Creating Sustainable Finance & Investment Models for Global Roll-out of Broadband Networks
22 January 2015 : Davos, Switzerland...
11th Meeting: Paris, 26-27 February 2015
The 11th Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, UNESCO, headquarters, Paris.
Open Letter from Broadband Commission to PP-14
H.E. President Kagame presents Open Letter from Broadband Commission to PP-14 Delegates calling for enhanced broadband planning processes.
Mr Carlos Slim HELÚ
Co-Chair, Carlos Slim Foundation
Without a doubt, broadband is the nervous system of today’s new civilization, so broadband access is a top priority for our technological society. It is very important that broadband be a high-quality universal service at a low cost...
H.E. President Paul KAGAME
Co-Chair, Republic of Rwanda
The transformational impact of broadband on people’s lives and global economies is no longer questionable; the remaining challenge is to extend these obvious benefits to the majority of global citizens and allow them to unleash their creative ...
Ms Irina BOKOVA
Co-Vice Chair, UNESCO
The latest ICTs have created new opportunities for the creation, preservation, dissemination and use of information. UNESCO aims to go further, towards the construction of inclusive knowledge societies in which people can transform information...
Mr Amir DOSSAL
Global Partnerships Forum
The leadership role of the Broadband Commission will provide a strong platform for achieving the MDGs. If we are to improve the quality of life for the underprivileged, we must engage all of the actors to develop innovative partnerships...
H.E. Prof. Dr Ali M. ABBASOV
Republic of Azerbaijan
Broadbands as a trans-global socio-economic issue should become a new digital infrastructure to bridge all continents of the world and it should generate all kind of public-private partnership efforts, in international, regional as well...
Mr Gyan Chandra ACHARYA
Broadband access holds a great potential for all. With concerted efforts at the highest level and with the participation of all with a multi stakeholder approach, we can bring about transformation...
H.E. Dr Hessa Sultan AL-JABER
State of Qatar
H.E. Dr. Hessa Al Jaber is the first-ever Minister of Information and Communication Technology in Qatar following the formation of the nation’s new Cabinet by H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013. She is the third Qatari woman...
Dr Kathy CALVIN
Kathy Calvin is the Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities...
Mr John CHAMBERS
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of $40 billion. In 2006 Chambers was named...
Ms Helen CLARK
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of...
Mr Michel COMBES
Michel Combes (51) became Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent on April 1, 2013, joining the company with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, as well as a strong international background...
Mr Angel GURRÍA
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Broadband infrastructures provide a fundamental communication and transaction platform for economic and social development...
Mr Francis GURRY
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Mr. Francis Gurry was appointed Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on October 1, 2008, and Secretary-General of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on October 30, 2008...
H.E. Mr Ivo IVANOVSKI
Republic of Macedonia
In 2001 he received his bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, USA. Hold a his masters degree in computer sciences from Franklin University.On December 21st, 2006, Mr. Ivanovski was...
Mr Keng Thai LEONG
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
A country’s broadband network is a basic infrastructure and a critical foundation for economic and societal development. Through the innovative services that emerge from such networks, everyone, including the disabled and the less-privileged, can...
Mr Paul MITCHELL
Paul Mitchell is General Manager, Technology Policy at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for policy engagement on long-term technology evolution. Mr. Mitchell assumed his current role in July 2011. He is responsible for...
Mr Sunil Bharti MITTAL
India and other emerging markets can significantly enhance their economic activities through broadband penetration. Lack of developed infrastructure can be overcome through provision of broadband services and a broadband communication highway opens..
Ms Phumzile MLAMBO-NGCUKA
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position having devoted her career to...
Mr Luis Alberto MORENO
Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank on October 1, 2005. He was re-elected to a five-year term during a special meeting of the Bank’s Board of Governors on July 6, 2010...
Dr Speranza NDEGE
Dr Speranza Ndege is an ICT/e-Learning specialist with practical experience in training, research, online tutoring and technical advisory services. She holds a PhD, MSC in Computer Based Information Systems,Master of Arts and Bachelor of Education...
Mr Denis O'BRIEN
Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the privately-owned Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing cellular companies in the world...
Dr. Sam PITRODA
Republic of India
Dr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur who has spent 44 years in Information and Communications Technology and related human and national developments. Credited with having laid the...
Mr Christian ROISSE
Since 2005, Christian Roisse has headed the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT IGO), a Europe-wide intergovernmental organization with 49 Member States. He was reappointed for a second mandate in 2009...
Prof. Jeffrey SACHS
United Nations and Columbia University
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon...
Mr José Manuel Do Rosario TOSCANO
International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO)
Today and moving into the future, broadband technologies will continue to be the cornerstone for enhancement of social and economic development. The equitable and affordable access to the broadband networks by all citizens will therefore be key to...
Mr Hans VESTBERG
Hans Vestberg has been President and CEO of Ericsson since January 1, 2010...
Ms Sun YAFANG
Ms. Yafang Sun is Huawei’s Chairwoman, a position she has held since 1999. Ms. Sun’s leadership has taken Huawei from a small local enterprise to a global giant providing innovative technologies and tailored solutions and services to leading...
Dr Chang-Gyu HWANG
Broadband is more than connection. It serves as an essential platform that will enable people to unleash their dream and empower companies to create new business opportunities and flourish...
Mr Houlin ZHAO
Secretary General, ITU
Broadband networks offer perhaps the greatest opportunity we have ever had to make rapid and solid advances in global social and economic development – across all sectors, including healthcare, education, new job opportunities, transportation ...
Mr Sunny VARKEY
Global access to broadband represents one of the great hurdles in unleashing humanity’s full potential. The Broadband Commission is vital in bringing together multiple stakeholders to overcome it. Access to information, and with it education...
H.E. Mr Nikolay NIKIFOROV
The Russian Federation
Appointed Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation by presidential decree.
Dr Carlos M. JARQUE
Since April 2013 he is Executive Director at America Movil, responsible for Corporate, Government and International Relations, supporting interaction with governments and the relationship with the CEO's of the countries in various fields. America Mov
Prof. Gloria BONDER
Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences (FLACSO)
Prof. Bonder has been distinguished by UNESCO as one of the 60 women worldwide who has helped accomplish the organization's goals throughout the 60 years of its existence, representing the voices, aspirations, and visions of many women around the wor
Dr Ann AERTS
Dr. Ann Aerts has been Head of the Novartis Foundation since January 2013, where she has played a key role in devising new policy recommendations. She has the exciting responsibility of heading an organization committed to exploring innovative soluti
Dr Nasser Mohammed MARAFIH
Dr Nasser ranked #41 among the 100 powerful Arab leaders in 2015 and he has appeared in the ranking since the launch of the list in 2013.
H.E. Mr Victor CALVO-SOTELO
Mr. Victor Calvo-Sotelo (53) became Spain's Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society in 2011, following a longstanding career of over 20 years working in the promotion of infrastructure, both in the public and private sectors
Mr Gordon G. GRAYLISH
Gordon Graylish is vice president and general manager of the Governments and World Ahead division at Intel Corporation. The mission of Governments and World Ahead is to work with governments and international agencies to accelerate the adoption of In
Mr Anthony LAKE
On 1 May 2010, Anthony Lake became the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public service.
Mr Kevin MARTIN
Kevin Martin is the Vice-President for Mobile and Global Access Policy at Facebook, where he oversees, among others, Facebook's free access program Internet.org. Previously, he served as Chairman (2005-2009) and Commissioner (2001-2005) of the Feder
H. E. Mr Hamad OBAID AL MANSOORI
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
H. E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori currently holds the position of Director General, the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector. He is the Director General of UAE mGovernment, having held this position from April 2014 and the Deput
H.E. Dr Fred Matiang’i
Dr. Fred Matiang’i is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) in the government of Kenya.
H.E. Mr Malcolm Bligh Turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull is the current Minister for Communications and a Liberal member of the House of Representatives. He was Leader of the Opposition from September 2008 to December 2009 and prior to that was Shadow Treasurer.
Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong
Dato' Lee is the Malaysian Chairman, Governing Council, International Science Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Kuala Lumpur; Member of the National Science and Research Council, Malays
Dr Gebremichael Debretsion
Dr Debretsion Gebremichael is Deputy Prime minister for finance and economic cluster and the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Ethiopia, and currently Board Chair of Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, Ethiopia.
Prof. Nicholas Negroponte
MIT Media Lab
In 2005 he founded the non-profit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1 billion of laptops for primary education in the developing world.
Mr Robert Kirkpatrick
UN Global Pulse
Director of Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General driving a big data revolution for global development and resilience (www.unglobalpulse.org). Global Pulse's network of innovation Labs in New York, Uganda and
Prof. Romain Murenzi
The World Academy of Sciences
Romain Murenzi serves as the executive director of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, based in Trieste, Italy since April 2011.
Prof. Burton LM Mwamila
The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
Burton Mwamila is a Tanzanian academic and engineering professional with a 1984 PhD degree in structural engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He was the founding Chairman of Tanzania's National Council for Technical Educatio