Chrstoph HarderChristoph Harder


Dr. Christoph Harder has received in Electrical Engineering the Diploma from the ETH in 1979, Zurich and the Master in 1980 and the PhD in 1983, both from Caltech, California, USA. He has completed in 2001 the TEP at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Christoph has worked for 14 years at the IBM research lab in Rüschlikon in technology development and transfer. He is co-founder of the spun-out IBM Zurich Laser Enterprise which pioneered the 980nm diode lasers which today power up a large fraction of the worldwide internet. In order to bring technology to the market he has held a variety of staff and management positions at ETH, Caltech, IBM (Switzerland and USA), Uniphase, JDSU, Nortel and Bookham and presently he is the principle partner at Harder&Partner.

Dr. Harder has received honors: Fulbright Scholarship, IBM Master Inventor, IEEE/LEOS Kressel award and OSA fellow. He is member of SATW (and on SAB), IEEE/LEOS and OSA. He has been (or is) on the board of JDSU, Nortel, Bookham, Switzerland AG and IEEE Photonics, OSA, BHL AG, Swissmem topic group “Photonics” and Swissphotonics.

Dr. Harder is the President of the „Verein Schweizer Laser und Photonik Netz“ which is supported as “Swissphotonics NTN” by the CTI and by Photonics21.

Ruth HoubertzHoubertz
CEO & Managing Director
Multiphoton Optics GmbH


Dr. Ruth Houbertz is the Cofounder of Multiphoton Optics GmbH, founded in September 2013. Current function as CEO from August 2014. From 2013 to July 2014, she was CTO of MPO. From 2000 to 2012, she held different technical and management positions at Fraunhofer ISC, where she focussed on materials, processes, and technology/equipment development for photonic and biomedical applications. From 1999 to 2000, she worked at Sandia Nat.’l Labs, Livermore, CA (USA). She invented more than 90 patents and has received many awards and nominations, amongst which are the Finalist in the Prism Award 2015, the Cowin Award for Entrepreneurship 2014, the Green Photonics Award 2013, the Joseph von Fraunhofer Award 2007. 


Shibin Jiang
President & CEO
AdValue Photonics, Inc.

Dr. Shibin Jiang is founder and President of AdValue Photonics Inc. and Adjunct Research Professor at College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona. He received Ph.D. degree in 1996 from Universite de Rennes 1, France. He was Co-founder and CTO of NP Photonics Inc.

Dr. Jiang edited 21 proceeding books, authored more than 150 publications, and has H index of 42. He served as award committees for OSA, SPIE and ACerS, associate editors for 4 scientific journals, and chairs of 26 international technical conferences. Currently he is chair of OPTO at Photonics West and general chair of ASSL.

Dr. Jiang holds 42 issued US patents and 25 Chinese patents. He was awarded with the prestigious Gottardi Prize in 2005 from International Commission on Glass, 2012 R&D 100 Award, and 2014 R&D 100 Award. Dr. Jiang is a Fellow of SPIE, The America Ceramic Society, and OSA.

Inge Kabert
Director, Business Development 

Inge Kabert has worked in the Photonics Industry for 25 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with a focus in Medical Device Technology in Germany. She always worked for companies with headquarters in the USA, such as Eli Lilly, Coherent, and Thorlabs. She started her career as a service engineer, moved on to Technical Support and Sales, and different management positions.

She started working for Thorlabs in 1996 and had the opportunity of wearing different heads through this fast growing company. Inge Kabert has moved over the years from Germany to the UK, Sweden, and different states in the USA and became a successful part integrating and welding several wholly owned design and manufacturing entities into a cohesive enterprise. Today, Thorlabs has 15 substantial design and production facilities located in 7 countries.

Inge Kabert relocated back to Germany beginning of 2014 as Director of Business Development working together with Alex Cable founder and president of Thorlabs.

KaendersWilhelm Kaenders


Wilhelm Kaenders is co-founder of TOPTICA Photonics AG, one of the leading European high-tech laser and photonics company, headquartered in Gräfelfing near Munich, Germany and with offices in Rochester, NY and San Jose, CA in the US. With now 200-people the company focuses on laser development and production for sophisticated, high-precision test and measurement laser tools for industry and academia.  He runs the company since its start in 1998 and as Vorstand/President he has directed the growth from a small start-up to a fully developed international operation. TOPTICA’s core business addresses the international industrial and academic research and emerging industrial application markets. The scientific field of quantum optics, in particular the strongly emerging cold atom and ion physics activities have been using the laser instrumentation developed at TOPTICA for many years documented in hundreds of scientific papers. Joint activities with the Optical Science Center in Tucson, AZ (Prof. Mansuripur) led to the development of static and dynamic optical disk test equipment, which is still used globally today for all Xbox-related disk production activities. Driven by the request of the print industry, sophisticated laser technology was developed using blue laser diode technology in 2000 for direct structuring of silver and polymer-based printing plates. The recent expansion of the company’s activities into the field of biophotonics was driven and spearheaded by him in 2009, leading to the recent acquisition of TILL Photonics GmbH, a live-cell imaging company, also based near Munich.


PelapratJean-Michel Pelaprat
CMO & Co-founder

Jean-Michel Pelaprat has been a co-founder of NUBURU Inc. since early 2015 and serves as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer. He has more than 30 years of industrial and entrepreneurial experience, during which he has held CEO, senior executives, founder, and board positions at private and large public companies. 

In 2013 he founded A2E Partnership Inc., a Silicon Valley and Boston based advisory, consulting, and M&A services firm for photonics and adjacent markets companies worldwide. 

From 2008 to 2013, Jean-Michel served as President and CEO of Vytran LLC a company focused on fiber splicing capital equipment for telecom, fiber lasers, medical devices, sensing, and aerospace applications. He turned around a distressed company and generated growth during the 2009-2010 recession. He also served during the same period on the board of NKT Photonics.

His previous positions included CEO for Novalux Inc. and  as Vice President and General manager for Coherent Inc.. He also co-founded Force A amd Figulus

Costel SubranSubran
President & CEO
OPTON Laser International 


Costel SUBRAN, Docteur ès Sciences PhD, is President and CEO of OPTON LASER INTERNATIONAL, leader in distribution of lasers and photonics products in France and in Europe. He is founder and administrator of several companies of high technologies in optics and photonics field.

Costel is the President of the National Committee for 2015 International Year of Light in France. He is currently expert and reviewer in Photonics for the European Commission, administrator of scientific editor EDP Sciences, founder and member of the Board of the revue Photoniques. As invited Professor, Costel is currently teaching at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, HEC Business School, Ecole Centrale Enginnering School and several other Universities in France. He was President of  the French LaserFest 50 years of the lasers anniversary in France.

Costel has been Vice-president of French Optical Society SFO, Vice-president of Comité National d’Optique et Photonique CNOP France, member of the Board of Invest in Photonics. Costel is active in the research/industry technology transfer and is assisting as expert several VC investment companies.