Our Team

Emil Youssefzadeh


Emil PictureMr. Youssefzadeh founded Salim Group in 2008 for the purpose of investments in emerging markets and ICT ventures. Until September 2013, Mr. Youssefzadeh was also the chairman of STM Group Inc. which he founded in 1984 and led its phenomenal success. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the VSAT industry, his accomplishments include: the launch of a domestic satellite program in his native country, Iran, in the 1970s; research and development on satellite communication systems at Hughes Aircraft the predecessor to Boeing Satellite systems, and subsequent creation of several companies from star-up through exit. . He earned his Masters and Engineering Degrees in Electrical Engineering, with focus on information theory and satellite communications, from Stanford University.

Umar Javed


Umar PictureUmar Javed oversees SALIM's global operations and business units. He joined SALIM after serving STM Group for 15 years in various capacities including VP Operations, VP Global Sales, Executive Vice President, and President & Chief Operating Officer. Umar also serves as President of Global IP, a SALIM Technology Company that develops high-throughput satellite programs for NexGen broadband services in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He has a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Jacques Youssefmir


Jacques PictureJacques Youssefmir is the Group's Senior Advisory Counsel. He is a Founding Partner at Ocean Avenue Capital Partners where he focuses on special situation and small company investment opportunities. In addition to his involvement in Ocean Avenue’s investment activities, Jacques serves as the Firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. Jacques received his B.A., with highest honors, from Arizona State University and his J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School.

Marcelo Barros


Marcelo PictureMarcelo Barros oversees the Operations and Technology Infrastructure of SALIM Group. He joined SALIM after serving STM Group for more than 15 years in various capacities including VP Operations, VP Engineering, VP Project Management, and VP System Integration, Test and Certification within the fields of Cellular and VSAT Communications. Marcelo Barros holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Management from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering in his native country of Brazil.

Ramin Youssefzadeh


Ramin PictureRamin Youssefzadeh is responsible for master planning and project evaluation for SALIM Group's Development & Hospitality divisions. He is also actively involved in feasibility analysis for real estate investment opportunities. Ramin earned his Masters of Science in Land Development, Real Estate, and Architecture from Texas A&M University.

Eirik Bliksrud


Erik PictureEirik Bliksrud brings extensive experience in telecommunications from major positions at the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority and Norwegian Telecommunications Administration. He has served as chairman on different ETSI Groups and acts as an advisor on regulatory affairs related to the Group's satellite programs for NexGen broadband services in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Eirik holds a Master of Science, Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Trondheim (NTH).

 

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