Mada, the Qatar Assistive Technology Centre, is launching its inaugural global seminar series on November 8 with an event on ‘Developing an accessible ICT ecosystem in Qatar.’
“As Qatar aspires to build a fully connected society, one of the key issues identified is digital access for people with disabilities,” Mada’s communications head Ahmed Habib said yesterday.
The conference, based on a vision of Information and Communication Technology for All, will feature G3ict’s executive director Axel Leblois.
G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, a flagship advocacy initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development.
The seminar will also include a panel discussion, featuring key stakeholders, on the roles and responsibilities in building a fully accessible ICT environment within Qatar.
As a public private partnership, Mada is a collaborative effort between key ICT industry partners, Disability Service Providers, and different governmental bodies.
Mada’s directors are Dr Hessa al-Jaber (secretary general, ictQatar, HE Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa al-Thani (former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability), Hassan Ali Bin Ali (chairman, Shafallah Center), Ali Shareef al-Emadi (Group CEO, QNB), Dr Nasser Marafih (CEO, Qtel), Grahame Maher (CEO, Vodafone Qatar), Mohamed Hammoudi (country manager, Microsoft).