"Telecommunications/ICT are a key enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to build a world where social, economic, environmental, and technological development is sustainable and available for everyone, everywhere. Technologies such as mobile communications, the Internet of Things, connected cars and cities, the fourth industrial revolution and artificial intelligence, all depend on telecommunication networks, services and applications, and increasingly rely on radiocommunications to provide the basis for ubiquitous connectivity. The ITU Radiocommunication Sector plays a vital role in this ecosystem: managing frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, as well as developing globally harmonized regulations and standards, are fundamental in order to ensure accessible and affordable telecommunications to all."
Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
Mr Mario Maniewicz was elected Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau at the
ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018
in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He took office on 1 January 2019.
Mario Maniewicz is an electronic engineer specialized in telecommunications. He has been with the ITU for over 30 years, where he has served in high-level management positions in the Radiocommunication and Development Sectors as well as in ITU Regional Offices.
As Director, Mr. Maniewicz is responsible for the management of the Radiocommunication Bureau which organizes and co-ordinates the work of the Radiocommunication Sector whose aim is to ensure the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
Before joining the ITU, Mr. Maniewicz occupied a managerial position in Uruguay's main telecommunications operator and was Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering of Uruguay's main University.
Mr. Maniewicz is married and has two children. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.
Latest articles by Mario Maniewicz:
Day of the Seafarer: ITU’s maritime journey: Then and now
- ITU has a longstanding history of developing standards & regulations for maritime communications services and technologies, which are essential for ensuring safety and security at sea.
How ITU manages the radio spectrum for the world
- Every time you turn on your radio or television, hop on a plane, make a call on your mobile, access the Internet or find your location with your smartphone, you are using one of the vital services coordinated by ITU worldwide.