#BetterFuture Seminar: Progressive Leadership in the Digital Age

Start: Tuesday 26 February 2019 09:00

End: Tuesday 26 February 2019 10:30

Venue: MWC 2019, Hall 1, CC1, Seminar Theatres 1 & 2

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Digitalisation is spearheading the fourth industrial revolution and a new pedigree of leadership is required to succeed in this advancing technological climate. The emergence of pioneering and revolutionary technologies, such as the advent of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the dissemination of 5G, are reshaping the future landscape of the global economy an at unprecedented rate on an unparalleled scale.

Discover why mobile is at the pinnacle of this digital transformation; projected to connect billions more people and things to the online world by 2030. This expansive connected network is directly contributing to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whilst enabling immersive experiences to enrich and empower daily life.

To prosper within this digital age, leaders need to be mindful of the dual commercial pressures before them. Whilst retaining strong relationships with shareholders and investors, businesses need to accommodate the increasing consumer demands to implement responsible practices and sustainable policies.

This is a delicate balancing act to perform; underscoring the necessity for leaders to subscribe to a progressive leadership approach for healthy financial returns, whilst ensuring their social compass is pointing in the right direction. The most successful brands nurture relationships with consumers through ensuring an open culture of trust and transparency. Investors are drawn to leaders with the ability to reflect holistically of current technological climate and consumer desires.

Business leaders are the architects of the digital future, but only those designing strategies whereby profits are anchored by social contracts will thrive in the age of digitisation.

Keynotes speeches

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Doreen Bogdan-Martin is a strategic leader with more than 20 years of high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations. She has a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution.
Since 2008, Ms Bogdan-Martin has been Chief of Strategic Planning & Membership for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), located in Geneva, Switzerland. ITU is the specialized United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), with 193 Member States and a membership of nearly 800 private sector entities and academic institutions around the globe. It is dedicated to bringing connectivity to all the world’s people through development assistance, standardization and coordination of radiocommunications.
Ms Bogdan-Martin leads the organization’s strategic planning processes, while also overseeing the organization’s Membership, Corporate Communications and External Affairs teams. She also coordinates the work of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, serves as Secretary to the ITU Governing Body, and as Coordinator of United Nations affairs for the organization.
Ms Bogdan-Martin has advised governments from around the world on policy and regulatory reform measures. She has organized impact-driven global conferences with thousands of participants from 150+ countries, brokered international consensus on many critical issues, and is a regular presenter at high-level international forums and summits. As part of this important work, she was one of the principal architects of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators, directed ITU’s first global youth summit #BYND, and is currently driving ITU latest high-profile initiative – EQUALS, The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age.
With a Master’s degree in International Communications Policy from American University in Washington, DC, Ms Bogdan-Martin completed post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also certified in Accountability and Ethics by the United Nations Leaders Programme.
Additionally, Ms Bogdan-Martin is an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Group and Chair of the Academic Council for the Swiss Network for International Studies. She is also an experienced amateur radio operator.

Sigve Brekke

CEO, Telenor

Sigve Brekke

Sigve Brekke is the President & CEO of Telenor Group since 2015. He has 20 years’ experience with the company and was instrumental in building Telenor’s footprint in Asia, which currently spans five markets. Brekke served as EVP and Head of Asian operations from 2008 and until his appointment as Group CEO. He also has extensive operational experience from the region having served as CEO of dtac (Thailand) and Telenor India. Prior to joining Telenor, Brekke had a political career and served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Defense in Norway 1993-96. He holds a Master degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Panel Discussion: The Role of Responsible Leadership in the Digital Age

Christa Gyori

CEO & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose

Christa Gyori

Sigve Brekke

CEO, Telenor

Sigve Brekke

Sigve Brekke is the President & CEO of Telenor Group since 2015. He has 20 years’ experience with the company and was instrumental in building Telenor’s footprint in Asia, which currently spans five markets. Brekke served as EVP and Head of Asian operations from 2008 and until his appointment as Group CEO. He also has extensive operational experience from the region having served as CEO of dtac (Thailand) and Telenor India. Prior to joining Telenor, Brekke had a political career and served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Defense in Norway 1993-96. He holds a Master degree in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Aminata Kane

Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sierra Leone

Aminata Kane

Mrs. Aminata Kane Ndiaye is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Orange Sierra Leone.
Prior this appointment, Mrs. Ndiaye was the Chief Marketing Officer for Orange Money in Senegal, a business that has grown exponentially and become profitable in the past two years. She had previously been the B2C Marketing Performance Manager, in charge of strategy, sales and margin growth, return on investment and process efficiency, customer experience and loyalty retention.

Mrs. Ndiaye began her career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in France, designing strategies and operations for telecommunication and technology providers, banks, and consumer goods manufacturers in Europe and West Africa from 2009 to 2011. She also gained experience interning at Goldman Sachs in London, BNP Paribas in Geneva, and at the French Business Confederation (MEDEF) in Paris.
Originally from Senegal, Mrs. Ndiaye holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Management from HEC Paris Grande Ecole, coupled with an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, during which she was appointed President of the Africa Business Club.

She is also married with two lovely kids.

Kaan Terzioglu

CEO, Turkcell

Kaan Terzioglu

Appointed as Turkcell Group’s Chief Executive Officer on April 1st, 2015, Kaan Terzioglu leads the Group’s digital transformation. In addition to serving on the boards of Turkcell Group companies, Mr. Terzioglu is a Board member of the GSMA, an Advisory Board member at the World Economic Forum’s Center for 4th Industrial Revolution, and a member of the GSMA Foundation Board. In Turkey, Kaan Terzioglu serves as the President of m-TOD, the Association of Mobile Operators, and as a board member of “Turkey’s Automobile” initiative aimed at developing the country’s first domestically produced car.
Kaan Terzioğlu began his professional life in 1990 at Arthur Andersen Turkey. From 1990 to 1998, he undertook several roles on information technologies at Arthur Andersen in the USA, Belgium and Turkey. From 1999 to 2012, he held global managerial positions at the Cisco Systems Brussels office. From 2012 to 2015, he served as member of the Board of Directors at Turkey’s leading banking, insurance and retail companies.
Kaan Terzioglu holds an Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bogazici University.

Panel Discussion: Leveraging Innovation for a Better Future

Elena Gil

Global Director, Global Big Data B2B and CEO, LUCA, Telefónica S.A.

Elena Gil

As the Global Director for Big Data B2B at the Telefonica Group and CEO at LUCA Data Driven Decisions. Elena’s responsibility is to help corporate customers on their Big Data adoption journey, enabling them to become data-driven companies, providing an extensive portfolio of cutting-edge Big Data solutions.

Elena holds a degree in Economics and Business studies from Deusto University (Spain) and an MBA from MIT-Sloan School of Management (USA). She has also completed studies at Berkeley University (USA) and EDHEC de Lille (France).

Elena joined Telefonica in 2000. Since then, she has held prominent managerial positions at Telefonica International and Telefonica Latinoamérica, in the units of Large Corporations, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Consumer businesses. From 2014 to 2016, Elena was the BI & Big Data Global Director at Telefonica Group, responsible for leveraging customer insights for internal use and external monetization, leading the transformation of Telefónica into a data-driven company.

Before joining Telefonica, she worked for McKinsey and HI Holding – Iberdrola (Spain) and Mitchel Madison Group (USA).

Heather Johnson

Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility; Group Function Marketing and Corporate Relations, Ericsson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group worldwide, and has worked for the Ericsson Group in Sweden for over 20 years. Since 2007 her work has focused exclusively in support of Ericsson’s sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts.

Ms. Johnson’s focus is on advocating the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global sustainable development challenges in areas such as access to education, climate change and humanitarian response and preparedness. She manages relationships with the key sustainability stakeholders, including investors, UN and other international organizations, NGOs, and partnerships including the World Economic Forum.

Robert Kirkpatrick

Director, UN Global Pulse

Robert Kirkpatrick

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an initiative of the United Nations driving a big data revolution for global development and resilience. Global Pulse’s network of innovation Labs in New York, Uganda and Indonesia, allow UN System partners to discover and mainstream applications of big data and real-time analytics for sustainable development and humanitarian action. UN Global Pulse’s advocacy agenda focuses on public-private data philanthropy partnerships, and data privacy and policy innovation to enable the responsible use of new technologies and new data sources for the public good.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Robert co-founded and led software development for two pioneering private-sector humanitarian technology teams, first at Groove Networks, and later as Lead Architect for Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. From 2007-2009 he served as CTO of the non-profit InSTEDD.

Robert currently sits on InSTEDD’s Board of Directors, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and the Advisory Board of the UN World Data Forum.

Olga Yurkova

Head of Regional PR Department, MTS Russia

Olga Yurkova