14.45 – Taking a walk in my footsteps – how intuition transforms the unexpected into a world of opportunities.
From Somalia to Bahrain and onto England and beyond, former-Team GB Paralympian, UN-certified disability awareness trainer and visually impaired entrepreneur and digital Diversity & Accessibility Lead, Yahye Siyad, has travelled a truly extraordinary journey around the globe.
For BIMA Beyond, Yahye will share how he has used intuition to help reframe the challenging and unexpected as opportunities to be explored; how digital was often the key to unlocking doors previously closed to him, and why he passionately believes that human-centred, intuitive digital transformation provides the single biggest opportunity to positively change the lives of billions of people, particularly those with disabilities, around the world.
More about Yahye Siyad
Yahye Siyad is Cyber-Duck’s Diversity & Accessibility Lead, bringing many years of lived experience, first-hand insight, and professional experience to the role.
Born in Somalia with a visual impairment caused by retinal dystrophy, Yayhe uses his white cane to navigate the world independently and a screen reader to access the internet. He grew up in the Middle East, has lived in 4 countries and travelled in over 50, and is fluent in both English and Arabic.
After moving to the UK, Yahye attended Westminster University, where he achieved a Masters in International HR Management majoring in Diversity & Inclusion.
Throughout this time, he competed as a Team GB Paralympian athlete in the team sport Goalball. On graduation, Yahye founded the international consultancy and coaching business Inclusive Horizons, delivering accessibility & inclusion work for leading brands such as Mercedes, the Jumeirah Group and Emirates. He is also a certified awareness trainer for the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [UNCRPD], life coach, aspiring author, and the first visually impaired Certified Scuba Diver in the UAE. He is currently preparing for his PHD in Digital Inclusion.