Luis Neves, Deutsche Telekom - GeSI Chairman
Markus Terho, 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
Group Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom
Luis Neves is Chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), and Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, at Deutsche Telekom Group. With over thirty years of experience at the national and international level in the field of telecommunications and Information Society, Luis has played a fundamental role in promoting the role of ICT in relation to climate change. Luis was the driving force and chairman of the steering committee of the landmark study 'SMART 2020 - Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age'. Luis currently holds positions and participates in a range of international projects and initiatives including GeSI, the United Nations Global Compact Group and Steering Committee of the United Nations 'Caring for Climate Initiative'.
Director of Sustainability in Operations, Nokia
As Director of Sustainability in Operations and a member of Nokia's Sustainability Leadership Team, Markus Terho has contributed to the development of Nokia's global sustainability strategy and activities with a particular focus on implementing leading-edge local sustainability activities. He is actively involved with industry wide co-operation and works with a range of telecom operators, NGOs, academia and national authorities around the world to expand Nokia's sustainability co-operation and environmental awareness. He joined Nokia in 1994 and has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.
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.
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.
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.
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 (GeSI.org) 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.
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.
Alice Valvodova, GeSI Executive Director
Vanessa Cooper, GeSI Communications & Office Coordinator
Alice Valvodova is the Executive Director of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Based in Brussels, Alice is responsible for overseeing all activities of GeSI and implementing its vision of creating a sustainable world through responsible, ICT- enabled transformation. Before joining GeSI, Alice spent four years as a Policy Advisor with the GSM Association where she managed a wide range of public policy issues covering everything from EU telecoms regulation to making ICT services safer for children. Previously Alice worked for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Information Society and Media.
Communications and Office Coordinator
Vanessa Cooper holds a BA in Psychology and a Master in Social Research. She has experience working for NGOs and international organisations in Bolivia and in Europe. Prior to moving to Brussels she worked for a Rural Development Project funded by the UN agency International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).