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.
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.
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.
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.
Ekaete Judith Umoh
Vice President Africa
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.
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.
Loic van Cutsem
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President of the NGO HCW
Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting
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.
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.
Head of GP Inclusion
SAP Design, Sap SE
Inclusive Design Lead
IAAP International Association of Accessibility Professionals
Certification Manager at G3ict division
Founder, Executive Director
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.
Assistant Program Manager Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Professor, Computer Science and UCLIC
Regional Advisor for Africa
Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Deputy Head, Digital Technologies
Global D&I Program Manager