Doreen Bogdan-Martin

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Doreen Bogdan-Martin has held leadership positions in the field of international telecommunications policy for over two decades, with a track-record of brokering innovative partnerships to expand digital inclusion and connectivity for everyone around the world. Following her historic election in September 2022, she became the first woman ever to head the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and was sworn in as Secretary-General in January 2023.

Previously, she was Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. Bogdan-Martin spearheaded the Partner2Connect initiative, which has mobilized unprecedented pledges of funding and support for meaningful connectivity. She was instrumental in establishing the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, now serving as Co-Vice Chair; contributed to the success of ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators as the pre-eminent worldwide meeting for digital policy makers; and established ITU’s youth engagement strategy. She also pioneered ITU’s ongoing contribution to the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality and initiated ITU’s collaboration with UNICEF on the Giga project to connect all schools to the Internet. 

A designated International Gender Champion and Member of the World Economic Forum 2030 Vision Leaders Group, Ms. Bogdan-Martin is also an affiliate of Harvard University’s Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society. Additionally, she is a UNICEF Generation Unlimited Champion and a Champion of the EDISON Alliance to promote quality digital education for all.

Bogdan-Martin holds a Master’s in International Communications Policy from American University in Washington, DC, a post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a certification in Accountability and Ethics from the UN Leaders Programme. She is also a qualified amateur radio operator. 

An IEEE Member, Bogdan-Martin is the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.