Carlo des Dorides has over three decades of experience in the aerospace sector, with a focus on managing advanced satellite system programmes and operations. After receiving a degree in engineering from the University of Rome and an MBA from CUOA in Vicenza, Italy, he began a career at Alenia Spazio, where he managed a number of major satellite telecommunication projects.
Moving to the public sector, des Dorides served as Director of Programmes and Engineering at ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider, where he was responsible for updating navigational technology at Italian airports and area control centres. He later led the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and serviced as Chief Negotiator of the Galileo Public-Private Partnership/Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking. Before joining the GSA, des Dorides was responsible for defining the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phase and the EGNOS operational phase at the European Commission.
Des Dorides has served as the GSA’s Executive Director since 2011.