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WTIS 2015 - Biography

In alphabetical order:

Mr Sami Alfakhri, Senior Economist, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

Mr Sami Alfakhri is a Senior Economist at the Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC) in Saudi Arabia, where he has been working since December 2002. He has 17 years of combined experience in the field of economic studies, benchmarking analysis, regulatory industry (telecom) and costing analysis in telecommunication markets. In his current position, Mr. Alfakhri is responsible for preparing studies and reports related to the ICT sector. During his work with CITC he has directed several projects, including the Long Run Incremental Cost (LRIC) Project in 2007 and the Price baskets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) project in 2014. Mr. Alfakhri holds a Master’s degree in Financial Economics from the American University, and an advanced diploma in Analytic Economics from the Institute of Economics in Colorado, USA. 

Mr Iwao Aota, General Manager, Production Engineering Division, Mazda Motor Corporation, Japan

Mr Iwao Aota was named the General Manager of Mazda Motor Corporation's Production Engineering Division in April 2015.  Prior to this appointment, Mr  Aota was a Deputy General Manager of the Production Engineering Division from 2014 to 2015.
From 2008 to 2012, he was the General Manager of Mazda's Powertrain Production Engineering Department.  From 2001 to 2008,  he was the manager of the Foundry & Forging Production Engineering Group.  Mr Aota has been responsible for production engineering in the areas of rough parts, machining and assembly with regard to powertrain units, including engines and transmissions.  He has worked for Mazda Motor Corporation since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. 

Ms Annie Baldeo, Executive Officer of the Policy, Planning and Market Economics Division, Telecommunications Authority, Trinidad and Tobago

Ms Annie Baldeo is the Executive Officer of the Policy, Planning and Market Economics Division at the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. She has served with this organisation for over ten years. Preceding this, Annie was employed with the National Information and Communication Technology Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Administration where she was involved in the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s first National ICT Plan.
Her academic qualifications include a Bachelors of Science Degree (with Honours) in Management, Economics and Finance from the University of the West Indies, and an MBA in Strategic Planning from Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom. During her service at the Telecommunications Authority, she has gained a wealth of knowledge in the areas of ICT policy formulation and implementation particularly in the fields of Universal Service and the Digital Divide. 

Dr Alexandre Fernandes Barbosa, Head, Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (, Brazil 

Photo of Mr BarbosaMr Barbosa leads several information and communication technologies (ICT) surveys and research projects on the socioeconomic implications of ICT in Brazil. He is responsible for conducting nationwide ICT surveys for the production of ICT-related statistics on the access to and use of ICTs in different segments of society and capacity building in survey methodologies in Latin América and lusophone countries of Africa. Mr Barbosa is also the Chair of the Expert Group on ICT Households indicators from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Mr Barbosa holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), a Master Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University (UK), a MSc Degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University (Brazil). He has also conducted postdoctoral research at HEC Montreal (Canada). 

Dr Steve Chan, Professor and Chair, Cyber Analytics and Network/ Relationship Science, Swansea University

Professor Steve Chan, PhD is the Chair for Network/Relationship Science Analytics at Swansea University. At the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s CyberPsychology Research Centre, he is a Professor of Network/Relationship Science. At Hawaii Pacific University, he is a Research Professor of Sensemaking and Visualization Analytics. Other academic appointments include having served as a Prince of Wales Innovation Fellow as well as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT.
Dr Chan is the Chief Strategist for IBM Smarter Cities and Safer Planet, Director of the IBM Center for Resiliency and Sustainability (includes the IBM Network Science Research Center), Director of the Sensemaking-U.S. Pacific Command Fellowship, and Director of the Pacific-Asia Institute for Resilience and Sustainability (legislated by the State of Hawaii). He is an Advisor to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, and he serves on the Program Committee for NATO CYCON.

Mr Antonio Correia, Chairman, National Communications Authority, Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications, Timor-Leste

Mr Correia is the President of the Autoridade Nacional de Communicações (ANC) of Timor-Leste. Mr Correia has over 15 years of experience in the telecommunications sector and has played an active role in the liberalizations process of the country's telecommunication market. Prior to his appointment as the President of the ANC, Mr Correia served as a the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Transport and Communications. He was also a Senior Engineer at Timor Telecom. Mr Correia holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the UNDIKNAS University in Indonesia. 

Ms Sarah Sung Ju Eo, Senior Researcher, Korea Association for ICT Promotion (KAIT)

Sarah Sung-Ju Eo is senior researcher at Statistics Information Centre of the Korea Association for ICT Promotion (KAIT). KAIT is an affiliated non-profit organization of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), manages ICT-related policies, and produces ICT statistics in Korea.  The Statistics Information Centre is responsible for the data collection, analysis and dissemination of ICT-related statistics in Korea and provides Korea’s ICT data to international organizations. She holds a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Ms Ghida Fakhry, International broadcast journalist and former senior news and programs presenter for Aljazeera English

Photo of Mr DossalGhida Fakhry is an international broadcast journalist and former senior news and programs presenter for Aljazeera English. She joined AJE at its launch in 2006 as lead female anchor in the network's Washington DC broadcast center before moving in 2010 to its headquarters in Doha, where she anchored the channel's flagship Newshour and hosted its award-winning documentary program Witness.
With 20 years experience in print and television broadcast journalism as foreign correspondent, news anchor, columnist and bureau chief for international news organizations, Ghida Fakhry has conducted in-depth interviews with Heads of State and Government from across the political spectrum, and reported extensively from the United Nations.
Ms Fakhry has hosted and moderated debates and high-level panel discussions with leading policy-makers and international experts at major international/UN conferences on international affairs, peace and security, human rights, women's empowerment, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, dialogue among civilizations, global health and humanitarian issues and international development.
She holds a masters' degree in international relations, and a masters' degree in near and middle eastern studies from the school of oriental and african studies (SOAS), University of London. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Mr Kazunari Furugen, Senior Vice President, Member of the Board, and Senior Executive Manager of Corporate Business Headquarters, NTT WEST, Japan

Mr Kazunari Furugen took up his position as Senior Vice President, Member of the Board, and Senior Executive Manager of Corporate Business Headquarters in June 2014. Prior to this appointment, at this Corporate Business Headquarters, he launched Cloud Solutions Department as an Executive Manager and started up new business projects such as Smart Community, Regional revitalization and Smart City.  Mr Furugen started up the project “Smart Hikari Town Kumamoto” with Kumamoto City and Kumamoto Prefecture in 2012 to revitalize local areas of Japan and led this project to a significant success.  This project became one of the finalists of Smart city Awards in Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.
Mr Furugen was born in Okinawa and graduated from Ryukyu University in Okinawa prefecture with a degree in Electronic Information Engineering.
Since Mr Furugen joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation in 1984, he had mainly engaged in the development of the communication system for 15 years. From 1999 to 2000, as a Director, he had been responsible for leading IT Environment Planning for Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit. And in 2008, he was appointed General Manager of Okinawa Branch and contributed much to the regional revitalization by use of ICT in Okinawa prefecture.

Mr John Garrity, Manager, Policy Research, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems

John Garrity manages policy engagement and research in Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team, developing data-driven analysis on technology issues contributing to the expansion of fixed and wireless broadband, including national broadband agendas, Internet protocol network traffic and Internet governance. Working with government and private sector partners, he focuses on expanding the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and network connectivity for economic growth, competitiveness, and social inclusion. Previously at Cisco, he was part of Cisco’s Strategy and Economics team, helping guide strategic direction for the Emerging Markets business unit. Prior to joining Cisco in 2006, Mr Garrity worked at the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Group, and has held positions in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as well as in state government. He holds a Masters degree in Applied Economics from the Ohio State University.

H.E. Dr Debretsion G/Michael, Deputy Prime Minister Ranking, Finance and Economic Cluster Coordinator, and Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia 

H.E. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael is Deputy Prime Minister of Ranking, Finance and Economic Cluster Coordinator, and Minister of Communication and Information Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. From 1991 to 2005 Dr Debretsion worked as head and government official in various federal and regional government positions. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as Director General of the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency where he played a key role in developing the country’s ICT Policy, Electronic Government Strategy, and the formulation and implementation of several ICT assisted development projects. Dr Debretsion served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation from 2005 to 2010, and is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Electric Power and Utilities since 2010. Dr Debretsion holds a PhD in Information Technology from Capella University, Minneapolis, United States, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Technology, Addis Ababa University. Dr Debretsion has more than 20 years experience in governance, leadership, policy formulation and telecommunication/ICT infrastructure and service development.

Dr Enrico Giovannini, Full Professor of Economic Statistics, Rome University “Tor Vergata”, Italy

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Enrico Giovannini is an Italian economist and statistician, full professor of economic statistics at the Rome University “Tor Vergata”. From April 2013 to February 2014 he was Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Italian Government. From August 2009 to April 2013 he was President of the Italian Statistical Institute (Istat). From January 2001 to July 2009 he was Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD, where he established the "World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Politics" and launched the Global Project on the "Measurement of Progress in Society", which fostered the setting up of numerous worldwide initiatives on the issue "Beyond GDP".
He is Senior Fellow of the LUISS School of European Political Economy, Visiting Fellow at the European Political Strategy Centre of the European Commission, Vice-president of the High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth of the European Council, Co-Chair of the “Independent Experts Advisory Board on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development” established by the UN Secretary-General, member of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board, of the “Commission économique de la Nation” established by the French government, as well as of boards of several Italian and international institutions.
In October 2014, the President of the Italian Republic made him “Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito della Repubblica”, the highest ranking honour of the Italian Republic. He is author of more than ninety articles and four books on economic and statistical topics.

Ms Vanessa Gray, Senior Analyst, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Vanessa Gray is a Senior ICT Analyst in the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. She helps to design and coordinate the Division’s analytical publications, including the Measuring the Information Society Report (MISR), and contributes to and coordinates the analysis of information society developments, including in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Ms Gray is the ITU focal point for the Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on MDG/SDG Indicators and provides advice on the work on monitoring the MDGs and SDGs in the area of ICTs. Ms Gray holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Ms Margarita Guerrero, Director, Statistics Division, UNESCAP

Photo of Ms GuerreroMs Margarita F. Guerrero heads the United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), a premier training institute on official statistics under the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. SIAP’s suite of training programmes cover technical skills on production and use of a broad range of statistical domains as well as soft skills for managing and leading national statistical processes and development. These programmes are designed and delivered through an active network of partnerships with organizations engaged in statistical development and capacity building.
She has over 30 years of experience in the field of statistics—as a university professor, methodologist, official statistician, senior manager, trainer and expert advisor in a wide-range of statistical areas in national, regional and international settings.  In taking the helm of SIAP in 2012 she has applied her in-depth understanding of capacity levels of national statistical systems and models of learning and capacity-development through training in evaluating, innovating and creating highly targeted and practical programmes.  In recent years, SIAP has been in the forefront, working with partners in developing appropriate programmes on statistical quality management through adoption of national quality assurance frameworks, improving agricultural and rural statistics, use of big data for official statistics and modernizing statistical systems. 
Margarita has a Ph D degree in statistics from Iowa State University, USA. 

Ms Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

Ms Areewan Haorangsi is Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), a post she has occupied since February 2015. She was elected Secretary General of the APT in November 2014. Prior to this position, Ms. Haorangsi served as the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Thailand. Her long tenure with MICT from 2003 included responsibilities for a variety of portfolios, including Principal Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Acting Principal Adviser for Communications, Executive Director of Policy and Strategy Bureau, and Executive Director of International Affairs Bureau. She also has extensive international experience including through her postings as Chairman of ASEAN Telecommunication and IT Services Sectoral Working Group; Chairman of the Working Group on Economic Transformation, People Empowerment & Engagement, Innovation and Human Capital Development; and Vice Chairman of the Management Committee of the APT from 2011-2014. Before 2003, she worked in the Ministry of Transport, where she started her career in 1981. Ms. Areewan Haorangsi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (International Relations), from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and a Master of Business Administration (Management of Technology) from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand.

Dr Yuko Harayama, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

Photo of Mr JüttingMs Yuko Harayama is an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) at the Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the CSTI, she spent two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a professor of Science and Technology Policy.
In Japan, she served as a member of different commissions related to Science, Technology and Innovation at Cabinet Office and Ministerial levels.
Her experience prior to Tohoku University includes being a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Geneva. Ms Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Geneva.
She has received Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2011 and was awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel in 2014.

Dr Iñigo Herguera, Professor of Economics, University of Madrid and Chair of the Expert Group on Telecommunications/ ICT Indicators (EGTI)

Iñigo Herguera is an associate professor in economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and has a number of publications in international refereed journals. His research field is industrial organization, anti-trust and regulation. He has worked as the Director of the Statistics Division at the telecommunications regulatory commission in Spain for 11 years and participated and chaired several international expert groups on benchmarking telecommunications and ICT indicators. He has been consultant in relevant cases on regulation of the telecommunications industry and has been involved in several anti-trust cases working both for private corporations as for regulators and public institutions (energy regulator, European Commission). He hold8s a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a Diplom in European Studies from the Universitaet des Saarlandes and a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute.

Dr Basuki Yusuf Iskandar, Head of the ICT Research and Human Resources Development Agency, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Indonesia

Since February 2014, Mr Basuki Yusuf Iskandar has been Head of the ICT Research and Human Resources Development Agency within the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. His agency is responsible for organizing technical policy formulation & program planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on ICT research and human resources development. He has held several high-level posts within MCIT, including Secretary General and Director General of Post and Telecommunication. Before joining MCIT, he was Director of Irrigation and Director of Culture, Science and Technology at the National Development Planning Agency. He received his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Study (Management of Technology) from Vanderbilt University, Nashville - Tennessee, USA.

Dr Johannes Jütting, Manager, PARIS21 Secretariat

Photo of Mr JüttingMr Johannes Jütting is the Manager of the PARIS21 Secretariat within the OECD's Development Co-operation Directorate. He leads the partnership’s work in supporting developing countries to strengthen capacity to better produce and use statistical data for policy-making and monitoring of development outcomes. He also contributes to the reflections on the design and implementation of the OECD Development Strategy as well as the Post-2015 Development Framework.
Mr Jütting joined the Development Centre of the OECD in 2002 as a Senior Economist focusing his research and policy work on institutions, decentralization and statistics/indicators. From 2006 onwards he led the Poverty Reduction Unit where he worked mainly on employment and informality, social protection and gender and created the WIKIGENDER and the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Mr Jütting also co-directed the production of the first OECD's Perspectives on Global Development 2010 on “Shifting Wealth”, and led the second edition published in 2012 on “Social Cohesion”. Prior to joining the OECD in 2002, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research in Bonn (ZEF) where he directed a research group on poverty (1997-2002).
Mr Jütting, a German national, holds a PhD (1997) in Development and Agriculture Economics and a Masters in Agriculture (1994) from Humboldt-University (Berlin) and received his habilitation in development economics from the University of Bonn. He also studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes in 1991.

Dr Seung Keon Kim, Vice President, Statistics Information Center, Korea Association for ICT Promotion (KAIT)

Dr Seung Keon Kim is the Vice President of the Korea Association for ICT Promotion (KAIT). KAIT manages ICT policies in Korea, produces ICT statistics, and is affiliated to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). In addition to his contribution to KAIT, Dr Kim Seung Keon also serves as the Secretary General of the Korea Big Data Forum and is the Chief Organizer of the World IT Show (WIS), the largest ICT exhibition held in Asia.
Dr Kim holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Before joining the KAIT, Dr Kim was a Professor of Public Administration at Yonsei University. Between 1992 and 1995, he also served as a Chief Administrative Assistant for the Korea National Assembly; between 1995 and 1998 he was a Member of the Seoul Metropolitan Council.

Mr Igor Kuzma, Senior Counsellor, Statistical Office, Slovenia

Mr Igor Kuzma is a senior GIS specialist at the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS). He has extensive experience in the processing and dissemination of geospatial statistical data and in the area of big data. Between 2004-2010 his focus was in the area of satellite imagery; since 2011 he has been specializing on mobile telephony data. Mr Kuzma’s practical work on big data includes the development of new methodologies and testing of various analytical and GIS tools to optimize the data analysis and production of applicable derivatives. The latter include the improvements and enhancement of the statistical sampling process by means of big data and various dissemination products and services.
Mr Kuzma is acquainted with legal issues regarding the access and handling of big data and has proven experience in presenting and negotiating with relevant stakeholders (data providers, Information Commissioner, data users). He is also experienced in the dissemination of sensitive personal data as open data by means of the integrated system for the dissemination of geospatial statistics. Currently, Mr Kuzma acts as a project leader of the ongoing big data project dealing with mobile telephony data at SURS. Mr Kuzma holds a degree in Geography and History.

Dr Dražen Lučić, President of the Council of the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM)

Dr Lučić is the President of the Council of the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) and Member of the Board of Regulators of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) since 2013. Before that, he was HAKOM’s Executive Director for four years. 
Before joining HAKOM, Dr Lučić worked at Ericsson in Croatia, Western Europe and Israel for more than 20 years, rising from the post of engineer in the R&D Department to Senior Sales Director for one of the global telecommunication networks operators. He has a PhD degree in electrical engineering – telecommunications from the University of Zagreb. Dr Lučić is one of the founders of the Postgraduate Specialist Study in Electronic Communications Market Regulation at the University of Zagreb, where he is also a lecturerer. He is author and co-author of more than 50 scientific and professional papers, and has been a speaker and a moderator at many national and international conferences world-wide.

Ms Esperanza Magpantay, Senior Statistician, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Ms Esperanza Magpantay is the Senior Statistician of the ICT Data and Statistics division (IDS) of the ITU, where she has been working since December 2000. She is responsible for the collection and dissemination of ICT statistics particularly through the Yearbook of Statistics, World Telecom/ICT Indicators Database and the ICT Eye. Ms Magpantay coordinates the work of the ITU Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators (EGH) and the ITU’s representative at the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development and its Steering Committee. Before joining ITU she worked for 7 years at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva as a statistical officer. She has a degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines.

Mr Tango Matsumoto, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & Chief Information Officer (CIO), Fujitsu Limited, Japan 

Mr Tango Matsumoto is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) & Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Fujitsu Limited, and Head of Research Center for Practical Wisdom, Economic Research Center of Fujitsu Research Institute.
Bachelor's in Economics, Keio University. 1980, joined Fujitsu; more than two decades of successful sales and management experience in the financial and infrastructure system sales division; 2006, Head of Corporate Planning & Business Development Office; 2012, Corporate Vice-President, responsible for formulating a global marketing strategy; since April 2014, Corporate Senior Vice-President and Head of Global Marketing; April 2015, CTO&CIO.

Mr Philippe Metzger, Director General, Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), Switzerland

Mr Philipp Metzger took office as Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications on 1 January 2014. Before that, Philipp Metzger was Deputy to the Director of the Tele-communications Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) based in Geneva. He had already held previous positions at OFCOM, including Vice-Director and Head of the Telecom Services Division from 2007 and Deputy Director General from 2012.
After passing his bar exam Bern in 1992, Philipp Metzger began his career in major commercial lawfirms in Geneva and London. From 1996 to 2001, he was a Legal and subsequently Senior Legal Officer at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels and Geneva, mostly dealing with European Economic Area matters. He then served as a Senior Corporate Counsel of a US multinational IT corporation company in Amsterdam and rejoined EFTA in 2002 as the Director of the Trade Relations Division which assists the EFTA States in their free trade negotiations with partner countries worldwide. Philipp Metzger holds a Master of Arts in European Studies degree from the College of Europe (Bruges/Warsaw). 

H.E. Dr Win Busayi Juyana Mlambo, Deputy Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Zimbabwe

Dr Win B.J. Mlambo is the first Deputy Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services to be appointed since the creation of the Ministry, and a Member of the House of Assembly in Zimbabwe, Chipinge East Constituency. Before his appointment as Deputy Minister he spent about 9 years as a Diplomat at the Zimbabwe Embassy in London. Previously, he was seconded from the Public Sector to set up the first Regulatory Authority in Zimbabwe and became the first Acting Director General to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).  Before that, he had spent about 20 years working in different aspects of ICT fields in both the private and public sectors of Zimbabwe. Dr Win B.J. Mlambo holds a PhD in Communications, a Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Communications Policy and Regulation (University of Westminster, London); a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA, Pennsylvania State University, USA); and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Zimbabwe.He has vast experience in telecommunications and regulatory matters of the sector, international ICT standards, qualities and practices. He has a great passion and a strong sense of rural community empowerment, and believes in leap-frogging poverty eradication through the adoption of ICTs and inciting innovative potential in young entrepreneurs.  

H.E. Mr Mario G. Montejo, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology,  Philippines

Secretary Montejo, a mechanical engineer by profession and an innovator, believes that the use of science and technology is always a sound development model for the improvement of the individual and society in terms of improved processes, products, services. With his substantial background in engineering design and innovation spanning more than 20 years, he was selected as the 2014 University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Most Distinguished Alumnus, and 2011 Distinguished Alumnus in Science and Technology. In 2010, the University of the Philippines College of Engineering named him one of the “100 Outstanding Alumni Engineers of the Century” during the Centennial celebration of the University of the Philippines. Before joining the government service, Secretary Montejo was president of several engineering related firms along with the more recent ecotourism-related company. His motto, ‘Local technology works!’ affirms a belief in the creativity of Filipinos, particularly the Philippine scientific community.    

Mr Kiyoshi Mori, Director-General for International Affairs Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Mr Kiyoshi Mori has been Director-General for International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) since 2014. In his current position, he promotes international cooperation and international dialogue on both a bi-lateral and multi-lateral basis in the ICT field. After joining the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, currently abbreviated as METI) in 1986, he mainly dealt with trade issues and energy issues for over twenty years as Director’s positions for International Energy Affairs, Middle East and Africa, Energy Resources and Trade Finance and Deputy DG for Trade and Economic Cooperation in METI. He also served as a Guest Scholar at the Economic Studies of the Brookings Institution and as a member of the Governing Board at the International Energy Agency. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and an LL.B. from the Department of Law, University of Tokyo.

Ms Khopotso Mtwazi, Director, Information Society Evaluation, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa

Ms Khopotso Mtwazi is the Director of Information Society Evaluation in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services of South Africa. She has been holding the post since year 2005, and she is responsible to lead the development of indicators and associate systems to measure progress towards building an Information Society, including tracking the role of ICTs in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. She was part of the team that drafted the first Information Society and Development Plan of South Africa. She has also successfully led the conceptualisation and development of a national evaluation system, called e-Barometer, aimed to measure the e-Readiness status of South Africa. She joined the public service in 1999 from a community development background. She has since worked in various Government Departments specialising in different facets of both social and economic policy development management, advocating for vulnerable groups. She also has an extensive experience in development work, as a conceptualiser, manager and leader of programmes as well as a researcher, analyst, coordinator and integrator. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma, in ICTs and the Knowledge Society, from University of Dublin – Ireland and Masters of Management in Public and Development Management from University of Witwatersrand.

Mr Andrew Murray, Statistician, Central Statistics Office, Ireland

Mr Murray is responsible for the production of official statistics for the Services sector in Ireland. Previously he was responsible for the production of Inflation statistics in Ireland. However, it is as a lead member of Ireland's Big data group that has led him back to the world of telecommunications where he started his career. He is responsible for creating Tourism statistics from telecommunications data in Ireland both from a technological and legal (Data protection) standing. Andrew is also Ireland's expert on Big data on various UNECE High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services. He has also been central in a number of collaborative projects between the official statistical world and the private sector. Andrew started his career as a technology researcher in the Telecommunications companies Broadcom Research ltd and Openet-Telecom. He is currently pursuing a PHD from University College Cork (Ireland) in the Big data field and holds a BSC in computing from Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland).            

Mr Mustafa Naseem, Director, Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab, Pakistan

Photo of Mr SakamotoMr Mustafa Naseem is a Pakistani educator, social entrepreneur and founding Director of Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) at the Information Technology University (ITU). Prior to joining ITU, Mr Naseem held senior positions at the MIT Global Startup Labs (formerly MIT AITI) South Africa Program, the Deming Center Venture Fund (DCVF) and the International Development Design Summit (IDDS). Mr Naseem's interests lie at the intersection of technology, policy and entrepreneurship geared towards solving global development challenges. Naseem graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Masters in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) on a Fulbright Scholarship. Naseem has received numerous awards throughout his career, Including the ATLAS Institute Director's Fellowship, the Dale Hatfield Research Scholars Award, the Fulbright Alumni Grant, the IDIN Alumni Grant, the Center for Policy Research (CPR) Young Scholar Award and the Design for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) Scholarship.

H.E. Mr Pastor Ngoua N'neme, Minister of Digital Economy and Post Office, Gabon

Pastor Ngoua N'neme is the Minister of Digital Economy and Posts since January 2014. Before his nomination at the government, he worked for the Customs Administration, where he held various positions of responsibility starting from 1988. He dealt with the control and evaluation of goods, economic regimes, international relations, trade negotiations, fight against fraud and the reform and modernization of the customs. The last position held before his nomination was Managing Director of Customs Administration. In addition, Mr Ngoua N'neme contributed to train executives from the Gabonese and foreign administrations as a free-lance teacher at the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of the Omar Bongo University, at the National Institute of Sciences of Management and at the Institute of the Economy and Finances. Mr Ngoua N'neme holds a DES diploma from École des Douanes de Neully-sur-Seine (France) and a diploma of 3rd cycle in Money, Finances and Banking from Université Paris II (Assas, France). He is also a former student of ENA (Paris, France). Mr Ngoua N'neme is a member of the Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG).

Mr Tadashi Onodera, Chairman, KDDI, Japan

Mr Tadashi Onodera is Chairman of the Board of Directors of KDDI Corporation. Since his retirement as President of the Corporation in the year 2010, Mr Onodera has continued to play a key role in the operations of KDDI as a member of the company's executive committees.  As a visionary veteran of the wireless industry with business administration and technical expertise, he is a member of the Cyber Security Strategy Headquarters of the Cabinet and Chairman of the Committee on New Industry and Technology of the Japan Business Federation. Mr Onodera holds a Bachelor of Engineering, in Electrical Engineering, from the Tohoku  University.

Mr Seizo Onoe, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President,  Member of Board of Directors and Managing Director of R&D Innovation Division, NTT DOCOMO, Japan

Mr Seizo Onoe was named Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors in June 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr Onoe was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department from 2008 to 2012. From 2002 to 2008, he was Vice President and Managing Director of the Radio Access Network related development departments. Mr Onoe has been responsible for leading research and development initiatives in the areas of analog cellular systems, digital cellular systems, W-CDMA/ HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G. He works on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and cloud services. He has worked for NTT and NTT DOCOMO since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. Mr Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.

H.E. Mr Yasuo Sakamoto, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

Photo of Mr SakamotoMr Yasuo Sakamoto is Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination in Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), a post he has held since 2014. Mr Sakamoto has held several high-level posts within MIC, including Director-General of the Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Director-General for ICT Strategic Policy Planning, and Deputy Director-General of the Information and Communications Bureau. He joined the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), which in 2011 was merged with other ministries to form the MIC, in 1980. Mr Sakamoto was born in 1955 and graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo. 

Mr Jaume Salvat, CEO, Aggaros

Mr Jaume Salvat is Founder and Partner of Aggaros, a technical and business consultancy specialized in Telecommunications and Information Systems. In this position, he has led several project in the MENA region, Europe, Asia, and Latin America related to the development of networks and broadband services, transformation of organization, processes and systems, policy and regulation, and strategic planning, development and implementation in territories and vertical economic sectors.
From April 2006 to March 2013, Mr Salvat was the CEO of Andorra Telecom and the Andorran Regulator. Mr Salvat is a Telecommunications Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, and extensive experience in different telecom operators. He has held executive positions in Strategic Planning, Sales, Network Technology, Engineering, Planning, Implementation, Operation and Maintenance. As a consultant he was very active in projects and technical regional governments, municipalities and private telecommunications operators regarding strategic, business and organizational aspects.

Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Photo of Mr SanouMr Brahima Sanou has been Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) since 2011. In October 2014 he was elected to a second four-year term. As BDT Director, he has led key initiatives, like for instance the m-Powering Development Initiative, to deliver improved services such as healthcare, education and business over mobile platforms; and the Smart Sustainable Development Model initiative, focused on optimizing resources for sustainable development and disaster management. Mr Sanou draws on over thirty years of experience in the ICT sector at national and international level. As Head of ITU Regional Office for Africa and Liaison Officer to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 2000 - 2010, he worked to foster the growth of mobile telecommunications across the continent. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as coordinator of the African regional project on telecommunications reform and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). He began his professional career in his native Burkina Faso, where he held several high-level positions in the Posts and Telecommunications services. Mr Sanou holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma from the Centre for Financial, Economic and Banking Studies in Paris.

Mr Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

Stefan Schweinfest has been the Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economics and Social Affairs since July 2014. Mr. Schweinfest joined the Statistics Division in 1989 and worked in various areas, such as national and environmental accounting, statistical capacity building programmes, and indicator frameworks. He was responsible for external relationships of the Division, both with member countries as well as with international partner organization. In this context, he has been the substantive Secretary of the United Nations Statistical Commission since 2002. Mr. Schweinfest has also been the Secretary of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). He was closely involved since the beginning in the establishment of the UN-GGIM programme and acted as the key liaison between the Division and the United Nations Economic and Social Council during the negotiations of the United Nations resolution that formally launched UN-GGIM in 2011.

Mr Ludwig Siegele, Technology Editor, The Economist

Photo of Mr SiegeleLudwig is the Economist's technology editor. He joined The Economist as US technology correspondent in 1998. In 2003 he was sent to Berlin as the newspaper's Germany Correspondent, before relocating to London in 2008 to cover the IT industry until 2011 and then run part of the Economist's website as online business and finance editor. Mr Siegele started his journalistic career in 1990 as the Paris Business Correspondent of Die Zeit, a Germany weekly. In 1995 he moved from France to California to write about the internet for several German publications. He holds a degree in economics and political science from Cologne University and degrees in journalism from the Kölner Journalistenschule as well as the Centre de Formation des Journalists (CFJ) in Paris. He is also co-author of a book on SAP ("Matrix der Welt - SAP und der neue globale Kapitalismus"). He is the author of The Economist's special report on startups. He is married and lives in London with his wife and two children.

H.E. Dr Pansak Siriruchatapong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Thailand

H.E. Pansak Siriruchatapong, D.Ing is Thailand’s Vice Minister for Information and Communication Technology. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Pansak was the Executive Director of the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center for 8 years. H.E. Dr. Pansak Siriruchatapong holds important positions in various organizations in both the government and private sectors. For example, he is advisor to the executive board of the Government Information Technology Services and the executive board of the Office of Computer Clustering Promotion. Dr. Pansak is an expert on electronics and computer technology and has had a major role in setting up policies and plans for the implementation and development of information technology and communications in Thailand. 

Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union

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Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila is the current Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) since January 2011. His mandate was renewed for another term of four years having been re-elected by the 4th Ordinary Session of ATU plenipotentiary Conference held in Harare, Zimbabwe in July 2014. He is leading the continental body entrusted with building consensus within African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora. Prior to his election as the Secretary General of ATU, he was the Director of Information Technologies at the Ministry of Communication, New Information Technologies and Culture in Niger from 2007 to 2010.
Mr Soumaila in his 20 years as a Telecommunication expert and  professional, has acquired a solid experience in Management of Telecommunication networks and service development strategy and has contributed immensely to the implementation of sectorial policies and innovative investment projects in several African countries. He has also diligently managed the affairs of the Union for the period he has been the Secretary General.
Mr Soumaila holds a Master of Science degree in Operational Telecommunications from the University of Coventry (UK) and Telecommunications Application Diploma from National Institute of Posts and Telecommunication in Rabat (Morocco).

H.E. Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, Secretary General, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia

Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad is currently the Secretary General of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia of Malaysia.She received her Ph.D in Strategic Social Planning from University of Leeds, United Kingdom after completing her Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from University of Pittsburgh, USA. Appointed as a Malaysian Diplomatic and Administrative Officer in 1981, she has been working in various Ministries in the home sector as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minister Counselor at Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations, New York). As a social planner and gender expert, she has been actively involved in promoting the sustainable development agenda and gender equality both at national and international levels. She has played a key role in the strategic planning and programme-designing to ensure that sustainable development pillars and gender perspectives are integrated and mainstreamed into Government policies and plans.

H.E. Ms Sanae Takaichi, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan

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Ms Sanae Takaichi has held the post of Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications since 3rd September, 2014 in the second reshuffled Abe administration and third Abe administration. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in July, 1993. She was a Parliamentary Vice-Minister for International Trade and Industry in the Obuchi administration, a State Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry in the Koizumi, Fukuda and Asou administrations and Minster for State (for Innovation, Science and Technology Policy and Gender Equality) in the first Abe administration. In the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, she held the post of Head of the Policy Research Council. Ms Takaichi was born in Nara Prefecture and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kobe University in 1984. She also graduated from the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. 

Dr Susan Teltscher, Head, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Dr Susan Teltscher is Head of the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. Her Division is responsible for the collection, harmonization, analysis and dissemination of information and communication technology (ICT) statistics worldwide, and for the production of analytical reports on global and regional trends in ICT. Before joining the ITU in July 2008, she was Chief of the ICT Policy and Analysis Unit, ICT and E-Business Branch, of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva. Dr Teltscher received her Ph.D. in Economic Geography in 1992 from the University of Washington (Seattle, United States).

H.E. Mr Tjekero Tweya, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Namibia

H.E. Mr Tjekero Tweya is a holder of a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and several undergraduate qualifications. He is the Minister of Information and Communication Technology since 21 March 2015.  Prior to this appointment he served as Deputy Minister in the Ministries of Trade and Industry and Finance. He held various managerial positions in public and private sectors before his political career. H.E. Mr Tweya is charged with the responsibility of laying the foundation for the accelerated development of ICT in Namibia and coordinate information management within the Government. He is committed to ensure that Namibian residents enjoy nationwide ICT coverage.

Mr Andrew Ure, Public Policy Manager, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Google

Andrew manages trade and economic affairs for Google in APAC-MEAR. At Google, he has worked on issues relating to innovation, start-ups and the digital economy. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of OgilvyEarth, a public affairs consultancy in Australia. He also spent eight years as a diplomat for the Australian Government, leading teams of negotiators in international climate change negotiations and working at the Australian Embassy in Iran. He has degrees from Oxford University and the Australian National University, and an unhealthy love of all things aviation.

Mr Ivan Vallejo, Market Analyst, ICT Data and Statistics Division, ITU

Ivan Vallejo Vall is Market Analyst at the ICT Data and Statistics division (IDS) of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. He participates as market analyst in the drafting of the analytical reports produced by the ITU IDS division – such as the Measuring the Information Society report – and in the methodological publications on administrative sources – such as the ITU Handbook for the Collection of Administrative Data on Telecommunications/ICT. He takes part in the organization of the ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and in its discussions. Before joining ITU he worked in the Spanish telecommunication regulator, the National Markets and Competition Commission. He holds Engineering degrees in Telecommunications from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris and from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona.

H.E. Dr João Bernardo Vieira, Minister of Transport and Communications, Guinea-Bissau

João Bernardo Vieira is Guinea-Bissau's current Secretary of State for Transport and Communications where he has being serving since July 2014. Prior to assuming this top level position in the Government , Mr Vieira was serving as an Executive Member of the Board of the National Regulatory Agency, with the responsibility to develop the ICT sector in Guinea-Bissau. Mr Vieira is keenly aware of the challenges of stimulating the use of the ICT sector in his country and has a strong commitment to playing a leading role on this. He holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, USA. 


Dr Erik Wetter, Co-founder and Chairman, Flowminder Foundation

Dr Erik Wetter is co-founder and Chairman of Flowminder Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the researchers who pioneered innovative applications of anonymised mobile network data analysis such as modelling infectious diseases (malaria, cholera, dengue) and supporting disaster response (Haiti 2010, Nepal 2015). Flowminder is deploying these methods operationally in collaboration with leading mobile operators, governments, and UN agencies.

Mr Sentot Bangun Widoyono, Director of Finance, ICT and Tourism Statistics, BPS - Statistics Indonesia

Mr Sentot Bangun Widoyono is Director of Finance, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Tourism Statistics at Indonesia's Central Bureau of Statistics (Badan Pusat Statistik, BPS), a position he has held since March 2012. He is responsible for organizing the production of ICT Statistics in Indonesia, as well as other services statistics such as financial statistics and tourism statistics. He has been working as a researcher for BPS-Statistics in the Indonesian headquarters since he graduated at the Academy of Statistics (Jakarta), in 1982. After completing his post graduate studies in Development Planning Techniques, and a Master's Degree in Regional Development Planning at the Institute of Social Studies (the Hague, Netherlands) he headed several divisions in Indonesia's BPS provincial offices, including West Sumatera, Bali, East Java, and the Special Region of Yogyakarta. He has experience in developing regional and other sub-national indicators and indices, such as the Human Development Index, the Village Poverty Index, the Tourism Competitive Index, as well as ICT Development Index.

Dr Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Senior Economist, WIPO

Photo of Mr Wunsch-VincentSacha Wunsch-Vincent is the Senior Economist under the Chief Economist at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is one of the main authors of the World Intellectual Property Report, and Editor of the Global Innovation Index. His primary research foci and current area of work are concerned with the interaction of innovation, intellectual property and economic development. Before joining WIPO, he was an economist at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry for seven years and before that the Swiss National Science Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (University of California, Berkeley). He served as advisor to various governments (including on copyright reform in testimonials to Parliaments), and organizations such as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. Sacha is a peer reviewer for academic publications, is a member of scientific committees, appears in front of policy audiences and has been cited in the leading international press. He holds a Master's degree in international economics from the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, University of Maastricht, and a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He teaches international economics at Sciences Po Paris and the World Bank Institute.

Ms Makiko Yamada, Director-General, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan 

Ms Makiko Yamada has been Director-General of Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) since 2015. Ms. Yamada has held several high-level posts including Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister; Deputy Director-General for IT Strategy, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Counselor, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC. She joined the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT, currently merged into MIC), in 1974. She also served Deputy Mayor, Setagaya City, Tokyo. She graduated from the School of Law, Waseda University and London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr Cosmas Zavazava, Chief of Department, Project Support and Knowledge Management, ITU

Photo of Mr ZavazavaCosmas Zavazava works in the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU. Since 2001, Cosmas Zavazava has been passionately designing and implementing ICT projects for both sustainable development and public safety of ITU Member States. He has a track record in high-level negotiations, resource mobilization and publishing. He writes of the use of ICT to address the unique needs of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, Small Island Developing States, developing countries in general, and disaster risk reduction and management. He is currently working on solutions to mitigate the Ebola disease and epidemics in general through ICT including harvesting big data. He taught MBA classes with a focus on strategic management, management information systems and other related topics.
He has spoken at many international conferences to include the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries that was held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2011, the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in August 2014, the Third United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.
Dr Cosmas Zavazava: PhD, LLM in Telecommunication and Information Technology Law, MA (summa cum laude), MBA, BBA, Dipl. Telecommunications and Systems Engineering.


Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU

Photo of Mr ZhaoHoulin Zhao was elected ITU Secretary-General at the 19TH Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea, in October 2014. He took up his post on 1 January, 2015.
Prior to his election, he served two terms of office as ITU Deputy Secretary-General (2007-2014), as well as two terms as elected Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1999-2006).
A graduate of China's Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with an MSc from the UK's University of Essex, Mr Zhao has spent most of his career working in the international arena. His leadership has been characterized by a tireless commitment to further streamlining ITU's efficiency and enhancing strategic partnership between Member States and Sector Members. He has boosted ITU's level of international cooperation with other international organizations, and is dedicated to harnessing technology to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries.
As Secretary-General, Mr Zhao is committed to further extending ITU's community to include academia from around the world, as well as promoting the greater involvement of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the work of the Union.
He is married with one son and two grandchildren, and is fluent in three official ITU languages: English, French and Chinese.