Vice Chair of IFIP IP3 and Founding Chair of the professional body’s Global Industry Council, Stephen Ibaraki, will present a keynote address at next month’s United Nations ITU-D Financing Information and Communications Technology Projects event in Geneva.

Mr Ibaraki, who also chairs ITU’s Outreach Committee as well as co-chairing the ACM Practitioner Board, is a highly influential advocate for ICT development and innovation across a number of spheres.

He is one of only two keynote speakers at the event, which brings together thought leaders and decision-makers from around the globe to discuss opportunities and challenges for financing and implementing ICT projects in the current socio-economic environment.

Organized by ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, the two-day meeting from 21-22 February 2018 will also involve several panel and roundtable sessions to explore options and propose recommendations on ways to attract funds for ICT projects through co-financing arrangements seeking win-win outcomes.

The ultimate goal is to use technology to progress the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, an issue Mr Ibaraki specifically addressed in a presentation he made to the United Nations WSIS Review meeting in New York back in October 2015.

At February’s ITU-D event, Mr Ibaraki will present on the topic: “Trends of the 4th Industrial Revolution”, exploring new paradigms in technology and innovation financing that are impacting global markets.