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GLÒRIA CANALS

Aura Fundació
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    Glòria Canals, founder and president of Aura Fundació, has a degree in Clinical Psychology and Therapeutic Pedagogy. She has worked tirelessly to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in society, pioneering the Supported Employment project in Catalonia in 1989. She introduced this methodology in Spain and Europe, chairing AESE. She is a founding member of EUSE and ACTAS .

    Barcelona, Spain

JOAN ANTON CATALÀ

Science communicator
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    Joan Anton Català holds a master's degree in astronomy and astrophysics, as well as a degree in chemical sciences with a specialization in quantum chemistry. He stands out for his role as curator of the Joan Oró Year (2023) and as a science communicator in media outlets such as Catalunya Ràdio o TV3. In addition, he is the author of several science books. He has extensive experience as a business executive, with postgraduate training at institutions such as IESE and Wharton Business School. Català is recognized for his innovative use of astronomy and space as tools for change management and business training, standing out with his product "A space to grow".Barcelona, Spain

HUW DAVIES

Independent consultant

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    Huw Davies is a prominent figure in the field of supported employment, renowned internationally and the former CEO of the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE). Davies's dedication to the cause is evident through his involvement as the former Vice President of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE). With a focus on quality assurance within the methodology of supported employment, he has emerged as a trusted advisor offering guidance and support to organizations worldwide. Manchester, United Kingdom

MIKE EVANS

Dundee United Suporters' Foundation
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    Mike is a Chartered Fellow and Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He was the Manager of the Employment Disability Unit of Dundee City Council in Dundee, Scotland from 1991 to 2011 and was President of the European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) from 2007 until 2011. Also, he was Chairman and a founding member of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment. Nowadays, Mike is the Director of the Dundee United Supporters' Foundation. Dundee, Scottland

GILLIAN MAGUIRE

Microsoft

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    Gillian is the program manager of the Microsoft Global Workplace Services Supported Employment Program. The mission of the program is to create real job opportunities for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Gillian is also the Chair of the Abilities Employee Business Resource Group for CBRE Americas. She created and managed a team responsible for provision of high quality information and advocacy services to people with disabilities in Washington. Seattle, EE.UU.

HECTOR MINTO

UK Government Disability
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    UK Government Disability and Access Ambassador for the Tech Sector and Websites.

    Hector has worked at the cutting edge of accessibility and assistive technology (AT) for over 25 years. He has held roles in enterprise, from innovative startups to established edtech and health industry focused business, regularly contributing to global government consultations on disability inclusion. In his role at Microsoft as Lead Technology Evangelist, Hector leads global teams engaging in their regions with governments, major employers, Microsoft’s commercial partner network and a wider set of community stakeholders to showcase inclusive design, product accessibility, inclusive hiring practices, the role of disability employee resource groups and accessibility innovation. Hector is the current UK Government Disability and Access Ambassador for the Tech Sector and Websites, supporting the tech sector to deliver on disability employment and inclusive customer and product experiences.

    Oxford, United Kingdom.

MARIA PALLISERA

University of Girona

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    Maria Pallisera is a full professor at the University of Girona, department of pedagogy, where she coordinates the research group on diversity. She teaches on the bachelor's degrees in education and social work, and on the master's degree in attention to diversity in inclusive education. She has led diverse research related to the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities: transition to adult life, independent living, interpersonal relationships, and social participation. Since 2012, she has been developing inclusive research with an advisory committee composed of people with intellectual disabilities.

    Girona, Espanya.

LLUÍS SOLDEVILA

Motivation and Digital Leadership Expert
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    Lluís Soldevila is considered one of the TOP10 speakers worldwide in motivation and digital leadership. He has given seminars and conferences in more than 250 companies in Europe, America and Asia, and has impacted more than 20,000 professionals. Lluís is also the CEO of Acktitude and professor in ESADE Business School. Barcelona, Spain.

GREGORY STEPP

Educator

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    Gregory Stepp is an educator, writer, translator, and podcaster. For the last twenty years, he has worked in and out of the classroom with learners and professionals from a variety of backgrounds. He has lived and worked in New York City, Madrid, and now Barcelona. He is passionate about language, education, and people. He believes that all people have the desire and capacity to learn, work, and live in a dignified and meaningful way.

    Barcelona, Spain.

IVAN TRAINA

University of Verona

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    Ivan Traina is a PhD senior researcher at the University of Verona, department of Human Sciences. His research activity focuses on inclusion of vulnerable groups, intellectual disability, transition programs, curriculum development and assertive technologies (AT). He obtained a post-doc Marie-Curie fellowship and he was employed as research manager at the University of Bologna. Also, he has participated in many EU funded projects on themes of inclusion, vocational education for supporting the use of AT and enhancing of inclusive learning environments

    Verona, Italy.