DR. FILIP GRANEK
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
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.
MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD & COO
Manager with over 16 years of experience in the area of business development, mergers and acquisitions, finance and B2B sales. A graduate of the University of Economics in Wroclaw (obtained a master’s degree) and Warsaw School of Economics. In the past, he worked among others as the director of development at Impel S.A. (2014 – 2016), president of the board at Impel Monitoring Sp. z o.o. sp.k., investment director at Black Lion NFI S.A. (2010 – 2011), member of the board – financial director of FAM S.A. (2005 – 2009) and financial director at Mostostal Wrocław S.A. (2004 – 2009). Major projects implemented: commercialization of an innovative method (device and organizational solutions) for technical protection of ATMs (2014-2015) – implementation in the largest network of ATMs in Poland (several thousand devices), implementation of a contract for the most modern Electronic Monitoring System in Europe (2014) – ordering party Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Poland (value PLN 174 million), income and cost restructuring of Mostostal Wrocław SA (2004 – 2005) – increase in revenues by 46% to the base year (2003), increase in ROS from 0% to 8.8%, construction of a stock exchange capital group based on FAM Technika Odlewnicza S.A. (later FAM Capital Group S.A.) based on acquisitions and organic development (2004).
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). The new member of XTPL’s Advisory Board holds board positions 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. The new member of XTPL’s Advisory Board is currently 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.
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 boards of Bank BPH S.A. and Internet Media Services S.A. and a member of the supervisory boards of Orange Polska and Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Cardif Polska 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.
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
Holds a degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Wroclaw. A co-founder of XTPL SA. In 1998–2002, he worked with Optimus SA as Products Director, Development Director and Managing Director. Since 2001, he has been a businessman, a founder of Young Consulting. In 2004, he became a partner in BRE Bank SA (now Mbank SA). In 2006, he set up Symetria, an advertising agency (now Star&Ring). In 2014, he founded and became a shareholder in Techlabox Sp. z o.o., a company operating in the new technologies (R&D) sector. In 2015–2017, he served as CEO of XTPL Sp. z o.o. He is a co-founder of the Europa+ Foundation. A member of the Supervisory Board of the TED foundation. He runs a sole proprietorship trading as Star&Ring Sebastian Młodziński.
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).
HARDWARE & SOFTWARE DIRECTOR
Manager and engineer with over 18 years of experience in the field of advanced technology design including electronics, IT and mechanics. At XTPL, he is responsible for developing and implementing devices that enable printing of lines in company’s revolutionary technology. A graduate of the Lodz University of Technology (engineer title) and Silesian University of Technology (master’s degree). He spent the majority of his professional career in the international company Evatronix S.A. dealing with the design of electronic integrated circuits and embedded software. For 16 years he participated in the designs of integrated circuits, consumer electronic devices such as pendrive, video cameras or broadly understood IoT. He actively participated in military projects and projects involving space exploration. He started his professional career from the position of an engineer, and finally took the position of vice president. After taking over the company by a global electronics giant – Cadence – he remained in the position to develop a line of 3D scanners. He started working at XTPL in September 2016.
DR. BARTOSZ WALTER
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
At XTPL holding the position of business development director. Manager with vast experience, in his career responsible for bio, med and hi-tech portfolio companies at VCs including Venture FIZ, Trigon – top VC in CEE (200M+ PLN in assets), COO at Life Science Innovations Fund and Commercialization Expert at Investin. Involved in direct management and business development including hi-tech and med-tech startups. Responsible for investment process, strategic alliances with industrial partners, growth, internationalization and go-to-market in portfolio companies as well as scouting at VCs and being involved in evaluation of over 300 projects in last 5 years. Investor, former coordinator of national program ‘Design the Future Poland’ together with Autodesk, expert in Horizon 2020. Led several R&D projects together with Silicon Valley based companies. For 10 years he worked as a scientist in: Regensburg University (PhD), Max Planck Institute (Post-doc) and Polish Academy of Sciences (Assistant Professor). Alumnus of prestige programs TOP500 innovators, University of California Berkeley (Haas School of Business, Executive Education), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Germany) and Kauffmann Foundation (Poland/USA). Awards: Scholarship of Ministry of Science and Sport (Poland), Tramp Scholarship (Germany).
MARKETING & PR DIRECTOR
Manager with almost 10 years of experience in the field of marketing and PR, broadly understood business support and implementation of innovative technologies in many international markets. From July 2016, the head of communications of the international Selena Group, where she was responsible for all communication activities – internal and external – and for the area of public relations. She co-created and implemented the investor relations policy by creating non-financial parts of stock market reports, press releases and investor presentations. She managed the entire scope of media relations, image-based activities with clients, institutions and external partners, and took active part in the Group’s projects regarding, among others: implementation of EB policy, CSR, brand communication, implementation of new products, including strategic projects. From February 2013, she managed the entire marketing and PR activities at Zehnder Poland.
DR. FILIP AUKSZTOL
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
R&D TEAM LEADER POST-TREATMENT PROCESSES
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. MICHAŁ DUSZA
R&D TEAM LEADER APPLICATION LABORATORY
With XTPL since January 2017, currently as applications laboratory manager. He is in charge of R&D team working directly on the development of XTPL technology processes (ultraprecise depositioning, open-defect repair and obtaining ultra-thin conductive lines). In 2013-2018 he was a member and Management Committee Substitute in COST Action MP1307, Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: Unraveling the Degradation Mechanisms of Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells by Complementary Characterization Techniques (StableNextSol). In November 2017, he defended his doctoral thesis undertaken at the Institute of Low Temperature and Structural Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Optical Spectroscopy, with a 2-year program in Nanotechnology in Industrial Processes. He managed a project for young scientists of the Institute of Low Temperature and Structural Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences called Graphene transfer technology on the ZnO surface for optoelectronic applications. In 2012‒2016, first as scholarship holder, then as Research and Science Assistant (since 2013) at Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, he was involved in a number of R&D projects: ‒ Flexible polymer solar cells with improved long-term stability, National Centre for Research and Development, project Leader; ‒ Fabrication and characterization of flexible organic solar cells free from ITO, FNP, Homing Plus project ‒ The application of Nanotechnology in Advanced Materials, NanoMat, research project POIG.01.01.02-02-002/08. In his research he directly collaborated with ML System and Saule Technologies. He participated in technology training courses at MBraun (Germany) and CSEM (Switzerland). He is an author of 8 international publications and over 22 conference reports (7 oral presentations, of which 4 was presented as an invited speaker).
R&D TEAM LEADER MECHANICAL DESIGN & PRINTING HEADS
In 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 he authored another patent 94981US01: 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. MACIEJ ZIĘBA
R&D TEAM LEADER NANOMATERIALS AND NANOINKS
Since September 2016 as the leader of nanomaterials and nanoinks team at XTPL he leads a project of research and optimization of nano-based inks for the printing of ultra-thin conductive lines for XTPL printers. Within his tasks there are: supervising and managing R&D projects focused on nanomaterial synthesis and ink optimization, preparing the market launch of conductive ink based on silver nanoparticles & increasing the scale of the production of nanomaterials from laboratory to pre-industrial scale. Since May 2016 to September 2016: R&D Engineer in Saint Gobain, where he led the project of developing existing products (abrasive materials and tools). Among his tasks were R&D tests designed to find new formulas, international collaboration and assisting in applying technologies in Polish factory and also the tests to implement a nanotechnology in existing formulas for selected products. Since September 2011 to April 2016 he hold the position of Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon, University of Zaragoza, Spain. He worked on research and development of inks (for inkjet and screen printing) including nanoparticles with specific optical properties for anti-counterfeiting applications. He carried out synthesis of a wide range of nanomaterials, their functionalization and characterization, ink formulation development and its optimization, physico-chemical measurements of inks, selecting printing methods, the research of the properties of paper and polymer coatings, etc
DR. PIOTR KOWALCZEWSKI
R&D TEAM LEADER NUMERICAL SIMULATIONS
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.