CEO & Founder
Business Disability International
Susan Scott-Parker OBE is a creative thought leader on how to mobilize business leadership worldwide behind the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities. She works where the aspirations of persons with disabilities and the needs of business coincide.
She founded the world’s first business disability network, now Business Disability Forum (UK) and its Technology Taskforce, which produced the first Maturity Model to measure a technology function’s accessibility performance. In 2016 she established business disability international with Barclays, GSK and Infosys, and leads it Global Procurement Taskforce. With IBM and Oxford Brookes University’s Institute of Ethical AI, she leads the campaign addressing the substantial, and growing, risks generated by AI Powered Recruitment and by ‘HR Tech’ more widely. Susan sits on the steering group for the Global Action on Disability network and is Technical Advisor on labour market re-engineering to IW, a leading international development consortium. She advises the ILO Global Business Disability Network and the Valuable500 campaign, and is a global ambassador for the Essl Foundation’s ZeroProject and the Australian Employers Network on Disability.
In 2003 Susan ‘invented’ the concept and language of ‘Disability Confidence’ – knowing that if we can change the way people talk about the world, we make it easier to change the world. She continues to connect leaders from her extensive international multi-stakeholder networks, enabling new and productive conversations between business, persons with disabilities and public policy makers. She is a Canadian, who lives in the UK.