Dr Giorgia Longobardi
Member | Strategic Advisory Board
Dr Giorgia Longobardi is founder and CEO of Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd (CGD), a start-up developing highly efficient power electronics that can offer major energy savings in applications ranging from power supplies for consumer electronics to LED drives, data centres and wireless chargers.
Giorgia’s work is focused on gallium nitride (GaN) technologies, including sensors and system solutions for efficient power management. She was awarded a prestigious Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge and spun her company out of the engineering department at Cambridge University after completing her PhD in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors and soon after receiving an EPSRC follow on impact acceleration fund and winning the first prize of Cambridge Enterprise business plan competition. After spending a year in Japan sponsored by a JSPS fellowship, Giorgia led a successful seed fund investment round for her company, which now employs 15 people, and her drive for innovation has led to 14 patent applications. She has established and led partnerships with numerous academic and industrial players worldwide.
Beyond her technical achievements, Dr Longobardi is extremely passionate about promoting STEM subjects to the next generation, especially women. She has been a STEM ambassador engaging with school students all around the world and in Italy, UK, and Japan.