Who We Are

The Lee-Kahn Foundation was founded and funded by Philippe Kahn and Sonia Lee. The Foundation proudly sponsors local and national non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing humane growth through increased access to health care, education and the arts. It is deeply committed to sustaining a quality environment in which our children will flourish.

Philippe Kahn, Chairman of the Board

Philippe is the CEO of Fullpower, the creative team behind the Sleeptracker® IoT Smartbed technology platform and the MotionX® Wearable Technology platform. Philippe studied at the ETH in Zurich Switzerland and Sofia-Antipolis, receiving his Masters Degree in Mathematics. Philippe also earned a Masters Degree in classical flute, with simultaneous minors in composition and chamber music from the Zurich Music Conservatory.

Philippe is an inventor, technology innovator and entrepreneur. The Fullpower Sleeptracker® and MotionX® technology platforms are at the core of solutions by Simmons, Serta, and Nike among others. Philippe is credited with creating the first complete camera phone solution, sharing pictures instantly on public networks. Philippe’s photo from the birth of his daughter, taken and instantly shared on June 11, 1997, is the first known publicly transmitted and shared camera-phone picture.

Philippe has founded four successful technology companies: Fullpower Technologies (Smartbed with Sleeptracker® and Wearable with MotionX®) , LightSurf (The Camera-Phone, or cell-phone camera), Starfish (Wireless OTA Synchronization) and Borland (Professional Development Tools). He is also the inventor of more than 150 technology patents covering Smartbeds, wearable & IoT, eyewear, smartphone, mobile, imaging, wireless, synchronization and medical technologies.

Philippe is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish, and German. Besides working passionately with the teams at Fullpower, Philippe enjoys spending time with his family and sharing his passion for playing classical music and improvisational jazz, as well as sailing, surfing, backcountry skiing and Crossfit. Philippe is also a trustee of the Lee-Kahn Foundation and loves his dogs.

Sonia Lee, President

Fullpower is Sonia's third successful company. Co-founder of LightSurf with Philippe, Sonia also co-founded Starfish with Philippe in 1994 and served as President of Starfish from 1994 to 1998. Prior to founding Starfish, she established Sonia Lee and Associates, a Silicon Valley consulting firm specializing in user interface design and communications graphics.

A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sonia worked as a designer with the Basic Industry Research Laboratory at Northwestern University and the Whitewater Group.

Besides working with the teams at Fullpower Sonia spends her time with her family with whom she enjoys sharing her passion for art, snowboarding, Nordic freestyle skiing and Yoga.