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Monday, December 5, 2011 - Afternoon
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor

2:30-4:30 p.m.  Opening of the Global Summit and Showcase on Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities (Gaylord National Convention Center)

Welcome Remarks

Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
Mr. Axel Leblois is the Founder and Executive Director of G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, an Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. A graduate of Sciences-Po in Paris, Axel Leblois holds an MBA from INSEAD. After more than 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the US, Axel Leblois launched G3ict in 2006, with the support of UN GAID , and in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UNDESA.  To promote and facilitate the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention in matters of accessible and assistive ICTs, G3ict works in close cooperation with organizations representing persons with disabilities, the ICT industry, the public sector, academia and United Nations affiliated organizations.


Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, AFB - American Foundation for the Blind
As vice president of Programs and Policy, Paul Schroeder oversees all of AFB's national programmatic efforts in aging, education, employment, literacy, and technology, as well as AFB's public policy and research agendas. Schroeder is intimately involved in AFB's technology initiatives, including efforts to encourage the development of mainstream products and services that are accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Schroeder also collaborates with other organizations working on policy matters in the field of blindness and visual impairment. His policy expertise and activities include the areas of telecommunications and technology policy, vocational rehabilitation, education, and public health. Schroeder earned his B.A. in political science and international studies from American University in Washington, DC.

Keynote Address
Leonard Cali, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
Leonard J. Cali serves in AT&T's External and Legislative Affairs organization as Senior Vice President - Global Public Policy.  In this role, Mr. Cali is responsible for developing AT&T's positions on public policy issues and leading AT&T's international external affairs activities.  Mr. Cali is based in Washington, DC, and is active in industry and community organizations including as AT&T's representative on the executive committee of the United States Council on International Business, on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, and in the chief regulatory officers group of the GSM Association. Mr. Cali received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University.

Panel: Mobile Accessible and Assistive Applications and Services for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities, Success Factors


Rizwan Khaliq, Global Industry Leader- Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, IBM Global Business Services
Rizwan (Riz) Khaliq, who has spent more than ten years at IBM, is Director of Marketing and Communications for the IBM Global Communication Sector. Prior to his current role, he led the development and establishment of IBM's Intelligent Transportation Systems business, managed the Public Sector Mega Deal team, and led key mobility solutions business ranging from wireless e-business solutions to the municipal broadband solutions development.  He also was a business development executive for the wireless/pervasive business in the EMEA region. Before joining IBM, Mr. Khaliq worked for the U.S. Foreign Service and served as commercial attaché at the U.S. embassies in Demark and South Africa. Mr. Khaliq also holds a Masters in International Transactions.


Jérôme Arnaud, CEO, Doro (Sweden)
Jérôme Arnaud, Doro AB and Doro SAS (France) has been Doro's CEO since October 2007 and Doro SAS CEO since the year 2000. He spent the last 20 years in the sector of telecommunication and information technologies. He joined the French Lagardère group in 1989, worked for Matra Systèmes Information (MSI) (earth observation satellite systems), Matra Communications for professional communication radio and for Matra Nortel Communications where he headed residential telephones operations, bought by Doro in 2000. He was then named Director of their French subsidiary.

Dr. Toshio Obi, Professor, Director, Institute of e-Government, Waseda University (Japan)
Dr. Obi is a Professor at the School of Global ICT Studies and Director of the E-Government Institute at Waseda University. He is a Special Envoy of ITU Secretary General for Academia at Waseda University, Japan. Prior to that, Dr. Obi worked at UNDP as a program officer; he was a senior researcher at Columbia University, and executive adviser to the Japanese Prime Minister Takeshita among others. Additionally, Dr. Obi has been member of various advisory committees for the Japanese government including Director of the APEC e-Government Research Center. He is also Chair for the Committee on ICT Applications for Ageing society, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) in Japan. Dr. Obi received his Master and Bachelor degrees from the Graduate School of Keio University and his PhD from Waseda University.

François-René Germain, Group Senior Vice President, Group Accessibility Department, Orange (France)
Mr. Germain runs the Mission for Disabled Customers for the France Télécom Group. He joined the France Télécom Group in January 1991 as National Sales Director of the commercial subsidiary of France Télécom. In 1995, he was appointed General Manager of France Télécom Cable for the Paris region, and in 1999 he joined the headquarters as Marketing Director of the Public and Card Telephones division. In 2001, Mr. Germain was appointed Director of Services for Terminals and Fixed Public / Card Telephones and in 2002, he took on the management of the Directorate of Public Access for France Télécom.

Noha Saad, Corporate Social Responsibility & Vodafone Egypt Foundation Senior Manager
Noha Saad joined Vodafone over 10 years ago, and has been one of the main drivers in launching Vodafone Egypt Foundation in 2003. A known advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility in Egypt, she has extensive experience in marketing, communications and public relations. Noha Saad holds a diploma in the Social Responsibility from the Ashridge University in the UK as well as an advanced Diploma from Imperial Colleague in the UK focusing on Sustainability and reporting.

Matthew Gerst, Counsel, External & State Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association
Matthew Gerst advises CTIA and its member companies on federal and state policy issues affecting mobile wireless services and equipment, including accessibility for persons with disabilities, mobile content, numbering and 9-1-1 emergency communications.  By convening a group of accessibility community and industry representatives, he designed and managed the development of AcessWireless.Org that was recognized with one of the FCC's first Chairman's Awards for the Advancement in Accessibility.  He also represents CTIA on the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Access Advisory Committee and North American Numbering Council.  Matthew is a graduate of Ohio University and received his J.D. from New York Law School.

4:30-4:45 p.m.  Vodafone Foundation "Smart Accessibility Awards"

Introductions: Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Director of External Relations, G3ict

Joel Roxburgh, Head of Sustainability, Vodafone Group
Joel Roxburg's duties range from supporting delivery of key sustainability programs across Group functions and local markets to leading external engagement with relevant agencies and organizations to maximize Vodafone's contribution to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Mr. Roxburg started his career at Rockwell Automation, and became Senior Consultant at Deloitte before joining Vodafone in 2005 as Senior Manager for Six Sigma before leading Vodafone Sustainability Group.

Sanjeet Matharu, Principal Manager for Developer Marketing, Vodafone Group
Sanjeet Matharu drives the developer outreach and developer content for the mobile applications and devices at Vodafone. Prior to Vodafone, Sanj had a long career at Symbian starting in developer tools development, managing Symbian Signed and then onto engaging with developers via OEM developer programs. He then moved to Samsung and created the Samsung Mobile Innovator developer program - Samsung's first large scale foray into engagement with the developer community.