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Panel Hall B2 SEMICON EUROPA > SMART Workforce > Panel discussion: Diversity & Inclusion for High Performance Teams
13:10-14:00 h | Hall B2 Inspiration Hub, Booth B2.261
Subjects: SEMICON EUROPA
University of Bristol
Eleni has a background in physics, oceanography, environment and meteorology. As part of her
undergraduate studies she worked for the Hellenic National Meteorological Service using satellite data and
atmospheric modelling. She spent 2 years doing field work focusing on marine research where she focused
on oceanography and anthropogenic pollutants (e.g. microplastics). In 2015 she started her PhD in
atmospheric chemistry in the University of Bristol where she worked on quantifying perfluorocarbon
emissions from the aluminium, semiconductor and rare earth smelting industries. Eleni is a co-author in the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on emissions from the metal industry. Finally, Eleni has
been on developing multidisciplinary approaches and sustainable development with a particular focus on
global challenges and development strategies.
Cassandra Melvin received her BS in Business Management and Neuropsychology at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and is Director of Operations at SEMI Europe. For the nine years prior to joining SEMI,
she held the position Global Product Manager at Atotech Deutschland GmbH, where she was responsible for
managing several hundred electroplating chemistry products in its Semiconductor and Functional Electronic
Coatings division. She began her career at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of
Nanoscale Science and Engineering) as a Business Manager focused on strategic and technical programs
for semiconductor chemistry and equipment manufacturers. She also held various project and program
management roles in clean room operations and IT at SUNY. Cassandra's written work has been published
in leading technical magazines and presented at key conferences globally. As an advocate for diversity and
inclusion, she is actively involved in SEMI's efforts to promote diversity within the semiconductor industry
MRL Consulting Group
David Stone, a career recruiter since leaving University, is the Chief Executive and co-founder of MRL Consulting Group (established 1997). Listing his core duties as being, “the recruitment, retention & motivation of great people”, David oversees all offices and activities within MRL and sets the strategies for the company’s continued successes.Married, with 5 children, David is a champion of workplace best practice & employee wellbeing and attracted worldwide attention when MRL became the first international recruitment company to implement a 4 day working week in May 2019. He has particular personal interest and expertise in the global semiconductor marketplace.
Tom Lievens has devoted 20+ years’ of his career to Human Resources and holds currently the position of Vice President Human Resources at Edwards.Edwards is a global leader of vacuum and abatement with over 5,000 passionate employees in the Semiconductor industry. With a global footprint, Edwards is present in all the major semiconductor markets worldwide.Prior to his current role, Tom was VP HR in Power Technique within the Atlas Copco Group, HR Director Belgium-France at VDL Group, Senior Consultant at Hudson and Senior Advisor at the Belgian employer federation Agoria.Within his current global responsibility, the main focus areas are Learning & Development, Talent Management, Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Development.Tom, who lives in the UK, is a Belgian national and holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science.
Applied Materials GmbH
Emily Clark is the Service Sales Manager for central Europe at Applied Materials and based out of Munich. She joined Applied Materials in October 2018 and has recently received the award for “Best Performance by New Sales Person”. Previously, Emily lead European wide sales teams in the optics industry before moving to the semiconductor industry. She holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Technical University Munich.
SPTS Technologies Ltd
As Vice President of Global HR at SPTS Technologies Claire is responsible for all aspects of SPTS’s global HR organisation and also oversees the Health and Safety team at the Newport headquarters. Claire joined SPTS in September 2012 as HR Director and promoted to her current role in February 2018. Prior to joining SPTS, Claire worked for a number of years in the food, steel manufacturing, and semiconductor industries. Claire has a wealth of experience in Human Resources and Training, and holds a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Human Resource Management.