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SustainableIT.org annonce une nouvelle direction dans le cadre du lancement officiel

L’organisation à but non lucratif mondiale pour la durabilité informatique sera dirigée par l’ancien vice-président d’IDC et nomme de nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration de plusieurs sociétés du Fortune 500

Photo du conseil d’administration de SustainableIT.org Nasdaq Times Square

Le Nasdaq félicite Delphix pour son lancement de SustainableIT.org

REDWOOD CITY, Californie, 03 juin 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SustainableIT.org, la nouvelle organisation à but non lucratif dédiée à la promotion de la durabilité mondiale grâce au leadership technologique, a annoncé aujourd’hui son nouveau directeur exécutif et les membres supplémentaires de son conseil d’administration, à la suite de la réunion inaugurale réussie de son conseil d’administration le 24 mai à New York.

SustainableIT.org est fière de nommer Kath Marston au poste de directrice exécutive et directrice générale. Kath Marston apporte son expérience du développement du leadership acquise en tant que vice-présidente du groupe, son expérience client/opérations pour le conseil exécutif des directeurs informatiques d’IDC, ayant supervisé une communauté de directeurs informatiques (CIO) de premier plan et de technologues de haut niveau dans des organisations mondiales.

« Je suis extrêmement enthousiaste de diriger ce programme percutant. Les leaders technologiques peuvent avoir un impact critique sur les efforts mondiaux de développement durable, et notre engagement à galvaniser ces leaders pour qu’ils agissent est vital pour la prospérité des entreprises, de l’humanité et de la planète entière », a commenté Mme Marston.

SustainableIT.org a en outre élu sept membres au sein de son conseil d’administration. Composé de directeurs des systèmes d’information, de directeurs technologique et d’autres responsables de l’expérience client du monde entier.

Les nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration de SustainableIT.org sont :

  • Jo Abernathy, directrice des systèmes d’information, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
  • Julia Anderson, directrice technologique et directrice des systèmes d’information, Campbell Soup Company
  • Rich Gilbert, responsable des données et directeur des systèmes d’information, Aflac
  • Ivneet Kaur, directrice technologique, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Srini Koushik, directeur des systèmes d’information, Rackspace
  • Mallikarjun Rao, directeur technologique/directeur des systèmes d’information, Telefónica Allemagne
  • Marij Ziler, directrice des systèmes d’information, The Bountiful Company

Ils rejoignent les membres du conseil d’administration existants :

  • Amir Desai, directeur des systèmes d’information, Molina Healthcare
  • Chris Gates, directeur technologique, Allstate
  • Bernard Gavgani, directeur mondial des systèmes d’information, BNP Paribas
  • Josh Harbert, directeur marketing de Delphix, président de SustainableIT.org
  • Brian Kirkland, directeur des systèmes d’information, Choice Hotels International
  • Ralph Loura, directeur des systèmes d’information et directeur technologique, Lumentum
  • Bryan Muehlberger, directeur des systèmes d’information, The Beachbody Company
  • Vipul Nagrath, vice-président principal, ADP
  • Neal Ramasamy, directeur monde des systèmes d’information, Cognizant
  • Andy Santacroce, vice-président et directeur adjoint des systèmes d’information, Tokio Marine Amérique du Nord
  • Mihir Shah, responsable des données entreprise, Fidelity Investments
  • Suda Suvarna, directeur mondial des solutions, Deloitte
  • Katherine Wetmur, directrice technologique, Morgan Stanley
  • Jedidiah Yueh, fondateur et PDG de Delphix

Le 8 juin, SustainableIT.org accueillera son lancement européen à Paris pour sensibiliser et faire progresser les mandats critiques à l’échelle mondiale. Sa prochaine réunion du conseil d’administration et son sommet exécutif se tiendront au Terranea Resort à Rancho Palos Verdes, en Californie, le 15 août, où plusieurs membres du conseil d’administration de SustainableIT.org accepteront les CIO 100 Awards peu de temps après.

Les entreprises s’engagent de plus en plus à maximiser la durabilité au sein de leurs opérations, et la plupart d’entre elles auront élaboré une feuille de route et se sont officiellement engagées à faire de la durabilité un objectif à l’échelle de l’entreprise d’ici 2025*, selon une étude menée par IDC. Elles honoreront ces promesses en utilisant les derniers outils et logiciels pour surveiller et réduire la consommation d’énergie, ce qui rend d’autant plus urgent l’établissement d’un ensemble de normes de durabilité pour le domaine informatique.

En réunissant des leaders et des experts informatiques du monde entier pour définir les meilleures pratiques et les mesures standard pour les trois piliers de la durabilité des Nations Unies, SustainableIT.org s’engage à favoriser la transparence et le progrès vers un avenir durable.

« Notre objectif est d’accroître la sensibilisation mondiale grâce à une communauté dédiée de leaders d’opinion mondiaux, de créer des actions d’éducation et de sensibilisation positives, des améliorations mesurables en termes de gestion et d’amélioration de la durabilité parmi les cadres technologiques », a révélé Mme Marston. « Notre passion est d’inspirer et de créer un monde meilleur pour la prochaine génération et les générations à venir. »

À propos de SustainableIT.org

SustainableIT.org est une organisation à but non lucratif axée sur la promotion de la durabilité mondiale grâce au leadership technologique. Notre mission est de définir des programmes de transformation durable par industrie, de créer de meilleures pratiques et des cadres, d’établir des normes et des certifications, de fournir une éducation et une formation, et de sensibiliser à des programmes environnementaux et sociétaux qui rendront nos organisations et le monde durables pour les générations à venir. Suivez-nous sur LinkedIn.

Delphix a formé SustainableIT.org en tant qu’organisation sans actions et à but non lucratif aux côtés de directeurs informatiques d’organisations de premier plan dans le monde entier. SustainableIT.org est initialement financée par Delphix (en tant que fondateur et conseiller technique) et par les revenus générés par les souscripteurs, les partenariats d’alliances, les parrainages d’événements et d’autres sponsors de programmes, tels que les partenaires de recherche. Le soutien de Delphix sera régi par un accord de gestion commerciale entre Delphix et SustainableIT.org.

Source : *IDC FutureScape : prévisions de durabilité mondiale pour 2022 – octobre 2021

Contact :
Kathryn Alissa Marston
Directrice exécutive et directrice générale, SustainableIT.org
Tél. : 1 (508)808-3080
E-mail :Kathryn.Marston@sustainableIT.org

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SustainableIT.org Anuncia Nova Liderança em Lançamento Oficial

Organização sem fins lucrativos de sustentabilidade global de TI a ser liderada pelo ex-VP da IDC, nomeia novos membros do conselho de administração de várias empresas da Fortune 500

Foto do Conselho da SustainableIT.org da Nasdaq em Times Square

Nasdaq felicita a Delphix pelo lançamento da SustainableIT.org

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A SustainableIT.org, nova organização sem fins lucrativos dedicada a promover a sustentabilidade global por meio da liderança tecnológica, divulgou hoje os nomes do seu novo diretor executivo e dos membros adicionais do conselho, após sua reunião inaugural realizada no dia 24 de maio em Nova York.

A SustainableIT.org tem o orgulho de nomear Kath Marston como sua Diretora Executiva e Gerente Geral. Marston tem experiência com desenvolvimento de liderança adquirida ao atuar como Vice-Presidente do Grupo, Experiência/Operações do Cliente para o Conselho Executivo de CIOs da IDC, tendo supervisionado uma comunidade de Diretores de Informações (CIOs) e tecnólogos de ponta em organizações globais.

“Estou extremamente empolgada em poder liderar essa agenda tão importante. Os líderes de tecnologia podem ter uma influência essencial nos esforços globais de sustentabilidade, e nosso compromisso de galvanizar esses líderes para agir é vital para a prosperidade das empresas, da humanidade e de todo o planeta”, disse Marston.

Além disso, a SustainableIT.org votou em sete membros para seu conselho de administração.

Os mais influentes CIOs, CTOs e outros CXOs de todo o mundo, são os mais novos membros do conselho de administração da SustainableIT.org:

Eles se unem aos atuais membros do conselho de administração:

No dia 8 de junho, a SustainableIT.org fará o seu lançamento europeu em Paris para aumentar a conscientização e impulsionar mandatos críticos em escala global. Sua próxima reunião de diretoria e reunião de cúpula executiva será realizada no Terranea Resort em Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, no dia 15 de agosto, onde vários membros do conselho da SustainableIT.org receberão o CIO 100 Awards após a reunião.

As empresas estão cada vez mais se comprometendo a maximizar a sustentabilidade das suas operações, e a maioria das empresas irá criar um roteiro e se comprometeu formalmente a tornar a sustentabilidade uma meta corporativa até 2025*, de acordo com uma pesquisa da IDC. Elas cumprirão essas promessas usando as mais recentes ferramentas e software para monitorar e reduzir o consumo de energia, o que torna a criação de um conjunto de padrões de sustentabilidade para o campo de TI ainda mais urgente.

A SustainableIT.org unirá líderes e especialistas de TI de todo o mundo para definir as melhores práticas e métricas padrão para os três pilares da sustentabilidade. A SustainableIT.org está empenhada em impulsionar a transparência e o progresso em direção a um futuro sustentável.

“Nosso objetivo é expandir a conscientização global por meio de uma comunidade dedicada de líderes de pensamento em todo o mundo, criar ações de educação e conscientização positiva, aprimorar mensuravelmente a gestão da sustentabilidade e a melhoria entre os executivos de tecnologia”, disse Marston. “Nossa paixão é inspirar e tornar o mundo melhor para as próximas gerações.”

Sobre a SustainableIT.org

A SustainableIT.org  é uma organização sem fins lucrativos focada no avanço da sustentabilidade global por meio da liderança tecnológica. Nossa missão é definir programas de transformação sustentável por indústria, criar melhores práticas e estruturas, definir padrões e certificações, fornecer educação e treinamento, e aumentar a conscientização quanto aos programas ambientais e sociais que tornam nossas organizações e o mundo sustentável para as gerações futuras. Siga-nos no LinkedIn.

A Delphix fundou a SustainableIT.org como uma organização sem fins lucrativos, com CIOs de organizações líderes em todo o mundo. A SustainableIT.org foi financiada inicialmente pela Delphix (como fundadora e consultora técnica) e pelas receitas geradas de subscritores, parcerias de alianças, patrocínios de eventos e outros patrocinadores do programa, como parceiros de pesquisa. O suporte da Delphix será regido por um Contrato de Gestão de Negócios entre a Delphix e a SustainableIT.org.

Fonte: *IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Sustainability 2022 Predictions – Oct. 2021

Contato:
Kathryn Alissa Marston
Diretora Executiva e Gerente Geral, SustainableIT.org
Telefone: 1 (508) 808-3080
Email: Kathryn.Marston@sustainableIT.org

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Afghanistan Exports to Pakistan Mark Historic Rise

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan says its exports to Afghanistan have dropped and imports sharply increased in the current financial year, leading to a bilateral trade balance for the first time in favor of the war-torn neighbor.

Pakistan has stepped up bilateral cooperation and announced trade-related concessions for the landlocked country to help it overcome deteriorating humanitarian and economic crises after the Taliban returned to power last August.

In the 11 months of the current financial year, Pakistani exports to Afghanistan have dropped to around $700 million from more than $900 million last year, a spokesperson for the commerce ministry in Islamabad told VOA.

The change is attributed mainly to increased purchases of Afghan coal and an “extremely good quality” cotton by Pakistan in recent months.

The spokesperson noted that imports from Afghanistan, meanwhile, have increased to more than $700 million from $550 million last year.

The decline in Pakistani exports is attributed to U.S. sanctions on the interim Taliban government, the absence of banking channels and non-availability of dollars in Afghanistan, as well as a drop in demand for certain Pakistani goods.

The commerce ministry spokesperson, however, told VOA that Pakistani exports to Central Asian countries through Afghanistan have risen by 70 percent to $202 million in the last 11 months from $118 million in the same period last year.

There are five fully operational border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan has in recent years fenced off its nearly 2,600 kilometer traditionally porous Afghan border and tightened immigration controls to deter terrorist infiltration in either direction.

Afghans say the massive fencing project has undermined livelihood opportunities for divided tribes, straddling the largely mountainous frontier.

A senior Pakistani foreign ministry official said despite tightened measures “about 30,000 people, including Afghan refugees, move across the border every day.”

“We have allowed Afghan importers to buy our products in Pakistani currency and have given them freedom to export any items to Pakistan to facilitate bilateral trade,” said the official, who deals directly with bilateral Afghan matters.

He noted that the Pakistani government has identified 44 places on the border where it plans to establish new crossings to further facilitate commercial activities as well as visitor movement.

“We intend to open several of the proposed gates every two or three months. We have discussed it with Afghan (Taliban) leaders and told them to arrange for manning these posts, so they know who is moving in and out,” the Pakistani official said.

The Taliban has acknowledged they are also stepping up coal exports to Pakistan and have raised duties on sales with a goal to generate more revenue from the Afghan mining sector in the absence of direct foreign funding.

Financial funding for Afghanistan has dried up because no country has yet recognized the Islamist group as the legitimate rulers of the country.

The Taliban are now relying on the country’s natural resources, including largely untapped mineral and fossil fuel deposits, to meet economic challenges facing their new government.

On Saturday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the ministry of mines and petroleum earned nearly $5 million, including about $1.9 million from crude oil sales, within the past week (May 26-June1).

Last week, the Afghan ministry said it had collected $44 million in customs revenue through coal exports in the last six months.

Cash-strapped Pakistan has increased coal imports from Afghanistan in the wake of rising global prices in a bid to reduce Islamabad’s dependence on expensive supplies from South Africa.

The coal price hike is linked to an unexpected ban by top exporter Indonesia earlier this year, followed by Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

South Africa currently provides almost three-quarters of Pakistan’s coal needs for the country’s cement and textile industries, as well as some power plants.

Afghan and Pakistani business representatives are scheduled to gather in Islamabad next week to deliberate on developing “barter trade mechanism recommendations” for both governments in a bid to boost bilateral trade.

Source: Voice of America

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West African Leaders Put Off Sanctions on 3 Juntas

ACCRA, GHANA — West African leaders Saturday failed to agree what action to take against military juntas in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, postponing a decision for a month, insiders at the meeting said.

They decided to wait until the next ECOWAS summit July 3, a senior source in the Ghanian presidency told AFP, asking to remain anonymous.

Another source said the leaders had not been able to agree, “particularly over Mali.”

The summit in Ghana’s capital Accra had been billed as the forum to agree whether to ease or ramp up sanctions against the three junta-ruled nations facing jihadi insurgencies.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had met in a bid to rule whether to keep, lighten or lift retaliatory measures on Mali, imposed in January after its military regime announced plans to stay in power for another five years.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo opened the summit, attended by the heads of state of most of the 15-member countries but without any representative from Mali, Burkina Faso or Guinea visible in the audience.

“This present summit will reexamine and assess the situations in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso in light of recent developments within the region and global context,” he said.

“Our objective has always been to find ways to help these countries return to constitutional order.”

Guinea, Burkina Faso and Mali are currently suspended from ECOWAS bodies.

While Mali has already been slapped with sanctions, the other two countries risk further punitive measures from the bloc after ruling juntas in their respective capitals vowed to hold on to power for another three years.

West Africa has seen a succession of military coups in less than two years — two in Bamako, followed by Conakry in September 2021 and Ouagadougou in January.

Insurgency

ECOWAS, keen to limit political instability spreading further, has held summits and tried to pile on pressure to shorten the juntas’ so-called transition periods before a return to civilian rule.

But strongmen Colonel Assimi Goita in Mali, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya in Guinea and Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba in Burkina Faso, have all resisted that pressure and since been sworn in as presidents.

They invoke the severity of domestic crises — that span jihadi insurgencies to social problems — and claim they need time to rebuild their states and organize elections.

A U.N. report published last week said the West African sanctions had contributed to worsening living conditions, particularly for the poor.

One of the most volatile and impoverished countries in the world, Mali is battling a decade-old jihadi revolt, which began with a regional insurrection and then spread to Niger and Burkina Faso.

ECOWAS closed borders and suspended trade and financial exchanges, except for necessities.

In Guinea, the military overthrew President Alpha Conde in September and has vowed a return to civilian rule in three years.

Burkina Faso’s government was overthrown in January, when disgruntled colonels ousted President Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

Source: Voice of America

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China Looks to Africa in Race for Lithium

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — It is the new gold rush, and China is leading the hunt as prices surge. Only it’s not gold everyone’s looking for, it’s lithium. Many say the future of electric vehicle production and, more broadly, combatting climate change, depend on the rare metal.

Prices for the “green metal” have seen an almost 500% increase in the past year, according to Bloomberg.

Sung Choi, a metals analyst at BloombergNEF, told VOA, “The cost of lithium has risen because virtually all automakers have jumped onto producing electric vehicles.”

Electric car tsar and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the “insane” costs meant “Tesla might actually have to get into the mining & refining directly at scale.”

That is exactly what China has been doing, and its companies are looking to make sure they don’t run out of the metal needed to make lithium-ion batteries – which China, which has the largest EV market in the world, produces 80% of globally.

While more than half of global lithium resources are in South America and Australia, China is scouring the world for new sources of the metal, including in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau and elsewhere, but increasingly in Africa.

“Africa has recently been in the spotlight with its ample resources in metals,” Choi said.

Shenzen-headquartered Chinese conglomerate BYD is in talks to buy six new lithium mines in unspecified African countries, Reuters reported, citing Shanghai government supported publication The Paper. Repeated emails to the company from VOA requesting details of the deals went unanswered.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chinese mining giant Zijin is in a legal battle with Australia’s AVZ minerals over control of the Manono mine – possibly the world’s biggest lithium deposit — in the resource-rich country’s east.

In Zimbabwe, too, home to large untapped deposits of the resource, China is buying up mines. In a major deal, Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt is investing $300 million in its recently purchased Arcadia Lithium mine outside Harare, according to Reuters. The money will be used to construct a plant with a processing capacity of 400,000 metric tons of lithium concentrate a year.

Shenzhen Chengxin Lithium Group and Sinomine Resource Group are just two of the other companies that have invested in lithium in Zimbabwe in the past year.

The Zimbabwean government has welcomed the investment. Spokeswoman Monica Mutsvangwa told VOA via WhatsApp that the economically unstable country, which is under Western sanctions, plans to rebrand itself as a major player in “the blooming lithium sector.”

“We aim to fill the vacuum being created by the displacement of fossil fuel engines by electric batteries,” she said.

In an apparent reference to the West, she added in an email to VOA, “The battery storage industry of the ushering New Electric Vehicle Era has shunted you by the wayside … Triple digit figures in the mergers and acquisition of Arcadia Lithium, Buhera Lithium deposits and Bikita Minerals have shunted you aside.”

Joe Lowry, founder of advisory firm Global Lithium, told VOA that Western lithium producers had been taken by surprise regarding the growth of the EV industry and therefore the rush for lithium.

“Lithium has been a tiny niche market for 7 decades. The global market for lithium chemicals didn’t reach a billion dollars until 2015. The industry was not prepared for electrification of transportation,” he said by email.

“You can build a huge battery factory like Tesla does in a couple years. It takes up to ten years to bring a fully integrated lithium chemicals project online,” he said.

Meanwhile, “Chinese producers invested ahead of the curve in resources outside China … (and) are looking at Africa,” Lowry said.

The U.S., too, knows the importance of Africa. General Stephen Townsend, AFRICOM commander, told the House Appropriations Committee in April, “Africa possesses vast untapped energy deposits … (needed to) transition to clean energy, including mobile phones, jet engines, electric hybrid vehicles and missile guidance systems.”

“The winners and losers of the 21st century global economy may be determined by whether these resources are available in an open and transparent marketplace or are inaccessible due to predatory practices of competitors,” he added.

And while some of the key components for EVs come from Africa, the market for the finished product – made overseas – is still minuscule on the continent. The mines provide jobs, but critics say locals don’t see enough trickle-down from the multimillion-dollar projects.

Last year, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi said that people living in areas with mines were “still languishing in misery,” while foreign multinationals prospered. He has launched a review of his predecessor’s “minerals-for-infrastructure” contracts with Chinese mining companies.

Source: Voice of America