As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Cristina BUETI was among the 20 women selected.
Cristina joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2004 and since that time has been leading initiatives on environmental sustainability, e-waste and smart cities. She serves as the Advisor of Study Group 5 “Environment and Climate Change” and Study Group 20 “Internet of Things and its applications including smart cities and communities”. Cristina is also the ITU Focal Point for ICT standardization issues in Latin America. She has authored over 40 reports on environmental issues. Cristina is one of the youngest officials at her level of seniority at ITU. She helms ITU’s prestigious Smart Sustainable City projects in Dubai and Singapore and diligently encourages young professionals in their career endeavours within the sustainability domain. Cristina graduated from the University of Florence with a Master’s in International Cooperation and Telecommunications Law. She is a polyglot and is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.