Tomas Lamanauskas took office as Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 1 January 2023.
In this key elected role, he assists the ITU Secretary-General with managing the organization, addressing the needs of ITU’s unique, global public-private membership, and pursuing key strategic objectives to promote inclusive digital transformation in line with sustainable development.
Mr Lamanauskas aims to forge impact-driven partnerships to advance global connectivity, help the information and communication technology industry cut emissions and address the climate crisis, and implement results-oriented management, with maximum transparency and accountability, to ready ITU for a dynamic future. As Deputy Secretary-General, he fosters close collaboration across varied radiocommunication, standardization, and development activities, reinforcing the collective role of ITU’s five elected officials as a single, highly effective team.
Prior to his election by ITU Member States in September 2022, Mr Lamanauskas held senior executive positions with national regulatory authorities in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, and as a senior government advisor on telecommunications issues in the Pacific region. He previously led corporate strategy at ITU and public policy for multinational technology and communications company VEON
In more than 20 years as a strategist focused on telecommunications and digital technologies, he has guided multicultural, multidisciplinary teams through challenging times and transformative changes.
In addition, he has contributed to reports and studies by the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, the World Economic Forum, and other international organizations and research groups.
Mr Lamanauskas holds a Sloan Master’s Degree in Leadership and Strategy from the London Business School (UK), a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School (US), a Master’s in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy from the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), and a Master of Laws from Vilnius University (Lithuania).
He began his career as a computer science teacher at Vilnius Lyceum in his native Lithuania.