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Innovative tech can help tackle the world’s most pressing challenges, from fighting climate change to eliminating hunger and poverty. In fact, digital technologies can help achieve 70% of targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Yet, glaring digital gaps hinder innovation in many parts of the world. The lack of policies, investment, and digital skills leaves many countries struggling to keep up in the fast-changing digital landscape.

This year, we invite you to join us live for a chat with experts and innovators about the power of digital innovation in advancing sustainable development and prosperity for all.

Register to attend
Join us for a live event on Friday, 17 May 2024, 16:00 to 17:00 CEST.
Register here to receive the Zoom link. You can also watch the live-stream of our broadcast on YouTube LinkedIn | TwitterFacebook

Programme, 17 May

16:00 Start of the event
Masters of ceremony/moderator: Mr Maximilian Jacobson-Gonzalez

  • Welcome Remarks, Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General, ITU
  • WTISD story, Ms Heather Heywood and Ms Brie Grey-Noble, Library & Archives, ITU
  • Mr Tomas Lamanauskas, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
  • Hon. Minister Emma Theofelus, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Republic of Namibia
  • Mr Mario Maniewicz, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
  • Mr Abel Avellan, Broadband Commissioner and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, AST SpaceMobile
  • Ms Rayyanah Barnawi, first Saudi female astronaut, Saudi Space Agency
  • Mr Seizo Onoe, Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
  • Mr Nishant Batra, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Nokia
  • Mr Per Beming, Chief Standardization Officer, Ericsson
  • Ms Daniella Esi Darlington, ITU Youth Advisory Board member and Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer at Copianto AI, Ghana
  • Ms Amparo Arango Echeverri, Director of International Department, Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL), Dominican Republic
  • Mr Toru Ansawa, Director for International Policy Coordination, Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
  • Dr Cosmas Zavazava, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU
  • Ms Zhanat Jabassova, Head of International Cooperation and Project Implementation Center, Kostanay Engineering and Economics University, Kazakhstan
  • Ms Shilpa Arora, Mapping and Product Lead at Giga

17:00 Closing of the event

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Ask an ITU Innovation expert

On May 10, we sat down with ITU Digital Innovation Ecosystem Expert Mohamed Ba to answer your questions about the challenges hindering global innovation, and the actionable solutions to overcome them.

Missed this event? Watch the recording and use #AskITU to submit questions for future live Q&As!
View the recording