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Mukhtar Al Shibani, Advisor – president@gaates.org

Mukhtar Al Shibani, AdvisorMr. Mukhtar Al Shibani established Almodon Consulting office for the disabled and elderly people in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to provide services in architectural design in the Arab Region. Mr. Al Shibani is currently the President of Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), and is a member of the ISO Committee TC59/SC16 Accessibility and Usability of the Built Environment.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Saudi Umran society, was a Member of the Saudi national consulting committee for setting the national assembly for disabled, and a Member of the consulting committee, Prince Salman Research Center for the Disabled.

Aqeel Qureshi, Editor – aqeelqureshi@globalaccessibilitynews.com

Aqeel Qureshi, EditorAqeel Qureshi is 2nd Vice President of Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). He is an Accessibility Consultant who has been working on accessibility issues and universal design. He has more than 13 years of experience working with disability organizations. His online newsletters facilitate dissemination of information on disability issues and collaboration with other organizations and ensure they are kept informed about the ongoing policy developments and disability movements across the country and around the world.

As a disability rights campaigner, he has actively advocated for the rights of people with disabilities in the areas of accessibility of public places, public transportation and web accessibility. He received one year training on Disability in Japan and was trained on Universal Design, Barrier-Free Environment and Assistive Technology.

Marnie Peters, Administrator – admin@globalaccessibilitynews.com

Marnie Peters, AdministratorMarnie Peters has been working with the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) as an Executive Officer to the President since 2002. Marnie has been working in the accessibility field since 1998, as an associate to internationally recognized accessibility expert, Betty Dion.

Marnie is an expert in conducting accessibility audits, the review of construction drawings and the development of recommendations for the reconstruction of facilities to ensure accessible environments. She has assisted in the development of databases and conducted research on the application and technical requirements of Canadian and International building codes and accessibility standards for multiple projects. She was the lead researcher and an assistant to the editor of the seminal document, International Best Practices in Universal Design: A Global Review.

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