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Mr. Robert Guerra is Senior Advisor to the Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Policy Collaboratory at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). Mr. Guerra is a civil society expert specializing in issues of Internet governance, human rights, digital security and Internet freedom. He is the founder of Privaterra, a Canadian-based company that works with private industry and nongovernmental organizations to assist them with issues of data privacy and information security. Mr. Guerra has participated as a member of the official Canadian delegation at two UN World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS). He is a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court; the Security and Stability Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and ICANN's Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award Panel. 

 

Mr. Uzair Cheema is Grants Program Finance Coordinator at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and School of International Service (SIS). Uzair has extensive experience in financial management, product development, data analytics, and portfolio management. He has worked at some leading financial institutions in the US and Asia developing and managing innovative financial products. Uzair has a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from George Mason University.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Khy Huy is Research Coordinator at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). He also is a Senior Advocacy Officer at World Vision Cambodia. Formerly, Mr. Khy served as a Senior Program Officer for the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization. Under a Fulbright Scholarship, he graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law with a Master’s of Law in International Legal Studies in 2010. Previously, he volunteered at the War Crimes Research Office and interned at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He received his M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) from American University's School of International Service in 2013.

 

Ms. Della Leonor is Program Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). Ms. Leonor is Permanent Representative on Open Data and Access to Information of the Philippines Open Government Partnership - Civil Society Organizations Steering Committee. She also serves as President of the Persons with Disabilities Roxas City Chapter in the Philippines. She was elected Cluster Head for the Visayas Region of AKAP-PINOY, which works toward the realization of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Philippines. She completed her B.A. in Accounting at Colegio De La Purisma Concepcion in the Philippines. She earned a M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) from American University's School of International Service in 2012.

 

Ms. Erin Spaniol serves as Program Manager of IDPP's Disability Inclusive Development (DID) Policy Collaboratory and is an IDPP Senior Research Associate. In this role, she manages and helps to facilitate the various global governance networks supported by the Collaboratory, including the Disaster Risk Reduction Disability Caucus to the 2017 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development Network supporting New Urban Agenda implementation. Ms. Spaniol's research interests include: the impact of global information and technology on socio-economic development; shaping inclusive and accessible legislative and policymaking processes that support community reintegration for people with disabilities; evidence-based practices to increase grant development; collaborating with legislators on federal and state policy initiatives; and global health initiatives addressing the disability community. She has worked as an occupational therapist for the past decade with people with disabilities in both the military health system and in urban settings, including the Walter Reed Military Medical Center. She earned a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University, and serves as a Board member of the Global Abilities Foundation.

 

 

Ms. Eloisa "Louie" Zepeda-Teng is Program Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She previously served as Executive Director of Kasama Sa Kalusugan for Tuberculosis patients under the Tropical Disease Foundation, and as the representatitve from the Western Pacific Region for the Stop TB Partnership, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). She contributes to the advocacy efforts of the Women Committee of the Philippine Blind Union in the National Capital Region and represented Blind Women for Accessibility on a national scale. She is an active affiliate of Samahan Lusog Baga, a group of former Tuberculosis patients supported by the Philippines Department of Health and private health service providers funded by GlobalFund. In 2012, with support from IDPP, Ms. Zepeda performed an internship within the Disability and Rehabilitation Team of WHO. Ms. Zepeda has represented her country on numerous occasions to offer the patient's perspective at UNION Assemblies and WHO strategic planning meetings for the treatment of Tuberculosis. She completed her B.S. in Architecture at Mapua Institute of Technology and earned a M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) from American University's School of International Service in 2012.