Panel 22022-07-08T10:09:40+00:00

6G Sustainable Networks: Which Innovations and solutions will accelerate sustainable digital transformation?

Thursday, 9 June 2022, 14:00-15:30, Auditorium World Trade Center


  • Luis Neves (GeSI, Brussels, BE)

Motivation and Background

6G will help redefine the way we live, work and even communicate, re-shaping industries and societies and delivering connectivity and intelligence to all users across the globe and creating a more inclusive society. 6G will help us tackle the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges by delivering smarter, more energy-efficient solutions, making the economy more efficient.
With this session we aim at discussing the main challenges towards sustainability in an ever more connected world and at exploring potential venues towards increasing efficiency across the board, from the underlying networks to the entities they connect.


  • What are the biggest disruptions and challenges in technologies on the way towards sustainability?
  • What are the key new enabling technologies in the areas of network management, including functionality virtualization and delocalization, to drive down energy consumption?
  • What are the key new enabling technologies in the areas of components and equipment to drive down energy consumption?
  • What roles will machine learning and artificial intelligence play in managing resources in an anticipatory rather than reactive way?
  • How to co-design and jointly manage network and end-user equipment to minimize energy consumption?
  • What will our industry look like 10 years from now with the growing focus on sustainability?
  • How to better convey the message that Telecom is a driver and enabler of sustainability?
  • How can 6G connectivity help bridge the digital gap and ensure accessibility to all whilst ensuring sustainability?


The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Luis Neves (moderator) (GeSI, DE)
  • Anita Döhler (NGMN, DE)
  • Bo Sun (ZTE Corporation, CN)
  • Marie-Paule Odini (Distinguished Technologist, HPE Telecom, IT)
  • Thierry Lestable (Executive Director, Digital Science Research Center, TII, AE)
  • Yaning Zou (TU Dresden, DE)

Luis Neves

Luis Neves is CEO of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) since 2017, after serving as Chairman from 2008 to 2017. Before GeSI, Luis worked at Deutsche Telekom for over 15 years holding positions such as Head of Sustainable Development and Environment, VP of Corporate Responsibility and EVP Chief Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer. Luis obtained a degree in History from the University of Lisbon.

Anita Döhler

Anita Döhler has extensive international experience in various business areas including senior management positions with mobile network operators, vendors and consulting firms. From 2016 until 2020, she held senior management positions at Accenture Industry X.0. Prior to joining Accenture, she worked at Vodafone Group for 16 years, before at E-Plus and Philips, among others. Anita holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Telecommunication Engineering as well as an Executive MBA degree.

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Bo Sun

Bo Sun obtained his B.S and M.S. degrees from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He is currently a senior specialist in wireless communications technology in ZTE Corporation. Currently, he is the chair of IEEE 802.11 TGbd (a.k.a. Next Generation V2X). He was the PHY adhoc co-chair of IEEE 802.11 TGax which has successfully developed IEEE 802.11ax standard (a.k.a. Wi-Fi 6). He has been honored with IEEE-SA Award for his outstanding contribution to IEEE 802.11ac/ah/aj/ax/ba and IEEE 802.11-2020 standards. He is also the chair of China NITS SC41 WG2 (Networking and Communications) and deputy leader of China IMT2030 (6G) Promotion Group Wireless Tech WG.

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Marie-Paule Odini

Marie-Paule Odini is Distinguished Technologist in HPE Telecom organization focusing on 5G, AI, OSS and Sustainability. She is also Chair of the US 6G ‘Next G Alliance’ Green G working group, and active in many other standards & industry forums including ETSI, GSMA, TMForum, NGMN, TIP and IEEE. She holds a Master Degree in EE from Utah State University and teaches Telecom at the University Savoie Mont-Blanc.

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Thierry Lestable

Thierry Lestable is the Executive Director of the Digital Science Research Center (DSRC), whilst also acting Executive Director for the Artificial Intelligence Cross-Center Unit (AIXCU), within the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi. He has +20 years’ experience in the Telecom, Mobility and Energy industry, steering industrial innovation, whilst leading new business development, within organizations such as Alcatel, Samsung, and Sagemcom. He received the Engg. Degree from Supélec in 1997, and Ph.D. from Supélec/Paris Sud-Orsay in 2003.

Yaning Zou

Yaning Zou received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in communications engineering from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland, in 2005 and 2009, respectively. In September 2015, she joined in Technical University of Dresden, Germany and currently works as a research manager in charge of EU projects with main focus on 6G vision & strategy as well as industry alliance. She is the initiator and technical manager of H2020 COREect project that brings European telecom and microelectronics industries together for developing a 6G microelectronics roadmap and is at the same time leading 6G radio research work in H2020 6G flagship Hexa-X project.

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