Keynote Speakers

Harry Foster

Chief Scientist Verification  
Mentor, A Siemens Business


Harry Foster is Chief Scientist Verification for the Design Verification Technology Division of Mentor, A Siemens Business; and is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor for the Verification Academy.


He holds multiple patents in verification and has co-authored six books on verification.


Harry was the 2006 recipient of the Accellera Technical Excellence Award for his contributions to developing industry standards, and was the original creator of the Accellera Open Verification Library (OVL) standard.


Harry currently serves as the Vice Chair for the 2020 Design Automation Conference.

Fergus Casey

Director of R&D for Processor IP  


Fergus Casey is Director of R&D for Processor IP at Synopsys with responsibility across a broad product portfolio including ARC RISC/DSP Processors, Embedded Vision and AI engines, Safety & Security ready cores.

His team has been first to market with a growing portfolio of ISO 26262 ready embedded processors from the ARCv2 EMSI (ASIL-D) Safety Island to the Embedded Vision (AI ready) EV6x Processor (ASIL-B & D), which recently received 2019 Vision Product of the Year from the Embedded Vision Alliance.

He was instrumental in defining state-of-the art SoC safety architectures broadly supported across Synopsys Automotive IP portfolio.

Leveraging this experience, he engages with automotive customers globally from architecture definition through to safety ready silicon execution.

Fergus holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University College Cork, Ireland

Nitin Kishore

Founder & CEO  


Nitin Kishore- Founder & CEO, Truechip- Over 18+ years of engineering and management experience developing and bringing to market over 30 products. Prior to founding Truechip, Nitin was most recently a Design Manager at Freescale Semiconductor.


Nitin worked at FSL for 10 years. Prior to that Nitin worked at ControlNet, Goa. Hands on experience in frontend and backend SoC design flows.


Nitin holds a PGDM (Finance) from AIMA, and a BE (Electronics & Telecomm) from Pune University, India.

Axel fischer

Vice President and Head of Foundry  
Samsung Semiconductor Europe GmbH


Axel Fischer is heading Samsung’s Foundry Division for EMEA region.  


Axel joined Samsung Semiconductor Europe in 2002 at their European Headquarters nearby Frankfurt am Main as Senior Manager to take over the European Marketing & Technical Support responsibility for Samsung’s System on Chip Products. Later he obtained additional product management responsibilities including Smartcard ICs, Microcontrollers, ASICs, Camera and Display ICs and became eventually Director & department Head of the SLSI team in Europe. In 2016 Axel was promoted to Vice President. 
Today he is heading the Samsung Foundry Organisation in EMEA.


Prior to this he worked 7 years for Texas Instruments France (Nice) as European Marketing Manager for Wireless Application Products and ASICs.  He started his career at Cypress Semiconductor Germany in 1993. 


Born in 1968 in Jena, Germany, Axel Fischer obtained his diploma degree in Electronics from the Technical University in Chemnitz in 1993.