Rosangela Berman Bieler
Rosangela Berman Bieler is senior advisor on children with disabilities at UNICEF and head of the the new Disability Section. A quadriplegic since she was 18, she has been a disability rights advocate for more than 35 years. Throughout her career, she has identified and creatively resolved many issues which have an impact on people with disabilities. Ms. Bieler has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other international organizations. Her expertise on disability-related issues covers areas such as humanitarian action, HIV-AIDS, media, gender and human rights. Ms. Bieler who is originally from Brazil, founded the Independent Living Center in Rio de Janeiro as well as the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (IIDI), created to promote social-economic and political inclusion in Latin America and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa and Asia. IIDI played a key role on the development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.