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GeSI Board

Luis Neves, Deutsche Telekom - GeSI Chairman
Arja Mehtälä, Nokia - GeSI Vice-Chairman
Danilo Riva, Telecom Italia - GeSI Treasurer
Malcolm Johnson, International Telecommunication Union
Chris Lloyd, Verizon
Elaine Weidman, Ericsson
Fabian Etter, Swisscom
Katrina Destrée Cochran, Alcatel-Lucent
Joan Krajewski, Microsoft









Luis Neves
Group Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom

Luis Neves was born in Covilhã, Portugal. In 1975 he finished his University degree in History. He worked for Marconi (today Portugal Telecom) as Head of Department and at the Corporate Office. Later he started an international career in Switzerland and developed an intensive activity at European and International levels. During this period he participated in different international bodies such as member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications in the European Union and "Chair" of diverse Work groups, member of the High Level Group on the Information Society. He was appointed as "Expert" by the European Commission to different "Working Groups" in the Telecommunications field as well as in questions related to "Information Society "issues.

In May 2004 Luis Neves joined Deutsche Telekom as a Senior Manager in the Corporate Sustainability and Citizenship Department. In May 2008 he was appointed Head of Sustainable Development and Environment at Deutsche Telekom Corporate Responsibility and 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 Climate Change and Sustainability 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 Chairman of GeSI, and together with the other board members, 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” in the area of climate change.

As GeSI Chairman he was the driving force and the chairman of the steering committee of the recent SMARTer 2020 study “The role of ICT in driving a sustainable future" done for GeSI by the Boston Consulting Group. On January 2013 he was appointed Senior Vice President Group Climate Change and Sustainability Officer.

Luis has been holding positions in many organizations and initiatives such as Chairman 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 and Board Member of the World Resources Forum Association.

Arja Mehtälä
Director, Sustainability  at Nokia

Arja is currently working as Director, Sustainability at Nokia. She has nearly 30 years experience in different positions in Nokia in the areas e.g. of: technology research & development , strategy creation, innovation facilitation, product and technology sustainability roadmap and implementation planning, product design, program and project management, multicultural team leadership, cooperation with external bodies; such as authorities, regulatory bodies, universities, international associations, Nokia and non-Nokia suppliers and researchers

In the past 10 years product environmental topics and sustainability in general have been mainly her focus in areas such as: product environmental compliance and sustainable material & technology conception and development, LCA methodology development and planning, sustainable supply chain, sustainability related global regulations, standards and customer requirements related to Nokia products, content contribution to corporate and stakeholder reporting, sustainability materiality analysis, prioritization, KPI & target setting and mobile application and marketing innovation and planning.

Arja education background is in electronics and chemistry at
Tampere University of Technology / Electronics and Pori department
Helsinki University of Technology / Laboratory of electronics and production technology
Helsinki University / Chemistry

Her hobbies are: outdoor activities, e.g. sailing, music, e.g. singing and piano playing.

Danilo Riva
Sustainability Manager, Telecom Italia

Danilo Riva was born in Torino, Italy in 1954. He received a degree in applied physics from the University of Torino in 1978, and in the same year he joined Telecom Italia's research labs (CSELT/TILab) where he had been head of the Environment and Energy unit from 1996 to 2001. Then he was appointed EHS head in the NW territorial area, a position he held from 2003 to 2009. Currently he holds the position of Sustainability manager within TI's Group Sustainability department, with specific responsibility on environmental issues and international cooperation. Danilo has chaired the Corporate Responsibility Working Group of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) since 1997, and is one of the founders of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, where he has been member of the Board since 2001 and Treasurer from 2008 until 2010.

Malcolm Johnson
Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

Malcolm Johnson was elected Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2006 in Antalya, Turkey and was re-elected at theITU Plenipotentiary Conference2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. During his tenure ITU-T has increased its activity in relation to cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities. Malcolm Johnson has greatly increased the involvement of developing countries in ITU's standards activities and initiated the involvement of universities and research institutes. He introduced the free downloading of ITU-T standards and initiated a programme to address major concern of developing country over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards.

Chris Lloyd
Policy Advisor for GeSI & Executive Director, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon Communications

Chris Lloyd is Executive Director - Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility. He is responsible for developing and implementing Verizon's corporate responsibility strategy. Verizon's goal is to deploy the transformational power of its broadband and wireless networks to create long-term value for its shareholders and the communities it serves. Creating business and community value is what Verizon calls 'Shared Success' and the company is focused on creating solutions that help communities improve the quality of education and health care systems and that promote energy efficiency.

Chris earned a B.A. in European History/German from Middlebury College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, an MBA from Northeastern University and a Certificate in Environmental Management and Policy from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Chris and his wife Mary Ellen have 3 children.

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald
Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the Ericsson Group worldwide. She has worked for Ericsson in the US and Sweden for over 14 years. During this time she has held various positions in the company ranging from Environmental Product Management to Sales and Marketing. Since 2005 her work has focused exclusively on driving Ericsson'™s sustainability and CR initiatives. Ms. Weidman-Grunewald'™s focus is on the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as poverty, climate change and human rights.

Ms Weidman-Grunewald is on the Board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative ( and co-chairs the GeSI Public Policy Working Group. She is also on the Board of Millennium Promise. As the Ericsson spokesperson for Sustainability and CR, she is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and interacts regularly with media, customers, policy makers and the investment community. She is furthermore responsible for a number of public private partnerships which explore the use of Technology for Good, i.e. the use Ericsson'™s core technology to solve some of the world'™s most compelling challenges and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Ms. Weidman-Grunewald holds a double Master'™s degree from Boston University'™s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, in International Relations with a focus on Latin American social and economic development issues, and Resource and Environmental Management.

Fabian Etter
Head of Corporate Responsibility, Swisscom

Fabian Etter has been employed by Swisscom since 2005 and been responsible for the implementation of the Group-wide sustainability strategy as Head of Corporate Responsibility since 2009. Today, Swisscom ranks among the most sustainable telecoms companies in Europe and was added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index in 2012. Mr Etter teaches CSR at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur and regularly holds conferences and seminars. Prior to his employment with the leading Swiss telecoms provider, he worked for economiesuisse, the umbrella organisation for the Swiss business sector, as a project and campaign leader in Zurich and Brussels. Mr Etter is 32 years old and studied Business Administration in Winterthur and Rotterdam.

Katrina Destrée Cochran
Director, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Alcatel-Lucent

Katrina Destrée Cochran is the Director, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Alcatel-Lucent and based in Belgium. Katrina serves as the focal point and internal strategy leader in the Company’s eco-footprint reductions and sustainability programs in Operations, Green Strategy, Corporate Responsibility, GreenTouch™ Consortium and Public Affairs.
Katrina is on the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact local network of Belgium and a Board member of the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI). Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Katrina was the Executive Director of GeSI.

Katrina began her career in the operations of a retail fine art gallery company based in San Francisco,California, then managed the privatization of two printing plants in Warsaw, Poland. Inspired by the experience in Poland, Katrina returned to graduate school to study public policy of global networks. Following graduation, she held positions in regulatory development with Pacific Bell and MFS/WorldCom.

Katrina holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Business and Economic Law from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University. Katrina has also completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She leads activities for the Fletcher Alumni Club of Belgium and continues a life-long interest in classical ballet.

Joan Krajewski
General Manager of Safety, Compliance and Sustainability, Microsoft Corporation

Joan Krajewski is a leader and manager of global product environmental and safety compliance, electromagnetic compatibility/radio frequency, employee safety, sustainability, and supply chain social accountability programs for hardware and packaging business groups. She also directs teams of specialists and auditors, responsible for supporting these areas in EMEA, Asia, and the Americas. Her former career as an attorney spans private practice as a partner representing energy, transportation and real estate clients and work in-house at Microsoft Corporation, American Airlines, Inc. and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Joan participates in and leads ICT industry activities that seek to expand the sustainability potential of electronic and software products. Her work is featured in the book "Saving the World at Work" by Tim Sanders. She chaired the Steering Committee that sponsored the SMART 2020 - U.S. Addendum Report, a groundbreaking analysis of information and communication technology's ability to enable the U.S. transformation to a low carbon economy, and the GeSI report, Evaluating the Carbon-Reducing Impacts of ICT, which establishes a framework for assessing the climate change mitigation impacts of ICT. Joan also serves on the International Program Committee for CARE Innovations, the world's largest symposium devoted to the creation of green electronics. In 2005, she was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Association for service to the legal community.

GeSI Management

GeSI Director - Chiara Venturini

Chiara joined GeSI from TechAmerica Europe (TAE), where she worked as Environment and Standards Manager, representing ICT and high-tech sector companies of US parentage. Her portfolio at TAE included e-waste and chemicals management, supply chain issues, conflict minerals, and consumer product safety. Prior to that, Chiara worked for trade associations representing the fuel cells and ceramic sectors respectively, focusing on sustainability and environmental topics. She also worked in the consulting sector, coordinating projects on innovative energy technologies. Chiara holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a post-grade in management of EU-funded projects. In addition to her native Italian, she speaks English, French and Dutch.

GeSI Communications & Office Coordinator - Danaé List

Prior to joining GeSI, Danaé has worked as events and communciation manager at Ulys, a Brussels-based law firm specialized in ICT and intellectual property law, where she was responsible for events and communications management, as well as assisting with ISO certifications. She also worked as PR responsible for the association World Citizen Music and the web TV CNW. Danaé’s portfolio also includes a series of freelance collaborations with the organization Femmes pour la Paix, the art gallery Isabeau, and the L.A.-based Mico Studio.
Half American, half Belgian, Danaé holds an MA in Sociology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and a MA in Communications and Development from the Brussels Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS).