an ITU Telecom event Building the digital world. Together. The 50th anniversary edition of the UN global tech event for government and industry took place online, September to December 2021 ITU Digital world 2021 Read the Ministerial Roundtable Outcomes

ITU Digital World 2021 is now taking place virtually from September to December 2021.

Join us online for a series of high-level Forum debates and Ministerial Roundtables on digital transformation, the SME Programme and virtual exhibition elements.  World-class content, whatever the format.


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Universal connectivity
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ICTs for development

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World class forum

Debate

Expert speakers, industry and government leaders, world-class debate. Exploring the new realities of digital transformation.
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Network

Connect with speakers, peers and participants in our informal online networking sessions.
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Exhibit

A global virtual exhibition platform for the tech industry, featuring National Pavilions and business booths.
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ITU Digital World 2021 SME Programme and Awards

Opening the door to opportunity for innovative tech SMEs with real social impact. A programme of free, expert-led online SME masterclasses. UN credibility, visibility, partnership and networking in our SME Awards.

SME Programme
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2021 Speakers

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Mohammed Alotaibi

Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia

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Arman Biturganov

Head of Division
Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan

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Julie Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper
Amazon
United States

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Sonia Jorge

Executive Director and Director of Digital Inclusion Programs
Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)
United States

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David Goldman

Director of Satellite Policy
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
United States

What they said

Jocelyn Karakula AI will be key: we cannot manage on a legacy mode such complex and enhanced modern networks CTIO, Orange Middle East and Africa
Jocelyn Karakula
Houlin Zhao Affordable access is everybody’s responsibility ITU Secretary-General
Houlin Zhao
Kevin Choi We need the ESG principle in the satellite industry: environmentally friendly with no debris or interference; sustainable; and governance to provide equitable services. CTO, KT Sat
Kevin Choi
Sanjay Kaul
It’s the architecture itself, the efficiency in optics, the convergence, introducing cloud native architectures and bringing in security into every piece of this new architecture - that’s our definition of the future of the internet
President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco Systems
Sanjay Kaul
Aarti Holla-Maini Evolution in technology and work on standards will make it much easier to integrate satellite into the network of networks. The legacy divisions between mobile, fixed and satellite are dissolving Secretary General, EMEA Satellite Operators Association
Aarti Holla-Maini
Jean Philbert Nsengimana We urgently need to reimagine our world as one where digital inequality and exclusion are excluded Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Pham Minh Chính Digital transformation must revolve around people as the subject and object for development. This process will only truly succeed when every citizen can actively participate in digital transformation and reap its benefits Prime Minister, Viet Nam
Pham Minh Chính
Mohammed Alotaibi The satellite sector is well placed to drive truly global digital transformation, but this ‘gift to society’ must be managed in a sustainable manner. Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Alotaibi
Mikael Rylander, Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia
Fixed wireless access will play a key role in bridging the digital divide.
Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia
Mikael Rylander
Yuhong Huang, Digital transformation is important for the whole of society and needs the cooperation of the whole ecosystem. Government plays a key role in setting direction, policy, support and coordination Secretary-General, GTI & Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute, China GTI
Yuhong Huang

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