Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Candidate, Director of the Telecommunications Standardization Bureau TSB

Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Candidate, Director of the Telecommunications Standardization Bureau TSB

  • In 2010, I joined ITU as Chief of Study Groups Department in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Podcast

Overview

The world today runs on data and information. This data and information need to transmitted from place to place in seconds. Transmitting this data all over the world needs some Telecommunication standards. Phone numbers that we dial every day and the usage of internet requires certain protocols to be standard at the scale of the world. Standards make this possible.

Today’s guest, Bilel Jamoussi, is an engineer, a leader, a diplomat. He discusses his journey from Tunisia to Geneva. He talks about his time at Nortel and applying for patents and coming up with standards. He also discusses the ITU and his time as the Chief of Study Groups Department.

00:15- About Dr. Bilel Jamoussi

  • In 2010, I joined ITU as Chief of Study Groups Department in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • In ITU, I help coordinate standards in a new era characterized by digital transformation that needs an increased collaboration with vertical sectors such as healthcare, transportation, utilities, and banking.
  • Bilel Jamoussi an engineer, a leader, a diplomat originally from Tunisia.
  • A Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Penn State And have over 22 Granted, and patents filed with the US in a variety of fields.
  • Worked in the telco industry for over 15 years with companies like Bell and Nortel, a member of the IEEE and currently working for the ITU, one of the UN agencies based out of Geneva.

01:12- Work you have been able to do in your role as chief of the study groups department

  • It impacts the lives of the people through telecommunication and information and communication technologies.
  • This is quite a complementary role that I had before joining the ITU where I was focused more on building products, innovating in technology, finding patterns and developing standards.
  • So in my 12 years at ITU, I have focused on bridging the standardization gap.
  • When I joined, there were 25 countries that were active in standards development. Today we have more than 45 countries.

11:14- About ITU

  • ITU was established in 1865 to basically create the standard for the telegraph system.
  • Before ITU, countries used to print the telegraph at the border, hand it on a piece of paper to the next border station and then encode it again.
  • ITU was born to create a common data plan, a common signaling plan, and a common accounting agreement between the member states that created the ITU.

15:12- Launching new standards initiatives

  • AI For Good initially started as a global summit on the use of artificial intelligence for good, with the idea to reach the 17 sustainable development goals by 2030.
  • Out of this platform came a number of opportunities for further standards’ development. AI for Health was one of them.

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Profile

  • In 2010, I joined ITU as Chief of Study Groups Department in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • In ITU, I help coordinate standards in a new era characterized by digital transformation that needs an increased collaboration with vertical sectors such as healthcare, transportation, utilities, and banking.
  • Bilel Jamoussi an engineer, a leader, a diplomat originally from Tunisia.
  • A Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Penn State And have over 22 Granted, and patents filed with the US in a variety of fields.
  • Worked in the telco industry for over 15 years with companies like Bell and Nortel, a member of the IEEE and currently working for the ITU, one of the UN agencies based out of Geneva.

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