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Senior Advisory Board

SATConsult has assembled a world-class senior advisory board consisting of high-profile satellite industry professionals having held senior management positions in the satellite manufacturing and satellite operations sectors. SATConsult leverages their expertise to advise us both generally as well as on specific customer assignments.

  • Mustapha ELRIZ, former SATConsult’s Chief Executive Officer
    Mustapha Elriz is a former Chief Executive Officer of SATConsult. With 40 years of experience in satellite sector, he worked with a wide range of satellite industry actors throughout his career. As founder (in 2006) and SATConsult’s CEO, Mustapha used to lead the organization and manage the expert team to work focusing primarily on emerging satellite programs both in developed and developing countries.
    Mustapha used to coordinate a team of thirty high-level experts in order to support due diligence/feasibility studies, specifications/procurement processes and construction monitoring of both space and ground systems. In August 2016, he inked a partnership with Euroconsult and contributed to build a worldwide advisory group present in all the value chain of satellite consultancy.
    Since 2010, Mustapha is also a regular Lecturer at ISAE (Aeronautics and Space Engineering School) in Toulouse and at Toulouse Business School (TBS).
    Previously, as RascomStar Chief Executive Officer, he led the development of the Pan-African satellite rural connectivity from its inception up to the financial closing. Before RascomStar, he was a Satellite Engineer specialized in communications systems and satellite ground control and monitoring segment at Alcatel.
    Mustapha has an Engineering degree in satellite telecommunications from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications Paris (Satellite Telecommunications of Paris) and holds an MBA from the Open Business School (OBS) in UK.
  • Michel ARNAUD, Senior Consultant, Remote Sensing Expert
    Michel Arnaud is a Senior Consultant in Remote Sensing. He has spent all of his career in CNES “French National Space Agency” working in the development of Earth observation satellites, Meteosat program then the SPOT and the Pleiades program where he was in charge of the system aspects.
    As a Senior Consultant of SATConsult, he provides his expertise to the development of Earth observation ground station and feasibility study on Earth observation system for QATAR, he supported numerous studies with foreign countries such as Brazil, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Côte d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, UAE, etc.
    Besides SATConsult, Michel supported reviews and in-orbit tests of the THEOS satellite for the Thailand space agency and followed the development of the PRSS-1 satellite in China. He also worked as a Chairman of numerous development reviews for ESA (Metosat), Eumetsat (EPS), CNES/NASA (Calipso and Jason), CNES/INDIA (MeghaTropiques). He coordinated Earth observation learning modules for the Dutch Delft University and he has been invited lectures in several schools 5ENSAE, ENST). He was a Co-chairman of the International Astronautical Congress in Rio (2000), Toulouse (2001) and Prague (2007) and he currently advisor if the IAC Co-Chairman.
    Michel holds a Master degree in Electricity, Electronics and Automatics from the Bordeaux University and an Engineer diploma from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Electronique et de Radio Electricité de Bordeaux in 1968.
  • Philippe DELCLAUX, Senior Consultant, Remote Sensing Expert
    Philippe Delclaux is a Freelance Consultant in the field of Earth Observation systems (satellites, airborne). Retired from Airbus Defence & Space, he spent 40 years in the Earth Observation domain, having mainly worked at managing positions in the development of the ground segments and their operations. He has been working with SATConsult since 2012. His skills span from EO satellite systems design to ground segment operations, management of global receiving stations network, applications using EO data, etc. Follow up of projects as well as managing international teams are also part of his capacities.
    For SATConsult, he has been involved as a Consultant in an EO Ground Segment project for a GCC client (establishment of the contract, then follow up till the onsite acceptance), and provided support on miscellaneous topics. Outside SATConsult, he recently worked for the European Commission as advisor for establishing the EU space policy.
    He has been member of Board of Directors of OGC (the Open Geospatial Consortium in charge of establishing standards for the interoperability between systems handling geographic information).
    Previously, he worked on the SPOT programme 13 years at CNES (the French Space Agency), then at Spot Image (at that time the CNES subsidiary in charge of marketing the SPOT data and products), and finally at Astrium (now Airbus Defence & Space). At Spot Image, he has been Director, Technical Operations (3 years in Washington, then in Toulouse for 15 years). In this position, he worked on the technical evolutions of the facilities to match the new satellites and to follow the progress of the technology. Being in charge of the technical operations, he managed the satellites tasking and the processing of the data, as well as the network of Direct Receiving Stations spanned over the world. Then, at Astrium as Chief Technical Officer during 6 years, he managed the technical teams spread over Europe and coordinated the R&D activities for the development of applications using the EO data; in this position, he also participated to building the files for the future EO spacecrafts to take over the current ones.
    Philippe Delclaux has a Master degree in computing engineering, graduated from Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Paris, Malakoff) in 1971.
  • Jean-Jacques DUMESNIL, Management of Satellite System, Procurement, Launch and In-Orbit Operations
    Jean-Jacques Dumesnil has created Dumesnil Consulting company partnering with SATConsult on different advisory mandates bringing to our expert team his extensive experience. He is a highly qualified expert in management of satellite system, procurement, launch and in-orbit operations. With close to 50 years of experience, Jean-Jacques spent his entire career in the space sector and particularly in satellite procurement field with more than 25 satellites launched during his career.
    Acting as Consultant for SATConsult, Jean-Jacques brings his expertise in satellite mission definition, RFP preparation, contract negotiations, program monitoring, risk management, and in-orbit anomaly investigation. He has been and is currently involved in procurement support missions such as Telkom 3, Telkom 3S, Telkom 4, Turksat 5A & 5B, and ABS-2. Clients for which he directly conducted projects include PT Telkom, Turksat and Asia Broadcasting Satellite (ABS).
    Prior to work with SATConsult, Jean-Jacques worked as Eutelsat’s Vice President for 6 years overseeing all satellite activities from mission definition until satellite in-orbit operations till end of life. Previously, he was a Program Manager at Eutelsat where he was a Responsible for the EUTELSAT-II satellites procurement; he also was a Program Manager at ESA for ESA’s MARECS program in which he contributed to the pioneered development and the procurement from industry of three L-band maritime communications satellites. He is graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France.
  • Yann LE DU, Satellite, Payload & SATCOM System Expert
    Yann Le Du is a leading Satellite, Payload & SATCOM System Expert working with SATConsult. Working in satellite telecommunication area since more than 20 years, he has been involved in multipole satellite development in his various positions he occupied on satellite manufacturer side, and then advised a wide range of clients including commercial and government actors. In his current position, Yann manages several satellite development programs and also carries out feasibility studies or due diligences for early stage projects.
    Since working with SATConsult in 2008, he is now leading a satellite construction monitoring team in the frame of the development of the K-Milsat 1 military satellite in Airbus Defence and Space (ADS). He has managed before, the monitoring of the two KT SAT satellites, Koreasat 7 and Koreasat 5A, in Thales Alenia Space premises. He has been involved in the monitoring of the first Qatari satellite in Palo Alto Space Systems Loral premises (California) and the second in Mitsubishi Japan. He is a specialist in various satellite areas stretching from end to end satellite systems, payload and TC&R up to RF pointing techniques. He has occupied the Chief Technical Officer Position of Rascomstar-QAF Operator during 2 years, developing skills in satellite communication systems operations, transponder planning and regulatory topics.
    Yann is also involved on the coordination, promotion and securization of some filings to possibly support future project for commercial or Government Space Programs.
    Before working with SATConsult, Yann previously worked for Thales Alenia Space as a Satellite Engineer within the company’s payload (9 years), platform (3 years) and satellite engineering (2 years) departments.
    Yann holds an Engineering degree from the University of Toulouse (France).
  • Jean-Pierre NOTE, Contractual & Legal Expert
    Jean-Pierre Noté is a Contractual & Legal Expert working with SATConsult since 2011. Jean-Pierre has spent his entire career in the aerospace sector; he has worked for industrial companies, advised governmental and commercial clients for a wide range of activities including the contractual negotiations of satellite and launch services procurement contracts, launch insurance policies, and financing of satellite projects.
    Since working with SATConsult, he has been directly involved in all the major projects concerning telecom and EO satellite projects, ground network procurements, and bandwidth lease agreements. He is in charge of helping clients on contractual aspects at all levels of the procurement chain, through drafting of T&Cs in the tender, negotiation of contracts with selected partners, drawing up the risk management scheme, and advising the clients on the insurance scheme.
    He is also teaching for various universities at MBA and master level such as CNAM (Centre National des Arts et Métiers), TBS (Toulouse Business School), and ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) in Paris, Beijing, and Toulouse.
    Before working with SATConsult, Jean-Pierre spent 17 years at Alcatel Space holding various senior positions such as Senior Manager for international contracts where he has been involved in several major international transactions, providing top-level support in finance, contractual and commercial negotiations with financial institutions and customers in various countries. He was also a Chief Financial Officer of a green field Pan-African satellite project from 2003 to 2011.
    Jean-Pierre Noté pursued his education in France and has a degree from TBS (Toulouse Business School), a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in law.
  • Jean Daniel TESTE, Senior Consultant in Remote Sensing for Defence
    Retired Air Force Brigadier General in 2017 from French MoD, Jean Daniel Testé is a Senior Consultant in Remote Sensing for Defence. Jean-Daniel was an Intelligence Officer of the French Air Force and has shared his Military career between Intelligence and Space activities. As an Air Force Manager, he chaired high level positions in these two domains. In particular, he was the head of the French military’s Joint Space Command (CIE) from 2014 to 2017.
    As a Senior Consultant of SATConsult, Brigadier General Jean-Daniel Testé is more particularly in charge of consultancy and training activities in the fields of IMINT, GEOINT and SSA, leveraging his outstanding background.
    During his 37 years career within the French Forces, he has been involved in most of the Military Space programs. For SYRACUSE II, III Telecommunications Satellites, he has been responsible of the French Air Force requirements and operational use; for Helios I and II observation satellites, he was in charge of the requirements and the operational use of the system (mission planning and Image analysis); for PLEIADES Dual observation satellite, he was responsible of the establishment of the sharing rules between military and commercial users and chaired the steering committee of the dual use; and for GALILEO European Global Navigation Space System, he represented the French Joint Staff in the working group in charge of the governmental use and the security of the system. Finally, he was selected in 2014 to be the French Joint Space Commander, leading the military Space policy and programs. He developed strong international partnership with allied countries and enhanced the Space support to military operations.
    Jean-Daniel is a Lecturer to National Institute for Higher Defense Studies (IHEDN), National War College (Ecole de guerre), French Air Force Academy (Salon de Provence), RUSI (UK) and ISU.
    Jean-Daniel is Aeronautics Engineer (Air Force academy), holds a degree in computer Sciences (ENSEEIHT) and graduated from Ecole de Guerre, National Institute of Higher Defense studies (IHEDN) and of the ISU SSP. He is awarded of the Ordre National du Mérite, rank Commandeur and of the Legion d’Honneur, rank Officer.