Strategies In Light Europe 2014
2014 Speakers at Strategies in Light Europe
Mr. Rogier van de Heide
Lighting Designer
Rogier van der Heide is a well known designer in the public and commercial realm, and he was formerly Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Philips Lighting. Rogier focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing solutions. He has 20 years of experience in engaging, inspiring, three-dimensional design that fuses light, image projection, architecture and product design to create memorable, authentic experiences around the world. Until 2010, Rogier van der Heide was Director with Arup and the Global Leader of Arup Lighting. In that role, Rogier has been responsible for innovative, creative and well-executed projects all over the world. Rogier has received over 20 individual design awards, and his design team at Philips got accoladed over 35 times with iF Awards and Reddot Awards, the leading global industry prizes for innovative design. Rogier’s work is widely recognised as leading in the field of creative and independent design. Many architects work together with Rogier, who has completed projects in collaboration with Renzo Piano, Ben van Berkel, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Rob Krier and many others. Rogier delivers many lectures, presentations and seminars about design, light, business, and strategic design at many international conferences. His talk inspiring talk on about the beauty of darkness has attracted over 500,000 viewers. Rogier was also Professor at the Technical University of Graz, Austria.
Miss Anna Rooney
Principal Lighting Designer
AECOM Lighting Design
Anna Rooney is a Principal Lighting Designer in AECOM's London office and has worked in the field of specialist lighting design for over 8 years. A Masters graduate from the Warsaw University of Technology – Lighting Techniques Division, Anna has led and worked on a broad range of projects. Her experience in creative interior and exterior designs covers a wide range of sectors from urban masterplanning to architectural and building services design. Anna has worked on many projects in the commercial, heritage, educational, and national museums sectors as well as contributing to bespoke luminaire design. Her work includes many challenging and high profile developments such as: Rio Olympics Velodrome, BBC Broadcasting House, prestigious show room lighting for IBM and Renaissance Hotel in London. Her role includes creating new and exciting lighting by combining creative lighting design with new technologies and sustainability. Anna believes that evolutions in light technologies present designers with countless possibilities and an exciting and innovative future.
Mr. Wolfgang Andorfer
Chief Executive Officer (Chair of the LED Committee, Global Lighting Association - Vice President Sales & Marketing of Design, LED Products Ltd.)
Andorfer Consulting
Wolfgang Andorfer has 18 years of business experience in the global lighting business and more than 16 years of successful career in OSRAM, seasoned in general management, sales and product management, including 9 years as Senior Executive Manager. Combining technical and economic knowledge of the lighting industry for traditional and SSL with entrepreneurial thinking and acting, has been the base for success in his career. He has been also for more than 4 years Member of the LED Working Group in the European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC). Wolfgang holds a Master of Business Administration.
Mr. William Mackie
Equity Research, Capital Goods & Industrial Engineering
Will is responsible for leading the expansion of Berenberg’s Industrial research coverage. He has 16 years’ experience following the European Capital Goods sector, most recently as head of the Industrials team at MainFirst. Prior to this he was a key analyst in Extel-ranked teams at Commerzbank and UBS.
Mr. Holger Gaertig
Business Development Manager
BJB GmbH & Co. KG
Current position: - Since 2012 Business Development Manager - responsible for the global Key Account of development partners Prior positions at BJB · 2008 – 2011 Area Sales Manager UK · 2003 – 2007 Marketing Manager: market research and competitive analysis
Mr. Jed Dorsheimer
Managing Director, Equity Research, Display and Lighting
Canaccord Genuity
Jed Dorsheimer serves as a Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord Genuity. By leveraging his knowledge of compound semiconductors and device physics, Jed has differentiated his research from the Street by identifying emerging trends such as Solid State Lighting. Through bottom-up analysis and tireless market diligence, Jed has built a franchise known for fundamental research and credited with identifying key companies that show the greatest promise of maintaining or disrupting incumbent technologies. Jed is credited with authoring some of the leading research in the sector, co-chairing and presenting at several leading events around the world. In 2014, Lux Magazine ranked Jed the 5th most influential person in the Lighting Industry. Jed has served as advisor to the William J. Clinton Foundation's Climate Initiative and has consulted with most of the industry's leading companies. The Wall Street Journal ranked Jed #1 for stock picking performance in 2011 (Electronics and Electrical Equipment), following his #2 performance for 2009.
Dr. Josep Carreras
Director of the Lighting Group
Catalonia Institute for Energy Research
Dr. Josep Carreras received his B.S., M.S. and PhD. (Cum Laude, with Honors) in Physics from the University of Barcelona. Over his career, he has led and participated in numerous competitive and industrial research projects in the field of Photonics and Lighting. Carreras has authored more than 50 SCI-indexed articles and holds several patents. Since June 2009, he is the Lighting Group director of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research and more recently acts as President and CTO of a new start-up, Ledmotive Technologies S.L. that aims at commercializing LED engines with integrated full spectral control.
Mr. Ian Turner
Cool-Curve Ltd
Having established Juice Technology, one of the UK's leading lighting R&D innovators in 2002, Ian became well known in the lighting industry as LED technology developed both in Europe and North America. He was instrumental in creating Isotera Ltd, the company bringing a revolution to power and control for LED lighting and has recently formed Cool-Curve Ltd to deliver a similar impact to retrofit lamps. Ian has a degree in Industrial Engineering and has completed the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield University. He has developed a number of lean manufacturing operations and is particularly interested at applying lean techniques to remanufacturing and the circular economy. He has been Chair of the North London Chamber of Commerce, President of the British Sign and Graphics Association and a member of the Learning and Skills Council North London. Outside of work he is an athletics coach, masters athlete, skis, sails and enjoys his growing family of grandchildren – yes he is that old!
Mr. Uwe Hock
Director Sales & Marketing Europe
Cooledge Lighting
Mr. Uwe Hock is responsible for the European Operations of Cooledge Lighting GmbH since early 2014. He started the Cooledge Lighting European Business Development already in 2013. Prior to Cooledge he worked at Sharp Microelectronics Europe for over 8 years; the last 4 years as Manager of Lighting Business for Europe. His first LED related activities began at the end of 2007 in the areas of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for the emerging HB-LED market. Previous to that, he worked in the microelectronics industry for 10 years in various Sales & Marketing positions at AT&T Microelectronics and succeeding companies Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems. He holds a Dipl. Ing. (FH)/graduate engineering degree in electro technique/telecommunication from the University of Darmstadt since 1995
Mr. Norbert Hiller
Executive Vice President Lighting
Cree Inc.
Norbert Hiller heads the CREE LED Lighting business unit. He joined Cree in 2001 leading their LED Product business until 2013. Before joining Cree, he was the GM of LED Components with OSRAM Opto Semiconductors in Germany from 1996 – 2001. Prior to OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, he worked for Philips’ Optoelectronics Center in The Netherlands and Germany as Marketing and Sales Manager. Norbert Hiller holds a degree in Physics from the University of Cologne, Germany.
Mr. Yves Leboucher
Head of Marketing
Yves Leboucher has been Head of Marketing for the DALI working party since September 2013. Prior to taking on the role of Head of Marketing for DALI, Yves Leboucher was Marketing Manager & Conference Manager at Agrion Global Business Network, and prior to that was at Frankfurt Future Think Tank for 4 years, most recently as marketing manager and assistant to the general management. Yves Leboucher holds a Master in Marketing.
Mr. Scott Wade
Technical Manager
Dr. Scott Wade has been Technical Manager for the DALI working party since August 2013, and for around 10 years has been an industry expert member of the IEC 62386 standardisation team (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface). Prior to taking on the role of Technical Manager for DALI, Dr. Wade was NPI Director for Electronics and Systems for 4 years at Honeywell ED&S, and prior to that was at Helvar for 13 years, most recently as R&D Manager for Lighting Controls. Dr. Wade holds a Ph.D. in Power Electronics and M.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Mr. Ted Gaertner
(representing EEPCA), Product Manager
DEKRA Certification B.V.
18 year of experience in conformity assessment in several fields of electrical and electronic equipment and components. Vice chairman of the EEPCA, Execom member of ECS, Product manager and manager conformity assessment at the DEKRA Certification group, delegate of IEC CAB and IECEE-CMC for the Netherlands.
Mr. Jaap Nuesink
Global Account Manager
DEKRA Certification B.V.
DOB: 7-2-1968; The Netherlands Education: Studied Electrical engineering and electronics. Employment Engineer Lighting for KEMA Quality from 1990-94 Group manager Power tools for KEMA Quality from 1994-95 Project manager Power tools for KEMA Quality from 1995-97 Engineering manager for an import/export company from 1997-06 Project manager KEMA Quality from 2006-08 Global account manager / business developer Lighting from 2008 to present for DEKRA certification Main tasks Development of new services and improving existing services for the lighting market. Coordinating global market approach lighting. Account management for large and medium sized accounts.
0Mr. Desmond O'Donovan
DHA Designs
After completing a degree in Industrial Design at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, Des went on to complete the Master's degree in Lighting at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. During this time, he worked with an independent lighting consultant in London. From there he moved to the design arm of a major lighting manufacturer, becoming senior lighting design designer working on a broad range of retail, industrial & sports projects. Des joined dha design in 1996 and became a director in 2002. He has over 20 years experience of designing, project managing and delivering large scale landmark projects around the world. Notable international projects include Bellagio Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, Wynn Resorts Macau and Selfridges in Birmingham. He has also been responsible for the design and commissioning of the current and previous award winning Virgin Atlantic Upper Class aircraft cabin interiors.
Mr. Ruben Kubiak
Policy Officer
European Commission, DG Energy
Ruben Kubiak, a physicist and psychologist by training, joined the European Commission in 2012 after his work in academia on the mathematical modelling of emerging infectious diseases, leading to a DPhil in Biomathematics. His work at the Commission concentrates on energy efficiency policies, especially the regulatory measures on lighting products and water pumps under the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives, but also the transposition of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. Dr Kubiak's horizontal responsibilities further include the monitoring of international developments on energy labelling legislations and minimum efficiency requirements of energy-related products.
Dr. Stephan Junger
Senior Scientist
Fraunhofer IIS
Stephan Junger received the Diploma degree and the Dr. rer. nat. degree in physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He has been working on holographic bragg grating couplers with submicron grating periods and on miniaturised optoelectronic sensor systems for spectroscopic applications. Since 2000 he is with Fraunhofer IIS where his research interests as a senior scientist include optoelectronic components, optical sensors, and optical nanostructures where he authored or co-authored more than 25 journal and conference papers and holds 5 patents. He received the Georg-Waeber-Innovation Award in 2012.
Mr. Andrew Davies
Business Development Manager
Harvard Engineering
An experienced industry professional, Dr. Davies has worked in the lighting industry for over sixteen years, having previously worked for GE Lighting in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. As product general manager, he brought to market GE Lightings LED lamps, modules and systems portfolio, and most recently was sales development director, responsible for the development of the company's strategic LED module business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dr. Davies's new role will involve bringing new generations of indoor lighting control solutions to market, and identifying and developing new business opportunities for the new products
Mr. Christian Schraft
Christian Schraft is currently President of Havells Sylvania Europe. Prior to that, he has held numerous positions in Osram, including CEO of several Business Units and SVP of Corporate Strategy & Marketing. He holds Masters degrees in Physics and Business Administration.
Mr. Max Björkgren
Director, Research & Technology
Helvar Oy Ab
Mr Max Björkgren has been working at Helvar since 2004 and is currently Director of the Research and Technology operations at Helvar. Helvar is an international lighting technology company specializing in high quality, energy-efficient lighting components and control solutions. Prior to Helvar Mr. Björkgren worked as CTO in a startup company called Radionet later acquired by Airspan Networks, dealing with wireless communication products. Most of his career (nearly 20 years) Mr. Björkgren has worked for Ericsson in various management positions in the fields of Telecom and ICT. Mr. Björkgren holds a MSc in Mathematics and ICT.
Mr. Thomas Knoop
Managing Director
INTEGRATED Innovation & Design
Dr. Thomas Knoop holds a MS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Lighting Technology. He co-founded Lichtvision, a globally recognized lighting design and development studio in Berlin, prior to serving in various positions at Philips Lighting, Eindhoven, from product development to marketing and including managing the transition to LED technology at an executive level.
Mr. Gary Hua
Inventronics Inc.
Dr. Gary Hua is a renowned expert in the global power electronics arena. He was a co-founder and former VP of Engineering of VPT Inc., which is now one of the largest military/aerospace power companies in the world. He is also the founder & former President of e-Power Co., Ltd, now a wholly-owned affiliate of the NASDAQ-listed Bel Fuse Inc. In 2007, Dr. Hua founded Inventronics Inc., which is currently the largest company in the world dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of high efficiency, high reliability and long-life LED drivers. Dr. Hua is the Director of Zhejiang SSL Alliance. He served as the Chairman of SSL Annual Symposium on Driver, Control, and Applications in China from 2011-2013. He also served as the Chairman of the Driver and Control Session of China SSL Conference from 2011-2013.
Mr. Marshall Miles
Vice President, Business Development
Inventronics Inc.
Marshall Miles is the Vice President of Business Development for Inventronics focusing on the definition and development of new products for powering solid state lighting systems. He has spent over 20 years in the field of power electronics and is a past president and board member for the Power Sources Manufacturer’s Association. He is the author of numerous technical articles and has presented at both power electronics and lighting conferences around the world. Marshall has received both Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as an MBA. Inventronics is the largest company in the world dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of power supplies for LED lighting. Headquartered in Hangzhou, China, with operations spanning Asia, North America and Europe, the company offers the broadest portfolio of 5-year-warranty products in the industry. Producing world-class LED drivers from 5W to 500W for a wide variety of lighting control systems, Inventronics focuses on improving the ROI for LED lighting by delivering high efficiency, high reliability and long life products at competitive prices.
Mr. Kevan Shaw
Design Director
Kevan Shaw BSc(Hons) C.Eng, MILP, MSLL,IALD has been active in lighting design for almost 40 years, 25 years running his architectural lighting design practice KSLD. He is active in the profession representing lighting design issues in the European Commission consultations. He is also active in Education lecturing at Edinburgh Napier University and visiting lecturer at KTH Stockholm as well as supervising Masters theses and leading educational workshops. Kevan regularly speaks at major international lighting conferences including PLDC and Enlighten Americas as well as numerous other conferences.
0Mr. Detlef Mikulsky
General Manager
Mr. Andy Guest
Business Development Manager
LIA Laboratories Ltd.
Andy is an experienced electrical / electronic engineer working with the LIA laboratory since 2003. With a technical engineering background and experience in supply chains from manufacturing through to end use, Andy is well placed to understand the challenges faced by all areas of the lighting industry, especially with the introduction of LED technology. Working closely with both the laboratory and LIA technical staff, having a good working knowledge of standards and legislation is a key part of the role in supporting manufacturers in achieving product compliance in the modern market place.
Ms. Isabel Sternkopf
Lighting Designer
After studying architecture and lighting design in Germany and Sweden, Isabel Sternkopf (born 1980) received her degree in architecture in 2003 and her Master´s degree in lighting design in 2005. At Lichtvision she has been responsible for a variety of projects from concept phase to commissioning since 2005.
Mr. Markus Reisinger
Senior Researcher, Lecturer
Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture
Markus Reisinger works as lecturer and principal research scientist in the field of interior architecture at the Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture in Switzerland. Previously he worked as a lighting researcher and design consultant in the Netherlands and Austria. As qualified architect, he has practiced lighting design internationally, working on concepts for architecture and scenic art. He specializes in “'light experience spaces”, i.e. rooms that illustrate the creative potential of the medium. In his academic activities he brings together perspectives from design, psychology and perception research. His current research projects focus on the aesthetics of the luminous environment and psychological effects of lighting.
Mr. Frederic Granotier
Mr. Frédéric Granotier is a Founder of Lucibel SA and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Granotier served as Supply Pole Director and Deputy Managing Director of Poweo. Mr. Granotier served as Managing Director of Self Trade SA since February 26, 2001 and served as its Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Granotier served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Poweo. He served as Member of the Executive board at Self Trade. Mr. Granotier served as Senior Manager with Ernst & Young, where he worked for eight years in the Audit and Consulting branches, in France and in the USA. Mr. Granotier serves as Chairman of POWEO Entreprise SAS, Member of the Board of directors of Ab Solyys,Member of the Board of directors of Televista SA and Manager of PosilysSARL. He served as a Director of Poweo. He served as a Director of the Self Trade SA from 2000 to 2002. He is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Granotier is a graduate from Nice – Sophia Antipolis Ecole Supérieure De Commerce.
Mr. Richard van de Vrie
Chief Executive Officer
Richard van de Vrie is a visionary lighting industry innovator with over 25 year experience in the lighting industry (through roles as CEO of Lighting Partner BV and VP of two stock market listed companies: Sylvania Lighting and Lighting Science Group). Richard has held various positions at lighting fixture and light source manufacturers; including corporate management, business development, brand positioning /marketing, building global platforms, developing and launching new innovative products, collections and global brands. In 2009 he founded the LUXeXceL Group with full focus to try to solve the inflexible, difficult and expensive LED optics development for the Lighting Industry that had huge challenges to follow the pace of the fast improving digital LED chips. Richard holds the position of President & CEO at LUXeXceL. To further learn about Richard’s background and key reasons to found LUXeXceL and invent the Additive Manufacturing of functional optics - we recommend you to watch LUXeXceL’s short animation: “A day out of the life of John, the Optical Engineer”
Mr. Stewart Langdown
Business Development Director
Mackwell Electronics Ltd.
Stewart Langdown is responsible for leading the business direction of Mackwell, facilitating ongoing developments in new markets and technologies. Stewart has worked within the lighting industry for over 20 years, possessing a wealth of experience in lighting control systems, components and luminaires. His knowledge and experience has been integral to developing an innovative approach to lighting technology.
Mr. Axel Baschnagel
MCA Baschnagel
Axel Baschnagel specializes with his team in consulting to associations in the lighting and electrical market. They address a range of challenges such as marketing strategy, implementing marketing communication with a regional or global scope or stakeholder management. Mr. Baschnagel has worked in lighting for over 20 years and held various responsibilities with OSRAM GmbH such as Business Unit Manager or Sales Manager of a foreign sales company. Throughout his career he enjoyed a strong international exposure and intense marketing orientation. He worked for several years in Japan and Turkey and managed a wide variety of international projects. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University and has completed the European Executive Programme in Japan.
Mr. Ulrich Bohnert
Risk Analyst SER
Munich Re
Dr. Ulrich Bohnert is Risk Analyst at Munich Re and responsible for the technical analysis of insurance coverage for the green tech industry. He studied physics at the University of Erlangen and executive master of insurance at the LMU in Munich. In his occupational career, Mr. Bohnert assembled experience in new technologies and startup companies before he joined Munich Re in 2000.
Mr. Steve Reinhard
Vice President - Business Development
Nanoco Group Plc
Steve Reinhard joined Nanoco in 2008 as Vice President of Business Development and has more than 13 years of experience in the display and lighting industries. Prior to Nanoco, Steve held senior level business development, sales and marketing positions with Displaytech (bought by Micron Technology) and Dynamic Organic Light. Steve began his career at Lockheed Martin working in cost engineering, competitive analysis and new business development roles. Steve earned his MBA from Binghamton University and received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State.
Mr. Daniel Doxsee
Deputy Managing Director
Nichia Chemical Europe
Daniel Doxsee, Deputy Managing Director – Nichia Chemical Europe GmbH Dan is the Deputy Managing Director of Nichia Europe, which he joined in June 2014. Dan currently leads the commercialization of Nichia’s LED products for lighting applications in Europe, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Dan first joined Nichia Corporation in 2004 at Nichia America, where he served as Vice President, based in Detroit and oversaw the expansion of Nichia’s lighting and automotive businesses in the US, Canada and South America. Prior to joining Nichia in 2004 Dan spent 6 years with GE Lighting’s LED division in various roles in Engineering and Product Management. Dan is a native of Canada and received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 1992.
Mr. Mourad Boulouednine
Project Manager
Osram GmbH
Mourad gained his diploma in Technical Physics at the Technical University of Munich in 1992. He joined the lighting project department of OSRAM & gained extensive knowledge on illumination and application of new lighting. In 2001 he initiated OSRAM’s activities for energy auditing concepts and software tools. After two years in Dubai and experience in many large and international commercially successful projects. He has headed the European and Middle East / Latin American Solution Business of OSRAM since 2010 and currently he is taking care of special international projects.
Mr. Boris Tramm
Head of Investor Relations
Mr. Brad Koerner
Director of Experience Design
Philips Lighting
Brad Koerner's passion is enriching people's lives through sustainable lighting. In doing so, Brad has become an experienced lighting designer, product marketing manager, and design leader in the application of advanced lighting technologies. Brad is currently Director of Experience Design at Philips Lighting in Amsterdam. In this role, Brad connects Philips’ most advanced technologies and best services with its most creative customers.
Dr. Ir. Willem van Driel
SSL Reliability Program Manager
Philips Lighting
A >20 year track record in the reliability domain. Application areas range from healthcare, gas and oil explorations, semiconductors and my current position in Philips Lighting where I am responsible for Solid State Lighting reliability. Besides that I hold an assistant professor position at the University of Delft, The Netherlands. My scientific interests are solid state lighting, microelectronics and microsystems technologies, virtual prototyping, virtual reliability qualification and designing for reliability of microelectronics and microsystems. I am the program chair of the organizing committee of the IEEE conference EuroSimE. I have authored and co-authored more than 250 scientific publications, including journal and conference papers, book or book chapters and invited keynote lectures. I hold 15 patents. I am a certified DFSS Black Belt. Specialties: reliability, system reliability, solid state lighting, microelectronics and microsystems technologies, virtual prototyping, virtual reliability qualification and designing for reliability of microelectronics and microsystems
Mr. Noman Rangwala
Strategic Marketing
Philips Lumileds Lighting Company
Noman Rangwala joined Philips Lumileds as a Strategic Marketing Manager in January of 2013. Noman is responsible for developing new opportunities and establishing product requirements for emerging applications. Before joining Philips Lumileds, Noman lead a strategic marketing team creating new products in precision systems group, within National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. Prior to this role, Noman lead the efforts in new product creation at Analog Devices within the wireless communications including Wi-Fi and WiMax IC chipsets and power management ICs. Earlier, Noman served as a project lead with Asahi Kasei Microsystems and Philips Semiconductors, within the analog and digital IC design teams. Noman earned a Masters from University of New Mexico and a M.B.A from San Diego State University.
Mr. James McKenzie
Chief Executive Officer
PhotonStar LED Group plc
James studied Physics and Computing and then went to Brunel University where he worked on optics for his Ph.D. He joined Bookham Technology when the company was in its very early stages and was involved, as a member of the management team, in Bookham’s fast growth phase leading up to its IPO in 2000. During this period he was responsible for product engineering before moving on to become Director of Marketing. In 2001 James joined Teem Photonics as VP of Business Development & Marketing developing the company’s growth strategies, exiting the company following a successful fund raising round in 2003. James joined Mesophotonics in March 2003 as CEO and successfully raised £5.5m in 2003, developing 2 business units one in LEDs and the other in Analytical Biochemistry. In 2007 the Analytical part of the business was bought by D3 backed by Renishaw. The LED business unit was sold to Luxtaltek, a Taiwanese LED manufacturer. James left Mesophotonics in 2007 to set up PhotonStar LED Ltd bringing a wealth of semiconductor and optoelectronic packaging experience to the company. James is a member of the Institute of Physics, is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Directors. James is a member of the Lighting Association Technical Committee
Dr. Lewis Liu
Business Development Manager
Dr Lewis Liu joined Plessey Semiconductors as Business Development Manager in 2012 with the acquisition of CamGaN, a University of Cambridge spin-out which he co-founded to exploit the GaN-on-Si LED technology. His role involves strategic marketing and new business development, and has carried out a number of quantitative market and competitor analysis and modelling projects. Dr Liu holds a PhD (2011) in materials science from University of Cambridge, U.K. and a BEng (2007) in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University, China.
Mr. Michael LeGoff
Chief Executive Officer
Plessey Semiconductor
Michael Le Goff founded a re-launch of Plessey in May 2009 with the acquisition of the original Plessey semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Swindon and in Plymouth, where their headquarters are currently located. He has led the business as CEO since that time. Prior to Plessey, in 1995 he founded Dynex Semiconductors, which he listed in 1998 (CDNX:DNX). Dynex was subsequently sold to Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co Ltd in China in 2008. Michael has a degree in Physics and also holds an MBA. He is a Fellow of the Innovation Institute, a member of the IET, the AIAA, and is a registered professional engineer.
Mr. Iain Silvester
Chief Financial Officer
Plessey Semiconductor
Iain Silvester has over 20 years’ experience in private and public growth stage technology companies. Most recently he was CFO of picoChip Inc. and Finance Director of Motion Media PLC where he managed its IPO on the LSE in 2000. Iain has a B.Sc in Chemistry and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young where he specialised in corporate finance.
Mr. Nick Grace
Business Development Manager, Rapidform RCA
Royal College of Art
Nick Grace is an experienced craftsman, tutor and practitioner in digital fabrication. An interest in technology allowed him to migrate from physical techniques to digital whilst working with the Ove Arup Partnership in 1987 where he worked on early versions of object-oriented design software, and in the use of laser and cnc cutting for design prototypes and representations. He has been with the Royal College of Art since 2006, running the Rapid Prototyping facility since 2009. His involvement in education since 1985 means he is well practiced at explaining a complex mix of technologies, skillsets and user requirements to designers, learners and industrialists. His current post graduate studies at Ravensbourne, London, examine the effect digital fabrication is having on design education.
Mr. Eric Greatti
Vice President, Lighting EcoBusiness Division
Schneider Electric
Eric Greatti is currently in charge of the Lighting Business for the EcoBuilding Division of Schneider Electric. The scope of this business includes emergency lighting, luminaries and lighting solutions. He joined the marketing team of Schneider Electric in 1991. From 1995 until 2010, he held marketing, sales and general management positions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. From 2010 to 2013, he was VP Strategy for the LifeSpace Business Unit in EMEA.
Dr. Mike Krames
Chief Technology Officer
Soraa, Inc.
Mike Krames received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, under the supervision of Professor Nick Holonyak, Jr., renowned inventor of the light emitting diode (LED). After graduation, Dr. Krames joined Hewlett-Packard Optoelectronics Division in Silicon Valley as a research engineer developing high-power visible-spectrum LEDs. He subsequently formed and ran the Advanced Laboratories for Lumileds Lighting Co., a joint venture between Hewlett-Packard and Philips, later known as Philips Lumileds. There his research focused on advanced III-nitride epitaxy, LED device technology, luminescent materials for photon down-conversion, and applications of LEDs to lighting and displays. Dr. Krames spearheaded several technology advancements at Lumileds, including flip-chip technology (the basis for Luxeon™), thin-film technology, photonic crystal LEDs, nitride- and ceramic-based phosphors, LED systems for high colour gamut flat panel displays, and advancing understanding behind the “droop” mechanism in InGaN-GaN LEDs. In 2009, he joined the management team of Soraa as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Krames is a senior member of IEEE and has published more than 80 papers and been granted more than 100 patents worldwide in the fields of optoelectronics, solid-state lighting, and displays.
Mr. Hiroto Toyoda
Project Designer
Speirs + Major
Hiroto is a Senior Designer at Speirs + Major; an award winning design practice that uses light to enhance the experience of the visual environment. Hiroto has worked on a variety of lighting schemes both in the UK and internationally with strong experience in running architectural, commercial and retail projects where light is used to help create visual narrative after dark. Hiroto was the lead designer for Hedonism Wines; a unique high end wine boutique in London. He is currently working on a number of projects including commercial towers in Sydney, luxury hotel and spa in Doha as well as working closely with a luxury fashion company to enhance their brand identity through the use of light.
Mr. Klaus Bellgardt
STEP Consult GmbH
Klaus Bellgardt, MD and Co-founder of STEPConsult GmbH, has a long working experience with industrial companies (1980-1998, acting as Vice-President European Manufacturing at Tenneco Automotive 1994-1998). To complete his managerial skills, he attended classes at the INSEAD/CEDEP and Wharton Business School. As of 1998 he started working as a consultant in different fields, first working on projects in Lean Manufacturing, TPM, Maintenance, CI, ... for clients like Daimler, Volkswagen, Deutsche Bahn, ... In 2005 STEPConsult GmbH started working on street lighting projects as well, starting with maintenance and operational topics. Since then, various projects in the street lighting field have been completed. The range was from strategic consulting for energy suppliers, the scope being • Improvement of the performance of operational management of street lighting • Design and implementation of a concept for the operational management of street lighting • Operating efficiency study • Calculation/determination of the present value of the street lighting installations to a brought variety of other projects for different municipalities, covering topics like • Preparation of the grant-application documents for new LED-installations, incl. calculation of the energy efficiency and determination of the 'right' product to substitute the old luminaires • Development of a 'Masterplan lite' for street lighting • Preparation of tender documents for the installation of the new luminaires • Preparation of tender documents for new contracts on operational management of street lighting for those municipalities • Development and implementation of a method to perform the evaluation and documentation of the status of 'worn out' of luminaires on specific streets/roads. This is a legal requirement to collect money from the residents in some parts of Germany As a nice addition, projects in the Caribbean and in RSA have been completed.
Mr. Philip Smallwood
Director of LED and Lighting Research
Strategies Unlimited
Philip Smallwood is the Research Director for the LEDs and Lighting Group at Strategies Unlimited, where he oversees the creation and completion of the group’s market research reports and is the author of several of the groups worldwide lighting reports. He has been invited to speak at several lighting and LED events in the US and Europe and was quoted in several international periodicals, including The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining Strategies Unlimited, he was the lead lighting analyst at IHS and author of the 2011 and 2012 Lighting reports. He conducted extensive research on the global lamp and luminaire markets with a particular interest in the effect LEDs are having on incumbent technologies.
Mr. Tony Samurkas
Global R&D Director, Plastics
Styron LLC
"Tony Samurkas is Global R&D Director, Plastics for Styron, a leading global materials company dedicated to innovate and deliver for its customers. Styron has strong global positions in four business areas -- polystyrene and styrenic polymers, emulsion polymers, polycarbonate and engineered compounds, and PBR and SBR synthetic rubbers. Samurkas, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, held a number of senior roles in Research, Product Development and Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) during his 21 year career at The Dow Chemical Company prior to joining Styron."
Dr. Ing. Peter Zsolt Bodrogi
Senior Research Fellow
Technical University of Darmstadt, Laboratory of Lighting Technology
Peter Bodrogi is senior research fellow and leader of the color research group at the Laboratory of Lighting Technology of the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany. He graduated in Physics from the Lorand Eotvos University of Budapest (Hungary). He obtained his PhD degree in Information Technology from the University of Pannonia in Veszprem, Hungary. He obtained his Degree of Lecture Qualification (habilitation) from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt in 2010 for his thesis on the optimization of modern visual technologies. He (co-) authored scientific publications and books and invented patents in the domains of display technology, color science and lighting technology.
Mr. Simon den Uijl
Secretary General
The Connected Lighting Alliance
Simon den Uijl is the Secretary General of The Connected Lighting Alliance, and a Standardization Director with Philips Intellectual Property & Standards. Simon holds a MSc. in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management.
Mr. Jens Herter
Senior Product Manager
Jens Herter with a 13 year track record in software and a four years experience in lighting management within TRIDONIC holds a diploma in business administration. The experience of Jens Herter ranges from a single luminaire management to room solutions and building management solutions mainly based on DALI and DSI. Latest developments in the lighting are driven by inputs of the building management. Industry 4.0 or Internet of Things (IoT) are main drivers for the business area. Jens is active member of The Connected Lighting Alliance (TCLA) an industry wide alliance that focuses on a standardization of next generation of wireless lighting solutions. His profound expertise in Product Management for lighting and OEM solutions coupled with a world wide experience in luminaire manufacturer lead to strong contribution to up-to-date lighting management.
Mr. Sven Mueller
Director Lighting Systems
Trilux Innovation & Technology Zentrum GmbH
Sven Müller has a degree in electronics engineering, specialized in communication technology. After working in a research center around new lighting technologies he moved into the lighting industry, with the task to prepare a well known company for the led business. The next career station was the TRILUX group, where he started as a project manager for new luminaire development. With the foundation of the “Innovation and technology center” within the TRILUX group he first was responsible for bringing technology trends inside the company. Out of this a new department was born which deals with controls technologies, sensors and user interfaces.
Prof. Abraham Haim
Professor (Research & Teaching)
Univeristy of Haifa
A full professor since 1996 at the University of Haifa, Departments of Biology and Evolutionary & Environmental Biology, chairperson of the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management, dean of the Faculty of Science (2002-2008), Faculty of management University of Haifa. Head of the Israeli Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Chronobiology, University of Haifa. Has a Ph.D. in Environmental Zoology (Ecophysiology) from, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (1976). Post Doctoral research at the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) University of Pretoria, South Africa. For many years studied daily rhythms and seasonality of metabolic and thermoregulatory mechanisms in rodents from different environments. Together with colloquies and students studied the mechanisms of coexistence of Acomys species from extreme arid habitats. In recent years studied also studied the environmental signals for reproduction in desert adapted rodents. For the last 15 years involved in research of light pollution and its impact on rodents and human health. Together with colleagues and students, published over 170 papers, in pre-reviewed journals. Recently, published a book with Portnov on light pollution as a new risk factor for breast and prostate cancers. The vice chairman of The Israel Lighting Society.
Dr. Karin Smolders
Postdoc & Lecturer
University of Groningen and Eindhoven University of Technology
Karin C. H. J. Smolders has a MSc in Human-Technology interaction and recently received her PhD in Lighting research/Environmental psychology. Currently, Karin works as a lecturer at the Human-Technology Interaction group and ILI in Eindhoven (TU/e) and as postdoctoral researcher at the Chronobiology group in Groningen (RuG). She is involved in the European project SSL-erate that aims to accelerate the uptake of solid state lighting (SSL) in Europe. In current and past work, she investigates the relationship between light exposure and mental wellbeing and performance during daytime. Karin has published several journal articles on the diurnal effects of light on alertness and vitality.
Mr. Yariv Oren
Chief Executive Officer
Virtual Extension Ltd.
Yariv Oren is the CEO & Founder of Virtual Extension, a company that develops and markets high performance Smart Lighting, Smart Metering and Wireless Sensor Network products optimized for Mesh applications. Yariv has an extensive background in radio related R&D, solving mobility, coverage and connectivity issues, characterized by using sophisticated approaches to previously unresolved problems. Prior to founding Virtual Extension, Yariv served as VP R&D at TeleSciCOM, an innovator in broadband wireless communication. Previously he was VP R&D at Nexus (NASDAQ: NXUS), a Telocation Company. Yariv holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Mr. Roger Sexton
Vice President, Specifier Service
After completing an engineering degree in building services at Liverpool University, Roger worked for Philips Lighting for 20 years, mostly in the field of new product explorations. He then joined Xicato, the Intelligent LED Module manufacturer, in 2008, where he works in a lighting designer support role.
Mr. Patrick van der Meulen
Application Support Manager, Europe
Xicato Inc.
Patrick van der Meulen has over 19 years of experience in the lighting industry. He currently holds the position of Application Support Manager at Xicato, a US-based LED Module manufacturer, where he is responsible for focusing on Xicato customers across Europe and providing them with sales and technical support. Before this position he worked for various LED-related companies such as LiteCorp, a small Dutch manufacturer of LED products for vending machines as well as Dialight Lumidrives, a UK-based LED technology provider. From 2000 to 2006 he worked for LED manufacturer Lumileds, initially as a mechanical engineer and later as technical support manager for Europe with responsibility to train and educate customers on how to use high-power LEDs. Before joining Lumileds he worked at Philips Lighting Development Laboratories. Patrick van der Meulen is based near Eindhoven in The Netherlands.