Bashir Patel B.Sc, M.Sc, IOD, MISMM, Director of Programmes and Business Development Bashir has been involved in the `hi-technology projects’ for over 30 years and worked in the telecommunications sector for over 25 years. He started his career in advance projects in British Aerospace designing military aircraft systems and then moved on to developing global satellite communications systems for Inmarsat where he was involved in numerous projects including development of Aeronautical satellite communications and instrumental in inventing a new low cost data communications system that is in use all over the world today. As a careered professional, he has been at the forefront of various telecommunications technologies covering both wired and wireless solutions including implementation of national backbone networks. He has been involved on all aspects of the telecommunications industry from working with Governments on policy related matters to Regulators on development of licensing / spectrum framework as well as executing projects with Operators through raising necessary finances. He has also worked with the industry and Governments on implementation of national security networks. At present he is Director of Programmes and Business Development for the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation working with Commonwealth Governments, Regulators and Operators covering some 53 countries stretching from the Caribbean through Europe, Africa to Asia-Pacific.