DX Acceleration Forum Webinar – Sustainable Digital Transformation & Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

DX Acceleration Forum Webinar – Sustainable Digital Transformation & Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Start: Thursday 30 March 2023 15:30

End: Thursday 30 March 2023 17:00

Venue: Online (GMT+8)

Sustainable digital transformation and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) are two important topics shaping the economic landscape today. The telco sector plays a critical role in helping to drive digital transformation of organizations, industries, societies and the wider economy.  ESG is a set of criteria that investors use to assess a company’s performance and potential for value creation over the long term, taking into account the impact of environmental, social, and governance factors.

The relationship between digital transformation and ESG has become increasingly important in recent years, as digital technologies have the potential to impact ESG factors. For instance, digital technologies can be used to improve supply chain transparency, reduce energy consumption, and enhance employee engagement.  Other potential benefits of digital transformation for ESG are, for example, the use of digital technologies to help companies reduce their carbon footprint by automating manual processes, improving supply chain visibility, and enabling remote work.

To ensure that digital transformation initiatives are aligned with ESG principles, many organizations including MNOs are eagerly trying to take a more responsible and sustainable approach. This includes considering the environmental impact of their technology choices, ensuring that their digital products and services are designed with privacy and ethical considerations in mind, and taking steps to minimize the environmental impact of their operations.

This virtual seminar will bring together executive speakers and panelists from pioneering MNOs, ecosystem players and industry leaders to share their insights and experiences related to driving sustainable digital transformation whilst embracing ESG initiatives touching on the following areas:

  • GSMA’s ESG Metrics for Mobile Operators
  • DX and operation of sustainable networks in the 5G era
  • ESG initiatives of leading digitally transforming MNOs
  • ESG initiatives of leading DX ecosystem players
  • ESG integration into business DX strategy

This virtual seminar is limited for DX Acceleration Forum members only.


Watch Webinar Recording
15:30 - 15:35

Welcome & Introduction
Julian Gorman, Head of APAC, GSMA


John David Kim, Head DX Acceleration Forum, GSMA

15:35 - 15:45

Global trends on DX and Sustainability

“Green is Good for Business”

Tim Hatt, Head of Research, GSMA Intelligence

15:45 - 15:55

GSMA’s ESG Initiatives

“GSMA ESG Metrics for Mobile”

Anne Euler, Sustainability Director, GSMA

15:55 - 16:05

Aligning ESG and DX Strategy
Kazuyasu Yamashita, Attorney at Law, Senior Director, Sustainability Management Division, KDDI Corporation

16:05 - 16:15

ESG and Digitally Transforming Networks
David Hassman, Vice President of Strategy, Syniverse Technologies


Gillie Fairbrother, Senior ESG Manager, Syniverse Technologies

16:15 - 16:55

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on “Enabling digital transformation and embracing ESG”
Moderator: John David Kim, Head of DX Acceleration Forum, GSMA



  • Adelene Anthony, Head of Group Sustainability, Axiata Group
  • Sokjin Chang, Director of Global Programs, Born2Global Center
  • Jazzson Park, CEO, SESU.AI
  • Young Kwon Ku, President, Smilegate Investment
  • Sunil Kumar Yadav, Director of Sustainability Services, KPMG ESG

16:55 - 17:00

Closing and Next Steps


Anne Euler

Sustainability Director, GSMA

Anne works with GSMA member companies to drive responsible business models and practices. Responsive leadership is needed if businesses are to incorporate the SDGs into their core growth strategies, value chain operations and policy positions.

Previously Anne has worked as a sustainability consultant, advising major international companies on developing responsible business strategies that are aligned to corporate purpose and core business objectives. Her work covered performance strategies and programmes, stakeholder engagement and communications. In addition to the Telecoms sector, she has worked extensively across a range of sectors, including FMCGs, Financial Services, Extractives, Manufacturing and Utilities. A lot of Anne’s work is focused on corporate responsibility issues in emerging and developing economies and she has worked across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

John David Kim

DXAF Community Head, Head of North East Asia, GSMA

John David Kim is Strategic Engagement Director and Head of North East Asia at the GSMA. In this role, he is responsible for engaging with GSMA mobile operator members, ecosystem partners and government/policy-makers in the Asia Pacific Region. His activities involve working closely with these organisations to introduce, implement and execute GSMA initiatives/programmes to foster innovative business/commercial strategies, new technology adoption/commercialization and general policy and regulatory developments across a range of topics such as IoT, 5G commercialization, VoLTE Interconnection and RCS etc.

With over 20 years of research and consulting experience in the ICT and Telecoms industry, especially in North East Asia, Johnny has executed and directed major research and consulting studies for MNOs, vendors and government/regulatory bodies across a wide range of areas. Prior to joining the GSMA, he worked as Regional Head/Managing Director for ICT global research and consulting companies specializing in Telecoms & ICT and key industry verticals, respectively for North East Asia.

Johnny completed studies in Science and Business/Marketing at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology, respectively and has also completed postgraduate studies in Economics and Applied Information Systems.

Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian, Head of Asia Pacific at GSMA, drives collaborative efforts between the mobile industry, policymakers, and ecosystems to advance digital economies. With 20+ years of global experience in Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy, and Digital Transformation, he’s a pioneer in forging digital partnerships and units. His fervor lies in mobile tech as the cornerstone of economic resilience, sparking dialogues for sustainable, inclusive digital nations.

Tim Hatt

Head of Research & Consulting, GSMA Intelligence

In this capacity, Tim has responsibility for consulting work across a range of topics and clients in the TMT sectors along with published research reports. In an ever changing industry, this means that change is the only constant. Aside from writing and editing, he is a regular presenter at conferences, public speaking engagements and in the media. Prior to this he was a European telecoms analyst at Enders Analysis. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from Queens University in Canada, is a Chartered Manager from the Chartered Management Institute, and a Level 3 candidate in the CFA program.

Sunil Kumar Yadav

Director of Sustainability Services, KPMG ESG


  • Business Management and leadership, INSEAD Business School, Singapore/France
  • Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, DCR University of Science and Technology, India

Board Experience/Membership

  • 2016-2018: General Secretory for Singapore International Facility Management Association (SIFMA).
  • 2018-2020: Board Member (SIFMA)
  • 2020-2022: Board Member, Customer Impact Board (Siemens, Singapore)
  • Member – ASHRAE, USA
  • Member – IPMA, Switzerland