David Banes

David Banes

David Banes Access and Inclusion Services

David Banes is Director of his company and was formerly CEO at Mada, the Qatar Assistive Technology and Accessibility 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 for shaping the broad policy framework required to ensure and sustain this.
He is currently working a range of issues in the Middle East and Europe and has a special interest in how access will be ensured as technology and our understanding of disability shifts. He seeks to support the emerging Access Ecosystem in the region promoting cooperation between states and the development of assistive technology solutions and digital content that meet the needs of Arabic speaking people with a disability.
His recent work has focused on the development of a framework for responding to disruptive innovation in the AT Industry and to identify solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability. He also supports innovation and research to bring products and services onto the market.
At the FreedomTech Assembly, David will speak about international models of best practice in AT Service Delivery. As a former CEO of Mada, Qatar’s National Assistive Technology Service, David has wide experience of developing and delivering AT Services. He is also a passionate advocate for the positive disruptive opportunities which both mainstream and accessible technologies have to offer.

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