Humberto Insolera

Born in 1975 from a Deaf family and has studied in various universities (Padova, Bristol, Geneva and Washington D.C.). After university, he attended and delivered various seminars, conferences and workshops in various continents.

In 2009, he was Board Member of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD), and since 2013 has been EUD vice-president. During his time at EUD time he has actively participated in European Institutions, such as European Parliament Committee Sessions, European Commission Conference on the European Day of Persons with Disabilities and also in the Council of Europe.

From 2013 he has been chair of the Accessibility Working Group. Dr Humberto Insolera was a Consultant on foreign affairs of the Ente Nazionale Sordi (ENS) from 2006 until 2012; Lecturer of Deaf Studies since 2007, and Accessibility Observatory Member of the ENS since 2011.

He was heavily involved in the recognition of Italian Sign Language campaign as one of the leaders of this movement, he also has a deep knowledge of accessibility issues in higher education for both deaf persons and persons with disabilities in his country.

He was a Member of the Expert Group on Human Rights for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) from 2013 until 2015;

In addition to this, he has been an Italian Youth Committee Member and coordinated the first and second Italian Deaf academic conference for deaf, deaf blind and hard of hearing delegates in 2011 and 2016.

He also participated in the UN CRPD Ad Hoc Committee meetings in New York, and was involved in the implementation and monitoring processes of the UN CRPD both in Italy and at a European level via EUD.

In May 2017 he has been elected in EDF Board of Directors and EDF Executive committee without protofolio.