Hyeun-Suk Rhee has been appointed as the first Director of United Nations - Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), a regional institution of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and assumed her duty in September 2006.
Since taking office, Ms. Rhee has spearheaded development and implementation of APCICT’s flagship programme - the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” and led advisory service to formulate ICT capacity building policy and framework to serve the 62 Member and Associate Member States of ESCAP.
Ms. Rhee brings to her post over 20 years of academic experience and service in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and ICT for development (ICTD). She comes to APCICT from her previous position as Professor at Georgia Tech where she taught and conducted research in various areas of ICTs. Prior to that, she served as a professor for another major university in the United States of America, University of Texas at Dallas.
Ms. Rhee also served as Chief of the Information Technology Centre for Africa (ITCA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), one of the five United Nations regional commissions covering 53 nations in Africa. During her post as the Chief of ICTA, Ms. Rhee implemented substantive work programmes that have been cited as best practices in ECA. Under her leadership, ICTA has implemented:
- A series of workshops and Seminars covering various ICT issues for policy makers, ICT professionals and young African women;
- Advisory service for small and medium size enterprises on the use of ICT; and
- Panel and Virtual Exhibitions during the 1999 and 2000, including the African Development Forum on Health Education and HIV/AIDS multimedia kiosks, and on topics related to Telemedicine, Mapping Malaria Risk in Africa, Medical and Health Library, Health Statistics, and Internet Health Recourses. She also planned permanent and mobile exhibitions which were later implemented.
Ms. Rhee received her PhD in Management Information Systems and Accounting from the Ohio State University where she also received several awards including the 1991 President Citation and Teaching Excellence Award. She has published extensively and on various ICT issues and authored over 30 research articles for numerous internationally recognized journals. Her research topics included area of diffusion of information technology, digital divide, strategic use of information and communication technology, knowledge management, database management, Intranet/Extranet, information security, electronic commerce, distance learning, virtual work and wireless technology, systems analysis and design, and decision support systems and expert systems.
Ms. Rhee has been a frequent speaker in the ICT conferences and served as a chair for a number of national and international conferences. She has also served as a member of advisory committee for several international forums and conferences.