Houlin Zhao was elected Deputy Secretary-General at the ITU
Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2006 and
took office on 1 January 2007.
Born on 7 March 1950 in Jiangsu (China), Houlin Zhao graduated from
Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1975. Between
1979 and 1980, he studied as a visiting scholar in Switzerland. He
joined the University of Essex (United Kingdom) in 1984, where he
obtained a Master of Science degree in Telematics in 1985.
From 1999 to 2006, Houlin Zhao served as Director of the
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In his two terms as
Director of TSB, he introduced effective and efficient measures to
improve ITU's standards environment and strengthened its promotion.
He also enhanced the strategic partnership between Member States and
Sector Members, while initiating and maintaining good relationships
with industry members. Under his leadership, ITU-T facilitated
international cooperation with other standards development
organizations and forums and helped bridge the standardization gap
between the developing and developed countries.
From 1975 to
1986, Houlin Zhao worked as an engineer in the Designing Institute
of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China. He took an
active part in his country's experts meetings on national
telecommunication standards as well as in various national projects.
He received a prize in 1985 for his science and technology
achievements in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
Between 1982 and 1983, he participated in CCITT Study Group meetings
as a Chinese delegate. He published a number of technical articles
in several Chinese magazines.
Houlin Zhao joined the CCITT Secretariat (now TSB) in 1986. He was
Engineer/Counsellor between 1986 and 1998. He was designated as
CCITT Coordinator for the cooperation with ISO, IEC and ISO/IEC JTC
1 in 1989.
Currently, he is a visiting Professor at a number of well-known
universities in China.