7. Connected Societies and the Digital Transformation: The Impact on Humanitarian Response

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Presenter: Mr. Rutger Reman, President and Head of Customer Unit Industry and Society, Middle East and Africa Region, Ericsson

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 11:00-11:4006_Rutger Reman_IMG_0031

This session examined how ICT can enable societies and better serve people, from both a social and humanitarian perspective, taking into account such trends as migration from rural to urban areas and the growth of megacities.

There is general recognition that technology can do so much to further progress across all levels of society, and growing acceptance that connectivity has become a basic need. “Technology for good” comprises a range of initiatives, from broadening access to learning, healthcare and banking to helping to achieve efficiencies and resilience in the energy, water and transport sectors, to assisting families in crisis situations reunite. We are just beginning to tap the potential of connected societies, and the predictive function of the resulting data can help us to work more effectively.

Mr. Rutger Reman
, President and Head of Customer Unit Industry and Society, Middle East and Africa Region, Ericsson

06_Connected Societies and the Digital Transformation_photo_rutger remanRutger Reman started his active career life after university at the Swedish operator Telia where he worked several years and held different local and international roles.

In 1995, Rutger joined Ericsson in Sweden, and has been working in Ericsson since then. He has held different positions in Project Management, Product Management, Operations, Marketing and Sales. Since 2004, Rutger has been relocated outside of Sweden where he has worked in various roles and projects with a large number of customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Recently Rutger has been Executive Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit OOREDOO based in Qatar.

As of January 2015, Rutger was appointed President and Head of Customer Unit Industry & Society, which is a newly established business line within Region Middle East, in order to drive business growth and capture market opportunities in new business areas with a special focus on Energy & Utilities, Public Safety & Security, Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Cities.

Rutger was born in 1963 in Goteborg, Sweden, where he was brought up and educated.

Links to related material:

Ericsson Networked Society
Ericsson Response