2021 - AVEVA PI World 2021
Digital Driving Net Zero Panel
Lisa Johnston, AVEVA Chief Sustainability Officer & CMO will host a high-profile executive panel on the theme of how digitalization is driving net zero alongside speakers from Microsoft, Schneider Electric, Neste and Orsted. Panellists will share how they are partnering with AVEVA to optimize sustainable operations, enhancing safety, efficiency, minimizing emissions and driving digital resiliency through a combination of AI-infused analytics and contextualized information. This is an important opportunity to explain the strong partnership between AVEVA and global partners, to drive digital transformation that advances an inclusive net-zero economy in line with a 1.5°C pathway.
AVEVA proprietary research indicates that 4 in 5 leading industries are looking to increase their digital investments to drive sustainable business models, demonstrating the huge potential of digital technologies to enable net-zero industries of the future. During the 30-minute discussion, the five executives will discuss how their companies technology solutions providers, cloud providers and industrial leaders are adapting to drive sustainability and how digital transformation is accelerating as an enabler of net zero and lower carbon industrial operations. The panel will also consider key challenges that the industries of the future are facing, and how, through collaboration, industries can accelerate sustainable digital transformation.
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Lisa is the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at AVEVA, the global leader in engineering and industrial software, driving digital transformation across the life cycle of capital-intensive industries.
Lisa leads the company in driving growth through global customer and prospect engagement, go-to-market initiatives, and brand development.
In 2020, Lisa assumed the leadership role for sustainability - developing AVEVA's sustainability strategy and plan, one that delivers human, economic, and environmental value. This work includes each person at AVEVA to help deliver sustainable outcomes for our customers, and for the communities where we live and work.
Prior to joining AVEVA, Lisa was Managing Director, Marketing at Vista Consulting Group, leading marketing consulting for more than 50 companies within the Vista Equity Partners portfolio. Previously, she was Vice President of Power Systems Global Marketing at IBM, responsible for marketing and strategic business transformation.
Salla Ahonen is the Vice President of sustainability at Neste. Salla s primary focus is on realigning the
sustainability focus areas of Neste and ensuring they are fully integrated to the business strategy. A
key milestone has been the approval of the new climate strategy to reach carbon neutral production
by 2035, which is now one of the strategic priorities of the company. To support this strategy, a
roadmap has been developed, roles and responsibilities clarified and first initiatives implemented,
including changing the investment criteria to support climate targets.
Before joining Neste in 2019, Salla worked as a Senior Advisor at the Brussels office of the
Confederation of Finnish Industries (2015 2019), and as Director of Governmental Affairs at Microsoft
(2014 2015). Prior to that Salla has held several positions at Nokia, the latest one being Director for
Sustainability & Environmental Policy. The areas of responsibility of her previous career have been
focused on sustainability and environmental related policies, and also featured themes, such as
digitalization, research and innovation, circular economy, trade policy and smart cities as well as
Jesper Skov Gretlund
Jesper Gretlund holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark and a Bachelor in Finance from Copenhagen Business School. In 2012 he joined Ørsted to lead the company s technology- and R&D projects primarily within offshore wind focusing on industry collaboration and academic involvement. In recent years he has built and lead Ørsted s function for mathematical modelling and optimization aiming to leverage these areas as a competitive advantage for Ørsted.
Dr. Lucas Joppa is Microsoft s first Chief Environmental Officer, leading the development and execution of the company s sustainability strategy across its worldwide business. In this role, he drives Microsoft s core commitment to sustainability through ongoing technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a combined background in both environmental science and data science, Dr. Joppa is committed to using the power of technology to advance a growing movement to address the world s sustainability needs. Dr. Joppa leads Microsoft s ambitious plans to become a carbon negative, water positive, zero waste company and to build a new planetary computing platform that will transform the way we monitor, model, and manage Earth s natural systems.
Recognized by Fortune magazine in its 40 Under 40 list, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accredited voice for sustainability in the tech industry. He is recognized as one of the world s most highly cited researchers, is an Associate Editor in Chief for the Ecological Society of America s EcoSphere journal, an honorary Fellow at the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Center, and serves on the boards of organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability around the world. In 2021, he was appointed to the Advisory Council and Board for the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize, awarded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to encourage technological innovations that advance its mission.
Previously, Dr. Joppa was Microsoft s Chief Environmental Scientist in Microsoft Research. As part of his work he founded Microsoft s AI for Earth program a $50 million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges. Dr. Joppa remains an active scientist, speaking frequently on issues related to artificial intelligence, environmental science, and sustainability. Along with his Ph.D., Dr. Joppa holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Malawi.
Olivier graduated from Grenoble BusinessSchool in France (GEM,France).
He began his career at Schneider Electric in 1993 and held various positions in the France Commercial organization, from Sales Engineer to Vice-Director Country Sales. In 2001, he was appointed as Secretary of the Executive Committee and Global Company Program Vice President.
In 2003, he moved to China as Final Low Voltage Activity Director and was nominated in 2006 as the Head of Strategy and Marketing Director for China.
In 2008, he was appointed Managing Director & Country President of Schneider Electric, India.
At the end of 2012, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Retail Division. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Executive Committee. On June 2019, he was awarded the Chief Human Resources Officer of the year, in the 24th Annual Director of Human Resources Award which was organized by Cadremploi, Morgan Phillips Hudson, Le Figaro and Fyte.
Olivier is Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Member of the Executive Committee starting April 1st 2020. He joined at the same time the board of AVEVA Group PLC (Global leader in Industrial Software) as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration Committee.