Laura Blum is a curator, journalist and producer based in Manhattan. Laura has curated numerous film series, including a critically acclaimed Czech film retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She covers movies and art for the Grumbacher arts site thalo.com and writes a film blog at FilmFestivals.com.
Charmaine Crockett is Special Projects Coordinator at the Center of Disability Studies where she Co-Chairs the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, manages a conference training outreach unit at the Center and drums up good local and global ideas for outreach and community participation. Previously, she worked in the area of human rights where she conducted human rights education trainings and enhanced the capacity of organizations in developing countries.
Ruby Dhand is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, an M.A. from Carleton University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, an LL.M. from University of Toronto, and is nearing completion of her Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School. Ruby has been awarded the CIHR Fellowship and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Setareki Macanawai is one of the pioneers of the disability movement in the Pacific and one of the DPO leaders who established the Pacific Disability Forum. He was our 1st staff member in 2006 charged with the responsibility of setting up the PDF Secretariat in Suva, Fiji in January 2007. He has lead the PDF team, and fostered the disability movement across the Pacific since then. Setareki was recognised for his contributions by the UN in 2012 with an Asia-Pacific Disability Rights Champions Award.
Yasmine Maria Sherif was born in Stockholm in 1964 to a Swedish mother and Egyptian father. She graduated from Stockholm University in 1987 with a Master of Laws, specialized in international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Risnawati Utami is a gender and disability rights activist since 1999. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of March, Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. She has been active in various activities related to disability issues, human rights, policy advocacy and development in Indonesia and international level. In 2006, she was awarded a Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program to accomplish Master Degree in International Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Cyndi Rowland is the Associate Director at the Center for Persons Disabilities (CPD) housed at Utah State University. The CPD has a special distinction as one of only 68 University Centers of Excellence in Disability Research, Service, and Education across the U.S.A. The CPD is nationally known for its work on the accessibility of both the built environment and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Alex Ghenis is a Policy and Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability (WID). He is currently managing the New Earth Disability project, which addresses how climate change will affect people with disabilities and which actions can protect our well-being. The project has compiled over twenty resources, and features research and policy recommendations on heatwaves, climate-related migration, and more.
Jane Flanagan is the Senior Research & Policy Officer at the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA). NEDA, a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), is a member of the Australian Cross-Disability Alliance (ACDA) and is the national peak that advocates at a federal level for people living with disability, their families and carers, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).
Kozue Kay Nagata, Ph.D is a Professor (Faculty of International Cooperation) at Nagoya-Gakuin University in Nagoya Japan. Dr. Nagata is a 30-year United Nations service veteran, and during her tenure with the UN family, she had been extensively involved in “disability inclusive development cooperation”. During her tenure with the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok, she had contributed, together with various stakeholders in the region, to drafting the Bangkok Draft of CRPD, which became later on the base of CRPD.
Lester T. Ferguson heads the Secretariat of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, a government unit tasked with implementing The Bahamas' disability legislation - The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Act, 2014. As the chief administrative officer, Lester helps ensure that the Secretariat effectively administers the affairs of the Commission as well as provides the technical functions the Commission needs to carry out is mandate.
Rebecca Rude Ozaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii – Center on Disability Studies (CDS) has more than 35 years of experience in the area of disability, federal and state grants and contracts, program design and implementation, strategic planning, management, and systems change initiatives. Formally, president of Winners at Work an award winning non-profit providing employment services to individuals with disabilities; Dr Ozaki has been with CDS since 2002.
Dr. Robert A. Stodden is a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) board of directors. Professionally trained in Psychology, Special Education, and Rehabilitation, he has served more than twenty-five years as an international and national leader in the fields of special education, school to adult community living and transition, postsecondary education, and employment for persons with disabilities.