Jaroslaw Ponder

Head of the ITU Office for Europe International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Mr. Jaroslaw K. Ponder is the Head of the Office for Europe at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), representing ITU in Europe and directing actions, projects, initiatives, and expert groups targeting 46 countries of the Europe Region. His portfolio includes a set of regional initiatives for Europe, designed by the European Member States and focusing on the ICT infrastructure, digitization, digital inclusion, accessibility, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Ponder has held official positions in the public sector and has contributed to the legislative projects impacting public policy.

Since 2014, Jaroslaw has been working for ITU holding diverse positions in the General Secretariat, Telecommunication Development Bureau, and Regional Presence, addressing the complexity of information society development and digital transformation at national, regional, international levels, including the United Nations level. For several years he has managed ITU’s work on the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, leading towards establishing the annual WSIS Forum, WSIS Prizes, WSIS Stocktaking, and others. ​