GAAD 2022

India & APAC region

12 May

14:00 – 15:30 IST / 10:30 – 12:00 CET

On Thursday 12th of May Atos will host an online event for India & APAC region 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.

This year we will run a virtual event which will be streamed on more than one social media channel (YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter) from 2 PM IST to 3.30 PM IST with various presenters.

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

Watch the event

It will be live on 12th May at 14:00 IST / 10:30 CET on the below channels


12th May 2022

14:00 – 15:30 IST

10:30 – 12:00 CET

Time (IST)SubjectSpeaker(s)Company
14:00 – 14:05OpeningVishal PujarAtos
14:05 – 14:15Welcome NoteNeil MillikenAtos
14:15 – 14:35Accessibility at Scale at INGJake AmbaING
14:35 – 14:45Atos India CSR and bringing PWD’s to employment mainstreamNasir Usman ShaikhAtos
14:45 – 15:10Accessibility at Scale at MicrosoftBalendu SharmaMicrosoft
15:10 – 15:25Panel 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 PujarAtos – ING – Microsoft
15:25 – 15:30Closure and Vote of ThanksVishal PujarAtos


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.

Nasir Usman Shaikh - LinkedIn

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.

Vishal Pujar - LinkedIn

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.

Balendu Sharma - LinkedInBalendu Sharma - Twitter

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.

Neil Milliken - LinkedInNeil Milliken - Twitter

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.

Jake Amba - LinkedInJake Amba - Twitter


Vishal Pujar

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