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SIA Supports Doreen Bogdan-Martin Campaign for United Nations’ ITU Leadership

Washington, D.C., October 30, 2018 – On November 1st, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will be begin holding leadership elections at its Plenipotentiary Conference currently taking place in Dubai, UAE.    The Satellite Industry Association is pleased to announce its support of the candidacy of Doreen Bogdan-Martin for Director of the ITU’s Bureau of Telecommunication Development or BDT.

Doreen Bogdan-Martin has dedicated more than 25 years to promoting telecommunications and connectivity and has a proven track record of accomplishment.  She began her career as a telecommunications policy specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce before moving to the ITU, where she led the policy and regulatory reforms program.

Over the past decade, Ms. Bogdan-Martin served as the ITU’s Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership, leading the strategic planning, governing bodies, UN affairs and the Broadband Commission, child online protection and the EQUALS Global Partnership. Should Bogdan-Martin win the election, she would be the first woman elected to a leadership position in the ITU’s 153-year history.

“SIA is very pleased to endorse the ITU leadership candidacy of Doreen Bogdan-Martin,” said Tom Stroup, President of SIA.  Ms. Bogdan-Martin has dedicated much of her career as a public servant to advancing global connectivity.  Connectivity is a vital necessity that supports technology innovation, job creation and economic development and her goal of providing Internet to the nearly 4 billion unconnected people make Ms. Bogdan-Martin an ideal candidate to head up the Bureau of Telecommunications Development.”

The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency governing information and communications technologies (ICT) and is vital for American satellite industry interests. The ITU is responsible for telecommunications and international information including the allocation of global radio spectrum and satellite orbits.

The Telecommunications Development Sector fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication and ICT equipment and networks in developing countries.

For more details regarding the candidacy of Ms. Bogdan-Martin, please see the following link.

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