Mr. Houlin ZHAO
International Telecommunication Union
Houlin Zhao was elected as the 19th Secretary-General of ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, on 23 October 2014. Committed to further extending ITU’s community, he has encouraged more industry members and academia from around the world to join the ITU family. He has also initiated a more open-door policy to welcome other stakeholders and partners, as well as promoting the greater involvement of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the work of the Union. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Zhao served as ITU’s Deputy Secretary-General. He also served in the elected role of Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau from 1999 to 2006. Prior to joining ITU in 1986, Mr. Zhao served as an engineer in the Designing Institute of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China, taking an active role in his country’s expert meetings on telecommunication standards and national plans. He contributed important articles to a number of prestigious Chinese technical publications, and in 1985 was awarded a prize for his achievements in science and technology within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Mr. Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the UK.