María de Lourdes Arreola

Position: 
Built Environments Program Manager, IAAP

María de Lourdes Arreola Prado is an international consultant in accessibility, inclusion and diversity and is CPACC and CPABE (Level 1) certified. She is also a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Lourdes is the creator and founder of Linkenium, a consulting firm through which she accompanies institutions and companies in the construction of inclusive environments. She is also a member of the Latin America Advisory Group for CBM.

Lourdes has participated as speaker, consultant and lecturer of accessibility, inclusion and diversity topics in various national and international forums. She was part of the Mexican committee to develop the accessible ICTs Standard. She has led the efforts to develop the first accessible tourist guide for Mexico City and, to enhance accessibility around all the nine buildings of ASUR’s airports based in Mexico, among other projects.

In 2013 she was a finalist at Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. In 2015, she received the State Award against Discrimination, granted by the CODHEM, for promoting equality and non-discrimination in the workplace. She is an Engineer in electronics from the Universidad Iberoamericana and received a diploma as "Expert in Information Technology and Disability" by Creática Fundación FREE (Spain) and CETYS University (Ensenada, B.C.). She is multilingual in English, French and Portuguese, with solid knowledge of Italian.