Tech Symposia Israel


Meet the Keynote speakers

Rene Haas, President, IP Products Group 

Rene Haas is the president of Arm’s IP Products Group (IPG) and a member of the Arm Executive Committee. Since January 2017, Rene has been responsible for all IPG activities including product development, engineering, sales, marketing, and commercial operations. Rene was previously Arm’s chief commercial officer in charge of global sales and marketing, a position he held since October 2015. Prior to that, he served as vice president of strategic alliances. Before joining Arm, Rene held several applications management, applications engineering, and product engineering roles, including seven years at NVIDIA as vice president and general manager of its computing products business. Rene is based in Cambridge, UK, but spends significant time in the US and Asia Pacific technology hubs.

Chris Bergey, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Infrastructure 

Chris Bergey is the senior vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure Line of Business at Arm. Chris’ organization is responsible for the proliferation of Arm-based solutions throughout the data infrastructure of today and tomorrow, from cloud computing to the network edge.  Prior to joining Arm, Chris served as senior vice president of Devices Products at Western Digital Corporation and was responsible for product management and product marketing across the company’s $10B+ portfolio of hard drive and flash based products for datacenter, client, mobile, automotive, and IoT.  Previously, Chris was the vice president of Marketing at Luxtera, a silicon photonics startup that revolutionized datacenter interconnect, after spending over nine years at Broadcom.

Dipti Vachani, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Automotive & IoT 

Dipti Vachani is the senior vice president and general manager of the Automotive and IoT group at Arm. Dipti’s organization is responsible for the proliferation of Arm-based solutions in the transformational opportunities of autonomous driving and IoT.  Prior to joining Arm, Dipti served as vice president and general manager of the Product Management and Customer Enablement division in the IoT Group at Intel Corporation. There, she was responsible for driving the overall product development roadmap, technology direction, IoT Edge product portfolio, and worldwide customer enablement for IoT.  Before Intel, Dipti spent 17 years at Texas Instruments, where she led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of Arm MPUs, and held multiple product manager and leadership roles, including vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group.  Dipti has served on the board of directors for NetSpeed Systems and the Innovation and Technology advisory board for the city of San Jose.

Asaf Shen, Vice President, Secure Devices 

Asaf Shen serves as vice president of business development in the IoT Device Line of Business at Arm. Within Arm, he leads security-related initiatives in the Arm IoT IP portfolio. He joined Arm in August 2015 through the acquisition of Sansa Security, and has extensive engineering and marketing experience in security-related IP products. In previous roles, Asaf led digital design teams in various companies, designing communications and security solutions.

Steve Roddy, Vice President, Machine Learning Group 

Steve Roddy joined Arm in 2018 as vice president in the Machine Learning (ML) Group. He has almost 30 years' experience in the semiconductor IP industry, including marketing and sales management. He began his career as an engineer in the 1980s designing supercomputer processors and prior to joining Arm, served as general manager for the Tensilica processor IP division of Cadence Design Systems. He holds patents in cell library architecture and analog design.

Will Abbey, SVP Sales & Partner Enablement 

Will Abbey leads the commercial sales, partner enablement & strategic alliances team for the IP Products Group (IPG) at Arm. Will joined Arm in 2004 and has held a number of roles in the company, including business development manager, and general manager of Arm’s Physical Design Group. Before joining Arm, he worked in various product management positions at Celoxica, Infineon Technologies and Loughborough Sound Images.

Technical Track speakers

Kshitij Sudan, Principal Solution Architect 

Dr. Kshitij Sudan is a Principal Solution Architect in the Infrastructure Business Unit at Arm where he helps build solutions based on Arm technology portfolio to address market and customer needs. A solution could either be a single piece of Arm IP or a whole platform offering consisting of Arm IP and enabling open-source software stack. His current areas of focus include smart-offload (like SmartNICs), emerging storage class memories, platform security, video encoding, and efficient ML/AI processing. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah where his research focused on DRAM-based memory systems.

James Scobie, Senior Product Manager 

James Scobie is a Senior Product Manager within Arm’s Automotive Embedded Line of Business and is responsible for the Cortex-R and Cortex-M processors for this market. He joined Arm in 2016 and has more than 25 years of experience in semiconductor development for the automotive industry over a range of applications including powertrain, body control, gateways and safety systems. James is based in Cambridge UK and supports partners investing in demanding solutions with real-time and functional safety requirements.

Laurent Le Faucheur, Senior Principal Engineer, Compute Software 

Laurent is leading the DSP/ML software team of the Arm’s IoT & Embedded line of business, the focus of which is to reduce time-to-market with optimized processor’s micro-architectures and software computing libraries. Laurent is a veteran in the audio and speech signal processing field applied to cellular technologies and multimedia applications. Laurent holds twenty patents in the fields.

Eddie Ramirez, Senior Director Marketing 

Eddie Ramirez leads Segment Marketing activities for the Infrastructure Line of Business at Arm. He has 20 years of experience working in storage and networking. Prior to Arm Eddie held various leadership roles at Western Digital, Avago/LSI, and Marvell. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both Management Science and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Neil Parris, Director, Commercial 

Neil Parris works for Arm as Director of the commercial workstream responsible for many aspects of the Arm Flexible Access engagement model. Neil has wide ranging experience across product management, technical sales and engineering roles covering a wide range of Arm technology and markets.

Bruno Castelucci, Staff Field Application Engineer 

Bruno Castelucci is a Field Application Engineer specialized in Arm development tools. He works with Arm partners to realise more efficient design flows and guide them through the evaluation and then deployment of those tools in their workflow.

Vahan Ter-Grigoryan 

Vahan TG is a Field Application Engineer in arm EMEAI region. He specialised in arm Mali Graphics Processing and Ethos Neuro Processing Hardware IP products . Before moving to this role he spend more than 10 years in hands on RTL design and microarchitecture definition for various Image/Video processing algorithms and the Graphics Acceleration functions in Hardware.