Roberto BLOIS MONTES DE SOUZA
Mr Roberto Blois Montes de Souza, born in 1950, has worked for more than thirty years in the
field of telecommunications, gaining a wide and diversified range of experience in both
technical and management areas.
After obtaining his Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the
University of Brasilia in 1974, Mr Blois joined the Broadcasting Services Secretariat at the
Ministry of Communications in Brazil. His career at this Ministry, which spanned a period of
twenty years, enabled him to gain a wealth of experience and to play a key role in the
development of the telecommunication system in Brazil at both policy and technical levels.
During the period 1979-1994, Mr Blois served at the Ministry of Communications in Brazil as
Director of Broadcasting of the National Telecommunication Department, Director of the National
Telecommunication Department and Director of the Department of Private Telecommunications
In addition to his experience and activities at the national and regional levels, Mr Blois
was a prominent figure in telecommunication affairs at the international level during the period
of time he served the Ministry of Communications in Brazil. He participated in various meetings
of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Inter-american Telecommunication
Commission (CITEL), having acted as Head of the Brazilian delegation on many occasions.
Mr Blois was the representative of Brazil in the Administrative Council of the ITU from 1990
to 1993. He was also the representative of Brazil in the Permanent Executive Committee of the
Inter-american Telecommunication Commission CITEL (Organization of American States) from 1991 to
1993. After having held the position of Executive Secretary of CITEL from 1994-1999, Mr Blois
assumed the position of Deputy Secretary-General of ITU in February 1999 following his election
at the 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference held in Minneapolis. He was re-elected for a second
term as Deputy Secretary-General on 1 October 2002 at the Marrakesh Plenipotentiary Conference.