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GtICT Summit 2017

Thursday May 25, 2017, 8:00AM – 8:00PM

Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, 
3, Place du Général Kœnig, Paris, France


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Held in parallel to the IEEE International Conference on Communications
ICC'17: Bridging People, Communities, and Cultures, May 21-25, 2017


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.     

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GtICT Summit Agenda at a Glance

08:00 to 16:30 – Build Awareness & Identify Challenges






Introductory Remarks


Opening keynote:
View from Governments:
ICT as a driver of sustainability: Policy impacts.


Keynote address:
View from ICT Industry:
Greening through ICT
Paradigm shift: ICT as a prime driver of energy efficiency and the fight against climate change


Coffee Break


View from ICT Verticals:
Achieving sustainability in an increasingly connected world
Challenges to achieving sustainability and concrete examples of where it has been achieved.


Lunch Break


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


Coffee Break



Moderated debate between 5 stakeholders
Opportunities & constraints where ICT is used as a tool to improve environmental and societal functions, as well as to make progress on the energy efficiency, carbon footprint and life-cycle management of ICT itself.


Relocate to World Café venue.

17:00 to 20:00 – Identify Solutions


Welcome to World Café*


Round table brainstorming

Small multidisciplinary groups discussions


Coffee Break


World Café* – Plenary session

Small multidisciplinary groups discussions


Reporting and Concluding Statements


End of Summit

* Please visit the World Café Community Foundation to learn more about this collaboration method.



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.

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.

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee.

She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.

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.

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.

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. Robert S. Fish is Vice President of Industry and Standards Activities of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). He is also President of NETovations, LLC, a consulting company focused on the creation of communications and networking technology innovation as well as a faculty member in the Computer Science Department of Princeton University. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior VP at Mformation, Inc. a company specializing in carrier software for mobile device management. From 1997 to 2007, Rob was Vice President and Managing Director of Panasonic US R&D laboratories working on embedding networking into consumer devices. Prior to this, he was Executive Director, Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore/Telcordia after starting his career at Bell Laboratories. Besides his many publications, Dr. Fish has been awarded 17 patents. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Dr. Fish is Steering Committee chair and Co-founder of ComSoc’s Consumer Communications and Networking Conference. He is the former chair of ComSoc’s GLOBECOM and ICC Management and Strategy Committee. For his leadership and contributions to the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, Dr. Fish was the recipient of ComSoc’s MMTC Distinguished Service Award.

Rob has also been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association, was Chair of IEEE-SA’s Global Committee, and was a founding member of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. He co-edited a series in IEEE Communications Magazine on IEEE standards in communications and networking. During his career, Dr. Fish and his organizations have initiated and managed standards development activities in IEEE, ISO/IEC JTC1, 3GPP, OMA, IETF, ATSC, CableLabs, OSGi, and probably a few others. In 2016, for his leadership in standards activities, Dr. Fish was awarded the Standards Medallion of the IEEE Standards Association.

Dr. Meng Lu, Strategic Innovation Manager at Dynniq, The Netherlands; VP, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS); Co-Chair, WG Industry Engagement, IEEE 5G Initiative; Member of the Editorial Board of IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Intelligent Transport Systems; In 2011-2015 Programme Manager at Dutch Institute of Advanced Logistics, The Netherlands; In 2009-2010 Visiting Professor at the National Laboratory for Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, P.R. China. Since 2002 active in the areas of ICT-based ITS and logistics. Participation in European initiatives and projects since 2005, as Coordinator, WP Leader and/or Partner.
Education: PhD at LTH (Faculty of Engineering), Lund University, Sweden; Master's title and degree of Engineering in The Netherlands and P.R. China.