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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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Speeches by the Secretary-General are posted in the language delivered.
  • ITU Council 2015 : Closing Remarks
    21 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : We are coming to the close of the first Council after PP-14, and I am delighted by the great spirit of cooperation that has prevailed over the past week and a half.This Council has been very rich in content, and has achieved a great deal in a short space of time...
  • ITU 150th Anniversary Ceremony : Welcome Address
    17 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : Good afternoon and welcome to this celebration of ITU's 150th Anniversary! On behalf of ITU Elected Officials and myself, l want to express my heartfelt appreciation to our Member States, represented here by Honorable Ministers, Ambassadors, Councilors or Head of Delegations of ITU Council, high-level Government Officials, private sector representatives, Heads of UN Agencies, Swiss Federal Authorities and Geneva Cantonal Authorities, and other dignitaries present here. I also warmly recognize the presence of our current and former Elected Officials...
  • ITU Council 2015 : State of the Union Address
    12 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : It gives me great pleasure to formally welcome you to the 2015 session of ITU Council.Let me offer a very warm welcome to our councillors, and especially to our new Council Members, which include Pakistan, Uganda and Tanzania, who have returned to Council after an absence; and Azerbaijan and Lithuania, who are joining Council for the first time...