People

Board and managment

Paul Mantle

The team is led by Paul Mantle as CEO and director of the company. A veteran of international high-tech business activities based at various time in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK, Paul has led CamGraPhIC since its founding in October 2018. He brings a wealth of practical business experience, including having led a semiconductor Joint Venture with Shin-Etsu Corp. of Japan.

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Paul Mantle

Paul Mantle

CEO

Alessio Pirastu

Dr. Pirastu has 18 years in the telecoms industry, with the last 10 in senior R&D and product development positions at leading manufacturers of photonic components and modules, managing the design of commercial modulators and lasers based on their Indium Phosphide platform. He served at NeoPhotonics (USA), U2T and COGO Optronics (now II-VI, Germany) and Pirelli Labs (Italy).

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Alessio Pirastu

Alessio Pirastu

CTO

Marco Romagnoli

Marco is Science adviser to the board. He is also Head of Advanced Technologies for Photonic Integration at CNIT, Italy, former workpackage leader and division leader at the Graphene Flagship. Previously Marco served at MIT and PhotonIC Corp. (Boston, USA), and Pirelli Labs (Italy) as R&D manager.

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Marco Romagnoli

Marco Romagnoli

Founder, Technical Advisor

Mei Hong

BSc., MBA. Mei was trained as a physicist focused on magnetic material. She has considerable experience in semiconductor manufacturing, supply chain management, quality management and regulatory affairs. Mei joined CamGraPhIC in 2020 and has been setting up operating processes and procedures as the business grows.

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Mei Hong

Mei Hong

Operations Manager

Advisers to the board

Prof. Andrea Ferrari

Andrea Ferrari is Professor of Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is also Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre and of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology. He is Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College. He is Science and Technology Officer and Chair of the Graphene Flagship Management Panel.

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Prof. Andrea Ferrari

Prof. Andrea Ferrari

Founder and adviser

Neill Crabb

Neil Crabb is Chief Executive of Frontier IP. He co-founded Sigma Capital Group plc and has considerable experience as an investor and director of a wide range of technology and university spin-out companies. He was previously an investment manager at Duncan Lawrie Ltd. with responsibility for a range of managed portfolios investing in smaller UK companies and unquoted technology companies.

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Neil Crabb

Neil Crabb

Founder and adviser

Sir Mike Rake

Mike’s former principal roles include Chairman of BT Group Plc, Chairman (both UK and International) of KPMG, Chairman of easyJet, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Deputy Chairman of Barclays and director of the Financial Reporting Council. Mike is already an investor in CamGraPhIC and has agreed to join the board as an NED after closing of Round 3 funding.

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Sir Mike Rake

Sir Mike Rake

NED elect

Francesco Testa

Dr. Francesco Testa has more than 35 years experience in the telecom industry. He served at Ericsson as Principal Researcher where he successfully developed WDM optical systems and photonic integrated technologies. Previously he worked at Alcatel-Frace and Fondazione Bordoni. Francesco received his degree in electronic engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Rome.

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Francesco Testa

Francesco Testa

Product consultant

Team leaders

Davide Rotta

Dr. Davide Rotta has a ten-year experience in CMOS nanofabrication and optoelectronics packaging for different applications including quantum electronics, sensors and space telecom. Since 2015 he has been working at Inphotec clean room, where he has been technical leader in academic and industrial research projects aimed at developing prototypes and small-scale production of photonic integrated circuits.

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Davide Rotta

Davide Rotta

Clean Room Manager

Stefano Soresi

Stefano has a more than five years experience in clean-room nanofabrication for Photonics applications. He got his PhD in Electronics at the University of Montpellier (France), funded by a Marie Curie scholarship. He previously worked as a technologist for III-V Lab (France) and CNIT (Italy).

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Stefano Soresi

Stefano Soresi

Front-End Area Manager

Nadia Ligato

Nadia graduated in Physics and got a PhD in Physics and Quantum Technologies at UniCal (Italy). She was a visiting researcher from 2013 to 2014 at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York (USA). From 2015 to 2021 she worked at Istituto Nanoscienze CNR (Italy). From 2019 to 2021 she was the technologist in charge for the management and coordination of cryogenic systems of the Superconducting Quantum Electronics Laboratory at CNR-Nano (Italy). She won the RAITH Micrograph Award 2019.

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Nadia Ligato

Nadia Ligato

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