GtICT Summit 2017

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GtICT Summit 2017

Tuesday October 3rd, 2017, in Paris, France

Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel

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The Greening through ICT Summit (GtICT) examines opportunities both where information and communications technology (ICT) is used as a tool to improve environmental and societal functions, and improving the energy efficiency, carbon footprint and life cycle management of ICT itself.  

ICTs are currently transforming all spheres of human activity and creating, in our 21st century societies, a paradigm shift similar or even greater in scope and impact to the industrial revolution. ICTs are a key driver of sustainable development, with the potential to reconcile socioeconomic benefits with positive environmental impacts. 
The Summit’s objective is to identify the combination of key technological, commercial and public policy challenges that must be overcome to achieve sustainability in our increasingly connected world.  As such, it seeks to build a broad dialogue among the research community, ICT practitioners and its vertical application sectors, equipment and technology providers, the ICT standardization community, and with public policy influencers and decision makers.     
Young Professionals are particularly invited to contribute to this open dialogue about Earth's future. The first IEEE Young Professional Green ICT Idea Competition will focus on contributing ideas on Greening ICT itself and Greening through ICT various application sectors of ICT. The ultimate goal being not only to create “Sustainable ICT” but also to enable transformative change across society through “Sustainability by ICT”. COMPETITION NOW CLOSED AS OF AUGUST 11TH, 2017.


GtICT Summit organiser: Jacques Mc Neill, Independant consultant, IEEE Green ICT Initiative Coordinator
President, Technoprise Inc. - -









Introductory Remarks and World Café Etiquette


Keynote address:
A Global Perspective:
What’s the connection between Sustainable Development Goals, ICT and planetary risks?
Sustainable ICT can play a critical role in understanding and managing Planetary risks.

  • Luis Neves, Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer and CEO of GeSI, the Global eSustainability Initiative


Keynote panel:
ICT Industry Perspective:
How can we ‘Green’ using ICTs?
Paradigm shift: societal transformations through ICT to achieve sustainability.

  • Fallight Xu, Principal Energy Efficiency, TUV Rheinland,
  • Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Sustainability, Ericsson
  • Marc Vautier, Innovation and Technologies, Orange Telecom
  • Mérouane Debbah, VP of France R&D Center, Huawei


Plenary / Round one of World Café discussions: What is the industry doing already and what more could it do to make ICT even more smart and sustainable? 


Public Policy Perspective:
Challenges of the 21st century - ICT as a driver of sustainability and the fight against climate change.

  • Johanne Duhaime, VP ICT, Hydro-Québec
  • Thierry Leboucq, Chairman, GreenSpector
  • Édouard Toulouse, Executive member, négaWatt Association
  • Yang Yang, Director, Key Lab of Wireless Sensor Network and Communication, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology


Plenary: 2 rounds of World Café questions on Public Policy to achieve Sustainability through ICT


Perspective from ICT Verticals:
Are Smart Cities sustainable ?

What policy changes should be adopted at national, regional and municipal level to acchieve sustainability through ICT?

What changes are already made?

  • Joachim Taiber, CTO, International Transportation Innovation Center
  • Patrick Graves, IEEE Smart Cities Initiative and Power and Energy Society
  • Kieren Mayers, Director of Environment and Technical Compliance, Sony Entertainment 
  • R Venkatesha Prasad, TUDelft, the Netherlands


Plenary: 2 rounds of World Café questions on Sustainability in Smart Cities and other sectors

What technical challenges remain to make sustainable ICT a reality in these verticals?  

What are the related business opportunities and how can they foster social acceptance of sustainable ICT solutions in these verticals 



Young Professional New Idea Competition Awards
Presentation of the winners of each category:

  • Improved Energy Efficiency in/by ICT
  • Improved technology life cycle management
  • And a special Young Future Professional idea



Rapid fire discussion: IEEE Perspective
What can my IEEE Society’s field contribute to sustainability?

  • Celia Desmond, Communications Society
  • Christophe Cérin, Computer Society
  • Earl Mc Cune, Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
  • Fabrice Labeau, Sensors Council
  • Patrick Graves, IEEE Smart Cities Initiative and Power and Energy Society


Plenary: 2 rounds of World Café discussions on your Society's perspective: 

What are the strengths, what are the weaknesses, what are opportunities and what are the threads of IEEE to be a credible voice in sustainability in ICT? 



Summarizing the different perspectives 

Development of the white paper for a Smart and Sustainable World through ICT

Wrap-up and 'now getting real' discussions


Next steps: A call for action


Concluding statements


End of Summit

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 World Café Moderators

Sabine Soeder, CoCreativeFlow: Architect, Facilitator and strategic Consultant, Sabine Soeder is helping people to gain clarity and to navigate successfully through transformation.  How? Through the connection of visuals & creativity with collaboration & leadership in a nourishing way for thriving results. In her work, Sabine focus on connecting knowledge and experiences, making “it" tangible, organizational transformation and new ways of working. 

Karolina Iwa, Progressive Partners: Social Innovator, Facilitator, Coach. Strategic storyteller. Karolina Iwa supports organizations and individuals in focusing complexity and creating clarity for commitment and excellent results. An expert in connecting the dots and illuminating focal points. Karolina’s clients say she makes meetings go by in a millisecond, make participants high-five on results and create this energy, which just makes you feel bloody good getting work done. In her work, Karolina focus on the topics of deep knowing, organizational transformation and self-organization.


Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was the director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information & communication sciences research.

He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014. Mérouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is a IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. He received 17 best paper awards, among which the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC best paper award, the 2015 ICC best paper award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial paper award, the 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award and the 2017 Eurasip Best Paper Award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom2009, Valuetools 2012 and SAM 2014 best student paper awards. He is the recipient of the Mario Boella award in 2005, the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award in 2011 and the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award in 2012.

Charles Despins’ career has spanned more than 30 years in both the academic and industry segments of the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. In addition to his academic work, he has held various posts in the private sector, namely at Bell Nordiq Group as vice-president and chief technology officer, as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China and for 13 years, as President and CEO of Prompt inc., an ICT research and development consortium. He is currently Dean of Research at École de Technologie Supérieure (Université du Québec) in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Despins is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a frequent advocate on issues regarding the opportunities ICT offer to achieve sustainability in the 21st century.

Johanne Duhaime was appointed Vice President – Information and Communications Technologies at Hydro-Québec in September 2016. In this role, she is responsible for the activities related to information and telecommunication systems.

In January 2016, Ms. Duhaime was appointed Director – ICT Governance, and her responsibilities included the project portfolio, corporate architecture, guidelines, technology monitoring and accountability regarding information and communications technologies.

Ms. Duhaime has over 30 years of experience in information technologies and operations in large corporations. She was previously Vice-President, IT Delivery Management for the Personal, Business, Marketing and Operations group at National Bank, and she has held several management positions at Cognicase and Hydro-Québec.

An experienced manager, Ms. Duhaime has led large work teams and prioritized improved process efficiency and streamlined work methods. She has also headed several major technological projects, contributing specifically to the contract negotiation with service providers and the restructuring of major transactional systems.


Ms. Duhaime holds an Executive MBA from UQAM and a certificate in business administration from McGill University.

Jaafar M. H. Elmirghani is full Professor and Chair in Communication Networks and Systems, and the Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems within the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK. He has co-authored Photonic switching Technology: Systems and Networks, (Wiley) and has published over 450 papers. He has research interests in communication systems and networks. Prof. Elmirghani is Fellow of the IET, Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was Chairman of IEEE Comsoc Transmission Access and Optical Systems technical committee and was Chairman of IEEE Comsoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics technical committee, and an editor of IEEE Communications Magazine.

He was founding Chair of the first IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM optical symposium at GLOBECOM’00, the Future Photonic Network Technologies, Architectures and Protocols Symposium. He chaired this Symposium, which continues to date under different names. He was the founding chair of the first Green Track at ICC/GLOBECOM at GLOBECOM 2011, and is Co-Chair of the IEEE Green ICT initiative, a pan IEEE Societies initiative responsible for Green ICT activities across IEEE, 2012-present. He is and has been on the technical program committee of 35 IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM conferences between 1995 and 2016 including 15 times as Symposium Chair.

He has given over 55 invited and keynote talks over the past 8 years. He received the IEEE Communications Society Hal Sobol award, the IEEE Comsoc Chapter Achievement award for excellence in chapter activities (both in international competition in 2005), the University of Wales Swansea Outstanding Research Achievement Award, 2006; and received in international competition: the IEEE Communications Society Signal Processing and Communication Electronics outstanding service award, 2009, a best paper award at IEEE ICC’2013, the IEEE Comsoc Transmission Access and Optical Systems outstanding Service award 2015 in recognition of “Leadership and Contributions to the Area of Green Communications”, received the GreenTouch 1000x award in 2015 for “pioneering research contributions to the field of energy efficiency in telecommunications”, shared with 6 GreenTouch innovators the 2016 Edison Award in the “Collective Disruption” Category for their work on the GreenMeter, an international competition, clear evidence of his seminal contributions to Green Communications which have a lasting impact on the environment (green) and society and he received the 2016 Premium Award for best paper in IET Optoelectronics.

He is/was an editor of: IET Optoelectronics, Journal of Optical Communications, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications series on Green Communications and Networking. He was Co-Chair of the GreenTouch Wired, Core and Access Networks Working Group.  He has been awarded in excess of £22 million in grants to date from EPSRC, the EU and industry and has held prestigious fellowships funded by the Royal Society and by BT. He was an IEEE Comsoc Distinguished Lecturer 2013-2016.

Aminata is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She previously served as the Director General of the Multisector Regulatory Authority of Niger and worked on engineering, management, research and teaching in telecommunications at Orange (Niger), the National Institute for Scientific Research (Montreal), the National Center for Scientific Research (France) and the Telecommunication and Signal Processing laboratory and McGill University (Montreal). She also served as a Director at the African Network Information Center, chair of the West African Telecommunication Regulatory Assembly (WATRA), member of the executive board of the African Water Association, member of the consultative committee of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulation Authority, member of the Experts Group for preparation of the 2013 World Telecommunication/ ICT Policy Forum and member of the Steering Committee for the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project. Aminata received the Master and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunications from McGill University (Canada). She co-authored several journal articles, conference papers, invention disclosures and patent application. Her interests include ICT infrastructure, technologies and policies, Internet of things, cybersecurity, ICT4D, high data rate transmission, capacity building and higher education.

Professor Jean-Luc Gaudiot received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique, Paris, France in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977 and 1982, respectively.

He is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. He was Chair of the Department from 2003 to 2009. During his tenure, the department underwent significant changes. These include the hiring of twelve new faculty members (three senior professors) and the remarkable rise in the US News and World Report® rankings of the Computer Engineering program from 42 to 28 (46 to 36 for the Electrical Engineering program).

Prior to joining UCI in January 2002, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California since 1982, where he served as Director of the Computer Engineering Division for three years. He has also designed distributed microprocessor systems at Teledyne Controls, Santa Monica, California (1979-1980) and performed research in innovative architectures at the TRW Technology Research Center, El Segundo, California (1980-1982). He frequently acts as consultant to companies that design high-performance computer architectures, and has served as an expert witness in patent infringement and product liability cases. His research interests include multithreaded architectures, fault-tolerant multiprocessors, and implementation of reconfigurable architectures. He has published over 200 journal and conference papers. His research has been sponsored by NSF, DoE, and DARPA, as well as a number of industrial organizations.

From 2006 to 2009, he was the first Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, a new publication of the IEEE Computer Society, which he helped found to the end of facilitating short, fast turnaround of fundamental ideas in the Computer Architecture domain. From 1999 to 2002, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers. In June 2001, he was elected chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture, and re-elected in June 2003 for a second two-year term. In 2009, he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society for a 3-year-term. He was the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Publications Board Transactions Operations Committee (2010-2011), the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Publications Board Magazines Operations Committee in 2012, the IEEE Computer Society vice President, Educational Activities Board in 2013, and is now the IEEE Computer Society vice President, Publications Board.

Dr. Gaudiot is a member of AAAS, ACM, and IEEE. He has also chaired the IFIP Working Group 10.3 (Concurrent Systems). He was co-General Chairman of the 1992 International Symposium on Computer Architecture, Program Committee Chairman of the 1993 IFIP Working Conference on Architectures and Compilation Techniques for Fine and Medium Grain Parallelism, the 1993 IEEE Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing (Systems Track), the 1995 Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques Conference (PACT ‘95), the High Performance Computer Architecture conference in 1999 (HPCA-5), and the 2005 International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium.

In 1999, he became a Fellow of the IEEE, “For Contributions to the Programmability and Reliability of Dataflow Architectures.” He was elevated to the rank of AAAS Fellow in 2007, “For Distinguished Contributions to the Design and Analysis of Highly Efficient Multiprocessor and Memory System Architectures.”

In his spare time, Dr. Gaudiot combines his passion for aviation with his love for teaching and he is an active flight instructor (both primary and instrument).

Fabrice Labeau is an Associate Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at McGill University, where he also holds the NSERC/Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Information Infrastructure for the power grid. He is or was technical co-chair of the 2006 and 2012 Fall IEEE VTC conferences, the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) and the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Wireless Broadband (ICUWB). He was the general co-chair of the 2013 International Workshop on High Mobility Wireless Communications (HMWC) and  IEEE VTC 2016 Fall, and will be the general co-chair of the 2017 URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, 2019 IEEE SENSORS Conference and 2021 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. His research interests include signal processing and its applications in health, power grids, communications and compression. He has published over 175 papers in refereed journals and conferences in these areas. He is Vice President (Membership) and Junior Past President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, President-Elect of the IEEE Sensors Council, and past Chair of the IEEE Montreal Section. He has held several administrative appointments at McGill University. He is currently the Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) for the Faculty of Engineering at McGill. He is a two-time winner of McGill's Equity and Community Building Award (team category), and received the 2017 IEEE Canada W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award.

Thierry Leboucq is the Chairman and Founder of Greenspector, a 7 year-old French company specialized in Software Eco-design making software, website, IoT and mobile apps less consuming in terms of energy and resources. Involved in 4 collaborative projects (Code Vert,, ECL and Convince) with several partners from the industry and academic R&D teams, he developed a unique Green IT tool intended for digital teams working on software lifecycle. Vice President of Green Code Lab, a French association for Green software, he launched the first label for Green websites, Green Code Label. He also takes part in the thinking process of a French committee on the development of an international Software Eco-design standardization and certification. He created and became President of Green Lab Center, the first cluster for Innovation in Green IT. It supports Green events, such as the Green Code Lab Challenge and MeetinGreen, aiming at developing the community and projects in the field of Cleantech.  In France, he is one of the pioneers of Green ICT and is recognized as an expert.

Pascal Lorenz ( received his M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Nancy, France. Between 1990 and 1995 he was a research engineer at WorldFIP Europe and at Alcatel-Alsthom. He is a professor at the University of Haute-Alsace, France, since 1995. His research interests include QoS, wireless networks and high-speed networks. He is the author/co-author of 3 books, 3 patents and 200 international publications in refereed journals and conferences. He was Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine Editorial Board (2000-2006), Chair of IEEE ComSoc France (2014-2018), Financial chair of IEEE France (2017-2019), Chair of Vertical Issues in Communication Systems Technical Committee Cluster (2008-2009), Chair of the Communications Systems Integration and Modeling Technical Committee (2003-2009), Chair of the Communications Software Technical Committee (2008-2010) and Chair of the Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure and Networking (2016-2017). He has served as Co-Program Chair of IEEE WCNC'2012 and ICC'2004, Executive Vice-Chair of ICC'2017, Panel sessions co-chair for Globecom'16, tutorial chair of VTC'2013 Spring and WCNC'2010, track chair of PIMRC'2012 and WCNC'2014, symposium Co-Chair at Globecom 2007-2011, ICC 2008-2010, ICC'2014 and '2016. He has served as Co-Guest Editor for special issues of IEEE Communications Magazine, Networks Magazine, Wireless Communications Magazine, Telecommunications Systems and LNCS. He is associate Editor for International Journal of Communication Systems (IJCS-Wiley), Journal on Security and Communication Networks (SCN-Wiley) and International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA-Elsevier). He is senior member of the IEEE, IARIA fellow and member of many international program committees. He has organized many conferences, chaired several technical sessions and gave tutorials at major international conferences. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer Tour during 2013-2014.

Dr. Kieren Mayers is Director of Environment and Technical Compliance at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, which is responsible for the sales and marketing of PlayStation® products and services. In addition, he conducts and publishes academic research on energy efficiency, carbon foot printing, and extended producer responsibility for recycling as Executive in Residence at INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. He has over 20-years’ experience in environmental management and sustainability within the electronics sector.

Dr. McCune received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UC Davis respectively.  His experience in RF circuits, signals, and systems goes back more than 40 years.  Within this career, he has founded two Silicon Valley startups, Digital RF Solutions (1986) which merged with Proxim in 1991, and a second start-up Tropian (1996), which was acquired by Panasonic 10 years later.  He retired from Panasonic in 2008 as a Corporate Technology Fellow.  Among other activities, he now also serves on the IEEE Green-ICT steering committee and also as a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Eridan Communications.  He has 86 patents issued in the USA.  Earl is a double sole-author with Cambridge University Press, first with Practical Digital Wireless Signals (2010), and also with Dynamic Power Supply Transmitters (2015).  He is an IEEE MTT Distinguished Microwave Lecturer since 2013.

Dr. Andreas Müller is a Project Manager and Senior Expert for IoT Communication Technologies within the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. In his current role, he is coordinating Bosch’s research activities in the area of future industrial connectivity infrastructures and solutions, with a special focus on wireless communications and emerging 5G technologies. This is done in close collaboration with various business units and external partners in order to ensure a high practical relevance.


Prior to joining Bosch, Andreas was a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Telecommunications of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was contributing to the further development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution towards LTE-Advanced. Besides, he was working as a Systems Engineer for Rohde & Schwarz, developing a novel software-defined radio based communication system for the German Armed Forces. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) and a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Luis Neves was born in Portugal. In 1975 he finished his University degree in History. In May 2004 Luis Neves joined Deutsche Telekom. As from December 1st 2008 he was assigned to the position of Vice President Corporate Responsibility. Effective February 2012 he was appointed to the position of Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer Luis Neves has been playing a fundamental role in promoting the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to Climate Change. In 2006 he was elected CEO of GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. He successfully developed GeSI to become a recognised global organisation in the sustainability area. Under his leadership, GeSI became a globally recognised Industry organisation in the field of sustainability and a “thought Industry Leader”. Ever since he was able to bring together two parts of the ICT Industry, Telecom Suppliers and Services Providers and furthermore UN organisations such as the ITU, UNFCCC and UNEP as well as other stakeholders such as the WBCSD, the WGBC, the StEP Initiative, WRI, the Carbon Trust and the WRFA. As GeSI Chairman he was the driving force of the recent Study #SMARTer 2030 Study “ICT Solutions for the 21st Century” done by Accenture Strategy. Luis has been holding positions in many organizations and initiatives such as CEO of the GeSI - Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations Global Compact Lead Group, Steering Committee Member of the United Nations “Caring for Climate” Initiative, Member of the ERT - European Round Table of Industrialists Climate Change Group, Member of the SAP Sustainability strategy, reporting & assurance Board Advisory Panel, Co-chair of the ICT4EE Forum, Member of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy and Green Economy Task Force Meetings, Member of the Steering Committee of “Econsense”, The German Sustainability Association, Member of the Environment and Sustainability Steering Committee of BITKOM, the German ICT Association , Advisory Board member of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative and Member of the Leadership Team of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) initiative and Jury member of GreenTec Awards, member of the Advisory Council of B.A.U.M. e.V. and Board Member of the World Resources Forum Association. .

Mats is Head of Sustainability with responsibility for circular economy, energy performance and triple bottom line impact of products, services and company operations. Taking this role after restructuring the Health & Safety organization in the company. Mats has also initiated a research project with Columbia University on how information technology has the potential to accelerate development to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Before rejoining Ericsson, among several other leading roles, Mats has been Head of Sustainability at Sony Ericsson launching the Green Heart brand for mobile phones and accessories.

RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad (VP)
Assistant Professor, Embedded Software

Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology - the Netherlands

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Dr. R. Venkatesha Prasad completed PhD from IISc, Bangalore, India in 2003. During PhD research, a scalable VoIP conferencing platform was designed. Many new ideas including a conjecture were formulated and tested by developing an application suite based on the research findings. The work involved understanding of network protocols, application design and human computer interface. Part of the thesis lead to a startup venture, Esqube Communication Solutions, headed by professors from IISc. He was leading a team of up to ten engineers, developing many real-time applications including bridging anonymous VoIP calls called Click-to-Talk for While at Esqube, eight patent applications and three PCT applications were filed along with his colleagues. Esqube was selected as top 100 IT innovators in India in 2006 by NASSCOM and top 100 in promising companies in Asia by RedHerring in 2008. He worked for Esqube from 2006 to 2009 on a part-time basis as a senior design consultant. In 2005, he joined TUDelft as a PostDoc to work on the EU FP7 Magnet Project and the Dutch project PNP-2008 on Personal Networks (PNs). His work involved evolving PN network architecture and foreign communication. The work resulted in an ECMA report. He also started working on Cognitive Radio Networks (CRNs) and 60GHz networks for future homes. He is contributing to IEEE standards on CRNs. Now, his work involves the Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical systems (CPS) and energy harvesting networks. He is working on EU funded projects iCore and SCOTT on IoTs and energy harvesting. At TUDelft, he has been supervising PhD and MSc students. He is teaching two courses after getting his diploma in 4TU University Teaching Qualification. The work at TUDelft resulted in 200+ publications. He is also contributing to the academic community by leading many IEEE activities, such as memberships of standards boards, leading technical committees, etc., apart from reviewing and organizing conferences and workshops.

Sabine Roessel joined Intel in December 2012, where she initially worked on LTE/LTE-Advanced feature analysis and product definition for Intel’s high-end and Cellular IoT modem platforms. Since 2015, she has been active in 5G Internet-of-Things conceptual work and 5G prototype development. In 2016, Sabine was appointed Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. Before joining Intel, Sabine was leading the entire Nokia LTE Research and Standardization Program. Her earlier roles and technical areas included LTE product management, Mobile WiMAX business development, GSM/Edge base station development, RTL design, and electronic design automation research. Sabine holds a diploma in theoretical solid state physics, about 30 issued patents, and more than 50 patent application filings in LTE/LTE-Advanced, network and device implementation, and 5G New Radio. She is author of an electronic design automation textbook chapter on high-level behavioral synthesis. Her recent publications and panels have been at Mobile World Congress 2015 and 2016 as well as at Globecom 2015 and 2016.

Dr. Younes Sekkouri, Former Member of The Parliament -Morocco, works as the CEO of a Design Thinking Company. He is an Adjunct Professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées- France where he teaches Business Strategy and Business &Government Courses. Younes is also the Director of Ecole des Ponts Business School programs in Africa.

Pr. Sekkouri (Phd, ABD) conducts academic researches on innovation and teal organizations, strategic decision models and policy and political risks. Before, he received his E-MBA from Fox School of Business and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and gained work experience as an advisor to many ministers in fields such as E-Government, Industrial and Investment Strategies, Employment Policies, Local Government and Decentralization.


Younes is an Alumnus of the Aspen Institute-Paris on Leadership; he counts several seminars, studies and contributions to international institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on Economic, Development and Governance fields. He has also developed an expertise on Geopolitics with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center Think Tanks.


As part of his professional path, Younes has developed a consulting experience in leadership, corporate strategy, change management strategies and policy design.


Dan Sobovitz is speechwriter, story-teller, communication strategist & trainer. After years of advising international organizations on their online communication, Dan has joined the cabinet of European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, in charge of the Energy Union. Dan serves as the Vice President’s speechwriter and digital communication strategist. Dan publishes and lectures regularly about the relationship between technology, politics, and society. He is also a co-founder of ‘Ceci n’est pas une crise’, a non-profit organization which attempts to analyze, educate, and react to populist nationalism, promoting an inclusive and multicultural society. He holds Israeli, Swiss, and Hungarian passports although it is Brussels that he calls home.


Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Taiber enjoyed his academic training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland, where he first graduated with a master degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 and then completed his PhD degree in Technical Sciences in 1996.

After his studies Dr. Taiber started his professional career at a Swiss software start- up company in 1995. He joined BMW Group in 1997 as in-house consultant in the vehicle development division where he worked on different aspects of functional integration and validation of vehicle systems, vehicle electronics platforms as well as vehicle program management. He assisted the CEO as technology advisor and supported the CIO in a major reorganization of the IT division which resulted in holding different leadership positions in the areas of IT strategy, IT program management, IT innovation management and IT benchmarking. In 2003 Dr. Taiber was engaged in the initial planning team to implement the masterplan of a 250 acre automotive research campus in South Carolina closely located to the BMW US manufacturing site as a public private partnership model and to help shape the strategic collaboration with Clemson University. The first facility created on the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) campus in 2005 was the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) – a 80,000 sqft building specifically designed to collaborate with BMW IT partners on open innovation and strategic advanced technology projects including the aspects of the "networked vehicle" and the "next generation data center". Dr. Taiber was leading the innovation activities at ITRC as director of the Information Technology Research Office for multiple years and collaborated during this time closely with the BMW Tech Office in Silicon Valley. In 2010 Dr. Taiber joined Clemson University as research professor and member of the Automotive Engineering faculty and created in 2012 the Advanced Vehicle-Infrastructure Technology Institute which he headed as director until the end of 2015. Since January 2016 Dr. Taiber is serving as CTO of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) and leading the effort to develop and implement in close proximity to CU-ICAR a 650 acre transportation innovation testbed and automotive technology experience center in a public private partnership model. He also has been appointed as adjunct professor to continue to serve CU-ICAR.

Edouard Toulouse is a French expert in environmental and energy issues graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has been active in the area of energy efficiency for more than 10 years, in advocacy activities and contributions to European regulations on the energy efficiency of appliances and ICT products. He will participate in the Summit as representative of the French négaWatt Association, which he joined in 2013. This non-profit think tank contributes to the policy debate, through renown independent energy outlooks that prove that France could go 100% renewables using energy efficiency and sufficiency. He is notably in charge of contributing to this vision in the area of energy-using and ICT products.

Professor Mihaela Ulieru – awarded digital economy pioneer - works with many governments and organizations seeking to make ICT an integral component of policy making for a healthier, safer, more sustainable and innovation-driven world. She founded two research labs leading several international large-scale projects, among which: Sustainable Personal Living Technologies, Organic Governance, Adaptive Risk Management, Self-organizing Security, IT Future of Medicine and Emulating the Mind. For her scientific work which has positively impacted citizens in emerging and advanced economies including Asia Pac, North America and Europe she was awarded, among many others, the “Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Systems” and the “Canada Research Chair in e-Society” and was appointed to numerous boards among which the Science Councils of Singapore, Canada and European Commission and to the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. Coaching young people to value relationships and making powerful introductions to assist them, has contributed to their ongoing success. One example is Garrett Camp, founder of StumbleUpon and Uber, whom she guided for his MSc degree one decade ago. She is a Research Professor at Carleton University, Global Leader with the Aspen Institute and President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy, advising several high tech start-ups and non-profits around the world.

Frédérique Vallée is agrégée of mathematics and PhD in statistics from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6). After 4 years as mathematics teacher and 5 years within THALES as quality and reliability engineer, Frédérique Vallée founded in 1989 the company MATHIX, that became ALL4TEC in 2005 where she was Associate Director. Since 2016, she has been an independent consultant in dependability and testing of complex systems. She teaches courses in numerous engineering schools and training institutes. She has written a lot of papers and is co-author of three books on the topic of risk management published by Hermes (Lavoisier). Frédérique Vallée is recognized as an expert for the European Community. She is the chair of the IEEE France Section and of the IEEE Reliability chapter.

Marc Vautier has been involved in sustainable development and eco design within Orange for 10 years, first in different R&D activities then inside marketing entities in order to reduce environmental impact of Orange’s products & services (low power mode, software eco design, recycled plastic, bio plastic, box refurbishing, end of life, circular economy…). Today within the Innovation Marketing & Technologies entity, Marc is currently in charge of the Orange Expert Community in Energy & Environment which groups more than 50 experts from different Orange Countries (EU & MEA), with skills in renewable energy, powering, energy efficiency, LCA, products & services eco design, waste management, WEEE, EMF, EMC, SME.

Before being involved in sustainable development, Marc has spent almost 20 years in R&D in the telecommunication domain (access, transmission, architecture, etc.) which gives him a good overview of the sector.


Mr. Fallight Xu is the Manager Sustainability Services of TÜV Rheinland. He is responsible for the development and roll-out of corporate sustainability services portfolio. Fallight has 11-year working experiences in TIC (testing, inspection, and certification) industry with particular interest in the integration of sustainability labels in supply chain management practices. Fallight is an active member of international standardization groups like ISO/TC 207, IEC/TC 111 and ISEAL. Fallight is a chartered engineer and sustainability assurance practitioner.

Dr. Yang Yang is currently a professor with Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, serving as the Director of CAS Key Laboratory of Wireless Sensor Network and Communication, and the Director of Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications (WiCO). He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor with the School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University. Prior to that, he has held faculty positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Brunel University, and University College London (UCL),

Yang is a member of the Chief Technical Committee of the National Science and Technology Major Project “New Generation Mobile Wireless Broadband Communication Networks” (2008-2020), which is funded by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. In addition, he is on the Chief Technical Committee for the National 863 Hi-Tech R&D Program “5G System R&D Major Projects”, which is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China. Since January 2017, he has been serving the OpenFog Consortium as the Director for Greater China Region.

Yang’s current research interests include wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, Fog computing, Open 5G, and advanced wireless testbeds. He has published more than 150 papers and filed over 80 technical patents in wireless communications.