ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin has been awarded the 2023 IEEE President's Award for her “distinguished leadership and contributions to the public."
IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization, presented the award to Ms. Bogdan-Martin during a ceremony at ITU headquarters in Geneva.
“I'm deeply humbled by this recognition," said Bogdan-Martin. “Our two institutions stand for the same thing, which is trying to bring the benefits of technology and derive those benefits for all of humanity. I look forward to closely collaborating, cooperating, and strengthening the partnership between our institutions."
IEEE is dedicated to advancing technology for humanity. Through the IEEE Awards Program, the organization recognizes major contributions in relevant fields for the benefit of society.
Past winners of the IEEE President's Award include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (2000), former Intel CEO Andrew Grove (2000) and NASA researcher Katherine Johnson (2019).
IEEE President and CEO Dr. Saifur Rahman said, “It is my honor to recognize you as a transformational leader and an IEEE member for the commitment you made to bridge the digital divide globally." The 2023 IEEE President's Award will be presented publicly at the IEEE Vision, Innovation and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony on May 5 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bogdan-Martin was elected Secretary-General of ITU in September 2022 and took office on January 1, 2023, becoming the first woman to head the 157-year-old organization.
With over two decades of leadership experience in global telecommunications policy, Bogdan-Martin has emphasized the need for digital transformation to achieve economic prosperity, gender equality and socio-economic inclusion, as well as to build circular economies, reduce climate impact and save lives. Prior to becoming ITU Secretary-General, Bogdan-Martin served as Director of the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau from 2018 through 2022.ITU recently opened its new area office in New Delhi, India, to oversee ICT developments in the Asia Pacific Region.