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Albert Carbonell

Albert Carbonell

Counselor of PTCBG and President of MIFAS

Involved in the world of physical disability charities since 1996. Since 2014, he has been the president of Association Mifas, a non-profit organisation created in 1979 that works for the social and labour integration of people with physical disabilities in the province of Girona, and which currently has 4,569 members. As president of Mifas, he works to disseminate and promote tourism for everyone, organising conferences, actively participating in creating awareness among public administrations and private initiatives.

He is also:
Vice president of the Social and Participation Council of the Institut Guttmann since 2015.
Patron of the Institut Guttmann since 2015.
Member of the Federació ECOM and patron of the Fundació ECOM since 2014.
Member of the Clúster Èxit since 2014.
Member of the Advisory Board of the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board since 2014.

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Alex Dobaño

Alex Dobaño

Founding director of Avanti-Avanti Studio

Alex Dobaño direct-Avanti Avanti Studio, an agency for the development of creative strategies for communication and design focusing on the real and potential audience.

Since 2007 they work with leading organizations in the fields of culture, tourism and leisure.

The company services are consulting and design management of "Design for All", creativity and communication design. Avanti Avanti is also member of the Design for All Foundation, the Network for Excellence "Towns and Cities for All". Alex also direct and edit the digital magazine www.holadesignforall.com. Alex directs the design for all committee of the CODGC (Official Graphic Design Association of Catalonia), runs workshops and gives lectures at congresses, universities and museums in the international sphere and is a contributor in the writing and editing of publications on Design for All applied to communication.

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Anna Grazia Laura

President of ENAT (European Network for Accessible Tourism)

Anna Grazia Laura is a member of Tandem, a social and integrated cooperative in Italy.
In 1993 she joined COIN Group an organisation involved in creating job opportunities for people with disabilities, also through accessible tourism, where she had the responsibility to develop the Group’s Accessible Tourism Dept. at national and international level.
At present, she is responsible for Int.’l relations and European projects and represents the Cooperative in several EU funded projects and international organisations.
In 2013 she was elected as President of ENAT – the European Network for Accessible Tourism, a non-profit organisation, registered in Brussels in 2008.
She has been involved in several national and international seminars and network activities as well as lecturer in training courses on inclusive tourism and equal opportunities for people with disabilities and at risk of social exclusion.
Since 2009 she is a member of the Commission for the development and promotion of accessible tourism, set up by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, where she participated to the study groups on Training and Accessibility and is now coordinating the Europe Working Group.
As ENAT President she has been invited to join the SOAB (Societal Advisory Group) of the JPI More Years Better Lives.

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Antonio Espinosa

Antonio Espinosa

Head of Vilamuseu

PhD in Prehistory and Archeology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1996). Associate Lecturer of Archeology at the University of Alicante (1997-2014, since then Honorary Collaborator), and since 1996 director of Vilamuseu (Municipal Network of Museums and Monuments of Villajoyosa).
Co-director of the European Union project ANSER Anciennes Routes Marittimes Mediterranéenes in the Valencian Community, and the Franco-Spanish Villajoyosa Ibérica Project (2005-2011), with universities Paris X and Alicante and CNRS in France, among others.
Scientific Co-editor of the Manual of Accessibility and Inclusion in Museums and Places of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Ed. Trea, Gijón, 2013), among other books and publications.
Director/coordinator of university postgraduate courses and modules on interpretation, museology, inclusive design and cultural tourism, such as the Master in Tourism Guide and Heritage Interpretation of the University of Alicante or the Heritage and Management of Cultural Projects Program in the Master of Professional Archeology And Integral Management of Heritage of the University of Alicante. Professor of other Master degrees in the universities of La Coruña, Polytechnic of Valencia, Murcia, Valladolid, Autonoma de Madrid, Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala), etc.
Member of the Asociación para la Interpretación del Patrimonio (AIP), of which he has been president; Aand member of the ICOFOM (International Committee for Museology) of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

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David Bröderbauer

David Bröderbauer

Biodiversity & Environmental Education of NFI-Naturefriends International and partner of the European project Hiking Eur…

Studied Ecology at the University of Vienna (Austria) and actuality works as a Project Officer for Naturefriends International. His main fields of expertise are sustainable tourism and environmental education.

In various projects, he has dealt with the establishment of hiking trails, the accessibility of hiking infrastructure and awareness raising for environmental friendly outdoor recreation, working with various target groups. Currently he is also a partner in the EU project ‘Hiking Europe’ that aims to foster hiking tourism in rural areas.

In the projects on the accessibility of outdoor activities, the focus lies on training the trainers: outdoor guides were trained how to deal with participants with disabilities; training materials for outdoor guides were elaborated.

Moreover, Naturefriends aim to put outdoor activities into practice in collaboration with disability organisations. Together hiking trails are evaluated regarding their suitability for hikers with mobility impairments and when possible concepts for accessible trails are being implemented.

The project “Experiencing nature for all”, implementing accessible outdoor activities, received the “Life Award”, an Austrian award for best practice in accessibility.

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Deniz Çağlayan Gümüş

Head of Department of Accessibility at the General Directorate of Services for People with Disabilities and the E…

She is Head of Department of Accessibility in the General Directorate of Services for People with Disabilities and the Elderly at the Ministry of Family and Social Policy of Turkey

She completed her undergraduate study at Gazi University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 1994.
She completed her studies for master in 1999 at Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. In 2001, she made a research on “Provision of Accessibility in Inner City Public Transportation Services” as part of her dissertation. She completed doctor’s degrees in 2008 at the same Department. Her doctorate thesis is on “The Attitudes of Responsible Local Agencies towards Disability”.
In addition, she took part in official tasks such as drafting and revising Turkish accessibility legislation and standards as a rapporteur, designing and implementing projects and providing various trainings for technical personnel of municipalities and institutions on accessibility since 1998 as an expert and manager. She has many articles and publications in this field.

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Ercan Tutal

President and founder of Ayder (Turkey)

He completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences in the University of Tubingen- Germany in 1996.

An accomplished Executive Manager, with expertise in leading the social change to close the gap between where people with disabilities are and where they should have been. Proven ability to innovate social responsibility projects with local and multinational companies in Turkey. Solid experience in creating strategies and processes that enhance the integrity of socially disadvantage population into the community. Strong management and leadership skills, with ability to motivate volunteers and promote volunteerism and develop smart solutions on disability.

Excellent communicator, with emphasis on building strong relationships with local and multinational non-governmental organizations. Deep understanding of how to lead organizational changes.

Founder of: AYDER–Alternative Life Association, Dreams Academy, Alternative Camp, Social Inclusion Band, Dreams Kitchen, D-Film, Best Buddies Turkey and SortyApp.

Among his social accomplishments include being Olympic Torch Bearer in 2004 Athens & 2012 London

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Francesc Aragall

Francesc Aragall

President of Design for All Foundation

He develops his professional activity in Design for All/Universal Design; concept widely disseminated by the Design for All Foundation of which he is founder and president, the foundation collaborates with the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT).

He is also general manager of ProAsolutions, SL, Consultancy Company located in Barcelona and Porto, the company applies the Design for All concept in urban, mobility and tourism environments, among other fields.

Lecturer on several postgraduate courses as well as frequent speaker at international conferences, he is co-author of several tourism studies and publications, for instance the Study “Economic impact and travel patterns of accessible tourism in Europe” for the EU Commission, “Destinations for All” 2017 for EuCAN or “Universal Design: The HUMBLES Method for User-Centred Business” (2012).

As a consultant, he has contributed to several European Union funded research projects in the fields of housing, co-design and tourism and he has participated in standards and legislation development for CEN and CENELEC, AENOR, AFNOR, Singapore, Catalonia, the Emirate of Dubai and Turkey, among others.

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Francesc Bonet

Francesc Bonet

Managing director of Hospital de Cerdanya

He is a Medical Doctor by the University of Barcelona. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Hospital Management by ESADE Business School. He is also a certified inspector for Radioactive facilities (industrial and clinical), and inspector of radiology facilities. In 1994 he obtained, the official European Community certificate for the practice of medicine as a GP, through the Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo of Spain.

Dr. Bonet began his professional career as a medical coordinator in M.D. Emergency S.A. and has been working in the healthcare sector since 1991. From 1992 to 1993 he served as the Manager of Méditerranée Evasan España, a Company of which he was funder and co-owner. During February ’92, he worked as an ER physician for de C.O.J.O (Comité Organisateur des Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver) in Albertville, France. During the summer of the same year he holds the position of Director of the Medical Urgencies Service at the Barcelona Olympics and Paralympic games.

Between 1993 and 1996, Dr. Bonet worked as the director of Medical Urgencies at CSB (Consorcio Sanitario Barcelona); from 1996 to 2009 he was Medical director and Manager of the Medical Services division for RACC. Between 2009 and 2011 he was the Medical Director and Director of the Emergency services at Teknon, Medical Centre.

He was CEO of the SEM "Sistema d’emergències médiques" of the Catalan public healthcare system between 2011 and 2015.

Since 2016, he is CEO of the EGTC-Hospital de Cerdanya, the first hospital in Europe to be co-founded and co-managed by two public healthcare systems under the EU charter for “European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation”.

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Helene Olsson Sandal

Helene Olsson Sandal

Design for All Strategist Östersunds kommun (Sweden)

She is working as accessibility strategist within the municipal in Östersund since August 2016. Before that she was working in the region with public healthcare and health in workplaces.
The municipality is working on the basis of its master plan, growth plan and its strategy for Östersund for All. The municipality consists of several departments all working out an action plan based on the strategy. During three years in a row Östersund received the flag of “Cities and Destinations for All”.
Recent building activity in the municipality has been intense, several arenas have been built or rebuilt in recent years. Östersund stadium was awarded in 2015 as a good practice by the Design for All Foundation Awards. In cooperation with the private sector accessibility is developing for all who are active in the county. Several hotels have developed accessibility for everyone to stay there. Östersund wants to become an arena for parasport.
Östersund is developing the future of the city center - a city center for everyone - where several different players are involved. Östersund is growing fast in terms of housing, roads, communications, schools and much more. Our accessibility work is an important foundation in growing.

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Imma Bonet

Imma Bonet

Executive patron of Design for All Foundation

She got a degree in Haematology and after high education in Pharmacy in the University of Barcelona, she developed her professional carrier in the field of healthcare, NGOs, education, accessibility and Design for All.

From 1975 to 1980, she was Head of the Haematology Department at the Hospital San Juan de Deu (Barcelona) and from 1994 to 1997 representative of the people with mental disability sector in the Governing Council of the “Institut Municipal de les Persones amb Disminució” of Barcelona.

From 1995 to 2000 she was responsible for the External Relations in the Resources Centre for Personal Autonomy that belongs to the Barcelona Province Government.

In 2001, she became Executive Patron of the Design for All Foundation where she is responsible for the general management.

She has been responsible for the development of many national and international projects in her position as: Design for All in Spanish Universities, the Network of Cities and Destinations for All, Museum for All, Society for All, Auditing system for the use of Design for All in companies, and has coordinated the participation of the Design for All Foundation in the European project IDeALL (Integrating Design for All in Living Labs) on processes of co-creation with users.

She has been also lecturer in several Spanish Universities, design schools and congresses.

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Isabel Godoy

Isabel Godoy

Responsible of Documentation and Head of product of Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Pirineu de Girona

Studied Tourism at the Ferran Agulló School of Tourism in Girona.

She has been on the staff of the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board since 1988, where she is responsible for the Image Archive and is the Head of Inclusive Tourism.

Her main tasks are to promote the inclusive offer on the Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees; to create collaboration spaces with tourism for everyone initiatives, whether private or public; to create awareness in the tourism sector through organising training sessions, informative talks, and the publication of tourist material that takes the accessible offers and services into consideration, as well as to contact tour operators and travel agencies from all over.

Manager of the Costa Brava Inclusive Mobile Film Award, a competition of short films recorded on mobile phone about inclusive tourist experiences on the Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees, in the Inclusive Cinema section of the Girona Film Festival.

She is also secretary of the Yvette Barbaza Research Award and Official Catalan Travel Guide.

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Julià Montero

Julià Montero

Marketing Manager of Barcelona Zero Limits

Is graduated in Business Administration from the University of Barcelona, he has formation with training in Marketing Management from ESADE and has a Masters in International Trade & Business Marketing from the University Autonomous of Barcelona.
He have experience in management, focused in Digital Marketing and sales. My experience has been in sales activity in international business sector, creation and development digital and sales strategies (New Markets) touristic and technologic.
He is currently Co-founder and Marketing Director of Barcelona Zero Limits, a company specializing in technology applied to tourism, making all destinations accessible to everyone, offering the best technology APP for hotels, public institutions and activities. They are focused on mobile application development for the tourism sector, with special emphasis on improving communication.
Barcelona Zero Limits tourism promotes inclusive offering a personalized service adapted to the particular needs of each client, so that your stay is a unique experience.

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Patrick Torrent

Executive Director of Catalan Tourist Board (CTB)

Patrick Torrent is graduated in Industrial Psychology for the Organizations by the University of Barcelona and Bachelor in Law by the UNED. In addition, he has formation in Marketing Management by the Center of Management Development from ESADE, and in Systems Management Information by Master Associates

He started his professional career in the financial sector (La Caixa and Bankpime) and since 1990 he develops his activity in the tourist sector. From 1990 to 2001 he was responsible for Organization of the RACC (Catalunya’s Royal Automobile Club) where he led the creation of the travel area, wholesale and receptive travel agency activity.

From 2001 to 2005, he was the Manager from ADD Corporate Trips (Pharmaceutical Group Lácer), company specialized in the organization of incentive trips, conventions, congresses and events.

From 2005 to 2009 he was the General Deputy Director of the Consortium Turisme de Catalunya and Deputy Director of the Catalan Tourist Board form 2010, when it was created to 2013. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Catalan Tourist Board.

He has participated actively in the creation of the new Catalan Tourist Board and stimulated the definition of two Strategic Plans of Tourism in Catalonia (2005-2010 and 2013-2016). He has also coordinated the first Tourist Marketing Plan of Catalonia (2013-2016).

He was appointed Secretary of the UOC (Open University of Catalonia) Foundation in 2010 and Patron from 2009 to 2011.

He has been speaker and organizer of several symposiums, seminars, workshops and forums focused on tourism and its marketing.

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Pere Mir

Pere Mir

Head of Traumatology of Hospital San Bernabé of Berga and Teknon of Barcelona

Education:
1985-1991 Medicine and Surgery License. University of Navarra (Spain)
1992-1997 Orthopaedic Formation. Hospital Vall Hebron (Barcelona (Barcelona)
1991 Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG): USA
1996 EFORT European Travelling Fellowship: England.
1999 Postgrade in “Health Management” in EADA (Barcelona).
2001 Master Executive in “Management of Hospitals and Health Companies” EADA
2008 Master in “Management of Health Institutions” University of Barcelona

Professional experience:
1992-1996 Residency Training Doctor en Hospital Vall d’Hebron (Barcelona)
1997 Staff Doctor Hospital Vall d’Hebron
1997-1999 Staff Doctor Hospital de Mollet (Barcelona)
2000 Chief of Department Hospital de Mollet
2001-2017 Chief of the Department of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery of Hospital Sant Benabé de Berga (Barcelona)
2016-2017 Clínica Teknon (Barcelona)

Special interest:
“Health tourism: tendencies”
“Fast-Track prosthesis surgeries: new surgical patterns”
“New models of wiring cerclage”: own patent.
“New designs in bone fixation” and “New drugs in osteoporosis treatment”

Membership:
National Societies: COMB, SCCOT, SECOT, SEFEX, GEIOS.
International Societies: EFORT, SICOT, AAOS

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Sandra Bertholet

Managing Director of the Region Müllerthal (Luxembourg)

Studied Tourism Management and Leisure Time Economics at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria. In addition, she has formation in “Master in Ingénieurerie de la mediation”, mediation and conflict management, by the University of Luxembourg and Lycée Technique Hôtelier Alexis Heck, Diekirch, Luxembourg.

From 2003 to 2005, she was Operations Manager at RTK International Reisebürokooperation, and from 2001 to 2003 Executive Assistant at SALES-LENTZ Participations sàrl.

From 2005 to 2012, she was Managing Director/Director Tour Operator and Member of the Board of Directors at SALES-LENTZ Group.

Since 2012 she is Managing Director of the Regional Tourism Office of the Mullerthal Region – Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, situated in the eastern part of Luxembourg on the German border.

Since december 2015 is member of the board of “Luxembourg for Tourism”, GIE (Luxembourg National Tourism Organization), september 2015 member “Arbeitskreis Tourismus für Alle” (National Workgoup “Tourism for all“) and since september 2014 member Comité des usagers - Verkéiersverbond | Passenger Advisory Board.

She too is responsible for the implementation of the joint project objectives of the cross border INTERREG Project “Natural and Cultural tourism for all” in her region and part of the project’s task force.

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Silvia Aulet

Professor at the Faculty of Tourism, University of girona

Is professor at the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Girona teaching subjects in de Degree of Tourism and in the Master of Cultural Tourism. She obtained the degree in tourism in the University of Girona and the Maîtrisse IUP Metiers du Transport, de l’Hotellerie, du Tourisme, des Loisirs in the University of Tolouse le Mirail.

Her research line is cultural tourism, including from conceptualization to management. In this field she has focused her research in two areas; pilgrimage and religious tourism and gastronomy tourism, both as cultural expressions.

A part from different publications on these topics, she is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. She is also member of the Unitwin UNESCO Chair "Culture Tourism and Development.

She has carried several research studies both in the University and as a consultant. She is now participating in two European Projects, ACCENT Gastronomy (related to the accessibility to elements of gastronomy tourism) and SPIRIT-Youth (related to the creation of a spiritual tourism proposal trough Europe for young people).

In addition to her work as teacher and researcher, she was worked in the tourism sector. She managed for nine years the tourist services of some sanctuaries of the Bishopric of Girona. Currently she cooperates with different institutions related to religious tourism, such as Montserrat Monastery, organizing courses and seminars.

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Silvio Sagramola

Coordinator of EuCAN (European Concept for Accessibility Network)

After having lead an institution for persons with diverse disabilities from 1982 to 1993, Silvio Sagramola became the director of Luxembourg’s “National disability information and meeting center – Info-Handicap” since its creation in April 1993. His position allowed him to influence the implementation of accessibility and Design for All in many aspects of community living at national level and he initiated the national labeling system.

In 1999 he took over the coordination of EuCAN, the “European Concept for Accessibility Network” and was responsible for the publication and co-author of ECA 2003 – Technical assistance manual, ECA 2008 - ECA for administrations, ECA 2013 – Design for All in practice and ECA 2017 – Destinations for All. All ECA documents have been translated from English into many other languages in order to serve as national guidance documents.

Other related activities: Coordinator of the EU funded project “Build for All” (2004-2006), Member of the European Jury of the EU Commission’s “Access City Award” (2010-2013), Expert for the Council of Europe and co-author of the CoE publications “Major hazards and people with disabilities” (2014) and “Major hazards and people with disabilities – A toolkit for good practice” (2015).

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Sylvana Mestre

Founder of the Play&Train

Sylvana Mestre related to the world of sport from the cradle, being the sports of sliding, skiing, and surfing, her passion.

From 1995 this passion moved onto the sports for persons with a disability. Since then she has been Technical Director of the Spanish Paralympic Team, Chair of Snow Sports in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Co-Founder and CEO of the Spanish non-profit social business Play and Train.

Sylvana has received many awards during her career, the last one the Paralympic Order. Today through Play and Train and the IPC, Sylvana advocates the right for all to access leisure, sport and tourism services on an equal basis.

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