May 25, 2024

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US candidate to be first woman to lead UN telecoms agency

Doreen Bogdan-Martin will become the first woman to head the U.N.’s telecoms agency in its 157-year history from January, and the first American in the role since the 1960s after beating a Russian leadership challenge.

As the next Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), she will oversee a global communications remit spanning terrestrial infrastructure to space. 

The ITU facilitates the international coordination of satellites in their assigned orbits, assists the development of technical standards, and supports efforts to improve connectivity in underserved communities.

Bogdan-Martin won an election for the role Sept. 29 with 139 out of 172 votes cast by the ITU’s 193 member states.

Her challenger Rashid Ismailov, a former deputy telecoms minister in Russia who has previously called for more internet regulation, received 25 votes.

Bogdan-Martin is currently director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), responsible for creating policies, regulation, and providing training programs and financial strategies in developing countries.

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