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Chaesub Lee, director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

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Chaesub Lee, director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Chaesub Lee, director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. [Photo/ itunews.itu.int]

Chaesub Lee is the Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. Following the election at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea, he took the office on Jan 1, 2015.

Dr Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 27 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), internet protocols, next-generation networks (NGN), internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.

He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) where he remained for the next eight years.

Most recently he has worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Koreans Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).

Within ITU, Dr Lee served as chairman of the ITU Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Focus Group to address the growing need for global standards in NGN. He was also vice-chairman of the ITU IPTV focus group, which works to coordinate and promote the development of IPTV standards.

He acted as vice-chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 13 'Future Networks and Cloud' from 2001 until 2008, becoming chairman of the group in 2009. Study Group 13 works to develop standardization solutions for NGNs, future networks and cloud computing, internet of things (IoT) and mobile telecommunications, to ensure smooth international deployment in the coming years.

Dr Lee holds a PhD in multimedia engineering. He is married with two children.