About CTO: With a history dating back to 1901, the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is an international development partnership between the Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, businesses and civil society organisations. CTO provides the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering to developing countries unique knowledge-sharing programmes, events and conferences in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
With its headquarters in London and recipient members based in Europe, the Caribbean, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions, CTO has been at the centre of continuous and extensive international communications development funding, co-operation and assistance programmes. CTO’s mission is to reduce global poverty and its development agenda reflects the development challenge set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The CTO also provides professional training and capacity building programmes through its Programme for Development and Training (PDT) and iLearn initiatives, and is the trusted partner of policy makers, regulators, donor agencies, operators, technology and equipment manufacturers for their research, advisory and consultancy needs. For further information please visit www.cto.int
Shola Taylor was appointed as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation in June 2015, taking up duty on 17 September that year. He is a leading international ICT expert with over 35 years of experience in the ICT/Telecommunication sector, many of them in a senior role for governments and the private sector. Some of the roles held by Shola include Project Director ITU Geneva, Regional Director for Africa Inmarsat UK, Commissioner for NEPAD e-Africa Commission, Board Member/ Commissioner, Nigeria Communications Commission and CEO, Kemilinks International.
He was twice elected (4 year term each) at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference as Member of the prestigious ITU Radio Regulations Board and became Board Chairman in 2005. He is a recipient of several awards including the ITU Silver Medal for his outstanding contributions to the telecom/ICT sector.
Shola TAYLOR holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of East London (UK, 1979) and an MSc in Telecommunication Systems from the University of Essex (UK, 1981).