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ITU Deputy Secretary-General, Mr Houlin Zhao - Biography, medium version

Photo Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU. Source:  ITU / S. AcharyaBiography:

Houlin Zhao has served as Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU since 2006, and was re-elected for a second four-year term in October 2010. He served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau from 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 is characterized by a tireless commitment to further streamlining ITU’s efficiency, strengthening its membership base and enhancing strategic partnership between Member States and Sector Members. He has helped ITU enhance its level of international cooperation with other international organizations, and is dedicated to harnessing technology to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries.

He is married with one son and two grandchildren, and is fluent in three official ITU languages: English, French and Chinese.

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