USTTI November Update
November 7, 2014
USTTI Chairman Ambassador Michael R. Gardner was awarded the ITU Gold Medal from Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré during the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea. Ambassador Gardner was presented the award for his tireless efforts over the past three decades as the Founder and Chairman of the USTTI. Ambassador Gardner launched the USTTI while serving as the head of the United States delegation at the 1982 Plenipotentiary Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to founding the USTTI Ambassador Gardner also recruited officials from US government and industry to provide the tuition-free training courses for the women and men who design, regulate and oversee the communications infrastructures of the developing world. Since its initial 13 tuition-free course offering in 1983, the USTTI has expanded its curriculum to provide over 80 courses annually thanks to the steadfast support of USTTI corporate and government board members, as well as other volunteer experts in the ICT industry throughout the United States.
Over the past 32 years Ambassador Gardner has continued to lead the USTTI on a pro-bono basis resulting in the empowerment of 9,194 officials from 171 developing countries.
Ambassador Gardner is presented with the ITU's Gold Medal by ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré. From left to right are: Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau; Mr. Houlin Zhao, ITU Deputy Secretary General and Secret General Elect; Ambassador Michael R. Gardner, Chairman of the USTTI; Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General; Mr. Malcolm Johnson, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau Director and Deputy Secretary General Elect; and Mr. François Rancy Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau.