Team

Management

Dr Antony Rix, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Antony joins 8power with 20 years’ experience in wireless communications, software, electronics, cleantech, and industrial applications of technology. Antony also co-chairs the Cambridge Wireless Connected Devices SIG, which focuses on applications, systems and underlying technologies of wireless communication.

Before 8power, Antony undertook research and standardisation at a major network operator, and co-founded Psytechnics to commercialise this research. Psytechnics was successfully acquired by Netscout in 2011. After leaving Psytechnics, he spent over a decade working in product development and consultancy in the Cambridge technology cluster.

Antony is an engineering graduate of the University of Cambridge, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in signal processing and machine learning applied to performance evaluation of communications networks.

@AWRix | https://uk.linkedin.com/in/antonyrix

Dr Antony Rix

Paul Egan, VP, Business Development

Paul has enjoyed a long career in semiconductors and IoT. He joined CSR shortly after its creation, playing a key role in design of its Bluetooth ICs, before co-founding IoT pioneer Neul in 2011. At Neul, which was acquired by Huawei in 2014, Paul served as VP, Business Development. Before joining 8power, Paul worked as principal consultant at IoTUK, helping UK companies address new opportunities in this market.

@Mr_IoT

Richard Green, Chairman

Richard is a serial entrepreneur, non-executive director and business mentor. He was co-founder and CEO of Ubisense, the award winning Industrial Internet of Things pioneer. Under Richard’s leadership Ubisense listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2011. Richard is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and was the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 in the Science and Technology category.

Prior to Ubisense, Richard co-founded Smallworld, an enterprise geospatial software company which listed on Nasdaq in 1996 and was acquired by GE in 2000. Richard is engaged with several early stage companies as a mentor, angel investor and non-executive director principally in the location, industrial IoT, and mobility sectors.

@richardgreen321

Advisory Board

Prof Ashwin Seshia, Non-executive Director & Co-Founder

Ashwin is Professor of Microsystems Technology at the University of Cambridge. He is also Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Silicon Microgravity. Ashwin has led the research behind 8power for over a decade, combining interests in microsystem design and micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), sensors and sensory processing, resonant mechanical devices and acoustics.

He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ashwin Seshia

Dr Yu Jia, Co-founder

Yu is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Chester, where his research interests include vibration energy harvesting, micro-electromechanical systems, nonlinear vibration dynamics and smart integrated systems. Yu invented key energy harvesting technologies used by 8power during his previous research at Cambridge, and has been responsible for testing it in the field.

He is an engineering graduate of the University of Southampton, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Yu Jia

Dr Jize Yan, Co-founder

Jize is an associate professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, where his interests include next-generation MEMS devices, sensor systems, wireless sensor networks, fibre optic sensing and digital tracking. He contributes key insight on applications and wireless technology.

He is an engineering graduate of the Tsinghua University in China, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Prof Kenichi Soga, Co-founder

Kenichi is Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is building a portfolio of research in geosystems and smart infrastructure. Before this, Kenichi was a professor in civil engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he co-founded the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and made a number of key contributions to the research behind 8power in areas such as structural condition monitoring.

Kenichi is a graduate of Kyoto University and University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Investor Directors

Lewis Liu, Non-executive Director

Lewis is Director of Cleantech at IP Group plc. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, IP Group is a fundamental technology investor leveraging its long-term partnerships with top UK and US universities.

Prior to joining IP Group, Lewis co-founded a spin-out from the University Cambridge, which was acquired by one of the UK’s largest semiconductor companies.

Lewis holds a PhD in materials science from the University of Cambridge and a BEng from Tsinghua University, China.

Tania Villares Balsa, Non-executive Director

Tania is Investment Manager at Cambridge Enterprise, which helps students and academics develop and commercialise their ideas, and links the University with government and industrial partners. Cambridge Enterprise sponsored the commercialisation of the research that has been licensed by 8power, and provided 8power with seed funding itself and through the associated University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds managed by Parkwalk Advisors.

She is a graduate of the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and has a MBA from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.