Board of Directors

Shawkat Ahmed

Chairman of the Board
Chief Commercial Officer
Yahsat

Shawkat Ahmed

Chairman of the Board
Chief Commercial Officer
Yahsat

In addition to being the Chairman of Yahlive, Shawkat Ahmed is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, "Yahsat", the Abu Dhabi based Satellite Communications Company.

In his role as the CCO of Yahsat, Shawkat drives the overall roll out of Yahsat’s flagship product YahClick in 28 markets across the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia. Additionally, Shawkat is also responsible for overseeing all new business development and partnership operations of the organization.

Karim Michel Sabbagh

President & CEO
SES

Karim Michel Sabbagh

President & CEO
SES

Mr. Sabbagh is the President & CEO of SES, and the Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is also the Chairman of SES ASTRA, and is a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Risk and Audit Committee of O3b. Additionally, he is a member of the Yahlive Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of SES from April 2011 until August 2013 and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of SES for the same period.

Mr. Sabbagh is also a visiting professor in technology and innovation management and member of the Academic Council for the School of International Management at Écoles des Ponts et Chaussées ParisTech (Grandes Écoles) in France.

Ferdinand Kayser

Chief Commercial Officer
SES

Ferdinand Kayser

Chief Commercial Officer
SES

Joined SES in January 2002. Previous appointments:

  • President and CEO, SES ASTRA
  • Managing Director of Kirch Pay Co Holding and Premiere Medien GmbH and Co. KG
  • Managing Director of Premiere Medien GmbH & Co. KG
  • Executive VP, Member of the Management Board, responsible for all TV activities of CLT
  • Senior Vice President at CLT Multimedia

Board membership:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of SES ASTRA Education
  • Yahlive

Education:

  • Master of Economics, University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne

Samer H Khalife

Finance Executive
ACTDS

Samer H Khalife

Finance Executive
ACTDS

Currently Associate Director with Mubadala Aerospace, Communications Technology and Defence Services (ACTDS) Unit. Samer handles business development across the business verticals of the Unit in addition to assisting the Executive Director of the Unit in managing corporate affairs. The ACTDS Unit manages investments exceeding AED 30 billion.

Samer serves as board member in multiple companies including Yahlive.

Deepak Mathur

Senior Vice President
SES

Deepak Mathur

Senior Vice President
SES

Deepak Mathur is Senior Vice President, Commercial at SES for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He is responsible for driving revenues and growth in some of the most dynamic markets in the world, while providing customers with world-class satellite services and support.

With close to 20 years of experience in the industry, Deepak has a keen understanding of customers' satellite requirements and works directly with them to ensure they have the satellite capacity they need to achieve their ambitions.

Deepak first joined SES in 2001 and brings sales, marketing, operations and executive experience to his position. Prior to SES’s purchase of GE Americom, Deepak was Managing Director at Americom-Asia Pacific, a joint venture between General Electric and Lockheed Martin, where he helped to establish key strategic markets for the company across Asia. He has also held leadership and sales roles covering the Asia-Pacific region with Echostar, NagraVision and Loral. He also serves on the board of directors at YahLive, a partnership between SES and YahSat.