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Profile: Victoria Hernandez

Victoria Hernandez is formerly a C-Level executive of major telcos such as BT, Orange and Proximus, and is now based in Paris. She is also a Founding Director of the GTWN, a Business Angel, Board Member and “C” Leader in the telecoms industry and fintech in Europe and Abroad.

Profile: Michele Merrell

Michele M. Merrell is a senior level telecommunications and technology executive with 30 years in the corporate world. She is the President of Merrell Consulting Group, a global consulting consortium. She serves as a Board of Director for three corporations in the telecommunications industry. Michele is on the international board of directors for the Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN), and is the North America President for GTWN, an organization that actively promotes and mentors women in the global telecommunications and technology industries

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Sustainable Development Goals – Room for Companies to Lead

by Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, SVP, Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer, Ericsson

When I am talking to groups about sustainability, people often ask me how highly it rates on today’s corporate agenda. Simply put, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide investors, and therefore companies, with insights into how government decision-making and company behaviour will shape the development of the global economy over the next fifteen years. It also provides a powerful framework for companies to manage their impact on society, and relate to the most important issues of our time. Continue reading

Using Radio with Mobile Phones for Sustainable Development: Lessons from Africa

by Heather E. Hudson, Professor Emerita, University of San Francisco


Radio remains the most widely used medium in much of the developing world. More than 75 percent of households in Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) have radio sets. In the past decade, cellular network coverage has expanded to include rural areas, and mobile phones have also proliferated, even among low income rural populations. By mid- 2017 according to the GSMA, there were 420 million unique subscribers in SSA, equivalent to a penetration rate of 43 percent. Thus many households, even in rural regions, have access to a mobile phone.

Paying it forward with the Multiplier Effect

by Vicky Sleight, Chief Perfect Officer, Perfect Limited

So how do we move forward in this complex world? We need to create culturally competent and globally inclusive workplaces. We should all be able to work in environments where everyone can thrive, but to do that we need to lead the way and create them. Continue reading

Case Study: Solving the STEM Skills Challenge

by Dr Terri Simpkin, Managing Director, Mischief Business Engineering, (UK & Aust.)

I have spent a good deal of my professional time over the past two decades sitting on panels or delivering key note sessions on the status of workforces and the skills agenda. While the industry focus changes, by and large the topic and challenges remain the same: not enough people, mismatches of skills and lack of diversity.

The Internet of Things: Reflections on the Opportunities and Risks

by Alicia Asín, CEO of Libelium

The potential for innovation and growth that IoT brings to any sector and, in particular, to smart cities is undeniable. We are experiencing the transition into a new era connecting the physical world to the digital world. our vision of an intelligent world, with sensor- lled cities, allows us to imagine more ef cient, habitable, safe and resilient towns thanks to the new digital era. Continue reading

Staying Aware for Success

by Ingrid Silver, Partner Reed Smith and GTWN Regional President, Europe

Having worked closely with the telecoms sector for over two decades, I have witnessed the steady, yet quite remarkable, transformation which the industry has undergone. From an industry which primarily supplied fixed telephony voice services has emerged a fantastically diverse ecosystem embedded in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

Doing Business in Asia: What You Need to Know

by Dr Gabriele Suder, Professor and International Trade Consultant

European companies often nd the thought of doing business in Asia at once both stimulating and challenging, given its multi-faceted nature. With the increasing emphasis on regionalisation of trade and international investment, and the increasing number of bilateral free trade agreements in existence or on the horizon, I am regularly solicited by my Europe based clients about the secret of being successful in Asia. Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence could Hardwire Sexism into out Future. Unless we stop it.

by Alison Kay, Global Vice Chair of Industry, EY

In ve years’ time, we might travel to the office in driverless cars, let our fridges order groceries for us and have robots in the classroom. Yet, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report 2017, it will take another 100 years before women and men achieve equality in health, education, economics and politics. What’s more, it’s getting worse for economic parity: it will take a staggering 217 years to close the gender gap in the workplace.

Understanding what drives the next generation: How Tech Companies can learn to embrace Gen Z and Gen Alpha

Gema Esteban Garrido, Digital Strategy and Analyst relations Director, Telefonica

Human beings tend always to look back to the past when we want to see what’s coming in the future. As we get older, we may also become more set in our ways, less flexible and resistant to change. We may even look with envy at the next generation and all that they have, and want to be like these young, modern, handsome, “techies”. Continue reading

Looking beyond Digitalization: The Human Factor

by Carla Cico, Member of the Board, Allegion

“Digitalization is changing the way we do things”, or alternatively, “IoT is changing our daily life”: these are the most common statements that we read and/or hear on a daily basis.

At the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, Alibaba founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma spoke at length about some of the key challenges he considered were facing the world, among them being the impact on society of new technologies. “Artificial intelligence (AI), big data is a threat to human beings”, he said. “I think AI should support human beings. Technology should always do something that enables people, not disables people. The AI and robots are going to kill a lot of jobs, because in the future it’ll be done by machines. Service industries offer hope – but they must be done uniquely.” Given these challenges to human autonomy and way of life, what then are the ways we can ensure that humans remain in control of the process of transformation? Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Forests of Smart Robots





by Finnoula Taylor, MSc Graduate in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex and Janice Hughes, Founder and CEO of Redshift Strategy

According to one hedge fund manager the machines will have taken over within a hundred years. The human race as we know it today will have lost control due to our inability to comprehend and master trillions of very different networks and data points simultaneously.
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Technology and Commitment can Solve Many of Today’s Challenges

by Maria Pia Rossignaud, Director Media Duemila, Italy

So, what are the main challenges of today? I believe they can be summarised as:


    • Global and regional conflicts, such as terrorism and the threat of nuclear war
    • Environmental and economic impacts of human habitation such as global warming and marine pollution

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Profile: Elisabeth Slapio

Elisabeth Slapio, Director Innovation and Environment Section of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany

After studying to become a full-time lawyer and working at the University of Cologne, Elisabeth worked as a lawyer in various law firms. In the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she is currently focusing on the IT and Telecommunications Industries as well as digitizing value-added processes in small and medium-sized companies. Other topics include advising retail companies and assisting the administration in the reorganization and digitization of specialized procedures in electronic government.
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Someone to watch over you: Is Facial Recognition Technology a Solution or a Growing Problem?

by Vicki MacLeod, Secretary-General, GTWN

Facial recognition technology is being deployed in an ever- expanding number of applications around the world – from passport screening at airports, to surveillance of employees in workplaces, to the police and court system, and even in behavioural research. But should we embrace this technology as a brilliant solution to security and identity veri cation requirements, or should we be more concerned about the impact on individual privacy and data security?
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How Customer Experience and Culture is critical to delivering Digital Transformation

by Keri Gilder, EMEA VP&GM, Ciena

When I attend a conference, or read an article about digital transformation, the conversations are dominated by topics such as intelligent network automation, autonomous networks, big data analytics, software defined networking, virtualisation, faster service time to market, self- service portals, on-demand capabilities, and the myriad of other technologies that can either help me save money, or make money via new or differentiated services.

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