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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.
  • World 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-15) : Opening Ceremony : Opening Speech
    30 November 2015, Hiroshima, Japan : It is my great pleasure to be here with you today to welcome you to the 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium. First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Government of Japan for hosting this important event. Japan has made every effort to make this event a success. Our host country is famous for its hospitality, which I have learnt is referred to as "Omotenashi"...
  • World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) : Closing Remarks
    27 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : You have just completed a most intense four-week marathon of debate and discussions leading to many agreements. I am delighted to see that your hard work has been well rewarded, and that you have achieved excellent results that you can well be proud of and have once again demonstrated the key role that the ITU Radiocommunications Sector plays in global telecommunications and information technology...