LGBT@Work 2019

These are some the agents of change who will share their stories of inclusiveness and inspire out guests in our 2019 edition.

Guest Speakers

Keisha Bell

Managing Director, Head of Diverse Talent Management and Advancement, DTCC

Keisha Bell is Managing Director and Head of Diverse Talent Management and Advancement at DTCC, where she is responsible for recruiting and retaining best diverse talent and developing DTCC’s next generation of leaders through focused sponsorships and talent advancement strategies. She believes in changing mindsets, forging progressive practices, and views each employee as an agent of change. Keisha partners with business leaders to identify diverse talent across all levels focusing on their growth and mobility, and with Human Resources to ensure diversity and inclusion are fully integrated into working practices. Additionally, Keisha also leads Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibility for DTCC.

Most recently, Keisha was Managing Director of DTCC’s Risk Management Reporting, Governance, Analysis and Program Management group. She successfully led Board and Management Risk Committees, regulatory, audit and compliance reporting, management control testing, and program management of the Financial and Technology Risk initiatives. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Wealth Management Services. She was also a member of DTCC’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, a founding leader of the LGBTQA professional network and represented DTCC at The Alliance, an inaugural gathering of the world’s most influential LGBTQ leaders held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Keisha has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, spanning broker/dealer operations, technology transformations, program management and business analysis. She earned her B.S. in Organizational Behavior from New York University.

Muneer Panjwani

Head of Corporate Development for The Trevor Project

Muneer Panjwani is the Head of Corporate Development for The Trevor Project, where he leads corporate development strategy for the worlds largest suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ young people. He has extensive experience building long-term partnerships with Fortune 100 companies like AT&T, Toyota, Wells Fargo, United Airlines, Macy's and Coca-Cola that have earned numerous Halo Awards from The Cause Marketing Forum.

Prior to Trevor, Muneer led business development at, and founded (and still runs), a diversity and inclusion consultancy that puts measuring fairness at the center of all D&I work. Muneer is a trained D&I facilitator having designed and led hundreds of anti-bias and diversity trainings globally. An avid traveler, Muneer lives in New York City but is often found planning his next trip abroad to reach his goal of exploring 40 countries by his 40th.

Andy Dent

Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Clyde & Co

Andy Dent is Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion (CR&I) at Clyde & Co, where he is responsible for delivering the firms CR&I strategy working with stakeholder at all levels along with client and external partners. In particular working with various external stakeholders such as Aspiring Solicitors, Stonewall and mygowrk to ensure Clyde & Co are seen as an employee of choice, have access to the best talent and play their part in progressing the broader D&I agenda within the legal sector.

Andy believes that achievements can be measured in many ways, and often it's the smallest things that can make the biggest difference, but does acknowledge a few particular career highlights. Andy considers it a huge privilege to have worked on some of the diversity and inclusion initiatives for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2014 Andy worked on Freshfields submission for the Stonewall Equality Index which ultimately saw Freshfields listed in the Index for the first time and the first magic circle firm to do.

Andy has over 15 years experience as a diversity and inclusion specialist and more recently has taken on role which includes Corporate Responsibility as well. Using his own experiences Andy has always taken a very pragmatic approach to diversity and inclusion believing you have to bring people to the table and engage with them if you are to achieve the desired outcome. Andy admits there is still a lot of work to do, but also thinks it important to acknowledge the considerable progress the legal sector in the UK has made in the last decade. For Andy it is all about making a difference everyday, regardless of how big or small that difference may be, and always looking forward.

Miren Garay

Global Projects Director Sodexo

Miren Garay has extensive experience in project management and operational management, in the field of large corporations addressing organizational and structural changes at a global level. With a great focus on the client, both external and internal, and great background on management of wide diverse teams.
Currently managing a global project for Sodexo, an organization with €20,4M turnover and 460,000 employees, developing different functions, managing multicultural teams, and supporting more than 30 countries.

Bachelor and Master’s in Business Administration (BBA & MBA) from ESADE. Leader and referent of the LGBT+ Network of Sodexo Spain since 2018.
Member of the REDI board of directors (Red Empresarial por la Diversidad e Inclusión LGBTI+), as Treasurer, since February 2018, representing Sodexo, one of the founding companies of REDI.

Miren in the media:
El País Digital, July 5th 2018: Se buscan empresas con diversidad sexual

TVE Telediario, April 26 th 2019:

El Mundo, April 26th 2019:
Nosotras | Directiva y lesbiana: así rompieron el doble techo de cristal

Sergey Gorbatov

Director General Manager Development at Abbvie

With over 15 years of experience, Sergey has delivered results in a wide spectrum of roles ranging from HR Operations to Compensation & Benefits to General HR. Yet his strongest expertise lies in Talent, Leadership and Organization Development. Having performed in the HQ, regional and affiliate organizations, Sergey has first-hand knowledge of operating in multinational matrix environments at companies like AbbVie, PMI and Shell.
Sergey earned his MA in Linguistics and Intercultural Communication at Orel State University in Russia, complemented with an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Management at VU Amsterdam. He teaches, speaks and writes about the complex science of human performance, while keeping it simple. His recent book, FairTalk, makes the hard task of giving feedback easy.
A true traveler at heart, Sergey is passionate about cultures, diversity, and languages. A Russian native, Sergey has lived and worked in the United States, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.

Alex Kalomparis

Vice President, Public Affairs, EMEA at Gilead Sciences

In January 2017 Alex joined Gilead Sciences as Vice President for Public Affairs responsible for all communications and patient advocacy activities across Europe, Middle
East and Australia. Alex has held senior communication roles with a number of consumer and pharmaceutical companies including Unilever, Rolls Royce, Novartis, Roche, Astrazeneca and GlaxoSmithKline. Before he was drawn into the communications world, Alex started his career as a Biochemical engineer.

Alex is a founding member of Gilead’s LGBTQ+ Alliance in EMEA. He has secured resources to deliver a programme of activities to support the company’s core value of inclusion. Alex has been leading on a partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Key Populations Fund which supports LGBTQ+ NGOs across the Eastern Europe region in order to reduce stigma associated with being a member of the LGBTQ+ community and being HIV positive. Additionally he works with the Diana Award organisation on their anti-bullying campaign for young people in general and young LGBT+ people in particular.

Marion Mulder

Co-Founder and Board Member at Workplace Pride and Partner at Muldimedia

Marion Mulder is Co-Founder and Board Member of Workplace Pride, a foundation for LGBTI inclusion at work which brings together over 70 companies and governmental organisations worldwide. Within Workplace Pride her focus is on both women and on tech. This is a volunteer position.

Through her company MuldiMedia, Marion helps organisations leverage digital technology, especially Chatbots, Voice Assistants, AI & AR, for optimal Customer Service.

Antonia Belcher

Founding Partner, MHBC

Antonia has 40 plus years’ experience in the construction and property industries and leads her own business that she formed in 2007. Transitioning in 2000/2003 in a very male dominated working environment, where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on, she presses for positive change for LGBT+ good in all business spheres, but especially in her chosen career path of Surveying.

A Board Director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, Diversity Role Models, Terrence Higgins Trust, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, and advisor to other organizations, she particularly seeks equal opportunities for Women/LGBT+ within the Construction Industry, which has of course been aside of business generally slow to react to such.

She was shortlisted in 2017 for the Gay Times‘ Success in Entrepreneurship’ Gary Frisch award and in 2018 nominated in the NatWest British LGBT Awards – Inspiration Leader category – and nominated amongst a group of “exceptional surveyors from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) ”to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, showcasing significant and positive impact that surveyors have made to society through those 150 years.

Jose Alberto Pino

Dow Latin America Home Care Marketing Director

Jose Alberto Pino is Dow Latin America Home Care Marketing Director in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he also has served to Dow as Digital Marketplace Center, Customer Experience and Commercial Discipline Director Latin America and Consumer Value Chain Manager for the same Region. Additional to his roles, Alberto is a corporate advocate for LGBT+ Rights in the workplace, starting GLAD (Dow ERG for LGBT+ and allies) in Mexico in 2012 and as Co-Founder of Pride Connection Mexico in 2014, and committee member until 2018 curating their national summit on 2017 and 2018 editions. Nowadays he supports as NGO liaison for Dow globally.

He was Named as 2nd LGBT Leader of the Future by Financial Times and OUTStanding in London UK on October 2018, he has been speaker in the past 3 editions of Out&Equal (Orlando, Philadelphia and Seattle) representing the needs and work in Latin America and has supported several companies in developing their own policies and trainings for LGBT+ inclusion at work (PEMEX, Fox Latin America, Walmart, PEPSICO amongst others)

He is a Chemist graduated from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, ITESM Campus Monterrey, Mexico and holds a Master in Cosmetic Dermo pharmacy Formulation from Centro de Estudios Superiores de la Industria Farmaceutica, CESIF from Madrid, Spain.

Gian Venturini Reis

Lead Latin America for the Lifetime Customer Experience at SAP

Gian Venturini Reis is current Lead Latin America for the Lifetime Customer Experience at SAP. Member of Pride@SAP Core team at SAP Labs Latin America and Design Thinking Coach. Graduated in Business, post-degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship and currently attending another post-degree in Strategic Design and Social Innovation.
Gian is a dreamer, non-conformist and passionate about customer success, innovation, diversity and people development.

Sabine Stokar von Neuforn

Senior Regional Vice President International Transformation Programs at Salesforce

Sabine is part of the Salesforce Ohana since 8 years and leads and consults various Field Sales and Service functions with teams across Europe. Her focus is the organization of business transformation programs and driving global value propositions for customers across International markets.
Looking back at vast and diverse work experience of 20+ years in International management in various Sales Leadership Roles.

Sabine is a high energy executive who thrives in fast moving and transforming environments with a proven track record of driving successful sales performance optimization and value creation. She is a strong Sales Programs & Operations professional with profound program and project management expertise in the internet industry.
As an authentic and inspiring leader she thrives to build and motivate extraordinary team performance by hiring great people. Key career focus is on mentoring and empowering young leaders and talents, paired with a constant observation of innovation and “societal” changes.

In Salesforce Sabine leads Outforce, the LGBT network of Salesforce Employees and friends, in Germany.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Kike Sarasola

Founder and President of @RoomMateHotels and @BeMateCom. Entrepreneur and former olympian who loves new ideas.

Kike is a trendsetting pioneer in the tourist industry thanks to his visionary, disruptive and rebellious character. It all began over 10 years ago when he created Room Mate Hotels as an extension of what became his most renowned formula: “the 3B’s”: Bed, Bath, Breakfast. The idea of affordable luxury right smack in the center of the most important cities in the world was the formula for success at Room Mate Hotels, now present in Europe and America.

In 2014, Sarasola turned it up a notch and challenged the entire industry with the creation of Be Mate, a breakthrough company offering the homey freedom of an apartment combined with the services and safety of a hotel. Kike broke all the rules in the hospitality sector by bringing to life a new business model that his professional colleagues viciously rejected. Three years later, many followed suit.

In 2017, convinced that happiness is a profitable enterprise, Kike launches his newest business venture: X-Perience by Room Mate, a tailor-made hospitality consultancy service managed and executed by Room Mate experts in combination with PwC’s state of the art technology.

Kike competed as an Olympic equestrian in Atlanta, Barcelona and Sydney and still maintains Spain’s best record in his specialty; he authored the acclaimed book, More Ideas, Less MBA’s; starred in the Spanish version of the TV program “Hotel Hell” (tripling its audience) and is regarded as one of Spain’s most influential business people in social media. Furthermore, over the past year, Sarasola has been invited to
lecture at over 100 conferences worldwide.

The above-mentioned has led to several international recognitions, including but not limited to the 2017 European Gold Medal for Merit at Work and the 2015 Medal for Tourist Accomplishments granted by the Spanish Council of Ministers.

“Not everything’s been invented.”
“The fact that others haven’t done it doesn’t mean it can’t be done.”
“‘No’ doesn’t exist.”

In a nutshell: Kike Sarasola.

Institutional Speakers

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño

President Of IE University And a Recognized Influencer In Global Higher Education

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is the President of IE University and a recognized influencer in global higher education. Iniguez is also the Vice-Chairman of Headspring, a company owned by the Financial Times and IE Business School providing custom education programs for companies worldwide.

Iniguez is the former Dean of IE Business School and has played a leading role in business education. He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. He was the first European appointed as “Dean of the Year” by Poets & Quants (2017).

He serves on the boards of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), Renmin University Business School (China), Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), LUISS Business School (Italy), Mazars University (France) and FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He is a past Chair of the Board of AACSB.

He is the author of “The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education” (2011), “Cosmopolitan Managers: Executive Education That Works” (2016), as well as co-editor of “Business Despite Borders: Companies in the Age of Populist Anti-Globalization” (2018), all published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Iniguez is a regular speaker at international conference and frequently contributes in different journals and media on higher education and executive development. He is one of the 500 Global LinkedIn Influencers.

Iniguez is Professor of Strategic Management. He holds a Degree in Law, a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence (Complutense University, Spain) and an MBA from IE Business School. He was a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford, UK.

Martin Boehm

Dean and Professor of Marketing at IE Business School

Martin Boehm is the Dean and Professor of Marketing at IE Business School in Madrid. He previously served as the Dean of Programs, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at IE University and the Associate Dean of the Master in Management at IE Business School.

Martin’s intellectual interests center on Customer Management. His research provides managerial implications on how to build profitable and long-lasting customer relationships. His primary concern is to quantify the impact of various customer management activities on a customer’s lifetime value – the net present value of the stream of future profits expected over a customer’s lifetime. At the same time, he develops analytical models to estimate or approximate a customer’s lifetime value. As a consultant he works primarily with firms in the financial services industry to provide them with a roadmap for growth.

Martin is teaching across IE’s Master in Management, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD programs. Prior to joining the IE Business School faculty, he studied International Business at Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences and received a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship. He completed his academic education with a Doctorate in Marketing which he obtained from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt.