Dr David MANSET is Senior Project Coordinator of the EC-funded OSEE project (Open Source Ecosystem Enablement for Public Services Innovation) at United Nations ITU. Formerly researcher-entrepreneur, Dr David MANSET created 4 IT companies at the international level specialized in deeptech (artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data) and sensitive data processing. Over the last decade, he architected large-scale international big data and blockchain platforms for various market sectors, including e.g., www.MyHealthMyDaya.eu. He received 15 awards, amongst which the gold medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, in 2007; the Best Exhibit 1st Prize at European Commission's largest conference on Information and Communication Technologies in 2008 and in 2013; and in 2016 ranked 2nd Best at the Global SME Award competition of the United Nations ITU Telecom World conference, in Bangkok. Dr David MANSET holds a Habilitation thesis to conduct research (HDR) from Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and a DPhil in Model Driven Engineering of Distributed Computing Systems, from the University of the West of England in Bristol, as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Geneva School of Economics and Management, specialized in digital transformation, crypto-currencies, digital trust, big data and data privacy. As of 1st January 2019, Dr. David MANSET has been nominated as a Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms by the Minister of Education in France.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, responsible for many matters related to information and communication technologies. It was established on 17 May 1865 as the International Telegraph Union, significantly predating the UN and making it the oldest UN agency. Doreen Bogdan-Martin is the Secretary-General of ITU, the first woman to serve as its head. The ITU was initially aimed at helping connect telegraphic networks between countries, with its mandate consistently broadening with the advent of new communications technologies; it adopted its current name in 1932 to reflect its expanded responsibilities over radio and the telephone. On 15 November 1947, the ITU entered into an agreement with the newly created United Nations to become a specialized agency within the UN system, which formally entered into force on 1st January 1949. The ITU promotes the shared global use of the radio spectrum, facilitates international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, assists in developing and coordinating worldwide technical standards, and works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world. It is also active in the areas of broadband Internet, wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology, TV broadcasting, amateur radio, and next-generation networks. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ITU's global membership includes 193 countries and around 900 businesses, academic institutions, and international and regional organizations.