Karsten has extensive international experience of over 25 years in the semiconductor industry and has worked in the areas of R&D, Sales & Marketing and Executive Management. He was Executive VP Operations of Systemonic AG and had several key positions at Infineon Technologies and Siemens in Germany, Japan, and Silicon Valley. Throughout his career, Karsten had several successful business start-ups that have grown partly within a short time to revenues up to several hundred million dollars in management. Karsten was shareholder and Managing Director of Sardis Capital, where he has successfully closed numerous international investments, corporate acquisitions and sales. In 1986 Karsten graduated physicist and 1995 doctorated in electrical engineering, both at the University of Hannover. In 1988 Karsten was Industrial Visiting Scientist at the Berkeley University.