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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 ...


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...



Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber is the chairperson of Trio Investment, a technology investment company that invest in innovative technology that address some of the most pressing health problems in MENA region.

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...


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 Denis O'BRIEN

Digicel Group

Denis O'Brien, Founder and Chairman of Digicel Group Denis O'Brien is the Chairman of the Digicel Group and serves as a UN Broadband Commissioner for Sustainable Development.​

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...



Vestberg was a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he led climate-change and digital-health initiatives. He is past chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee and a cu


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...

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 ...

Dr Carlos M. JARQUE

América Móvil

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


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



​Kevin Martin is the Vice-President for Mobile and Global Access Policy at Facebook, where he oversees, among others, Facebook's free access program 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


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


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 ( Global Pulse's network of innovation Labs in New York, Uganda and



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 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 ....



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...

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. Dr. Amani  ABOU-ZEID

African Union Commission (AUC)

Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid is the newly elected Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC). She is in charge of sectors covering Energy, Transport, Tourism and ICT

Ms Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘ UTOIKAMANU


Executive Officer in the Ministry of Tourism of Tonga from January 2017. Ms. 'Utoikamanu brings with her a wealth of national, regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, with a strategic perspective for the mandate of

Mr Patrick MASAMBU

International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO)

​Mr Patrick Masambu was elected as the Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) at the organization’s Assembly of Parties meeting held in Washington, D.C in October 2016



As UNDP Administrator, Mr Steiner also chairs the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development...




Mr Dongyu Qu


Qu Dongyu, who took office on 1 August 2019 as Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has spent his life working on how to make sure the world is fed. Born in 1963 to a rice-growing family in China’s Hunan P

Mr Filippo  GRANDI


Filippo Grandi became the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on 1 January 2016. He was elected by the UN General Assembly to serve a five-year term, until 31 December 2020.

Dr Mohammed ALTAMIMI


Dr. Mohammed Altamimi, Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has extensive experience in organizational governance, politics, and competitive economics, and is recognized as a global expert in wireless networks

Ms Audrey  AZOULAY

Co-Vice Chair, UNESCO

Having worked in the sector of culture since the start of her professional career, Audrey Azoulay has notably focused on the funding of French public broadcasting and on the reform and modernization of France’s film support system.


Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO

The Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO

Mr. Bocar BA

Samena Telecommunications Council

As UNDP Administrator, Mr Steiner also chairs the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development...

H.E. Ms. Aurélie Adam- Soule ZOUMAROU


Mrs. Aurelie Adam Soule Zoumarou is a skilled Telecommunications and ICTs professional who has built up an experience in the ICT industry (SFR France, Accenture France, ARCEP Benin, GSMA Afrique).

Mr  Adrian LOVETT

Web Foundation

Adrian played a key leadership role in successful campaigns such as Make Poverty History and the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel the debts of developing countries. He has also held senior roles at the likes of Oxfam and Save the Children.

Dr Tedros Adhanom  GHEBREYESUS

World Health Organization

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.



Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau on the 1st of November 2018. She took office on the 1st of January 2019. She serves as C​oordinator of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

Mr. Stephane Richard


Stéphane Richard, Stéphane Richard, born in 1961, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange SA since March 1, 2011.

H.E. Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

South Africa

Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Communications, responsible for executive oversight over the Departments of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and Communications (DoC).​

Ms. Henrietta H. FORE


Henrietta H. Fore became UNICEF's seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leaders

Mr Makhtar DIOP

The World Bank

Makhtar Diop is the World Bank's Vice President for Infrastructure, a position he assumed on July 1st, 2018. The Infrastructure Vice Presidency comprises Energy & Extractives, Transport, Digital Development as well as Infrastructure Finance, Public-P

Mr Lacina KONE

Smart Africa

Mr Lacina Koné, is the Director General /CEO of Smart Africa since 1st March 2019. Prior to that, he was the advisor to the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire for Digital Transformation and Public

Mr Andrew Sullivan


Andrew Sullivan joined the Internet Society as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. He has worked on Internet infrastructure and standards since 2001. In 2012 he joined Dyn (later, Oracle Dyn) to establish Dyn Labs and then to ma

Mr Erik Ekudden

Ericsson Group

As Group CTO and head of Group Strategy, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of technology leadership for the Ericsson Group. In 2017 he re-located to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven-year at Ericsson's Santa C

Dr Hyeonmo KU

KT Corporation

Dr. Hyeonmo Ku is currently CEO of KT. He was appointed as the CEO of KT in March 2020. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Dr. Ku served as President and Chief of Customer Media Business Group. Dr. Ku served as Chief Strategy Officer from 2015 to 2018



Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) is the Minister for Communications and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Constituency within the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful is a lawyer, advocate for women and children's rights and was the MD



In almost 20 years as a CEO, Pekka has accrued deep expertise in the telecommunications, technology, energy, manufacturing, machinery, retail and finance sectors, all of which are central to the transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Pekka

Ms Pamela Coke-Hamilton


​Pamela Coke-Hamilton has served as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre since 1 October 2020. She joined ITC from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where she was Director of the Division on Internationa

Mr Ralph Mupita


Ralph Mupita is the Group President and CEO of MTN Group, a position he has held since the 1st September 2020, having recently served as the MTN Group’s Chief Financial Officer since April 2017. Prior to joining MTN, Ralph served as the Chief Executi
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