Weili Dai

President and co-founder, Marvell Technology Group

One of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world, Weili Dai is the only woman co-founder of a global semi-conductor company. Born in Shanghai, she emigrated to America with her family in 1979. She gained a degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she met her husband, Sehat Sutardja, who was born in Indonesia. The couple married in 1985 and Dai began her career in software development. In 1995, she co-founded the Marvell Technology Group with Sutardja, who went on to be named Inventor of the Year in 2006 and is widely regarded as a pioneer of the modern semi-conductor age.

Marvell’s technology is an integral component of many of the world’s most important products in enterprise, communications, mobile computing, consumer and emerging markets. Dai has been a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world through partnerships with programmes such as One Laptop Per Child.