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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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  • Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development : 2015 Launch Meeting : Opening Remarks
    26 September 2015, New York, USA : I offer you a very warm welcome to the Yale Club, and would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us here today.This is a very exciting time for us, and for the UN, and UN Member States at large. Coinciding with the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, we are gathered here today to launch the new Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development...
  • Blog Article: ICTs for Sustainable Development #ICT4SDG
    23 September 2015: ITU has been at the forefront of advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) for 150 years, driven by one unifying goal – to connect the world. ICTs already empower billions of individuals around the world, and will be of critical importance as the global community meets to charter a new path for sustainable development in the 21st century.​