Biography: Hiroshi Kawamura is currently serving as the President of the DAISY Consortium. He worked for General Library of the University of Tokyo from 1970 to 1997. Then he served as Director of the Information Centre of the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities and as Director, Department of Social Rehabilitation of the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities Research Institute.
Kawamura pursues the universal design of knowledge and information sharing system that may serve everybody in the community and strives to achieve harmonious development of the right of access to information and copyrights. Based on the idea of social inclusion, he is also committed to research and development on disaster preparedness of persons with disabilities and old people through sharing knowledge and information on the right time and in accessible format.