Our Team

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda

President of World Enabled
Berkeley, USA

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is the President of World Enabled and President of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). He is a recognized leader in international disability rights and was appointed by US President Barack Obama to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

Dr. Serida L. Catalano

Programme Director
Milan, Italy

Dr. Catalano has a background in a wide array of managerial, strategic, and research competencies. In addition to undertaking managerial responsibility of programmes in the non-profit and academic context for over ten years, she has been serving as spokesperson, focal point and lead negotiator with prominent international governmental and non-governmental actors, to promote cutting-edge educational models and social innovation. As a researcher and public policy analysis expert she led interdisciplinary projects and holds a strong publication record in leading peer-reviewed international journals.

Luis Artieda

Partnerships Director
New York, USA

Luis is the Partnerships Director at World Enabled. His background is in urban planning with a focus on international regional development, international cooperation, regional and national social inclusion policy, grassroots and community development, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy.

Alison Moore

Research & Development Associate
Oakland, USA

Alison is a planning and public health professional dedicated to ensuring that communities have the opportunity to thrive. She brings significant experience in multilevel, community-action oriented research, strategic planning, and support of cross-sector initiatives. Alison is keenly aware of the relationship between place, health, and social equity and brings this lens to all aspects of her work.

Dr. Asiah Mason

Senior Advisor for Communications
Washington D.C., USA

Asiah is the president of Dr. Mason Global, a Senior Advisor for Communications and a Board of Director member at World Enabled. She is an expert on unique creative public relations for high-impact social good projects, including projects with the United Nations. Her passion and joy are working on projects to raise awareness and change society’s perception towards people with disabilities, older persons, and LGBTs.

Fernando R. Jácome G.

Advisor of Governmental Affairs
Quito, Ecuador

Fernando is the Advisor of Governmental Affairs at World Enabled. PhD (c) on Public Policies and International Affairs, Fernando has a long multilateral experience in the field of disabilities and inclusive urban development. He advises the Foundation in its relations and projects with national and local governments.

Ely Alfonso Aquino

Director for Corporate Transformation
Panama City, Panama

Ely is the Director for Learning and Development at World Enabled. He is a facilitator, corporate communicator, and organizational consultant in leadership, communication and branding. He has trained talents and executives from global companies in more than 15 countries across Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Pong Cruz

Research Associate
Manilla, Philippines

Pong is the Senior Research Analyst at World Enabled and is based in Manilla Philippines. He completed his Master’s in Disability and Development and is the recipient of a Fulbright award. He supports research initiatives focused around the creation of inclusive cities.

Ruth Posas

Financial & Sr. Administrative Assistant
General Santos, Philippines

Ruth is the Social Media Coordinator, Database Manager and Administrative Assistant at World Enabled. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Economics, at Mindanao State University, Philippines. She worked remotely as a Virtual Assistant before joining the World Enabled team in 2015.

Diana Panganiban

Junior Operations Coordinator
Manilla, Philippines

Since 2015, Diana has been the person who “keeps everything together”. She joined initially as the Executive Assistant for Dr. Pineda and now serves as the organization’s Junior Operations Coordinator. Diana is dedicated to ensuring that the organization’s systems and processes run as smoothly as possible. She is also proactively learning more about disability inclusion in the environment and digital space to promote awareness and bring positive change in the Philippines.

Dr. Sandra Willis

Director for Knowledge Development
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Willis has been responsible for providing strategic leadership on integrated social, health, and economic prosperity for World Enabled in Dubai and across the Middle East, providing policy, legislative and programmatic recommendations. She is a psychologist specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has 20 years of experience in academic, government, and non-government organizations, engaging in teaching, mentoring, research, social policy, and social development activities.

Parul Sharma

Country Program Manager – India
New Delhi, India

Parul heads the Indian operations of World Enabled and was earlier working as the Senior Accessibility and Management Consultant for the ‘Accessible India Campaign’ of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. His research at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi focuses on inclusive and accessible spaces in South Asia. He has expertise in government liasioning, programme and project management, and partnerships and collaborations within India.

Francisco Pineda

Advisor on Innovation and Corporate Affairs, New York, USA

Francisco specializes in strategy, investment, and development for World Enabled’s corporate partnerships. He has nearly two decades of leadership experience in corporate finance, training on diversity, inclusion, and innovation. He also serves as an investor and advisor to several tech start-ups.

Lucas Adams

Program Officer
Berkeley, USA

Lucas joined the World Enabled team in 2016 as an assistant to Dr. Pineda. He has since took on the role of Program Officer. Lucas completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has a passion for technology and principles of inclusive and sustainable design guiding innovation in the tech space.

Dr. Steve Commins

Advisor of Urban Governance and Services
Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Commins works in areas of regional and international development, with an emphasis on service delivery and governance in fragile states. He is the International Practice Faculty coordinator for the Luskin School of Public Affairs International Practice Pathway, a Lecturer in the International Development Studies program, and a mentor for the David Geffen School of Medicine Global Health Pathway.

Katherine Chacón M.

Accessibility Technical Lead
Quito, Ecuador

Katherine leads accessibility and supports government engagement for World Enabled. She is a certified accessibility experts and helps with the development of regulation in construction, and inclusive urban strategies. She also leads our efforts in implementing programs for the Global Compact and Campaign across Latin America. She’s also the Ecuadorian country representative of GAATES-G3iCT.

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