Dr. M J Zarabi
Masamb Electronics Systems


Dr. Zarabi, with his consistently distinguished academic record and an equally impressive record of industrial achievements, has been synonymous with the microelectronics activity in India for more than three decades.

He was the Chairman and Managing Director of India’s premier integrated chip manufacturing and R&D company, Semiconductor Complex Ltd. (SCL), from June 1993 to August 2005. Prior to that he was the Head of Research & Development and Executive Director in-charge of both R&D and VLSI manufacturing operations of the company.
Dr. Zarabi has led successfully a number of technology development projects and was responsible in building a modern VLSI fabrication facility in 1997, a showcase of India’s integrated chip manufacturing capability. Under his stewardship, SCL also established the only Galium Arsenide Enabling Technology Centre for the Defence Research & Development Organization to manufacture Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs). He has also led SCL’s foray in the emerging area of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and was responsible for the company being selected as foundry for MEMS under the Govt. of India’s National Programme on Smart Materials.

In addition to a number of research publications, Dr. Zarabi has co-authored a book on Electron Devices that gives a unique treatment to the subject and also co-authored an IETE Series book on Microelectronics. Dr. Zarabi is a Fellow and former Vice President of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow National Academy of Sciences, India and Fellow Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India.

Upon superannuating from Semiconductor Complex Ltd. in August 2005, Dr. Zarabi turned into a freelance Consultant and has been Advisor to a few companies besides being on the Boards of Directors of a number of companies, both in public and private sector, that includes Masamb Electronics Pvt. Ltd., of which he is the Founder Chairman. He is also on a number of Committees of Government of India that includes the Core Advisory Group for Research and Development in the Elecronics Hardware Sector (CAREL), Working Group on Innovation and R&D of Deity, Industry Advisory Committee for MSIPS Scheme, and the Empowered Committee on attracting investment for Semiconductor Fabs in India.