The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, as a member of the Digital Innovation Board of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance for Digital Development.
According to ITU, the Digital Innovation Board was established to provide strategic guidance, expertise and advocacy regarding its mission of building critical local enablers and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in digital development, to create a more inclusive and equitable digital future for all.
Tijani joins 17 other eminent individuals, who have all been nominated in their personal capacity and based on their track record in innovation and will provide strategic guidance, expertise, and advocacy for the alliance’s goals and vision.
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The Board, chaired by ITU’s Director of Telecommunications Bureau, Dr Cosmas Zavazava, also has as members, the Director-General of Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority, Daud Suleman; Albania’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Enkelejda Muçaj; Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Mohamed bin Thamir, the President of Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Carlos Baigorri; and the Executive President of Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Hossam El-Gamal, among others.
Announcing the composition of the board on Monday, ITU said the Alliance offers a new approach to bridging the digital innovation divide and empowering ITU-D membership to overcome challenges on their path through digital transformation, unlock their digital potential, build local capabilities in innovation and entrepreneurship, and accelerate their ecosystems’ impact on cross-cutting sectors for an inclusive and sustainable society.