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Alex Li
Representative, ISO/IEC SWG-A
 Alex Li is the manager for public accessibility policies and standards at SAP, the largest European software company. His primary responsibility is to represent SAP in addressing global accessibility public policies and accessibility technical standards development. He is responsible for establishing the VPAT process within SAP. He held the position of JTC1 Special Working Group on Accessibility-Task Group 2 chairman and TEITAC liaison. Alex also represents SAP as a member of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Steering Council and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG). Alex has been with SAP for 8 years.
Andrea Saks
Convener, Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF), ITU
 Her father, Andrew Saks, together with James C. Marsters and Robert Weitbrecht were pioneers of deaf telecommunications using surplus teletypewriters and modems - the pre-cursors of textphones and today's real-time text messaging. She grew in a family of two deaf parents and assisted them from an early age as their interface with the hearing world: getting doctors’ appointments, arranging guests’ visits, etc. She took that role to the next level when she relocated from the US to the UK in 1972 to promote the use of textphones internationally. She was able to successfully lobby the British Government Post-Office (the then-regulator of telecommunications) to allow the first transatlantic textphone conversation (1975) and to grant a license for connection of text telephones on the regular telephone network. Her first involvement with ITU standardization activity started in 1991 and has ever increased in scope. Self-funded, she currently attends many ITU-T study group and focus group meetings promoting the inclusion of accessibility functionality in systems being standardized by ITU, such as multimedia conferencing, cable, IPTV and NGN. After the recent creation of ITU-D Q20/1 on accessibility matters by WTDC-06, she also started attending that group and now performs as a bridge between the two sectors on the issue. She has been a key person in the creation of all accessibility events in ITU, and currently is the convener of the recently formed joint coordination activity on accessibility and human factors, as well as the coordinator of the Internet Governance Forum’s Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability.
Axel Leblois
Executive Director, G3ict
  Axel Leblois is President and co-Founder of W2i, the Wireless Internet Institute. Prior to creating W2i, Axel Leblois spent over 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the United States including as CEO of Computerworld Communications, CEO of IDC – International Data Corporation, President of Bull HN Worldwide Information Systems – Formerly Honeywell Information Systems and CEO of ExecuTrain. Axel Leblois is an Associate Fellow of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and founding trustee of its North American affiliate CIFAL Atlanta. Axel Leblois holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.

Over the past five years, W2i has developed programs with the United Nations ICT Task Force, InfoDev (World Bank) and UNITAR in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society. In 2006, the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development selected W2i’s proposal to form G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs in order to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on ICT accessibility issues and develop a knowledge base and best practices sharing platform in support of the implementation of the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessible and assistive ICTs.

Bill Curtis-Davidson
Business Development and Solutions Leader, IBM Worldwide Human Ability and Accessibility Center
 Bill Curtis-Davidson is currently a Business Development and Solution Leader in the IBM Worldwide Human Ability & Accessibility Center, responsible for integrating IBM accessibility services and technologies into mainstream IBM solutions. He is currently involved in providing specialized ICT accessibility consulting services to clients, and development of accessible kiosk solutions for multiple industries.

An expert in U.S. Section 508 Standards, Bill is a seasoned consultant who leverages over 10 years of accessibility experience to help clients develop innovative solutions that comply with applicable ICT accessibility standards and which are broadly usable. He also has over 12 years of multi-channel design, development and usability experience including work in web, software, e-learning, multimedia, and video. Previously, he served as an Information & User Interface (UI) Architect in IBM Global Business Services, where he led UI architecture, design and development with dozens of clients in multiple industries.

Prior to joining IBM, Bill was a Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Tech Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access, where he taught universal design and contributed to sponsored research projects for local, regional and federal U.S. governments. In that role, he helped design and develop a variety of accessible ICT solutions for print, audio, video/television, multimedia and web. One of these products was featured in the 1998 "Unlimited by Design" exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Bill Curtis-Davidson serves on a variety of non-profit and university committees including the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program. He received a B.F.A. Degree from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1990, and an M.S. Degree in Information Design & Technology from Georgia Tech in 1998.
Chiara Giovannini
Program Manager, European Association Representing Consumers in Standarization (ANEC)
 Ms. Chiarra Giovannini holds a law degree and Masters degree in European Law. She manages activities in the areas of Design for All and Information Society, including Information and Communications Technologies.
Clayton Lewis
Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, Scientist in Residence, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado
 Clayton Lewis is Professor of Computer Science, Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and Scientist in Residence at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Best known for his work on user interface evaluation (the thinking aloud and cognitive walkthrough methods), he has been working since 2004 on improving the accessibility and usefulness of information technology for people with cognitive disabilities. He is currently supervising a project course on cognitive assistive technology on the Android platform, in which students are creating a variety of applications that take advantage of the resources of that platform to increase the independence of users.
Clive Miller
Technical Broadcasting and Engineering Consultant, RNIB
 Clive Miller has an Engineering background in operational Broadcasting and Computer Science. He has recently been working for Royal National Institute of Blind and Partially Sighted People as a consultant for Accessibility in Digital Broadcasting and participated in the ITU Focus Group on IPTV.
Cynthia D. Waddell
Executive Director, International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
  Cynthia D. Waddell is the Executive Director and Law, Policy and Technology Subject Matter Expert for the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI), an internationally recognized public policy center based in the United States working for the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities.

She is the author of the first accessible web design standard in the United States in 1995 that led to recognition as a best practice by the federal government and contributed to the eventual passage of legislation for Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508). She also served as the Accessibility Expert (Built Environment and Accessible ICT) for the UN Ad Hoc Committee drafting the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A frequent keynote speaker and writer, Cynthia Waddell is the co-author of the books, Constructing Accessible Web Sites and Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance. Named to the “Top 25 women on the Web” by Webgrrls International in 1998, she received the first U.S. Government Technology Magazine award in 2004 for “Leadership in Accessibility Technology and for Pioneering Advocacy and Education.” She holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law where she was designated a Public Interest Disability Rights Scholar.
Eric Velleman
Director, Bartiméus Accessibility Foundation
Frances West
Director, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
 Frances is Director of the IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center. She is charged with the worldwide responsibility of establishing IBM market leadership by promoting IBM advanced research technology, products, services and solutions in the area of human ability and accessibility. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and of the Assistive Technology Industry Association. She also was invited to testified, on behalf of the IT industry, at a US Senate hearing on the impact of accessibility open standards on the European Union. In 2006, she spoke at the UN e-Accessibility Conference in New York City, an UN International Day of Disabled Persons event.
Gregg Vanderheiden
Ph.D., Chair, Vice Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, INCITS/V2, ISO/IEC, JTC 1/SC35
 Gregg C. Vanderheiden is a professor in the Industrial and Biomedical Engineering Departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and directs the Trace R&D Center a federally funded center focused on increasing the accessibility and usability of information and telecommunication products. Dr. Vanderheiden has been working in the area of access to technology for 36 years. He was a pioneer in the field of augmentative communication, assistive technology, and computer access. Access features developed by Dr. Vanderheiden and his team have been built into the Macintosh OS since 1987, OS/2 and the UNIX X Window system since 1993 and over half a dozen features developed by his team are built into every copy of Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, and Vista. In addition cross-disability access techniques from Dr Vanderheiden have been implemented in systems as varied as the US Postal Service’s Automated Postal Center, Amtrak Quik-Track ticket kiosks, Viking Door Entry system, Phoenix Airport Information and Paging System, and both WWII and Korean War Memorial kiosks in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Vanderheiden is co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Chair of the ANSI/INCITS V2 Technical Group, and editor of the ANSI/HFES 200.2 HCI Standards related to software accessibility. Dr. Vanderheiden has served on numerous federal advisory committees and planning groups including Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), advising the U.S. Access Board on update of Section 508 and 255 standards, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Disability in America, the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC), the National Task Force on Technology and Disability, and the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (two terms).

Dr. Vanderheiden holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Technology in Communication Rehabilitation and Child Development.
Gunnar Hellström
Representative, ITU
 Gunnar Hellström specializes in Accessible Telecommunications and Information Technology. He is the founder of Omnitor, a Swedish company with a dominating proportion deaf employees, devoted to consulting, product development and service provision in this area. Through a series of consultancy tasks, Gunnar has provided international leadership and produced numerous international standards for accessible telecommunication services, including text conversation in multimedia, text telephony, wireless multimedia and video communications for sign language and lip-reading. Gunnar served as Rapporteur for Accessibility to Multimedia within ITU-T Study Group 16 during 1997-2004, and has performed many projects for development and policy creation in accessible communication. He has also developed "Allan eC," a multi-media communication product that optimizes personal communication, among others for deaf and deaf-blind users, making benefit of some of the standards he has been working with.
H.E. Luis Gallegos
Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Past Chair, Chair, UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, G3ict
  Ambassador Luis Gallegos received his Law Degree and JD from the Central University of Ecuador and a MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy-Harvard University.

He joined the foreign service as a career diplomat in 1966 where he has served as Undersecretary for Political Affairs and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs in several occasions. He is currently the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, member of the UN Committee against Torture and other Cruel and Inhuman Treatments, Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and President of the International Rehabilitation Foundation. He was previously appointed as Ambassador to the UN-New York, Australia, UN-Geneva and El Salvador.

Among his accomplishments in multilateral organizations are to have been Vice-president of the Commission of Human Rights, Vice-president of the Assembly of the member States of WIPO; Vice president of the 57th Session of the UN General Assembly; Facilitator for the "Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly"; Facilitator for the "Strengthening of the United Nations"; Vice-president of the Executive Board of UNICEF; Vice-president of the Open-Ended Working Group on Security Council Reform; President of the Political Committee of the Non Aligned Movement; Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.
Hiroshi Kawamura
President, DAISY Consortium
 Hiroshi Kawamura is the President of the DAISY Consortium. After 5 years of his terms of the Chair of the Section of Libraries for the Blind/IFLA, he founded the DAISY Consortium in 1996. Throughout the WSIS process, he has been serving as WSIS Disability Caucus Focal Point to coordinate Global Forum on Disability in the Information Society in Geneva as well as in Tunis. In the implementation process of the WSIS Plan of Actions, he coordinated the International Conference on Tsunami Disaster Preparedness of Persons with Disabilities in Phuket 2007 and the Workshop on Accessibility Guidelines and Standards for Persons with Disabilities at IGF in Rio 2007. Recently, he lead an international research team on disaster preparedness of persons with disabilities and developed extension of DAISY to support persons with autism as well as psychiatric disabilities. He is also active to bridge the North and South gap in particular tackling global issues in the South such as HIV/AIDS by knowledge sharing in DAISY format native language reading materials.
Inmaculada Placencia Porrero
Representative, European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities
 Inmaculada Placencia is Deputy Head of Unit, for Integration of people with disabilities within the Directorate General for Employment social affairs and equal opportunities. The unit is in charge of the coordination of the European policies for people with disabilities and responsible for the European Disability Action Plan. She is graduated in Physics and Computer Science. Since 1991 she joined the European Commission and worked in several research programmes addressing accessibility and applications for older people and people with disabilities. The focus of her recent work in the "e-Inclusion" unit of the Directorate General Information Society and Media European Commission addressed policy related activities in the area of eAccessibility and eInclusion in particular work related to Design for All and Assistive technologies and other European and international activities related to accessibility.
Jim Tobias
Co-chair, President, TEITAC, Inclusive Technologies
  Jim Tobias has thirty years experience in accessible and usable technology in both the public and private sectors. He began his career at Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living, was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Bellcore, and their principal liaison with the Baby Bells on accessibility, aging, and education. He is now President of Inclusive Technologies, a technology and marketing consulting firm specializing in accessible information and communication technologies. Clients have included AOL, the California State University system, Cisco Systems, HP, IBM, Microsoft, National Science Foundation, Panasonic, and Verizon.

Jim has served on several FCC and Access Board Advisory Committees, including co-Chairing the recently-concluded TEITAC, which updated the requirements for Sections 255 and 508. He chaired the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Accessibility Forum.

His favorite projects have been: an innovative telecommunications relay service with integrated speech technologies, network-based talking PIMs, a database-driven customized interface for voice mail and IVR accessibility, a media-rich customized online training system on accessibility, and “AT Boogie”, an award-winning music video about assistive technology.
Josée Auber
Representative, ISO/IEC SWG-A
  Josée Auber is director of European standards activities for HP, one of the world’s largest IT companies, committed to developing products, services and information that are accessible to everyone. Josée Auber manages HP's involvement in standards organizations and industry consortia. Josée also represents HP in ITU-T, Ecma International, AFNOR and ETSI. A long time participant in JTC 1, Josée has been the ISO/IEC JTC 1 liaison officer to ITU-T since 1999 and held the position of task group leader in JTC 1 Special Working Group on Accessibility. Prior to becoming active in standardization, Josée held various R&D functions in HP, in software and telecommunications.
Judy Brewer
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium (WAI/W3C)
 Judy Brewer directs the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Since September 1997 she has coordinated five areas of work for W3C with regard to Web accessibility: ensuring that W3C technologies (HTML, CSS, SMIL, XML, etc.) support accessibility; coordinating development of accessibility guidelines for Web content, browsers and multimedia players, authoring tools, and specifications including WAI-ARIA; improving tools for evaluation and repair of Web sites; conducting education and outreach on Web accessibility; and monitoring research and development which may impact future accessibility of the Web. WAI guidelines developed through this work include the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, adopted by an increasing number of governments around the world, and the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines and User Agent Accessibility Guidelines.

Judy is W3C's chief liaison on accessibility policy and standardization internationally, promoting awareness and implementation of Web accessibility, and ensuring effective dialog among industry, the disability community, accessibility researchers, and government on the development of consensus-based accessibility solutions. She holds a research appointment at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). She has received numerous awards for her work on increasing accessibility of information and communications technologies for people with disabilities.

Information on the Web Accessibility Initiative is available at http://www.w3.org/WAI/.
Kevin Carey
Director, Vice Chair, humanITy, RNIB
 Kevin Carey is the Founder Director of humanITy, a UK based charity which specialises in information technologies and social inclusion. During more than ten years of pioneering work in this field he has: published more than 150 presentations and papers; received a prestigious NESTA Fellowship in accessible broadcasting; worked on content issues for UK regulator Ofcom; and acted as Rapporteur for the EU’s Inclusive Communications initiative. From 1997 when he joined the WAI, he has had a keen interest in disability/accessibility issues and regularly contributes to Managing Information and Ability Magazine. He is Vice Chair of RNIB.
Malcolm Johnson
Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector
Martin Gould
Director of Research and Technology, National Council on Disability
 Martin Gould, Ed.D. is NCD's director of technology and research. He joined the NCD staff as senior research specialist in January 2000. Prior to that, he worked as director of outcomes research for an international human services non-profit. He took his doctorate in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1985.
Martina Sindelar
Representative, European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities
 Martina Sindelar has a doctorate in economics and worked several years in the German Ministry for Economics in different positions. She joined the European Commission in 1992 and took over her current job in DG ENTR in 2003. Ms Sindelar is responsible for ICT standardisation related issues, mainly concerning e-accessibility and eInclusion.
Pierre-Andre Probst
Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 16
 Mr. Pierre-André Probst started his professional career as a Research assistant at the High Frequency Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (research work and tutor) in the early seventies. He progressed through jobs up to Executive Vice President of Swisscom, Member of the Management Board with responsibility for the Network Services Division (strategy, planning and implementation of Swisscom network platforms). He was also Head of External Relations (1999-2000), relations with international organizations (UIT, ETNO, ETSI, etc.) and the Swiss political and economical bodies and now acts as an Independent consultant in the area of ICT. He has participated in the standardization work in ITU-T for many years, as Rapporteur, Working Party Chairman, and Study Group Chair. For the last 8 years, he has been the chair of ITU-T Study Group 16, "Multimedia Systems, Services and Terminals".
Roman Longoria
Vice President, Computer Associates
 Dr. Roman Longoria is Vice President of User Experience for CA. Since 1990, he has been doing Human Factors research and design working within the software industry, NASA, the Department of Defense, and academics. Since 1995, he has been focusing on the design of enterprise software. He was one of the first members of User Experience group at Oracle in 1995, which grew into one of the most prestigious groups in Silicon Valley. In 2003, he founded the User Experience group at CA, which is responsible for product design, UI standards, usability testing, accessibility, and institutionalizing UCD.

He earned his Ph.D. from Rice University specializing in Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He is also an internationally recognized leader in the human-computer interaction (HCI) community, serving on industry committees and leading organizations. He founded the Mobile Applications special interest group for the local BAYCHI chapter of SIGCHI and ran it from 2000-2003. He also serves on the National Institute for Standards and Technology committee for Industry Usability Reporting committee, providing requirements and feedback.

He has over a dozen peer-reviewed authored works, invited talks, and interviews in <interactions> magazine. In 2004, he edited the book Designing for the Mobile Context: A Practitioners Guide which has been well received internationally.
Sean Hayes
Incubation Lab Accessibility Business Unit, Microsoft
 As part of the Incubation lab in the Accessibility Business unit, Sean Hayes is responsible for fostering innovation and tracking and developing standards in the accessibility area.

Since joining Microsoft in 1999, Sean has worked to drive towards truly open standards that allow software to be developed universally and available to all. He believes today’s solutions only scratch the surface of what the power of technology can make possible. He was an active member of the recent TEITAC activity, and is a member of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative steering board and participates actively in a number of W3C accessibility groups.

Sean spent his first 5 years at Microsoft in the Digital Media division, working on Digital Television and HD DVD, before moving into the Accessibility. Prior to joining Microsoft, Sean spent 11 years at Hewlett Packard Research Labs, and dedicated five years to the digital media department studying advanced video techniques, including 3D video sprites and models for flexible storytelling using fuzzy logic. He eventually became involved in the DVB standards body, which ultimately led to his role at Microsoft.

Sean holds a bachelor’s of science in computer science from the University of London.

Sean Hayes is technical manager, European standards and strategy, for the Microsoft TV Group.
Sean MacCurtain
Head, Conformity Assessment, ISO
 Sean MacCurtain is Head of Conformity Assessment at the International Standards Organization (ISO) and is also Secretary of the Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO). He is responsible for the policy making aspects within ISO related to Conformity Assessment as well as management of the technical work program of CASCO. Prior to joining ISO he was Executive Director at the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) where he was responsible for all accreditation programmes. He was an international peer evaluator for both IAF and ILAC. Sean also spent the early part of his career working in standardization and certification. He was educated in both Ireland and South Africa. He holds a B.Sc degree and also post graduate diploma in electronic engineering. He has a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) and completed many quality related courses. Although he was born in Ireland he spent most of his working career in South Africa and only recently returned to Europe to take up the position with ISO.
Stephen Furner
Chairman, ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors
 Stephen is a Senior Technologies Manager at the BT research laboratories, where he leads research into human aspects of future technology in the Broadband Applications Research Centre. He is a technical specialist leading and carrying out research that challenges emerging technology to meet real human needs. Typical of Stephen’s research are projects such as MoBIC – orientation and navigation for people with visual disabilities; Teach Speech - the delivery of speech and language therapy support into the classroom by videotelephony; or Teletouch - reaching into computationally generated worlds to touch and feel the objects they contain.

Stephen regularly publishes academic papers and has been on national radio and TV talking about the research he carries out for BT. He originally joined the company as a trainee technician in London. Here he qualified as an engineer through part-time study and was subsequently given special leave to study Psychology & Sociology full time at degree level. On graduation he moved to the BT laboratories Human Factors Research Unit. Stephen is currently the Chairman of the ETSI Technical Committee for Human Factors and a member of DATSCG.

Selected publications:

Roughness perception in haptic virtual reality for sighted and blind people, Kornbrot, D. E., Penn, P., Petrie, H., Furner, S., & Hardwick, A., Perception & Psychophysics (2007 in press)
Assistive Technology for the Hearing-impaired, Deaf and Deafblind, 2003, Marion Hersh & Michael A. Johnson, with Conny Andersson, Douglas Campbell, Alistair Farquharson, Stephen M. Furner, John Gill, Alan Jackson, Jay Lucker, Keith Nolde, Erhard Werner, and Mike Whybray, Published by Springer-Verlag London, ISBN 1-85233-382-0
Haptic virtual environments for blind people: exploratory experiments with two devices, Jansson, G., Petrie, H., Colwell, C., Kornbrot, D., Fänger, J., König, H., Billberger, K., Hardwick, A. and Furner, S. 1999. International Journal of Virtual Reality, 4(1), 10 - 20.
Eliminating the Handicap of Special Needs, Furner, S. & Cooper, M. (1995) British telecommunications Engineering, Vol. 14, April, pp12-16

Selected WWW sites:

  • European Telecommunications Standards Institute: http://portal.etsi.org/hf/Summary.asp
  • ENABLED project in FP6: http://www.enabledweb.org
  • ICT Standards Board DATSCG: http://www.ictsb.org/DATSCG_home.htm
Tom Stewart
Chairman, TC 159/ SC 4
 Tom Stewart is the Joint Managing Director of System Concepts. He is a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Ergonomics Society. He was a founder member of the Human Sciences and Advanced Technology (HUSAT) Research group at Loughborough University in 1970. In 1979, he joined the management consultancy Butler Cox and Partners and joined System Concepts in 1983, becoming Managing Director in 1986. He has served as an adviser to a number of national and international bodies including the UK Health and Safety Executive, the Design Council and the World Health Organisation. He is President of the Ergonomics Society. He is active in British, European and International ergonomics standards and chairs: the British Standards Applied Ergonomics Committee (PH9); the International Standards Organisation Committee (TC159/SC4) responsible for the ergonomics of human-system interaction (including ISO 9241 and ISO 13407) and the European Standards Working Group on VDU ergonomics (CEN TC122 WG5).
Urbano Stenta
Advisor on Disability, Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Whitney Quesenbery
President, Usability Professionals' Association
 Whitney Quesenbery is a user researcher and usability expert with a passion for clear communication. She works with companies from The Open University to the National Cancer Institute to develop usable and accessible web sites and applications.

She was a member of the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), advising the U.S. Access Board on update of Section 508 and 255 standards, and is the chair for Human Factors and Privacy on the US Election Assistance Commission’s advisory committee on voting system standards.

Her most recent publication is a chapter on “Storytelling and Narrative” in a new book on personas, The Personas Lifecycle, by Pruitt and Adlin. She’s also proud that her chapter “Dimensions of Usability” in Content and Complexity turns up on so many course reading lists.

Whitney has served as president of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA), and is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She helped launch World Usability Day on 3 November 2005, bringing together people around the world to highlight the need to “make it easy.”
Yoshinobu Nakamura
Representative, NTT DoCoMo
  Yoshinobu Nakamura received postgraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Keio University, Japan in 1992.

He Joined the Mobile Communications Division of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) in 1992, and he was transferred to Research & Development Department, NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (now NTT DoCoMo) in July, 1992. Since 1992 to 2001 he was engaged in research and development of mobile telecommunication network systems.

For the last three years, he has been engaged in planning and commercialization of conceptual mobile handset models. Main products include mobile handsets for elderly users, mobile handsets for children, mobile handsets equipped with a digital TV receiver, and so on.
Yury Grin
Deputy to the Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (BDT)
  Dr. Yury G. Grin is Deputy to the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland. He joined ITU in 2006.

Prior to joining ITU, from 1994 to 2006, he worked in the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry for Information Technologies and Communications of the Russian Federation, first as Deputy Head and then as Director of the Department.

From 1990 to 1994, Dr. Grin was Deputy Director of the R&D Institute of Economics and Composite Problems of Communications.

From 1977 to 1990, he worked at the Moscow Radiocommunications R&D Institute, first as Leading Engineer, then as Senior Scientist and Chief of Department.

In 1978, Dr. Grin obtained his PhD in physics and mathematics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, from which he had graduated in 1974.

Dr. Grin is the author of more than 80 scientific and technical publications and holds more than 20 copyrights on inventions in the field of communications and information technologies.

He has been awarded several high distinctions, such as:
  • Master of Communications
  • Medal of the Soviet Peace Fund in 1977
  • Prize in the field of Science and Technologies from the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR in 1990
  • Silver medal from the International Telecommunication Union in 2001
He is a member of the International Academy of Communications and a member of the Moscow Scientific Society.

Dr. Grin is married and has four children.

His interests include classical music and art.

He speaks English, Ukrainian, Russian and some French and Spanish.