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GAAD 2022

19 May

13:00 – 18:00 (CET)

On Thursday 19th of May Atos will host its 8th annual event to celebrate the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion. Our aim in Atos this year is to discuss how we can achieve accessibility at scale.

With more and more organizations needing to embrace an inclusive digital transformation affecting their processes, their way of building and delivering products & services as well as their way of interacting with their partners and third party organizations, successfully doing so at scale can be quite challenging.


This year we will run a day-long virtual event which will be livestreamed across multiple social media channels from 13:00 to 18:00 (CET) with various presenters from across the globe.


Join us and enjoy sessions with guests from a wide range of companies, organizations and different backgrounds.

This is not a technical conference and it is aimed at engaging the widest possible audience. We hope that you will find something of your interest throughout the course of the event.

The event will have live captioning and international sign language interpretation.

No registration is required.

GAAD over the years

Atos has run GAAD events every year since 2015 covering all aspects of Accessibility.

GAAD @ Atos 2015 - 2022


13:00 – 18:00 (CET)

Time (CET) Subject Speaker(s) Company
13:00 Opening Neil Milliken Atos
13:04 Atos Leadership Messages Rodolphe Belmer and Diane Galbe Atos
13:12 Presentation: Atos Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Program breaking down barriers – An Awarded Approach Alexandra Nothnagel and Beatriz González Mellídez Atos – ZeroProject
13:42 Austria, Germany & Switzerland sneak peak (Disability driven innovation & accessibility at Scale) Beatriz González Mellídez, Boris Hecker, Udo Littke, Özlem Yavuz, Bruno Schenk, Johann Schachner, Anna Wannhoff, Daniel Clifford, Marina Zdravkovic, Philipp Kruschel and Jonas Deister Atos – Microsoft – Google – Siemens – GIZ – Sozial Held*innen
14:16 Announcement: Atos GIZ ICT 4 Inclusion Challenge India 2022 Tanja Gönner, Dr. Alexandra Knupe, Paul Heinrich Horsters and Beatriz González Mellídez Atos – GIZ
14:51 Fireside Chat with Christopher Patnoe Christopher Patnoe and Neil Milliken Atos – Google
15:16 Panel Discussion: Accessibility at Scale, AI & ML with Accessibility, Cloud computing and accessibility, bringing PWD’s in mainstream. etc. Jake Abma, Balendu Sharma, Nasir Usman Shaikh and Vishal Pujar Atos – ING – Microsoft
15:52 Panel Discussion: Supporting Accessibility in an Enterprise Environment Diane Lightfoot and Jim Smith Business Disability Forum – Atos
16:27 Fireside Chat with Joe Devon – Founder of GAAD Joe Devon and Neil Milliken Atos – GAAD Foundation
Panel Discussion: Examining accessibility at scale, systematics for large organizations
Philippe Trotin, Naoual El Alaoui, Vincent Aniort, Juliette Arnould, Manuel Pereira and John Hicks Microsoft – One Point – Orange – Atos – Valentin Haüy Association
17:29 Panel Discussion: Advancing Accessibility and Digital Inclusion in Organizations Ricardo García Bahamonde, Susana Azores, Lydia Montandon and Arturo Fernández Rivas Atos
18:00 Closing Neil Milliken Atos


Neil Milliken

VP, Global Head of Accessibility – Group CSR & Digital Transformation – Atos

Neil Milliken is VP, Global Head of Digital Inclusion 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 & Member of the Advisory Board Valuable500. 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.

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Rodolphe Belmer

Chief Executive Officer – Atos

Rodolphe Belmer, a graduate of France’s HEC business school, began his career in the marketing department of Procter & Gamble France before joining McKinsey in 1998.
In 2001, he joined the Canal+ Group and was appointed Head of Marketing and Strategy in 2002. From 2003, he oversaw the editorial division of the group, initially as CEO of Canal+, and from 2006, as Head of all pay-TV channels. He led the group’s diversification into free-to-air television in 2011, notably through the acquisition and relaunch of D8 and D17, before being appointed as CEO of the Canal+ Group in 2012.
Rodolphe Belmer joined Eutelsat on December 1, 2015, as Deputy CEO. He was appointed CEO on March 1, 2016 and Board Member on November 4, 2016.
Rodolphe Belmer is also independent Board Member of Netflix and Chairman of Séries Mania.
Nominated as Board member of Atos on October 23, 2021, he took over his responsibilities as CEO of the group in January 2022.

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Diane Galbe

Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer and General Secretary – Atos

Diane Galbe is Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer and General Secretary and she is in charge of Mergers & Acquisitions as well. She strongly believes in the value Digital can bring to Sustainability.
Diane joins Atos from Suez where she spent 15 years in leading corporate and business positions, serving most recently as Member of the Executive Committee and Senior Executive VP Group in charge of Strategy, Transformation and CEO of the global Business Unit Smart & Environmental Solutions.

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Alexandra Nothnagel

Assistant Program Manager Accesibility & Digital Inclusion Governance, Atos

Alexandra Nothnagel is Assistant Program Manager of Atos Global Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Governance. Graduated from Frankfurt Goethe University in Biochemistry, Alexandra worked in parasitology for the German Federal Agency of the German Federal Ministry of Health Paul-Ehrlich-Institute and as Early-Stage Researcher in Molecular Neurobiology with a Marie S. Curie Fellowship at ENS Paris. Alexandra is founder of the ResearchAbility initiative, an international multi-association project fostering inclusivity by supporting the careers of students and researchers with disabilities and assisting in making their professional environment accessible. Alexandra co-leads the Diversity & Inclusivity working group in Marie Curie Alumni Association and since 2019 she is in the Board of directors of the French federation for students and young professionals with disabilities “100% Handinamique”. Since 2020, Alexandra has a Proxy mandate for the French National Advisory Council for People with Disabilities in the working Group “European and international questions, application of conventions”. Alexandra joined Atos as Java techno-functional consultant and became certified Agile Scrum Product Owner naturally providing Accessibility consulting in her client projects. In accordance with her scientific profile, Alexandra also joined the Atos Scientific Community focusing on the Augmented Humans & Co-Bots.

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Boris Hecker

Chief Operation Officer, Atos Central Europe – Atos

Boris Hecker is Chief Operation Officer (COO) of Atos Central Europe. As such, he is responsible for Atos’ business operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Southeastern Europe region (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia). In addition, he serves as Managing Director and Labor Director for Atos in Germany.
Holding a degree in German business administration he started his career in 2005 in the controlling department of Atos Origin, a predecessor organization of Atos SE. After several senior roles in Finance, Boris Hecker took over as Chief Financial Officer for Atos UK and Ireland in 2016. In 2018, he became Senior Vice President of Controlling, Accounting and Consolidation for the global Atos organization. A year later, he became Chief Financial Officer for Atos in Germany. In March 2020, he assumed responsibility as COO for the Central Europe region.

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Anna Wannhoff

Product Marketing Manager, Team Lead – Global Commercial Accessibility Program Germany

Anna ist seit März 2021 bei Microsoft als Werkstudentin tätig und studiert parallel dazu Innovative Management and Entrepreneurship im Master an der European School of Management in Technology in Berlin. Vor Ihrer Zeit bei Microsoft arbeitete Anna bei MOBIKO, einem Mobility Start-up aus München, bei der Audi Business Innovation GmbH, bei einer SAP Beratung, sowie bei Mastercard in Polen und Australien. Ihren Bachelor absolvierte Anna im Bereich der Wirtschaftspsychologie in Köln.

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Udo Littke

CEO Germany- Atos

Udo Littke is the CEO of Atos in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for the entire German business with around 8,000 employees. Udo Littke is a member of the Group Management Committee of Atos SE. In addition, he is responsible for the Public Sector and Defense business area for Atos in Central Europe. His professional career started at the Siemens Group in 1989. After initial tasks in controlling, he qualified for the Siemens Management Development Program and quickly took on management positions, including in the areas of services and sales.
After several professional positions abroad and a successful career development within the Group, Udo Littke moved to Atos in 2011 with the acquisition of Siemens IT Solution & Service. There, his focus was on the integration of new business units into the Atos organization. He was then appointed Managing Director and COO for Atos Germany. Later, he focused on the Central Europe region and the German business. In parallel, he took over responsibility for the Public Service and Defense business in the Central Europe region, a position which he still holds today. The common thread of his career is the content-related examination of the value system of leadership in large, complex and heterogeneous service organizations. His special focus lies on the management, integration and consistent development of employees in changing environments.

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Marina Zdravković

Gesamtschwerbehindertenvertretung – Siemens AG

Marina Zdravkovic is the Chairwoman of the General Representative Council for Employees with Disabilities at Siemens AG. She started her career at Siemens with an apprenticeship and has now been working for the company in various functions for almost 28 years. She has always gone her own way with her own disability.

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Daniel Clifford

Principal Software Engineer – Google Germany GmbH

Daniel has been an engineer and manager at Google’s Engineering Center in Munich for over a decade and currently leads a software development organization that builds core technology and tooling for the Web Platform as part of Google’s Chrome Project. He serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Disability Alliance Employee Resource Group in Germany, an employee-organized interest group for members of Google’s workforce with disabilities and their allies. Daniel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Bruno Schenk

CEO & Chairman Switzerland – Atos

With over 20 years of experience in management across several different industries. Bruno gained skills in a number of areas including business development, change management, transition and transformation, sustainability, business system consulting and organizational agility. Due to his wealth of experience in various global business roles across Asia, Europe and the Americas, Bruno has developed a profound interest and knowledge of how people from different backgrounds and cultures best work together to achieve success within matrix organizations.
With the vision “Accelerate Customers”, Bruno’s aim is to push Atos Switzerland to the next level, creating more value, building more experience and driving digital innovation on the market – empowered by the employees and by Atos’ partners. In his spare time, he is a keen cycling enthusiast and like to spend time outdoors with his family. Bruno lives with his wife and son in the region of Zurich, Switzerland.

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Beatriz González Mellídez

Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Central Europe – Atos

Beatriz González Mellídez is an inclusive user experience expert from Spain and lives in Cologne, Germany. She is a Certified Web Accessibility Professional (International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP) and User Requirements Engineer (UXQB’s CPUX-FL and CPUX-UR). She has 20 years of professional experience as a UX consultant, web designer and front-end developer in more than 10 countries and in 5 languages. Her special interests are in accessible innovation, IoT for all, and cross-cultural design.
Her passion is problem solving for all, no exceptions.

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Jonas Deister

Managing Director – Sozialhelden e.V.

Jonas Deister manages the non profit organization Sozialhelden e.V. (‘Social Heroes’). He is responsible for creating strategies to successfully implement disability mainstreaming. Social Heroes runs several national and international projects in order to strengthen accessibility & inclusion. The organization offers corporate volunteering possibilities and consults businesses in optimizing their products and services.

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Özlem Yavuz

Senior Vice President HR Central Europe & Germany – Atos

Özlem Yavuz is Human Resources Director for Central Europe & Germany at Atos.
She has more than 25 years of international experience in Human Resources and Finance.
She is passionate about creating an environment encouraging diverse views and positive engagement for a unique employee experience.
During her career in Atos and Siemens, Özlem lived in Turkey, United Kingdom and currently in Germany together with her family.

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Johann Schachner

CEO Austria – Atos

Johann has been Atos’s Country Manager in Austria since November 2013, from 2019 to 2020 he was also Head of Infrastructure and Data Management division for the entire Central Eastern Europe region.
In 1990 he started at Siemens’s program and system development, followed by taking various entrepreneurial responsibilities within the project and outsourcing business of Siemens Business Services and later Siemens IT Solution & Services in the region of Central and Southeastern Europe.
Hohann studied business administration with a focus on banking and stock exchange in Germany and graduated in communications engineering & electronics at the polytechnical college.
As married father of two children he is committed to make companies in Austria more family- and women-friendly.

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Tanja Gönner


Tanja Gönner is Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since July 2012 and is holding various mandates in supervisory boards, advisory councils and business associations. She studied law and worked as a partner for a law firm before she became member of the German Bundestag. After that, she headed various ministries in the state of Baden-Württemberg as a minister and was member of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg.

Dr. Alexandra Knupe

Senior Vice President, Global CSR, Group Head for Corporate Social Responsibility – Atos

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.

Christopher Patnoe

EMEA Lead for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion – Google

Christopher Patnoe is the EMEA Lead for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Google. He leads Google’s efforts around the accessibility of product, people (both Google and end users) and partnerships. He has more than 20 years experience in Tech working at companies like Apple, Sony Ericsson and Disney where he’s built hardware, software, and services. His current passion is Accessibility at the intersection of immersive technologies (AR/VR) and consumer hardware. He is the chair for the Immersive Captions Community Group with the W3C, is a co-Chair of the XR Association Accessibility Working Group, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Foundation for the Blind. Christopher has a degree in Music from UC Berkeley.​

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Vishal Pujar

Head Accessibility & Digital Inclusion GDC India – Atos

Vishal Pujar is Head of Accessibility for GDC India at Atos. He is an IAAP CPACC certified Accessibility Practice Leader having 14+ years of IT experience in Software Development & Testing in Product Development Organizations Experience in software testing, Accessibility testing and project management and QA testing. He is a certified scrum master; ISTQB Certified, NCFM – Commercial Banking in India certified. He is a high performing manager with strong work ethic and advance complex problem solving skills. Experience in Banking, Insurance, Finance, Auto-Finance insurance Domain.

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Nasir Usman Shaikh

SVP, Head of Human Resources in India – Atos

Nasir Usman Shaikh is SVP, Head of Human Resources in India at Atos. Nasir is a leader with strong character, work ethics and global experience in human resources management. He is passionate about employee engagement, talent management, business integration, recruitment, organization development and change management and has many years of rich working experience in US, Africa, UK & Malaysia. As a global leader for HR services and operational delivery to different types of business units and industry verticals, he is responsible for setting up of Shared Services centers, developing processes, hiring, training and delivering successfully and doing so with data analysis, regional legislation and cultural sensitivities with financial accountability.

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Jake Abma

Accessibility Lead – ING Bank

Jake Abma is Accessibility Lead for Netherlands at ING Bank. Jake has set up a raft of initiatives to make sure products and services are accessible to people with the widest range of capabilities. He’s a passionate promoter of accessibility both inside and outside the Bank. From within the accessibility team of the ING the mission is to make accessibility managed and documented. Building the right technology, and creating standards, is a top priority for Jake and the team, which is made up of people from different disciplines. Other main activities are a Champions Network and providing training and support. Outside of the bank he is very active in the WCAG Working Group. Also, Jake is active as an ambassador of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) actively contributing to spread the knowledge and to raise awareness of the existence and necessity of the rights of people with disabilities.

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Balendu Sharma

Director, Local Languages & Accessibility – Microsoft

Balendu Sharma is Director – Local Languages & Accessibility at Microsoft. Balendu is a nationally awarded senior technology professional, author, and speaker, who is working to leverage digital technologies for social good; enhance the quality of the common man’s life, and foster true & hollistic digital transformation. A technologist-marketer at work and a social activist by heart, he leads the localization & accessibility charters for Microsoft India. He is recipient of ‘Atmaram Award’, given at the hands of the President of India. In all, he has been bestowed upon 20+ awards including those from the central and state governments in India, global organizations, global tech companies and language bodies.

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Diane Lightfoot

CEO – Business Disability Forum

Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports businesses to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers. Business Disability Forum’s c.450 members employ around 20% of the UK workforce and range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to technology, transport and construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services bodies.
Diane is co-Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium, a group of nine major national disability charities in the UK. She is also Chair of the Disabled Students Stakeholder Group, and sits on the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Board, the Advisory board for the Centre for Neurodiversity Research at Work, the Steering Group for the RSA Inclusive Work, Disability and Ageing Network and the Steering Group for the Global Business Disability Network, hosted by the International Labor Organization.
Prior to joining Business Disability Forum in February 2017, Diane was Director of Policy and Communications for national disability charity United Response. Whilst at United Response, Diane also took on the strategic leadership of the organisation’s employment services as a whole and she is passionate about the role that good work has to play in transforming people’s lives.

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Jim Smith

Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion UK & Ireland – Atos

Jim is currently Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion for the UK&I, heading a diverse team of 15 Accessibility professionals. The team supports enterprise customers in the Telecom and Media Technology, Financial Services and Insurance, Health and Life Sciences, Public Sector and Defense, and semi-State sectors. The team actively supports bid work across the Atos organisation. It also provides Accessibility and Assistive Technology support for Atos employees in the UK&I and works closely with delivery teams to support Atos internal tooling globally.
In addition to tactical support, Jim provides strategic leadership in Accessibility through the Atos Global Accessibility Team, the Atos Expert Community, and the Atos Scientific Community. He is currently an IAAP Certified Professional in Web Accessibility, holds an ITIL V4 Foundation Certificate, and an Irish State recognised post-graduate qualification in “Train the Trainer.”
Before joining the UK&I Accessibility and Digital Inclusion team in September 2014 Jim was part of the eLearning, Training and Quality Management support team in the Siemens and Atos Global Service Desk environments. Prior to joining the Tech industry Jim spent 10 years as a post-doctoral researcher in University College Cork, Ireland, specialising the quantitative modelling of ancient environments.
Jim’s driving passion is Inclusion, in particular ensuring that technology and processes not only do not hinder people but that they are used to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

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Philippe Trotin

Accessibility Lead at Microsoft

Philippe has been working at Microsoft France for 22 years. For the past 5 years, he has overseen the disability mission for internal employees and all activities involving digital accessibility. In the decade prior to this he held various roles as consultant/architect in support for large companies’ digital transformations, in management, as well as head of partners for Microsoft’s Services division.

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Naoual El Alaoui

Universal accessibility consultant – Groupe One Point

Driven by social and technological innovation in favor of the inclusion of diversity. Naoual develops innovative and inclusive solutions so that everyone can find a place at their true value.

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Vincent Aniort

Accessibility expert – Orange

Digital accessibility expert, on wheels for far too long not to be virulent, I work at Orange as A11y methodologist, testing master (CD/CI, end2end, non-regression…). I am, also, involved in many associations of people with disabilities. A11y activist, defender of a web accessible to all. My quote: accessibility, a necessity for some, a benefit for all and a right for people with disabilities!

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Juliette Arnould

Head of Diversity & Disability – Atos

Juliette is in charge of the management of the agreement in favor of the professional integration of people with disabilities. Diversity Leader within Atos, she deploys the Group’s diversity policy which covers dimensions related to disability, gender, cultural diversity, LGBT+ and generations. Referent in matters of social integration clauses in our markets, she supports the pre-sales teams and has an advisory role in the implementation of these clauses in our projects.
Managing Director for nearly 20 years of a think tank gathering personalities from all sectors of activity, she has contributed to implementing the strategy of this organization and has worked to promote multidisciplinary reflection on the impacts of new technologies in all areas of human activity.

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Manuel Pereira

Head of Digital Accessibility – Association Valentin Haüy

A lawyer by training, specialized in commercial law, Manuel has been the head of the Accessibility Department at “Association Valentin Haüy” for 6 years.
In 1987, Manuel was one of the founders of the organization “Handicapzéro” (Zerodisability). “Handicapzéro” successfully campaigned for the Braille labelling of all drug packaging in France. In this organization, Manual developed all sorts of partnerships with the French pharmaceutical industry aind with mobile industry.
On the occasion of the 2000 Olympics in Sidney, he contributed to the creation of the first “Information Portal Accessible for All”.

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John Hicks

Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion France – Atos

John Hicks has 20 years’ experience in the field in France and is currently building a team to address this pressing need for Atos clients in France as well as internally at Atos
A keen reader in the original discipline of cybernetics, he sees accessibility as the measure of the health of an organization, and a great opportunity to expand an organizations vision in all senses.
Initially a mathematician, John has a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh investigating AI models of hemispheric specialization in visual perception.

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Ricardo García Bahamonde

Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion Iberia – Atos

Ricardo García Bahamonde is the Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion for the Iberia Region at Atos. He has worked in the field of Digital Accessibility and Disability Inclusion since 2004 and has broad experience in consulting, project management, business development and training assignments in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe helping companies, governments, and universities advance in their digital accessibility and inclusion policies and strategies. An IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC), Ricardo holds a MA in Economics from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain and obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is a regular speaker at international conferences, having presented at over 60 events worldwide.

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Susana Azores

Human Resources Director Spain & Portugal – Atos

Susana Azores de Francisco is Head Human Resources Director at Atos Iberia. As a Disability HR Single Point of Contact (SPOC), Susana is building in a Global program a WOW employee experience for people with disability, Susana is keen to ensure that all persons have equal opportunities in Atos and believes that each human being is an individual who should be equally valued, making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of professional life to the best of their abilities and desires. Susana has more than 20 years of experience in HR topics and is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion topics.

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Lydia Montandon

Digital Transformation Consulting, Sustainable & Inclusive Experience – Atos

Lydia Montandon brings value as an Atos Digital Transformation Consultant, driving business development inspired by+20 years of research & innovation International projects experience, mainly in the fields of educational technology, social inclusion, and healthcare. She is a member of Atos Scientific and Expert Communities. Her motivation is to enable clients achieve their goals towards a sustainable and inclusive future.

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Arturo Fernández Rivas

Accessibility, Usability and User Experience Consultant – Atos

Arturo Fernández Rivas is an accessibility, usability and user experience consultant in Atos Iberia. He has many years of experience in analysis and development tasks in the banking sector. Most recently, he is focused on projects where accessibility is important. He believes that more and more companies rely on the talent and diversity of people to integrate their teams, and inclusion is essential. Arturo has a Degree in Business Administration from the University of La Rioja and a Masters Course in Design for All, Universal Accessibility and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) from the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), the Vodafone Foundation and ONCE Foundation.

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Philipp Kruschel

Head of the global network of BMZ Digital Transformation Centers – Atos

Philipp Kruschel is Project Director at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ GmbH. He serves as Head of the global network of BMZ Digital Transformation Centers and the public-private sector network “Make-IT Alliance”. With a background in trade for development cooperation, he manages the implementation of digital projects at the intersection of public and private sector partnerships. His projects leverage cross-sectoral expertise to ensure that digital for development serves long-term, sustainable, and fair economic development on a global scale.
He has lived and worked on 4 continents and currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Paul Horsters

Advisor, Global Project Disability Inclusion – GIZ

Paul Horsters is a social scientist by training and an expert in international development with a focus on disability inclusion, “leave no one behind”, financial inclusion, participation and inclusion in the digital age. He studied in Jena and Marburg in Germany as well as in Manila, Philippines. In his academic work he focused on innovative participatory methods and on potentials of digital technologies for disability inclusion. Paul works for the GIZ Global Project Disability Inclusion as an Advisor since 2020.

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Joe Devon

CEO & Co-founder of Diamond
Co-founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)
Chair of the GAAD Foundation

Joe Devon is a serial entrepreneur who has been fostering the growth of the Los Angeles tech ecosystem since 2008. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Diamond, a digital agency that builds accessible experiences and issues a yearly State of Accessibility Report (SOAR).
He is also the Co-Founder and Chair of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) Foundation, which runs a yearly GAAD Pledge, a commitment made by open source projects to make accessibility a core value of their project.
Joe has more than 30 years of development experience in high-profile projects spanning a wide array of industries.


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