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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...

Mr Gyan Chandra ACHARYA

UN-OHRLLS

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...

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...

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 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...

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

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..

Ms Phumzile MLAMBO-NGCUKA

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

IADB

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

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 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

EUTELSAT IGO

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

Ericsson

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

Ms Sun YAFANG

Huawei Technologies

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

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 ...

Mr Sunny VARKEY

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...

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

America Movil

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

Novartis Foundation

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

Ooredoo Group

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

Spain

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

Intel Corporation

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 Kevin MARTIN

Facebook

​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

Dato’ Ir. (Dr.)  Lee Yee  CHEONG

ISTIC

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 Debretsion GEBREMICHAEL

Ethiopia

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. Burton LM  MWAMILA

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha Tanzania

​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

H.E. Dr Siyabonga Cyprian  CWELE

Republic of South Africa

Dr Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele (MP) was appointed Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services on 25 May 2014. He is the former Minister for Intelligence Services. He is the former Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI)

Mr Günther H. OETTINGER

European Commisson

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Mr Rajeev SURI

Nokia

Rajeev is a leader with a passion for creating value, generating growth, and delivering technologies that have a positive impact on people’s lives. He has deep expertise in many areas of technology, particularly mobile networks and related topics suc

Mr Phuthuma Nhleko

MTN GROUP

Mr Nhleko was appointed as a Non-executive Director on the boards of BP plc and Anglo plc, Afrisam (Chairman), Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund (Chairman) and was appointed as Non-executive Chairman of MTN Group Limited.

H.E. Prof. Naana Jane  OPOKU-AGYEMANG

Ministry of Education (Ghana)

Ghana’s Minister for Education

Mr Chuck ROBBINS

Cisco

On May 1, 2015, Chuck Robbins was elected Chief Executive Officer by Cisco's Board of Directors, effective July 26, 2015. He became a member of the Board effective May 1, 2015. In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field ....

Mr Philipp METZGER

Swiss Federal Office of Communications

Philipp Metzger took office as Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Communications on 1 January 2014. Before that, Philipp Metzger was Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau...

Mr Rupert  PEARCE

Inmarsat plc

Rupert has been Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat plc, the world's leading global mobile satellite communications network operator, since January 2012. Rupert joined Inmarsat in January 2005 as Group General Counsel ....

Mr Scott GEGENHEIMER

Zain

​Mr. Scott Gegenheimer is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Telecommunications Company KSCP (Zain), a leading multinational telecommunications operator present in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa with over 45 million customer

Mr ​Mats GRANRYD

GSMA

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives and industry-convening events...

Mr Jean-Yves Charlier

VimpelCom Ltd.

VimpelCom’s vision is to be a pioneer, working at the frontier to unlock new opportunities for customers as they navigate the digital world

Ms Catherine A.  NOVELLI

U.S. Department of State

Catherine A. Novelli was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on February 18, 2014. In this capacity, she leads the State Department’s efforts to develop and implement economic growth, energy, oceans,

Baroness Beeban KIDRON

Filmmaker and Founder of 5Rights

Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who has spent 35 years working in feature film, television drama and documentary. Her films range from commercial cinema, to artist portraits and hard-hitting documentaries: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; To W

H.E. Ms Anusha Rahman Khan

Pakistan

Ms. Anusha Rahman, a Pakistani lawyer, politician and professional with previous association with the ICT sector, is the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication in Pakistan. She graduated in Law and secured a Masters in Law

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