Shafiq A. Chaudhuri is a Managing Partner at SPI where, with over 40 years of corporate experience, he is currently focused on Asian and other international growth markets for delivering space-related consulting services. He is SPI’s Team Leader for the $300M Bangabandhu Satellite Program; comprising feasibility study, slot selection, business plan development based on regional market, satellite specification, preparation of tender documents, tender evaluation with client BTRC, vendor selection, launcher selection and program supervision. He is also involved with SPI’s HTS, SmallSat satellite programs in the Region.
Mr. Chaudhuri held senior management positions, was responsible for product development for satellite & terrestrial communications, broadband wireless, worldwide sales and distribution channels and customer care operations at General Electric Co., COMSAT Corporation, Mobile Telesystems, Inc. (MTI) and Taylor McKenzie, Inc., and was credited for sales of products and services exceeding $300M. At COMSAT, he was responsible for the development of TDMA, VSAT and Mobile Satellite products and services. In 1988, as a founding member of MTI, where he was the VP Marketing, Sales & Service, Mr. Chaudhuri pioneered the transportable Inmarsat system that was used by US, Allied Forces and CNN.
Prior to joining SPI, Mr. Chaudhuri was Vice President Americas, Nomad Digital, Ltd. (UK), the world’s leader in mobile broadband communications for the transportation sector. Mr. Chaudhuri was instrumental in closing a $39M deal with Amtrak, for W-Fi on trains nationwide. He was also credited by Amtrak for the design and installation of Wi-Fi in 2008, on President Obama’s whistle stop train.
Prior to Nomad Digital, he was an ICT and broadband consultant; President, OmniSat Communications, Inc. where he was responsible for building a new satellite operating Co; Sr. VP at Taylor McKenzie, Inc., where he managed the team providing solution to clients on IT services, telecom fraud prevention, marketing strategies, US EX-IM and VC financing. Mr. Chaudhuri is seasoned in Corporate Management, International Business Development and Sales & Marketing and has successfully conducted business in thirty-three countries, worldwide.
Mr. Chaudhuri holds an MSEE in Communications from The George Washington University, B.Sc. (Honours) EEE degree from The University of Birmingham, UK; and a Certificate on Negotiations from Harvard. Mr. Chaudhuri is the former Chairman of Mobile Satellite Users Assoc. (MSUA), past member of US Dept. of Commerce Export Council, and a founding Board Member of USBAC, an NGO advising The Bangladesh Caucus at US Congress on policy relating to Bangladesh.