Hoda Baraka, First Deputy to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
Dr. Hoda Baraka is the First Deputy to Minister of Communications and Information Technology. Earlier, she was appointed as the Senior Advisor to the Minister for IT infrastructure Sector, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
Dr. Baraka has twenty five years of extensive experience as consultant in the field of information technology for public and private sector. She has been an active member in the field of Information Technology, particularly in information systems analysis, design, automation, project management, planning, scheduling, reporting, and team organization in different governmental sectors since 1983. Her consulting achievements include: policy development, infrastructure development, ICT for community development, Sustainable development, Human Resource Development, Capacity Building & Training.
Dr. Baraka is a participant in many national projects in both private and government sectors. She also has achievements in formulating Public Private Partnerships (PPP), establishing protocols and business linkages among various stakeholders, supervising national ICT projects in the fields of :education, e-government, e-health, e-content, national databases, and geographical information systems.
Dr. Baraka is the Director of the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) which was launched at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in May 2006 with the aim of improving the quality of education using ICT tools.
Dr. Baraka is also the Project Director of the Egypt ICT Trust Fund, a mechanism created between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the United Nations Development Program to promote the usage of ICT in development. She has now supervised six successful projects under the trust fund, namely the Smart Schools, ICT for Illiteracy Eradication, Mobile ICT Unit, Community Knowledge Generation e-Library, Community Development Portal projects, and SMEs Development through ICT.
Dr. Baraka is also a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. In this capacity, she has made many presentations at national and international conferences regarding information technology, networking, database design and software engineering.
Thierry Bonhomme, Executive Vice President, France Telecom/Orange
Thierry Bonhomme (55) joined the France Telecom Group in 1981, after studying engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (ENST) in Paris. His first role involved fieldwork in networks, transmission & switching. In 1988 he left France Telecom to join Idate, a company specialising in research for the telecoms and media industries, as Director. In 1990 he returned to France Telecom Group as Director of technical management, initially for the Paris regional division and then for the Grenoble and Marseille regional areas.
In 2002, Thierry took on the accountability of business enterprise and customer distribution for FT Group in France, managing the distribution of all Group business products and the control of sales and customer services.
In December 2006, Thierry became Director of R&D within the Orange / FT Group strategic marketing function.
As of February 2010, Thierry is Senior Executive Vice President of Orange Labs Network and Carriers.
Patrick Crawford, Development Manager, CDP
Patrick is part of CDP’s Innovation team working with corporations to use CDP data to catalyse change; and is working with companies to adopt CDSB’s Climate Change Reporting Framework. Changing careers from Head of Business Development at the UK’s Telegraph Media Group Patrick joined CDP in 2007 working to set up the new Supply Chain Program. He moved on to program manage, with Accenture, Microsoft and SAP, the upgrade of the CDP systems to create the de facto global climate change data and reporting platform. His aim is to integrate this valuable information into business strategy as we head towards a low carbon future. Patrick has an MBA from London Business School and received the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath University.
Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe
Stefan Crets is Executive Director of CSR Europe, the European platform for companies and stakeholders to exchange and cooperate to become European leaders in sustainable competitiveness and societal wellbeing. From 2002 onwards, Stefan worked as the CSR leader at Toyota Europe where he developed and implemented a new strategy which informed Toyota's worldwide approach. In 2008, Stefan was appointed General Manager for Corporate Planning and CSR, Toyota Europe.
Prior to his experiences at Toyota, he was Programme Advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation, and started his professional career as a research academic at the University of Antwerp.
Stefan’s deep knowledge of corporate sustainability challenges brings CSR Europe firsthand experience of developing CSR strategy and practice in a company.
James Lovegrove, TechAmerica Europe
James Lovegrove is Managing Director of TechAmerica’s European office in Brussels. Established in 1990, TechAmerica Europe focuses on managing policy issues surrounding climate change, environment, regulatory safety/quality standards, security and privacy which impact the technology sector’s capacity to innovate as well as create growth, jobs, research, education and societal wellbeing (e-health, accessibility, e-government etc) throughout the region.
James’ involvement in climate change includes a variety of roles as an active UNFCCC observer to board member of the EU’s ICT4EE forum. James has also been involved in a number of publications and research projects into the enabling role of technology (ACEEE and Imperial College). Our Environmental Committee was created in 1990 to respond to companies’ business models of “doing more with less” and thereby turn ecological performance into a competitive advantage.
James studied political science, European law, and business administration in a variety of academic institutions in the UK, Germany, France and the US. He’s a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. James, and his wife, Helena, have three sons (Sam, Emil & Oliver) and live in Brussels.
Effendi Mohammad Ridwan, Commissioner, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Indonesia
Mohammad Ridwan Effendi was born in Bandung, 1 December 1963. He got Bachelor degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1988 from Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia, and Doctoral degree also in Telecommunication Engineering from the same university, while his Master degree was from University of Waterloo, Canada. He did a lot of research in channel coding for mobile communication.
Currently he is an associate professor in School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Institute of Technology Bandung, and in 2012 he was re-elected as a commissioner in Indonesian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BRTI) for the second period.
Jean-Jacques Sahel, Global Policy and Regulations Director, SKYPE
Jean-Jacques Sahel, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft / Skype, joined Skype at the start of 2008 from UK Trade and Investment, the British Government’s external trade promotion arm. Before that, he served UK interests in many telecoms and IT negotiations and forums during his years in public service. They included the OECD – where he was a vice chair of the anti-spam task force, and chairman of the working party on the information economy; the ITU; the UN’s world summit on the information society; and the WTO. He’s UK signatory of the 2006 ITU Treaties.
Jean-Jacques holds dual French-British nationality. He read Foreign Languages and Economics, and also took a BA in European Management and holds a Master’s in International Peace and Security. He’s fluent in three languages and comfortable in two more. Jean-Jacques chairs the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC), and is a vice-chair of the OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) for ICT matters. He also sits on the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board (OSAB).
Following the acquisition of Skype, Jean-Jacques is now part of Microsoft’s EMEA corporate affairs team, looking in particular after Internet and communications policy, and international organizations.
Charles Shawcross, Coordinator of theInformation Technology Services (ITS) Programme, UNFCCC)
Charles (Chuck) Shawcross was appointed as the Coordinator of the
Information Technology Services (ITS) Programme for the Secretariat of the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in July
2011. As the ITS Coordinator, Mr. Shawcross is accountable for leading
and managing the vision, strategies, policies, standards, and protocols for
the delivery and enhancement of information and communications technology
services in support the UNFCCC Secretariat and its mandate.
Mr. Shawcross began his career in information and communications technology
with the Canadian Forces in 1972. He has also served with NATO as a
civilian scientist, been the owner of a high tech startup, and a member of
the Canadian Federal Public Service. He was the Director General, Chief
Technology Officer (CTO) for Public Works and Government Services and just
prior to joinin the United Nations, the Assistant Deputy Minister Chief
Information Officer for Environment Canada.
Mr. Shawcross holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a Master of
Science in Electrical Engineering, the Degree Electrical Engineer, and a
Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. Mr. Shawcross and his
wife, Christiane, have four daughters.
Daniela Torres, Global Head of Climate Change Office, Telefonica
Daniela is the Global Manager of Green ICT & Environment and the permanent Head of the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Office of Telefónica, in which her main role is the implementation of the corporate strategy of environment, climate change, energy efficiency and Green ICTs.
She has an Environmental Engineering background, with a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary of Canada. She worked as an environmental expert for the Latin-American Energy Organization (OLADE) and as an environmental advisor in the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Ecuador. From 2006 to 2008 she was also Professor of Environmental Sanitation at the SEK University of Ecuador.
Daniela was responsible for the Environmental Department for Telefónica Movistar Ecuador since 2006 when she was transferred to Telefónica Corporate Office in Madrid in 2008. Since then, Daniela represents the Company in the different external working groups on Green ICTs, environment and Climate Change globally and especially is focused on the activities of the ITU-T Study Group No. 5.