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     Date Submitted:04-08-2011
     Last Modified:04-08-2011 (07:13)
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     Current job:Associated Consultant
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsLarge experience in Space Communications projects (GEO and Non-GEO), both for space missions and in ground satellite networks - Experience in OSR management and coordination - Wide expertise about international and multilateral organisations, as ITU, CO

    Born: Armenia (Colombia), September 5, 1961



    • 1997: Ph.D. Satellite Telecommunications, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, ENST - Département de Radiocommunications Spatiaux, DRS, Toulouse, France.
    • 1994: M.Sc. Satellite Telecommunications, ENST - DRS, Toulouse, France.
    • 1991: M.Sc. Management of Technology, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, UPB, Medellín, Colombia
    • 1984: Electronic Engineer, UPB, Medellín, Colombia



    • 2005: Post Ph.D. at the ENST
    • 2003: Postgraduate program in Communications Regulation, External University of Colombia (not graduated)
    • 2001: "International Communications engineering submarine optical fiber", KDDI, Tokyo, Japan.



    Spanish:               mother tongue

    English:                Oral: Proficient    Written: Proficient

    French:                 Oral: Proficient    Written: Proficient

    Italian:                   Oral: medium       Written: medium



    - Current:              Panamproject Corporation, Associated Senior Consultant. Space Technologies Projects, Spectrum Management, Satellite Networks, ICT Universal Access Projects, ICT and broadband initiatives

    - 2010:                   National Spectrum Agency (ANE), Colombia: Founder and 1st. General Director

    - 2006-2009:        Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MINTIC): Director Office of International Affairs

    - 2005-2006:                        ICT International Senior Consultant; Universidad de los Andes, Department of Electrical Engineering (Bogotá, Colombia): Associate Professor; ENST-DRS, Toulouse, France: Visiting Professor

    - 2002-2004:                        COMPARTEL Program, Ministry of Communications of Colombia: Director of Planning and Development Division; UPB: Founder and Director of R & D in Telecom, GIDAT

    1997-2004:                          CONSTEL (ICT Consulting Company, Medellin, Colombia): Partner and Consultant; UPB: Project Director for the Ph.D. program in Telecommunications; Visiting Professor at ENST, Toulouse, France, INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France; Visiting Professor: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá

    - 1993-1997:                        ENST, Département de Radiocommunications Spatiaux, Toulouse, France: PhD candidate; ENST: Project Advisory M.Sc. degree; Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy: Visiting Professor

    - 1990-1993:        UPB: Telecommunications Area Coordinator

    - 1988-1989:                        UPB: Coordinator of Basic Sciences Laboratories; Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA: Visiting Professor

    - 1986-1987:        UPB: Professor of Basic Sciences Laboratories,

    - 1985:                   Instituto Nal. Radio and TV, Inravisión, (Bogota, Colombia): Transmission Engineer




    • SUTEL, Costa Rica (Telecommunications Regulatory Body): Training and advising for space services regulatory framework
    • Shiron Colombia (Elbit Group): Technical advising for broadband VSAT network planning and engineering, on L.A. region
    • Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogota, Colombia: Advising for space sciences and technologies strategic plan
    • GRODCO, Bogota, Colombia: advising for national optical fiber network project.
    • AIT Telecom, Mexico: a comparative technical and economic study of VSAT broadband platforms



    • ANE: As 1st Director, leader of the initiatives: Spectrum Planning 2010-2019; leading process of ITU coordination filings for SATCOL networks (SATCOL 1P & 1Q); national spectrum observatory, band migration processes for DTT (digital divide) and IMT applications; cost modeling of spectrum licences and its equivalent in coverage obligations, national spectrum management manual, including studies to Spectral Efficiency Index, modeling national spectrum monitoring and control network via remote monitoring stations
    • Coordinator of the cooperation with the ITU for the development of Spectrum Management Manual of Colombia



    • SATCOL: Technical Project Leader Colombian social communications satellite (~ $ 250 M), coordination of previous studies: technical and financial feasibility; RFI for demand (companies and organizations in Colombia) and offer (space industry, satellite operators); leading analysis of orbit locations for SATCOL, and preparing ITU filings for 15 APIs (SATCOL 1A to 1O); coordinating works for orbit-spectrum resource (OSR); with ITU, FCC (USA), Industry Canada (CANADA), INTERSPUTNIK (RUSSIA), ANF(FRANCE), ANATEL (BRASIL), CNC (ARGENTINA), COFETEL (MEXICO), international workshops with space industry; coordination filing for SATCOL 1B and its integration with Ap 30B Colombian network; support national space policies: CONPES: 3579, 2009 and 3613, presidential decree on space technologies, coordination Terms of Reference for the bidding process, coordination of 2 bids; technical coordinator of state-state negotiations
    • Andean Satellite at 67 degrees West: coordinating studies technical and economic feasibility, coordinator of the international bidding process for a strategic partner, coordinator with the ITU for extensions of the rights of OSR (it was achieved an extension for 3 years), director of the CAATEL negotiating team for agreement to operate the OSR; Andean Decision 707 Andean creating the andean satellite register, and incorporating the principle of reciprocity with other authorities, definitions of technical, economic and legal terms of reference, coordination activities with FCC (USA) and Anatel (Brazil .) it was successfully concluded with the signing of the concession contract with SES New Skies.
    • ITU-MINTIC: coordinator of the cooperation agreement for procurement and implementation of integrated spectrum management system
    • Regulatory and Technical Assistance to COMPARTEL for San Andrés sea cable project: MINTIC-COMPARTEL and operator adhesion to International Cable Protection Commitee, ICPC, laying permission over waters of Panama
    • Support to National Planning Department, DNP, for the initiatives of Southamerican regional roaming in IIRSA
    • Plan Puebla Panama: Adhesion of Colombia to COMTELCA, advice for projects and initiatives for rural networks
    • Negotiations for the adhesion of Colombia to APEC, meetings preparation of APECTEL
    • Coordinator for the adhesion of Colombia to: ratification of amendments to the ITU's international treaties, amendments to the agreement of the ITSO, amateur radio international treaty, the treaty of Tampere, for using ICT in natural disaster relief
    • Coordinator of initiatives for MINTIC international cooperation agreements for ICT and spectrum management, including: National Frequencies Agency, France, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Employment, France, Korean International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, CONARTEL, Ecuador ; CONATEL, Venezuela
    • Development of software tool for the analysis of the historical occupancy of the geostationary orbit (presented at COPUOS and ITU relevant meetings)



    • STI Colombia and Venezuela, director of rural telephony projects with non-GEO satellites
    • COMPARTEL: monitoring of broadband projects in Phases 1 and 2 (over 11,000 VSAT stations)
    • Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, RCT Colombia: Advice for monitoring technical and economic model of efficient extended local public telephone service TPBCLE
    • Ministry of Defense Counsel on the design and procurement of systems for mobile satellite communications monitoring
    • Ombudsman: Advice for Telecom claims of mobile satellite service billings
    • Internexa, Colombia: Coordination of the Transponder migration process  for several VSAT networks
    • Telmex: technical-economic Consulting for. MINTIC bidding of WiMax, COMPARTEL broadband projects
    • ENST: Director of "Broadband Satellite Communications and Information Society: The Space Bridge for Digital Divide"



    • Design and management of Compartel project for satellite broadband access in public institutions, PCBAIP in Phase 1 (~ 3800 VSATs, $ 50 million) and Phase 2 (~ 4600 VSATs, $ 52 million), including: technical model economic, design and implementation RFI Design Terms of Reference, Evaluation of tenders
    • Member MINCOM Advisory Group to negotiate the 1st renewal of the concession contracts of mobile operators
    • Advisory for renegotiating contracts for satellite capacity of state institutions
    • Advising the Administrative Security Department, DAS, for the design and procurement of a VSAT network
    • Study of satellite capacity for public TV signal in Colombia
    • Study on the offer satellite in the Andean Region



    • CINTEL COLCIENCIAS: Design of national strategic plan for R & D in Telecommunications
    • CINTEL: National Advisory Study R & D niche for the telecommunications industry
    • ETMVA (Medellin Metro system): Technical Assistance for radio communication network renewal plan, monitoring the Metro Trunking network deployment
    • EDATEL-UPB: Director Project Universal Access Project in Colombia through Social Telephony
    • INTERNEXA-UPB - Director Project "Analysis of models of rain attenuation in Ku band in tropical regions,
    • COLCIENCIAS-MINCOM: Director Project rural fixed communications with non-GEO satellites (with ENST, France)



    • Comparative analysis of non-geo constellations for a mixed service fixed and mobile users (PhD thesis)
    • Development of traffic simulation software in non-geo.
    • Design procedures to eliminate the call handoff drop in non-geo (2 and 2 European patents in the U.S.)
    • Project Management M.Sc. degree at ENST
    • Design and development of software for deployment of active antennas.




    • Coordinator of Five Year Strategic Plan of CINTEL.
    • Design and construction of communications and microwave laboratory
    • Design TV stations broadcasting local
    • Design software for antenna arrays
    • Implementing the Teleantioquia TV transmitter, and Inravisión Munchique station
    • Design of transmission system for a regional TV channels





    International Telecommunication Union, ITU

    1. Working Party 4A (Efficient Use of ROE) of the Commission of Studies 4 (Satellite) Radio Sector, ITU-R: Since 2007, regular attendance at their biannual meetings, as Head of Delegation of Colombia. I led among others, proposals from Colombia to implement the new Res 80, seeking to ensure equitable access to the GEO for developing countries

    2. WRC World Radiocommunication Conference: Attending preparatory meetings (WRC-07 and WRC-12); Alternate Head of Delegation of Colombia at WRC-07. I led proposals for Extension of the rights of the Andean countries for the use of position 67 º West; Amendment to Resolution 80 for GEO equitable access to developing countries; Preservation of C Band for Fixed Satellite Services, Approval of Ancilliary terrestrial Communications for mobile satellite services, band 450-470 for rural broadband communications, Identification of frequency bands for IMT and sub frequency bands for the digital dividend

    3. Regional Preparatory Meeting (Americas) for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010: Director of the staff team, coordinating with the ITU this meeting, held at Santa Marta, Colombia, 2009

    4. Agreements MINTIC-ITU: Coordinator of contract and deployment of spectrum management system, development of spectrum management manual

    5 - Global Workshop on Efficient Use of OSR, organized by the Radio Sector, ITU-R, May 2009: Guest panelist, where I presented mathematical models to measure the use and operation of the GEO

    6. World Plenipotentiary Conference 2006, PP'06: Alternate Head of Delegation of Colombia in this Conference. In this conference, I led among others, proposals for Colombia in the following initiatives: Extension of the rights of the Andean countries for the use of position 67 º West; Amendment to the Resolution 80, for equitable access to the GEO developing countries; increasing the Americas seats at ITU Council

    7. First Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in December 2003: Guest panelist, where I presented mass models of satellite broadband in remote areas

    8. Second Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis, November 2005: Guest panelist, where I presented proposals for the use of Ka Banda in tropical regions, for broadband projects.

    9. ITU-D meetings: Preparation of contributions from Colombia to the meetings of Study Groups of ITU-D, and global workshops on ICT indicators (2008 to 2010)

    10. ITU-Telecom: Alternate head of delegation Telecom2009, sessions: "Connecting to School, Conneting to Community"; government sessions


    United Nations Commission for Peaceful Use of Space, UN-COPUOS

    Regular meetings: Since 1999, regular attendance as a delegate of Colombia to UNISPACE III, and the annual meetings of the Scientific Subcommittee and plenary meetings (UN-Vienna). I led Colombia's proposals to the Committee for issues relating to the use and operation of the GEO

    Workshops: invited Panelits to the Office for Outer Space Affairs UN-OOSA Workshops: Córdoba (2005) and Mexico (2007)

    International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, ITSO

    - Member of the Frequency Working Group (ad honorem) to advise the Director General

    - Head of Delegation of Colombia in the Assemblies of 2007, 2008 and 2009.

    At 2007 Assembly: Vice President Americas Region I led the proposal for the amendment to the agreement to preserve ITSO OSR, before any financial or commercial risks of Intelsat, the amendment was approved; at the Assembly of 2008, chaired the Working Group to review changes to the rules of procedure; at the Assembly of 2009, delegated by the Americas region for the Ad Hoc Group that negotiated relations between the ITSO, the operator (INTELSAT) and the notifying administration


    Inter-American Telecommunication Commission, CITEL

    From 2007 to 2009, Head of Delegation of Colombia, for biannual meetings of the Permanent Consultative Committee II CCPII (Radio): Author of several Inter American Proposals (IAP) to the WRC, director of several ad hoc groups, in particular regulation of IAP. Coordinator of initiative for Colombia’s presidency of CCPPII for 2010-2014, which was achieved


    Space Conference of the Americas:

    Panelist at the conferences of 2002 (Cartagena), Quito (2006), Pachuca (2010)


    Central American Telecommunications Committee, COMTELCA

    Coordinator of initiatives for the Colombian adhesion to COMTELCA (achieved in 2010). Expert advisor for issues of Broadband VSAT networks, cooperation between the Ministry of Communications of Colombia and COMTELCA. In this context, has given several workshops and provided advice in Bogota, Tegucigalpa, Guatemala


    Andean Committee of Telecommunications CAATEL

    From 2003 to 2010 delegate or head of delegation of Colombia to CAATEL meetings, project leader for the exploitation of Andean ROE at 67 º West


    Association of Andean Telecommunications Companies, ASETA

    Supervisor of agreements for technical and economic studies of the Andean satellite, and satellite Colombian; Delegate for the 2nd Preparatory Meeting for WRC-12


    Telecommunications Study Group of APEC (APECTEL):

    Coordinator of Colombia's dossier to APECTEL meetings, coordinator of initiatives to associate membership


    International Mobile Satellite Organization, IMSO:

    Head delegation of Colombia, 2007 meeting, the coordinator of contributions following meetings


    UNIDROIT: Support to the Colombian government contributions to the meetings of 2009 and 2010


    ICAAN: Delegate of Colombia to the Intergovernmental Forum, Paris, 2008; support subsequent meetings


    Colombian Space Commission: MINTIC delegate, director of telecommunications research group space

    Colombian Ocean Commission: MINTIC delegate, director of telecommunications research group





    - Francois Rancy, Director ITU-R; francois.rancy(at)

    - Victor Kotelnikov, Scientific Affairs Officer UN-OOSA; victor.kotelnikov(at)

    - Jose Toscano, Director ITSO; jtoscano(at)

    - Ciro Arevalo, President IAF-GRULAC; ciro.arevalo(at)

    - Clovis Baptista, Executive Secretary CITEL-OAS cbaptista(at)

    - Gustavo Pena, General Secretary REGULATEL; gpq(at)

    - Santiago Cembrano, Director General, Secretariat CAN; scembrano(at)

    - Maria del Rosario Guerra, former Minister MINTIC Colombia; mrguerra1(at)

    - Steve Collar, senior CEO, O3B networks, steve.collar(at)

    - Jurandir Pitsch, Vicepresident Market Development, Latin America; jurandir.pitsch(at)

    - Francesco Toschi, Director Market and regulatory Affairs, INMARSAT; francesco_toschi(at)

    - Michael Schwartz, Vice President Marketing & Corporate Development, Telesat; mschwartz(at)

    - Vicente Rubio, Director Regulation Affairs, Hispasat; vrubio(at)

    - Luis Perrone, Director International Affairs, OI Telecom ; perrone(at)

    - Mike Gooding, Director, Marketing and Sales, Loral Space; gooding.michael(at)

    - Elodie Koby, Senior Sales Manager, SouthEurope & LA, Thales Alenia Space; elodie.koby(at)

    - Hector Bude, Head radio frequencies, URSEC Uruguay; hbude(at)

    - Gerardo Garcia, Manager REDCOM; gerardo.garcia(at)




    Development of rain-attenuation and rain-rate maps for satellite system design in the Ku and Ka bands in Colombia. Emiliani, LD Agudelo, J. Gutierrez, E. Restrepo, J. Fradique-Mendez, C. IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Dec. 2004. Volume: 46, Issue: 6

    Analysis of current and future states of supply of satellite services in Latin America. Restrepo, Joaquin G. Emiliani, Luis D, 22nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference & Exhibit 2004, Monterey, CA, USA, 9-12 May 2004. 17 pp. 2004

    "Technical aspects for future broadband satellites in GEO orbit, servicing tropical zones", COPUOS, UN, Vienna, Austria., February 2003

    Evaluation of traffic performance in Non-GEO satellite constellation for mixed services (mobile and fixed). Joaquin Restrepo, Gérard Maral, Grigory I. Massy, Juan Carlos Velez. 20th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference. Montreal, Canada, 2002

    20th Conference and Exhibition on Satellite Communications Systems, ICSSC'2002. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, IEEE. Montreal, Canada, April 2002. "Rain attenuation models in tropical regions for Ku band."

    Non-GEO Satellite Constellation Simulator: services and scenarios, software architecture tool, and validation. Joaquin Restrepo, Gérard Maral, Grigory I. Massy. Tecnocom 2001, ICSS 01. Toulouse, France, April 2001

    19th Conference and Exhibition on Satellite Communications Systems, ICSSC'2001. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, IEEE. Toulouse, France, April 2001. "Non GEO simulation tool: Software architecture, Campaign Design, and Scenarios."

    VI Andean Congress of Communications, ANDICOM2000. Cartagena, Colombia, October 2000, "Advanced services for non-geostationary systems based on the concept GH."

    18th Conference and Exhibition on Satellite Communications Systems, ICSSC'2000. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, IEEE. Oakland, California, USA, April 10 to 14, 2000. "Enhanced service concept based on GH for Satellite-Fixed Cell".

    6th. International Mobile Satellite Conference, IMSC'99. NASA-JPL and CRC, Ottawa, Canada, 15 to 18 June 1999. "Advanced services based in GH in MSS concept."

    4th Meeting COST 272. European Union. Toulouse, France, 12 to 15 May 1999. "Analytical models for a service in GH Non-Geo Satellite Constellations."

    Several Applications of Guaranteed Handover (GH) Service in Mobile Satellite Systems (MSS) Gérard Maral, Joaquin Restrepo, Felipe Cabarcas, Santiago Jaramillo, David Rivera. IMSC 99, Ottawa, Canada, June 1999

    Performance analysis for a guaranteed handover service in LEO constellation with a "satellite-fixed cell" system. Gerard Maral, Enrico del Re, Romano Fantacci, Givovanni Giambene. Vehicular Technology in November 1998.

    Space Communications. IOS Press. Vol 14 no. 3, December 1996. "Cell Coverage in Geometry for global Earth-Fixed Concept for Non-Geo Satellite Systems."

    Analitical Extended model for Calculating the quality of service (QoS) in a mobile satellite system (MSS) with a guaranteed handover (GH) service. Joaquin Restrepo, Santiago Jaramillo, Felipe Cabarcas, Gerard Maral. EMPS98 Venice, Italy. Tecnhnology November 1998

    Overview constleaciones non-geostationary satellite (part I). Joaquin Restrepo, Gérard Maral. RCT Cintel magazine. Vol 5. No. 14. January-March 1998

    3rd. European Workshop on Mobile / Personal Satcoms, EMPS'98. ESA.Venecia, Italy, 3 to 5 November 1998. "Extended GH model for Mobile Satellite Constellations."

    3rd Meeting COST 272. European Union. Thessaloniki, Greece, 6 to 7 July 1997. "Comparison Between Earth-Fixed-Fixed Satellite cell and Cell in Non-GEO constellations."

    5th. International Mobile Satellite Conference, IMSC'99. NASA-JPL and CRC. Pasadena, CA, USA June 16 to 19, 1997. "GH procedure in Non-Geo constellations."

    COMMSPHERE'97. IEEE. LuSane, Switzerland, February 14 1997. "Fixed Eart-cell and cell Satellite_Fixed Systems in Non-Geo"

    Globecom'96. IEEE. London, England., 9 to 11 November 1996. "Cell geomtery for Earth-Fixed Cell Systems"

    2nd. European Workshop on Mobile / Personal Satcoms, EMPS'96. ESA Rome, Italy, 9 to 11 October 1996. "GH Traffic Model for Non-Geo in service systems"

    4th. Symposium on Satellite Systems and Services to small. Centre Nationale d'etudes Spatiaux, CNES. Annecy, France. 26 to 28 June 1996. "Earth-Fixed Cell concepts and models in Non-Geo systems."

    5th International Conference on Satellite Systems for Mobile Communications and Navigation. IEE, Inmarsat. London, England, May 13 to 15, 1996. "Analysis and comparison of satellite constellations with permanent, comprehensive, simple visibility."

    16th Conference and Exhibition on Satellite Communications Systems, ICSSC'96. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, IEEE. Washington DC, USA, February 25 to 29, 1996. "Constellation Sizing for Earth-Fixed in Non-Geo cell systems."

    Space Communications. IOS Press. Vol 13 no. 2, Nov. 1995. "Earth-Fixed Concept for Non-GEO Satellite Systems".



    - Patent number: 97-02392. European Patent Office. Deposited by France Telecom. Feb. 26 1997. " Transfert d'une communication dans binds non-satellite Constellation géostationaires. "

    - Patent number: 96-12349. European Patent Office. Deposited by France Telecom. Oct. 8 1996. " Transfert d'une communication dans binds non-satellite Constellation géostationaires. "


    (Both patents were also registered in the U.S.)

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