Sumita Kunashakaran

Sumita Kunashakaran is a dedicated Disability, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) advocate, combining a passion for empathic design with a focus on practical inclusivity solutions. As the Chief Inclusion Officer at Inclusive Creation AS and a Service Design Trainer at The JGA Group, she plays a pivotal role in guiding organizations towards embracing inclusive practices. Sumita’s global impact is evident in her leadership in having expanded the Zero Project in India and Singapore, as well as her representation in international forums. She has been instrumental in pioneering Singapore's first disability-centric and body-positive sexuality program and actively contributes to discussions on disability policies at the United Nations. With a rich academic background, including a Masters from The University of Edinburgh and a Bachelors from the University at Buffalo, and a deep commitment to sharing knowledge, Sumita continues to be a driving force in promoting diversity and inclusivity worldwide.

Anne Goulding

Professor of Library and Information Management,Victoria University of Wellington.

Nauman Ahmad

Dr. Nauman Ahmad is a faculty at Centre for Preparatory Studies, Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman. He has participated in different esteemed international conferences as a panellist and given keynote speeches. His doctorate in computer science and informatics was awarded to him by the University of Huddersfield in the UK. His favourite field of study is designing pedagogical frameworks to facilitate vice chancellors in making effective decisions using visual digital dashboards, containing disability-inclusive education. He has also designed the framework for learner-centered, self-paced active learning strategies for learners, to improve and achieve the intended learning outcomes. His field of expertise also includes micro learning. He is a certified trainer (Train the Trainer); and has multiple other certifications. Dr. Nauman was awarded as a “distinguished teacher” and “distinguished researcher” by the Sultan Qaboos University. He also won awards for outstanding papers at conferences around the world; and was also given the “Ambassador of Pakistan’s Certificate for Academic Excellence” by the Pakistani ambassador in Oman. Dr. Nauman is also a prominent researcher in the fields of e-learning, m-learning, and requirements engineering. Furthermore, he has published papers in significant peer-reviewed journals and presented the research findings at prestigious international conferences. Additionally, he serves as an associate editor, reviewer, board member, and advisor to numerous journals and conference boards, providing editorial and review-based services to local and international communities.

Victor Martinez

I am a Professor, psychoanalyst, and Diversity and Inclusion consultant. Currently, I serve as the Supervisor of the Educational and Longevity Service at the Jô Clemente Institute and am a member of the Disability and Inclusion Group of Mercociudades (UNESCO). With 15 years of experience, I have actively contributed to inclusive education, employment, and social inclusion for people with disabilities. I hold a master's degree in the Formation of Trainers (FORMEP) and Educational Psychology from PUCSP.

Ayushman Talwar

Hello, I'm Ayushman, a passionate advocate and innovator in the space of accessibility and assistive technologies. With a deep-rooted commitment to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities, I've dedicated my career to developing solutions that foster inclusion and equality.
As the founder of Hable, I've been at the forefront of leveraging technology to break down barriers. Hable is not just a company; it's a mission to close the disability divide. We've revolutionized the way people with disabilities interact with the digital world by transforming smartphones into powerful assistive tools. Our approach integrates the support systems of individuals with disabilities, ensuring that education and employment are accessible to all.

Nils Wöbke

Nils Wöbke is the director of the office of accessibility – capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
He leads an advisory board for people with disabilities, is a board member of the national "Lebenshilfe" at state level and also a book author for inclusion topics.
He has a diploma in education, University of Cologne / Germany and a master of Social Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg / Germany and is also a supervisor.
His professional focus is on disabilities studies, inclusion and (digital) accessibility and his work is based on Action Plans for the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
He is leading current (international) projects and initiatives in the fields of culture, politics and digital education and his work in inclusive teams with self advocates earned awards at the Zero conference and the German award "Land of ideas".

Wilfried Kainz

Wilfried Kainz is the Head of Research for the Zero Project. Located in Vienna, Austria the Zero Project finds and shares solutions that improve the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities. In his role as Head of Research, Wilfried oversees the research process and coordinates the accessibility features of the Zero Project Conference. Wilfried’s business expertise spans over various industries. He helped to scale an Austrian hospitality start-up into a stock-listed international company. After a brief stint at an internet start-up in Switzerland, he became CFO of Cresco Ti Systems, a med-tech company based in Lausanne before returning to Austria in 2006, joining his former employer in the hospitality business. Since 2015 he has been active as a management consultant and continues to channel his lessons learned into the Zero Project.

Julie LeMoine

Assistant Professor, Dr. Julie LeMoine has worked for over 35 years in the field of applied advanced technology, mainly in highly regulated industries such as Healthcare, Financial and government programs. She has an undergraduate degree in computer science and initially worked as a researcher helping to design and create the security protocols for the then ARPANet project, which has become our Internet. She has worked in government and large enterprise think tanks, she led the Fidelity Investments Center for Applied Collaboration where she established early use of social computing and gaming. She has co-founded 5 software and service startups and has worked exclusively in 3D gaming, XR, VR and AI for the past 18 years, with most of that work focused on Healthcare. She has been named a 10 woman to watch in Tech and Science in New England, a 101 top woman in VR, a former Irish Research Council Enterprise Scholar, and completed her PhD in 2022 from UCD in the area of inclusive design and creative innovation. Dr. LeMoine did her field research co-designing and then creating inclusively designed AR Digital Helpers with Autistic Teens and Young Adults at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Chan (UMass Chan) Medical School. Dr. LeMoine joined UMass Chan in their Dept of Psychiatry as an Assistant Professor in 2022. At UMass Chan, she is a member of the E K Shriver Center’s neurobehavioral technology group where she co-founded and runs the InovaXR lab working on research in applied XR and AI for and with the nueurodiverse. She is also the XR-Ed faculty lead for the Interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation Center (iCELS) and a member of the Digital Medicine Project. Julie is excited by how XR and AI are and will improve the world’s health and wellbeing.