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Steffen Krohnert

Steffen Kröhnert


Steffen Kröhnert is President & Founder of ESPAT-Consulting based in Dresden, Germany. Until June 2019, he worked for more than 20 years in different R&D, engineering, and management positions at large IDMs and OSATs in Germany and Portugal, namely Siemens, Infineon, Qimonda, NANIUM, and Amkor, where he most recently served as Senior Director Technology Development. Since 2016 Steffen has chaired or co-chaired the European SEMI-integrated Packaging, Assembly, and Test - Technology Community (ESiPAT-TC). Steffen holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Microsystems Technologies from the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany.


Michael Ford

Aegis Software

Working for Aegis Software provides Michael the opportunity to apply his software for electronics assembly manufacturing experience to further drive technology solution innovation, satisfying evolving business needs in modern digital manufacturing. Throughout his career, including eight years working in Japan, Michael has been instrumental in creating and evolving revolutionary software solutions for assembly manufacturing, that meet the most demanding expectations. Today, Michael is an established thought leader for Industry 4.0 data-driven manufacturing, and an active contributor to industry standards. In 2021, Michael was recognized by IPC with a Fellowship Award, for contributions to standards including CFX, traceability, secure supply-chain and Digital Twin standards. Michael regularly contributes articles, columns and blogs in several leading industry publications.

Oren Manor

Oren Manor


Oren Manor is the Electronics Manufacturing Business Director at Siemens DI Software. Division. Oren joined the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics in 2012 and has served in a number of key business positions including Partner Management and Manufacturing Engineering Business Development. Manor previously served as VP of Sales and Marketing at Signature-IT (www.signature-it.com), a software company providing data management solutions for industrial companies, and held senior sales and marketing positions at Jungo (www.jungo.com) – a NDS company. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from Tel-Aviv University. Passionate about technology and an evangelist for automating electronics manufacturing Oren is a frequent speaker at industry events. After living in Stockholm, London, Philadelphia and Chicago, Oren resides in Tel Aviv.

Rob Raine

Rob Raine

ASMPT SMT Solutions

Rob has worked in SMT since 1990 and held various positions at ASMPT. In recent years he has strongly focused on automation. He is a major co-developer of ASMPT’s Open Automation concept and their model of ROI-based assessment of automation projects.

Greg Vance

Gregory Vance

Rockwell Automation

Gregory Vance is a Sr. Project Engineer on Rockwell Automation’s PCBA Global Process Engineering Team and a certified LSS 6σ MBB focusing on manufacturing and business process improvements. He serves on the SMTA Board of Directors as VP of Finance.

Kamelia Duczmal

Kamelia Duczmal


Kamelia Duczmal has been working in the Additive Manufacturing sector for the past 7 years. Last two years focusing on ramping up the utilisation of the XTPL ultra-precise deposition technology across the electronics industry, promoting printing of submicron conductive structures and enabling the miniaturisation trend. Previously, Kamelia has worked at 3YOURMIND, the AM software provider developing a platform dedicated to 3D manufacturing execution control and digital warehouse management, where she supported industry leaders in shortening the learning curve in implementation of 3D printing technology in their production processes. Before joining the AM industry, Kamelia gained her experience of project management at the junction of business and academia while working at the Wroclaw Academic Hub founded by the City of Wroclaw, where she coordinated 18 innovative projects. She graduated from the University of Wroclaw in the field of Anthropology of Culture, and did her post-diploma courses in the subject of Cross-border Cooperation between the EU Interregions.

Despina Moschou

Dr. Despina Moschou

University of Bath

Dr. Despina Moschou is a Senior Lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellow, within the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. For the past 13 years she has been pursuing academically and commercially the Lab-on-Printed Circuit Board approach, in an effort to realize mass-manufacturable, electronics-enabled Lab-on-Chip diagnostic tests, engaging with stakeholders across all related disciplines (clinical scientists, microbiologists, chemists, manufacturers, engineers, diagnostic industries).

Axel Lindloff

Axel lindloff

Koh Young Technology

After studying electrical engineering at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Axel has been in SMT since 1999. During his tenure with industry-leading stencil and printer companies, he helped optimize audits and applications. Now, with Koh Young as a process specialist he helps manufacturers with printing, semiconductor, and conformal process optimization.

Dr. Ryan Heartfield


Dr. Ryan Heartfield is co-founder of Exalens, a cybersecurity start-up focused on securing cyber-physical systems in smart manufacturing. Over the last 12 years he has pioneered AI-driven cybersecurity solutions for private and public sector to automated incident detection and response.

Kristen Vogelsang

Kristin Vogelsang


Works as a Industry 4.0 specialist for Keysight as a BDM for the PathWave Manufacturing Solution. Kristin is an expert in digital transformation processes, barriers and success factors.

Eyal Weiss

Eyal Weiss


Eyal Weiss is a multidisciplinary technology expert, with a background in machine learning, plasma physics, optical assemblies, laser technology, and electromagnetics. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the prestigious "Israel security prize" twice. He has 17 years of experience leading research at Soreq Research Center (SRC) and has designed and built several manufacturing production lines utilizing advanced technology and AI. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. in Plasma Physics from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the founder and CTO of Cybord, which develops electronic component qualification and authentication technologies. Dr. Weiss is a member of the Israel Innovation Authority, Euramet, SAE, and IPC committees and has published over 25 peer-review articles, 5 patents, and a book.