The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Christopher Wellise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Living Progress Challenge
United States
Christopher Wellise is passionate about drawing upon his experience in business and science/engineering to analyze how organizations innovate, develop and market products; consume energy and natural resources; and produce waste streams, to find ways to bring businesses closer to economic, social and environmental sustainability. As part of the HPE Corporate Affairs organization, the Living Progress Initiatives team is committed to increasing HPE’s brand value and business success through social investment programs that are aligned with the overall business strategy. The overarching objective is to create a better future for everyone through their actions and innovations. It’s the way that people and technology come together to solve society’s toughest challenges.

Christopher directs a team that is focused on solving social and environmental issues in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers and partners. Together they create solutions that improve communities and advance human, economic and environmental progress. Prior to that, Christopher was the Global Stakeholder Engagement lead for the Hewlett Packard Company, and was responsible for advancing the HP environmental brand and reputation with key influencers and developing relationship strategies with NGOs, regional sustainability luminaries, consumer influencers, academics, policy makers and HP executive leadership.

He advanced HP’s corporate strategy in climate, forestry and water and spear-headed the first utility scale renewable energy deal at HP resulting in powering all of HP’s own global IT data center operations with wind energy in Texas. Prior to HP, Christopher worked at Green Environment Inc. as a Vice President where he led environmental due diligence efforts for leading Bay Area corporate and private equity clients involved in M&A activity.

Christopher also lead a global software and hardware certification and branding program at Sun Microsystems focused on energy efficiency and interoperability.

He began his career at the U.S. Department of Interior (USGS Water Resources Division) as a physical/environmental scientist where he researched the effects of public investment in pollution treatment technology on near-shore ecosystems, and synergistic effects of industrial and agricultural pollutants.

He has expertise in a broad variety of corporate sustainability concepts and leadership practices, and solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities for multinational companies related to sustainable development, strategy, innovation, brand building, transparency and reporting. Christopher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.