Joanne Thurlow

Executive Director

ESG Institute

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Speaker Bio

Joanne is a seasoned tech and energy industry professional with over 25 years of experience, renowned for her strategic role in driving digital and sustainable transformation globally. As a Canadian native, her international tenure includes a transformative decade at Siemens Energy as Global Head of IT, where she led large-scale digital initiatives.

Joanne stands out for her pragmatic approach to integrating digital technologies and sustainability into business operations, focusing on practical IoT solutions and ESG targets to enhance organizational efficiency and the bottom line. Her leadership extends to her role as Executive Director and Co-founder of The ESG Institute, where she partners with organizations to demystify and implement sustainability strategies.

An acclaimed speaker and advocate, Joanne champions Women in Tech, STEM education, and green technology. Recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Tech in 2022, her influence is underpinned by a commitment to creating inclusive and sustainable tech environments.

Joanne’s insights enable entities to embrace change aligned with modern digital imperatives and environmental responsibility. With her guidance, organizations find clarity and direction, turning the challenges of today’s CIOs into opportunities for growth and impact.

Joanne’s dedication to tech excellence and sustainable progress has made her a valued partner for businesses looking to navigate and succeed in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Speaker Sessions


Sustainability In Tech: Why It Matters, How To Develop It, And Why Women Will Lead It

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Data
  • ESG & Sustainability
  • Workforce
  • Joanne Thurlow

    Executive Director

    ESG Institute

Today’s evolving workplace faces many challenges – global talent scarcity, up/re/new skilling, quiet quitting, new ways of working and so much more. Added to that climate change and sustainability urgency.

With an estimated 24 million net new jobs worldwide being created by the green economy by 2030, green skills are essential to the transition towards a green economy, (Intl Labour Org). Yet the global shortage of skilled professionals continues across industries where the demand for technical & sustainable skills outpaces the availability of required skills.

The world’s sustainability transformation calls not only for a new generation of technology but a new generation of technology professionals. Data and Digital knowledge and skills are at the very foundation of the future workforce.

In this talk, you will understand why tech professionals – especially women in tech – have a central role in the evolving workplace.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • How the urgency of climate change and sustainability is creating a skills gap
  • Moving towards a sustainable workforce
  • What a sustainable workforce looks like
  • Why data and digital skills are 2 of the top priority skills for the new workforce
  • Preparing for the new workplace – for yourself, your team, your organisation
  • How women are leading in the sustainable tech
  • Practical examples of green tech, sustainable solutions, and tech skills coming together to create a more sustainable environment.

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