With over 17-years in the space industry, Yasrine Ibnyahya has spent her career to date fostering innovation and championing entrepreneurial initiatives. Today, she is the head of the engineering department in charge of Advanced Concepts and Technologies within Viasat’s Global Space Network division.
Yasrine is the creator of various services and products that have enabled the company to enter new markets. Alongside building a large portfolio of mission concepts, she led and won various innovation programmes funded by large institutions such as NASA, UKSA, ESA or JAXA.
In the past, Yasrine managed the expansion of the company’s L-band infrastructure on the ground and across various orbits, led the development of the company’s cutting-edge Aviation and Maritime Safety infrastructures, and was part of the creation of the European Aviation Network, further demonstrating her expertise and commitment to technological advancement within the satcom industry.
Yasrine honed her skills at Airbus Company's STTL, overseeing the development and manufacturing of their first geostationary satellite. Prior to that, her tenure at CLS America, saw her taking charge of Maritime terminal development for the US fisheries market at their US office in Washington DC.
In terms of academic accomplishments in the field, Yasrine is a proud alumnus of the University of Cambridge, UK, where she completed her 2 years Executive MBA in 2018. Moreover, she holds two Masters of Science degrees - one from the ENST (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications) in France, and another in Communication Systems and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol, UK.
As an ambassador for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Yasrine founded the Inmarsat Women’s Network and is a regular advocate for STEM education.