Mark Zuckerberg to Give Keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Mark Zuckerberg

The event, running Feb. 24-27, touts itself as a must for the top brass of the wireless industry interested in the next big innovation.

MADRID – Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will give the first keynote address of the GSMA Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona, exploring the importance of extending the benefits of ubiquitous Internet access to the unconnected world. 

Organizers announced Zuckerberg’s opening session, set for Feb. 24, alongside renowned technology journalist and writer David Kirkpatrick, on Monday, as well as that of IBM chair, president and CEO Virginia Rometty on Feb. 26.

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The GSMA congress, the largest event for the wireless industry, will attract more than 72,000 attendees -- most of whom are upper-level management at the world’s most innovative companies -- and some 4,300 CEOs.

Other speakers lined up for the event, which runs Feb. 24-27 in Spain’s northeastern corner, include Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO and founder of Connecthings; Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Group; Susan Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures and healthymagination; and Chua Sock Koong, CEO of SingTel.