AUSTIN, TEXAS (Aug. 9) — Nishit Pathak, Vice President and R&D Lead at Accenture Labs, will join the board of Austin-based nonprofit Knowbility. An author and two-time winner of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, Nishith’s more than 20 years of IT experience will contribute to Knowbility’s mission of ensuring equal access to digital technology for people with disabilities.

“We are very excited about Nishith’s addition to the board,” Knowbility’s Board Chairman Rich Schwerdtfeger said. “Nishith will help our efforts to expand Knowbility’s international reach, incorporate cognitive computing, and help us to grow corporate accessibility leadership.”

Based in New Delhi, Nishith has written technical books, reviews, and columns for multiple electronic and print publications. His technical expertise is in innovating, researching, and developing enterprise solutions for Fortune 100 companies. Nishith is an advisor for Microsoft’s Business Technology Platform. His research interests include artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as cognitive and cloud computing.

Nishith recently wrote an article titled “Learn AI – TheTime is Now” for Apress. He is also author of the forthcoming book Artificial Intelligence for .NET: Speech, Language, and Search: Building Smart Applications with Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs.

Nishit was born, raised, and educated in Kotdwara, India. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, entertaining them with his knowledge of palmistry and astrology. To learn more about Nishith, visit his LinkedIn profile at

About Knowbility

Austin’s  Knowbility, Inc. is a 20-year-old, international leader in accessible IT for people with disabilities — blind, visually impaired, deaf, mobility impaired, and other disabilities. Knowbility’s team of experts is internationally recognized for its role in creating the worldwide standard for web accessibility. Co-Founder and Executive Director Sharron Rush serves as Co-Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s WAI Education and Outreach Working Group. Since the first Air competition in 1998, Knowbility has provided accessible web training to hundreds of corporations, government agencies, and community-based organizations throughout the nation. Knowbility’s accessibility testing and consulting team has guided the creation of more than 1,000 accessible websites, making information accessible to the 55 million Americans with disabilities. ATSTAR, Knowbility’s professional educational initiative for assistive technology in the classroom, currently serves thousands of special education students, their teachers, and parents in four states. Our AccessWorks program employs people with disabilities as user experience testers.