Candidacy of Dr Bilel Jamoussi for the position of Director of the Telecommunications Standards Bureau (ITU)

Tunisia decided to present the candidacy of Dr Bilel Jamoussi for the position of Director of the Telecommunications Standards Bureau at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), for the period 2023-2026, during the elections to be held at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference from September 26th to October 14th 2022 in Bucharest (Romania).


Tunisia’s support of this candidacy falls within the scope of the implementation of the national strategy for the placement of Tunisian competencies in high-level positions at the international and regional level in the service of the national interests of our country.

*Candidate from Tunisia for the post of Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau 2023-2026

Nationality: Tunisian
Born: Sfax, Tunisia, April 7, 1967
Marital status: Married and father of three children
Languages: Fluent in Arabic French and English Basic Spanish and German
Education: Doctor and Engineer in Computer Engineering specializing in communications networks, graduate from the Pennsylvania State University USA (PhD 95, MS 92, BS 89)
Inventions: Granted 23 patents in the fields of data and optical networks, wireless networks, and quality of service
Honors: Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Nortel Networks; Teamwork award Nortel, Professional Engineer of Ontario, Senior Member IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
2010-Present: Chief of the Study Group Department at the Telecommunications Standardization Bureau, International Telecommunications Union; Geneva; Switzerland
1999-2009: Director of Standardization, Nortel Networks, Billerica Massachusetts, USA

1994-1999: Senior Systems and Software Engineer, Bell Northern Research, Nortel, Ottawa ON, Canada

1989-1994: Teaching and Research Assistant at the Pennsylvania State University, USA
Experience and achievements: International Telecommunications Union, 2010-2021
•    Leadership of the bridging the standardization gap program between developed and developing countries in setting international standards, doubling the number of countries and experts participating
•    Facilitation of consensus building in the development of standards in coordination with the chairs of the study groups, their management teams, and delegates, through proper preparation and conduct of the meetings of the various standardization groups
•    Efficient allocation of international numbering resources for mobile, fixed telephony, and Internet of Things to network and service operator members. Diplomatic mediation when necessary, and bimonthly publication of the ITU Operational Bulletin in six languages.
•    Advice to chairpersons, management teams, and delegates from the 193 Member States and 800 members of the private sector at ITU conferences (Plenipotentiary, Development, International Telecommunications), and assemblies (Standardization).
•    Promotion of ITU and its standards, as a spokesperson, speaker, moderator, and organizer of conferences, workshops, symposia, and webinars.
•    Attracting new members of the standardization industry through new standardization initiatives related to emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum technologies; and through the framework for digital transformation, which requires increased collaboration between the ICT sector and other sectors, such as healthcare, transportation, finance, and cities.
•    Increasing financial inclusion globally, creating a framework to develop digital payment guidelines and standards in collaboration between the telecommunications and finance sectors. Securing and managing a multi-million-dollar donation to ITU from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2014-2020)
•    Cooperation and collaboration with other standardization bodies such as WSC (IEC, ISO,ITU), GSC, ETSI, IEEE, IETF, GSMA, W3C, oneM2M,TMF, LoRa Alliance. and UN bodies such as WHO, UNECE, UNEP, WMO.
•    Management of ITU internal operation: Chairman of the ITU Health Insurance Management Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Advisory Committee (Service Orders), Chairman of Disciplinary Chambers, Member of Intersectoral Task Force. Participating in some meetings of the ITU Management Coordination Group. Thus, contributing to better use of ITU resources and more transparent and accountable management.
•    Organization of WTSA-16 and Master of Ceremonies of ITU GSS-16 hosted by the Tunisian Government, Hammamet Tunisia, November 2016.
•    Efficient management of staff from several countries, cultures, and speaking different languages with a view to harmonization, high productivity, and gender balance.
•    Co-Organizer and Master of Ceremonies of ICT4ALL Forum (SMIS+ 2007-2015) co-organized by ITU and the Tunisian Government, Hammamet Tunisia.
Experience and achievements: Private Sector at Nortel Networks, 1994-2009
•    Director of standardization:
o    Developed Nortel’s standards strategy, resource management and participation in more than 90 standards bodies worldwide.
o    Launch of new ITU-T Focus Groups, starting with the NGN Focus Group in 2005, then OCAF in 2006, then IPTV in 2007: Worked in close collaboration with the international community, including the private sector and government representatives and the ITU TSB. Nortel has led most of these focus groups. This leadership within ITU-T has led to the rapid development of key industry standards at the international level.
o    Leader of Nortel's participation in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) MPLS and VPN working groups, increasing Nortel’s presence and influence in these working groups. Author of many Internet Standards on MPLS in the IETF.
o    At IEEE-SA (Standards Association), elected to the Corporate Advisory Group for three consecutive terms from 2005-2010. Elected to the IEEE-SA Board of Governors for the 2007-2008 term. Developed a strong relationship between IEEE-SA and ITU by seeking IEEE-SA sectoral membership in ITU-T and ITU-D. This was followed by several joint IEEE/ITU workshops on carrier Ethernet, optical access networks and the ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference. Launched the IEEE Tunisia Section in May 2007.
•    Director of University Research and Advanced Technologies:
o    Member of the board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) One Laptop per Child (OLPC) directing the development of the wireless mesh standard used by OLPC in IEEE
o    Management of a state-of-the-art technology research team (in Billerica, Ottawa, Harlow, and Stockholm) focused on the development of the first prototypes of emerging IP/MPLS protocols. Many of them were adopted as standards and accepted by the market.
•    Director of Data Network Engineering:
o    Leader of the team responsible for the design of operator networks, with a focus on data infrastructure and services.
o    Participation in pre-sales data network engineering engagement with more than 30 major customers worldwide, achieving a high success, retention, and satisfaction rate.
•    Senior Systems and Software Engineer
o    Design and development of software (C, C++) and hardware (memory, buffer, and traffic management) features for Nortel’s flagship communications products (Passport 7K and 15K product line)

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