Rodolfo Cattani, born in 1941, has a University degree in Philosophy of Science from the Bologna University. He worked as a school teacher for 13 years and for almost 20 years he was Managing Director of the Italian National Library for the Blind.
He is the Chairman of the Commission for Liaising with the EU of the European Blind Union, an organisation that he has been part of since its establishment in 1984. From that date up to 1996, Cattani also occupied various positions within the World Blind Union.
Since 1997, he has been a member of the Board of the European Disability Forum (EDF), since 2005 of EDF Executive Committee, EDF Secretary General since 2009. He is the chairman of the EDF’s ICT expert group and has been an EDF representative on various European Union’s consultative bodies, currently on the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization.
Since 2006 he has been a member of the Design for All Working Group of ANEC (European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation).
From April 2011 to April 2015 he was Vice-President of the Platform of European Social NGOs.