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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 ...

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

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...

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

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...

Mr  John CHAMBERS

Cisco

​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

Alcatel-Lucent

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

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 Anthony LAKE

UNICEF

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

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

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