Focus theme: Inclusion

The 23rd RI World Congress (25-27 October, 2016) focused around one central concept: inclusion. That concept connects a series of seven themed agenda streams which included dedicated speeches, seminars, workshops and other opportunities to tackle specific issues.


The Plenaries took place as follows:

Plenary 1 – World of Work

  1. Prof Dan Finn, Professor of Social Inclusion, University of Portsmouth
  2. Dr Paul Litchfield OBE OStJ FRCP FFOM, BT (British Telecom) Group Chief Medical Officer and Director Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety & Health
  3. Janet Tinson MSc, Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand
  4. Dr Joachim Breuer, Director General, German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Chairman of the Technical Commission on Accident Insurance (ISSA)

Plenary 2 – Education and Training

  1. Dr Scott Thompson, Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada
  2. Dr Mervat Tashkandi, Ministry of Labour, Saudi Arabia
  3. Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary and Corporate Services Director, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets
  4. David Ruebain, Chief Executive, Equality Challenge Unit

Plenary 3 – Care and Independent Living

  1. Dr Tom Shakespeare
  2. Mike Adams, Chief Executive, Essex Coalition of Disabled People
  3. Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
  4. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes(Chile) Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago

Plenary 4 – Ageing and Rehabilitation

  1. Lord Filkin, Centre for Ageing Better
  2. Mr Akifumi Tamaki, Director Social Care and Robotics, Toyota, Japan
  3. Dame Anne Begg, Former Member of Parliament
  4. Professor Graham Stokes, Director of Dementia Care, Bupa

Plenary 5 – Culture, Leisure, Sport, Accessibility and Inclusion

  1. Margaret Hickish, Director of Inclusive Design, Network Rail
  2. Colin Allen, President – World Federation of Deaf People
  3. Mark Williams MBE, Artistic Director/CEO, Heart n Soul and Tilley Milburn

Plenary 6 – Disaster Management

  1. Prof David Alexander PhD FRGS FGS FRSA FICPEM, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London
  2. Adrian Went, Managing Director, Griffon Hoverwork
  3. Mike Adamson, Chief Executive, British Red Cross
  4. Prof Rachel Thibeault– University of Ottawa, Canada

Question Time is a topical BBC television programme in the United Kingdom. The show typically features politicians from at least the three major political parties as well as other public figures who answer pre-selected questions put to them by a carefully selected audience. For the RI World Congress speakers will be selected from those listed below and the audience will be the 1,000 delegates attending the event.

  1. World Health Organization: Prof Maria Alarcos Cieza, Coordinator, Disability and Rehabilitation
  2. United Nations: Akiko Ito, Chief, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  3. International Disability Alliance: Vladimir Cuk, Executive Director
  4. International Social Security Association: Mr. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General
  5. World Bank: Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Disability Adviser
  6. International Labour Organization: Stefan Tromel, International Disability Alliance/Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Forum