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About us

GLOBAL IP AND AFRICA: FORGING FORWARD, TOGETHER

Global IP was established with the aim of building a state-of-the-art IP network, based on our first high capacity satellite, GiSAT-1, dedicated to the Sub-Saharan region.

Enabling affordable broadband access – a key driver to economic growth – to over 800 million people in 39 countries in the region, our network is built around our 150 Gbps Ka satellite, which is larger than all other Ka satellites located over Africa, combined.

We believe in being agile and flexible, and are committed to always being a step ahead of changes in the market, able to invent services, solutions and business models that best meet our customers’ needs. In order to fulfill this commitment, we have undertaken the ambitious task of building our own satellite, which is being constructed by Boeing, in accordance with our specifications and the needs of the market. GiSAT-1 which is scheduled for launch early 2019 has a new digital payload, and offers twice the capacity as previous digital payload designs.

Made up of a team of highly-regarded satellite industry executives, Global IP professionals share vast experience, a love of Africa and an intrinsic understanding that the region is on the verge of a paradigm shift. Together with our multinational team of executives and experts, we want to drive transformation, growth and advancement, and bridge the digital divide providing superior connectivity and greater internet capacity, across broader geographical areas, at affordable prices.

We believe in being agile and flexible, and are committed to always being a step ahead of changes in the market, able to invent services, solutions and business models

OUR TEAM

Bahram Pourmand

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

A highly-regarded figure in the satellite industry, before co-founding Global IP Mr. Bahram Pourmand was Executive Vice President and General Manager, International Division of Hughes Network Systems LLC. There, he was responsible for key management positions, including executive director, and was a member of the management committee of the European and Indian subsidiaries. Bahram has a digital push imaging patent in his name.

Emil Youssefzadeh

CO-FOUNDER

Before co-founding Global IP, Mr. Emil Youssefzadeh was Chairman of STM Group Inc. which he founded in 1984, leading its phenomenal success until its sale to EMC in 2013. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the VSAT industry, his accomplishments include: the launch of a domestic satellite program in his native country, Iran, in the 1970s; research and development on satellite communication systems at Hughes Aircraft (the predecessor to Boeing Satellite systems); and the creation of several companies, from start-up through exit.

Emil is also the Chairman of Salim Group, Inc. a California-based private equity group with investments in the US, Europe, and emerging markets.

Emil earned his master’s and engineering degrees in electrical engineering, with a focus on information theory and satellite communications, from Stanford University.

Umar Javed

CO-FOUNDER

Mr. Umar Javed has more than 20 years of experience in management and business development in the technology and satellite industry. Prior to co-founding Global IP, he served as President of STM Group Inc. leading the business through a number of mergers and acquisitions in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Latin America. These included the acquisition of NERA Broadband in Norway, and the sale of STM subsidiaries to EMC in 2013.

He led the creation of Vodanet Brazil, one of the largest satellite service providers in Brazil and Spain, offering satellite-based solutions and services to the government, enterprise, mobility and maritime sectors. He was also the group President of Salim Group, Inc., a California-based investment group with major investments in Africa and Latin America.

Umar holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Nagib Chahine

CTO

Before joining Global IP, Nagib held a VP position in business development at Sigfox France, a leader in the Internet Of Things (IOT) market. In the UAE, where Nagib spent the last 9 years, he held a VP of technical operation for Pegasus, a software development company focused on Big Data Analytics. Prior to that, and while still in the UAE, Nagib spent 6 years at Yahsat, Abu Dhabi’s only satellite operator, as a senior director in charge of the design, implementation and delivery of the ground segment associated with two Geo satellites.

Nagib held many technical positions ranging from software developer, to Subject Matter Expert at Boeing (Satellite product), to Senior director of Engineering at Pairgain (DSLAM product). Nagib carries with him over 30 years of rich experience that combine together technical, financial and operational aspects of a typical communication business.

Nagib has a Master degree in Business and Finance from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Miami.

Yaron Tchwella

SVP Sales and Marketing

Mr. Yaron Tchwella is a hi-tech executive with more than 30 years of experience, Yaron has served as president and CEO of various publicly traded global hi-tech companies in the areas of security, telecoms and IT. He was president and CEO of companies with over $1 billion in revenues, thousands of employees and global business in over 100 countries. Among his key positions

Yaron served as president of Comverse a global leader in the telecom sector listed on Nasdaq 100, CEO of Blue Phoenix solutions and President of NICE systems.

Yaron has led the closure of large contracts with governments and enterprises developing credible and trustful relationships with Presidents, Ministers, Heads of Government and CEOs around the world.

Yaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Tel Aviv University and took the Executive Management Program at the University of Virginia-Darden.

Richard Forberg

Business Development and Strategy

With over 30 years’ experience in the telecoms and IP networking business, Mr. Richard Forberg’s professional focus has been on business strategy, product management and market development for new satellite-based services and innovative networking products.

Before joining Global IP, Richard was a key member of the management team at STM Group and has also led business segment teams at 3Com Corp, Digital Equipment Corp, and McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing).

Richard holds a master’s degree in management sciences from Stanford University, a master’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Beloit College.

David Abernethy

Director Satellite Programs

Mr. David Abernethy is an aerospace professional with over 30 years of experience in the communications satellite industry. While at Boeing Satellite Systems, he was the program manager for the Tracking Data and Relay Satellites for NASA and the SES-9 Ku-band communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. David also worked as Space Segment lead on the Spaceway Ka-Band satellite system for Hughes. His professional expertise includes systems engineering, program and risk management.

David has been awarded three US patents covering satellite thruster control and sun-target steering.

Marcelo Barros

Senior Director Program Management

A communications technology professional, Mr. Marcelo Barros has 30 years’ combined experience in the satellite, telecoms, and cellular industries. He brings to Global IP a solid background in serving large enterprises, including Ericsson and AT&T. For the last 18 years, he has held various positons at the STM Group of companies, including VP Operations, VP Project Management, and VP System I&T in the satellite network and ICT areas. He was also a major contributor to a cellular network provider start-up in South East Asia in the mid-90s, which today serves more than 12 million subscribers.

Marcelo holds a master’s degree in technology management and a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering.