Alex Wong

Chief, Special Initiatives Telecommunication Development Bureau - International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Alex has over 30 years professional experience in a series of leadership roles that has consistently focused on building partnerships to address the world’s biggest development challenges. Since 2019, Alex has been serving in the Office of the Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). In this role, he oversees special BDT-wide programs and projects including Giga (co-led with UNICEF with an aim to connect every school to the internet), Connect2Recover (ensuring countries have robust and resilient ICT infrastructure to support recovery from the Covid-10 and other crises), I-CoDI (the ITU International Center for Digital Innovation), and Partnership2Connect (a global coalition to mobilize actions and commitments to close the digital divide with a focus in particular on those countries furthest behind).

 

Prior to joining the ITU, Alex worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. From 2018-2019, he served as President of CG/LA Infrastructure, a US based company that promotes and develops infrastructure projects around the world. From 2000 to 2018, Alex was a member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum, an international organization for public private cooperation with a mission to improve the state of the world, where he held several leadership roles including the development and rollout of the Forum’s Global System Initiatives; heading the ICT, Media & Entertainment, Basics, and Infrastructure industry teams and related projects; and heading the Center for Global Industries Geneva. From 1988-2000, Alex worked in a variety of professional roles at Accenture as a Strategy Consultant, General Motors as a Quality Control Engineer, and the US National Parks Service.

 

He is a licensed Professional Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.