6. Satellite, Critical Infrastructure for First Response

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Presenter: Mr. Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Yahsat05_Masood Mahmood_IMG_0009

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 10:10-10:20

Satellite is impacting people’s lives around the world, providing connectivity that helps promote social well-being.

The CEO of Yahsat spoke about the critical role that satellite plays in emergency response, in particular highlighting three trends that promise to drastically change the way the humanitarian community connects in the field: improvements in the ability to deploy satellite connectivity equipment; the broadening areas satellites cover; and the increasing bandwidth readily available through satellite connections.

Mr. Masood M. Sharif Mahmood
, CEO, Yahsat

05_Satellite Critical Infrastructure for First Response_presentation 05_Satellite Critical Infrastructure for First Response_Photo_Masood M. Sharif MahmoodMasood Mahmood is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat, the UAE based satellite communications company. He is also a Board Member of DU Telecommunications company and a member of both DU’s Investment and Nomination & Remuneration committees.

As CEO, Masood is responsible for the overall management and full deployment of Yashat’s operational capabilities, on both government and commercial fronts, expanding the business’s global footprint to provide first-class satellite communication solutions. Since joining, Masood has carried on the business’s trajectory extending the growth of the company into new markets, which will include Latin America in 2016, as well as leading its aspirations on being the region’s best-in-class multipurpose satellite operator. The company continues its key role to support the UAE Government, as well as furthering its commercial reach with its various services from YahClick satellite broadband, YahLink IP Trunking & backhaul, as well as Yahlive TV broadcasting (Yahlive is a joint venture with SES).

Appointed as CEO in June 2013, Masood brings with him a wealth of experience, having served on the board of several other companies from financial, industrial and manufacturing industries as well as real-estate. This in addition to having served as Deputy CEO at Yahsat prior to being appointed as CEO, as well as having worked with Mubadala, as Vice President of their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) unit, where he was in charge of corporate strategy and asset management of the ICT unit’s portfolio. This included companies such as DU, EMTS, Injazat, as well as Yahsat.

Masood also has significant experience in investment management and business development, having served for more than a decade at a number of high profile government and semi-government entities in the UAE, such as Dubai Holding and the Executive Office of HH Sheikh Mohamad bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Masood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University, Massachusetts and holds an MBA in Finance from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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