Dr. Hamadoun Touré was
elected Secretary-General at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference
in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2006 and took office on 1
He served as Director BDT from 1998 until 2006.
Born on 3 September 1953, Hamadoun Touré 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. Touré 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
He is married with four children and two granddaughters.
Prior to his election as Director of BDT in 1998, Dr.
Hamadoun Touré was Africa's Regional General Manager for ICO
Global Communications (1996–1998). 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
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 trans¬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
télécommunications (OPT) and TELEMALI in 1985. Later that year,
he headed OPT's Satellite Communications Section.
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.
His sound operation and maintenance of satellite
communications earth stations earned him the reputation of a
Dr. Touré's 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 Côte d’Ivoire
- Doctorate honoris causa from the Odessa National Academy
of Telecommunications (Ukraine)
- Honorary Citizen of the city of Grecia (Costa Rica)