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Houlin Zhao: ITU 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.

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Speeches by the Secretary-General are posted in the language delivered.
  • ITU Council 2016: State of the Union Address
    25 May 2016, Geneva, Switzerland: It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Session of ITU Council.2015 was a very important year for ITU and the UN. We celebrated our 150th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the UN. It was a very successful year for the UN with the Paris Agreement at COP21, and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the extension of the WSIS Forum at the UNGA...
  • Global Symposium for Regulators 2016 (GSR-16): Opening Remarks
    12 May 2016, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt: I would like to welcome all of you to the 2016 Global Symposium for Regulators. I would like to start by thanking the Government of Egypt and the National Telecommunication Authority of Egypt (NTRA) for hosting this edition of GSR, held under the auspices of H.E. Abdel Fatah El Sisi, President of the Republic of Egypt. With GSR-16 we are celebrating our long standing cooperation...