Shafiq Chaudhuri is a Partner at SPI, where, with more than 35 years of experience, he is currently focused on the Asian growth markets, and serving as SPI’s Team Leader for the implementation of the $300M Bangabandhu Satellite Program, Bangladesh’s first national communications satellite system. Mr. Chaudhuri specializes in product development for satellite & terrestrial communications, broadband wireless, sales and distribution channels and customer care operations.
Prior to SPI, Mr. Chaudhuri held senior management positions at General Electric Co., COMSAT Corporation, Mobile Telesystems, Inc. (MTI), Nomad Digital, Ltd. and Taylor McKenzie, Inc. At COMSAT, he was responsible for the development of TDMA, VSAT and Mobile Satellite products and services. At MTI, he was the VP Marketing, Sales & Service, Mr. Chaudhuri pioneered the transportable Inmarsat system that was used by US, Allied Forces, and CNN. At Nomad Digital (the world’s leader in mobile broadband communications for the transportation sector), Mr. Chaudhuri was responsible for all markets in the Americas and 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. At Taylor McKenzie, Inc., he served as Sr. Vice President, where he managed the team provided solution to clients on IT services, marketing strategies, US EX-IM and VC financing.
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. 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 for the US Congress on policy relating to Bangladesh.