Marcus Vilaça

Chief Technical Officer

Marcus Vilaça is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Yahsat, the UAE based satellite communications company.

He joined Yahsat in April 2014 and his background includes over 35 years of experience in the satellite industry and hands-on experience in the design of satellite communications systems for Embratel, SES and Inmarsat. He has experience in all aspects of satellite communications systems engineering, and has designed satellite systems for Fixed, Broadcast and Mobile applications, operating at L, S, C, Ku and Ka band. 

Marcus is responsible for the Engineering, Satellite Operations and Broadband Network & IT divisions. He is also responsible for the forward looking technology efforts within the company, and helps shaping Yahsat’s product development strategy. Marcus has overall leadership of the various components of the Al Yah 3 programme, and is leading the technical aspects of the Thuraya acquisition.

His previous accomplishments include the conception, design and specification of the Inmarsat 5/GX system, the technical lead in the negotiation of the Co-operation Agreement between Inmarsat and Ligado, and the conception, design and specification of the I4/BGAN system. Earlier in his career he was a key member of the Astra 1A/1B and Brasilsat A1/A2 teams. 

Marcus received the MacRobert Award, from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010, and the Innovators Award, from the Mobile Satellite Users Association in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IET, and a Chartered Engineer of the British Engineering Council. 

He holds a BSc degree (First Class) in telecommunications engineering from Federal Fluminense University of Rio de Janeiro, an MSc degree in telecommunications systems from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a Post Graduate degree in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.