International Forum Leaders

George Kent

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‘A Comprehensive Rights-based Global System for Disaster Risk Reduction’


Robyn Mourie

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Robyn Mourie is a Rehabilitation Assessor and Disability Advocate in Aotearoa, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.


Charmaine Crockett

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Charmaine Crockett is Special Projects Coordinator at the Center of Disability Studies where she Co-Chairs the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, manages a conference training outreach unit at the Center and drums up good local and global ideas for outreach and community partic


Joakim Peter

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Joakim Peter is the director of College of Micronesia—FSM Chuuk Campus, which is part of a six-campus junior college system in the Federated States of Micronesia. He is from the islands of Chuuk.


Risnawati Utami

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Risnawati Utami is a wheelchair user because of polio when she was 4 years old. She graduated from the Law School, Sebelas Maret University in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia.


Juan Martín Botero

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Juan Martín Botero is a wheelchair user because of Friederich’s Ataxia since 2005. He was born in Cali, Colombia, South America. He is a graduate from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia.


Dr. Robert A. Stodden

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Dr. Robert A. Stodden is a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) board of directors.


Patricia Welch Saleeby

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Patricia Welch Saleeby, Assistant Professor, received her BA from Oberlin College, MSSA from Case Western Reserve University, and she has completed her Ph.D. at Washington University.


Manulani Aluli Meyer

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Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. She is from a large family with roots in Hilo and Wailuku, who grew up on the beach of Kailua, O‘ahu.


Keith Jones

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Keith Jones is the Founder, President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. An organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access, inclusion and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr.


Masayo Furui Masayo

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Masayo Furui—Masayo formed and became the executive officer for the Osaka Office of the Association for People with Cerebral Palsy Green Grass in 1973.


Kiyoharu Shiraishi

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Kiyoharu Shiraishi is a representative with the Fukushima Disaster Support Center for People with Disabilities. He is also the Chief Director of IL Independent Living Center, Fukushima. He established two CILs in Fukushima in 1994.


Toru Furui

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Toru Furui, PT, PhD obtained his doctorate degree from Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in 2004. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Visiting Faculty at University of Pittsburgh, Human Engineering Research Laboratories.


Michael Perlin

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Michael Perlin—An internationally-recognized expert on mental disability law, Michael L. Perlin has devoted his career to championing legal rights for people with mental disabilities.


Mark Starford

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Mark Starford is the founding director and key consultant of


Katherine D. Seelman

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Katherine D. Seelman, Ph.D.is associate dean of disability programs and professor of rehabilitation science and technology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.


Steven Brown

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Steven Brown, Ph.D., Project Coordinator and Associate Professor, Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, also teaches in the graduate, interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Disability and Diversity Studies. Dr.


Silvia Yee

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Silvia Yee was Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund’s (DREDF) first International Law Fellow and currently works as a senior staff attorney, where her work encompasses domestic litigation and policy areas, as well as special projects involving human rights,


Paul Brown

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Paul Brown is a Programme Advisor—disability at Auckland Council in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Paul has held this position since July 2011.


Susan Sygall

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Susan Sygall is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of international exchange, international development and leadership training for people with disabilities.


Emilia Della Torre

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Emilia Della Torre is an international human rights lawyer from Australia. She is currently engaged by the national NGO, Women with Disabilites ACT, to advcoate systemic reform and policy development by and for women and girls with disabilities.