Dr. Victor Pineda

President and Founder, Pineda Foundation / World Enabled

Dr. Victor Pineda is the President of World ENABLED, Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. He is a leading global expert on disability rights, policy, planning and design and has worked closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, World Bank, United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, and cabinet level officials in the UAE, Qatar, Venezuela, and Serbia among others to develop policies and programs that include persons with disabilities as equal stakeholders in development. Dr. Pineda is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award. Dr. Pineda holds a Ph.D. from the Luskin School for Public Affairs at the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, a B.A. in Political Economy, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.


Kamila Janik

BA, PG Dip, MSc, BCBA , Clinical Program Lead

Kamila has worked in the field of developmental disabilities in Ireland since 2009. She has a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Kamila also holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University College Dublin. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Kamila has dedicated her clinical work to creating meaningful change for individuals with disabilities and their families. She has worked for many years in assessing and developing comprehensive programs for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learning disabilities, challenging behavior, Conduct Disorder, ODD, ADHD, and social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. She has provided behavior therapeutic services in a variety of settings including residential facilities, schools, and center-based and in-home therapy settings. Kamila has extensive experience in the management of challenging behavior and delivery of parent and staff training. Kamila moved to Qatar in 2015 to be a part of the exciting team at CDC.

David Banes

Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services

David Banes is Director of his company David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and was formerly CEO, at Mada the Qatar Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center based in Doha where he worked for six years. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for developing services to ensure that people with a disability are digitally included, and in shaping the broad policy framework required to ensure and sustain this.

As a Consultant addressing all aspects of access and inclusion through disability, he is currently working a range of issues the Middle East and Europe and has a special interest in how access will be ensured as technology and our understanding of disability shifts.

Much of his work is designed to build capacity in emerging access ecosystems, supporting an end to end approach from awareness to policy, and from production of assistive technologies to approaches to training and development.

Prior to taking up his post in Qatar, he worked as a teacher of children with special needs and principal of a major special school before working in the realm of digital Inclusion in the UK and Europe as Director of Operations and Development for a UK NGO.  He now seeks to support the emerging Access ecosystem in the region promoting cooperation between states and supports the development of assistive technology solutions and digital content that meet the needs of Arabic speaking people with a disability.

His recent work has focussed on the development of a framework for responding to disruptive innovation in the AT Industry, identify solutions t meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, consulting on the creation of a business case for public investment in assistive technology and supporting innovation and research to bring products and services to market.

Borja Pardo

Lead Architect & Project Manager, Acciona Engineering - Doha Branch

Senior Architect & Project Manager with more than10 years of experience in urbanism & architecture field, specialized in Transport infrastructures. Broad experience in different projects, both national and international, related to sustainable mobility, intermodality and interchanges design."Know how" in planning and development of transport infrastructures and sustainable urban development with particular emphasis on those that promote modal integration.

Consultancy services and technical assistance in transportation networks with a focus on urban analysis, with the ultimate goal of understanding urban dynamics, localization patterns, transport demands and other variables. Network analysis for understanding the metropolitan network, the role of each node and its environment within a larger territory.

Consultancy services and technical assistance in urban planning and architecture in the field of transport infrastructures , providing a high degree of technological innovation (software simulation & 3D modeling ) , universal accessibility and way finding projects , safety & security in emergencies and integrated management in projects and works.

Consultancy services and technical assistance in accessibility and information in the field of transport infrastructures, providing universal accessibility measures covering different aspects, and seeking to:

- Create fully accessible routes.

-Design facilities and urban furniture to be used by all people and to improve users travel experience and waiting times.

-Information understandably by all users of the whole services of the intermodal infrastructures.

-Develop actions seeking integration by adopting a point of view based on the “design for all”.

- Integrate in conclusion all people to public transport system.

Management and coordination of draft, design and building projects in all its phases and monitoring of works of transport infrastructures with interchange modes such as urban and metropolitan buses, metro/underground and train.

Experience in projects whose purpose or foundation can be extrapolated to other areas and sectors of construction and urban planning that are related to the planning and design in the movement and interaction of people with buildings and urban areas such as public buildings, commercial areas, offices and urban landscapes.

Ambitious Project Manager ensuring highest quality on projects, managing and utilizing all resources effectively, and capable of organizing and leading teams managing stakeholders expectations.

Dr. Hamada Hasan Al-Sulaiti

Secretary General , Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science

Dr. Hamada Hasan Al-Sulaiti, the Secretary General of Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, since 2014, started her career as a school teacher. Her career encompassed a role as an education researcher, a Head of Curriculum Section.  a Head of Educational Planning and Monitoring Unit, a Director of Cultural Relations Department,  Assistant Evaluation Institute Director and finally Evaluation Institute Director.

She held third place in High School in 1984. She got first rank in her major graduate studies in Education, in Qatar University in 1988. She persistently pursues a career during which she has successfully made numerous accomplishments particularly in the field of education. She has got a professional diploma in curriculum and pedagogy from Ain Shams University, Egypt in 1991. Afterwards, she got a special diploma in curriculum and pedagogy from the same university in 1992. In 1995, she obtained a Master’s Degree from Ain Shams University in education with the grade “Excellent” and then she got her PhD from the same university in 2001 with the grade “Excellent”.  

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.

Kelly Anthony

Associate Director (Planning), Place Dynamix Middle East

Kelly is a Chartered Urban Planner and Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) in the UK. She is currently Associate Director of Urban Planning at Place Dynamix in Dubai, UAE. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a Masters degree in Planning Policy and Practice (distinction). Kelly is an experienced urban planning and accessibility consultant with project experience in the UAE, UK, Ghana, Mauritius, Egypt and China. Kelly has worked in both the private and public (government) sectors. Key experience includes advising on the creation of accessible environments by advising on accessibility standards, carrying out accessibility audits of proposed new master plans and existing/proposed buildings and delivering accessibility training seminars for clients. Kelly also has significant experience in the preparation of  planning policy and development control guidelines; securing planning permission for new developments and leading stakeholder engagement on master planning / regeneration proposals. Kelly also has extensive project management experience through managing multi-disciplinary and international consultancy teams and is experienced in securing government approvals. Kelly is also an experienced researcher in urban planning, architectural and design-related matters such as housing capacity studies, heritage reports and annual monitoring reports.

Ari Lahiri

General Manager , ibtiCAR

Mousa Mohammad

Educational expert, Persons With Disability Consultant

Present Director Educational programs. At the Progress Center for Special Education since March 2016 Mousa used to be Senior Professional Development Specialist at SHAFALLAH CENTER FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, QATAR Since Aug 1999 – Feb. 2016 where he was also in charge of Evaluation Clinic, Learning Disabilities Program, training, research

His Key Responsibilities were:

  • Planning & executing training programs for various classes by building an excellent rapport with the students & families from a wide range of cultural back ground.
  • Creating trusting atmosphere through sensitivity to students’ strengths, weaknesses & personal learning styles. Accountable for the overall progress in students.
  • Developing curriculum that is appropriate to students’ learning abilities & reflected their needs & interests
  • Approaching teaching as a facilitator of student learning, providing a wide range of learning activities in a warm, supportive environment.
  • Professional Development activities assigned from the department

Before that he as Special Education Teacher for Deaf Children & for Children with Multiple Disabilities at THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT in JORDAN, Special Education Teacher at the MINISTRY OF EDUCATION in Saudi Arabia, Part Time Teaching Assistant at the Faculty Of Education in the Special Education Department of the UNIVERSITY OF QATAR, Technical Team Member at Supreme Council for Family Affairs Project on Disability Policies & Strategies in Qatar. In 1994 he was trainer for U.N.R.W.A (UNITED NATIONS AGENCY) where he was responsible for

  • Working with a new program called Community Based Rehabilitation (C.B.R) & responsible for training for a large number of volunteers in different areas in Jordan.
  • Acting as the charge of children training (M.R., deaf, and speech training for children.)
  • Appointed as the chairperson for the local committee in a Palestinian refugee camp, responsible for every details of programming, planning, donations, charity bazaars … etc.),
  • Conducting courses like introduction to special education, hearing impairment rehabilitation, etc.


Olcay Connor

Principal, Step by Step Centre

I studied psychology in Istanbul Bosphorus University and special education teaching courses in London in addition to attending other SEN related programs. I started working at special units at a primary school in London, then in special schools in Doha for over 14 years. Since then I have developed my career with Step by Step Centre for Special Needs and I am now the principal and responsible for day to day managing of the centre.

I firmly believe all children, regardless of their challenges, can achieve their full potential and live independently with self-confidence and respect for others. I enjoy leading our team of experts at Step by Step Centre who provide support for students, meet their needs in the best way possible and ensure they reach their full potential._

Hussain Naimi

CEO Advisor, Smart City Consultant

more than 35 years’ experience in Information Technology and managerial positions in varied sectors including Smart City Strategy development, major airline system development, training & consultancy services and retailing sector. Recent experience before joining Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) was Director ICT for Tanween (Subsidiary of Barwa Real Estate) responsible for ICT development, Operation and Smart City projects for Barwa and subsidiaries. prior to this, was Head of Information Technology with United Development Company (UDC) responsible for strategic ICT management and development of Smart Island (The Pearl Qatar project) and subsequent to this, was part of the executive management for system development with Gulf Air for 25 years responsible for the development of Information Technology strategic plans including allocation of resources and implementation of approved plans, preparation of annual ICT budget, Management of Systems Development Department to develop and support over 70 major applications within the airline operation.

Role In LREDC (Lusail Smart City)

worked as CEO Adviser for Smart City for Lusail Smart City Project (a 38sq Kmtrs development in Qatar). Was solely involved in the strategy and Management of thel Smart City project, In addition to his technical role, was also the distinguished member of the Lusail Smart City Committee.

Gaby Salomé

General Manager, Al Mana Interiors

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.

Anthony Nemeth

Head of Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning , Parsons

Anthony is Head of Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning in Qatar, with 25 years of international experience in Transportation Planning. He is a specialist in providing Development Planning and Traffic Engineering services to support major development projects, mega urban master plans and transport infrastructure projects. 

Anthony has extensive experience in project managing highway and transportation led projects and liaising with key stakeholders to obtain approvals for design layouts and Traffic Impact Studies, including preparing and providing specialist advice on legal transport agreements and submission of planning applications.

Anthony enjoys working closely with architects and the client team to develop efficient and workable designs. He is a specialist in designing site access solutions, circulation arrangements and large car park layouts for major retail led developments around the world to ensure that safe, workable, attractive and cost efficient solutions are designed and approved.

He has an in-depth knowledge of developing innovative transport strategies and integrated designs for pedestrian, cyclists, public transport systems (bus, rail/ metro stations and taxi facilities) and logistic projects, and has a wealth of experience in developing efficient highway and junction designs. 

Anthony was Head of Traffic Engineering at CPO within the Ministry of Municipality of Urban Planning providing expert transport planning advice at Ministerial level on the priority and sequencing of all major transportation infrastructure projects within the state of Qatar.

Clare O'Donnell

Senior Architect, Parson

Arch. Hamoda Youssef

Head of Communications, Qatar Green Building Council

As the Head of communications and sustainability consultant at the Qatar Green Building Council, Hamoda coordinate sustainability integration efforts for a variety of projects, sustainability oriented initiatives, programs, and building codes As a LEED Faculty, he facilitates sustainability trainings, provides sustainability assessment and consulting.
Prior to joining QGBC, Hamoda worked at Green building services as a senior sustainability consultant and he managed a site wide LEED consultancy services for a mixed-use development in Doha, Qatar. Hamoda managed all aspects of LEED projects from kick-off to closeout, assigning team responsibilities and making sure all documentation is complete and uploaded to LEED Online for the highest level of LEED certification possible within a project’s budget, timeline, and site constraints.
Previously, Hamoda worked on international consultancy offices in Egypt, along with working on environmental urban development projects in Italy & USA. Hamoda studied architecture, earning a masters degree in environmental planning from Italy that allowed him to focus on sustainability issues within the context of urban development.
In addition to his work as a consultant, Hamoda assists in the development of presentations & trainings for industry professionals and clients, covering topics from green building planning & design strategies to understanding sustainability.

Yousef Jarbi

Senior Technology Specialist, Qatar University

Yousef is an Assistive Technology Specialist For Special Needs. His specializations are E-Learning and educational technology, Digital Marketing and Social Media, Training of staff and students, Project management on Accessibility Physical & Digital Accessibility issues.

He is currently the Senior Technology Specialist at the Qatar University where he is in charge of managing  Physical & Digital Accessibility Project by providing instruction, technical assistance, and training and resource materials to students registered with the Special Needs Section, as well as, faculty and staff of Qatar University with an emphasis on assistive technologies for students with disabilities.

His is responsible for coordinating and administering comprehensive services to students who are physically challenged, academically disabled, and/or limited in English proficiency, for Training students in educational technology.

Mona Noureldin Mohamed

Senior Urban & Recreation/Open Space Planning Specialist. , Qatar National Master Plan - Ministry of Municipality and Environment

Mona Noureldin is strategic urban planner and urban designer specialized in open space, recreation and sports facilities planning with a broad-based, multi-disciplinary technical background. She has a wide experience in planning and implementation programs in wide variety of strategic developments across several planning scales. Graduated in 2006 in urban and regional planning and got diploma in sustainable urban planning from Cairo university. Mona has more than 10 years of extensive experience and leadership in working with governmental institutions and consultation firms for Regional planning , Urban planning , urban and landscape design projects in Egypt, Qatar and other Gulf countries. Mona joined  the consultation and governmental firm of Qatar National master plan (QNMP) with deep technical involvement in all QNMP main deliverables including the preparation and the implementation strategy of the Qatar National Development Framework (QNDF), the Municipality Spatial Development Plans(MSDPs) and the urban design of  several action area plans. Recently she is the project Manager of Qatar National Open Space and Recreational Facilities strategy,  As QNMP/MME  strategic urban planner and  sports facilities planning specialist she is leading and technically coordinating the strategic urban planning input for several prestigious portfolios and projects such as hosting the World Cup 2022 and FIFA requirements for Competitive and Non-competitive projects, the public recreation and sport facilities master plan, the Qatar  Sports Venues Master Plan, Aspire Zone phases Master Plans.