Flavia Bravin is representing publishers on the IFRRO board, is head of the Brazil chapter of PublisHer, and a partner at Cogna/Saber Educação.


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Arthur Thompson is a specialist in publishing technologies and project management, with a focus on book production workflows, accessibility and data analysis. He has presented at London Book Fair and Frankfurter Buchmesse and was awarded the British Council's inaugural International Publishing Fellowship.

Martin Klopstock is a publishing operations professional with a focus on end-to-end processes and workflows, product metadata, publishing technology and Kogan Page’s award winning born-accessible ebooks workflow. He has presented at several industry forums and events.

Ana María Bermúdez is a publisher (Editora) at Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in Mexico.

Gautier Chomel is a 25 years experienced editorial and book production designer with a 10 years specialization in accessible content for visually impaired people. Gautier is also a confirmed trainer who worked for international organizations like WIPO and the Daisy Consortium. He operated éditadapt, a certified training center from 2017 to 2023 and joined EDRLab in january 2023.  https://www.edrlab.org/about/

Ana María Cabanellas began her career as a lawyer and notary before founding the family–owned publishing company of law books Editorial Heliasta as a partner. In 1979, Ms Cabanellas became President of Editorial Claridad, which specializes in dictionaries, as well as fiction, philosophy and history. In 2006, Ms Cabanellas founded UnaLuna, which publishes children’s books and in 2018 Tobogán that publishes children activity books.

Ms Cabanellas has been extremely active in industry associations as President of CADRA (Argentina’s RRO), President of the Cámara Argentina del Libro, President of GIE, and President of IPA from 2004–2008. She still works with these associations.

Karine Pansa is the President of the International Publishers Association as well as Publishing Director of Girassol Brasil Edições, a 22 year old Children’s Book Publisher in Brazil. Karine has been in the publishing industry for almost 29 years, holding a number of roles within the industry in Brazil, including two terms as President of the Brazilian Book Chamber and seats on the boards of the National Book and Reading Plan and the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind. 

Laura Brady, co-chair of IPA’s Accessibility Subcommittee and Accessible Books Consortium board member, is an inclusive publishing expert whose priority is always to put users first. She has more than 25 years of trade publishing experience, working in digital publishing for the past fifteen years, creating and converting ebooks, training publishers on accessible workflows, writing a blog helping developers work more accessibly, and consulting for services organizations about how to publish inclusively.

Rachel Martin is the Global Director of Sustainability at Elsevier. Previously chief of staff to IPA President, Michiel Kolman, she is now driving transformational change in the priority areas of sustainability with a focus on climate action. In 2020, this resulted in the launch of the Elsevier report The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs. Rachel is also part of the team that launched the UN Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact, and she represents Elsevier on several industry sustainability committees. She is based in Amsterdam.

Alison Tweed is Chief Executive of Book Aid International. She leads the charity, working closely with the Board of Trustees which is chaired by Lord Boateng. Alison is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and development. She worked for 25 years in publishing materials for developing world markets and has extensive knowledge of the African education sector. Since joining the charity, she has grown its book provision to over one million books and launched a range of new, innovative programmes.
Pedro Sobral is the General Manager of Grupo Leya in Portugal. He is an IPA Executive Committee member and leads the statistics working group in the Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee.

Gvantsa Jobava is the past President of the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association (GBPA) and currently a board member. She sits on the IPA's Executive Committee and leads the Literacy Taskforce in the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee. 

José was appointed Secretary General in September 2015, having joined IPA as Policy Director in March 2013. He came to the IPA from the Australian Publishers Association where he served as Manager of Industry Representation. His previous professional roles include lecturer in journalism and creative industries at the University of Sydney, editor of the online news magazine NewMatilda.com, executive director of the Australian Society of Authors, and senior positions at the Literature Board of the Australia Council. 

Guest blogger, Iman Ben Chaibah is the founder of Sail Publishing, an Emirati digital publishing house. She is also the editor in chief of Sail Magazine, a general interest online magazine about community and culture. Iman is a multi award winner in digital publishing, entrepreneurship, and literature. She has also completed the Magazine Media Course in Yale University and is a Rosalynn Carter Fellow. Connect with her on twitter @ImanBenChaibah

Bodour Al Qasimi is the CEO and Founder of Kalimat Group, UAE. She is also the President of the Emirates Publishers Association and a member of the IPA Executive Committee.

Jessica Sänger is Legal Counsel and Director of European & International Affairs, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and is also a member of the IPA's Freedom to Publish Committee.

William Bowes is Director of Policy and General Counsel at the Publishers Association, the trade association representing book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. In this role, William is responsible for the Policy, Legal, Research and Public Affairs output and leads all interactions with Government and Regulators both in the UK and other countries. William is a qualified lawyer with a particular specialism in copyright. After qualifying and working in private practice, he subsequently worked as an in house counsel for Publishers covering the full range of consumer, professional and scholarly publishing including most recently serving as the General Counsel for the world’s oldest publisher, Cambridge University Press. He is a regular writer and speaker on issues relating to copyright and the role of Publishing in society with recent talks taking place in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Frankfurt and New Delhi.

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