Management

 

Alelie Funcell, Founder, CEO, and President brings to Renewable Energy Test Center an extensive 28 years experience in the Semiconductor Industry from engineering to senior management positions and 4 years in the Solar Energy Industry. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior VP of Quality at Solaria, Inc. 

At Solaria, she successfully established and led the effort in the product design, development and manufacturing of Solaria's CMT technology. This includes installing a 5 MW pilot line in Fremont and a State-of-the-Art 25 MW automated manufacturing line in Asia within an impressive 2 year period. 

Prior to Solaria, she served as Vice President of Supplier Management and Manufacturing Operations for Xilinx, Inc., a $1.6 billion dollar semiconductor company and successfully deployed a fabless manufacturing model. In her more than 10-year tenure at Xilinx, she directed engineering functions in the areas of Semiconductor Packaging R & D, Assembly and Test Manufacturing including Quality, Reliability and Failure Analysis. Prior to Xilinx, she also worked in several semiconductor companies, including Intel, IDT and Silicon Systems. 

Alelie has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. She is credited with numerous patents in the Semiconductor Packaging and Solar Industry. She is twice a recipient of the prestigious S.C. Valley YWCA "Tribute to Woman in the Industry" (TWIN) Award in 1994 while at IDT and in 2000 while at Xilinx.

Cherif Kedir, Executive Vice President of RETC, LLC has a an extensive engineering background with 11 years of experience in a Semiconductor product engineering, testing, and failure analysis and 9 years of solar experience extending from product development, product engineering,  yield enhancement, performance enhancement, test site development, reliability and durability testing, Bankability and certification testing.  Prior to RETC, Cherif worked at Solaria Corporation where he helped fully characterize the flagship product and setup a 25MW manufacturing line in the Philippines. Prior work experience includes multiple startup semiconductor companies as well as an 11 year run at Xilinx overseeing multiple engineering teams in Asia, USA and Europe. 

Cherif Kedir has an excellent track record of building efficient engineering organizational teams with acute engineering focus and unequivocal focus on quality results.

Dado Banatao is the managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. With his past experiences as an entrepreneur, Dado provides Tallwood with a unique perspective in technology investments. Tallwood invests in unique and hard-to-do semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms.

Prior to forming Tallwood, Dado was a venture partner at the Mayfield Fund. He co-founded three technology startups: S3 (SBLU), Chips & Technologies (INTC) and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor, Seeq Technologies, Intersil and Commodore International. Dado pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration architecture that continue to be two of the foundation technologies in every PC today. As an engineer, he is credited with developing several key semiconductor technologies and is regarded as a Silicon Valley visionary.

Dado serves as Chairman of InPhi Corporation and Quintic Corporation and is on the board of directors of Alphion Corporation, CSR, Pixim Inc., RIO (Redfern Integrated Optics), T-RAM Semiconductor and Wilocity. He also served as Chairman and led investments in SiRF Technology, acquired by CSR; (CSR); Marvell Technology Group (MRVL); Acclaim Communications, acquired by Level One (INTC); Newport Communications, acquired by Broadcom (BRCM); Cyras Systems, acquired by Ciena (CIEN); and Stream Machine, acquired by Cirrus Logic (CRUS).

Dado holds a B.S.E.E., cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Robert Puto is part of TÜV SÜDs Photovoltaic Team and holds a doctor's degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic University of Turin), Italy and a master diploma in International Business Management from CEIBS - Shanghai, China. He has 15 years experience in testing and certification of a variety of electrical products including photovoltaics.

He joined TUV SUD in 2006 as Head of the Electrical Safety Department - Shanghai , providing testing & certification services for international compliance of electric/electronic equipment, achieving an internationally recognized status for Shanghai branch within the CB Scheme for a wide testing scope He is currently Photovoltacs Manager at TUV SUD, covering the regions of Greater China and Europe . In addition, he acts as PV Senior Product Specialist within TUV SUD group, has Technical Certifier status for PV, and is authorized auditor for ISO IEC 17025 laboratory assessments.

He brings in an international mindset, experience and hands-on knowledge in PV testing. His experiences as an authorized auditor for ISO EN 17025 laboratory assessments and his in-depth knowledge of IEC/EN standardizations, processes for accreditation and in international testing/certification schemes are vital for RETC in achieving the highest sought CBTL accreditation.

Art Tan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI), a vertically integrated electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider to leading global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). At the helm of IMI since mid-2001, IMI transitioned from being a purely EMS company in 2001 to being a complete provider of EMS and power semiconductor assembly and test solutions with broad geographic footprint, comprehensive technical capabilities, and extensive customer range. 

Prior to IMI, Arthur held various technical and managerial positions in Engineering, Design, and Sales at American Microsystems, Inc. (AMI). The last position he held at AMI was Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan. Arthur is a Senior Managing Director of Ayala Corporation and is on the board of Alphion Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Semiconductor Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) since 2002 and its president from 2006 to 2008; he is also a trustee of Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement (PQPM) and Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev). 

Arthur obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines. Mapua has honored him as Outstanding Alumnus in 2003, and as one of the Ten Outstanding Mapuans (for Information Technology) in 2004.
Dr. Wolfgang Kreinberg was the Senior Vice President of TÜV SÜD Product Service in Germany and had worldwide responsibility as Chief Technical Officer and Chief Certification Officer for nearly 20 years. After his part time retirement he is still active as Senior Consultant International Affairs.

He studied electro technical engineering at the University of Braunschweig, Germany, attaining a PhD for Engineering, based on scientific research at the Medical University of Hanover, creating a database and solution for the maintenance of medical devices.

After spending more than five years in research and development in hardware and software Dr. Kreinberg is active more than 30  years in various management positions in the area of testing, certification and international compliance management. Lecturing at the University of Hanover for over the last 20 years, Dr. Kreinberg is also a member in national and international committees such as the Association of German Electrotechnical Engineers, the German Section of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering and German Association of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Kreinberg is the editor of several congress compendiums on biomedical and hospital engineering and has published works on testing and certification of electrical, electronics and medical products in specialist journals. In 2005, he was awarded the 1906 award of IEC.