Anna Magdalena Polomska is a broadband policy analyst and strategic partnership advisor at the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development - the United Nations advisory body co-led by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Ms. Polomska has 15-year expertise in managing complex international projects in the information and communication technologies (ICT) and telecommunication sector within private companies and international organizations working at the juncture of technology, business, public policy and social purpose/non-profits.
Since 2010, Ms. Polomska has been engaged at the ITU – the United Nations specialized agency for ICTs located in Geneva, in building innovative public-private partnership (PPPs) and strengthening strategic cooperation with the international community, policy makers, as well as private sector leaders from the ICT industry. For the past two years, she drove the ITU New York Office’s strategic planning processes and programmatic work of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development – the high-level advocacy group with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband and ICTs on international policy and development agendas. Ms. Polomska is responsible for community management, outreach strategies and external engagement, while overseeing the flagship portfolio of the Broadband Commission Working Groups’ projects relating to the policy, regulatory and economic aspects of ICTs connectivity, broadband infrastructure investments and other areas including financing, digital health, e-education, digital inclusion and online safety. Anna is involved in the other flagship PPPs, such as the ITU and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - Giga connect that has set the goal of providing connectivity to every school in the world. She is also actively engaged in driving the digital gender inclusion project that leverages new and emerging technologies for inclusive digital development. She contributes to ICT education and skills building initiatives such as ‘ITU International Girls in ICT Day’ or EQUALS Awards to drive change and make an impact to close the digital gender divide.
Prior to joining the UN in 2010, Ms. Polomska worked in the private sector in Europe as a management consultant in strategy and telecommunications in Poland. Her work focused on providing economic and business growth advisory to clients like telecommunications operators and the tourism industry.
Ms. Polomska holds two Master’s degrees in Finance and Banking, from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and Law, from UMCS (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University) in Poland. She is an alumni of the Geneva Digital Law Summer School/ Digital Law Center of the University of Geneva (UNIGE). This academic track is backed by research experience on the impact of ICTs in socio-economic development with a focus on broadband policy development and regulatory measures.