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ITU's Leadership

On October 2014, ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference elected the ITU leadership team for the coming four years.  Unlike other UN agencies, which have just one elected head, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference elects five top officials: the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General, and the Directors of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), and the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). ITU's current management team started its four-year mandate on 1 January 2015.   

ITU Secretary-General
Houlin Zhao

On 23 October 2014 Houlin Zhao was elected 19th Secretary-General of the ITU. 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.

ITU Deputy Secretary-General
Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014. Born in Trallwng, Wales, United Kingdom, in 1947, Mr Johnson graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with MSc and BSc (1st class honours) degrees.

Since 1 January 2007 he has been the Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In this post, he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities.

Director of the ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau
François Rancy

François Rancy was re-elected Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau on 24 October 2014. Born in France, Mr Rancy graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1977 and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris) in 1979.

Since 1 January 2011 he has been the Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau and coordinates the work of the Radiocommunication Sector ensuring the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary satellite orbit.

Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Chaesub Lee

Chaesub Lee was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau on 24 October 2014. Born in the Republic of Korea in 1960, Mr Lee holds a PhD in Multimedia Engineering.

He has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 27 years specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.

Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau
Brahima Sanou

Brahima Sanou was re-elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau on 24 October 2014. Born in Burkina Faso Mr Sanou holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma from the Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies, also in Paris.

Since 1 January 2011 he has been the Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau focusing particularly on mobilizing resources and knowledge-sharing by forging collaborative, cross-sectoral multistakeholder partnerships. Key elements include: the m‑Powering Development Initiative; the Smart Sustainable Development Model initiative; and the ITU Academy.