Hamadoun Touré has been Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since January 2007.  A native of Mali, Dr. Touré has wide experience in both the public and private sectors, and is committed to harnessing the power of technology to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing world.  ITU is the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs).  The agency allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to understand communities worldwide.  The ITU has both public and private sector membership, with 192 Member States, ICT regulators, leading academic institutions and some 700 private companies.