Ms Widmer-Iliescu has 25 years of experience and contribution to the overarching goal of Digital Inclusion through her work in the Development Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) by assisting ITU members and stakeholders in implementing inclusive digital communication for all people, in their respective countries and regions.
In her capacity as Senior Coordinator for Digital Inclusion, given her expertise in all vulnerable groups, she takes an all-inclusive approach to digital inclusion for women and men of all ages, abilities, levels of education, and geographic locations. She advises ITU members and stakeholders on formulating policies and executing strategies to meet the needs of all end-users to access information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly those in vulnerable situations. To support implementation, she also plans and leads the creation of essential ICT/digital accessibility tools and resources, and she shares her knowledge with ITU members and stakeholders on how to make technology digitally accessible, universally designed, and end-user-centred.
In response to the two global megatrends of an ageing population and the rise of technology, and in accordance with the activities of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030 and the 2030 Agenda, Ms Widmer-Iliescu assists policy and decision-makers in the creation of digitally inclusive and age-friendly environments and societies for present and future generations.
Ms Widmer-Iliescu advocates and promotes ICTs/digital accessibility as the fundamental enabler to facilitate everyone’s active participation in the digital society and economy, ensuring that nobody is left behind in the digital age!
Ms Widmer has an educational background in informatics and law and holds Master’s degrees in International Law and, in the Strategic Management of Telecommunication. She also speaks Romanian, English, French and Spanish.