About GVF

GVF is the only global non-profit association of the satellite industry. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in London, it brings together organizations from around the world representing the satellite ecosystem that are engaged in the development and delivery of satellite technologies and services for consumers, commercial and government organizations worldwide. GVF’s aim is to facilitate expanded access to satellite-based connectivity solutions globally, which is achieved through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders.

Mission Statement

GVF will represent the best interest of its membership and act in an independent manner for the general promotion of the global satellite industry.

Board of Directors

GVF is governed by a Board of Directors which oversees the strategic policy direction of the organization.

Arunas Slekys

Vice President Corporate Marketing, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Arunas Slekys is responsible for managing all of Hughes marketing communications and advocacy initiatives worldwide. He holds a B.App.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, a M.Sc. from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in computer and communications engineering from UCLA. He is the co-author of a founding patent for wireless data systems (CDPD) and is a frequently published author on satellite and wireless communications. Dr. Slekys has served as the elected Chairman of the GVF Board since 2006.

Paul Deedman

Director, Spectrum Regulation, Inmarsat

Mr. Deedman’s role in Inmarsat is to ensure that the necessary international spectrum regulations are in place for the continuing operation of the current Inmarsat satellites, network, and future systems. He is involved in CEPT spectrum activities and the ITU-R working parties, most recently on issues such as new regulations for Ka-band mobile terminals (ESIMs) and protection of the L-band MSS spectrum for proposed terrestrial LTE systems. He has participated in all of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences since 1997 and has been closely engaged in the regional preparations for WRC. Mr. Deedman joined Inmarsat in 2000, having previously worked for the Radiocommunications Agency, and has an honours degree in telecommunications from the University of London (Queen Mary College).

Jean-Philippe Gillet

Senior Vice President, Sales & General Manager, Networks, Intelsat

Jean-Philippe Gillet leads Intelsat’s global sales organization; in addition, he oversees Intelsat’s Networks business, with responsibilities for developing and executing the company’s global broadband strategy and solutions.

Mr. Gillet previously served as Intelsat’s Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from 2014 to 2017, as Intelsat’s Vice President of Sales for Europe and the Middle East From 2006 to 2013 and as Intelsat’s Vice President of Media Sales from 2003 to 2006. In these roles, he successfully grew Intelsat’s business with telecommunications service providers and broadcasters, regularly exceeding revenue and backlog targets.

Prior to joining Intelsat in 2003, Mr. Gillet spent five years with Globecast North America (France Telecom Group) as Vice President of International Sales and Director of Sales for Europe, the Middle East and North America. He began his career at France Telecom as a sales and marketing manager.

Mr. Gillet earned a Master of Science degree in information technology from Ecole Superieure de Commerce and a Bachelor’s in computer science at the Ecole Superieure d’Informatique Engineering School, both located in France.

Nancy Eskenazi

Senior Vice President, Global Legal & Regulatory Affairs, SES

With more than 25 years of experience in the satellite and international communications sector, Nancy is Senior Vice President of Global Legal & Regulatory Affairs at SES where she leads the Regulatory team’s development of regulatory, policy and spectrum strategies at the national and international levels. Nancy also leads the company’s export control, sanctions and antitrust compliance programs.
Before joining SES, Nancy worked as a Senior Associate practicing communications law in the Washington, DC office of a major US law firm. Prior to that she worked as a Telecommunications Policy Specialist for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the US Department of Commerce where she was responsible for promoting US trade and US satellite and communications policy matters in the Americas.
Nancy holds an LLM in International & Comparative Law from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Television, Radio & Film from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a member of the Georgetown European Law Advisory Board.

Simon Gray

Senior Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs, Eutelsat

Simon is the Senior Vice President of Humanitarian Affairs for Eutelsat and a member of the ITU Advisory board for developing disaster comms strategy world-wide. He has been chosen by the other satellite fleet operators & signatories to coordinate the Crisis Connectivity Charter (Recipient of SSPI’s Better Satellite World Award 2018), linking the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), which represents all UN & NGO entities, with the satellite industry. Simon is a long-serving Board Director of GVF elected by its members. He has been working in the satellite industry for over 20 years and during his time with Eutelsat has been responsible for overseeing over 350,000 terminal installations across 4 continents. He is the point of reference for the Eutelsat fleet for remote terminal technology. His role in Eutelsat has also encompassed developing a new class of satellite terminal, equipment approval, mobile Apps, training courses & training tools. He also designed the largest training program ever undertaken by a satellite operator, training 12,000 engineers.

Yasir Hassan

Director of Transmission Operations, ARABSAT

Yasir Hassan has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunication field. He joined ARABSAT in July 1998, reaching the position of Engineering Services Head in 2008, and was selected to be the Director of Transmission Operations in 2010. In early 2014 he was elected to be IRG Director with focus on the future of satellite communication technology and the effects of technology relating to interference. Yasir was assigned to the satellite industry ETC (WFP-UN) as a coordinator for Crisis Connectivity Charter (July-December-2018). In 2018 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Arabsat’s Greek subsidiary Hellas-Sat.
Mr. Hassan holds a Bachelor of Science with honour degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus, and obtained his MBA from University of Leicester, UK in 2005.

Julie Napier Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Project Kuiper

Julie Zoller is the Head of Global Regulatory Affairs for Amazon’s Project Kuiper, an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world. She is responsible for enabling and protecting Kuiper’s use of the radio frequency spectrum at home and abroad, defining and leading the Project Kuiper regulatory agenda.

Prior to joining Amazon, Julie was the Chief Government Affairs Officer at Omnispace, LLC where she led government relations initiatives, combining the global footprint of a non-geostationary satellite constellation with a complementary ground component to deliver scalable connectivity solutions. Julie also served as the Senior Deputy Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy and as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department, where she led U.S. multilateral engagement on digital economy policy issues

Prior to joining the State Department, Julie was the Deputy Associate Administrator for International Spectrum at National Telecommunications and Information, where she guided international activities affecting federal use of the spectrum. Julie served eight years as an elected member of the Radio Regulations Board at the International Telecommunication Union, including two years as chairwoman. Julie spent 14 years at ITT Information Systems, directing a program providing regulatory support to government satellite programs. Julie earned a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she received a Bachelor of Science (engineering science).

The full-time staff of GVF

David Meltzer

Secretary General

Mr. Meltzer brings over 25 years of experience in the satellite industry, including serving as a board member for both a regional satellite operator and for a mobile satellite operator.  Previously, he served for 16 years in various business and legal roles at Intelsat, culminating in serving as Intelsat’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs.  Most recently, Mr. Meltzer served as the General Counsel and Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross where he led its legal, international disaster relief and development activities.

Martin Jarrold

Vice President International Programme Development

Martin Jarrold has worked for GVF since June 2001. His particular responsibilities include outreach to the member organizations of the GVF and for the further development of the profile of the Forum within the satellite communications industry, and across the global telecommunications policy and regulatory community. This extends to the development and delivery of programmes focused on extending the understanding of, and promoting the use of, satellite-based communications in various key end-user vertical markets.

Irina Petrov

Vice President Marketing & Membership

Ms. Petrov has over 20 years of experience in the satellite industry serving the last 11 years with Onlime Group that provides premium business communications to customers across the globe, with the last five years as its Vice President for Marketing. Ms. Petrov has also worked for several satellite operators in marketing and project management positions. In addition to possessing significant experience planning and organising conference events and writing articles for satellite industry media, Ms. Petrov brings an extensive set of skills, knowledge, and a network of relationships that enables GVF to significantly increase the services offered to its membership and grow it to an even stronger satellite community.