Expert Advisory Board


An Expert advisory board (EAB), composed of experts, policy-makers, disabled students and disabled students’ family members, carers or/and civil society representatives, is actively involved in the ALdia project, guaranteeing the project’s relevance with end-users’ needs.

Adriana Gabriela Racca


She is graduated in Human and Public Relations, Master in Human Resources and Certified Facilitator in Lego® Serious Play® methodologies. Currently, she is finishing a Graduate in Practical Applications of Positive Psychology.

She has developed her professional career mainly in the human relations area; she has also participated in various projects related to public and institutional relations, both in the private and in the third sector.

Itziar Urquijo Cela


She is graduated from Deusto University and she is a professor researcher at Deusto University and Malaga University – UMA. She has published in various international journals (Social Indicators Research). She has participated in different researches in the field of emotional intelligence. She stayed at University of Central Lancashire with PhD Pamela Qualter and PhD Lorraine Dacre-Pool in the area of emotional intelligence.

Maria Apostolou


Clinical psychologist, former Director of the HERMES Center for Vocational Training for people with disabilities, a trainers’ instructor for adult learners, trainers’ instructor for medical escort professionals for people with disabilities (certified by the Greek National Certification Organization – EOPPEP- , the ANN ARVOR Michigan Institute USA and Carat a.s.b.l. Belgium), founding member and Director of the First Department for Multidimensional medical escort for people with disabilities IRIS POL.Y.S

Nikolaos Kontekas


Mr Kontekas graduated from the University of ESSEX (UK) with an MSc degree in Computer Science and is certified by the Greek National Certification Organization EOPPEP in Management & information technology (train the trainers certificate). He was in charge of the Research and Informatics office of HIGHEST WAR COLLEGE – Teaching CCIS – WARGAMES – INFORMATION TECH Thessaloniki, Greece. He has overseen the development and monitoring of e-learning platforms and managed the implementation of several Voucher & Fit4jobs Projects.

He has also worked for several years as an instructor / Advisor of education in the Informatics field at “MASTER KEK ΑΕ”, “ANAPTIXI AE” and many other VET providers in Athens Greece.

Persiani Giuseppe


Born in Bologna on 04/08/1953g-persiani-pic
Diploma as industrial expert achieved in 1972. I worked for 35 years in IBM as an expert of operating systems. Since 2003 I worked for ASPHI Foundation in the field of training addressed to people with disabilities on ICT technologies used in the world of work.
Responsible for in-class, assisted or distance-learning, aimed at achieving ICT certifications, as well as for the two AICA Test Center of the foundation, one in Bologna and one in Milan.
Advisor on the modalities of achievement of ICT certifications for people with disabilities. He has been dealing with the issue of accessibility of ICT applications and of SW and HW aids employed to make it possible.

Antonella Alessi


Antonella Alessi is project manager at Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” working as trainer and project a-alessicoordinator in the field of youth, adult and school education, managing project especially related to the promotion of inclusion and empowerment of disadvantaged groups such as people with disability. In such a context, she is currently project manager of the ERASMUS + SPORT project IMPACTS – IMproving Para-Athlete Coaching and Training careers in Sport, aiming to promote opportunities for disabled athletes to become coaches and trainers, becoming role models thus encouraging disabled people’s participation in sport and in society.

Domingo Martinez


domingo-martinezDomingo Martinez has a degree in Psychology from the University of Valencia. He participated in European project initiative HORIZONE: UNICHANCE and TELECHANCE aiming to support students with disabilities to access HEIs (University of Valencia). Since 2014 he is a vice-president of the Spanish Universities Association for Psychological and Educational Services (Alicante, Spain).

He is a leading psychologist at the Student Support Centre of the UA since 2001 where he provides a psychological and educational assessment for the UA students especially in the usage of Information and communications technologies applied for the education of people with functional disabilities. Domingo Martinez permanently collaborates with International Project Management Office of the UA and was involved in SWING and MEDAWEL projects, currently is involved in MUSE project with the objective to increase higher education students´ equal access to learning environments. His research work is reflected in various publications, among them: “A preliminary study of psychological and educational support requested by students from the University of Alicante”, “Descriptive study on the evolution of psychological and educational counseling at the University of Alicante”.

Pablo Cueva López


He is currently President of Emotional Intelligence Consortium Association, with extensive experience with third sector organizations in general, and with disability organization in particular. Extensive experience in dealing with people with various types and degrees of disability.

For 8 years he was director of Urbegi Center of Clinical and Preventive Psychology and technical of leisure, culture and sport of ONCE Bilbao (Primary Care Team).

Trainer and collaborator on disability, volunteering and psychology for EDE Foundation, Fondo Formación Euskadi, ONCE and University of Deusto.

Pedro Lloret Ortuño


Date of birth: April 17, 1949
Work And Training:
-Elementary School Teacher
-Trained and qualified for a Secondary Education in the 1st and 2nd courses of ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria-Mandatory Secondary Education) in the courses of Math, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
-Councilor from 1979 till now

  • 1979-1983 by UDC: Councilor of Culture
  • 1983-1995: Opposition
  • 1995-Present: Performing the duties of Education, Culture and Urban development for the Partido Popular in the government team.

Nowadays is the councilor of Culture, Personnel, University Relations, and Spokesman of the government team and the Deputy Mayor.

Dr. Georgios Kouroupetroglou


Dr. Georgios Kouroupetroglou holds a B.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in Communications and Signal Processing. He is Director of the “Speech and Accessibility Laboratory“, Department of Informatics & Telecommunications, and Head of the “Accessibility Unit for Students with Disabilities“, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His current research interests focuses on the area of Computer Accessibility and Voice User Interfaces, as a part of the major domain of Human-Computer Interaction, with emphasis in;

  • Accessible Computing,
  • Spoken Dialogue Human Computer Interaction,
  • Voice Processing: Analysis and Synthesis of Speech and Singing,
  • Computer Mediated Interpersonal Communication,
  • Information Systems/Services and Assistive Technologies for Disabled and Elderly People,
  • VoiceWeb,
  • Voice Agents,
  • Music Computing; Virtual Musical Istruments, and Byzantine Chanting Analysis and Synthesis,
  • Gesture-based User Interfaces,
  • Information Technologies for Interactive Learning,
  • Accessibility of Documents (books, texts, journals, newspapers), and
  • Accessibility of Mathematics.

Dr. Kouroupetroglou has actively participated in a number of European Union funded and National research projects. He has been reviewer/evaluator and member of working groups/technical panels of various European Union’s projects/programs. He is author of more than 160 scientific papers in journals/conference proceedings and numerous books and technical reports in the fields of his interest. He teaches the undergraduate courses: “Speech and Natural Language Processing” and “Real Time Digital Signal Processing Systems” as well as the postgraduate courses: “Voice User Interfaces”, “Human Computer Interaction-Voice Technologies”, “Computer and Web Accessibility”, “Computer Interfaces with the Analog World”, “Real Tome Systems” and “Computer Systems for Students with Disabilitites”.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The contents of this website reflect only the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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