James Youdal


James Youdale has 45 years of international experience of technical management, marketing and sales in the satellite and launch vehicle sectors.

After graduating from Sup’Aéro (National School of Aeronautics and Space), he worked at Aérospatiale (now Thales Alenia Space), Arianespace and ILS (International Launch Services).

Since 2019 he has worked as an independent international consultant in the space sector.


Dr. Hector Fenech


Dr Fenech has 40 of experience in the years in the commercial space sector, most recently as Director of Future Satellite Systems at Eutelsat, responsible for architecture and design of ~35 satellites including next generation Ka-band and Q/V band HTS networks. He is also Affiliate Professor at the University of Malta and Honorary Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bradford, UK.


Dr. Charilaos (“Haris”) Kourogiorgas

Technical Director

Charilaos Kourogiorgas has a PhD on channel modelling for satellite and wireless terrestrial communication systems for which he received an award for outstanding research, following which he was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship in which he studied the applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the operation of next generation high frequency satellite communications.

He has been working for over 10 years on research and development in satellite communication systems and has applied different AI and ML techniques for channel prediction, ACM optimisation and resource allocation for flexible payloads and the use of neural nets in transceivers for real-time modulation and coding of digital information.

He has published more than 100 journal and conference papers on wireless communications topics.

Haris co-founded Atheras Analytics Ltd with John Yates in 2020.


John Yates


John Yates has 37 years’ experience in the commercial satellite communications sector. After having completed a BSc(Hons) in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Nottingham and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Manchester Business School, in 1986 he joined Europe’s first commercial satellite operator, the recently incorporated SES Astra, in Luxembourg and has been working in the commercial satellite communications sector ever since.

Since 1998 he has worked as a freelance consultant and, more recently, as a Board Director and angel investor providing expert advice for companies, organisations and governments worldwide in the commercial satellite telecommunications sector.

John co-founded Atheras Analytics Ltd with Dr. Charilaos Kourogiorgas in 2020. John co-founded Atheras Analytics Ltd with Dr. Charilaos Kourogiorgas in 2020.