Shawkat Ahmed

Chief Commercial Officer

Shawkat Ahmed is the advisor to the CEO of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, "Yahsat", the Abu Dhabi based Satellite Communications Company. Prior to his appointment as advisor, Shawkat was the Chief Commercial Officer at Yahsat.

In his new role as the advisor to the CEO of Yahsat, Shawkat provides industry insight and advice for the CEO on strategic business issues related to commercial performance of Yahsat.  Additionally, Shawkat is responsible for supporting the CEO in assessment of business risks and proposes expert opinion to mitigate risk.

Shawkat also serves as the Chairman of the YahLive Board, the HD television satellite platform for the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and South West Asia regions.  He is also, a member of the steering committee for the Al Yah 3 satellite project, Yahsat’s third satellite announced in 2014, and on future business expansion for Yahsat.

Prior to joining Yahsat, Shawkat was Manager, Marketing & Sales at Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company where he played a key role in setting up the Dubai Branch office in 2003. He has managed international distribution channels of Thuraya in Africa, Middle East & South Asia. He also supervised the overall management of the offices and led his team to exceed sales targets and achieve results.

Before Thuraya, Shawkat was the Business Development Officer for Telstra V-Comm in India, a leading Australian-owned satellite communications provider. In this position he was instrumental in developing the Telstra V-Comm’s customer base across the region.

Shawkat holds a master’s degree in business administration with specialization in Marketing and Management Information Systems.