As a blind Mathematics graduate, I have both the lived experience and professional vantage point from which to understand the challenges faced by learners with a print-disability and I am forever committed to breaking down barriers and improving the availability of accessible education – and enhancing independent study – for all.

I have been professionally involved in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) education sector, forming the basis for my career – beginning as a University advisor; and following a trajectory through a diverse and rewarding career.

In prior roles, I worked in Bangladesh, India and across several countries in Africa, on making education more inclusive, which saw my involvement in a vast array of diverse, illuminating and extremely meaningful and challenging projects.

I then headed the RNIB Bookshare Service in the UK; working with over 1,100 publishing partners, to bring their content onto the RNIB Bookshare platform, to be used by students with any print-disability, for free. The platform grew rapidly and currently provides over 760,000 free eBooks in a variety of accessible formats.

Moving closer to accessibility challenges in academia, I have just taken on the role as Accessibility Manager for Taylor & Francis, where I will aim to provide a clearer, more cohesive strategy on accessibility across the company, building on the wonderful, award-winning work T&F has already achieved.

I can often be found in the ‘accessibility community’ speaking at events or hosting/attending panels. I also chair the Accessibility Action Group for the Publishers Association. A group which brings publishers, vendors, stakeholders and end users together, to break down barriers to accessing any, and all, published materials. Something that still remains my raison d’etre!

Nicolás  Parola is an expert in educational innovation. For over a decade, Nicolás held leadership roles in innovative education across various government sectors in Argentina and Buenos Aires.
Currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer at for the past two years, he combines his expertise in education and passion for innovation to drive operational excellence. Nicolás is dedicated to transforming the publishing market through strategic vision and leadership, making a positive impact on the industry.

Degree in Political Science from the UAB and a Master’s degree in Sales and Marketing from ESADE in Barcelona.

More than 25 years of experience in printing business working in Canon with different responsibilities, involved in several stages of the business processes, marketing, purchasing, logistics and business development. First in Canon Imaging Supplies, delivering a wide range of media for all print applications, and from 2022 as Category Head of Commercial Printing too, implementing solutions that produces a wide range of printed materials, including books, direct mail marketing materials, posters, catalogs, magazines, transactional statements, very focused on the print-on-demand world.

Graduated from emlyon Executive MBA, Emmanuel Paul has dedicated his career to the International Development and Management of Innovative companies, both multinational groups and startups. He successfully managed the African and Middle Eastern growth of a Mobile Money startup. He is now exploring the Spanish EdTech field for Mobidys, an Inclusive yet Innovative French Publisher that is currently scaling up its ambitious goal of empowering all children to read.

Since 2013 is Director of Corporate Communication at Penguin Random House Group Spain. Since 2016 left the communication of books and authors to focus on the group’s corporate communication tasks focused on external communication, the brand or institutional relations. In 2022 added internal communication and corporate social responsibility of the group to her duties. She graduated in Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid and in Executive Program in Corporate Communication and Management at IE Business School. She started her career in journalism making local and cultural journalism compatible in 1994 and in 1999 began working in the press department of Plaza & Janés. Since then, and after the merger that created Random House Mondadori in 2001, coordinated and directed the press departments of different labels and divisions of the group such as Random House Literature, Debate or Lumen, among others.
Researcher at Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), The Nataional Library of the Netherlands. Previously he  worked as Project manager in Stichting
His experience is also linked to the industry or financial sector in private companies during the earlier years of his career.  He worked as Consultant R&D in Dedicon and as Business analyst in ABN AMRO Bank N.V and as consultant in KEMA Consulting and in VDA. He graduated from Delft University of technology.

Always interested in the cultural and social transformations in the digital era, started in 2006 by defining and implementing the formerly independent Grup62’s website, online marketing strategy, and digital publishing plan and business model. Since 2011, at Rakuten Kobo, the world’s digital bookseller created by and for book lovers, works on expanding the general catalogue (with a special focus on Spanish and Portuguese languages) and cooperating with publishers and Kobo partners to its growing performance at Rakuten Kobo.  She is also an Affiliated Academic Staff in the Master of Digital Publishing at UOC.

Elisa Molinari – Project manager Fondazione LIA

Graduated in Italian literature, Elisa worked at the Italian Publishers Association, taking part at national and European projects devoted to digital publishing. Since 2013 she has been working with Fondazione LIA where she is responsible of events, training activities and projects aimed at spreading the culture of accessibility. On behalf of LIA she participates to the Accessibility Task Force of the Federation of European Publishers and to Publishing Accessibility Action Group of the Publisher Association.

Project manager for EDRLab, Gautier Chomel is a 25 years experienced editorial and book production designer with a 12 years specialization in accessible content for visually impaired people. Gautier is also a confirmed trainer who worked for international organizations like WIPO and the Daisy Consortium and has operated éditadapt, a certified training center. His passion for book production technics goes as far as hand printing using 3d matrices during his spare time. 

Antonino Cotroneo has been working since 2014with Fondazione LIA where he takes part in training, testing and consultancy activities in the field of accessible digital publishing.

He has a background in music, which he achieved by studying piano and composition in Italy and at the «Mozartheum» in Salzburg. He is also a computer scientist, enhancing the use of technologies in order to integrate them into the study and life paths of children and adults with visual impairments. He currently also works as a Digital Accessibility tester and advisor for Gucci.