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Xavier Lobao is Telecommunication Engineer (MSc) by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), graduate from the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Programme and Master in Business Administration (MBA) by the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).
He has carried out his complete professional in the space sector. He worked first in several Spanish companies in the space sector in areas such as image and signal processing related to human sciences, on-board data handling and processing and satellite telecommunications. In the year 2000 he joined the European Space Agency (ESA) where he has been working since.
In ESA, he was assigned to different roles in the domain of Telecommunications. He started being in charge of technology and product development in the ground segment. He moved to the area of future studies and strategy where he contributed to set up new schemes and tools to support industry, through Public-Private Partnerships. He contributed to setup and establish all the PPPs that ESA has established in the Telecom domain.
Since April 2012 he is the Head of the Future Projects Division in the Telecommunications Department, with responsibility over the setting up of new projects and initiatives in the telecommunication domain. In his position he overlooks trends in the telecommunication and satellite sector and tries to define the best supporting programmes to enhance industry’s competitiveness in the global market. The role of satellite in 5G and Megaconstellations (satcom constellations) are areas of strong focus currently.