CABSAT and GVF enhance Dubai Conference to bring three days of industry and user analysis for MENA r


An enhanced collaboration between Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Global VSAT Forum (GVF) will, for the first time, bring a total of three days of satellite industry-related conference dialogues to CABSAT in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The dialogues will bring contributions from 70 speakers representing global and regional organisations from the satellite solutions provider and user ecosystems, analysts, consultants, academia, and media entities, together with national, regional, and international stake-holding agencies and organisations.

This enhanced continuation of a long-established DWTC-GVF partnership agreement – designed to bring a programme of strategic debate on key issues for the satellite industry technology and service marketplace to the CABSAT exhibition environment at Dubai’s International Convention & Exhibition Centre at Dubai World Trade Centre – will comprise mutually-reinforcing programmes of satellite industry and end-user perspectives through two conference programmes – SATEXPO @ CABSAT and the GVF Satellite Hub Summit @ CABSAT. Both programmes will be chaired by Martin Jarrold, GVF’s Chief of International Programme Development.

On 22nd & 23rd March the Satellite Hub Summit – which features the kind participation of the International Telecommunication Union – will address: Exploring Regional Market Dynamics; Satellite & the Next ITU World Radiocommunication Conference; High Throughput Satellites: Leveraging Advancing Technologies & Scaling Innovative Services to Evolve Larger & Emergent Markets; Constellations for Connectivity: The Low Earth Orbit Solution Re-born? Mission Criticality: The Satellite Solution & the Humanitarian Crisis; Into the Mainstream: VSAT Communications-on-the-Move & the New Strategic Marketplace; Ensuring an Interference-Free World of Satellite Services; Integrating & Securing Our Digital World: Cyber Security for Satellite in a World of Big Data, the IoT & the Cloud; and, Perspectives & Strategic Take-Aways: The Satcoms Dynamics of a Connected World.

SATEXPO, which takes place on 21st March, will open with keynotes from the UAE Space Agency and Virgin Galactic, followed by a series of presentation and panel sessions covering: The Entrepreneurs & Financiers of Satellite Start-ups (A Case Study - The successful partnership between government, and small companies for Brazilian Space Program, and its Small Satellite projects); Space & Enterprise Partnership (Exploring the importance and relationship between commercial business enterprise and space); Opportunities and challenges for using satellite communications for military operations; Aviation (Improving connectivity in the cockpit & cabin); Satellite Broadcasting (Idea Swap Regional Focus: What is the state of play in the MENA Satellite broadcasting market?); Regional technology, challenges and opportunities for Satellite Communications (Case study); Contribution and distribution challenges in the Middle East during crisis; and, The Satellite Synergy: Broadband telecoms for a mobile world.

As of the date of this release around 50 speakers have confirmed their contributions to the GVF Satellite Hub Summit, as follows (in alphabetical order): Laith Hamad, ‎Director, Middle East & North Africa, Access Partnership; Ibrahim Nassar, Manager of Teleport, Teleport Department, Global Technology Services Directorate, Technology & Network Operations Division, Al Jazeera Networks; Yasir Hassan, Director, Transmission Operations, ArabSat; Tom Loi, Sales Director, AsiaSat; Kumar Singarajah, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Business Development, Avanti Communications; Nigel Fry, Head of Distribution, BBC Global News; Drew Klein, Director of International Business Development, C-COM Satellite Systems; Fred Morris, Vice President, Satellite Operators Market Vertical, Comtech EF Data; Stéphane Chenard, Senior Analyst, Euroconsult; Andreas Voigt, Communications Systems Manager, Eutelsat; Mostafa Fathi Abdalazem Alazab Elkhouly, Research Fellow, Fraunhofer IIS; Anthony Baker, CEO, Global Satellite Vu; Michele Scotto, Senior Vice President, Globecomm; Ammar Hamadien, Head of Strategic Engagement, MENA, GSMA; Riaz Lamak, Lead, International Programmes, GVF; Soheil Mehrabanzad, Vice President, Hughes; Majdi Atout, Vice President of Sales, Middle East, iDirect; Abdul Aziz Al-Feel, Regional Director MENA, Enterprise Business Unit, Inmarsat; Alvaro Sanchez, Sales & Marketing Director, Integrasys; Dr. Mohaned Juwad, Senior Manager, Spectrum Policy, Intelsat; Dongsik (Thomas) Kim, Senior Engineer, Space Systems Coordination Division, Space Services Department, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU; Guido Baraglia, Director, Business Development EMEA, Kratos Networks; Diederik Kelder, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Business Development, LeoSat; Mazen Nassar, Managing Director, MenaNets & GVF Master Trainer; Akshat Jain, Sales Director, MENA & India, ND SatCom; Koen Willems, Market Director for Government & Defence, Newtec; Freddie Caldwell, Sales Manager, Paradigm Communication Systems; Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Applications Catapult; Virgil Labrador, Editor-in-Chief, Satellite Markets & Research; Gez Draycott, Vice President Mobility Solutions, SES; Patrick van Niftrik, Vice President, Spectrum Development, EMEA, SES; Erwin Greilinger, Product Line & Sales Manager for Satellite Monitoring Solutions, Siemens; Martin Coleman, Executive Director, IRG; Neale Faulkner, Manager, Strategy & Marketing Operations, MEA, SITAOnAir; Riyadh Al Adely, Managing Director, SkyStream; Torsten Kriening, Editor, SpaceWatch Middle East; Andrew Burdall, Senior Vice President, Enterprise & Emerging Markets, SpeedCast; Jack Buechler, Vice President, Business Development, Talia Group; Kevin French, Publisher, talk Satellite; Julian Crudge, Managing Director, Telenor (UK) Limited; Julian Kell, Director, Sales, EMEA, Telesat; Alessandro Caranci, Vice President Sales & Business Development Networks & Connectivity, Telespazio; Nile Suwansiri, CCO, Thaicom; Zahid Zaheer, Senior Director of GMPCS Affairs, Thuraya; Christian Bergan, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, TSAT; Khalid Al-Awadhi, Manager Space & Broadcasting Services, TRA, United Arab Emirates; Thierry Balanche, Sales & Marketing Manager, SDR Products, Zodiac.

The speaker line-up for SATEXPO will include some 20 contributors, as follows (in alphabetical order of organisation name): Mohamed Youssif, Chief Operating Officer, ABS; Atheer Abood, Teleport Operations Lead, Global Technology Services Directorate, Al Jazeera Media; Ibrahim Nassar, Manager of Teleport, Global Technology Services Directorate, Al Jazeera Networks; Nigel Fry, Head of Distribution, BBC Global News; Morwen Williams, Head of Newsgathering Operations, BBC News; Marcelo Essado, CEO and System Engineer, EMSISTI Space Systems & Technology; Franco Cataldo, Deputy CCO, Eutelsat; Jacques Dutronc, Chief Development & Innovation Officer, Eutelsat; Olivier Risse, Senior VP Corporate Business Solution, Global Mobile Services, Eutelsat; Mostafa Alazab, Research Fellow, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Ilmenau University of Technology Digital - Broadcasting Research Laboratory; Hassan Aouisse, Senior Systems Engineering Manager, iDirect; Omar Diab, Sales Director, iDirect; Daniel Cooper, Head of Media & Marketing, Inmarsat; Amer Mohammad Al Sayegh, Senior Director, Space Systems Development Department, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre; Lars Ringertz, Director Global Communications, Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President Data & Mobility Services, Europe, SES; Andrew Burdall, Senior Vice President, Enterprise & Emerging Markets, SpeedCast; Jack Buechler, VP Business Development, Talia Group; HE Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency; Barry A. Matsumori, Senior Vice President Advanced Concepts, Virgin Galactic.

Martin Jarrold commented, “This is a major three-day programme which brings a significant and substantial value-added facet to the CABSAT experience for visitors and exhibitors alike. SATEXPO is an innovative addition to the already well-established GVF Satellite Hub Summit programme, and the two events have vibrant and mutually-reinforcing synergies to promote analysis of an elevated dynamism in space and satellite issues in the region.”


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