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Industry Event
Executive Insights Panel
31 January 2023 • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM PST | Moscone Center, Expo Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level) 
Join us for a thought-provoking session as executives from leading photonics companies take to the stage to share their thoughts and insights on opportunities and challenges guiding the future of the industry.


John R. Lincoln
John R. Lincoln
Chief Executive, Photonics Leadership Group
Harlin Ltd. (United Kingdom)
John Lincoln is Chief Executive of the UK Photonics Leadership Group, representing the £14.5bn UK Photonics industry, European Strategic Relationship Advisor for SPIE, industrial liaison for the Future Photonics Hub Southampton and Sheffield Universities and member of multiple advisory boards. Through business development consultancy, Harlin Ltd, John supports SMEs, Universities, VCs and government agencies to identify growth opportunities and the impact of photonics.


Donis Flagello
Donis G. Flagello
President and CEO
Nikon Research Corp. of America (United States)
Donis Flagello has worked within the photolithography field and related optics industry for almost forty years. He has worked in multiple areas that have spanned manufacturing, development and research fields. Specifically, he has well over fifty publications and over two dozen patents specializing in many aspects of image formation, including high NA imaging systems, polarization, immersion lithography, aberration and lens metrology, optical system modeling and simulation. Donis is currently the President and CEO of Nikon Research Corporation of America, which performs perform research and development for all business units and divisions of Nikon. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Optical Science, and he is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA.

Karin Hinzer
Karin Hinzer
Professor and Vice-Dean, Photonic Devices for Energy
Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Karin Hinzer is Vice-Dean, Research of the Faculty of Engineering and a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a cross-appointment in the department of Physics at the University of Ottawa, and the University Research Chair in Photonic Devices for Energy. She has published over 190 refereed papers, trained over 170 highly-qualified personnel and her laboratory has spun-off three Canadian companies in the energy sector. Her research interests include new materials, high efficiency light sources and light detectors, solar cells, solar modules, new electrical grid architectures and power converters.

Stefan Traeger
Dr. Stefan Traeger
President and CEO
Jenoptik AG (Germany)
Stefan Traeger completed his PhD at the Leibniz University of Hanover and subsequently attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as postdoctoral research affiliate. In 2003, Dr. Traeger obtained a Master of Business Administration at the Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, as part of an Executive Education Program. He started his professional career at Carl Zeiss in 2000, where he held various management positions until 2007, when was appointed Managing Director of Leica Microsystems CMS GmbH, a Danaher Group company. As Vice President & General Manager, he was responsible for the global Life Science Division of Leica Microsystems. From 2013 to 2017, he was a member of the executive committee of the listed Swiss company Tecan Group AG where he managed the global retail customer business in the Life Sciences Division. In December 2016, the JENOPTIK AG Supervisory Board appointed Dr. Stefan Traeger as Chairman of the Executive Board of JENOPTIK AG.

John Lee
John T. C. Lee
President and CEO
MKS Instruments, Inc. (United States)
John T. C. Lee serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of MKS Instruments, Inc. Prior to joining MKS, Dr. Lee held senior management roles at Applied Materials, Inc. and prior to Applied Materials, he served as Research Director of the Silicon Fabrication Research Department at Lucent Technologies, Inc. Prior to that, he was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Plasma Processing Research Group within Bell Labs. He serves on the MKS Board of Directors, the board of directors of Cognex Corporation, and is Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. Dr. Lee holds a B.S. from Princeton University and both an M.S.CEP and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering.