Bogdan-Martin becomes first woman to lead UN’s telecom agency

Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected the new secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Geneva based information and communication technologies agency of the United Nations.

She became the first woman to lead the UN’s telecom agency in its 157-year history.

Bogdan-Martin claimed a landslide 139-25 victory over Russia’s former deputy telecoms minister Rashid Ismailov in an election among the ITU’s member gtates at a conference in Bucharest on September 29.

The ITU plays an important global role in setting the technical standards underlying mobile phones, television and the internet. It coordinates everything from radio frequencies to satellites and 5G.

Bodgan-Martin has worked her way up through the ITU. She joined its development bureau — one of the ITU’s three main divisions — in 1993 and became its director in 2019, pushing digital transformation.

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