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Board of Directors


Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations in New York, and Past Chair of the UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


  • Mohammed Al-Tarawneh, Founding Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Daniel Aghion, Co-Founder, W2i
  • Shilpi Kapoor, CEO, BarrierBreak
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
  • Sharon Spencer, Past Managing Director, IAAP


  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi, VP, Institutional Relations, G3ict (Secretary)
  • Christine Forget, CFO and Publisher, G3ict (Treasurer)
  • Jay Cardinali, Chair, IAAP Global Leadership Council


  • Tim Springer, CEO, Level Access (past Treasurer GAATES)

Board of Advisors

The role of the Board of Advisors is to provide early thought leadership to the G3ict's programs, and to help define objectives for each program.

Corporate Leaders

  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Standards and Accessibility, Adobe
  • Suzan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Nigel Prentice, Program Director, Design Program Office, IBM Design
  • Laura Ruby, Director, Accessibility Policy & Standards, Microsoft Corporation

Committee Chairs

  • John D. Kemp, Esq., G3ict Advocacy Committee Chair
  • Debra Ruh, G3ict EmployAbility Chair
  • Frances West, G3ict Strategy and Development Committee Chair

International Advisors

  • David Berman, President, David Berman Communications; PDF/UA committee member; Chair of the Carleton University Access Network
  • David Banes, Director, Access and Inclusion, David Banes Access
  • Judy Brewer, Director WAI - Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Gerald Craddock, CEUD - National Disability Authority, Ireland
  • Alireza Darvishy, Professor, Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab, Zurich University for Applied Sciences; Center of Accessibility, Credit Suisse Group
  • David Dikter, CEO, Assistive Technologies Industry Association (ATIA)
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT; Fellow of The Irish Computer Society; ITU representative at the Joint Technical Advisory Group (JTAG)
  • Simão Ferraz de Campos Neto, Counsellor, ITU-T SG 16 International (ITU)
  • Larry Goldberg, Director, Accessible Media, Oath
  • Mohamed Jemni, Professor, Director of ICT, Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Tunisia
  • Irmgarda Kasinskaite, UNESCO
  • Fernando Laguarda, Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Dipendra Manocha, DAISY Consortium
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, The World Bank
  • Mike Paciello, Founding Partner, The Paciello Group
  • Carolyn P. Phillips, Interim Director, AMAC Accessibility, College of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Victor Pineda, President, The Victor Pineda Foundation and World ENABLED
  • Katherine Seelman, former Professor Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Associate Dean Disability Programs School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburg
  • Roxana Widmer-Iliescu, Senior Programme Officer, ITU-D Focal Point for ICT Accessibility, Digital Inclusion Division, BDT, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)


  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Senior Expert, Disability & Inclusion, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the CRPD / UN DESA
  • Eric Zhang, Social Affairs Officer, Secretariat for the CRPD / UN DESA
  • Dónal Rice, CEUD - National Disability Authority, Ireland