Festival of Culture


The changing nature of Global Disability Innovation

07 June 2019, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

The changing nature of Global Disability Innovation

How do we harness innovation to ensure an equal society for disabled people globally? This event is organised in collaboration with UCL East.

This event is free.

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Main Quad Pop Up 101
Gower Street

The panel discussion will look at the changing nature of Global Disability Innovation. The panel will give short introductions to disability and human rights in the UK (Kamran Malick), disability and innovation at Here East (Russell Gundry) and the global picture of innovation in assistive technology (Cathy Holloway). Over half of the time will be dedicated to questions and answers around the question: How do we harness innovation to ensure an equal society for disabled people globally?
Dr. Cathy Holloway, Academic Director and co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub), Associate Professor in UCL’s Interaction Centre
GDI Hub exists to accelerate disability innovation for a fairer world and Cathy’s research revolves around supporting this aim. GDI Hub is part of a partnership which has grown out of the Paralympic Legacy and crosses traditional discipline boundaries to pool expertise to tackle the issues faced by society in realising the Sustainable Development Goals. Cathy has recently created the new undiscipline of Disability Interaction (DIX) which takes an issue-based design approach, drawing on specific disciplinary methods as and when required to create solutions for disabled people globally.
Russell Gundry, Head of Innvoation Strategy at Plexal, Here East
Russell blends the insight of 10+ years spent defining strategy and managing change, with in depth understanding of social research methods, design, and systems thinking. Russell has founded a service design business, worked with world leading healthcare technologies, held senior commissioning roles in the public sector, and built a consulting career within Capgemini and GE Finnamore. Russell facilitates the design of better, more integrated services around the needs of people; achieved by enabling an effective dialogue between stakeholders with very divergent perspectives and interests, and translating it into action.
Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK, Here East
Kamran Mallick joined Disability Rights UK as its Chief Executive in July 2017. He is the former Chief Executive of Action on Disability, the Hammersmith-based disability organisation, where he worked for 12 years.  Kamran has also worked for the spinal injury charity Aspire as well as running his own training and consultancy business.  He serves on the boards of the Lyric Hammersmith and Wheels for Wellbeing. He is a former chair of Candoco dance company and board member of Inclusion London. He is also a member of Transport for London’s Independent Disability Advisory Group.

This event has been organised in collaboration with UCL East and showcases some of the planned activity for the new campus in Stratford.

About UCL East

UCL East is the largest event single expansion of UCL since we were founded nearly 200 years ago. UCL East will be a world-class campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bringing together researchers, students, communities and partners to collaborate on solutions to the biggest, and most fundamental, challenges facing humanity - both today and in the future. For more information about the project please visit the UCL East website

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