Introduction of Houlin Zhao Secretary-General of International Telecommunication Union

Houlin Zhao is the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (International Telecommunication Union (ITU)). He was elected at the 2014 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) diplomat Conference. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is that the specialized United Nations Agency for ICT services and technology promotion, collaboration, and standardization. Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Houlin Zhao graduated from the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds a Master of Science degree in Telematics from the University of Essex, UK. Mr Zhao is married and has one son and two grandchildren he is fluent in 3 of the official United Nations languages – English, French and Chinese.


From 1986 to 1992, Mr Zhao was a senior employee in what was then the International Telegraph and telephone advisory Committee, and from 1993 to 1998 in International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, TSB. Before joining International Telecommunication Union (ITU), mister Zhao served as an engineer within the style InstInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU)te of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in China, taking a full of life role in his country's skilled conferences on telecommunication standards and national plans, similarly as taking part in International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s technical Study cluster conferences as a Chinese delegate. He contributed seminal articles to a variety of prestigious Chinese technical publications, and in 1985 was awarded a prize for his achievements in science and technology by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.


Mr Zhao was elected Director of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Bureau in Minneapolis, USA in 1998 and re-elected for a second term in Marrakech, Morocco in 2002 throughout this era, he led agreement primarily based discussions between International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the international organization for Standardization (ISO), and also the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on developing and publication ‘common terms’ on ‘technically aligned texts’ of standards of those organizations, harmonizing policy approaches to intellectual property rights. This led to the adoption of a standard Patent Policy for International Telecommunication Union (ITU)/ISO/IEC still in use nowadays throughout his term of workplace, he additionally spearheaded the introduction of recent potency measures to enhance International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s standards-making setting and strengthen its promotion.


He increased the strategic partnership between Member States and Sector Members, whereas initiating and maintaining sensible relationships with trade members beneath his leadership, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) increased its level of international cooperation with alternative standards development organizations, and was instrumental in serving to bridge the standardization gap between developing and developed countries. Houlin Zhao was electoral International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) diplomat Conference in Antalya, Turkey, in 2006, and was re-elected for a second four-year term at the diplomat Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2010. 


As Deputy administrator, he assisted  the administrator, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, and coordinated with the opposite electoral officers in with success managing International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s activities and methods, and maintaining sensible contacts with members, each national delegations and trade members. He additionally LED associate International Telecommunication Union (ITU) delegation to participate within the United Nations Conference on property Development (Rio+20), control in Brazil, in June 2012. The ensuing outcome document — "The Future we have a tendency to Want" — repeatedly highlights the importance of ICT for property development and underlines the necessity to enhance access to ICT, particularly broadband networks and services, and to bridge the digital divide Mr Zhao was electoral International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General on 23 October 2014.