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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.

Nagib Chahine

CTO and Acting SVP of Sales and Marketing

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.

Doug Martin

General Counsel
Mr. Doug Martin has over 20 years’ experience as an attorney advising both start-up and established hi-tech companies in communications and related markets.  Prior to joining Global IP, Doug Martin spent nearly 9 years as General Counsel at Panasonic Avionics Corporation.  While at Panasonic Avionics, Doug helped establish and grow, both organically and through acquisition, satellite communications services to the aviation, maritime, energy and mining markets in over 70 countries including several located in sub-Saharan Africa.  Doug’s involvement included establishing a constellation utilizing 22 satellites with 10 gateways covering all major landmasses, airline routes, and shipping lanes in addition to supporting the legal aspects of providing Wi-Fi, mobile phone, and live television services. Doug has a law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

William Wade

Executive Advisor to the CEO

Mr. Wade has over 30 years of satellite experience living and working in the emerging markets of Asia. Prior to joining Global IP, he was the President and CEO of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited, a Hong Kong-based satellite operator, where he managed the company’s activities in over 54 countries across the Asian region. Prior to that, Mr. Wade held various senior management positions with AsiaSat, PanAsian Systems (Hutchison Whampoa, HK) and Echoshere (EchoStar Corporation.) Mr. Wade served on the Board of AsiaSat for 21 years and is presently a board member of EchoStar Corporation.

Richard Forberg

VP, Services and Product Management

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.

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.