Call for Speakers


From AI and smart cities to 5G, IoT, new technologies accelerating broadband deployment and cross-sector partnerships in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Forum at ITU Telecom World 2018 explores the innovation in policies, technologies and strategies driving smarter digital development.


Our programme is designed directly in cooperation with you, stakeholders in the global ICT community. This is your opportunity to get involved in the debates and influence the agenda at this influential event, combining all the high level presence of a UN meeting with the informed and informal atmosphere of a major industry conference.

Speaking at ITU Telecom World 2018 enables you to share your views on the critical issues of the ICT industry, form essential connections, impact policy making, structure visions and strategy decisions, and help address critical societal challenges.

We are looking for nominations for the most respected, radical and insightful speakers with expertise in policy, business or technology to provide insights into the major issues shaping the ICT ecosystem today.

If you are interested in nominating a speaker, or in speaking yourself, please provide full contact details and a brief bio (~200 words) of the proposed speaker, outlining areas of expertise and potential topics for debate within the Forum Programme at ITU Telecom World 2018. Suggestion of topics that you would like to see addressed during the Forum are also welcome.

Speakers invited by ITU are awarded a complimentary pass giving access to Forum debates, exhibition and networking events with ministers, regulators, CEOs and other influential stakeholders in the global ICT community.

Please kindly note that the selection process will be based on the information you provide, and as a UN organization we pay attention to gender balance. Selected speakers are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

When ITU accepts a speaker nomination, no financial contribution is associated. However,  there are a number of related sponsorship opportunities​ available for any parties interested in benefiting from additional visibility and brand recognition at the event.

For any queries, contact us directly at forum.telecom@itu.int.


ITU Telecom World 2018 will take place in Durban, Republic of South Africa, from 10 – 13 September 2018. The deadline for nominations for speakers has now passed. You may still submit a speaker nomination, but priority will be given to nominations received within the deadline.