ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge Jury

Collection of pictures of some members of the international jury
The judging panel is composed of experts of Atos, GIZ, private sector, civil society and international organisations. The panel is carefully selected to provide expertise in the fields of education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), innovation, accessibility and inclusion and regional African perspectives.

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Michael Fembek​

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Essl Foundation

After graduating from the Vienna University of Economics, Michael Fembek (born 1961) joined GEWINN, an Austrian business magazine, serving between 2000 and 2007 as editor-in-chief.
In 2009 he initiated “Sinnstifter”, a project by Austrian philanthropists, and launched the annual Austrian CSR-Guide on corporate responsibility. In 2010 he joined the Essl Foundation as Programme Manager and – until 2014 – the bauMax group as its Head of Social Affairs.
Since 2011 he is the Director of the Zero Project, a project of the Essl Foundation, and organizes the annual Zero Project Conference in the UN Headquarters in Vienna.
In 2014, he co-initiated the Verband für Gemeinnütziges Stiften, the Austrian philanthropic association, where he serves as Vice President. In 2015, he became the Chair of the Thematic Group on Disabilities within the European Foundation Centre (EFC), in 2016 he co-initiated the Haus der Philanthropie in Vienna, and in 2019 he co-initiated the Sinnbildungsstiftung, a foundation focusing on innovations in education, and now serves as a Board Member.

Frederica Settimi​

Frederica Settimi

Inclusion International
Inclusive Education Programme Manager

Federica Settimi is Inclusion International’s (II) Inclusive Education Programme Manager. In her role, she coordinates II’s initiative called Catalyst for Inclusive Education. II is the international network of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Catalyst for Inclusive Education is a global knowledge network for inclusive education which includes II members and global experts on inclusive education. Catalyst includes a platform of resources for strengthening inclusive education as well as direct support to projects, training, and consulting at a country level.

Ambrose Murangira

Light for the World
Disability Inclusion Advisor, Uganda

Ambrose is a multitalented Deaf person who has been in the academia, social work and NGO world advancing disability inclusion. He is the current Manager of the Disability Inclusion Advisory Unit at the Light for the World Uganda.

Ambrose Murangira​

Michael Herbst

Head of Political Work

Michael Herbst is blind himself due to a progressive eye sickness. He is, among others, educated as an ICT administrator and works with CBM as head of political work since 2014. Furthermore, he is a board member of VENRO, the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany.

Michael Herbst​
Ekaete Judith Umoh​

Ekaete Judith Umoh

Rehabilitation International
Vice President Africa

Ekaete Judith Umoh is an International disability rights advocate and inclusive development expert with astute analysis of issues relating to gender, disability and development. Ms. Umoh is very active across National, Regional and Global disability movement, advocating for the Human rights and inclusive development for people with disabilities. Furthermore, she is founder of FACICP Disability Plus, an organization that promotes the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities.
Alexandra Knupe​

Alexandra Knupe

Senior Vice President, Global CSR, Group Head for Corporate Social Responsibility

As Global Head for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Alexandra orchestrates and manages all sustainability programs at Atos. Alexandra firmly believes that sustainability must become a competitive advantage and that digital innovation can make a significant contribution to sustainability. Alexandra has many years of experience in communication, marketing and business development of complex IT services. With this experience, Alexandra follows a clear direction: Digital technologies can contribute to a sustainable society.

Neil Milliken

Global Head of Accessibility

Neil Milliken is Global Head of Accessibility at Atos, an invited expert for the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce , member of the Atos Scientific Community & Atos Distinguished Expert.
He is co-founder of AXSChat, Europe’s largest twitter chat with a focus on Accessibility & Inclusion. Neil is a member of the Board of Directors for World Institute on Disability, Non Exec Chair of the Board at Genius Within & Chair of the Diversity Board for Institute of Coding. Neil was named in the top ten of the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list in 2018 and was named D&I practitioner of the year in the 2019 Disability Smart Awards. Neil is dyslexic and has ADHD, he advocates for people with neurodivergent conditions as well as other disabilities and additional needs.

Neil Milliken​

Loic van Cutsem

Ashoka Austria

Loic van Cutsem has a background in business consulting, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. He co-founded several social enterprises and various support instruments for social enterprises, including an incubator and a crowdfunding platform. Loic co-leads Impact Transfer, an Ashoka initiative supporting the scaling and replication of proven social innovations/enterprises to new geographies with the appropriate local partners. One of their flagship program supports the replication of inclusive solutions in partnership with Zero Project.

Loic van Cutsem​
Derick Omari​

Derick Omari

TechEra Ghana

Derick Omari leads Tech Era, a social enterprise that creates accessible products, assistive technologies, and provides accessibility consultancy and trainings to organisations to bridge accessibility gaps for persons with disabilities. He is a certified Google chromebook accessibility expect, a member of the international association of accessibility professionals and has a post graduate degree in Disability Design and Innovation from University College London.

Klaus-Peter Wegge​

Klaus-Peter Wegge

Head of Accessibility Competence Center (ACC)

Klaus-Peter Wegge is head of the Siemens Accessibility Competence Center since 2000. As blind accessibility expert he has been active in numerous accessibility related commercial, research, and standardisation projects on European and international level.

Martin Kieti

Benetech and The DAISY Consortium
Program Manager, Africa

Martin Kieti has twenty-five years of experience working to improve the education and inclusion of people with disabilities in Africa. He is currently the Africa Program Manager for Benetech and the Africa Regional Capacity Development Manager for the DAISY Consortium. He is also an Inclusive Development Advisor with Inclusion Resources for Africa, Secretary-General of the International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairments – Africa and Chair of the Board of the Kenya Institute for the Blind. He also serves in numerous Boards and Committees at the national and international levels.

Martin Kieti​

Axel Klaphake

Director Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation

Axel Klaphake is an economist and political scientist by training (University of Cologne, Université de Clermont-Ferrand) and holds a PhD in Environmental Management and Planning from the Technical University Berlin. In his further career, he worked mainly on issues linked to economic development and the sustainable management of natural resources holding jobs with several research institutes, think tanks and consulting companies in Germany, USA, and Brazil. He joined GIZ in 2007 as an adviser to the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on G8 issue and water and infrastructure development in Africa. From 2009-2017 he worked as a head of regional and bilateral programmes in Uganda and as the GIZ Country Director in Uganda and Ethiopia. He is currently heading the Division Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation in the global department at GIZ HQs. In his career, he has been closely involved with efforts to strengthen synergies between private sector development and development cooperation.

Axel Klaphake​
Tim Unwin​

Tim Unwin

Chairholder ICT4D

Tim Unwin is Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London, and passionately committed to helping enable people with disabilities to use digital technologies appropriately.

Jake Epelle​

Jake Epelle

Albino Foundation Nigeria

Jake Epelle is the founder of The Albino Foundation – established in 2006, that advocates for the recognition and respect of the rights and socio-economic inclusion of persons with albinism and other vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities. He is the advisor to the government on disability issues and has led teams to formulate and produce policy and guidelines for special needs of the most vulnerable groups in Nigeria. He also carries out social development work on albinism and has worked with UNICEF as a lead researcher on the first UN baseline study on albinism.

Michel Wenezoui​

President of the NGO HCW

Michel is a Software Engineer and president of the HCW association which was founded in 2009 in order to promote education and culture among pupils and students of the Central African Republic. With 18 years of experience, Michel puts great importance on the consideration of the Technology and Human aspect.
Michel Wenezoui​​

Lesa Bradshaw

Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting
Managing Member

Owner of Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting, and global inclusion consultant, Lesa combines her
personal and professional experience to deliver impactful and sustainable programs designed to build a disability confident economy.
Lesa Bradshaw​
Okite Judith Ann​

Okite Judith Ann

Association for Accessibility and Equality

Judith Ann Okite is the founder of the Association for Accessibility and Equality (AAFE). The association does advocacy, research, training, auditing of the built environment and consultancy on accessibility.

Susan Scott-Parker​

Susan Scott-Parker

Business disability international

Susan Scott-Parker OBE is an internationally recognised creative thought leader on mobilising business leadership to position disability equality as an economic and ethical imperative.

Bernd Schramm

Head of GP Inclusion

Bernd Schramm (PhD) currently heads the GIZ Global Project “Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities”, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Before that, he worked many years for the German development agency GIZ and a consulting firm in South-East-Asia. As a social scientist focusing on social coherence as well as universal access to public services, he strongly advocates for the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ and the need for empowerment of marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities.
Bernd Schramm​

Ulla Geisel

SAP Design, Sap SE
Inclusive Design Lead

Ulla Geisel is the Inclusive Design Lead within the central SAP Design organization focusing on how people use and interact with technology in their specific cultural contexts, recognizing accessibility, inclusion, equity, social justice, and sustainability to support creating software that respects and serves the needs and desires of all people. She graduated from the University of Mainz with degrees in Social Anthropology and African Studies and holds a Master of Economy and Management from the University of Kaiserslautern. Before joining SAP SE, she worked as Senior Research Associate at the University of Frankfurt. She conducted field studies in Burkina Faso and worked for NGOs in Uganda and Burkina Faso.
Ulla Geisel​
Samantha Evans​

Samantha Evans

IAAP International Association of Accessibility Professionals
Certification Manager at G3ict division

Samantha (Sam) Evans, CAE, MBA (she/her), is the Certification Manager at the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), a division of G3ict, where she works with accessibility subject matter experts and professionals around the world to maintain, build and deliver accessibility certification programs. Sam facilitates the work of IAAP and the accessibility community to establish benchmarks of knowledge, skills, and concepts for accessibility professionals. Sam is also an active accessibility and inclusion advocate, active in the association management and credentialing professions. Sam has a personal passion to share digital accessibility best practices with event and conference planners working in the digital space. Sam holds an MBA in International Business from Kennesaw State University, has served on the American Society of Association Executives Certified Association Executive Standard Setting Committee, is currently serving on the Institute of Credentialing Excellence’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Task Force, and (US) National Association of Social Workers Certification Committee. Sam has also served in support of the UK Digital Apprenticeship team, ENTELIS European Committee, and other efforts to advance accessibility education and awareness around the world.
Irene Mbari-Kirika​

Irene Mbari-Kirika

Founder, Executive Director

Irene Mbari-Kirika founded inABLE in 2009, and serves as Executive Director. inABLE’s mission is truly “visionary,” because it empowers blind and visually impaired students in Africa through technology. Due to Irene’s ability to form strategic relationships, inABLE is a leader in inclusive education, accessible computer skills training, and assistive technology research. Irene’s leadership has created technology-powered special-educational environments to improve the lives of marginalized youth in Africa. Her recent venture, Technoprise Consulting, is a next-generation tech inclusion global company. Technoprise employs people with disabilities who provide digital accessibility services to public and private sector companies around the world. Irene holds a Global Master’s of Arts, International Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA. In recognition of her many accomplishments in service to Kenya, Irene was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya in 2016 by the Kenyan government.

Wolfgang Kowatsch

myAbility Social Enterprose GmbH
Chief Growth Officer and Co-Founder

Wolfgang holds degrees in International Business Administration at WU Wien and of the John’s Hopkins University, SAIS. After several management positions in the consumer goods and internet industry, he co-founded the inclusive job platform myAbility.jobs in 2010 and the consultancy myAbility in 2014, focusing on supporting companies to become disability confident and inclusive. At myAbility he is responsible for business development, marketing and strategy. Wolfgang is also co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Network Austria (SENA) and a frequent speaker concerning sustainable business models and entrepreneurship.

Wolfgang Kowatsch​

Alexandra Nothnagel

Assistant Program Manager Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance

Graduated from Frankfurt Goethe University in Biochemistry, Alexandra Nothnagel worked in parasitology for the German Federal Agency of the German Federal Ministry of Health Paul-Ehrlich-Institut and as an Early Stage Researcher in Molecular Neurobiology with a Marie S. Curie Fellowship at ENS Paris. Alexandra is founder of the ResearchAbility initiative, an international multi-association project fostering inclusivity by supporting the careers of students and researchers with disabilities and assisting in making their professional environment accessible. Alexandra quickly became the Co-lead of the Diversity & Inclusivity working group in Marie Curie Alumni Association, since 2019 she is in the Board of directors of the French federation for students and young professionals with disabilities “100% Handinamique” where she leads the working group for students interested in science careers. Since 2020, Alexandra has a Proxy mandate for the French National Advisory Council for People with Disabilities in the working Group “European and international questions, application of conventions”. Alexandra joined Atos as Java techno-functional consultant and became certified Agile Scrum Product Owner naturally providing Accessibility consulting in her client projects with Public Sector and Defense as well as Health & Life Science client projects. As a consequence of her passion and activities for Accessibility and Inclusion, Alexandra became Assistant Program Manager of Atos Global Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance. In accordance with her scientific profile. Making use of her deep knowledge in Life Sciences and Biotechnology, being the former President of the Young European Biotech Network, Alexandra also joined the Atos Scientific Community focusing on the Augmented Humans & Co-Bots track. Alexandra lives with a chronic rare disease and is a Zebra in the autism spectrum, she advocates for inclusive societies and is working on the exchange between different groups of people with disabilities searching for conditions that favour the inclusion for all.
Alexandra Nothnagel​

Cornelia Henriksson

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Inclusion lead

Ms. Henriksson is currently serving as the focal point for inclusion at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). A development and macroeconomist by training, she has gathered many years of professional experience working across continents for international organizations (UNDP, World Bank, European Commission). She worked in various positions at BMZ, including debt related issues, China country operations, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and human rights issues.

Youngjun Cho

Professor, Computer Science and UCLIC

Youngjun is Associate Professor in Computer Science and UCLIC at UCL and one of the key academics in GDI and MSc DDI (Disability, Design and Innovation). He explores and builds novel technologies for the next generation of Artificial Intelligence-powered physiological computing that helps boost disability technology innovation. He has authored more than 70 articles (including patents) in areas related to physiological computing, human-computer interaction and accessible and assistive technology.

Thomas Ongolo

Regional Advisor for Africa

Dr Thomas Odera Ongolo has long experience in organizations of persons with disabilities, served as the African Union “Disability Advisor” and is currently the German Development Agency-GIZ Regional Advisor for Africa, in Global Project, Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. He is a graduate of University of South Africa and University of Cape Town, specializing on Disability Inclusive Educational Curriculum and Studies. His exposure has given him a broad base to approach many topics on disability, participation and inclusion.

Jose Viera

GDS Secretariat
Senior Manager

Jose Viera worked as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Blind Union but also acted as the Permanent Representative of the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities. Having been the WBU Human Rights Policy Advisor for 2 years, Jose supported more than 100 different national associations of the blind in advocacy work to promote inclusive and productive lives of blind people. He has a Master’s degree in Management of Development from Torino University, Italy and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.

Sarah Weber

Make-IT Alliance

At GIZ, Sarah Weber is partnership & innovation manager for the Make-IT Alliance. The Make-IT Alliance is a co-innovation network of partners from the digital economy that promotes digitalization for sustainable development. Together with the partners, Sarah drives collaborations that build local innovation ecosystems in developing and emerging countries to overcome local challenges with digital solutions. Sarah is passionate about the topics of digital innovation and entrepreneurship in which she also holds a master’s degree. Prior to GIZ, Sarah has worked with different companies of different industries, from tech corporates to consulting firms and local start-ups, especially in the fields of business development, innovation, and marketing.

Clemens Kapler

Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Deputy Head, Digital Technologies

Deputy Head, Digital Technologies in Development Cooperation at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany. Studied Politics, History, Economics, Law and Development Studies in Bonn and Kaiserslautern (GER) and Durham (UK); Worked for Members of the Provincial Parliament in North-Rhine Westphalia as well as the German National Parliament; Between 2004 and 2014: Development Worker in various locations and sectors in South Africa; Since 2015 at BMZ as senior policy officer.

Mathilde Guibert

Global D&I Program Manager

After 3 years in marketing, Mathilde became a Global D&I Program Manager in Atos. In her role, she plans, develops, and executes programs and events that address all D&I (Diversity & Inclusion) pillars including Accessibility. Recent celebrations in which she had the opportunity to participate in Atos include International Day of Sign Languages, Zero Discrimination Day, Purple Light Up and Global Accessibility Awareness Day. She works daily to promote, train and generate conversations around DEI and safe working environments to different audiences.

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Intellectual workshop

What’s in it for you?

Whether you are a tech-savvy digital entrepreneur who tackles challenges with a solution-oriented approach or if you are someone directly impacted by a lack of accessibility to education with an idea on how to improve the situation; if your submitted idea is successful, you will be provided with the unique opportunity to turn your idea into an operating and impactful solution.

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What are we looking for?

What are we looking for?

We wish to foster & scale digital and technical innovations that provide or improve access to education for children, youths and/or adults with disabilities in Africa.

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More information on why this challenge is crucial now

Why is this challenge crucial now?

Education is the foundation on which inclusion is built. However, children and young persons with disabilities in Africa are significantly less likely to attend and complete basic and higher education.

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