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Victor Pineda – Advisor, GAATES President

Victor Pineda

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is a social development scholar and disability rights advocate. He is also an international speaker and consultant on accessibility-related issues. Victor earned a B.A. in Political Economy, a B.S. in Business Administration and, eventually, a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning (MCP) with a concentration in Regional Economic Development. Victor was recently named to the US Access Board.

Early in his career, he served as the youngest government delegate to participate in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and thereafter launched the World Enabled Global Initiative, a disability affiliate program that combines the reach of the world’s most active disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) and intergovernmental agencies. He also launched the Pineda Foundation, a voluntary non-profit that promotes the rights and dignities of young people with disabilities. Both were established in 2003.

Aqeel Qureshi, Editor


Aqeel Qureshi is the Founder and CEO of Techbility, a company that specializes in accessible website development, web applications, documents, research and mobile applications. He is an editor of the Global Accessibility News (GAN) which has more than 40,000 subscribers globally.

Aqeel is an internationally recognized accessibility expert who has been working on the Universal Design of web accessibility, information and communications technology (ICT) and disaster risk reduction. He has more than 17 years in the accessibility field and brings the experience, knowledge and passion needed to help organizations and digital agencies make a difference to persons with disabilities by complying with accessibility guidelines and standards. As a disability rights campaigner, he has actively advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Tracey Shipman, Program Director – GAATES

Tracey Shipman

Tracey joined the GAATES family in April of 2017 and applies her extensive knowledge of project and program management to lead the various teams in internal operations, programming, and project initiatives undertaken by GAATES.Based in Ottawa, Canada, the headquarters of GAATES operations, Tracey has taken part as an integral team member of some of the largest and most complicated projects planned and implemented in the National Capital Region. Tracey, a certified Project Management Professional, now provides this expertise to furthering the mission of GAATES and its goal to maintain its status as the leading international organization dedicated to the promotion of accessibility of the built and virtual environments.

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