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About Humberto

Humberto Insolera is currently on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the European Disability Forum (EDF). From 2009 - 2017, he was a member of the Board of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD), serving four years as Vice President; Consultant to the Italian Association of the Deaf - Ente Nazionale Sordi (ENS) from 2006-2012; Board Member of the Italian Committee of Deaf Youth - Comitato Giovani Sordi Italiani (CGSI) from 2002-2004; Expert on Human Rights for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) from 2013-2015; Professor and Indipendent Consultant.

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Humberto was born deaf to Italian and Argentine deaf parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has lived in Italy since 1990. Like his younger brother Emilio, he was raised with careful guidance and encouragement from his parents, whose values had a strong and lasting influence. They instilled in him that sense of optimism and hard work was necessary for all (deaf) children.

Humberto has excelled in his academic endeavours both in Italy and abroad. He has experienced a wide range of educational philosophy and communication environments, from oral to signing to mainstream. He rose to become a student leader and star athlete, despite the perennial shortage of information and communication services in school and in everyday life. Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship Award, his experience at Gallaudet University (Washington  D.C.), meant that he finally had total access to the curriculum in a sign language environment.


Through his academic studies, research, internships, and volunteering, he has strengthened and sharpened his commitment to the spirit of innovation through diversity and inclusion. 

His participation in international human rights projects at various universities*, organizations and United Nations agencies has made him a leader in contexts of advocacy and cooperation. Finally, his fluid ability to communicate in several languages** facilitates positive exchanges and awareness raising, bringing about the kind of change that will benefit not only deaf and signing people, but society as a whole.

* Universities

Università degli Studi di Padova (International Politics - Human Rights), 

Touro University International - Geneva (International Public Policy), 

Gallaudet University - Washington D.C. (Administration and Deaf Studies)

University of West England - Bristol (Economics and Social Science),

** Languages

American Sign Language - ASL

British Sign Language - BSL

Lingua dei Segni Italiana - LIS  

Lengua de Señas Argentina - LSA 





International Sign

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