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Using digital technology to advance Sustainable Development Goals

  • University of Sydney Business School Level 17, 133 Castlereagh St Sydney (map)

On the 4th of May the EPF and its members had the pleasure of welcoming our international guest and speaker, Luis Neves. As the Chair of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, at Deutsche Telekom Group, Luis was perfectly positioned to deliver on our topic of the evening - Innovating Our Way towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): How Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Can Generate Multi-Sector Solutions To Advance the SDGs.

Access the slides here. 

Those present were given an insight into the world of ICT and the power it has to advance effective and profitable business solutions to advance the SDGs. Luis’ extensive experience in the ICT field and his current involvement with many international organisations and initiatives allowed for a truly personal and illustrative talk on how these organisations work together to approach global issues, as well as the transformative potential of ICT solutions.

Following Luis’ presentation, the EPF’s very own Lee Stewart offered a brief presentation on the Australian opportunity for ICT enabled emissions reductions - as outlined in the SMARTer2030 report. Whilst the presentation was only a snapshot of the whole report, the figures were astounding and offered plenty of food for thought for the future. The report can be downloaded in full here.  

The EPF would like to thank everyone who attended and kept discussion flowing well into the evening.  It was great to see a packed room filled with so many engaged conversations  -  the beer, wine and pizza may have had an impact there, but nonetheless it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. 

We would like to thank everyone that provided us with feedback for the event. We are always looking to improve the events for your benefit and any feedback is a massive help.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank our sponsors for the evening - the event would not have happened without the absolutely crucial support of Grosvenor Sustainability, Fujitsu and the University of Sydney. We are grateful for your support. 

About the speaker:

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'.