DR. FILIP GRANEK
CEO & CO-FOUNDER OF XTPL S.A. and XTPL Inc. in US
Inventor of XTPL technology, one of the world’s best specialists in cutting-edge technologies of solar cell production and technologies based on nanomaterials. For nearly 10 years, he worked for the most prestigious international hi-tech research facilities and businesses such as Fraunhofer ISE (Germany), ECN (the Netherlands), ANU (Australia), Kingstone Semiconductor Company Ltd. (China). He supervised research in close collaboration with the largest enterprises from the photovoltaic sector in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He received numerous awards and grants, e.g. the Burgen scholarship (Akademia Europea), the grant of the Foundation for Polish Science, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant for eminent young scientists, the German DAAD’s grant and the prestigious LIDER research grant from the National Centre for Research and Development. He is a member of the renowned Young Academy of Europe and he was included among top European innovators (“New Europe 100 Challengers”). Winner of the 16th edition of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 competition. He received the award for his work on breakthrough technology, which has a serious chance to change the world for the better. He also won in the New Business category, in which the award was granted for using his own scientific experience to create an innovative product on a global scale. He authored 70 academic publications and submitted 30 international patent applications and patents.
US BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Has been developing high-tech projects in Silicon Valley for the past 40 years. During the period 1974-2000 he held key managerial posts at Intel Corp. (among them, the position of CFO); he also co-founded Intel Capital. After Intel he had been developing such firms as Pandesic or Rambus (where he served as the CEO from 2005 to 2012). This member of XTPL Inc. Board of Directors holds board positions also at several high-tech firms, e.g., Quantenna Communications, View Inc., as well as advises firms such as Kateeva, which commercializes breakthrough solutions in the area of fine print and inks needed in production of new generation of OLED screens. Harold Hughes is an MBA from the University of Michigan. Before starting his career in business, Mr. Hughes served for 5 years as an officer in the US Army.
For over 30 years has been developing high-tech projects in Silicon Valley, focusing especially on IT and semiconductor technologies. Currently he is a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures, a Silicon Valley VC fund investing in tens of technology-intensive companies. From 1982 through 2000 he held managerial and leadership positions in companies such as Silicon Graphics, Intel Corp., MIPS Computer Systems (microprocessors) and Cisco. During his career Amir Nayyerhabibi founded and developed such technology companies as StratumOne Communication, AuroraNetics or Cortina Systems. He was the CEO of the latter company for over 13 years, during which Cortina became one of the global leaders of the optical networks components sector. This member of XTPL Inc. Board of Directors is currently also on the board of California-based NDG Systems, which specializes in hardware solutions for data storage. Amir Nayyerhabibi graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Illinois.
Hiroshi Menjo began his career with Konica in Tokyo as a key engineer for their photo film products. Upon realizing the possible disruption of the film industry by electronic systems, he researched electronic materials at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by MIT Microelectronics Labs. He then joined the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo, working with U.S. and European clients as well as Japanese technology companies to develop corporate and business strategies. Hiroshi left Japan and moved to Silicon Valley in 1991. He assisted a variety of North American technology startups with the development and implementation of Japan entry strategies, as well as strategic alliances with Japanese companies. He then joined The McKenna Group, a premier high-tech business consulting firm founded by Regis McKenna, to lead the Japan Practice. In this, he established his reputation in Japan as an innovation expert based on his deep understanding of entrepreneurism in Silicon Valley. It is here he met Richard Melmon, subsequently co-founding NSV Wolf Capital. Hiroshi has co-authored number of business books in Japan. Two of them were the best sellers. He is also a regular columnist for Nikkei, and Diamond, the leading business journal in Japan.
DR. WIESŁAW ROZŁUCKI
CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
A graduate of the Foreign Trade Department of the Central School of Planning and Statistics (now the Warsaw School of Economics); holder of a British Council scholarship at the London School of Economics; obtained a PhD degree in economic geography from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). Since 1990, he dealt with ownership transformations – first as an advisor to the Minister of Finance, and then as Head of the Capital Market Development Department at the Ministry of Privatisation. In 1991–1994, a member of the Securities Commission. In the 1990s, he was a member of the Economic Development Council of President of Poland. From 1991 to 2006, President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (Giełda Papierów Wartościowych S.A.) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Central Securities Depository of Poland (Krajowy Depozyt Papierów Wartościowych) and the Depository for Securities S.A. He was a member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) as well as a member of the Market Participants Consultative Panel of the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) and Chairman of the Jury of the Economic Award of the President of Poland. Currently, he is the chairman of the supervisory board of Bank BPH S.A. He holds the function of the CEO of the Polish Institute of Directors Foundation and of the Programme Board of Harvard Business Review Polska. He also carries on his own consulting business.
DR. Bartosz Wojciechowski
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
Obtained a degree in law and psychology from the University of Silesia in Katowice. He also completed post-graduate studies in intellectual property law at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In 2018, he started a patent attorney apprenticeship. A solicitor, researcher and academic. He runs his own law firm: BWW Kancelaria Adwokacka. For more than 10 years, he has been providing legal services to individual entrepreneurs, partnerships and companies from the commercial, industrial, IT, cosmetics and publishing industries. In the past, he was a member and chairman of the supervisory board of Kubara Investment House S.A.; in March 2015, he was appointed chairman of the supervisory board of Kubar Lamina S.A. with its registered office in Piaseczno.
Dr. HERBERT WIRTH
SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Professor Herbert Wirth, BEng, PhD, DSc holds a degree from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow at the Department of Geology and Exploration. He completed post-graduate studies in mining and engineering geology at the Wrocław University of Technology and in project management at The George Washington University School Business and Public Management. Manager with many years of experience in the field of global mining company management. Between 2009-2016, he was President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., the world’s largest silver producer and world’s 8th copper producer. Earlier, from 1998 he held a number of managerial functions at KGHM, including Business Development Director and Geological Research and Analysis Manager. Currently, he works as a professor in the Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. Member of the Executive Board of an European organization EIT Raw Materials, Vice President of The Employers of Poland Organization, a Member of The Polish Academy of Sciences and Member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Herbert Wirth has certificates and authorizations related to environmental and quality management. Certified auditor. Author and co-author of many articles, publications and books from the field of geology, resources management, economics of the mining companies.
SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Graduated from the University of Economics in Wrocław. For 16 years, he has been professionally active in the sales and marketing sector. Co-founder of Grupa SMT SA, a listed company (formerly Grupa ADV), where he served as CEO for 15 years with a responsibility for development and strategy. He has 10 years’ experience in the capital market. He was personally responsible for the debut of Adv.pl SA in the NewConnect market (2007) and the company’s transfer to the Warsaw Stock Exchange as Grupa ADV SA (2011). He was also instrumental to the IPO of ISMT Software SA (2010) and Codemedia SA (2011). He completed the sale of LemonSky (an interactive agency) to an international advertising corporation (WPP) and of SMT Software Services to Enterprise Investors (PLN 169 million). Konrad Pankiewicz is the CEO and the sole shareholder of Leonarto Sp. z o.o., which holds shares of the Issuer representing 17.58% of its share capital and 17.58% of votes at the General Meeting.
SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Holder of a BA degree in Finance and Accounting at the Faculty of Management, Computer Science and Finance of the University of Economics in Wrocław. Then he earned a degree in Master Studies in Finance, a CFA affiliate programme. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certificate (no. 200403). Since 2017, he has been the managing partner at P&V sp. z o.o. sp.k., a consulting firm that provides transaction advice. He is responsible for conducting consultancy projects relating to the acquisition of finance for companies at an early stage of development. In addition, he is a co-founder and CEO of RacoCars sp. o.o. (trading as Indigo Tech brand), an entity operating in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure sector, offering a comprehensive range of products and services for commercial properties. Earlier, in 2013–2015, Piotr Lembas worked with EY Corporate Finance as a senior consultant and as a senior financial analyst at Adiuvo Investments (2015–2017) with a responsibility for company valuations and financial modelling.
DR. ANETA WIATROWSKA
With XTPL since September 2016. In July 2017, she was appointed technology director responsible for all areas involved in the process of printing with XTPL method. She oversees the work of four laboratories: applications, pre-post processes, numerical simulations and advanced characterization. In the years 2013-2015 she participated in a prestigious post-PhD scholarship under the EU Marie Curie (LUMINET) project at the Philips Research Center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where she worked primarily on the synthesis, protection and characterization of hygroscopic lutetium iodides, Lul3 doped with lanthanides and synthesis and characterization of scintillating nanoparticles and production of polyurethane based composites containing previously synthesized scintillating nanoparticles. Earlier in 2013, she honored her doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Wroclaw, where she worked for 4 years on new X-ray memories and was a contractor for 4 EU-funded research and development projects:- sintered nanoceramics scintillators (characteristic of new materials under synchrotron radiation at Superlumi Station at DESY, Germany); – new efficient phosphors for lighting and solar concentrators; – detectors and converters of electromagnetic radiation for digital medical diagnosis and security; – innovation challenge within the area of scintillators; She has two patent applications (PHILIPS 2014P00722EP & PHILIPS 2014P00721EP) and two patents (PCT / PL2012 / 050002,10.01.2012 and PCT / PL2014 / 050001, 18.12.2014).
Dr. Krzysztof Berezowski
Head of Delivery
Head of Delivery at XTPL, the company developing breakthrough manufacturing technology of ultra-precise printing of nanomaterials. With XTPL since May 2019. He joined XTPL after he co-founded and successfully led as the CEO Thaumatec – the development service provider in embedded systems and Internet of Things System Integrator. Entrepreneurial engineering professional with a strong business background in Software, Internet of Things, Connected Embedded Systems, and Cyber-Physical Systems. Ph.D. in Computer Engineering which he received from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska) in 2002. In 2004, a post-doc researcher at the Center of Low Power Electronics of the University of Arizona. An awardee and alumni of the European Commission’s FP6 Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (2007-2010) that he spent with the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering of the Arizona State University (USA), and the TIMA Laboratory of the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. An awardee and alumni of the Polish Ministry of Science and Science TOP 500 Innovators Executive Management Program (2013) that he spent at Haas School of Business, University of Berkeley, California (USA).
During his career, he was on the Board of Directors (later an Advisor to the Board) of the DASH7 Alliance – an academic/industrial consortium developing and promoting the DASH7 wireless communication standard for M2M and IoT applications (2013-2017). From 2012 to 2015, he was on the TAB of Arynga, Inc., the company located in San Diego, CA working in the space of OTA firmware update for automotive applications, later acquired by Wind River Systems. His focus was on low-power, low-rate, wireless connectivity technologies. Since 2013, he has served as an external expert evaluator on the European Commission’s ECSEL Joint Undertaking and H2020 Programmes. His research & engineering background covers the areas of Computer Architecture, Computer-Aided Design of Electronic Circuits and Systems, Low-Power Computing, Connected Embedded Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, Parallel Computing, and the Internet of Things.
With XTPL since September 2016, currently holding a position of R&D Team Manager (mechatronics laboratory). He has five years of experience at R&D: UTC AeroSpace Systems Wrocław as Designer (April 2012 ‒ September 2016), including experience in implementing R&D in business. At UTC AeroSpace Systems he built, selected and calculated electro-hydraulic elements for ‘higher assemblies’ of Boeing, Airbus and Irkut planes and BlackHawk helicopters. This research culminated in the implementation of electric valves in commercial applications in the aircraft of these companies. In 2014 he authored a patent EP2985894A1/US20160049230A1 ‒ Magnetic Armature for the optimization of (hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel) servovalve armature: flapper-nozzle and jet pipe servovalves made of magnetically soft FeNi material to prevent magnetic saturation, loss of functionality or even crashes. In 2016 another he authored another patent 94981US01 was created: improved system and method for adjusting an air gap in a servovalve torque motor and a new type of torque motor (awarded; the publication process still under way). The patent includes methods of producing a cheaper, more efficient and repeatable process of adjusting air gaps in aircraft servovalves. These gaps are the most important parameter in building servovalve torque motors (they are the only mobile element of the valve, determining the size and pressure of the liquid flowing through it). He graduated from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Mathematical Aspects of Computer Science, Mechatronics and Automation and Robotics.
DR. FILIP AUKSZTOL
Business Development Manager
Scientist and engineer with extensive R&D training. Responsible for matching the unique capabilities of XTPL to the business and technological needs of our customers. He combines his academic background and industrial engineering expertise to tailor our products to the end user precise requirements. Prior to joining the company in 2018 he held a position of research fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore where he worked on photonic devices for quantum communication systems. Filip has been awarded a full boarding scholarship to the Box Hill School in the United Kingdom under the United World Colleges scheme. He holds a master’s degree (MEng) in Materials Science from the University of Oxford. He has received a PhD in Physics from the National University of Singapore while being fully supported by a scholarship from the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. Author and co-author on a number of peer-reviewed publications in the fields of atomic physics and photonics. He has a patent pending on elastomeric photonic waveguides.
Dr. Karolina Fiączyk
POST-TREATMENT PROCESSES AND MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION MANAGER
In XTPL from January 2017, responsible for managing the research and development team working on the development of treatment processes of already created structures (galvanization, laser sintering) and advanced material characterization. In January 2018, she defended with distinction her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Wroclaw, entitled ” Photoluminescent properties of Sr2GeO4 activated with Ce, Pr, Eu”. During her doctoral studies she participated in many international conferences on lanthanides spectroscopy, the latest sources of lighting (including LEDs) and quantum dots, presenting during those events both posters and giving oral presentations. At the PGS’17 conference in San Diego La Jolla (USA) her poster was awarded in the competition for the best poster presentation. In the years 2013-2017 she carried out a number of research projects including: “The use of nanotechnology in modern materials” (POIG project no. 01.01.02-02-002/08), ” New efficient phosphors for lighting and solar concentrators” (POIG project number 01.01.02-02-006/09.). In the period 2016-2017 she was the head of the own research grant PRELUDIUM X from National Science Center “Explaining the mechanism of d-f luminescence quenching of Ce(3+) and Pr(3+) ions in Sr2GeO4”. The author of 7 scientific publications in journals from the Philadelphia list and patent application “A wide-range, luminescent temperature sensor with high sensitivity”. Appl. Pat., 2018, P.424806).
DR. PIOTR KOWALCZEWSKI
Numerical Simulation Manager
With XTPL since September 2016, currently holding the position of leader of numerical simulations laboratory. He is responsible for overseeing numerical simulations of XTPL processes and advanced analysis of test data. In 2011‒2015 he took a prestigious PhD scholarship as part of the EU’s Marie Curie ITN (PROPHET project) at the University of Pavia, Italy, where he defended his doctoral thesis on the simulation of optical and electrical phenomena in solar cells with disordered photonic structures. He was research scientist at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and at STMicroelectronics, Catania, Italy. He presented his research findings at multiple international conferences in Europe and the US. He completed a number of specialized training courses on photonics, optoelectronics and materials engineering in Germany, UK, France and Italy. He co-authored several frequently cited papers in the field physics, optics and numerical simulations. Author of reviews for several publications contributed to Optics Letters, Optics Express journals as well as R&D Magazine.