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Shadi Abou-Zahra

Shadi left the organization on 30 September 2021

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Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist

Contact details:

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
2004, Route des Lucioles B.P. 93
06902 Sophia-Antipolis, France
Twitter: @sabouzah

Actual location: Vienna, Austria


Until 30 September 2021, Shadi Abou-Zahra worked with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as the Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist. He coordinated accessibility priorities in the W3C Strategy team, as well as international promotion, coordination, and harmonization of web accessibility standards. Shadi also maintained WAI liaisons with key stakeholders including disability, research, and standards organizations, as well as coordinated WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and European-funded projects on accessibility.



Prior to joining W3C in 2003, Shadi was a lead web developer and managed the design and implementation of web productions, online community platforms, and online games. Shadi also worked as a Web Consultant for the International Data Centre (IDC) of the United Nations Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), as well as for other international organizations. During his computer science studies, Shadi actively participated in the Austrian student council at the Technical University of Vienna as a representative for students with disabilities, where he advocated for equal opportunities in education and employment.