Dr Hamadoun Touré and Joanne O'Riordan
Dr Hamadoun Touré at ITU’s Girls in ICT Day event in New York
26 April 2012, New York, USA
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré spoke at a high-level global ‘Girls in ICT Day’ panel debate in New York City on 26 April, at an event that attracted almost 200 participants onsite and was webcast to over 100 locations around the world. At the end of the event, the Secretary-General launched the ‘Tech Needs Girls’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage girls and young women to seek a career in ICT.
The event featured a strong panel of top-level speakers and panelists including Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner; Emiko Iwasaki, manga creator and WIPO prize winner 2010; Neelie Kroes, VP European Commission/Commissioner, Digital Agenda; Jasna Matić, State Secretary for Digital Agenda, Serbia; Monique Morrow, CTO Asia Pacific & Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems; Juliana Rotich, Executive Director, Ushahidi; Nidhi Tandon, gender report author; Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Programme Manager, Public Private Partnerships, Microsoft; Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues; Sarah Wynn-Williams, Manager, Global Public Policy, Facebook; and special guest Joanne O’Riordan, who spoke on how she uses technology to deal with the limitations of Total Amelia Syndrome.