Meet the 2021 Judges Panel

Our illustrious judges panel for this year's Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards bring a wealth of industry experience.

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Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director, Euroconsult Canada
Nathan de Ruiter is the Managing Director of Euroconsult Canada. Since joining Euroconsult in 2011, he has advised a wide range of Canadian and international clients including satellite operators, manufacturers, equipment providers, service providers and government agencies, private equity and financial institutions. 
Over the last ten years, Nathan has managed and contributed to more than 100 consulting missions including for Harris Corporation, Kymeta, MDA, Carlyle Group, KKR, Ex-Im Bank, Export Development Canada, and the Canadian Space Agency. His speciality lies in commercial due diligence, market analysis, financial forecasting and strategic planning. Nathan also leads executive workshops in the satellite communications domain.


Erwan Emilian, Chairman, MSUA

Erwan Emilian is the Chairman of the Mobile Satellite Users Association. Erwan Emilian is an investor and entrepreneur. He serves as a board member for several companies. Previously, he was Enterprise and Emerging Markets Division Executive Vice President at Speedcast. He also served as IEC Telecom group CEO for a decade. He is uniquely qualified as a result of his extensive industry experience. Erwan previously held C-level executive and co-founding positions at innovative internet high technology start-ups following 15 years acquiring international business competences at IBM Corporation's industrial division.

Tim Farrar, President, TMF Associates

Tim Farrar has worked as a technology consultant for over 19 years, specializing in providing strategic advice to satellite operators, equipment manufacturers and financial institutions. In 2002, Tim set up his own consulting firm, Telecom,
Media and Finance Associates, Inc. From 1995 to 2002, Tim was a principal at Analysys Consulting, a specialist telecom consultancy based in the UK. He led the expansion of Analysys into the US, setting up their first US office in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, and developing a multi-million dollar stream of new business in the US between 1997 and 2002. Most notably during this period, he acted as lead strategy consultant for Teledesic Corporation, an innovative broadband satellite venture backed by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates. Prior to joining Analysys, he worked as a systems engineer for Smith Systems Engineering in the UK, specifying and developing a range of simulations, databases and data communications software for various government agencies. Tim has a first class MA in Math and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Dean Gobrecht, Asset Intelligence Manager, Marten Transport

Dean Gobrecht has been in transportation for more than 25 years with 18 of those years at Marten Transport as the Asset Intelligence Manager. He is responsible for the connectivity of more than 5,500 assets along with the exception process that protects a wide range of sensitive commodities to provide the best customer experience. Deans experience within Transportation includes several different management rolls within Operations in addition to OS&D department management, Maintenance and IS Collaboration.

Charles Walker, Space Shuttle Astronaut

Charlie Walker’s career in aerospace industry began in 1972. His interest in space flight began earlier, however, as a youth in the American Midwest. Most recently he was an executive at The Boeing Company.  Living in Arizona he now consults, lectures, writes, enjoys photography, amateur astronomy and travel. Walker has experience in the U.S. Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.  His career has included engineering, operations, management, business development, and government relations. For a short time, he worked as a surveyor and a forest firefighter.  He has also authored dozens of papers, articles and book contributions.  A book of his experiences is in the works.  In the mid-1980s he flew aboard three early Space Shuttle missions as private industry’s first researcher in space – the first non-government astronaut.  His work on those missions included the zero-gravity purification of biomedical preparations. He’s a licensed professional engineer with an aeronautical and astronautical engineering degree, and an honorary Doctorate of Science.