RAHM JURY MEMBERS 2019 - TORONTO, DUBLIN & BERLIN

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TORONTO

Bill Pallett

President

William Pallett was most recently the Senior Vice President of People Resources for Delta Hotels and Resorts in Toronto. Prior to joining Delta, he was Director of Management Development for Four Seasons Hotels located at the corporate office in Toronto. He has held senior human resources positions in many organizations.

Mr. Pallett is a previous winner of both the Ontario Hostelry Institute and Hotelier Magazine’s prestigious Educator of the Year award. He is a past Executive Planning Committee member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Human Resources Executive Council, is the Past Chair of Tourism HR Canada, Chair of the Board of the Canadian Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), and more! . He is also a past member of the Board of Kinark, Ontario’s largest agency dealing with you and mental health and holds a seat on Board Patient Quality Care & Safety Committees of Sinai Health Services. Mr. Pallett has his CHRE designation.

Bill Pallett

President

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Chico Chakravorty

Managing Director

Throughout his 15 years of professional experience across a number of different sectors such as Diversity & Inclusion, Consultancy, Insurance, and Health, Chico has developed tremendously his leadership skills and is today the Managing Director of BAME Recruitment Ltd. Today he can truly make a difference to both clients and candidates and help organisations better address and harness the commercial benefits of an inclusive workplace.

Outside of his day to day responsibilities, he created an LGBT+ network for employees as well as writing content for the internal communications team for staff members.

Chico Chakravorty

Managing Director

BAME Recruitment Ltd 

Hayley Sudbury

Founder and CEO

Hayley Sudbury is the founder and CEO of WERKIN.

As she was conflicted about the opportunities and satisfaction that industry gave her, while also seeing a lack of role models that looked like her, a gay woman, at the top, Hayley founded WERKIN to democratise access to mentorship at global organisations. She actively supports the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, women, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

She is a longtime mentor to LGBTQ+ STEM students and regularly speaks about the importance of inclusive technology. Hayley has been featured in the FT OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives List, The Guardian and Huffington Post among other outlets.

Hayley Sudbury

Founder and CEO

WERKIN

Helen Kennedy

Executive Director

Helen has dedicated her life’s work to improving the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and around the world. In 2007, with 22 years of experience in politics, Helen became the Executive Director at Egale Canada.

In addition to her work at Egale, Helen was a founding member of Canadians for Equal Marriage, which ultimately resulted in Canada being the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. She has also played a large role internationally as the former Co-Secretary General of ILGA, a worldwide federation of 1100 member organisations campaigning for LGBTI rights.

Helen is the recent recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award at Start Proud’s 2018 Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards.

Helen Kennedy

Executive Director

Egale Canada Human Rights Trust

Janet Spreitzer

Transition Services Director

Janet is an avid advocate for LGBTQ inclusion. She’s co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group for Manulife where she helped launch the ERG with a handful of people in Toronto, to well over 1000 members across the globe, in 8 chapters worldwide including chapters in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Additionally, she’s also current Chair of the board of directors for Start Proud, a not-for-profit organization which fosters the professional development of LGBTQ students and young professionals. Currently a Director at Manulife Financial, she’s most recently been focusing on optimizing Manulife’s global operations.

Janet Spreitzer

Transition Services Director

Manulife Financial 

Kimberley Messer

North America Business Development Leader


Kimberley Messer is a member of IBM’s Global Diversity Business Development organization, focused on LGBT+ markets for the United States and Canada.

Kimberley has a strong history of advocating for LGBT+ and broader diversity initiatives inside and outside of IBM. She served as the chair of IBM Canada’s LGBT business resource group from 2011-2017, serves on Pride at Work Canada’s Executive Board of Directors as the Director of National Strategy and recently joined the Executive board of You Can Play. In 2018, Kimberley was awarded the Leaders to be Proud of Advocate Award for significant contributions in LGBT workplace advocacy.

Kimberley Messer

North America Business Development Leader

IBM Canada 

Lawrence Spicer

Vice President, Personal & Commercial Banking Internal Audit Services Company

Since assuming the role of Executive Chair of RBC PRIDE Canada in 2014, Lawrence has led the growth of the employee resource group by 30% and championed concerns of LGBT+ employees at RBC. His influence resulted in the ability for employees to self-identify their LGBT+ status in HR talent management processes and the creation of a formal mentorship program connecting LGBT+ employees with LGBT+ executives and allies. In June 2017, he spearheaded the first RBC enterprise-wide PRIDE event. In addition, he helped Start Proud, Canada’s leading organization for LGBT+ students and young professionals, obtain long term funding from RBC to enable expansion of their national speaker series. Externally, Lawrence is a regular speaker on panels and at events focused on LGBT+ inclusion. He plays an active role connecting members of the LGBT+ community internationally, and is a mentor to young professionals and a peer coach to executives about being out in the corporate world.

Lawrence Spicer

VP Audit, Personal & Commercial Banking

RBC 

Lenore MacAdam

Inclusion Lead

Lenore MacAdam has been a champion of diversity and inclusion throughout her career. At Deloitte, she focuses on thought leadership, market strategy, and driving the dialogue on inclusion internally. She is also a member of Deloitte’s National Inclusion Advisory Council.

Lenore is a member of the Employers' Partnership Table – a group formed to advise the Ontario government on innovative ways to connect more people with disabilities to jobs.

Lenore is the Chair of the Board of Pride at Work Canada, a national non-profit organization that focuses on LGBTQ2+ inclusion in the workplace.

In 2018, Lenore received a Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Award of Success.

Lenore has a BAH in Communications from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Lenore MacAdam

Inclusion Lead

Deloitte 

Maggie Lower

Chief Marketing Officer

Joining TrueBlue in 2018, Maggie was their first Chief Marketing Officer. Throughout her career, Maggie has built innovative go-to-market models and leveraged transformational opportunities to deliver better customer experiences, efficient delivery of services. Prior to joining TrueBlue, Maggie and her team at Alight Solutions, won a GOLD STEVIE award for building a new corporate identity in less than four months. Recently, Maggie was named as one of the 2018 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models in the Financial Times which is sponsored by Involve – The Inclusion People.

Maggie Lower

Chief Marketing Officer

True Blue Inc 

Nicolino Frate

Director General, Communications Branch

Nick Frate started his professional career in the financial sector. He later joined the public sector in 2007, taking on increasing leadership roles within various government organizations. Nick has always advocated for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. During his time as a public servant, he led a LGBTQ2 Initiatives Team which resulted in the successful launch of Positive Space; the creation of a network for LGBTQ2 employees, allies and supporters; and the celebration of LGBTQ2 events like the International Day of Pink, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and Pride Month. Additionally, Nick was involved in the English LGBTQ2 community in Montreal.
Nick is the proud recipient of the 2016 Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) for his efforts in advancing diversity and inclusion and positively impacting the LGBTQ2 community by striving to eliminate intolerance and creating an atmosphere of acceptance.

Nicolino Frate

Director General, Communications Branch

Shared Services Canada – Government of Canada

Stephen Ogden

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Ogden was, during almost 5 years,, the CEO of erasys GmbH the Berlin-based company which develops the planetromeo.com website and native apps. With over 1.8 million active members world-wide PlanetRomeo is one of the market leaders in the area of online social networking and dating for gay men.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Kontist, an app that provides the banking services freelancers deserve, making finances easy. At the same time he is also the founder of oggie consulting OÜ, a young entity that provides Interim Management services and Management Consulting.

Stephen Ogden

Chief Operating Officer

Kontist 

Stuart Cameron

CEO and founder

Stuart B. Cameron is the CEO and founder of the UHLALA Group and has been involved in various professional projects for LGBT+ in the working world for more than 10 years. In doing so, he does not stop at other diversity facets, but also puts the promotion of women in management positions on his agenda, e.g. with his PANDA GmbH!
Since 2009, the UHLALA Group has been committed to the networking, further education and promotion of LGBT+ people in professional life worldwide and brings them into contact with LGBT+ friendly companies and organisations. The projects include the STICKS & STONES Job & Career Fair, Unicorns in Tech, RAHM, ALICE, Panda, the PRIDE 500 Employer Seal and the Pride Breakfast Club.

Stuart Cameron

CEO and Founder

UHLALA Group 

Suresh Raj

Chief Business Development Officer

Suresh sits on the Board of Vision7 International – part of the BlueFocus Group. As an openly gay and ethnic minority senior executive, he continues to champion the diversity and equality agenda, picking up from his previous efforts whilst Worldwide Chief Business Development Officer at Ogilvy Group. On matters of diversity, Suresh is part of a central steering committee on Diversity & Inclusion with a single focus to make the organization a welcoming place for all.

Suresh has been listed on the Financial Times Top 100 LGBTQ Executives three years running. He is an official professional mentor to LGBT and Ethnic Minority professionals through INvolve and was most recently was invited to share his thoughts on Humanity at the TED 2019 conference in Vancouver.

Suresh Raj

Chief Business Development Officer

Vision7 

Zachary Ames

APAC Regional Leadership & Talent Partner

Zachary Ames is an experienced Leadership & Talent Development Specialist having worked across multiple industries, most recently in financial services. Currently based in Singapore with Bloomberg LP, he started in the NY office on their Diversity & Inclusion team leading the development and roll out of a global Unconscious Bias training program which saw over 99% completion of all managers. As the HR Rep for Singapore BProud, he works closely with the chapter members and external organizations to drive continued growth of the community. Zachary won last year's RAHM Contest in London and is excited to be back this time as a Jury Member for Toronto!

Zachary Ames

APAC Regional Talent Partner

Bloomberg LP 

SPECIAL GUEST

Caroline Ouellette

Retired Professional Ice Hockey Player

Caroline Ouellette (born May 25, 1979) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player. She was a member of the Canadian national women's ice hockey team and a member of Canadiennes de Montreal in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Among her many accomplishments are four Olympic gold medals, 12 IIHF Women's World Championship medals (six gold, six silver), 12 Four Nations Cup medals (eight gold, four silver) and four Clarkson Cup championships.

Ouellette is in the Top 10 in all-time NCAA scoring with 229 career points. She is a member of the Triple Gold Club as one of only three women to win the Clarkson Cup, an Olympic gold medal and an IIHF Women's World Championship gold medal. She is one of only five athletes to win gold in four consecutive Olympic games.

Caroline Ouellette

Retired Professional Ice Hockey Player

DUBLIN

Cassie Stokes

TV Presenter / Public Speaker / LGBT+ Advocate

Cassie has worked in the TV industry for just over ten years. Cassie has worked on various shows between Dublin and Toronto including ‘Food Factory’ on the Food Network and ‘Entertainment Tonight Canada’. After a brief stint working in London as a producer with an online media marketing agency she was headhunted to come and work on Xposé where she has been since 2016.

Cassie is very outspoken when it comes to her sexuality and is a proud member and an advocate for the LGBT+ community.

Cassie Stokes

TV presenter / Public Speaker / LGBT+ Advocate

Virgin media 

Ciara Robinson

Social Researcher

Ciara works as an analytical researcher at the Ministry of Justice. Her work has included assessing the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing reoffending and research on prisoners undergoing parole board review. She has an MSc in Urbanisation and International Development, which looked at the psychology of violence and shame in warfare as well as the marginalisation of ‘othered’ groups in the city. She was previously a board member for the European Youth Parliament UK and presided over conferences in the Netherlands, Austria and the UK.

As one the lead researchers for the Analytical Function 2019 Diversity and Inclusion survey, she contributes regularly to ensuring employees can bring their whole selves to work.

Ciara Robinson

Social Researcher

Ministry of Justice UK 

Guvanch Meredov

Solutions Consultant - YouTube

Guvanch holds an MSc in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. For the last 4 years, he has worked for Google in its European Headquarters in Dublin. His role has ranged from working with Google’s business customers in Emerging Markets to UK & Ireland to becoming a Solutions Consultant for YouTube just recently.

Guvanch Meredov

Solutions Consultant – YouTube

Google 

Jim Gray

Director, Trust & Safety

Jim has been working for almost 15 years for Google. He heads up Trust and Safety there. His team focuses on policy enforcement, maintaining consistency and increasing inventory quality at scale. Recently relocated from the US to Dublin, Jim has been recently appointed the Executive Sponsor or the Dublin Gayglers & Allies Employee Resource Group.

Jim Gray

Director, Trust & Safety

Google

Joanne Gill

Head of Global Custody and Agency Services EMEA & APAC

Joanne Gill is head of Global Custody and Agency Services within Equities & Asset Management Services, for Europe & Asia at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Joanne Gill has over 23 years experience in the custody, banking and treasury industry. She joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2006 from BNP (formerly Fortis) where she worked for ten years in the custody and banking division. During her time at BNP, she held a number of roles including head of Operations and Global Process Owner for Banking & Custody.

Joanne Gill

Head of Global Custody and Agency Services EMEA & APAC

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Laura Burgess

HR Director, Schools and Universities

Laura has 15 years' experience within HR with 12 of those working at Sodexo in various roles. Laura has a master's degree in Human Resource Management. Laura is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has been part of Sodexo's PRIDE committee since it started in 2016. Laura is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and writes blogs about her personal experiences to raise visibility.

Laura Burgess

HR Director, Schools and Universities

Sodexo 

Maebh O'Flaherty

Head of IT-Systems and Process Audit

Currently working as ‘Head of IT-Systems and Process Audit’ for METRO AG, Maebh has almost 20 years of experience with the German wholesaler, mainly focussing on IT-related topics and working within an international environment. In 2014 she co-founded METRO PRIDE, the LGBT+ network of METRO, and is the co-chair of the network.
Maebh was included in Germany’s ‘Top Out 100 Executives’ list 2018.

Maebh O'Flaherty

Head of IT-Systems and Process Audit

METRO AG 

Nick Mott

Partner

Nick is currently the Assistant General Counsel (Partner) at Dentons UK. He is also the Diversity and Inclusion partner for the UK. He has raised the visibility and importance of D&I, for instance, by co-founding Dentons UK LGBT, Black Professionals and Asian Professionals networks. He also set up and chairs Dentons Global LGBT+ network, and established the its annual global LGBT+ pride day. He has also been listed as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for 4 years running.

In 2018 Dentons was recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer, one of only 13 organisations. Nick was proud to be named in the 100 OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives Role Model 2018, presented by the Financial Times

Nick Mott

Partner

Dentons 

Shiran Ahron

Job Position

Shiran Ahron

Head of Account Development EMEA

Google 

Stanislav Chankov

University Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

An out and proud lecturer, Dr. Chankov makes a difference in the lives of many at Jacobs University Bremen. Using innovative teaching methods he manages to turn boring lectures into fun experiences and motivates students to do their best. As a Study Program Chair, he leads one of the most successful undergraduate programmes at his university, as an academic advisor of dozens of students, he serves as their personal mentor and role model, and as Chair of the university's committee on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, he strives to engage the whole university community in advancing equality and promoting diversity.

Stanislav Chankov

University Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Jacobs University Bremen 

Steve Jacques

Group Chief Executive Officer


Steve Jacques is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Key Assets Group. He is the senior diversity champion for the Group. Steve has a long history in LGBT+ activism and in 1997 established ‘Same Love’ which was a safe space for LGBT+ Christians in the north of England.

In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Australian LGBT+ Diversity Champion Award and in 2018 he was listed in the Deloittes/Google Top 50 Outstanding LGBT+ Leaders index for the Asia Pacific region and the UK’s Financial Times Outstanding LGBT+ Executive Role Models top 100 list, ranking in 4th place. Steve is a voluntary board director with the National LGBT Federation in Ireland. He lives in Dublin with her husband Patrick.

Steve Jacques

Group Chief Executive Officer

Key Assets 

Stuart Cameron

CEO and Founder

Stuart B. Cameron is the CEO and founder of the UHLALA Group and has been involved in various professional projects for LGBT+ in the working world for more than 10 years. In doing so, he does not stop at other diversity facets, but also puts the promotion of women in management positions on his agenda, e.g. with his PANDA GmbH!
Since 2009, the UHLALA Group has been committed to the networking, further education and promotion of LGBT+ people in professional life worldwide and brings them into contact with LGBT+ friendly companies and organisations. The projects include the STICKS & STONES Job & Career Fair, Unicorns in Tech, RAHM, ALICE, Panda, the PRIDE 500 Employer Seal and the Pride Breakfast Club.

Stuart Cameron

CEO and Founder

UHLALA Group 

Tom Loeffert

HRD EMEA

Tom Loeffert brings over 20 years of progressive HR and business experience with some of the world’s best known companies. Since April 2018 he assumes the role of HRD EMEA at SAP Concur.
Prior to his move to the UK, Tom was the HRD for Global Sales and Services at Successfactors. Over his career he has held a variety of HR leadership positions with global organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Gap Inc, Levi Strauss & Co, Cisco, etc. He has a wide range of HR experience in the area of HR strategy, talent management, diversity and inclusion, workforce planning, change management and many more.
Tom has been the executive sponsor for Pride@SAP and currently participates in the OUTstanding Board Readiness Program. Former jury of RAHM 2017 and 2018 he also serves as a mentor through OUTstanding.

Tom Loeffert

HRD EMEA

SAP 

Victor Nieves

Partner, Capital Markets

Victor has over 17 years’ experience working with US and UK listed companies and helping businesses access US capital markets via initial public offerings or debt offerings. He is based in EY’s London office, where he will be admitted to the partnership on 1 July 2019, and previously worked in EY’s New York and Philadelphia offices. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with the State of New York. Victor was listed 13th in 2018’s OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Executives, presented by the FT, and has been heavily involved in EY’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts throughout the UK and Ireland. He served as a chair of the Unity LGBT+ network from 2010-2017. Victor is also currently a Leadership Fellow with the Society of Leadership Fellows of St. George’s House, Windsor Castle.

Victor Nieves

Partner, Capital Markets

EY 

Victoria Wilkes

Asset Protection Manager


Victoria has been leading Asset Protection in Primark for over four years and has over 20 years’ experience within the security industry.
Victoria is heavily involved in Primark's Diversity & Inclusion programme, she is noted amongst her colleagues for creating a supportive work environment and is invested in true team development and collaboration.

She is a true culture maker, working collaboratively with international teams across 12 markets in Europe and the US.
Victoria has a pioneering spirit and truly embraces diversity and equality in the workplace.

Victoria Wilkes

Asset Protection Manager

Primark Stores Limited

BERLIN

Anastasia Biefang

Battalion Commander

LtCol Anastasia Biefang is currently serving as Battalion Commander for the Informationstechnikbataillon 381 in Storkow (Mark). She joined the German Air Force in 1994 as a draftee before attending Officer’s School in Fürstenfeldbruck. In 2000 she received a Masters Degree in Education from the Universität der Bundeswehr München. Through her career as a signal officer she served as platoon leader, company commander and various staff positions. She attended the German General Staff Course from 2008 until 2010 and served twice in the Federal Ministry of Defence as a Staff Officer within the Strategy and Operations Directorate. LtCol Anastasia Biefang served two tours in Afghanistan (ISAF and RSM).LtCol

Anastasia Biefang

Commander

Informationstechnikbataillon

Anabella da Encarnacao

Chief Marketing Officer

Annabella Da Encarnacao has joined Asana Rebel as CMO in 2019, establishing Asana
Rebel‘s footprint internationally and supporting their mission to create highly engaging
health and fitness experiences with real-life impact.
Prior to joining Asana Rebel, Annabella served as VP Marketing-Performance at
Babbel, the world’s leading language-learning app, where she managed a team of over
50, covering all User Acquisition channels and Marketing Technologies.
Annabella brings over twelve years of expertise in Marketing for international markets,
marketing technology, and focus on user acquisition for ROI-based online businesses,
including Team Europe ventures, Affinitas and FOX.

Anabella da Encarnacao

Chief Marketing Officer

Asana Rebel 

Anja Kunad

Manager - DBS Customer Success Services

Anja is leading the Infrastructure Innovation & Execution team within the Support organization of SAP. Her team is spread over three regions (North America, EMEA and APJ). Due to this diversity it is important for her to build up a trust-based and inclusive team environment where everyone can be their authentic self. Besides her professional career she is actively engaged in the local politics with the focus on family and Diversity & Inclusion.

Anja Kunad

Manager – DBS Customer Success Services

SAP 

Annemiek Hartman

Chief Commercial Officer

As a real ``deal`` maker, Annemieke has throughout her career been involved in securing significant business growth across a diverse number of industries, including hospitality, outsourcing and packaging. Experienced in articulating vision, designing strategies to win, in her current role she leads a team of 40+ sales, marketing and customer experience professionals; adding packaging innovations to the major global beverage brand owners as well as category innovation brand leader portfolios.
Annemieke's experience has been gained in all key global markets incl. the Americas, Europe, Russia, India & Australasia in both private equity and family owned businesses.

Annemieke Hartman

Chief Commercial Officer

Lightweight Container | KeyKeg | UniKeg 

Carla Seehausen

Consulting Manager SAP Sustainability

Carla Seehausen is the head of a globally acting team of SAP consultants delivering best-of-breed service delivery to SAP Sustainability customers. She has been with SAP for 10 years, in the roles of consultant, project manager and people manager. She is passionate about people development, and is a strong advocate for diversity and LGBT+ topics. She was nominated to “Germany’s TOP 100 OUT Executives“ list in 2018.

Carla Seehausen

Consulting Manager SAP Sustainability

SAP 

Carlos Sainz

Head of Global Marketing Planning

'When I joined eBay, it took me six months to come out to my work colleagues. At that point I felt a huge relief – now I realize that even in the most accepting environments, it takes courage to take this step. As LGBT leaders we make it easier for you to be yourself.'

Carlos Sainz

Head of Global Marketing Planning

eBay

David Levine

General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland

David Levine is Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA, and General Manager, Disney Channels UK, Ireland & Nordics. He is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Programming across Disney Channels EMEA, including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. As General Manager, David leads a team that utilizes these key platforms to drive familiarity and awareness for the Disney brand and content, through key partnerships with Sky Broadcasting, Virgin Media and more. As part of the Disney Channels EMEA leadership team, David also advises on the overall strategic direction for Disney Channels across the region. David also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the PRIDE UK&I resource group for LGBT+ employees and their allies. David is also a Stonewall Ambassador and a Diversity Role Model.

David Levine

General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland

The Walt Disney Company 

Daniel Gerring

Partner, Head of Pensions

Daniel is a senior partner at Travers Smith. He is also senior champion for LGBT+ equality, chairs Travers’ LGBT+ network and is a strong advocate for D&I, sitting on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Board. Director of a number of charities, including Just Like Us – the LGBT+ charity for young people, he also mentors LGBT+ colleagues and co-founded and co-runs a mentoring programme for recently hired university students.

He sits on the boards of Refugees At Home – a charity he helped found it in late 2015 – and City YMCA London.He has been named by the Financial Times and OUTstanding as one of the leading 100 LGBT Executives worldwide for the last three years in a row, including ranking 15th out of 100 in this year's list, and he was also named as a 'Top 10 LGBT+ Inspirational Leader' in the British LGBT Awards 2017 and recognised by the ‘Pink News Awards’. Also in 2018 he was appointed as a Leadership Fellow of St George's House, Windsor Castle.

He is a regular speaker, panellist and panel chair on the topic of LGBT+ inclusion, and D&I more generally, internationally.

Daniel Gerring

Partner, Head of Pensions

Travers Smith LLP 

Erik Lüngen

VP Head of Operations - COO for Industry and Application Innovation


Erik Lüngen has worked in the IT industry for 20 years. He began his career at SAP as a consultant for medium-sized businesses. He then moved into development and took on management roles. Erik Lüngen briefly left SAP to take on responsibility at an SAP partner and sharpen his market perspective. He has now been back at SAP for 6 years as COO of the industrial development division. Erik Lüngen holds an MBA from Mannheim Business School and ESSEC. He is an active supporter of Diversity & Inclusion and Pride@SAP, especially the Pride@SAPLabsIndia initiative. In 2018, he was both on Uhlala's Top 100 OutExecutives in Germany list and out-standing.org's Top 100 LGBT+ Executives list.

Erik Lüngen

VP Head of Operations – COO for Industry and Application Innovation

SAP 

Eva Kreienkamp

Managing Director

Eva Kreienkamp is the founder of the first gay-lesbian network of Allianz, and the co-founder and board member of Wirtschaftsweiber and FidAR. Since 2015, she is the Managing Director of Mainzer.

Eva Kreienkamp

Managing Director

Mainzer Verkehrgesellschaft 

Holger Reuschling

Department Director

Holger has worked for Commerzbank for 30 years and was an executive for around 20 years, before moving to the Private and Corporate Customers staff unit last year as departmental director.
His late outing as an executive in the bank in 2014 motivated him as a role model to give orientation to young people in order to resolve the supposed contradiction between out and career. Since 2016, he has also served as spokesman for Commerzbank's LGBT network Arco, one of the oldest and largest LGBT networks in German companies.
Already in 2017 Holger was a jury member of the first RAHM contest in Berlin and was among the TOP 100 of the Germanys TOP 100 out Executives in 2018.

Holger Reuschling

Departmental Director

Commerzbank 

Jim Ford

Partner

Jim is a partner in Allen & Overy’s London Corporate practice. He specialises in commercial contracts, with a particular focus on IP rich sectors. He is co-head of A&O’s global life sciences practice, responsible for delivering the full capabilities of the firm’s practice areas to its life sciences clients. As chair of “A&Out” - the firm’s global LGBT+ network – Jim has recently led the expansion of the firm’s allies network and provided pro bono advice on Turing’s Law (the UK’s law pardoning men cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts). He is a trustee for Diversity Role Models (a charity focused on challenging LGBT+ bullying in UK schools) and is an ambassador for Stonewall. In 2018 Jim was ranked #16 on the OUTstanding/Financial Times list of Top 100 LGBT+ executives.

Jim Ford

Partner

Allen & Overy 

Kai Werner

Managing Director, Member of the Executive Board Corporate Clients East

Kai Werner is Head of the Market Region Corporate Customers East at Commerzbank and responsible for Corporate Customer Sales in East Germany.
Since 2001 he has held various sales, central and management positions at Commerzbank in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg and now Berlin.
He actively advises LGBT colleagues and is a mentor in the LGBT VK Future Leadership Program.

Kai Werner

Managing Director, Member of the Executive Board Corporate Clients East

Commerzbank AG 

Laurence Schwer

TitleManager | Executive Education, Corporate Relations & Career Development

Laurence is working at ESCP Europe Business School since 2016, managing various projects in the field of executive education and career development. She is particularly committed to the development of diversity programmes as well as building communities around those. Laurence is responsible for the School's new LGBT+ Leadership Programme, a first-time initiative in Europe launched this July.

Laurence Schwer

Manager | Executive Education, Corporate Relations & Career Development

ESCP Europe 

Lindsay Krakauer

Head of PMO and Transformation

Lindsay Krakauer

Head of PMO and Transformation

Siemens Healthineers 

Michael Lauk

Head Of Operations

Since 2012, in Arvato Financial Solutions (AFS) in Baden-Baden, Potsdam and Katowice, Michael has occupied in various functions, and is currently an Operations Manager.
He also is a representative of be.queer at AFS and a Spokesman of be.queer Bertelsmann/AFS LGBTIQ and allies Employees Network.

Michael Lauk

Operations Manager

Arvato Financial Solutions 

Michael Taubenheim

CEO

Since 2018, Michael is the CEO of Erasys GmbH, Berlin. He has been, during the last 18 years, developing his Leadership and Management Experience, Business Development, Organisation Building and Change Management skills and has also acquired a depth knowlewdge in LGBT publishing, Media, Online Retail, Marketing and recently in the Tech World. He also is a representative of be.queer at AFS and a Spokesman of be.queer Bertelsmann/AFS LGBTIQ and allies Employees Network. Involved in AIDS Hilfe Tübingen, he is also Head of Coming Out Group

Michael Taubenheim

CEO

Erasys GmbH Berlin 

Matthias Weber

Regional Area Manager

Matthias Weber has been a member of the board of the 'Völklinger Kreis', Federal Association of Gay Managers and Self-employed Persons, for three years and was additionally elected Chairman of the Board of Management in October 2018.He is also Vice President of the ULA (United Leaders Association), Germany's largest management umbrella association with approximately. 70,000 members and as an advisory board of the ProutAtWork Foundation.

He is currently a member of the North-West Management Board and Regional Division Manager of Postbank, which is headquartered in Düsseldorf.

Matthias Weber

Regional Area Manager, Member of the North West Management

Deutsche Postbank / Postbank Finanzberatung AG 

Olya Nelyudova

EMEA Strategy Partner

Olya Nelyudova has joined Microsoft in 2018 as the EMEA Strategic Partner in the Microsoft Advertising organisation. She has lead Emerging Markets new business team at Google before joining Microsoft Advertising leadership team and spent over ten years in media planning and buying agencies in London. Diversity and Inclusion is one the core pillar of Microsoft culture and Olya is helping to drive the LGBT+ chapter within it.
She is specifically passionate to develop the culture and mindset of “no need to come out” in the leadership layer of organisations and day to day life for the young talent to rely on.

Olya Nelyudova

EMEA Strategy Partner

Microsoft 

Sibylle May

Head of Service Infrastructure HR

Sibylle is Head of Service Infrastructure for the service line HR in the Global Shared Service of thyssenkrupp. Currently, she is responsible for standards, processes, KPIs/measurements, internal control system. For almost 4 years, as Head of the Human Resources Shared Service she has managed various expert teams.
Sibylle is the founding member of the thyssenkrupp LGBTI network.

Sibylle May

Head of Service Infrastructure HR

thyssenkrupp Business Services GmbH 

Stuart Cameron

CEO and founder

Stuart B. Cameron is the CEO and founder of the UHLALA Group and has been involved in various professional projects for LGBT+ in the working world for more than 10 years. In doing so, he does not stop at other diversity facets, but also puts the promotion of women in management positions on his agenda, e.g. with his PANDA GmbH!
Since 2009, the UHLALA Group has been committed to the networking, further education and promotion of LGBT+ people in professional life worldwide and brings them into contact with LGBT+ friendly companies and organisations. The projects include the STICKS & STONES Job & Career Fair, Unicorns in Tech, RAHM, ALICE, Panda, the PRIDE 500 Employer Seal and the Pride Breakfast Club.

Stuart Cameron

CEO and Founder

UHLALA Group