Leadership Team


Ashok K. Sinha, Ph.D.

Founder, Chairman of the Board & CEO

Dr. Sinha is the Chairman and CEO of Sunpreme. For fifteen years, he served in various roles at Applied Materials, culminating in his roles as Sr.VP & GM for $6B Silicon Business sector. Prior to Applied, he worked for 20 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he served as Head of the VLSI Process Technology and Fabrication departments at Murray Hill, NJ and Allentown, PA. He also served as Vice President of Manufacturing Technology Development in SEMATECH, a non-profit research and development consortium. Dr. Sinha has served on the Board of Asyst Corp, the Tech Museum of San Jose, and as an independent board member of Dune Networks, an Israeli Networking Company sold to Broadcom.

Dr. Sinha received the Thomas C. Callinan award from the Electrochemical Society for outstanding contribution to dielectric and insulation science, and the Clinton J. Davisson trophy for a “patented invention, which was of significant importance to AT&T’s commercial success.” He holds over 80 issued US patents. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to interconnect technology for semiconductor devices. And he received the Distinguished Alumni Award medal from the Indian Institute of Science.

Dr. Sinha earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and holds a Doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Oxford, England. Subsequently he worked as a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sinha is the Chairman and CEO of Sunpreme. For fifteen years, he served in various roles at Applied Materials, culminating in his roles as Sr.VP & GM for $6B Silicon Business sector. Prior to Applied, he worked for 20 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he served as Head of the VLSI Process Technology and Fabrication departments at Murray Hill, NJ and Allentown, PA. He also served as Vice President of Manufacturing Technology Development in SEMATECH, a non-profit research and development consortium. Dr. Sinha has served on the Board of Asyst Corp, the Tech Museum of San Jose, and as an independent board member of Dune Networks, an Israeli Networking Company sold to Broadcom.

Dr. Sinha received the Thomas C. Callinan award from the Electrochemical Society for outstanding contribution to dielectric and insulation science, and the Clinton J. Davisson trophy for a “patented invention, which was of significant importance to AT&T’s commercial success.” He holds over 80 issued US patents. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to interconnect technology for semiconductor devices. And he received the Distinguished Alumni Award medal from the Indian Institute of Science.

Dr. Sinha earned his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and holds a Doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Oxford, England. Subsequently he worked as a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.


Surinder S. Bedi

Executive Vice President, Global Quality, System Products & Market Development

Mr. Bedi serves as Executive Vice President for Sunpreme responsible for overseeing Global Quality and Reliability Systems, System Products and Market Development. Prior to joining Sunpreme, he served SunPower Corporation for 5 Years as Vice President of Quality and Customer Satisfaction Worldwide. At SunPower, he led and deployed preventive quality systems that is considered best-in-class in solar PV industry while enabling high level of Customer Satisfaction. Previously, he held the position of Vice President for Applied Materials driving Quality & Reliability worldwide, and served as the chairman of their quality steering board. During his 10 Year tenure at Applied Materials, he was instrumental in helping the company achieve numerous customer awards. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bedi held engineering and management positions at Digital Equipment Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp.

A 25 Year veteran in the Semiconductor and Solar PV industry, he has successfully planned, developed and implemented product development, and driving manufacturing excellence and customer satisfaction initiatives that addressed business opportunities.

Mr. Bedi earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India, and a MS degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University, US, and is a graduate of executive training from Stanford University, US.  Mr. Bedi is four-time recipient of Applied Materials President Annual Quality Award and Intel Quality Award. He was named the distinguished Sikh Executive in Northern California, and also recipient of prestigious 2010 Philippines National State Quality Award for exemplary operational and product performance. He served as a Board of Director to SolarTech — an initiative of Silicon Valley Initiative Group focused on Solar PV Industry.

Mr. Bedi holds 12 technology patents from the semiconductor equipment industry, and a senior member of ASQ (American Society for Quality) and IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers). He has a passion for excellence and teaching design quality and reliability systems, and advancing Solar PV technologies globally.


Farhad Moghadam

CTO

Dr. Farhad Moghadam serves as Sunpreme’s CTO. He is an executive with more than 33 years of international experience. Participated in several technology market, solar Energy, (Ascent Solar, a public company), Capital Equipment for Semiconductor (Applied Materials), and Integrated Circuit process technology Development (Intel). He is a proven Leader and keen ability as a strategic thinker to identify emerging market needs. He also established a strong track record of delivering profitability, recruiting global teams, developing differentiating products and serving as a change agent to revitalize business.

Dr. Moghadam currently holds 65 patents in the area of integrated circuits and has more than 250 publications in various technical journals and periodicals. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgy from Tehran University. He earned both his masters and doctorate degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University in 1979 and 1981, respectively.


Hema Sundarraj

Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller

Ms. Sundarraj serves as Sunpreme’s Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller managing the Finance, Procurement and Human Resource functions. She handles project financing with financial institutions and business development for solar projects in Southern India. Ms. Sundarraj has more than 20+ years of finance and accounting experience in the semiconductor and solar industries. She most recently was the Senior Director of Corporate Finance at Mattson Technology, a mid-sized manufacturer of semiconductor equipment. Prior to Mattson, Ms. Sundarraj spent 13 years at Applied Materials in several senior controllership positions. Among her roles were Director of Finance for the $1.2 Billion Global Services Group and Division Controller of the CMI Group. She received her MBA from the XLRI, Jamshedpur and a Bachelor’s in Commerce from University of Madras, India. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.


Homi Fatemi

Sr. Vice President Global Business Development & Strategic Partnership

A 35 year Industry veteran in Semiconductor, Storage, Software and Solar Industries. Track record of successful company exits (one IPO, two M&As), 15 patents & more than 20 publications. Integral Part of Executive Management team at Solar Start-up Company Solexel Inc. for 8 ½ years to manage Sales &Marketing, Business & Operations Development and raising $240M from VCs and Institutional investors. Proven leadership in winning and managing multimillion dollars government grants (over $17M from DOE and NSF). Chief corporate negotiator for partnerships, business development and capital expenditures for company’s factory operation in US and overseas. Saved over $15M in CapEx tool purchase. Over 24 years’ experience and proven track record in Asia Pacific, Europe, and US business development, sales, marketing and product line management for both Software startups and large corporations. More than 15 years of experience in IC Yield improvement for submicron process technology development in Semiconductor Industry (Fairchild , Intel, AMD). Mr. Fatemi Hold a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Master of Science in Materials Science & engineering from Stanford and an MBA for Santa Clara University.


Joseph Bach

Co-founder

Joseph Bach is a co-founder of Sunpreme, having worked with Mr. Sinha on developing Sunpreme’s Smart Silicon® technology.  He presently advises Sunpreme with respect to business development, legal matters, and protection of Sunpreme’s intellectual property.

Joseph currently practices intellectual property law as a partner at the Silicon Valley office of Womble Carlyle, where he works with high tech companies ranging from startups to listed international companies to build strategic IP portfolios, negotiate transactions, and defend clients in patent litigationhigh tech companies ranging from startups to listed international companies to build strategic IP portfolios, negotiate and complete IP purchase and licensing transactions, and defend clients in litigation. Joseph’s areas of technical experience include materials, semiconductor fabrication equipment and processes, light and particle optics and instruments, chip testing and debugging, solar technologies, wired and wireless communications, computing and mobile software and hardware, sensor devices, and automotive.  Previously Mr. Bach spent almost a decade at Applied Materials, working with diverse product groups such as automation (Synexis), etch, ion implant, inspection and metrology, and others.

Joseph Studied Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena and law at Duke University.  He is also a graduate of the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  Joseph serves as member of the Advisory Board for the angel investment association Silicom Ventures, LLC.member of the Advisory Board for the angel investment association Silicom Ventures, LLC


Cristina Osmena

Vice President of Corporate Development

Cristina Osmena has served as Sunpreme’s Vice President of Corporate Development.  She has two decades of experience in the investment management and investment banking industry. From 2004 to 2005, Cristina was a Managing Director at Jefferies & Company, generating sell-side research coverage of the Semiconductor Capital Equipment sector. Previous to this, she was a sell-side analyst at Hambrecht & Quist and Needham & Company.  She has worked for investment management firms since 2007, including Bronte Capital Management, Invicta Capital Management, and Spinner Asset Management.  In 2014 and 2015, she was involved in the development and completion of a non-profit, off-grid solar project through SunEdison Foundation.

Osmena was named a “Best on the Street” analyst by the Wall Street Journal for her skills in stock picking.  She has raised more than $315 million for investment management firms. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.