Program Committee

  • Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People’s International (DPI)
  • Ron Akins, Senior Vice President, E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Mohammed Al-Tarawneh, Inaugural Chairperson, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group
  • David Banes, Access Technology Evangelist and Director of David Banes Access
  • Judy Brewer, Director Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Melanie Endres, Sales Director, Code Factory
  • Steve Ewell, Executive Director, Consumer Technology Association Foundation (CTA Foundation)
  • Matthew Gerst, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Ahmed Habib, Policy Expert, Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center
  • Andrew Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research
  • Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
  • Julie Kearney, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager – Standards and Accessibility, Adobe
  • Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems
  • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
  • Christopher Lee, Department Head & Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)
  • Varju Luceno, Director of Communications, DAISY Consortium
  • Mike May, President and CEO, The Lighthouse for the Blind Inc.
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Abe Rafi, Director of Digital Strategy & Online Services, The Arc
  • Debra Ruh, CEO, , Ruh Global Communications
  • Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf; Chairperson, Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors, ITU
  • Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT - The App Association
  • Susan Schorr, Head, Special Initiatives, ITU-D, International Telecommunication Union
  • Paul Schroeder, Consultant, PS Strategies
  • Sharon Spencer, Managing Director, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), a Division of G3ict
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
  • Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Institute
  • Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • Amy VanDeVelde, National Connections Program Manager, The OASIS Institute
  • Frances West, Principal,
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast Cable


Program Committee Coordination:

  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi
    Vice President, Institutional Relations
    Tel. 678-534-8518
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