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Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? A Global Conference - 4 March 2019, Room 1

Mon, 4 Mar -
16:45 to 18:00

Plenary session 4: New Architectures of International Cooperation on AI

Houlin Zhao

Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union

Houlin Zhao is Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Mr Zhao is an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU, and began his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019.

Prior to first being elected as ITU Secretary-General in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU Deputy Secretary-General. In that role, he assisted the ITU Secretary-General, in close cooperation with the other elected officials of the Union, to manage the implementation of the ITU Strategic Plan and the operations of the ITU Secretariat, in particular with a view to increasing the transparency and efficiency of the organization. 

Before joining ITU, Mr Zhao served as an engineer in the Designing Institute of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China, taking an active role in his country's expert meetings on telecommunication standards and national plans, as well as participating in ITU work as a Chinese delegate. He graduated from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications and holds an MSc in Telematics from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.