Company

We are visionaries, inventors and achievers driving technology that will revolutionise the way we connect the world.

Vision

Imagine every light could connect you to the internet. We are not only powering the innovation and adoption of LiFi technology we are enabling ubiquitous, high-speed, secure data networks wherever there is illumination.

pureLiFi seeks to resolve the global struggle for diminishing wireless capacity resulting in the Spectrum Crunch. We are developing and delivering technology for secure, reliable, high-speed communication networks that seamlessly integrate data and lighting utility infrastructures and significantly reduce energy consumption.

Established in 2012, pureLiFi is a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh, where its pioneering research into LiFi communication has been in development since 2008.

Combined with our continued links with the University of Edinburgh and access to Professor Haas’ continued ground breaking research, pureLiFi is well placed to maintain its leadership position in developing and delivering LiFi solutions.

Team

Our team includes highly qualified, international light communication engineers and management experience in the mobile and semiconductor sectors exceeding 50 years.

Team members

Alistair Banham, CEO

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Alistair Banham is a global semiconductor industry veteran, with more than 30 years’ experience leading international business units. Prior to taking up the role as CEO at pureLiFi Alistair was Senior Vice President & GM of Customer Solutions Business Unit at Wolfson Microelectronics. At Wolfson Alistair was responsible for chip development, mobile systems strategy and driving strong engagement with tier 1 global accounts Previously he held roles as SVP & General Manager EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) at Philips Semiconductors. Alistair was a founding member and President & GM EMEA of ON Semiconductor and played a leading role in the spin out from Motorola semiconductor and subsequent IPO. During his time in the semiconductor industries, Alistair has been based out of key technology hubs from silicon valley (California) through to ASIA. Alistair brings an element of skill to pureLiFi that will lead innovation and release new products to drive increased adoption with our global customers and key growth markets.

Mike Hickey, Chairman

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Mike Hickey held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Wolfson Microelectronics from January 2009 until its acquisition by Cirrus Logic Inc in Sept 2014. Mike joined Wolfson from Motorola Inc. where he was Senior Vice President & General Manager of Multimedia Mobile Products. Prior to joining Motorola, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Optronics UK, Chief Executive Officer of Kymata Ltd and also held senior positions at Motorola, Digital Equipment and Philips. He has also served as a director of Motorola Ltd and as a non-executive director at Incline Global Technology Services Ltd and UIQ Technologies.

Harald Burchardt, Chief Commercial Officer

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Harald started working for pureLiFi as a communication systems engineer, working with major companies to assist them in integrating Li-Fi technology. Responsible for the operation and management of the company’s activities as a whole, including business development and sales, marketing, engineering and development, administration, recruitment and financials. His experience includes DoCoMo Euro-Labs and Rohde&Schwarz GmbH in Munich, Germany, holds a patent and has filed three more in the field of communications engineering. He has a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, an MSc in communications engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and a PhD in digital communications from the University of Edinburgh.

Mostafa Afgani, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

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Mostafa is a respected hardware and firmware engineer. A chief architect of VLC hardware platforms over the past three years, Mostafa holds three patents and has filed for two more in the VLC field. Prior to co-founding PureVLC he developed sensitive signal anomaly detection hardware for Agilent and held a research position at DoCoMo labs, Munich, Germany. Mostafa has BSc and MSc degrees in electronics from Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany and a PhD in communications and signal processing from the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Harald Haas, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer

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Professor Harald Haas received the PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. He currently holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is the initiator, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Ltd as well as the Director of the LiFi Research and Development Center at the University of Edinburgh. His main research interests are in optical wireless communications, hybrid optical wireless and RF communications, spatial modulation, and interference coordination in wireless networks. He first introduced and coined spatial modulation and LiFi. LiFi was listed among the 50 best inventions in TIME Magazine 2011. Prof. Haas was an invited speaker at TED Global 2011, and his talk: “Wireless Data from Every Light Bulb” has been watched online more than 2.4 million times. He gave a second TED Global lecture in 2015 on the use of solar cells as LiFi data detectors and energy harvesters. This has been viewed online more than 1.8 million times. Professor Haas holds 31 patents and has more than 30 pending patent applications. His Google Scholar h-index is 64, and his work has been cited more than 17,000 times. He has published 400 conference and journal papers including a paper in Science. He co-authors a book entitled: “Principles of LED Light Communications Towards Networked Li-Fi” published with Cambridge University Press in 2015. Prof. Haas is editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technologies. He was co-recipient of recent best paper awards at VTC-Fall, 2013, VTC-Spring 2015, ICC 2016 and ICC 2017. He was co-recipient of the EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking in 2015, and co-recipient of the Jack Neubauer Memorial Award of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) within Information and Communications Technology in the UK. In 2014, he was selected by EPSRC as one of ten RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) Leaders in the UK. In 2016, he received the outstanding achievement award from the International Solid State Lighting Alliance. In 2017, he was awarded an EPSRC Fellowship Extension. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017.

Gary Weiss, Vice President of Engineering: Hardware

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Gary Weiss has worked in the mobile and semiconductor industry for more than 20 years. Before joining pureLiFi as VP of Engineering, Gary was VP of the Client Computing Group and general manager of Client Innovation Development and Iconic devices at Intel Corporation. Previously, Gary served as corporate VP of Smartphone & Tablet Development at Motorola, where he was instrumental in the development of end-to-end solutions and system designs for the global wireless industry.
Gary holds 18 US and International patents. From the first pocket size cellular phone Startac, to the iconic Razr, and through to the Droid Razr smartphone family of products, his leadership style has been characterised by the development of new material technologies and hands–on execution.

 

Jill Goldsmith, Director of Finance

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Jill Goldsmith has worked in finance and compliance roles within the semiconductor industry for more than twelve years. Prior to joining pureLiFi , Jill was a senior manager in the finance team at Cirrus Logic International (UK) Ltd (the company formerly named Wolfson Microelectronics plc / Ltd), following the acquisition in 2014 of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic, Inc.   Jill joined Wolfson Microelectronics in 2004, shortly after its initial public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange, as Corporate Compliance Manager within the finance department.  Adding to those responsibilities, Jill was appointed as Company Secretary of Wolfson Microelectronics plc in 2008 and therefore worked closely with the Board of Directors and its committees.  Prior, Jill was an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP having joined the firm as a graduate, then qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, and worked within the firm’s audit department. Jill is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and is an Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers.

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pureLiFi is the world leader in Light Fidelity (LiFi) innovation, enabling the communication of data through light

About Us

pureLiFi currently offers the world’s only true LiFi system that is flexible, fast and secure. Our LiFi-X system provides high data densities and eliminates unwanted external network intrusion. Just as 4G and WiFi make up our daily arsenal of wireless tools today – LiFi as a 5G technology will be another key Internet-lifeline in everyone’s pocket. The future for LiFi is integration into all of our devices, smartphones, tablets and wearable technology. Those joining this pioneering team will be part of creating our wireless future. LiFi will be the solution that delivers us unprecedented bandwidth and data, powering our connectivity demands of the future.

About you

You are passionate about technology and get an immense buzz from cracking exceptionally difficult technical challenges. You want to be part of creating the technology of the future, so you have a strong team focus. The creative and innovative forces of the collective are always so much more powerful than being a lone wolf. As a resourceful, self-sufficient and driven individual, you actively seek out responsibility. This shows as you are very delivery focussed. You will also have a keen eye on deadlines and a good awareness on how best to prioritise and thereby maximise results. Being passionate about your own development and growth is a must and being happy to share your expertise with others makes you even better.

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