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Office of the Secretary-General

Office of the Secretary-GeneralThe Secretary-General is responsible for the overall management of the Union and acts as its legal representative. He coordinates all administrative aspects of the Union’s activities to ensure the most effective and economic use of its resources. The Deputy-Secretary-General assists the Secretary-General in the performance of his duties and performs other specific tasks entrusted to him by the Secretary-General.


On 23 October 2014 Houlin Zhao was elected 19th Secretary-General of the ITU. His four-year mandate started on 1 January 2015.

Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the UK.

From 2007 to 2014, he served as ITU Deputy Secretary-General, supporting the work of the Secretary-General, principally in terms of day-to-day management, including human resources, financial administration, improving efficiency, and working to help broaden ITU's membership, particularly in terms of academic institutions.

Deputy Secretary-General

toure3.jpgMalcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014
. Born in Trallwng, Wales, United Kingdom, in 1947, Mr Johnson graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with MSc and BSc (1st class honours) degrees.
From 2007 to 2014, he served as Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In this post, he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities.