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Wednesday, June 16 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Clean IT for Environment: Clean IT for Climate Justice: policymakers need to make this work

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Digital technologies are indispensable to achieving sustainable development goals and reducing carbon emissions in many sectors. Yet, computer systems themselves have an immense energy requirement for their countless devices, data centers, applications and global networks. With Covid-19 the shift to digital in living, learning and earning is bringing us closer to the time when digitization will become the climate hazard No. 1. Since digitization has many important benefits, we must prioritize research policy to: design digitization processes that consume less energy; increase algorithmic efficiency and effectiveness so that people and the planet thrive; and make “Sustainability by Design” the new paradigm in digital engineering worldwide.

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Richard Perez

Founding Director, Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town
Richard Perez is the founding director of the Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, which leverages the global d.school network of both Potsdam, Germany and Stanford, United States. Richard’s expertise and experience combines human centered design... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Attendee, People Centered Internet
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Alpesh Shah

Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association
Alpesh Shah serves as the Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence at the IEEE Standards Association, where his focus is on organizational growth and sustainable and impactful advancements of ecosystems towards accelerated outcomes. Prior to joining the IEEE, Alpesh... Read More →
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Christoph Meinel

Director and CEO, Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering
Christoph Meinel is CEO and Scientific Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI). He is also Vice Dean of the Faculty of Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam. Christoph Meinel holds the chair of Internet Technologies and Systems. He is... Read More →
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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission.He is currently the head of the Science... Read More →
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Pascal Doh

Senior Researcher, Diaspora Academic Network for Africa
Dr. Pascal S. Doh is Founder of a Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation in 2019 and of A Europe-Africa Diaspora Professional Network. He is specialised in Higher Education (HE) Management and Governance and resident in Finland. He holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Management from... Read More →
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Dr Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo

Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison, Intel
Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo is the Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison, and a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. In his current role, Dr Agbokponto Soglo is responsible for developing policy strategies and advocating for favorable government policies, regulations... Read More →
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Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
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Johan Eksteen

Senior Director, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee,
Johan wears two hats relevant for discussions on standards. He is the chairperson of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee TC 0001, the mirror of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1). In addition, he holds the position of Senior Director: International... Read More →
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David Harmon

David Harmon is the director for EU Public Affairs at Huawei Technologies since September 2019. He implements key strategies and manages stakeholder relationships within the EU institutions covering the research, innovation, science, trade and digital economy policy areas.Before coming... Read More →

Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa