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GeSI Board

Luis Neves, Deutsche Telekom - GeSI Chairman
Markus Terho, Nokia - GeSI Vice Chairman
Danilo Riva - Telecom Italia - GeSI Treasurer
Michael Loch, Motorola Solutions
Malcolm Johnson, International Telecommunication Union
Joan Krajewski, Microsoft
Chris Lloyd, Verizon
Elaine Weidman, Ericsson                                                
Fabian Etter, Swisscom









Luis Neves
Group Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom

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 'œSMART 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'.

Mike Loch
Director of Supply Chain Sustainability, Motorola Solutions

Mike is the Director, Supply Chain Sustainability for Motorola Solutions Inc.  He is responsible for Motorola Solutions’ Global Supplier Sustainability Program and has over 25 years of broad experience in the field of Corporate Responsibility with significant roles in operational environmental, health and safety management, remediation, international standards, green manufacturing and product technology issues.  

Mike has held numerous leadership positions on a number of industry organizations and currently serves on the Governance Committee for the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and Co-chairs the GESI and EICC Extractives Workgroup.  As an industry leader in the field of Conflict Minerals, Mike interfaces regularly with governmental representatives, NGOs, media and customers.  Mike received his BS in Environmental Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

Markus Terho
Director of Sustainability in Operations, Nokia

As Director of Sustainability in Operations and a member of Nokia's Sustainability Leadership Team, Markus Terho has contributed to the development of Nokia's global sustainability strategy and activities with a particular focus on implementing leading-edge local sustainability activities. He is actively involved with industry wide co-operation and works with a range of telecom operators, NGOs, academia and national authorities around the world to expand Nokia'™s sustainability co-operation and environmental awareness. He joined Nokia in 1994 and has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

Malcolm Johnson

Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

Malcolm Johnson was elected Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2006 in Antalya, Turkey and was re-elected at theITU Plenipotentiary Conference2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. During his tenure ITU-T has increased its activity in relation to cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility to ICTs for persons with disabilities. Malcolm Johnson has greatly increased the involvement of developing countries in ITU's standards activities and initiated the involvement of universities and research institutes. He introduced the free downloading of ITU-T standards and initiated a programme to address major concern of developing country over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards.

Joan Krajewski
General Manager, Microsoft

Joan Krajewski is a leader and manager of global product environmental and safety compliance, electromagnetic compatibility/radio frequency, employee safety, sustainability, and supply chain social accountability programs for hardware and packaging business groups. She also directs teams of specialists and auditors, responsible for supporting these areas in EMEA, Asia, and the Americas. Her former career as an attorney spans private practice as a partner representing energy, transportation and real estate clients and work in-house at Microsoft Corporation, American Airlines, Inc. and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Joan participates in and leads ICT industry activities that seek to expand the sustainability potential of electronic and software products. Her work is featured in the book "Saving the World at Work" by Tim Sanders. She chaired the Steering Committee that sponsored the SMART 2020 - U.S. Addendum Report, a groundbreaking analysis of information and communication technology's ability to enable the U.S. transformation to a low carbon economy, and the GeSI report, Evaluating the Carbon-Reducing Impacts of ICT, which establishes a framework for assessing the climate change mitigation impacts of ICT. Joan also serves on the International Program Committee for CARE Innovations, the world's largest symposium devoted to the creation of green electronics. In 2005, she was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Association for service to the legal community.

Chris Lloyd
Policy Advisor for GeSI & Executive Director, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon Communications

Chris Lloyd is Executive Director - Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility. He is responsible for developing and implementing Verizon's corporate responsibility strategy. Verizon's goal is to deploy the transformational power of its broadband and wireless networks to create long-term value for its shareholders and the communities it serves. Creating business and community value is what Verizon calls 'Shared Success' and the company is focused on creating solutions that help communities improve the quality of education and health care systems and that promote energy efficiency.

Chris earned a B.A. in European History/German from Middlebury College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, an MBA from Northeastern University and a Certificate in Environmental Management and Policy from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Chris and his wife Mary Ellen have 3 children.

Danilo Riva
Sustainability Manager, Telecom Italia

Danilo Riva was born in Torino, Italy in 1954. He received a degree in applied physics from the University of Torino in 1978, and in the same year he joined Telecom Italia's research labs (CSELT/TILab) where he had been head of the Environment and Energy unit from 1996 to 2001. Then he was appointed EHS head in the NW territorial area, a position he held from 2003 to 2009. Currently he holds the position of Sustainability manager within TI's Group Sustainability department, with specific responsibility on environmental issues and international cooperation. Danilo has chaired the Corporate Responsibility Working Group of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) since 1997, and is one of the founders of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, where he has been member of the Board since 2001 and Treasurer from 2008 until 2010.

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald

Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the Ericsson Group worldwide. She has worked for Ericsson in the US and Sweden for over 14 years. During this time she has held various positions in the company ranging from Environmental Product Management to Sales and Marketing. Since 2005 her work has focused exclusively on driving Ericsson'™s sustainability and CR initiatives. Ms. Weidman-Grunewald'™s focus is on the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as poverty, climate change and human rights.

Ms Weidman-Grunewald is on the Board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative ( and co-chairs the GeSI Public Policy Working Group. She is also on the Board of Millennium Promise. As the Ericsson spokesperson for Sustainability and CR, she is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and interacts regularly with media, customers, policy makers and the investment community. She is furthermore responsible for a number of public private partnerships which explore the use of Technology for Good, i.e. the use Ericsson'™s core technology to solve some of the world'™s most compelling challenges and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Ms. Weidman-Grunewald holds a double Master'™s degree from Boston University'™s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, in International Relations with a focus on Latin American social and economic development issues, and Resource and Environmental Management.

Fabian Etter


Key Employees

Alice Valvodova, GeSI Executive Director
Veronica Cooper, GeSI Communications & Office Coordinator


Alice Valvodova

Alice Valvodova is the Executive Director of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Based in Brussels, Alice is responsible for overseeing all activities of GeSI and implementing its vision of creating a sustainable world through responsible, ICT- enabled transformation. Before joining GeSI, Alice spent four years as a Policy Advisor with the GSM Association where she managed a wide range of public policy issues covering everything from EU telecoms regulation to making ICT services safer for children. Previously Alice worked for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Information Society and Media.

Veronica Cooper

Veronica CooperVeronica Cooper is the Communications and Office Coordinator at Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Previously, Veronica has worked at Scotland Europa as the Events and Policy Stagiaire in Brussels. She also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Bolivia where she supported the communication for the launch of the Human Development Report. She graduated with an Honours degree in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.