Zimbabwean telecommunications expert, Dr Luckyson Cosmas Zavazava has made history after being elected the Director of Telecommunications Development Bureau (BDT) at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania.
He holds a PhD in Multilateral Trade.
He has a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Information Technology Law (LLM), International Relations (MA, suma cum laude), and Business Administration (MBA).
He also holds diplomas in Telecommunications and Systems Engineering.
Dr Zavazava also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
He joined ITU in 2001 working in various capacities before becoming the Chief of the Projects and Knowledge Management Department in 2010.
Since joining ITU, Dr Zavazava has been passionate about the design and implementation of telecommunication/ICT projects across the globe.
The projects were mainly in the areas of development, disaster risk reduction and management, climate change mitigation and adaptation.
He has made an immense contribution towards the effective use of information and communication technologies to address the unique needs of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, and developing countries in general.
Dr Zavazava designed and deployed the first ITU early warning system, and also the first emergency telecommunications project to help countries respond more effectively to natural disasters.
He recently developed and launched a ground-breaking project on the use of big data in the prevention and control of the Ebola disease and other epidemics.