28 October 2014

Doreen Bogdan, ITU Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership (videos)

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department ITU speaking at the Opening Ceremony of FerMUN 2014, Model United Nations Conference. Published on Jan 9, 2014

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) speaks about ITU's mission to connect the world and ensure that all people enjoy the full benefits of ICTs (information and communication technologies). (Uploaded on Feb 10, 2012)

Video above:  PP-10: Interview with Doreen Bogdan. 4-22 October 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico. Plenipotentiary Conference (Event held every 4 years at which ITU Member States decide on the future role of the organization, thereby determining the organization's ability to influence and affect the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) worldwide.)

Doreen Bogdan-Martin has been Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department since the beginning of 2008. She is the most senior-ranked woman at ITU. She acts as advisor to the ITU Secretary-General, and is responsible for ITU’s corporate communications, external affairs, corporate strategy and membership – as well as managing the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Doreen was previously the Head of the ITU’s Regulatory and Market Environment Division in the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), where she was responsible for programmes on Regulatory Reform and Economics and Finance. She is a leading authority on regulatory and policy trends worldwide and has co-authored a number of ITU publications. Before joining ITU in 1994, Ms. Bogdan worked as a Telecommunications Policy Specialist in National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) [in the US Department of Commerce] in the USA. She holds a Masters degree in Communications Policy from the School of International Service, American University, in Washington DC. (source: ITU)

How important is it that Doreen Bogdan is: a) an American; b) a woman; c) has worked in the U.S. government earlier in her career? Inestimable. For example, the top elected positions in the ITU do not include anyone from the Western Hemisphere: PP14: Elections for top 5 posts at ITU | Lingua Synaptica"I [Samantha Dickinson] have also been told (but have not independently confirmed) that nobody from the Americas—that’s north, south and central America—has been in one of the top [elected] ITU leadership positions for the last 16 years. I had understood that the tradition in the UN system was to rotate the leadership positions amongst the various geographic regions, but this does not seem to be the case in ITU."

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