Advisory Board

Aliya Qutub

Marketing & Outreach Manager, Child Development Center

Aliya has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Babson College, Massachusetts, USA and has been with Child Development Center since its inception in 2013. She has extensive experience in collaborating with parents, students,and administration in achieving their vision of learning and supporting inclusion for children with special needs. In her tenure at Child Development Center, she has successfully collaborated with community members and parents and organized many parent support groups, professional development training workshops, and Autism Outreach and Training symposiums. She has participated in national events targeting special needs including World Innovative Summit for Health (WISH), the Accessibility Forum hosted by the SCDL, and as a panelist on Stars of Science - Season 8.

Joselia Neves

Associate Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Josélia Neves was born in Mozambique, spent her childhood in South Africa, her late teenage years in Portugal, and carried out her post-graduate studies in the UK. Josélia Neves has a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, an MA in English Studies, a PhD in Translation Studies, with a dissertation on Subtitling for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. She started her career as a language teacher but soon moved on to teaching in the domain of Translation Studies and Audiovisual Translation. Parallel to her teaching activities, she has worked as a freelance translator as a means to keep abreast of the developments and requirements of the field. She has led a number of research projects with partners in the media, museums and cultural venues, the performing arts and education. Her special interest lies in developing action research projects that contribute towards making communication environments accessible to all.   While living and working in Qatar, she continues to collaborate with European Universities both as a visiting professor and a researcher. She is a member of the TransMedia Research Group and a board member of the European Association for Studies in Screen Translation.

Mike Park

eAccessibility Expert, MADA

His duties include expertise in IT accessibility consultancy and training, and oversees the national web accreditation program. Mike has worked with many organizations within Qatar to deliver accessible digital content; these include the Ministry of Interior, Hukoomi, QNB, Ooredoo, Al Jazeera, and Qatar Airways.
Previously, Mike managed IT accessibility consulting at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, where he conducted consultancy work for major national corporations such as West Jet, CIBC, Research in Motion, as well as non-profit and government entities such as the Canada Revenue Agency, Service Ontario and the Canadian Health Network.
Mr. Park has more than 15 years’ experience in information technologies; both as an IT trainer in an adult-learning environment and as a web developer. For the last 8 years, he has focused and specialized in accessible IT design and access to technology for people with disabilities.

Vladimir Cuk

Executive Director, International Disability Alliance

Mr. Vladimir Cuk is the Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), a network of 15 global and regional organisations of persons with disabilities and their families - bringing together over 1000 organizations. The members of the Alliance represent all persons with disabilities from all constituencies across the Global South and Global North. Vladimir is responsible for coordinating the IDA Secretariat and IDA advocacy towards the UN System, UN agencies, including UNICEF, UNDP, UN Women, ILO, OHCHR, WHO and the World Bank, as well as other international human rights organizations. In particular, Vladimir is engaged in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitie.