Sustainability SIG launch event: 'Driving sustainability with technology'

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Join us for the CW Sustainability SIG inaugural event, hosted and sponsored by PwC

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About the event

We are hugely excited to announce the launch of our new CW Sustainability SIG! Register now  for our launch event on Wednesday 26 April, kindly hosted and sponsored by CW member PwC.

The CW Sustainability SIG's mission is to share best practices, knowledge and innovation to achieve sustainability, including by influencing regulation and standards.

This session will explore the various ways in which technology can enable sustainability – both in making technology more sustainable and understanding the role of tech to drive sustainable practices. With input from the CW (Cambridge Wireless) Sustainability SIG champions and advisors, including representatives from SharkNinja, Beko, Vodafone, Flex, Marks & Clerk, Climate Associates, Greater Cambridge Partnership and Planet Mark, we will also look at setting and enacting credible sustainability goals within the sector, as well as regulatory requirements and opportunities for collaboration.

We hope that you will be able to join us to find out more about the CW Sustainability SIG's vision and objectives and to hear from speakers including:

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWSustainability.

Hosted and sponsored by PwC UK

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Working across artificial intelligence, life sciences and AgriTech industry sectors with businesses in the region.

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13:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

14:00

CW welcome from Abhi Naha, CCO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

14:05

Introduction to CW Sustainability SIG from Tim Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, SharkNinja

14:10

Welcome from event host and sponsor, Simon DeYoung, Partner, PwC and Tarik Moussa, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Innovation Consulting, PwC

14:20

Tim Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, SharkNinja

Session to be chaired by Craig Pemberton, SIG Champion and Senior Innovation Manager, Vodafone

14:40

Q & A

14:45

‘Sustainable Domesticity’: Graham Anderson, Team Leader - UK R & D, Beko

A sustainable future requires all of us to reduce our impact on the planet. Changes in our domestic lives can make significant differences to this. For example, residential electricity consumption makes up approximately 27% of total consumption worldwide. In this talk, Beko plc will discuss their mission statement regarding sustainability and give some examples of the innovative paths they have taken to reduce energy and water consumption, food waste and virgin material usage.

15:05

Q & A

15:10

‘Decarbonizing the Tech industry: Challenges & Solutions for manufacturers’: Xavier Hubert, Head of Circular Economy, Flex GSS

For tech manufacturers, the largest portion of carbon footprint is usually found within their supply chain, and more specifically within two “Scope 3” categories. The presentation aims to define and take stock of the issues, the challenges in tackling them, and suggests a couple of effective decarbonization pathways while referencing the bigger Sustainability picture.

15:30

Q & A

15:35

Refreshments and networking

16:00

‘Making every electrical device always efficient’: Darrel Kingham, CEO, Pulsiv Ltd

Session to be chaired by Keith Dickerson, SIG Champion and Co-Director, Climate Associates.

Efficient power conversion is key to delivering global net-zero targets, the growing demand for renewable energy and reducing unnecessary waste. Pulsiv will discuss unique technology designed to reduce electricity consumption in a broad range of applications and generate more power from future solar installations.

16:20

Q & A

16:25

‘Sharing is caring – Samsung Sustainability Report’: Professor Howard Benn, VP Communications Research, Samsung

Samsung have been measuring a large range of sustainability targets for many years and since 2008 have published the raw facts in our annual sustainability report. Our data driven methods are helping us move to net zero for our phones by 2030. This presentation will show how measuring and sharing data can drive a sustainable product development strategy.

16:45

Q & A

16:50

Panel session with Sustainability SIG Champions Jonathan Withey, Director of Transformation and ESG, Planet Mark; Craig Pemberton, Senior Innovation Manager, Vodafone; Dan Clarke, Head of Innovation & Technology, Greater Cambridge Partnership and Keith Dickerson, Co-Director, Climate Associates.

Session to be chaired by Esther Ford, SIG Champion and Partner, Marks & Clerk.

17:25

Wrap-up by Abhi Naha, CCO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

17:30

End of session followed by networking and refreshments kindly sponsored by PwC

18:30

Event close

Speakers

Graham Anderson - Team Leader – UK R & D, Beko

Graham Anderson is Team Leader – UK R & D at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, improving energy efficiency, and sustainable materials. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Howard Benn - VP Communications Research, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute UK

Howard started his career in the fixed telecommunication sector (Plessey) back in 1982, did his degree and PhD at Bradford University, moving into radio based communications in 1989. He started working in ETSI GSM standards committees in 1993, helping create 3GPP and chairing 3GPP RAN 4 from 1998 to 2007. He has been a board member of ETSI since 2008, is currently advising the ICANN board on mobile technology, and a member of a number of advisory boards for UK universities and research programs. His current role is ‘Vice President Communications Research’ for Samsung Electronics R&D Institute in the UK, managing a team of engineers covering ETSI, 3GPP, and GSMA. His team are also very active in the EU Horizon 2020 program with a focus on the 5G PPP activities. He also sits on the UK5G government advisory committee looking at the future of communications technology in the UK, and an advisor to the UK government on international free trade agreements.

Daniel Clarke - Head of Technology and Innovation, Greater Cambridge Partnership

Dan leads the Smart Cambridge Programme which was set up to explore how data, innovative technology and better connectivity can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond. Local councils, technology businesses, university researchers and partner organisations are working together to find smart ways to tackle city challenges, such as transport and air quality.

Simon De Young - Manager, PwC UK

Simon is an experienced tax partner. He leads PwC’s Cambridge office and East of England Region and advises private businesses and private clients across East Anglia and London. He has experience of advising UK and international families on managing all aspects of the tax affairs of their businesses, including advising on the impact for shareholders of trusts, succession and wealth transfer. He works with his clients as a trusted advisor that helps them with long term strategies and tax planning.

He acts for a number clients across different industries including Retail, Media, Real Estate and Technology from scale up businesses to multi billion pound family businesses and family offices. Simon is passionate about solving complex problems and connecting people and clients to each other to help them achieve their personal and business ambitions.

Keith Dickerson - Director, Climate Associates Ltd

Keith Dickerson is a Director of Climate Associates Ltd (CAL) which provides advice to organisations (including UK Government) on Climate Change and Sustainability. Keith has played an active role in the ICT industry for over 30 years, including for 5 years as Director of International Standards for BT.

Keith was a member of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for 15 years and led many of their initiatives. Following his retirement from the Board in 2015, Keith was appointed as the UK Head of Delegation to ETSI and he leads on UK views at the General Assembly.

From 2008-2016, Keith was Chair of the ITU-T Working Party 3/5 "ICT and Climate Change" and Vice Chair of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment & Climate Change”. In this role, Keith developed a 21-module training programme on ICT & Climate Change for the ITU Academy which was accredited to MSc degree level and includes modules on Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities, and Smart Energy as well as the role of regulation in addressing climate change.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther is dedicated to accelerating technology, and is expert in the global IP system. Her career has encompassed energy sourcing and conversion, consumer products, semiconductors devices and telecommunications. She is committed to bringing such diverse sectors together, to build a sustainable future for all.   

Her career began early with an engineering apprenticeship, before university studies and advanced research within a global technology company. Leveraging her lab-based R&D background, she has since gained 20 years experience of protecting cutting edge inventions internationally through the patent system. 

Esther was awarded a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge, following her engineering studies at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany) and the University of Kent. She has been awarded an Engineering Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was invited to present the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World".

Xavier Hubert - Head of Circular Economy, Flex

Xavier Hubert is Head of Circular Economy for Flex, a global company that delivers technology innovation, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions to diverse industries. Xavier has 25 years’ experience in the electronics industry’s supply chain, from logistics and distribution to aftermarket services. For the past 9 years, Xavier has driven several Circular Economy initiatives supporting large tech companies’ efforts to become more sustainable. Xavier holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, and has held various senior roles spanning business development, product and services development, clients’ solutions, sales operations, Marketing and ESG leadership, as well as Supply Chain and Sustainability consulting.

Darrel Kingham - CEO, Pulsiv

Darrel has a background in electronics engineering, many years of experience leading commercial organisations and a track record of delivering long-term growth. Previously head of ARM’s European sales operation, he’s passionate about customer success and working with industry to deploy Pulsiv technology where it can deliver the most value.

Tim Moore - Shark Ninja

Dr Tim Moore is CTO & EVP Engineering of SharkNinja, one of the largest and fastest growing small domestic appliance companies in the world. SharkNinja also happens to have one of the largest populations of domestic robots in daily use around the globe. He is responsible for product development across all categories from innovation and early stage development through to production and life cycle management with a particular focus on bringing smart technology and connectivity into products. Prior to Shark, Tim was VP Innovation and CTO of ghd. During his time at ghd, he lead and built ghd’s world-class laboratory facilities in Cambridge where innovative high performance products are developed based upon a fundamental understanding of the physics of hair. Before joining ghd, Dr Moore was CEO of Sagentia SGAI Ltd, a technology consultancy based in Hong Kong and Cambridge focusing on the development of breakthrough consumer products. Dr Moore obtained his PhD in Microelectronics at Cambridge University.

Tarik Moussa - Senior Manager, Sustainability and Innovation Consulting, PwC UK

Tarik is a senior manager in PwC's sustainability advisory practice, with over 8 years' experience working with clients in the UK and internationally to apply technology for good, with a focus on the technology, media, and telecoms sector. His work includes helping clients set and track progress against decarbonisation strategies; integrating innovation into sustainability planning and commercial strategy; as well as working with policymakers on policy. He drives the firm's work on climate tech, and has worked with leading tech companies and startups to deliver impact from tech for good.

Craig Pemberton - Senior Innovation Manager, Vodafone

Craig develops customer-facing innovation projects for Vodafone UK Business, designing PoCs, test-beds and technology demonstrators. With over 20 years in the industry he has held a number of technical design, consultancy and senior management positions and is currently leading co-creation with clients to explore the full potential of the latest developments in next generation networks, including 5G SA, slicing, Edge Computing and IoT. With multiple successful projects across diverse verticals from public sector, transport, retail, media and entertainment, Craig has first hand experience of applied communications technology in solving business challenges.

 

Craig holds a BSc in Geological Geophysics, MSc in Information Technology and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology

Jonathan Withey - Director of Transformation & ESG, Planet Mark

Jonathan Withey is Director of Transformation and ESG at Planet Mark, an internationally recognised sustainability certification awarded to businesses, properties and developments committed to reducing their carbon emissions. Jonathan has spent the past ten years working closely with businesses to unlock their potential
for transformational and sustainable change. Jonathan has an MSc in Business & Sustainable Development and has been awarded a Fellowship to the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce which recognises outstanding achievements in social progress and development. Having recently delivered a TEDx talk on net zero and solving the climate crisis, Jonathan is passionate about developing Net Zero transition pathways and supporting the broader ESG agenda.

SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Team Leader – UK R & D, Beko

Graham Anderson is Team Leader – UK R & D at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, improving energy efficiency, and sustainable materials. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Keith Dickerson - Director, Climate Associates Ltd

Keith Dickerson is a Director of Climate Associates Ltd (CAL) which provides advice to organisations (including UK Government) on Climate Change and Sustainability. Keith has played an active role in the ICT industry for over 30 years, including for 5 years as Director of International Standards for BT.

Keith was a member of the Board of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for 15 years and led many of their initiatives. Following his retirement from the Board in 2015, Keith was appointed as the UK Head of Delegation to ETSI and he leads on UK views at the General Assembly.

From 2008-2016, Keith was Chair of the ITU-T Working Party 3/5 "ICT and Climate Change" and Vice Chair of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment & Climate Change”. In this role, Keith developed a 21-module training programme on ICT & Climate Change for the ITU Academy which was accredited to MSc degree level and includes modules on Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities, and Smart Energy as well as the role of regulation in addressing climate change.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther is dedicated to accelerating technology, and is expert in the global IP system. Her career has encompassed energy sourcing and conversion, consumer products, semiconductors devices and telecommunications. She is committed to bringing such diverse sectors together, to build a sustainable future for all.   

Her career began early with an engineering apprenticeship, before university studies and advanced research within a global technology company. Leveraging her lab-based R&D background, she has since gained 20 years experience of protecting cutting edge inventions internationally through the patent system. 

Esther was awarded a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge, following her engineering studies at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany) and the University of Kent. She has been awarded an Engineering Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was invited to present the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World".

Xavier Hubert - Head of Circular Economy, Flex

Xavier Hubert is Head of Circular Economy for Flex, a global company that delivers technology innovation, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions to diverse industries. Xavier has 25 years’ experience in the electronics industry’s supply chain, from logistics and distribution to aftermarket services. For the past 9 years, Xavier has driven several Circular Economy initiatives supporting large tech companies’ efforts to become more sustainable. Xavier holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, and has held various senior roles spanning business development, product and services development, clients’ solutions, sales operations, Marketing and ESG leadership, as well as Supply Chain and Sustainability consulting.

Tim Moore - Chief Product Officer, Pulsiv

Dr Tim Moore is CTO & EVP Engineering of SharkNinja, one of the largest and fastest growing small domestic appliance companies in the world. SharkNinja also happens to have one of the largest populations of domestic robots in daily use around the globe. He is responsible for product development across all categories from innovation and early stage development through to production and life cycle management with a particular focus on bringing smart technology and connectivity into products. Prior to Shark, Tim was VP Innovation and CTO of ghd. During his time at ghd, he lead and built ghd’s world-class laboratory facilities in Cambridge where innovative high performance products are developed based upon a fundamental understanding of the physics of hair. Before joining ghd, Dr Moore was CEO of Sagentia SGAI Ltd, a technology consultancy based in Hong Kong and Cambridge focusing on the development of breakthrough consumer products. Dr Moore obtained his PhD in Microelectronics at Cambridge University.

Abhi Naha - Digital Accelerator Director, PwC UK

Abhi Naha is the Digital Accelerator Director at PwC. He is creating and leading a new tech division for PwC. The Digital Accelerator solves innovation challenges using the power of scale ups and ecosystems for greater insights, impact and value creation.

Abhi was the CCO of CW Cambridge Wireless and CEO of the Product as a Service Consortium. At CW, Abhi initiated and lead on the 5G private network testbed in Cambridge, corporate digital innovation accelerators and high value collaborations.

Abhi was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge start up backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impairment through inclusively designed smartphone software. He held senior roles at Powermat, San Jose based Synaptics and advisory roles for Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake in the area of mobile user interface technologies. Abhi is a senior advisor to an autonomous vehicle mobility scale up Conigital, Industry Partner (Digital Infrastructure) for Arjun Infrastructure Partners with 5 Billion Euros of assets under management and an Ambassador for the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute. Abhi studied Electronics and Electrical Engineering, has an MBA in International Marketing and authored a book on Mobile Handset Design when approached by Cambridge University Press. More recently Abhi has created an initiative to help train widows in developing countries learn python programming, gain financial empowerment and become future leaders.

Craig Pemberton - Senior Innovation Manager, Vodafone

Craig develops customer-facing innovation projects for Vodafone UK Business, designing PoCs, test-beds and technology demonstrators. With over 20 years in the industry he has held a number of technical design, consultancy and senior management positions and is currently leading co-creation with clients to explore the full potential of the latest developments in next generation networks, including 5G SA, slicing, Edge Computing and IoT. With multiple successful projects across diverse verticals from public sector, transport, retail, media and entertainment, Craig has first hand experience of applied communications technology in solving business challenges.

 

Craig holds a BSc in Geological Geophysics, MSc in Information Technology and is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology

James Shorey - Partnerships Manager, Planet Mark

James Shorey is Partnership Manager at Planet Mark, a sustainability certification that supports organisations and real estate to measure and continually reduce carbon emissions and increase their social value. During his career, James has utilised his master’s degree in geosciences from Durham University to manage sustainability projects across three NHS Hospital Trusts and established the UK arm of a global tech business as Operations & Partnerships Director. At Planet Mark, James combines both his sustainability and partnership experience to manage commercial partnerships with trade associations, charities, consultancies, and legislative bodies. He currently delivers Planet Mark’s Race to Zero programme, through a partnership with the UN Climate Champions team.

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