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Houlin Zhao: ITU Secretary-General


On 23 October 2014 Houlin Zhao was elected 19th Secretary-General of the ITU. His four-year mandate started on 1 January 2015.

Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the UK.

From 2007 to 2014, he served as ITU Deputy Secretary-General, supporting the work of the Secretary-General, principally in terms of day-to-day management, including human resources, financial administration, improving efficiency, and working to help broaden ITU's membership, particularly in terms of academic institutions.

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  • Message of ITU-Secretary-General Houlin Zhao for International Women's Day 2015
    As Secretary-General of the UN agency responsible for helping connect the world to the power of information and communication technologies, I would like to see a picture of a world where young women embrace careers as ICT professionals, and leverage the power of ICTs to change the future – for themselves, and for those around them...
  • ITU Child Online Protection : Safer Internet Day
    10 February 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : Today, February 10, is Safer Internet Day. For the global community, this is important part of efforts to improve the safety and security of the digital tools we all rely on, each and every day...
  • ITU Secretary-General at the World Economic Forum, Davos
    21-24 January 2015, Davos, Switzerland : ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao had a particularly busy agenda at this year's WEF session in Davos, Switzerland, leading a special session of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development alongside Commission co-Chair President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and meeting with several Heads of State and CEOs, including the President of Estonia, His Excellency Toomas Hendrik Ilves ...