Biography of ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. TourÃ©|
Dr Hamadoun TourÃ© was elected Secretary-General at the ITU
Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2006 and
took office on 1 January 2007.
He served as Director BDT
from 1998 until 2006.
Born on 3 September 1953, Hamadoun
TourÃ© holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the
Technical Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of
Leningrad (LEIS, USSR) and Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) from
the University of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of
Moscow (MTUCI, Russia).
Dr TourÃ© is committed to make
ITU an innovative, forward looking organization adapted to meeting
the challenges created by the new ICT environment and to spearhead
the Union towards implementing the resolutions of the World Summit
on the Information Society (WSIS) and achieving the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). As Director BDT from 1999 until 2006, he
played a significant role in the WSIS process by launching numerous
projects based on partnership building with International
Organizations, Governments, Civil Society and the Private Sector.
He is married with four children and two granddaughters.
Prior to his election as Director of BDT in 1998, Dr Hamadoun TourÃ©
was Africa's Regional General Manager for ICO Global Communications
(1996â€“1998). He spearheaded the company's activities from its
Africa Regional Office in South Africa, where he laid the foundation
to ensure the successful introduction and operation of ICO's
regional operations: marketing and network distribution,
coordination with service partners, regulators and operators of
fixed, mobile and special services.
He joined the
International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT)
in December 1985 where he occupied several important positions. From
1986 to 1990, he was Telecommunications Officer of INTELSAT
Assistance and Development Programme (IADP). In this capacity he
participated in several IADP projects including the design of earth
stations, feasibility studies for domestic satellite communication
systems and the implementation of technologies such as time division
multiple access (TDMA) and demand assignment multiple access (DAMA)
in several developing countries.
From 1990 to 1994, he
was INTELSAT's Director for the Africa Region and later served as
the Group Director for Africa and the Middle East from 1994 to 1996.
During this time, he took an active part in the continental
initiative launched by the Regional African Satellite Communications
Organization (RASCOM) to pool transÂ¬ponders on the INTELSAT system.
He pioneered studies for regional interconnectivity and worked
closely with all African and the Middle East countries to enhance
the development of their telecommunication infrastructure. In these
positions he managed annual revenue budgets of more than USD 115
He is well known for his steadfast commitment to
projects such as AFROSAT, AFSAT, PANAFTEL (Pan-African
Telecommunications Network), as well as for his contributions to
numerous conferences and meetings of ITU, INTELSAT, RASCOM, PATU
(Pan-African Telecommunications Union), PANAFTEL and CAPTAC (Conference
of Post and Telecommunication Administrations of Central Africa).
On the national scene, he was Manager of the Sulymanbougou II earth
station in Bamako, Mali, where he coordinated activities between the
country's national Office des postes et tÃ©lÃ©communications (OPT)
and TELEMALI in 1985. Later that year, he headed OPT's Satellite
From 1981 to 1984, he was
Engineer in charge of operation and maintenance of the International
Satellite earth station in Bamako, Mali. He interfaced with the
International Switching Centre in Bamako in 1980 and with the
PANAFTEL microwave terminal from October 1979.
operation and maintenance of satellite communications earth stations
earned him the reputation of a committed manager.
language and negotiating skills help him to efficiently broker
agreements in several international arenas. He is proficient in
three official languages of the Union: English, French and Russian.
Decorations and honorary titles
Knight of the National Order of Mali
- Officer of the
National Order of CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire
- Doctorate honoris
causa from the Odessa National Academy of
- Honorary Citizen of the
city of Grecia (Costa Rica)