Houlin Zhao: ITU Secretary-General
ITU Member States re-elected Houlin Zhao as ITU Secretary-General on 1 November 2018. He began his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019.
Mr Zhao is an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU.
Prior to first being elected as ITU Secretary-General in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU Deputy Secretary-General, supporting the work of the Secretary-General, principally in terms of day-to-day management, including human resources, financial administration, improving efficiency, and working to help broaden ITU's membership, particularly in terms of academic institutions. He also served two elected terms as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), which develops technical standards to ensure worldwide ICT interoperability. Before that, he was a Senior Counsellor with TSB for 12 years.
Born in 1950 in Jiangsu, China, Mr Zhao graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.