Fleur Bothwick – Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership, EMEIA Region at EY

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Fleur is the Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership (D&I) for the EMEIA Region at EY which is made up of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa with ninety nine countries and 105,000 people.  Her role entails developing, driving and embedding an integrated diversity strategy across this large multi-disciplined matrix organization.

A key focus for this role is stakeholder engagement, specialist consultancy, change management and brand development in the market..  Fleur  is a regular conference speaker  and contributor to articles and research in this field, publishing a series of thought leadership, most recently on how to take the LGBT agenda global.  She has co-authored a book on Inclusive Leadership which was published in October 2016 – www.diversityandinclusiveleadership.com

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Vint Cerf & David Bray

People Centred Internet Initiative

People-Centered Internet (PCI) believes in putting humanity – people and their needs and aspirations – at the center of the Internet. They are committed to using the power of the Internet to improve the lives of the global poor by collecting data that can be used to transform communities and meet basic needs.


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Vint Cerf and David Bray Talking With Neil, Debra & Antonio

PCI is an international coalition created to connect the dots, fill in the gaps, and unite humanity. Founded and chaired by Vint Cerf, the Internet’s co-inventor and architect, People-Centered Internet is central to activating international commitments to make sure the Internet reaches everyone.

Last year $20 billion was committed to rolling out Internet access for all. People-Centered Internet’s partners include World Economic ForumWorld BankIEEEIFLA and the Internet Society, and PCI is on the World Economic Forum’s Internet For All steering committee. Together with its partners, PCI is developing a global impact grid to share breakthroughs and benefits quickly, using local projects to create global learning.

Vint Cerf – Chairman & Co-Founder

PCI chairman and co-founder Vint Cerf is one of the “Fathers of the Internet”, having co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the Internet’s architecture. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.
See also Vint’s entry in Wikipedia

David Bray – Executive Director

Dr. David A. Bray was named one of the top “24 Americans Who Are Changing the World” under 40 by Business Insider in 2016. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015. He has also been named a Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2017-2018 and will travel to Europe to discuss Trans-Atlantic issues of common concern including exponential technologies and the global future ahead.

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Nicola James – CEO and Founder of Lexxic Ltd

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Nicola is the founder of Lexxic Ltd, a UK wide consultancy she established in 2007. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and has also completed her postgraduate qualification in neuropsychology. Nicola was diagnosed with dyslexia at university and with the help she received she was able to achieve her dream of becoming a psychologist. She set up Lexxic to help other adults with dyslexia, AD(h)D, ASD and other neurodiverse conditions, to ensure they could learn skills to minimise their difficulties and help them achieve success. Lexxic helps employers to support neurodiversity in all sectors, including banking, accounting and government agencies.

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Ita Mirianashvilli Head of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Unit at the Council of Europe


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Ita’s responsibilities include promoting and implementing Council of Europe standards and activities in the area of the rights of persons with disabilities.

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It comprises 47 member States, 28 of which are members of the European Union.

Felipe Betancur, director of the Fundación Todos Podemos Ayudar.

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Felipe was chosen as the social innovator of the year in Colombia by MIT. His mission is to develop tools and aids so that people with physical disabilities can make use of technology.

He was awarded the social innovator of the year by the publication ‘MIT Technology Review’. He creates low-cost devices for people with disabilities.

Felipe started an online business when it was 14 years old, but the coldness of the sales environment led him to rethink his life project.

“I needed to feel useful to society”.

Since childhood,he has been passionate about technology; & is a self-taught inventor. Felipe even made a living selling some of his creations to his colleagues.

He admires the ingenuity of MacGyver (the character of the American series of the 90s), he loved the dramatic and unsuspected twists of ‘Mission Impossible’ and was amazed by the brilliant inventions that saved the life of James Bond and Inspector Gadget.

In 2007 he attended an event for children affected by a fire of 200 homes in his city, Medellín. He felt such joy in helping others that he decided he would earn his living that way.
After realising that there were people with difficulties accessing technology, he decided to lay the foundations of the “Fundación Todos Podemos Ayudar” and led a Digital Accessibility project.

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Kate Nicholson

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Kate Nicholson served in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than 20 years, practicing health-related civil rights law and securing powerful victories including in the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is currently writing a book about her personal experiences with severe chronic pain.  Kate is also an arts writer and enthusiast who helped found the new non-profit, Tilt West, www.tiltwest.org, recently named by Westword as the “best think tank for arts and culture” in the area.  Kate was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Kate also gave a great TEDx talk on the topic of Pain.

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Kate’s topic is opioid Misuse and the Under-treatment of Serious Pain

“Every news cycle carries a story about the so-called opioid epidemic and the deaths resulting from opioid misuse.  Opioid abuse is a problem that affects 2.5 million Americans and those Americans, many covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are not being well served in the current climate.  But there is another side to the opioid issue, another pressing disability rights issue that deals with under-treatment of pain.  According to NIH statistics, 50 million Americans have severe of persistent, every-day pain.  That is 25 times more Americans than abuse opioids. Not all of them need opioids, which are a medication of last resort, but many people in serious pain require pain medicine as a palliative measure or in order to function minimally.  The under-treatment of pain is a serious problem world-wide.

Today in the United States, hysteria about opioid abuse is leading to bad public policy in which doctors, many good quality caregivers, are being prosecuted for providing opioids to people in pain.  And people in pain are increasingly tapered off of their pain medicine – with notable suicides resulting. There is certainly a history of doctors being under-educated about pain, of bad doctors creating pill mills in which pain medicine was too easily disseminated, in which pharmaceutical companies joined in supporting pain studies and encouraging opioid over-prescribing.  But most of that happened in the 1990s, and pain medication prescribing has dropped every year since 2012, while opioid-related deaths are on the rise, mostly due to illicit opioids – especially black tar heroin and fentanyl.   Our public policy is not catching up with this reality – DEA raids of pain doctors and CDC guidance that was designed to compensate for a lack of medical training about pain but is now gaining the force of law are having the effect of chilling pain treatment. ”

Kate Says “As a disability rights lawyer for the Department of Justice for 20-years and a chronic pain patient who used opioids, I am concerned that neither group of individuals with disabilities affected by this issue is being well served in the current climate.”

Aine Healy & Piers Gooding- 19 Stories

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The 19 Stories Project tells the story of 19 individual Australians living full lives in their communities. The project explored what it means for people with disabilities to be “socially included”, and what it means to exercise the right to live independently and be included in the community. This right is set out in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The materials are publicly available – www.19Stories.org – to serve as a resource for people with disabilities, families, professionals, academics, students and policymakers. Themes include employment, housing, family, the NDIS, ageing, education, travel and play.The website contains:
– Videos and articles sharing stories of the many ways Australians with disabilities belong and contribute to their communities;
– A list of themes, in the words of storytellers and their supporters, which draw out what it is that makes for a good life in community;
– a review of current scholarship on achieving social inclusion for people with disabilities in Australia;
– a discussion of the lessons that the stories might bring for policy and practice; and links and resources related to social inclusion.

Aine Healy

Aine is changemaker who spends her time working on making the world a more inclusive place. She’s headed up advocacy for the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, worked for a range of NFPs in the disability sector and loves making things accessible – movements, policies, info, comms & beyond. She’s the founder of IDEAS INFO ACTION, a little organisations that works on the things that matter and currently the CEO of the Attitude Foundation.

Dr Piers Gooding

Doctor Gooding has a research background in law, history and political sciences. His research interests include disability justice in the broad sense of economic, social and political equality for people with disabilities. His research focuses specifically on mental health law, supported decision-making and access to justice for people with intellectual disabilities, with a special focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

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Sharron Rush & Olivia Hawkins – Knowbility

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Since 1998, Sharron has been a leader in raising awareness and skills around the issue of access to technology for people with disabilities. Her work at Knowbility includes policy review, performance analysis, technical consultation, and training development for private and public companies, government agencies, and schools. Her technical expertise, understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities, and strong communication and training skills have contributed to her leadership position in the field. Since 2007, she has served as an Invited Expert at the W3C, developing and applying global accessibility standards for their Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). In 2014 she became co-chair of the Education and Outreach Working Group at WAI.

Olivia Hawkins is Community Programs Director at Knowbility.

Olivia’s career has been centered around serving people, both in private and public sectors. Having a diverse professional skill-set in education, nonprofit program development, and expertise in both written and verbal communication, she is excited to take on her new role as Community Programs Director with Knowbility. Olivia was born and raised in Houston, TX and currently resides in Austin, TX. She attended college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

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Rob Price & Christopher Joynson

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Rob Price  is COO for Worldline UK&I, the European leader in the payment and transactional services industry. He was previously Head of Digital for Atos UK&I, is a member of the Atos Scientific Community and was a founder of the award winning CIO/CTO Atos blog, the predecessor to Ascent. He successfully melds inspiration and creativity with strategic direction and implementation, focusing on driving more efficient and effective exploitation of technology and services to drive positive business outcomes and better connect our clients with their end consumers. The insight gained through both operational delivery roles and strategic Digital evangelist roles ensures that he views the Digital Revolution from multiple perspectives.

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Christopher Joynson is a Digital Transformation Consultant working for Atos, with experience of strategic projects across financial services and central government. As a member of the Scientific Community, Christopher brings his background in law and a fresh innovative mindset to offer holistic perspectives on the implications of technological change for our society. His main area of interest is the digital divide, and how we can ensure that sections of our society are not left behind by the digital world.

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Colin Browning – Director of Social Media for Mass Mutual & Edmund Asiedu

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Colin leads the social business team at MassMutual where he oversees the influencer, advocacy, paid social, and customer service programming. Prior to MassMutual, Colin led the social team at IDG’s Strategic Marketing Services where he was responsible for the development, management, and optimization of award-winning global social media and community-centric programs for the world’s leading technology brands including HP, IBM, Cisco, Citrix and many others.

Prior to IDG, he was Vice President of Client Strategy at New Marketing Labs and was responsible for driving the strategy, direction and execution of social media programs for clients that included Comcast, Cisco, IDC and others. Previously, Colin was the Director of Business Development at Mzinga where he has worked with a wide variety of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500, and helped them to architect and build successful social media programs. He helped to grow the organization (originally Prospero Technologies) from 13 people to now over 10.7 followers. As a part of the team that worked to sell Prospero to Mzinga, Colin led the world’s first Twitter chat in 2007 to answer press an analyst questions on the acquisition.

Colin is trained in GE’s Six Sigma Green Belt program management and graduated Cum Laude from Babson’s F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business and Bates College.

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Edmund Asiedu was born and raised in Ghana. He contracted the Poliovirus at the age of two, resulting in his disability. Edmund relocated to the U.S. in 2010. He currently works with Berkeley College as a career counselor. His background in disability movement both in Ghana and the U.S. has made him a strong advocate for persons with disabilities around the world. Edmund was the National Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled Youth Wing from 2005 to 2009. He played a major role in the effort that led to the passage of the Ghana National Disability Act in 2006. Edmund founded the club for students with disabilities at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY in 2011. He represented Lehman College students with disabilities at CUNY Coalition of Students with Disabilities from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, he worked as a public policy intern at the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, DC as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Internship Program. He graduated from Lehman College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and he is currently a Master of Public Administration Candidate at Baruch College in New York, NY. Edmund is a marathoner who successfully finished his 4th NYC Marathon this year. Recently, Edmund received community service award from Hamilton Madison House, Inc. a non-profit organization in Lower Manhattan. He aspires to become a strong international disability activist influencing policies that affect the lives of persons with disabilities.

Edmund was connected to local supporters during the NYC marathon through the MassMutual Adopt A Runner program.