Weili Dai

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Weili Dai
Weili Dai Headshot.jpg
Born Shanghai, China
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.S. in Computer Science)[1]
Occupation President and co-founder of Marvell Technology Group
Spouse(s) Marvell CEO and co-founder Sehat Sutardja [2]
Children 2

Weili Dai (simplified Chinese: 戴伟立; traditional Chinese: 戴偉立; pinyin: Dài Wěilì) is president and co-founder of Marvell Technology Group. Dai is considered one of the most successful women entrepreneurs,[3] and is the only female co-founder of a major semiconductor company.[4] According to Hurun Report's China Rich List 2013, she is the 420th wealthiest person in China, with an estimated wealth of US$730 million.[5] As of 2014, she is listed as the 97th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[6]


Dai is the only woman co-founder of an American semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she directed Marvell’s rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world.[7][8] Dai worked on strategic partnerships[9] and Marvell's technology was used in products in several markets.[10][11] Dai has also become a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world[12] and an ambassador of opportunity between the US and China.[13] Dai advocates for getting more women involved in science and technology.[14]

Dai served as chief operating officer, executive vice president, and general manager of the Communications Business Group at Marvell. She was director of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and corporate secretary of the board. Prior to co-founding Marvell, Dai was involved in software development and project management at Canon Research Center America, Inc.

Dai promoted partnership with the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC). Ms. Dai also is active in STEM stating, "Women are the future of technology and today's technology is fun and cool. It's not just about developing ‘nerdy’ stuff it's about turning technology into fashionable and user-friendly smart solutions. A woman's natural talent is design, and the look and feel, and making these things fit into our lifestyles. I believe by embracing STEM and leveraging inherent strength of women -- the sense of responsibility, passion, compassion, and pride we dedicate to family and community -- and applying it to business can make women the X factor in the new era of global growth and prosperity for the ‘Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle.'" [15] She sits on the board of the disaster relief organization, Give2Asia, and was named to the Committee of 100, an organization representing the Chinese Americans. Sutardja Dai Hall at her alma mater UC Berkeley was named for Dai along with her husband Sehat Sutardja, CEO of Marvell and Pantas Sutardja, CTO of Marvell. Sutardja Dai Hall is home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).


Newsweek named Dai one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World".[16] She was profiled by CNN International for the Leading Women Innovator Series.[17] On May 12, 2012, Dai became the first female commencement speaker in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering's 143 year history.[18] On Aug. 22, 2012, Dai was on the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” [19] In October 2012, she was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award by the non-profit organization Upwardly Global.[20] In March 2013, Dai was honored with the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Established Corporation category by the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CIE/USA-SF).[21] On May 23, 2013, Dai was No. 88 on the Forbes list of "The World's Most Powerful Women."[19] On June 12, 2013, Dai was named a 2013 Most Influential Women in Embedded.[22] On Oct. 25, 2013, Dai was honored with the New Silk Road Award by the California-Asia Business Council.[23] On Nov. 13, 2013, Dai was awarded the Gold Stevie Award for Woman of the Year – Technology.[24] On Dec. 16, 2013, Marvell Co-founders Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai were honored with the 2013 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award [25] by the Global Semiconductor Alliance. On May 28, 2014 Weili Dai was named to Forbes list of "The World's Most Powerful Women" for the third consecutive year.[26] As of 2014, she is listed as the 97th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[6] On Sept. 8, 2014, Dai, was honored with a Gold award as the “Best Woman Professional of the Year” at the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards. [27] On Nov. 17, 2014, Ms. Dai was honored with the Gold Stevie® Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Products. [28] On Dec. 9, 2014, Ms. Dai was honored as a Gold Winner for 2014 Women World Awards. [29]


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  8. ^ Wong, Samson. ""Fair and Care" vs. Goldman Sachs". Asian Week. Retrieved 4/23/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  11. ^ Goudreau, Jenna (13 September 2011). "With Bartz Out, Marvell's Weili Dai Pushes Women In Tech". Forbes. Retrieved 4/23/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ Dignan, Larry. "Marvell co-founder talks technology in education, R&D". Smart Planet. Retrieved 5/2/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  14. ^ Kucera, Danielle. "Technology Industry’s Gender Gap Seen Hampering Competitiveness". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 5/2/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/27/world/europe/how-to-get-girls/index.html?iid=INTL_SPC
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  18. ^ Dai, Weili (14 May 2012). "Weili Dai's commencement address to UC students". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 5/21/12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ a b Forbes http://www.forbes.com/profile/weili-dai/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Marvell Co-Founder Weili Dai Honored with Outstanding Leadership Award by Upwardly Global - Yahoo! Finance". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  21. ^ http://www.asiaconnectmiami.com/?p=409
  22. ^ http://embedded-computing.com/articles/2013-influential-technology-group-ltd/
  23. ^ http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=4536
  24. ^ http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=4596
  25. ^ http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=4780
  26. ^ http://www.forbes.com/profile/weili-dai/
  27. ^ http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=5697
  28. ^ http://www.marvell.com/company/news/pressDetail.do?releaseID=5938
  29. ^ http://www.womenworldawards.com/world/

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