Opening and Plenaries

Opening ceremony


9:30-10:00, Room 1

  • Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO


  • Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)


  • Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


  • Mr Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce (tbc)


  • Ms Katalin Bogyay, President of the General Conference
  • Representative of the civil society: Ms Grace Githaiga, KICTANET (Kenya)

Opening Key Note

10:00–10:45, Room1

Moderator: Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

Professor Sachs will address the importance of bridging digital and knowledge divide in achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as in solving around the main sustainable development challenges.


  • Mr Jeffrey D. Sachs
    Professor Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 80 countries.
    >> Short bio.

Future Debate “Broadband, technology and education – lessons of past ten years”

10:45–12:00, Room1

Moderator: Mr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Introduction of the BBCDD Report on broadband and education:
Mr David Atchoarena, Director, Division for Teacher Development and Higher Education, Education Sector


  • Ms Suvi Lindén, Advisor, FINLAND
  • Mr Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD
  • Mr John Davies, INTEL
  • Mr Christian Roisse, EUTELSAT
  • Mr Armen Orujyan
  • Mr Anthony Solicito, Microsoft
  • Mr Javier Elguea (representing Mr Carlos Slim)
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