Mr. Youssefzadeh founded Salim Group in 2008 for the purpose of investments in emerging markets and ICT ventures. Until September 2013, Mr. Youssefzadeh was also the chairman of STM Group Inc. which he founded in 1984 and led its phenomenal success. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the VSAT industry, his accomplishments include: the launch of a domestic satellite program in his native country, Iran, in the 1970s; research and development on satellite communication systems at Hughes Aircraft the predecessor to Boeing Satellite systems, and subsequent creation of several companies from star-up through exit. . He earned his Masters and Engineering Degrees in Electrical Engineering, with focus on information theory and satellite communications, from Stanford University.