Shadi Abou-Zahra

Activity Lead, WAI International Program Office

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

Actual location: Vienna, Austria

Shadi Abou-Zahra will speak at the Joint WIPO-ITU Workshop on February 2, 2010


Shadi works with the W3C Web Accessibility Iniative (WAI):


  • Web accessibility evaluation and conformance assessment
  • International Web accessibility standards and development
  • Promoting Web accessibility standards for ageing citizens
  • Education and outreach to help promote Web accessibility
  • Networking with Web accessibility researchers and experts
  • Research and development to advance Web accessibility


Shadi Abou-Zahra coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, and accessibility evaluation techniques. He is the 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 chairs the W3C Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG), is a staff person of the WAI Ageing Education and Harmonisation (WAI-AGE) project, and participates in the W3C Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG).


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 national 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.