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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Simon Gray, Aarti Holla and David Meltzer on behalf of the Crisis Connectivity Charter, one of the three 2018 Better Satellite World Award winners.

    The Crisis Connectivity Charter is a mechanism created between the satellite industry and the wider humanitarian community, which is designed to make satellite-based communications more readily available to humanitarians and affected communities thanks to pre-defined and pre-set solutions allowing immediate response at times of disaster. 

    The Charter was developed by the EMEA Satellite Operator’s Association (ESOA) and the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and their members, in coordination with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), led by the World Food Programme (WFP).  When activated by the ETC, the Charter aims to foster more efficient cooperation between the satellite industry, local governments, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the broader humanitarian community in the initial stages of a disaster, allowing for better communication planning, increased connectivity and support for emergency responses. Click here to learn more about the Crisis Connectivity Charter.

     

              

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI podcast, Director of Development and Innovation Lou Zacharilla speaks with Will Porteous, General Partner and COO at RRE Ventures.

    RRE Ventures is a New York-based venture capital firm. They have a reputation as open-minded and thoughtful investors that encompass independent perspectives. During his nearly 20 years in the industry, Will and his team at RRE Ventures have invested in a range of higher risk ventures that cover the entire ecosystem of our industry, including Spire, Spaceflight & Ursa. These have become category defining ventures, which stimulate investment from others and the confidence of entrepreneurs.  Since his first investments in space and satellite technology, Will has become a central figure in the New York space technology sector.

     

       

     

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Kacific Broadband Satellites International, one of the three 2018 Better Satellite World Award winners.

    Kacific is a next-generation broadband satellite operator delivering broadband to the Pacific and Southeast Asia, providing in many areas, affordable capacity for the first time.  The company has built a digital platform and management ecosystem to provide satellite internet even to the most dispersed rural populations, allowing local service providers, telecom infrastructure providers, tourism industry leaders, local governments, regional aid programs and local companies to improve their operations and offer more services. Working through local partners, Kacific currently provides services in Fiji, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa and Tuvalu. Kacific-1, a new High Throughput Satellite nearing completion at Boeing, is a large payload embarked on a satellite platform shared between Kacific and Sky Perfect JSAT. When launched, the satellite will shortly be bringing significantly more capacity to these areas and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019. Click here to learn more about Kacific.

     

              

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with DARA (Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy), one of the three 2018 Better Satellite World Award winners.

    The DARA project (Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy) is led by the University of Leeds School of Physics and Astronomy and supported by Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. as an industry partner, as well as partners including the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, the South African National Space Agency and the Universities of Hertfordshire, Manchester, Oxford, Bristol and Central Lancashire. The project aims to develop high tech skills through training in radio astronomy in a number of African countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. University of Leeds Professor Melvin Hoare spearheaded the program in 2015 with funding from the Newton Fund, which uses the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance budget for scientific collaboration with developing countries. Since its founding, the DARA project has trained 140 students in partner African countries with another 120 set to be trained in coming years. Click here to learn more about DARA.

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    On this episode of the Better Satellite World podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Hogan Lovells' Randy Segal, the 2018 Mentor of the...

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    On this episode of the Better Satellite World podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Hogan Lovells' Randy Segal, the 2018 Mentor of the Year.

    Randy Segal co-heads the Global Space Practice at Hogan Lovells, a position she has held for nine years. Her career in the space and satellite industry started in 1992, and includes many leadership roles, including serving as general counsel or  director, for American Mobile Satellite Corporation, XM Satellite Radio, Hughes Network Systems, TerreStar Networks (now EchoStar), and Mobile Satellite Ventures/SkyTerra (now Ligado Networks). At Hogan Lovells, Randy represents a wide range of clients, including some of the most active global satellite innovators and new space companies, startups, large Silicon Valley players, and even sovereign governments. Throughout her career, Randy has served as a mentor, guide, and advisor for aspiring space professionals, particularly the growing number of young women entering the field. Her efforts include working with SatNews to profile more women at its SmallSat and Satellite Innovation Symposiums, as well as working actively with the Women in Space Initiative to advocate for mentorship and support for women in the satellite industry.

       

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    On this episode of the Better Satellite World podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Intelsat's Eileen McGowan, one of the first recipients of an...

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    On this episode of the Better Satellite World podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Intelsat's Eileen McGowan, one of the first recipients of an SSPI Promise Award in 2006.

    She's spent the last 10 years of her career working at Intelsat, where she currently serves as the Senior Media Product Manager. She manages satellite distribution platforms and strategy, and has proved to be a consummate industry enthusiast and a great networker. She is an officer of SSPI's Mid-Atlantic chapter, and has certainly fulfilled her promise.

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Geeks Without Frontiers’ Dave Hartshorn about the role satellites play in making possible the work of first responders after a disaster. When terrestrial communications are down, these brave men and women turn to satellite to assess the damage, start the recovery, and even to save lives. This is the second of four episodes on Satellites as First Responders.

    Dave Hartshorn is the newly named CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers. Prior to that, he was the Secretary General of the Global VSAT Forum, which consists of member organizations from every major region of the world and from every sector of the industry, including mobile and fixed satellite operators, manufacturers, system integrators, and other service providers.

    David was instrumental in the work done by GVF which earned the organization a Better Satellite World award from SSPI in 2016 and he joins us on this week's Better Satellite World episode.

     

              

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Globecomm's Dwight Hunsicker and Michele Scotto about the role satellites play in making possible the work of first responders after a disaster. When terrestrial communications are down, these brave men and women turn to satellite to assess the damage, start the recovery, and even to save lives. This is the first of four episodes on Satellites as First Responders.

    Dwight R. Hunsicker has over 28 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development activities associated with communications networks, products, and services for Government. Since joining Globecomm in 2001, he has helped build the company’s Government business base such that it represents more than 50% of the company’s revenue. He is responsible for setting the overall go-to-market strategy in terms of positioning the company’s products and services within the Government market space. He manages a team of business development and sales professionals that cover the DoD, Intel, Foreign Affairs, and Civilian sectors within the Government market.

    Michele Scotto di Cesare has over 17 years of experience in the satellite communications, telecommunication network and Internet fields. Mr. Scotto has responsibilities for 24 / 7 / 365 global services operations of the Company including the multitude of products and services supported for the various market verticals Globecomm operates in.

     

     

              

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    In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Globalstar's David Kagan about the role satellites play in making possible the work of first responders after a disaster. When terrestrial communications are down, these brave men and women turn to satellite to assess the damage, start the recovery, and even to save lives. This is the third of four episodes on Satellites as First Responders.

    David Kagan returned to Globalstar in December 2017 to serve as President and COO.  Prior to re-joining Globalstar, he was the COO of SpeedCast International Limited. He previously served as President of ITC Global, a premier global VSAT satellite services provider from August 2014 through September 2015.  Kagan was also the President and CEO of Globe Wireless from June 2011 through January 2014 when it was sold to Inmarsat PLC.

    Prior to Globe Wireless, for nearly twelve years, Kagan provided his leadership and expertise in his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Telecommunications Network, a major satellite services provider to the cruise, yachting, and maritime markets.  His accomplishments include forming a joint venture with AT&T to enable mobile phone usage (voice, data, and texting) on the world’s cruise fleet as well as driving a successful turn-around of the company throughout his 12 years of leadership. 

    His extensive and uniquely applicable experience ranges from serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of ICG Satellite Services to Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd, where he led a $1 billion refinancing which resulted in repositioning the company for strong growth.

    Kagan holds a Masters Degree of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in both Finance and Marketing at the University of South Florida, Tampa.