UN Broadband Commission appoints 8 new commissioners

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development has named eight new commissioners drawn from technology leaders and development champions from around the world.

The new commissioners -- Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, Secretary-General, ictQATAR; Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman, Qtel; Dr. Saad Bin Dhafer Al Qahtani, Group CEO for Strategic Operations, Saudi Telecom Corp.; Vanu Bose, CEO, Vanu Inc.; Innocenti Botti, President, Invitalia; H.E. Jasna Matić, State Secretary for Digital Agenda, Serbia; Dr. Armen Orujyan, Founder & Chairman, Athgo Corp.; and Jean-Louis Schiltz, legal counsel, Schiltz & Schiltz and former Minister for Communications, Luxembourg -- will join a select group of over 50 global leaders who are putting broadband at the center of their organizational vision.

“The Broadband Commission is delighted to welcome these global leaders, who will use their talents and their considerable expertise to add fresh impetus to our mission to spread the word about the importance of broadband,” said Dr. Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General and Co-Vice Chair of the Commission, in a media statement.

Members of the Broadband Commission comprise a high-powered international community, including prominent CEOs, top-level policy-makers and government representatives, heads of international agencies, and senior figures from academia and organizations with a development mandate. 

At its fourth meeting, held in Geneva last October, the Commissioners agreed on a set of four ‘ambitious but achievable’ targets that countries around the world should strive to meet to ensure their populations fully participate in tomorrow’s emerging knowledge societies.

They also launched a ‘Broadband Challenge’ that recognizes communication as ‘a human need and a right’, and calls on governments and private industry to work together to develop the innovative policy frameworks, business models and financing arrangements needed to facilitate growth in access to broadband worldwide.