Laura Allen is the Head of Strategy for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Google. She works cross-functionally across teams to improve the accessibility and usability of Google products and processes, and to make Google a more accessible and inclusive place for people with disabilities. Due to her personal experience with low vision, she believes that technology has more power now than ever to transform lives, and progressing accessibility and disability inclusion is her true passion.
Sara Basson works at Google as Disability Inclusion Lead, with the goal of making the experience of Googlers more accessible and usable, through enhancements to technologies and education and advocacy around accessibility. In previous roles, she worked at IBM Research on the Education Transformation initiative, to achieve better academic outcomes using personalised learning and analytics. In 2011, she completed an international assignment at IBM Research-India, where she was working on strategy, business, and user interface design issues for Spoken Web, a tool that created internet-like access for developing regions, using mobile phones and speech recognition.
Director of Corporate Solutions, Microlink Awarded a Masters Degree in 2015 researching “Perceptions, Awareness and Relevance of Non-Visible Disabilities to Employers. Director of Corporate Services with 24 years’ experience in the disability industry.
Stavroula has been with Microlink for the past 19 years and in that time she has served in Customer Service, Supply Chain, Tenders, Contract Management and Compliance, giving her an in depth understanding of the Microlink operations. She was awarded a Bachelors in Media with Cultural Studies and is currently finalising her thesis for a Masters in Corporate Governance and Law, with her dissertation focusing on promoting Disabilities up the Corporate Governance agenda for FTSE companies. Stavroula has been trained by the Business Disability Forum and the Mental Health Foundation and has trained Microlink employees on Disability Awareness and Mental Health Awareness.
Ali is a practising emotional therapist, author of the Ollie and his Super Powers series of books, public speaker, NLP trainer and creator of the Ollie Model. Ali’s strength is the unique way she views the world and her instinctive ability to empower children and parents to find the solutions from within.
Caroline Casey is the businesswoman and activist behind The Valuable 500, the world’s largest CEO collective and business move for disability inclusion.
Casey launched the movement at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit in 2019 and since then has signed up 500 multinational organisations with a combined revenue of over $8 trillion, employing 20 million people worldwide to radically transform the business system. The membership includes 36 of the FTSE 100 companies, 46 of the Fortune 500 and 28 of the Nikkei.
Recently appointed President of the IAPB, Caroline also sits on several diversity and inclusion boards to include L’Oréal and Sky and is a much sought-after speaker. Caroline has received an honorary doctorate as well as multiple awards and accolades for her work as a disability activist.