|Hernani Escobar Rodriguez, United Nations
Hernani Escobar Rodriguez has been working at the United Nations Climate Change secretariat in Bonn since 2010 and has been since 2013 the UN GLOBE Bonn Coordinator. Prior to joining the UN, he was a career diplomat in the Venezuelan foreign service where he focused on multilateral political and environmental topics.
As UN Globe Coordinator, he has strived to increase the outreach to other LGBTIQ+ groups in Bonn including via this year’s first time participation in the Bonn CSD and contributed to campaigns such as Making Equality Work. He actively campaigns for inclusive policies for LGBTIQ+ people in the UN System and to encourage the UN System leadership to be strong advocates for LGBTIQ+ vulnerable populations around the world.
Hernani has a degree in International Relations with a focus on International Law and undertook master studies in multilateral diplomacy and on European integration. He is married and has lived and/or worked in 10 different countries mainly in the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. He is a firm believer and promoter of multilateralism and the power of collaboration.
|Ian Grace, Deutsche Bank
Ian was born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, completing university in Cape Town. On moving to London in 1999 he settled on financial services, joining a small Greek bank in 2000.
After a year of being involved in payments Ian moved to Deutsche Bank (2001), where he – after a couple of brief stopovers – remains today.
On joining Deutsche Bank’s LGBT support network in 2012, dbPride, he began setting up the UK chapter of the dbPride Allies programme, an initiative that gave staff the opportunity to show their visible support for the LGBT community at Deutsche Bank.
Ian became co-chair of the dbPride UK team in 2017, together with Anja Bedford.
Ian and Anja have overseen a very successful year helping lead Deutsche Bank’s first ever participation in Pride in London, onboarding a LGBT-focused charity into the bank, as well as running a full range of events focussing on topics as broad as building LGBT families through to speaking in schools about LGBT inclusion.
Ian is gay and has been going out with Stephane, a French national, for fourteen years.
|Andrei Gulnev, IBM Russia
Andrei Gulnev (M.B.A., Warwick Business School, 2017) is Collaboration Solutions Sales Expert at IBM, Moscow, Russia. Founder and current co-Leader of the Russian IBM's LGBT community group (Moscow). He has more than 10 years of work experience in software sales, implementation, and project management, in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakstan and Belarus. Furthermore, he is founder of the virtual networking and professional development organization "Global Russian Business Pride". In addition, he is elected board member of the cottage cooperative 'DPK Nikitskoe' (settlement of 400 households in Moscow's suburban area).
|Albert Kehrer, PROUT AT WORK-Foundation
Albert Kehrer is a diversity expert, change consultant and coach who has long term experience in diversity management of international companies. He supports companies, teams and people concerning diversity related topics by holding workshops, seminars and trainings. Albert Kehrer, together with Jean-Luc Vey, is co-founder and CEO of the PROUT AT WORK-Foundation. He has been working on LGBT*IQ diversity and employee networks on an honorary capacity for almost 20 years. Albert is convinced that being part of a network can be useful, not only for personal growth but also for ones career.
|Joshua Kwendo, SAP Kenia
Joshua Kwendo is SAP Solution Advisor for SAP Cloud Platform products. The inclusive environment in the SAP office in Nairobi allows Kwendo to be his authentic self, also in his customer-facing role. Kwendo has a passion for technology and for understanding how inclusion, particularly of LGBT+ individuals in the Kenyan workplace, is a win for SAP and its customers. He achieves this by leading the Pride@SAP chapter in East AfricaIn this role, Kwendo also works with external partners like Workplace Pride to connect with other organizations and HR leaders to move business beyond bias. Kwendo’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, together with certification in several SAP solutions.
Before she will be starting her position as Managing Director of the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) in 2019, Bianca worked at Arcadis where she was the global lead for the Arcadis Natural Capital business solution and the founding member of Arcadis NV ‘Global Sustainability Leadership Team’. Bianca’s contribution encompassed a wide range of activities including coordination of Arcadis’ WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), WEF (World Economic Forum) and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) memberships and supporting business and governmental clients in all aspects of natural and social capital and Sustainable Development Goals realization. In her role in the Global Sustainability Leadership Team she was an active contributor to the Arcadis global and Dutch Diversity & Inclusion networks.
Apart from being a member of the Foundation Board at Workplace Pride she sits in the Advisory Panel to the Natural Capital Coalition, the Technical Committee of the Social & Human Capital Protocol, the Steering Committee of the INDUS forum (Indo-Dutch CSR & Sustainability Forum) and the Sustainability Commission NKBV (Dutch Mountaineering Association).
|David Pollard, Workplace Pride Foundation
David Pollard is co-founder and Executive Director of the Workplace Pride Foundation. The Foundation represents the LGBT networks of 58 prominent companies and organizations and strives for greater LGBT workplace inclusion internationally.
He has worked for nearly 30 years in the international corporate world, 15 of which have been dealing with LGBT issues on an international level. David is founder and former Global Chairman of ING’s LGBT employee network “Gala” and in his 15 year career at ING, fulfilled a number of responsibilities including the creation and management of ING’s European Affairs Department.
David holds degrees in International Relations (BA, Political Science and Business, University of Oklahoma, USA) and in European Affairs (Masters: Diplome d’Etudes Europeén, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). He lives in Amsterdam with his husband Michael.
|Dr. Jean-Luc Vey, PROUT AT WORK-Foundation
Dr. Jean-Luc Vey is co-founder and CEO at the PROUT AT WORK-Foundation.
He was born in France, graduated both Electric Engineering and Physics in Paris and has been living in Germany since 1995. In 1999 he entered the IT section of Deutsche Bank and has been working as Innovation Manager since 2010.
He co-founded dbPride Germany, the LGBT*IQ network of Deutsche Bank AG, in which he committed himself as a member of the Steering Committee. He has been honored multiple times as a nationally and internationally acknowledged diversity expert; among others by being named in the „LGBT Future Leader List“ in the Financial Times.
|Jakob von Hoerner, Siemens AG
After finishing his degree in business studies, Jakob von Hoerner worked for a consulting firm before moving to Siemens AG in 2010 where he held various management positions in Shared Services, with a focus on HR. In his current position, which he took over in 2015, he is in charge of international employee postings at Siemens AG. The constant change of corporate culture in different countries and ongoing efforts to raise awareness for diversity are his greatest motivators in his everyday work.