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Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications 2012 - Veena Rawat

"For outstanding public service through negotiating at international level access to radio frequency spectrum essential for wireless communication services and promoting a generation of youth, in particular women to study science and engineering."

Veena Rawat

Dr. Veena Rawat joined Research In Motion Limited in 2011 as Vice President and RIM’s Ambassador to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Dr. Rawat is a well-known expert in ITU technical circles and is responsible for representing Research In Motion as an ITU member company at the executive levels.

Dr. Rawat has 34 years of senior management experience with the Federal Government of Canada in managing spectrum engineering and regulatory programs and most recently served as President of the Communication Research Centre of Canada (CRC), a Canadian government agency responsible for conducting applied research radio communications, broadcasting and information technologies.

Dr. Rawat has led Canadian delegations and negotiations at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as well as CITEL, a constituent entity of the Organization of American States and with United States.

In 2003, she became the first woman to chair the World Radiocommunication (WRC) Conference of the ITU, where issues impacting billions of investment dollars in the communications industry are addressed. The Secretary-General of the ITU awarded Dr. Rawat a gold medal for her chairmanship. Other major recognitions include Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Woman of the Year Award; the International Leadership in Government Award from the Wireless Communications Association International; and the Public service award of excellence from the Canadian Government in 2011.

Her efforts and contributions have led to a significant increase in the representation and recognition of women in leadership roles in national and international organizations.