Bob Iofis is an experienced professional in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry, currently working for a venture capital firm providing technical evaluation on potential investments in the areas of thin films semiconductors, energy generation, and energy storage thin film applications. Originally from Soviet Union (Latvia), Mr. Iofis moved to California in 1992. Besides his work with the VC firm, he is actively involved with the community of Russian-speaking professionals based in Silicon Valley, with members from all over the United States. As an experienced R&D high-tech commercialization professional, Mr. Iofis is at the forefront of the emerging VC industry in Russia, in other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and in Baltic countries. Mr. Iofis has over 20 years of high technology engineering experience in the semiconductor equipment industry and over 10 years of project development management experience in energy sector. His last years focus is on renewable energy projects assessment. He holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnical University of Riga, Latvia. Mr. Iofis was awarded the Humanitarian Award by Friend Ships Unlimited, Louisiana-based charitable non-profit.