM with five US-based EDA startups including Chronologic, which pioneered the compiled code simulator VCS; and Ambit, which was acquired by Cadence for $280M. Simon was one of the original developers of the HILO logic simulation system and co-authored the definitive book on SystemVerilog.

Guillaume d’Eyssautier

Guillaume d’Eyssautier currently serves as a director of SpendLead (a B2B engagement platform), Executive Chairman of sureCore (an advanced silicon IP venture) and is an advisor to CoreNetiX GmbH. He was previously CEO at Delf MEMS, CEO of ADD Semiconductor prior to its acquisition by Atmel, and CEO at small-cell pioneer Picochip. Prior to that, he served at executive and board level in IBM Technology Group EMEA in Switzerland, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems in France and GEC-Plessey Semiconductors, and was Senior VP and General Manager EMEA at Cadence Design Systems. His early career included engineering, marketing and sales positions at Philips Semiconductors, Signetics Corp. USA, and Matra Harris Semiconductors. Guillaume holds an MSc in solid state physics from ISEP and MBA from INSEAD.

Vijay Dube

Vijay Dube is a serial entrepreneur and senior technology executive. Most recently he was CEO of Elliptic Technologies, leading up to its acquisition by Synopsys Inc. Prior to that, he served as COO and EVP Marketing at Wavesat, which was acquired in 2009 by Cavium. His previous roles include VP Marketing and Business Development at Atsana Semiconductor and VP Marketing and Co-Founder at Dipix Technologies Inc.

Professor David May

David May is Professor of Computer Science at Bristol University. He is known for numerous innovations in computer architecture including the Inmos transputer, the occam concurrent programming language, the ST Chameleon system-on-chip architecture and the Xmos multithreaded multicore processor. He is the author of over 100 papers and 50 patents. David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990 for his contributions to computer architecture and parallel computing, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010. His interests are in computer architecture; design and verification; mobile and wearable computing; robotics; high-performance computing. He maintains active relationships with technology industry and investors, and has acted as an advisor to several early-stage companies. Alongside this, he has advised on intellectual property issues and acted as an expert witness in litigation.

Chris Wade

Chris is an experienced founder, advisor, startup mentor and technology executive. Currently a Partner at Isomer Capital, he was previously the founding director of the Venture Capital Unit for the UK Government where he cultivated over $1bn invested from the US and Asia into fund and direct company opportunities. As a venture partner at Octopus Ventures and Entrepreneur First he is an active value-add non-executive director and has mentored 15 companies to successful seed funding. He co-founded Cambridge Positioning Systems which sold to a global semiconductor firm in 2007, prior to which Chris worked for 15 years in technology operations at US-based DSC, where he assisted in its $4bn sale to Alcatel, and at Nortel. Chris holds a BSc in Physics and Chemistry from Leeds University.

Professor Klaus D McDonald-Maier

Klaus is internationally recognised as an expert in embedded systems and Systems-on Chip technology. He is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex and has held academic positions at the University of Kent and the University of Jena. Previously at Infineon Technologies AG he was responsible for the architecture specification of advanced SoC processor cores, and modules. Klaus McDonald-Maier has authored over 150 papers and holds 12 patents granted and pending worldwide. He is a Fellow of the IET and a senior member of IEEE.