Women Leaders in Technology Forum

The Women Leaders in Technology Forum will be held virtually Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 9am-11am EDT. The event is open to the public. 

The full Agenda is now available.

Registration is open. There is no charge to attend this event. 

Speaker Profiles:

Ms. Yvonne Chiu, Chairman, WITSA

Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf, “Father of the Internet” and Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Ms. Nicole Chan, Former Minister of NCC Taiwan

Ms. Emma Arakelyan – CEOand Founder, Orion Worldwide Innovations, LLC; Formerly Partner at Ernst & Young and Managing Director at Accenture

Ms. Mary Lou Papazian – Chief Executive Officer at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies

Ms. Carolina Rossini – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Portulans Institute

Ms. Magdalena Yesil – Author, Power UP! How Smart Women Win in the New Economy; Formerly Founding Board Member and First Investor, Salesforce

Ms. Frances West – Founder, FrancesWestCo; Formerly First Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM


WCIT Malaysia Update (May 19, 2020)

“Taking the lead to apply sufficient precaution measurements against the spread of the novel coronavirus, the exciting programming of WCIT2020 Malaysia that is due to take place in September 2020 will be delivered as ROAD TO WCIT MALAYSIA – a hybrid of small official functions and live telecast that is available online for global participation including B2B matching and virtual exhibitions for Southeast Asia’s market access. More announcements to come from the team of WCIT MALAYSIA.”

MOU Signing Ceremony between WITSA and TAITRA

From Left to Right: Secretary General to TAITRA Walter Yeh; Secretary General to WITSA James Poisant; Chairman to TAITRA James C. F. Huang; Chairman to WITSA Yvonne Chiu; president to UATE and cofounder to UCOM Alexander Yesayan; Bhutan ICT expert Phub Gyeltshen.

WITSA and TAITRA signed an MOU for integrating international resources in order to promote Taiwan Excellence and offer Taiwan corporations’ international opportunities.  Here’s news release at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZztVARS-wEAand https://money.udn.com/money/story/5635/4224030



WCIT 2020 – Penang, Malaysia

WCIT 2020 is the 24th edition of World Congress on Information Technology and it returns to Malaysia, the gateway to Southeast Asia with 4,000 visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics that span across 100 countries.

Billions of online connections between people, businesses, information, data, infrastructure, devices and even processes are changing everything, driving more innovations than was ever possible. Is your business accelerating at the same speed? Are you shifting your strategies and measuring the impact of the competition well? This changing landscape is a world of opportunities – make digital economy relevant to you.

WCIT 2020 will take place in Penang, Malaysia from September 14-16, 2020. Learn more about WITSA’s signature event here

WITSA Welcomes Home Mr. Nizar Zakka After Nearly 4 Years of Captivity in Iran

June 11, 2019

WITSA Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services (WITSA) welcomed the safe return of Mr. Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born internet freedom advocate living in the U.S., who had been imprisoned in Iran for 1,350 days.

According to Mr. Zakka’s legal counsel, Mr. Jason Poblete, Nizar looks forward to reuniting with family and friends. Nizar expresses his sincerest thanks to those who never forgot him. Nizar also wants to remind those who can help that there remain many Americans, US Legal Permanent Residents, and other foreigners in Iranian prisons. Nizar grew close to some of these men; they need help and want to come home.

Mr. Zakka served on WITSA’s Board of Directors and was its Vice Chairman for the Middle East and Northern Africa region. Mr Zakka did not return from Tehran after participating in the Second International Conference & Exhibition on Women in Sustainable Development on September 18, 2015Mr. Zakka, who had been sentenced to ten years in prison for spying for the U.S. government, was on his way to his native Lebanon on Tuesday, Mr. Poblete said.

Mr. Zakka is also one of the founding members of The Arab ICT Organization – IJMA3, which was formed to represent a regional alliance of ICT organizations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Today, the member organizations represent 18 ICT organizations, across 14 countries. In addition to being an advocate for the ICT industry, IJMA3 works on projects in the field of ICT for Development (ICT4D), which aim to promote income generating opportunities and improved livelihoods for people across the MENA region, particularly youth.

WITSA had continually reached out to many relevant parties, condemning the unjust imprisonment to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congress, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and to seek Mr. Zakka’s release.

About WITSA:

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.


Welcome to New Zealand! Techweek ’17 is taking place across the country from 6-14 May 2017. With New Zealand’s tech and innovation ecosystem on show, it’s the perfect opportunity to begin exploring this innovation hub of the Asia-Pacific.

From 6-14 May 2017, around 200 events will take place in 15 cities and towns across New Zealand. These events are curated around the theme of ‘finding local answer to global questions’ and range from a national showcase of New Zealand Agricultural Technologies, to an international Blockchain conference, to a gathering of NZ’s AR/VR practitioners, through to ‘Mission to Mars’ – reinventing STEM education, and interactive art installations at galleries across the country.

Five global questions that NZ technology and innovation are finding answers for are featured in this year’s programme;

ENVIRONMENTAL SHIFT | Concerning climate change and creating healthy, physical environments and cities.

EQUALITY | Tackling the global issue of diversity and inequality.

THE FUTURE OF FOOD | Rethinking food systems, production and philosophies.

NEXT GENERATION | Focusing on youth, education, and creating future leaders.

SCALING IMPACT | Technologies and business models for sustainable growth and global impact.

Want a feel for Techweek, WATCH the Invitation to Techweek Video https://youtu.be/pAgYOgphceg

Visit the Techweek website www.techweek.co.nz to see what’s on and find tickets to events, or email info@techweek.co.nz if you’d like our team to help you put a programme together.

Must see events

Farming 2020 | Showcasing Agriculture’s Digital Futureis running from 9-11 May at the LIC Innovation Farm just out of Hamilton, bringing together key players in NZ’s 3 billion dollar world-leading AgTech industry as well as Silicon Valley’s best and brightest, and highlighting how digital innovation will positively impact agriculture’s long-term future globally. It will include agricultural robotic, drone and on-farm sensor demos. Come and see how NZ-grown AgTech is helping to feed the world sustainably.

The Blockchain.NZis running from 8-9 May at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. The most significant Blockchain event in the Asia-Pacific, this is the first time leading global Blockchain experts are speaking at a single event. Confirmed speakers include the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, and renowned expert Andreas Antonopolous. Blockchain technology is going to change the way society operates, it’s currently best known for its potential to revolutionalise the global economy.

Future Realities is running across 10-13 May at multiple locations in Wellington and Auckland, taking an immersive deep dive into transformative trends in virtual and augmented reality and IoT.  Join leading New Zealand and international visionaries, technicians, entrepreneurs & storytellers and immerse yourself in exponential technologies.

MaD for the Future | Manufacturing & Design a national conference for innovation in manufacturing and design. Running 10-11 May in Auckland this event will showcase a complement of activities and engagements for the benefit of MaD researchers, MaD industry partners and innovators. Revealing the latest innovation in manufacturing and design from leading universities and crown research institutes.

Magnify AR/VR Expo & Business Summit is running 7-8 May at SkyCity in Auckland. A showcase of the lastest AR and VR technologies from New Zealand and international companies. Delve into the new world of gaming, here from top Hollywood producers and the lasts from China. Combining the largest public VR technology expo with a business to business sessions including 25 international speakers discussing the future of this high growth technology sector.