Executive Secretary, EUTELSAT IGO
"Equitable access to communications and knowledge is more than a right, it is a must for all citizens of the world, wherever they may live, and the development of affordable broadband networks is instrumental to fulfilling this objective. All types of technologies have a role to play in the provision of broadband networks, to the extent that they can provide cost-effective and wide-reaching services, with a particular view to timeframe constraints for the implementation of the ITU Programme "Connecting the World" by 2015. In this regard, satellite solutions, among others, will indeed play a key role. Therefore, I am fully committed to contributing actively to the work of the Broadband Commission."
Since 2005, Christian Roisse has headed the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT IGO), a Europe-wide intergovernmental organization with 49 Member States. He was reappointed for a second mandate in 2009.
Prior to this, he was General Counsel of Eutelsat S.A., the world’s third largest satellite operator, overseeing the legal activities of the company through the first 4 years of its operations as a French national law company.
As Legal Adviser and subsequently General Counsel of EUTELSAT from 1988 to 2001, he played a key role in the restructuring of the organisation and the transfer of its commercial and operational activities to the French national law company, Eutelsat S.A. which was established for this purpose.
From 1977 to 1988, he was Legal Adviser to France Telecom and Counsellor to the Head of the General Directorate for Industry in the French Industry Department.
Christian Roisse holds a Master’s degree in law, a postgraduate diploma in Public Law, is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and of the European Centre for Space Law and a Board Member of the Association pour le Développement du Droit de l’Espace en France (ADDEF). He sits on the Boards of Directors of Eutelsat S.A. and Eutelsat Communications S.A. as Censeur.