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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 2017: State of the Union Address
    ​​15 May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland: On behalf of my Elected colleagues and the ITU staff, I welcome you to the 2017 Session of ITU Council.I want to present our special welcome to those of you who are attending the Council for the first time. And to the Ministers and Vice Ministers who made time in their busy schedule to be here with us today.​..
  • Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium #CBS2016
    06 September 2016, Nairobi, Kenya: It is a pleasure for me to be here and I want to thank His Excellency, Mr. William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya, for taking the time out of his busy programme to grace this event. I also want to thank the Ministers of ICT and Education of Kenya, and the Director General, Communications Authority of Kenya who worked hard to make sure that this event is successfully organized and held here in Nairobi...
  • 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...