Call for Speakers


From innovative access solutions to 5G and AI, cybersecurity, digital skills, sustainability and cross-sector partnerships, the Forum at ITU Digital World 2020 – next year’s ITU Telecom World event – explores how innovation and collaboration can drive meaningful connectivity for everyone, everywhere.

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 unique 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 Digital World 2020 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 Digital World 2020. Please also indicate the target audience for your proposed topic, and which topics would be of interest for you as part of a multi-stakeholder discussion. Suggestions for issues you would like to see addressed during the Forum as a whole are also very welcome.

Please note that the selection process will be based on the information you provide, and as a UN organization we pay attention to gender and geographical balance.

Speaking at ITU Digital World 2020 is a unique opportunity to influence the international ICT community. Speakers invited by ITU are awarded a complimentary pass giving access to Forum debates and networking events with ministers, regulators, CEOs and other influential stakeholders in the global ICT community. As a speaker, you also enjoy free access to the LeaderSpace onsite executive lounge, where you can hold meetings, work, meet high-level event participants or simply relax and enjoy the refreshments on offer.

Selected speakers are expected to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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


ITU Digital World 2020 takes place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, from 6 – 9 September 2020. The Forum programme will be informed in part by the outcomes of debates at ITU Telecom World 2019 – more details will be available in early 2020.

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