GVF is the only global non-profit association of the satellite industry with members from the entire ecosystem. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in London, it brings together organizations from around the world representing operators, manufacturers, service providers and other parts of 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, which is achieved through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders.
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.
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.
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).
Peter B. Davidson
VP of Global Government Relations and Policy, Intelsat
Peter B. Davidson has served as the VP of Global Government Relations and Policy at Intelsat since August of 2020. Prior to that he served as Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, SVP of Government Affairs at Verizon Communications, General Counsel of the U.S. Trade Representative, VP Government Affairs at USWEST and Qwest, General Counsel and Policy Director for the Majority Leader of the U.S House of Representatives, and Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. He is a native Minnesotan, and graduate of Carleton College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
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.
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).
Director for institutional and international affairs, Eutelsat
Prior to joining the private sector, he led a diplomatic career, serving 17 years at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. His professional experience covers political-military issues as well as the Middle East.
From July 2019 to July 2020, David Bertolotti was Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the French MFA, overseeing the whole range of security policy-related issues, including French military operations and missions. Prior to his directorship, David Bertolotti served as ambassador of France to the Hachemite Kingdom of Jordan for almost 4 years, from October 2015 to July 2019.
From July 2012 to September 2015, D. Bertolotti was the Office Director for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he was also the lead French expert assisting the Political Director and chief French negotiator for the Iran nuclear talks, which were successfully concluded in Vienna on July 14th, 2015.
From 2007 to 2010, he was seconded to NATO, as Deputy Director of the Secretary General’s Private Office (Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, and then Anders Fogh Rasmussen). During that assignment, he held the main responsibility for the organisation of NATO’s 60th anniversary and the Strasburg-Kehl summit, as well as for the process of France’s reintegration in the Organisation’s military structure. From 2003 to 2007, David Bertolotti was desk officer at the Office for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, in charge successively of ballistic missile nonproliferation and space weaponisation issues, and then of the Iranian nuclear issue.
David Bertolotti also has an experience in the field of cultural diplomacy, having served as Second Counsellor, Director of the French Institute in the United Arab Emirates, at the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi (2010-2012).
D. Bertolotti graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (summa cum laude) and is a former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
David Bertolotti holds the National Defence Medal from France and the Medal of the 1st degree in the Istiqlal Order of Jordan.
He is married to Claire. They have two sons.
The full-time staff of GVF
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.
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.
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.