Christian Patouraux • Founder & CEO • Kacific Broadband Satellites
Christian Patouraux has 25 years’ experience in the satellite industry. He began his satellite career with SES, initially as a satellite engineer, procuring, launching, testing, and operating 12 spacecraft, then as an independent business development consultant, playing key roles in launching broadband businesses, implementing large teleports, deploying airline and maritime broadband, and developing satellite multi-play and IPTV businesses.
He went on to head Special Projects at MEASAT, developing satellite offerings for new markets in Asia Pacific. Christian was also Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at O3b Networks, where his work was fundamental to launching the company’s maritime business. In 2013, he founded Kacific Broadband Satellites to bring high speed, low-cost connectivity to remote regions of the Asia Pacific, fostering greater internet usage and fuelling economic growth and service delivery improvements across covered regions. Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific1, was launched into geostationary orbit on 16 December 2019. Kacific currently offers direct internet access via wholesale and retail channels to government agencies, institutions, businesses, community groups, and households within the satellite’s coverage footprint. Christian holds a Master of Engineering from the Polytechnic school at the University of Brussels, a Master of Aeronautics / Turbomachinery from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium, and an MBA from INSEAD.