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Shadi Abou-Zahra

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Activity Lead, WAI International Program Office

Contact details:

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
2004, Route des Lucioles B.P. 93
06902 Sophia-Antipolis, France
Phone: +43.1.967.94.98
e-mail: shadi@w3.org

Actual location: Vienna, Austria


Shadi Abou-Zahra works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as:



Shadi Abou-Zahra works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as Activity Lead of the WAI International Program Office, which includes groups that are responsible for education and outreach, coordination with research, general discussion on web accessibility, coordination with the WAI Technical Activity, and WAI liaisons with other organizations including standards organizations and disability groups. Shadi coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and international standards promotion and harmonization activities. He is the scientific coordinator of the WAI-DEV Project (IST 611612), chairs the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG), is the staff contact of the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG), and is a participant and editor for the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG). Shadi previously also led developments of the WAI-ACT Project (IST 287725), WAI-AGE Project (IST 035015), and WAI-TIES Project (IST 038471).

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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.