Ali Al Hashemi was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Yahsat Group in April 2021, having previously served in concurrent roles as the General Manager of Yahsat Government Solutions (YGS) and Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya.
He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the aerospace and military aircraft MRO services provider, GAL - AMMROC, owned by ADQ, an investment and holding company with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi's diversified economy. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UAE International Investors Council (UAEIIC) and the Board of Directors of the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC). Ali successfully led the Yahsat Group’s initial public offering (IPO) in the second quarter of 2021, and oversaw its listing on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) as a public company. Yahsat’s share sale was the second largest-ever on the Abu Dhabi bourse. In 2023, he was appointed as Vice Chair of Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA), the CEO-driven association representing global and regional satellite operators.
Ali has over 20 years of experience and a proven executive management track record of driving sales growth in the satellite industry, having developed Yahsat’s managed services capability in the UAE and other key regional markets and spearheaded the establishment of systems and infrastructure to successfully transform YGS from a small business unit to a fully functional regional government business. He has been instrumental in securing and/or maintaining key backlog contracts for the Group, including the Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 CSA and the associated O&M contract and the T4-NGS managed capacity services agreement with the Government.
As CEO of Thuraya, Ali oversaw the integration of Thuraya’s technical, financial, human resources and strategy functions with the Group following the acquisition of Thuraya in August 2018, and has directed the turnaround of the Thuraya business.
Ali holds an MBA from the London Business School (LBS).