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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).

Chris Wade
Chris Wade

Non-Executive Director

Chris is currently Director of the Venture Capital Unit of the UKTI and has over 30 years of experience in running large telecoms vendor companies and growing early stage technology companies. He co-founded Cambridge Positioning Systems in December 1998 which was successfully sold to Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) in 2007. Before this he served as European Managing Director of DSC Communications where he oversaw the successful acquisition of DSC by Alcatel Alsthom for $4.4 billion in stock. His early career was at Nortel where as VP of Carrier Networks he built their data products business in the UK and Europe. He holds double honours in Physics and Chemistry from Leeds University.


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.

Oleg Mukhanov

Board Representative

Oleg Mukhanov is the Chief Financial Officer at Enso Ventures and maintains Executive and Non-Executive positions on Enso’s portfolio. Prior to joining the Enso team, Oleg’s career took him from the Investment Banking with UBS where his work heavily focused on Private Equity and later the Industrial and Oil & Gas sectors before turning to the Venture Capital. Oleg holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Warwick Business School as well as a Law Degree (LLB) from the Southern Federal University in Russia.

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.



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.