CABSAT’s Satexpo Summit is the most comprehensive gathering of regional and global satellite and space technology industry influencers – from pioneers and innovators to established executives, engineers, government officials and diverse solution providers.
This year, the Summit will address how we can and must exploit space in a responsible way to enable futureproof life on earth. From services allowing us to connect purposefully and efficiently to earth observation, the satellite industry has an important and impactful role to play in our future prosperity
Join the broader industry ecosystem as we explore and examine new business and finance models, opportunities, challenges and outlooks. Take part in deep conversations and help shape the industry across topics spanning
Tech innovations including software defined satellites, AI and automation are key to ensuring optimized satellite operations. In 2022, for the first time, we extend innovation and technology aspects to the ground segment to better serve and embrace the entire community.
Connecting the community
SATEXPO Summit facilitates targeted and value-driving connections through dedicated, themed networking sessions. The world’s longest continuous annual satellite industry trade show offers unparalleled opportunities to learn, connect and develop new business opportunities in a curated, engaging, open environment. We look forward to welcoming you once again!
Secretary General, GSOA
- Welcome to SatExpo Summit 2022
- Recap of SatExpo Summit 2021 disucssions
- How the industry is evolving
- New and exciting topics at SatExpo Summit 2022
VP International Programme Development, GVF
Director, Flight Dynamics, Inmarsat
Senior Specialist,, ESG and Sustainability, SES
Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation
Sustainability is a global priority across all industries and organization, which should extend beyond our planet too. We’ll address multiple facets of this need with talking points to include:
VP, Government and Regulatory Engagement & Board Member, OneWeb NEOM Joint Venture
The problem of space junk is on the rise and it’s high time the industry as a whole put its collective innovation efforts to resolving this issue. Here we look at various operational and regulatory aspects that can have a positive impact on the future of both the industry and the “space” it operates in – pun intended, including:
Founder, Kosmic Apple (US)
Investors generally and understandably make investment decisions based on the bottom line - ROI, exit period, etc. The number of satellites in space is growing and with it, risks of collisions and debris creation. This session will consider:
- What are the main considerations for satellite and space tech investors?
- Is space sustainability top of mind or just a nice-to-have afterthought?
- How is space sustainability integrated into valuation and ROI calculations?
General Manager, MECA , SES Networks
Managing Director,, MENA, Eutelsat
VP Corporate Strategy, Arabsat
Chief Strategy Officer, Thuraya
Straight from the leaders themselves, we examine the state of the satellite and space tech sectors, uncover the true challenges and what excites and motivates them. An open conversation, carefully curated, points of discussion will include:
Founder & CEO, AstroHub
It is generally accepted that the space sector will represent a $1-3 Trillion economy by 2040. These numbers inspire innovation and investments, but there is a fundamental gap between hiring needs and qualified workers, even today. This presentation will discuss:
- Why does the workforce gap exist?
- What approaches have worked to date?
- What are some new practices that stakeholder can implement?
VP Strategy and Business Development, Yahsat
A look at different financing models including public initiatives (multiple relatively new space centres in the region), burgeoning private space companies and PPPs in the satellite industry. This discussion will address:
Chief of Government, Regulation & Engagement,, OneWeb
The LEO satellite market is projected to grow from USD 9.6 billion in 2021 to USD 19.8 billion by 2026. In two years, the number of active and defunct satellites in LEO has increased by over 50%, to about 5,000 (as of 30 March 2021). With many more satellites due to launch into LEO, many are concerned about the risk this poses to the entire space environment, both in terms of spectrum and space flight safety. In addition to these concerns, this session will also analyse the LEO boom from perspectives including business cases, regulatory landscapes, and innovation and ask whether there’s space for all.
- The business cases driving mass LEO/MEO constellations and whether the market is big enough for all
- How can we avoid jeopardizing existing services while encouraging innovation and vice versa?
- What is the risk of interference in LEO? Is it a bigger problem than other orbital regimes?
- What is the risk for space safety and how can we maintain space situational awareness?
The audience will engage in themed open, collaborative, Chatham House rules round table discussions to delve deeper into the topics addressed at SATEXPO 2022 and identify more niche topics key to industry development.
Themes will include:
- The satcomms sector: partnerships, opportunities and overcoming challenges
- The regional market, collaboration and development
- Ground segment operations and innovations
- New digital tech enhancing satellite operations and business
- Satellite sustainability and viability
Managing Director, Satcoms Innovation Group
Director of Transmission Operations, Arabsat
5G/6G Implementation Manager, European Space Agency
Sr. Director/Satellite Services & Broadcast,, Etisalat
Senior Vice President Premium Enterprise & Mobile Operators, Comtech
5G networks are rolling out across the globe, promising better connectivity for consumers and a wealth of potential enterprise applications. On the one hand, this is a potential competitive technology for satellite, on the other, satellite networks may be vital for keeping 5G running smoothly. Also, as roll-outs continue, demonstrated C-band interference may become an insurmountable problem.
On the basis of these points, our panel will discuss:
- What does 5G mean for satellite?
- If 5G delivers the ubiquitous, ultra-fast low-latency connectivity it promises, will satcoms become obsolete?
- What role can, should and will satellite play in 5G delivery?
- How do we manage potential interference?
Integrasys, Spain, CEO
President, France, Singapore & Japan, Kratos Communications
Satellite operators are going from mhz sales (buy, sell, lease bandwidth for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint) to bits – ethernet – point-to-point connectivity. There is an expectation of instant connectivity, however satellite involves long coordination processes and this transition is therefore a challenge. This shift will also require a change in how services are managed and delivered, with satellite operators adopting a model more akin to mobile service provision if they want to compete in this new space.
This discussion will cover questions including:
- How can satellite operators effectively transition to cloud-enabled satellite?
- What part will standards play in making this transition seamless?
- What benefits will cloud bring to satellite operators?
- How will this change the satellite landscape?
Co-Founder & General Manager, Starlab Oasis
In this short presentation we’ll hear from radical innovators about how far we can take space technology to serve our planet and our lives here on earth.
- The context: Feeding 10 billion will take more than we currently have – it’s time to look beyond mother earth
- Developing agricultural food technologies for a resource-limited world - why bringing space tech and ag-tech
- Achievements, and what remains to be done to make this the next viable, sustainable food option
President & CEO, C-COM Satellite Systems, Canada
General Manager - MENA, Gilat Satellite Networks
Regional VP, Africa, ST Engineering
The satellite ground segment, and antennas in particular, undergoing a game-changing innovations. With the rapid growth of satellite networks in non-stationary satellite orbits (NGOS) and applications including machine and people communications, this part of the sector is evolving to deliver.
This panel will address:
- Recent developments in the ground segment including the use of metamaterials, power efficiency and interference prevention technologies
- Remaining gaps to reach full potential of satcomms across services from business to government to consumer
- Discussing flat panel antennas as a superior alternative to traditional parabolic antennas, benefits and challenges to their adoption
Head of Space, Elseco
With the boom in the number of satellites being launched and space exploration and even tourism increasing exponentially, risk management is on the up. This big-ticket business requires expert guidance, evaluation and protection.
This session will cover:
- The importance of precise evaluation and protection in space industries
- Managing and mitigating risk
- Stakes and management when things do go awry
Ambassador, World Space Sustainability Association
Legal Counsel, Elseco
Associate Professor, UAE University & Senior Affiliated Scientist, National Space Science & Technology Centre
This panel will gather leaders and pioneers in space sustainability from newly formed organisations dedicated to managing space sustainably and safely.
The session will address:
- The link between risk and sustainability
- Why the need for a concerted effort between stakeholders and how we’re working together to create a responsible sector
- Actions and initiatives and how to get involved
Group COO, Northtelecom
GM Media and Networks EMEA, Intelsat
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are being increasingly applied to foster innovation in the satellite and wider space industries. Impacting multiple areas of space operations, we explore how the satellite industry is leveraging AI and ML to revolutionise business.
This panel will touch upon areas including:
- From autonomous control to in-orbit servicing/refuelling to decommissioning – where are AI & ML optimizing satellite operations?
- What to do about data - gathering, analytics and safe management
- Advances in software-defined networks and design of new physical satellite terminals
Global Government Business Development, Intelsat
Satellite communications provide a ubiquitous, always-on service technology. At times of disaster, when other communications systems are either destroyed or overloaded, satellite communications equipment can be used immediately to support relief efforts. In the current reality where emergencies are the new normal, ensuring that satellite communications is integrated into the communications network provides the peace of mind that, in any situation, connectivity will always be available to those that need it most.
Talking points will include:
• How can businesses help shape connectivity in the long-term response to crisis and national emergencies?
• What are some of the solutions satellite/mobile/regulators can offer?
• How can we get a better understanding of the status of resilient infrastructure and the needs of connectivity within countries and how can the different stakeholders contribute to better monitoring?
Vice President Business Development, Comtech
Satellite networks are getting much more complex and VSAT providers need scalable, reliable, flexible and affordable solutions to help simplify their managed VSAT services.
Extremely intelligent technologies are needed to serve both low-traffic applications and high-traffic gigabit networks. Transforming the way data is transferred, and the applicability
of that data requires a VSAT solution designed to deliver the big and small network flexibility to support a broad range of applications and markets – from broadcast and government
to mobility and enterprise – over one intelligent platform.
Learn more about:
- Advanced satellite networking
- How to empower seamless integration of hybrid multi-provider and multi-layered satellite bandwidth resources.
- Maximize Bandwidth Faster with Maximum Operational Efficiency
- How an ultra-intelligent VSAT platform would help fast-track your transformation by using virtualization, cloud computing, and Software-Defined architecture
This workshop will feature an in-depth analysis of skills and talent needs to fulfil the promise and potential of the growing satellite and space technology sector. With vendor-neutral training solutions in both technical and non-tech aspects highlighting resources and options, we’ll also discuss barriers and challenges to attracting key talent into the industry. The session will be highly interactive and address satellite operators as well as professionals interested in further education and career advancement and even innovators profiles new to the sector.
- Skills and talent needs, where there are current and future gap
- Technical vs. non-technical skills including general business profile needs
- Challenges in attracting talent to space tech and satellite
- Training and education resources and formats
- Open Q&A and discussion
Building A Sustainable, Innovative Satellite And Space Tech Sector
HEC graduate with expertise working ith CEOs and heads of international organisations in satellite, space and telecommunications industries. Recognised thought leader and frequent public speaker.
Executive MBA graduate with extensive experience across MENA region in satellite, telecoms and technology including as regional project director at Comverse.
Over 35 years in the space industry specialising in geostationary satellite operations. Member of ISO group building space best practices & standards and UK representative at ECCS (European Co-operation for Space Standardisation).
30+ years’ experience in technology and government relations. B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Numerous articles & interviews, focused on space exploration to solve issues on earth.
Industrial engineer and ESIC business school graduate. 10 years at Integrasys. Previous experience at CERN.
Expertise in government solutions, focused on MENA & Europe. Masters in Nuclear Sciences
37 years in aerospace, global experience in setting up business entities and delivering complex turnkey system solutions.
Tech & finance specialist with extensive political experience. Secretary to UK Parliamentary Space Group 2017-2020. Representative at UK Space, GSOA, GVF & SIA. Participated in Inmarsat IPO & listing of Telenet Belgium. Experienced CMO and NED.
Former NASA scientist-turned-astropreneur. Experience includes technical roles on the Hubble Space Telescope, Terra Satellite, Galileo Mission and ESA Hersschel Space Observatory. Media contributions and publications include BBC, Bloomberg, Forbes, HBR, The Space Channel & The Astrophysical.
Johns Hopkins University graduate. Appointed by Royal Decree as Assistant Undersecretary for Training, Planning and Information, Ministry of Health. Director, New Humanitarian Education Centre, Gulf Medical University.
PhD Electronic Engineering – Applied Electromagnetics. 13 years at ESA in various high-stakes technical and innovation roles, currently covers 5G/6G strategic programme line including technology and business model innovation.
15+ years in the satellite industry and expertise in government solutions and strategic projects.
25 years experience in operations, engineering & business development including backhaul solutions on GEO for global tier 1 telecoms. Pioneered integration of 2G/3G/4G GSM gear with SES MEO network
Extensive knowledge and experience of satellite communications and subsystems delivering complex data connectivity solutions across government, VSAT and mobility sectors.
Over 20 years experience in broadcasting
15 years’ experience in satellite & broadcasting and 11 years with SIG, currently MD. Regular speaker and commentator on satellite challenges and innovative solutions. Also founder of industry specialised PR & marketing agency.
Satellite Communications pioneer involved in many European satellite programs. Developed national satellite programs for Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Monaco.
Leads GSMA activities in 25 countries. Founder of Arab Advisors Group. Member of steering committee for UN ICT Task Force of the Wireless Internet and the Arab-World series. Columnist in regional media
Over 20 years’ experience in telecoms and satellite with positions in multiple markets including Russia, UK, US, Ghana.
Background in high-level international positions in UK, Saudia Arabia and Spain. Expertise in strategic customer solutions and excellence.
Satellite regulatory compliance & international affairs expert. Specialises in commercial, infrastructure, state security and lawful interception. Former telecoms consultant advising on satellite, mobile, internet, data and cloud regultions. Active participant in ITU helping engage practices in the region."
20 years’ experience in satellite across engineering, business development and management. Former technology consultant having developed high performance communication and processing solutions for commercial and defense.
20 years’ experience with global satellite industry working with space, broadcast & telecoms stakeholders across all continents. Regular contributor to events & publications.
International and Private Law graduate with majors in mathematics and physics. Has led projects including foreign broadcast licensing with German State Media Authority and setting up Northtelecom as a German Federal Network Agency company.
Former head of space department at Thuraya Satellite Telecommunication Company. Over 23 years in satellite telecoms across technology innovation, strategy, operations and opening new markets.
Satellite technology professional since 1984, senior legal expert in satellite communications. Chairman of TUYAD, 1st and only satellite association in Turkey. 8 published books.
Degree mathmeticial with expertise in Sub-Saharan regional market, experienced business development & sales at Newtec, Globaltrack, Castor Networks.
Theoretical physcist with masters degree from the International Space University (FR). Prior experience at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and European Space Agency. Current technical manager at University of Reading Space4Climate Group.
Founder of a global platform that brings early stage space start-ups and investors together
20 years experience in military space & security. Former positions at Center for Defense Information and Colalition to Reduce Neclear Dangers, frequently media contributor to New York Times, Space News, NPR
15 years in Satcoms, chairman of Satellite Interference Reduction Working Group, regular speaker and workshop participant including at the ITU and ASBU