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Dr Hamadoun I. Touré



  • Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
  • Secretary-General
  • International Telecommunication Union
  • Switzerland
  • Panel Session
  • FO : Forum Opening Conversation
  • R. Jubilee Ballroom
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:30 - 11:45
  • Panellists

  • Showfloor Session
  • SSA1 : Building Cybersecurity Capabilities in the Developing World: Needs, Challenges, and the Role of Public-Private Partnerships
  • Openspace WS1
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:15 - 15:45
  • Moderator

  • Showfloor Session
  • SSF1 : Mobile Security Challenges and Policy in the ASEAN Community: Consumer Protection Perspectives
  • Openspace WS1
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:15 - 17:45
  • Keynote Speaker

  • Networking Events
  • NE : Zimbabwe Networking Reception
  • GreenSpace
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:00 - 19:00
  • Messages

  • Networking Events
  • NE : ITU World Club Dinner - sponsored by Huawei
  • Off-site
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 19:15 - 22:00
  • Messages

  • Networking Events
  • NE : Qatar Night - sponsored by Ooredoo
  • Off-site
  • Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:30 - 22:00
  • Messages

  • Networking Events
  • NE : Opening Ceremony
  • R. Jubilee Ballroom
  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:00 - 10:00
  • Speaker

Biography

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since January 2007, was re-elected for a second four-year term in October 2010. As Secretary-General, Dr Touré is committed to ITU’s mission of connecting the world, and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals through harnessing the unique potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

A long-standing champion of ICTs as a driver of social and economic development, Dr Touré previously served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) from 1998-2006. In this role he placed considerable emphasis on implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), launching projects based on partnerships with international organizations, governments, the private sector and civil society.

Dr Touré started his professional career in his native Mali in 1979. He built a solid career in the satellite industry, serving as managing engineer in Mali’s first International Earth Station. He joined Intelsat’s Assistance and Development Programme in 1985. He was appointed Intelsat’s Group Director for Africa and the Middle East in 1994, earning a reputation as an energetic leader through his commitment to various regional connectivity projects such as RASCOM. In 1996 he joined ICO Global Communications as African Regional General Manager, spearheading the companies’ activities across the African region.

A national of Mali, Dr Touré holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Leningrad, and a PhD from the University of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of Moscow.

He is married with four children and two grandchildren, and is proficient in four official ITU languages: English, French, Russian and Spanish.