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 ITU Symposium on ICTs and the Environment & Climate Change
 Accra, Ghana, 7-8 July 2011 Contact:


Mr. Daniel Amlalo, Acting Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana

Daniel S. Amlalo is the Ag. Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency-Ghana. Daniel was the Deputy Executive Director of the Agency from 2007 to 2010. Daniel holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Resources from University of Salford (UK) with special interest in Marine Resources and Coastal Area Management. He has over 26 years experience in Environmental Resources Management. Daniel has a number of publications to his credit.
Mr. Mike Anane, Coordinator, League of Environmental Journalists

Mike Anane is an environmental campaigner, he has been working on the international trade in e-waste, monitoring and documenting the illegal shipments and dumping of e-waste in Ghana for the past 8 years. Mike has been an independent environmental Journalist for 19 years. He is the Coordinator of the League of Environmental Journalists in Ghana and also the acting President of the African Network of Environmental Journalists which has its secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. Mike is also a Laureate of the United Nations Environment Progamme’s (UNEP) Global 500 Roll of Honour for outstanding practical achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment. Mike is a British Chevening Scholar (The flagship scholarship scheme of the British government).

Mike Anane’s expertise, courage, innovation, dedication and contributions to global efforts and strategies to combat the illegal traffic of electronic waste are well documented. Over the years, Mike has been working closely with a wide range of international organizations interested in illegal e-waste exports and their environmental and public health impacts.
Mr. Olaseni Ashiru, Government and Industry Relations, Region sub-Saharan Africa, Ericsson

Olaseni is a lobbyist, principled advocate and a Legal and Regulatory Counsel committed to pursuing his clients’ cause/s.

He currently works with Ericsson in the West and Central hubs of its Region sub-Saharan Africa (RSSA), where he is charged with coordinating the regulatory affairs of the business and vigorously engaging government, policy makers and regulators on behalf of the business.

Since his call to the Nigerian bar and prior to joining Ericsson, he has had several years working experience in legal practice with core competencies in litigation, corporate practice, land & property law, commercial law, criminal law and tort. Olaseni moved to the Aviation Industry where he provided Legal, Company Secretarial and Business advisory services.

In 2005 he joined MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd where he was responsible for managing regulatory risk with a focus on Interconnection, support to the Network Group & Finance Departments, and regulatory interface with government and industry.

An Alumnus of the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School, he has partaken in several self-development initiatives including the now popular wealth creation NGO, the Fate Foundation’s, Aspiring Entrepreneur’s Program. In addition to the Nigerian Bar Association, he is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Olaseni is a strong, pro-active team leader and player, and is adept at providing coaching, support, mentoring and the creation of an enabling work environment for team mates to build cohesive and efficient units that strive to achieve individual targets and group objectives. He is result-oriented and focused, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

He is married with two children and names reading, travelling, football, current affairs and social discourse among several of his interests. He enjoys working with young people and charity projects.
Mr. Lawrence Atiase, Secretary General of the African Broadcasting Union

Chief Executive Officer of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), Lawrence Atiase served respectively as URTNA’s Programmes Coordinator and later Executive Director from 2002 till 2005 when he became the Acting Secretary General. He saw through the transition of URTNA to AUB and was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the 1st AUB General Assembly session held in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2007. He has more than two decades of broadcasting experience.
H.E. Ms. Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science & Technology, Ghana and Co-Chairman of the Symposium

Hanny-Sherry Ayittey is a hard working, trustworthy, dedicated and intelligent woman who is very passionate about contributing her quota to collective societal efforts to making this world a better place and to creating a platform for the next generation to build on.

Madam Sherry has an outstanding career in management and she is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Ghana. In 1995, she was adjudged the CIM Marketing Woman of the year.

She served as the managing director of several companies including the GIHOC Distilleries. The following represent some of the Boards of Management on which she served: Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT); Ghana Export Promotion Council; Ghana Water and Sewerage Corporation, Forestry Commission, National Population Council.

Hanny-Sherry Ayittey obtained B.Sc. in Biochemistry and M.Sc. in Industrial Microbiology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She also pursued several short programs in the following institutions: Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), University of Ghana, the John Hopkins University in the US, Kellog Graduate School of Management, North Western University in the US.

Madam Sherry has been leading Ghana’s delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification among others. Other Conferences she attended include: the International Conference for Women in Beijing, China and the Africa Global Initiative Conference, Tokyo, Japan.

Currently, she is the Hon. Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana, and the Chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology (Geneva) and the African Regional Centre on Technology (Dakar). She is also a Council Member of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Washington.
Mr. Ken Baker, Senior Consultant, Critical Facilities Services, EMEA, Hewlett Packard Company

Ken Baker is a recognized industry expert on power, cooling and datacenter infrastructure. He is an evangelist for the latest in energy conservation and efficiency technologies for customers worldwide. He is a frequent keynote speaker at various datacenter engineering events, such as the Uptime Symposium, 7x24 Exchange, and Datacenter Dynamics conferences. Baker joined HP in 1982 and was responsible for the formation of a number of technical organizations, and has held numerous other Engineering positions within HP including program and product management for a variety of hardware and software products. He has served as Senior Technologist in the Datacenter Infrastructure organization at HP for the last 5 years, and is now serving as Senior Consultant in HP’s Critical Facilities Services organization, guiding customers on ways to pursue energy and sustainability management as a key priority in their businesses. Baker’s unique knowledge of both the IT and Infrastructure business allows him to provide a balanced approach to helping solve complex customer needs.
Ms. Cristina Bueti, Programme Coordinator (ITU-T activities on ICT, the Environment and Climate Change)

Cristina Bueti graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Cooperation and Development of the University of Florence, where she completed postgraduate studies in International Cooperation. In 2003, Ms Bueti completed a project for the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta, before joining the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in January 2004. She is responsible for ITU-T's activities related to ICTs and environment with a special focus on climate change and e-waste issues.
Mr. Jean Manuel Canet, Rapporteur of Question 18 of ITU-T Study Group 5

Jean-Manuel leads a Skill Centre on Sustainable Development and Innovation within the Consulting branch of Orange Business Services. He has developed an expertise on how to assess and reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts of ICT and how to use ICT in order to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts in other sectors of the economy.

Jean-Manuel is Rapporteur for the Question on methodologies in the frame of the Study Group “Environment and Climate Change” of the ITU-T. He sits on the Steering Committee of the GHG Protocol ICT sector initiative.

Jean-Manuel graduated from Telecom ParisTech and from the Collège des Ingénieurs MBA Programme.
Mr. Flavio Cucchietti, Chairman of the Energy Efficiency of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative

Flavio Cucchietti, within Telecom Italia R&D Center in Turin (Italy,) is managing the innovation projects on infrastructural and powering solutions for the Next Generation Network.

From 1988 is active in standardization activities on access network technologies and conformance testing. Is currently member of many standardization groups acting on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability for ICT and Network infrastructure.

Cooperates with EC and Energy Star on Energy efficiency initiatives.

Co-chairs the GeSI-EEWG (Energy Efficiency Working Group) where worldwide ICT service providers and vendors are working together towards energy efficiency .

Takes part to international and national study groups on optical fibre deployment in FTTx and Digital Divide scenarios.

He is Board member of GeSI and of CEI, the Italian standardization institution in the electrical, electronic and telecommunications area.
Dr. Dave Faulkner, Chairman of the Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and Climate Change

David Faulkner gained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Essex in 1983 in the area of Optical Fibre Communications Systems. He led research in the field of access networks with specialisation in passive optical networks for British Telecom between 1983 and 2007 filing 18 patents as inventor. Between 1995 and 1999 he was visiting lecturer at Essex University. From 2000-2008 he was Rapporteur for ITU-T/SG15/Q2 on “Fibre Systems for Access Networks”. He has chaired the conference on Networks and Optical Communications since its inception in 1995. He chaired the ITU-T Focus Group on ICT and Climate Change in 2008-2009 and is now Co-chairman of the Joint Coordination Activity on ICT and CC. He is studying climate change issues with interest in ICT and aviation and has adopted a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. He is keen to promote low energy networks and has adopted audio and web conferencing to minimise travel to meetings. In November 2009 he co-founded Climate Associates Limited to encourage and support environmental initiatives among clients and colleagues and also to minimise the environmental impact of ICT by introducing reduction, recycling and mitigation to international standards. He is Rapporteur of SG5 Question 23 'Using ICTs to enable countries to adapt to climate change'.
Mr. Glenn S. Feldhake, Senior Spectrum Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA

Glenn Feldhake is a Senior Spectrum Engineer at the NASA John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, USA. He has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and is responsible for the filing and coordination of all NASA spacecraft. Glenn began supporting NASA while performing propagation studies in 1993 and began working at the John Glenn Research Center in 2003. He works regularly in ITU-R Study Group 3 and has been a member of several U.S. Delegations to World Radiocommunication Conferences and ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences.
Mr. Koichi Fujinuma, Deputy Director, Information and Communications Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan

His current role at MIC is to promote ICT policies in terms of addressing Climate Change, including promoting smart grid and green data center. Prior to this position, he was a deputy director for resource allocation, Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP), the Cabinet Office of Japan.

He holds MA degree from Stanford University, MS in EE degree from Tohoku University, and MIA (Int’l Affairs) degree from Columbia University.
Mr. Sung-Chul Kang, Senior Government Official, Korea

His name is SUNGCHUL KANG, who was born in Korea in 1955.

He has two Ph.D. for radio engineering, Yonsei University, Korea and Yokohama national University, Japan.

He joined the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in 1978.

He has worked in Radio Management Bureau, Telecommunication Policy Bureau, Informatization Palnning Office and etc. in the MIC until 2008.

He is working for Seoul Bukbu Radio and Telecommunication Management Office as Director-General in KOREA COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

He was a vice chairman and WG chairman of FG for ICT&CC, ITU-T.

He is a Vice Chairman of Study Group 5, ITU-T.
Mr. James Kasigwa, Ag. Commissioner Broadcasting Infrastructure, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Uganda

Mr. James Kasigwa is a Telecommunications Engineer, with a Masters degree in Telecommunications & Computer Networks Engineering (TeCNE) from London South Bank University, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala.

He has done Professional Certifications in the IT field and he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), holds CRISC, (Certified Information Systems Risk), CCNA (Certified Information Systems Risk & Controls) and, Comptia Security+.

Mr. Kasigwa has a holistic viewpoint and strong background in the ICT Industry because he has worked in Academia, Industry and Government. His working experience spans from ICT Networks Planning, Designing and Implementation to End User Support and Training. Mr. Kasigwa lectured at Makerere University (School of Post Graduate Studies) at the faculty of Computing and IT 2004-2007, later worked with a Multi-National Telecom Operator 2007-2009. He has worked on a number of ICT projects in Uganda and the East-African Region in the ICT Industry as a lead consultant.

Currently, Mr. Kasigwa heads the Department of Broadcasting & Infrastructure at the Ministry of Information & Communications Technology, Government of Uganda. He is also the Chairman of the Multi-sector working group on ICT & Climate Change at the Ministry of Information & Communications Technology.
Mr. Matthias Kern, Senior Programme Officer, UNEP-Secretariat of the Basel Convention

Matthias Kern started his professional career as Research Associate at the Plant Protection Institute in Goettingen before he joined the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in 1986, where he worked in the field of pesticide and industrial chemicals handling and use, regulation and technical assistance for the implementation of international chemicals conventions. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Programme Officer for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and other chemicals in the UNEP Division of Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination in Nairobi, where he coordinated the UNEP GEF projects related to toxic substances. Since 2009, he is Head of the Implementation and Capacity Building Unit in the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal located in Geneva.
H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana

H.E. John Dramani Mahama is the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana after the national elections of 2008. He has been three-times elected Member of Parliament for Bole-Bamboi constituency, and also a member of the Pan-African Parliament from Ghana.

In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Ghana, and further obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies, from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1986, and Postgraduate Studies in Psychology from the Institute of Social Sciences, Moscow.

Mr. John Mahama was Deputy Minister of Communications from April 1997 to Nov 1998, and became the substantive Minister of Communications from November 1998 to January 2001.

He also acted as Chairman of the National Communications Authority, Regulatory Agency for Telecommunications and ICT sector Nov 1998 – Jan 2001.
Mr. James Mulolo, Senior Inspector, Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA)

Possess over 8 years relevant experience in developing and enforcement environmental policies, strategies and guidelines. Has attended specialized training in the Cleaner Production and Environmental Management in Industry, Environmental Law, and the use of BAT/BEP approach. Member, International Solid Waste Association Member and United Nation’s Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) working group. Currently, Senior Environmental Inspector at the Zambia Environmental Management Agency. Coordinates and oversees over 300 industrial and business operations in Zambia. Has been involved in the development of standards and regulations for sound environmental management, enforcement and prosecution of environmental pollution. Team leader of a multi-stakeholder group on the development of the Zambia Regulations on Extended Product Responsibility. Convener of the National technical e-waste working group in Zambia. Graduate of the University of Zambia (Bsc. Agricultural Economics) and University of Free State (Masters’ of Environmental Management).
Mr. Vadim Nozdrin, Counselor of ITU-R Study Group 7, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU

Since 2010 Vadim Nozdrin is BR Counselor of ITU-R Study Group 7, in particularly dealing with systems for remote sensing, including passive and active sensing systems, operating on both ground-based and space-based platforms.Vadim Nozdrin has been working on technical and regulatory aspects of satellite coordination at ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau since 2000.

Having got practical experience during 4 years in operation and management of telecommunication and broadcasting networks as engineer working on advanced multiplexing systems at Russia’s main operator, Rostelecom , since 1992 he had technical and executive responsibilities at the Moscow Radio Research and Development Institute. He has been involved in studies of technical, regulatory and economical aspects of spectrum management.

He has a degree in telecommunication engineering, and a PhD in spectrum management from the Moscow University of Telecommunication and Information.
Prof. Oladele Osibanjo, Executive Director, University of Ibadan Linkage Centre For Cleaner Production Technology & Hazardous Waste Management, Nigeria

Professor Oladele Osibanjo is a Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university. He is a past Chairman United Nations Joint Agencies Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution (GESAMP). He is the Executive Director , Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technological Transfer for the African Region. The Centre is implementing in partnership with IMPEL, EMPA of Switzerland and Oiko Institute of Germany, the Secretariat of Basel Convention (SBC) E-waste Africa project which first phase covers seven African countries namely : Benin, Ghana, Cote D’lvoire, Liberia ,Nigeria Egypt and Tunisia.. The objectives of the project are to enhance environmental governance of e-wastes in African countries; build capacity to monitor and control e-waste imports coming from the developed world, including Europe; protect the health of citizens, and provide economic opportunities. He received the MSc and PhD degrees in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, United Kingdom. He is Co-Chair, Basel Convention Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment.
Mr. Ray Pinto, Government Affairs Director for Environment, Microsoft Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Ray works with an international team focused on Microsoft’s role and contribution in the area of the environment and energy efficiency. His primary role is engaging with governments, partners and non-governmental organizations to learn more on how the information and communication industry can help resolve difficult issues and raise awareness of climate change. Ray represents Microsoft as a Co-Chair within the ICT4EE Forum’s working groups launched late February 2010 that comprises of 4 Industry Associations that include (Digital Europe, GeSI, TechAmerica Europe and JBCE) and has the task to develop methodologies, policy solutions and energy reduction targets for the ICT industry. Ray has been working for Microsoft since 1997 and is based in Paris.
Mr. John Smiciklas, Director, CSR, Research In Motion

John Smiciklas is Director, Corporate Responsibility Programs at Research In Motion Limited, makers of the BlackBerry™ wireless platform. He is responsible for the development, implementation and communication of RIM's corporate programs in the areas of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility on a global basis.

Prior to joining RIM in July 2008, John worked with a number of consulting and auditing firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and British Standards Institute providing sustainability consulting services and auditing services to clients to a number of global standards including e.g ISO 9001/14001, AS9100, OHSAS 18001 among others

John holds a BASc, Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is an auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 international standards.
Ms. Nevine Tewfik, Deputy Director of International Relations, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

Nevine Tewfik is Deputy Director of International Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology- Egypt. Ms. Tewfik’s portfolio includes a number of programs and initiatives including among other things; Egypt’s Green ICT program where she is coordinating the international cooperation dimension with different stakeholders including the government, private sector and international organizations. Ms. Tewfik is also in charge of the Internet Safety Program of the Ministry.

For the past four years, Ms. Tewfik’s work revolved around the development and dissemination of both projects in Egypt and reaching out to the region, as well as engaging Egypt actively in the international dialogue on the subjects. Ms. Tewfik represented the projects at related conferences including the third, fourth and fifth rounds of IGF, as well as at a number of OECD meetings. Ms. Tewfik is also member of the ITU COP initiative, Egypt’s representative at the ITU WG- CP, member of the ITU Dynamic Coalition on climate change and associate rapporteur of ITU- T SG-5 Question 23.

Prior to that, Ms. Tewfik was General Manager of the European Cooperation Department. Ms. Tewfik's portfolio included coordinating the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s relations with numerous international organizations. She has also been involved in formulating Egypt's Information Society White Paper.
With more than 20 years experience in the fields of socio political research, international relations and development, Ms. Tewfik has represented Egypt in a number of international forums and conferences, including the World Summit on The Information Society. Her field of expertise is oriented towards ICT4D, child online safety, green ICT, in addition to strategic writing, policy formulation and political analysis.

Ms. Tewfik studied at the American University in Cairo, where she received her BA and MA in Political Science.
Mr. Philippe Tristant, Senior Spectrum Engineer, Meteo France

Philippe TRISTANT is Senior Frequency Manager at Meteo France (Toulouse) and GIE EUMETNET, the European Meteorological services Network. He was chairman of the Steering Group for Radio Frequency Coordination (SG-RFC) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and Point of Contact (POC) for the action related to Frequency protection of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). Before joining Meteo France, he worked within the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR). He is regularly attending ITU-R meetings and participated the last 3 WRCs at which he acted as French and European coordinator on a number of agenda items.
Mr. Kyle Whitehill, CEO, Vodafone Ghana

Kyle was educated in Scotland and has a degree in marketing and economics. Kyle has worked in the UK, Central Europe and India for both telecom and consumer goods companies. His early career was spent in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) with L’Oreal, Jeyes and Guinness before he entered general management with the Soft Drinks division of PepsiCo.

Kyle Whitehill joined Vodafone UK in 2001 as head of the Enterprise business. In February 2008 he moved to Vodafone India as Chief Operating Officer, shortly after the acquisition of the business from Hutchison. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, the subscriber base of Vodafone India’s business grew from 47 million to over 100 million.

Kyle Whitehill is a keen golfer and supporter of Glasgow Rangers football club and is married with 3 sons.
Mr. Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, Projects and Initiatives Department, ITU

Dr. Cosmas L. Zavazava is Chief a.i, of Department for Project Support and Knowledge Management, within the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union. He is also the Head of Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States, Landlocked Developing Countries, Emergency Telecommunications and Climate Change Adaptation.
Mr. Ahmed Zeddam, Chairman of the ITU-T Study Group 5 "Environment and Climate Change"

Ahmed ZEDDAM received a PhD in electromagnetic from the University of Lille. From 1979 to 1982, he was an assistant Professor of electronics at Lille I University. Since 1982, he has been employed at Research and Development Division of France Telecom in Lannion where he is head of a Research and Development Unit dealing with Electromagnetic Compatibility. Dr Zeddam is the author and co-author of about 100 scientific papers, published in reviewed journals and international conferences. He participated to the production of books related to EMC, including a reference book published in 2007.

He is also member of several Technical Committees of international standardisation bodies dealing with Electromagnetic Compatibility (ITU-T, IEC, CENELEC). He is currently Chairman of Study Group 5 of ITU-T and he is involved in Commission E "Electromagnetic Noise and Interference" of International Union of Radio Science (URSI). Dr Zeddam is also member of many scientific committees of national and international symposia on EMC.


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