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Doowhan Choi, CTO & Senior Executive VP, KT Corporation

Dr. DooWhan Choi is the Chief Technical Officer and Senior Executive Vice President at KT Corporation. He is an expert in the field of optical communication, and has more than 20 years of experience in the access and transmission network industry.

Dr. Choi was the first to develop Optical Transmission Technology in Korea in 1979 when he was a researcher at ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute). Dr. Choi was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1984 to 1991 and led the development of SDH fiber optic systems and GSM cellular systems. He returned to Korea in 1992 and worked as a Director of Fiber Optic and Wireless Network at Korea Telecom R&D center. He served as the Senior Vice President of ICT at Hanchang Group, and the Chief Technical Officer at Daeyoung Electric. He founded Neowave Inc., and became the CEO. Dr. Choi led NeoWave into the rapidly growing subscriber access network marketplace.

Dr. Choi received Grand Prize for Korean Venture Award of the Year from Korea Management Association, IR52 JangYoungShil Award from the Maeil Business Newspaper & Korea Industrial Technology Association (KOITA) and more honors throughout his career. He is an International Council Member of ISSLS and Senior Member of IEEE. Dr. Choi earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. and an B.S. in Electronics Engineering from the Seoul National University.

Botaro Hirosaki, Ph.D., EVP Carrier Network Business Unit, NEC

Dr. Hirosaki joined NEC Corporation in 1970 and was initially involved in the research and development of high-speed data transmission systems and digital signal processing. After he moved to a business unit of NEC in 1992, his responsibilities were covering new networking product development, business strategy planning, optical system business management, and intellectual asset operations management. From 2006 to 2008, he was an executive vice president in charge of telecommunications carrier business for all of NEC. Then, from 2008 to 2010, he managed the R&D and Intellectual Asset Unit of NEC as a senior executive vice president.

Dr. Hirosaki received his BSc degree from the University of Tokyo and his MSE degree from Princeton University in 1970 and 1978, respectively. In 1986 he received his PhD degree from the University of Tokyo for his pioneering work on orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. In addition to his work in top management at NEC, he has also been actively involved in government committees and those of various industry organizations.

Dr. Hirosaki has been an IEEE fellow since 1996 and a fellow of Japan’s Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) since 2002.

Dan Hsieh

Dan Hsieh is currently Chief Innovation Officer of ION Media Networks, responsible for new business development and company strategy. Formerly, he was with The Walt Disney Company, where he was a Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Technology. Along with his role in helping develop the long-term strategy of the company, Mr. Hsieh is responsible for developing significant new businesses that can make a tangible contribution towards meeting the company’s long-term earnings objectives. He leads a team of creative, technical, and financial professionals focused on a number of areas in technology and digital media, such as video-on-demand, datacasting, and wireless, as well as initiatives in other sectors such as travel and retail. The team is responsible for major strategic investments by Disney, as well as the creation of new business units within Disney. As examples, his team incubated new businesses such as the Disney and ESPN-branded MVNOs, MovieBeam, and the joint venture between Disney and Kuldelski Group for video-on-demand services.

Chiaki Ito, Member of the Board and Corporate Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Limited

Mr. Ito has been with Fujitsu Ltd. for over thirty-five years and is currently executive vice president. In this capacity, he is in charge of the System Product Business which includes all facets of the server, storage, network, and PC lines of business. Mr. Ito has been a member of the Board since 2004.

Joining Fujitsu in 1970, Mr. Ito has held a number of positions within the company. He has been Group President of both the Platform Business Planning Group and the Personal Systems Business Group. Mr. Ito was also instrumental in developing the mobile strategy for Fujitsu. He served as Chairman and CEO of Fujitsu PC Corporation from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Ito has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo University.

Syrus Madavi

Mr. Madavi is currently the Managing Director of SPM Capital, a private fund focusing on semiconductor and electronic devices for digital consumer, communications and personal computing. His career has included terms as Chairman, President and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation, President of JDS Uniphase, and Senior Vice President at Texas Instruments.

As a Chairman, President and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation, a semiconductor company focused on high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, Mr. Madavi led the company to increase sales by more than three-fold, and to improve operating results to over 20% profit after tax. During this period, the company's valuation increased by over 12,500%, from less than $60 million to more than $7 billion when it was acquired by Texas Instruments

At Texas Instruments, Mr. Madavi was the Senior Vice President of high performance signal processing business sector. This business with over 1 billion revenue, offered power management, analog, mixed-signal, and DSP integrated circuits for digital consumer, personal computing, and communications markets.

Mr. Madavi's career has also included positions as President of JDS Uniphase, President of Raytheon Semiconductor, and Vice President and GM of Honeywell Signal Processing Technology.

Mr. Madavi has a BSEE and MS in Computer Sciences from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance from UCLA. He is based in Palo Alto, California.

Daniel Mao

From June 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Daniel Mao served as Chief Executive Officer of SINA Corporation, the leading Chinese news media and information services company listed on NASDAQ. During his tenure, Mr. Mao was instrumental in the successful turnaround and the strong growth of the company. In early 1999, Mr. Mao started out as Chief Operating Officer of SINA, which is a result of a merger between two Internet companies located in the United States and China. He was responsible for the integration of the merged company, and for building the business operation and strategic alliance teams. Prior to joining SINA, Mr. Mao served as Vice President of Walden International, a renowned venture capital firm, overseeing investments in technology-based companies in the United States, China and Hong Kong. Among a number of successful investments, his investment in Stone Rich Sight Information Technology Company Ltd. (SRD) in 1997 became a famous case of venture investment in China. During his tenure with Walden International, Mr. Mao helped bring about the merger between SRS and SINANET.com, which resulted in the formation of SINA.com at the end of 1998.

Mr. Mao received his M.S. Degree in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University in the U.S.A., and his B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China.

Bernie Meyerson, Ph.D.

Dr. Meyerson is the Chief Technical Officer of IBM Technology Group, which includes IBM Microelectronics Division. Dr. Meyerson joined IBM as a Research Staff member in 1980 and was later promoted to Vice President of the Communications Research and Development Center (“CRDC”). CRDC is the multinational organization encompassing IBM’s worldwide communications technology and circuit design efforts in both the Research and Microelectronics Divisions, and supporting a rapidly growing worldwide customer base. In 1992, Dr. Meyerson was designated as an IBM Fellow, which is IBM’s highest technical honor. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the IEEE. Throughout the years, Dr. Meyerson has received several awards for his works including: Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, 1999 IEEE Ernst Weber Award for the body of work culminating in the commercialization of Si-Ge-based communications technology, and IEEE Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award. In addition, he was cited as “Inventor of the Year 1997” by the NY State Legislature, and was honored as the 1999 “United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year” by the US Patent and Trademark office.


Tadao Saito, Ph.D.

Dr. Saito is the Chief Scientist of Toyota InfoTechnology Center and the Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining Toyota, Dr. Saito was the Director of IT center at the University of Tokyo where he was also a professor. In addition to the above positions, Dr. Saito is also the Chairman of Telecommunication Business Committee of the Telecommunication Council where he is responsible for regulatory policy for telecommunication business in Japan; the Japanese representative of International Federation of Information Processing Technical Committee 6; and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication of Japan (“IECEJ”). Dr. Saito is currently a Fellow of IEEE and IECEJ and has received awards from IECEJ. To date, Dr. Saito has published several books covering electronic circuitry, computer, digital communication, and multimedia. Dr. Saito received his Ph.D. in Electronics from the University of Tokyo.

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli holds the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been on the Faculty since 1976. He obtained an electrical engineering and computer science degree ("Dottore in Ingegneria") summa cum laude from the Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy in 1971. In 1980-1981, he spent a year as a Visiting Scientist at the Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In 1987, he was Visiting Professor at MIT. He has held a number of visiting professor positions at Italian Universities, including Politecnico di Torino, Universita’ di Roma, La Sapienza, Universita’ di Roma, Tor Vergata, Universita’ di Pavia, Universita’ di Pisa, Scuola di Sant’Anna.

He was a co-founder of Cadence and Synopsys, the two leading companies in the area of Electronic Design Automation. He is the Chief Technology Adviser of Cadence. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cadence, UPEK, Sonics, Gradient and Accent, an ST Microelectronics-Cadence joint venture he helped founding. He is a member of the HP Strategic Technology Advisory Board and of the Science and Technology Advisory Board of General Motors. He consulted for a number of US companies including IBM, Intel, ATT, GE, Harris, Nynex, HP, United Technology, Japanese companies including Kawasaki Steel, where he held the title of Chief Technology Advisor, Fujitsu, Sony and Hitachi, and European companies including ST Microelectronics, Alcatel, Daimler-Chrysler, Ericsson, Magneti-Marelli, BMW, Bull, and COMAU. He is on the Advisory Board of the Foundation Tronchetti Provera. He was an advisor to the Singapore Government for microelectronics and new ventures. He is the founder and Scientific Director of PARADES, a European Group of Economic Interest supported by Cadence, Magneti-Marelli and ST Microelectronics. He is the Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board of Project Elettra, Trieste. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Innovation of the Haas School of Business and of the Center for Western European Studies, and a member of the Berkeley Roundtable of the International Economy (BRIE). He is a member of the High-Level Group of the EU Artemis Platform.

In 1981, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California. He received the worldwide 1995 Graduate Teaching Award of the IEEE (a Technical Field award for “inspirational teaching of graduate students”). In 2002, he was the recipient of the Aristotle Award of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. He has received numerous research awards including the Guillemin-Cauer Award (1982-1983), the Darlington Award (1987-1988) of the IEEE for the best paper bridging theory and applications, and two awards for the best paper published in the Transactions on CAS and CAD, three best paper awards and one best presentation awards at the Design Automation Conference. In 2001, he was given the prestigious Kaufman Award of the Electronic Design Automation Council for pioneering contributions to EDA.

He is an author of over 650 papers and 15 books in the area of design tools and methodologies, large-scale systems, embedded controllers, hybrid systems and innovation.

Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been a Fellow of the IEEE since 1982 and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, since 1998. Dr. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli was the Technical Program Chairperson of the International Conference on CAD and his General Chair. He was the Executive Vice-President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. In 1999, he was awarded the CASS Golden Jubilee Medal.

Sachio Semmoto, PhD, Founder, Chairman, & CEO, eAccess Ltd.

Dr. Semmoto founded eAccess Ltd in 1999. eAccess is Japan’s first true entrepreneurial and global IP/telecom company that provides high-speed broadband telecommunication services using xDSL technology. After 5 years of operation, eAccess grew to a leading broadband IP operator in Japan, and it expects to enter into the mobile broadband market in 2006. eAccess completed its Initial Public Offering at the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in October 2003 and moved to the Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section (TSE1) in November 2004. This is considered to be the fastest listing in the TSE1 whose market capitalization is approximately US$1.5 billion.

Prior to eAccess, Dr. Sachio Semmoto spent 30 years in senior management positions including Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (NTT), Kyocera, and DDI Corporation (DDI) which he co-founded as an Executive Vice President in 1984. At NTT, he developed the first optical fiber system in Japan and led the development of the Information Network System, the world’s first digital service which embodied the ISDN concept. He was Japan’s official representative to the ITU on optical fiber and ISDN (1974-1980). He left NTT as a General Manager to join Kyocera Corporation as a Managing Director to co-found DDI, the first private inter-exchange carrier. He played a major role in bringing DDI up to $5 billion in sales and $630 million in profit after 7 years of operation. In 1984, Dr. Semmoto left DDI to become a professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University to teach in the areas of entrepreneurial management and information technology.

Although he spent most of his career in the telecommunication industry, he has also had a long history of academic involvement through extensive lecturing engagements at the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, Stanford, and Northwestern in the U.S. and the UK. He was a visiting professor at the Carnegie Mellon University and at the Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley in 1992-1993 and 2000-2001 respectively, and he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Stanford University in 1997.

He serves the boards of high technology companies outside Japan, including Network Appliance Inc. in Silicon Valley and SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a trustee of the Tokyo Foundation and the Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs, JASVE. Dr. Semmoto published numerous papers and books on both telecommunication technologies and high technology management.

He is a graduate of Kyoto University, Japan and received his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida.

Larry Yoshida

Larry Minoru Yoshida founded Innotech Corporation in 1987 and served as the president, CEO of Innotech Corp. for 14 years and the chairman, CEO for 4years. Innotech became a public company in 1991 which was the record fastest case in Japan. I am going to retire from the chairman, CEO position at the end of March, 2005 and sit on the Corporate Advisor of Innotech Corporation. Innotech Corporation is doing business with number of U.S. based high technology companies in the Japanese semiconductor and electronics industries as a distributor. Revenue in the last year was $400M.

Before Innotech, Larry Yoshida was working for Tokyo Electron Limited for 18years and retired from the president, CEO of Tokyo Electron Limited in 1986. He had sat on the Board Member of Tokyo Electron Limited in 1975 and invented the world first fully automated wafer prober in 1976.

Jeffrey Zeng

Jeffrey was previously with Walden International from 2001 - 2008 where he served as a Managing Director responsible for investments in China. Since 2008, he has continued with WI in an Advisory capacity. He is now currently the CEO and founding partner of Kaixin Investment, a venture capital fund jointly founded by China Development Bank and CITIC Capital.

Prior to WI, Jeffrey worked for CITIC Pacific Ltd., a large public company in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2001 and Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo from 1996 to 1998. Presently, Mr. Zeng also serves as an independent director of China Greatwall Computer Shenzhen Co., Ltd. and Hunan Talkweb Information System Ltd, both listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Chinasoft International Ltd, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Shanghai AJ Corporation, a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, E-House (China) Holdings Limited, a real estate services company in China listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and Vimicro International Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company listed on the Nasdaq Global Market.

Mr. Zeng also serves on the boards of a number of private companies based in China. Mr. Zeng received a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Nagasaki in Japan and a Master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

Wenyi Zhang

Mr. Zhang is well known as an electronics industry veteran and entrepreneur for his remarkable achievements in both semiconductor and CRT areas. He began his career in the semiconductor industry by serving as Vice Chairman, and then Chairman, of Shanghai Hua Hong Group, and then Chairman of Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Ltd. with a mission to develop China's 1st 8-inch semiconductor manufacturer, in order to boost development of the nation's information industry. With his tremendous contributions, Hua Hong NEC realized hug profits of 344M RMB for its 1st whole fiscal year of operation. Mr. Zhang then successfully transformed Hua Hong NEC's business model to foundry by recruiting an international executive team to take over management. During his tenure, Hua Hong NEC's capacity increased to 80K wafers from initial 20K wafers/month, process upgraded to 0.13µ from 0.35µ but without outside financing. He also served as Chairman of Shanghai Hua Hong International Ltd. for Hua Hong's multinational and professional operation. Mr. Zhang worked for Shaanxi IRICO Color Picture Tube Plant as General Manager, and President/CEO of IRICO Group Corporation. Under his leadership, IRICO stood out among fierce competition as China's number one and the most profitable CRT manufacturer, selling to more than 10 countries worldwide.

Mr. Zhang also served as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Electronics Industry. He was in charge of the development of China's electronics devices and components. He is also responsible for the electronics industrial fund, whose mission is to fund and support new technology, and to inspire innovation.

Mr. Zhang received his BS in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is now a member of the 15th National Committee of the Chinese People's political Consultative Conference.