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Creating Sustainable Finance & Investment Models for Global Roll-out of Broadband Networks

22 January 2015 : Davos, Switzerland... Learn more.

11th Meeting: Paris, 26-27 February 2015

​The 11th Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, UNESCO, headquarters, Paris. Learn more

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.

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PP-14: GEM-TECH Awards 2014

From a shortlist of over 360 nominees, seven winners received the inaugural GEM-TECH Award in recognition of their outstanding achievements in mainstreaming gender in technology.

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Commissioner's Profile

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 ...


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...


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. Youssou N'DOUR

Republic of Senegal

Youssou N'Dour is one of the most celebrated African musicians in history and was named Minister of Tourism and Leisure of the Republic of Senegal in April 2012. Named "African Artist of the Century" at the threshold of the year 2000 ...

Professor Muhammad YUNUS

Yunus Centre

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help poor people escape from poverty by providing loans on terms suitable...

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. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud AL THANI


​H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ooredoo (Formerly Qtel Group). In his capacity as Chairman since 2000, His Excellency enjoys the status of State Minister in the State of Qatar...



​Broadband is more than just another technology, it is an incredibly powerful tool which is able to transform our societies and economies. By allowing easier access to information globally and improving our ways of communication...

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 Saad zafer ALKAHTANI

Telcotank Consulting Company

Connecting every household with high-speed internet is a right for every citizen; being connected is not a luxury, but a vital need for human beings to interact with the world, learn and improve, produce, and innovate, which eventually...

Dr Vanu BOSE

Vanu INC

Extending Broadband to every country in an affordable way is an exciting innovation challenge for entrepreneurs and engineers across the globe. I’m am honored to serve on the broadband commission and to help make this goal a reality

Mr Giancarlo Innocenzi BOTTI


The benefits associated to a wide-spread utilization of broadband technologies are widely recognized both at business and academic level. The importance of stimulating broadband penetration is openly accepted since it has been widely demonstrated...



Over the course of just a few decades, mobile has become one of the most transformative technologies in history with nearly 7 billion connections globally, changing the way 3.3 billion men and women communicate and access life-enhancing...

Dr  Kathy CALVIN

UN Foundation

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...



​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...


Intel Corporation

John E. Davies is vice president of the Sales and Marketing Group and general manager of the Intel World Ahead Program. The program promotes increased access to technology in emerging markets, enabling millions to be part of the computing...


The Carlyle Group

​Julius Genachowski served as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from June 2009 to May 2013. He focused the FCC on broadband, successfully driving major initiatives to extend high-speed Internet access, free up spectrum...


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...


Mo Ibrahim Foundation

In 1998, Dr Ibrahim founded Celtel International to build and operate mobile networks in Africa. Celtel became one of Africa’s most successful companies, investing more than US$750 million in Africa...


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  A. Reza JAFARI

E-Development International

Mr. A. Reza Jafari is the Chairman and CEO of e-Development International. Based in Washington, DC, e-Development International is an executive advisory and investment group which promotes, facilitates and participates in Information and Comm..

Dr. Seang-Tae KIM

Sungkyunkwan University

As the Chairman of the Committee on ‘Korea Information Infrastructure Field Trial Services’ from 1994 to 1997, Dr. Seang-Tae Kim designed fundamental polices for Korea’s Broadband development and greatly contributed to the success of broadband in...

Mr. Bruno LANVIN


Since 2009, he has been the chair of the Global Advisory Council on ‘Future of Government’, at the World Economic Forum...

Prof. Dr Klaus M. LEISINGER

Foundation Global Values Alliance

Klaus Leisinger is the President of the Foundation Global Values Alliance. Previously acted as the head of Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, managing Director and President of its Board of Trustees. The Foundation (www.novartisfou...)

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...


Broadband Commission

Former Minister of Communications of Finland. Ms Lindén was previously Minister of Culture, 1999-2002. She is a member of the National Coalition Party and has been a Member of Parliament since 1995...

Ms  Jasna MATIĆ

WitNet Chair and Founder

Ms. Jasna Matić was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, where she received a degree in civil engineering at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. She has completed postgraduate studies and earned an MBA degree in 2001 at the Washington University...


Microsoft Corporation

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

Bharti Enterprises

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..


UN Women

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...


Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Jay Naidoo is Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). He is also Founder of the J&J Group Development Trust, the social development arm of an investment and...

Dr. Speranza NDEGE

Kenyatta University

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

Digicel Group

Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the privately-owned Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing cellular companies in the world...

Dr.  Armen ORUJYAN

Athgo Corporation

Armen Orujyan, PhD is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Athgo Corporation, a US nonprofit organization since 1999. For over a decade, Armen has been developing and providing entrepreneurial platforms for young people around the world and power...


International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO)

Captain Esteban Pacha is the Director General of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO), appointed from 2007. IMSO is an intergovernmental organization of 94 Member States, and works in close cooperation with United Nations Bodies inc


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...


International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (IBPHS)

Adama Samassékou is Chairman of the International Board of Philosophy and Humanities (IBPHS) and President of MAAYA, Network Global Linguistic Diversity. As Former Executive Secretary of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), a specialized...

Mr. Jean-Louis SCHILTZ

Schiltz & Schiltz

Jean-Louis Schiltz joined the Broadband Commission in early 2012...

Sir. Martin SORRELL


The introduction of cellphones has already led to a measurable improvement in the lives of billions of consumers across the planet. We can expect global broadband to do even more...

Dr. Shashi THAROOR

Republic of India

Dr Shashi Tharoor is an elected Member of Parliament and a former Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. A prize-winning author of twelve books, both fiction and non-fiction, he is also a widely-published critic,...

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...



Hans Vestberg has been President and CEO of Ericsson since January 1, 2010...


Huawei Technologies

Ms. Yafang Sun is Huawei’s Chairperson, 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

KT Corporation

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 ...


GEMS Education

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...