Flavien Bachabi has been chairing the Board of the Regulatory Authority of Benin (Arcep-Benin) since January 2017. In this capacity his responsibility includes providing needed leadership to regulate the domestic and international communications in Benin, ensuring fair and competitive market rules and encouraging the highest and best use of the spectrum. Prior to taking up this part-time regulatory assignment he was the Managing Director of Africa Broadcast Satellite (Pty) Ltd (ABS), looking after the African market for ABS. Prior to that, Mr. Bachabi served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat Operations S.A., as well as Vice President of Business Operations and Intergovernmental Initiatives at Intelsat S.A., and head of Intelsat's corporate headquarters in Luxembourg, between January 2011 and September 2014. In this capacity, his responsibilities included oversight of all major business operations, joint venture agreements and regulatory filings. He was responsible for managing new business activities with intergovernmental entities and development banks. His prior positions included: Regional Vice President for Africa and Head of Intelsat Africa (Pty) Ltd., where he was responsible for building Intelsat's leading position in Africa with the Continent's premier service providers, Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East and Group Director, Africa sales. Prior to joining Intelsat in 1996, he spent more than 15 years in senior management roles with the Benin Telecommunications administration, where he led both domestic network and international services. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Multinational School of Telecommunications of Dakar (ESMT), the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), and the Regional African Satellite Communications Organization (RASCOM). Since 2013 Mr. Bachabi has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Sustainable Development Model initiative of BDT/ITU.
Mr. Bachabi has over 30 years of experience with communication and technology companies, and he earned degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Benin, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of St. Petersburg (LEIS).