Christine Epler (She/her),
Head of Strategy Department H, Innovations & Diversity DB AG

Christine Epler has been with Deutsche Bahn since 2018, where she is responsible for strategic issues in Human Resources, currently as Head of HR Strategy, Innovation and Diversity. After a start in the logistics industry, her path initially led to Deutsche Post DHL in 1998, where she held various positions in Human Resources, most recently as Director HR Strategy & Innovation Germany / Alps at DHL Express until 2010. From 2011 to 2017, Christine worked for Deutsche Telekom, where she was initially responsible for HR and management development in customer service. She then took on various transformation projects, most recently as Head of HR Projects at Telekom Germany. The common thread in her career and a topic that also moves Christine personally is the design of transformations.

Veronika Pountcheva (She/her),
Global Director Corporate Responsibility & Senior Vice President,
METRO AG / Managing Director NX-Food

As Global Director Corporate Responsibility and Senior Vice President of METRO AG, Sofia-born Veronika Pountcheva leads the sustainability strategy of the international wholesale and food specialist. Veronika has more than 20 years of experience in wholesale, being Managing Director of various METRO companies. She is an acting Co-Chair of the Sustainability Pillar of the Consumer Goods Forum and serves at the board of Amfori BSCI. Veronika is passionate about environmental and societal change hence she works on building strong partnerships with business partners, investor community and NGOs for sustainable societal and environmental transformation. She supports food innovation as startup business angel. Furthermore, as chair of the advisory board of LEAD Network she advocates for diversity in the consumer goods and retail sectors.

Tessa Ganserer (She/Her),
Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestag

Tessa Ganserer was born in 1977 in the heart of the Bavarian Forest. Tessa studied forestry and forestry management and has been a member of the Green Party since 1998. She has been a member of the Bavarian State Parliament since 2013 and in the current legislative period she is the queer policy spokesperson for the Bavarian Green parliamentary group. She is fully committed to improving the living conditions for queer people in Bavaria as well. Tessa Ganserer has been known to the public since 2018 as the first transgender member of a German parliament. 2021, Tessa was elected to the German Bundestag.

Ellen Wagner (she/her),
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert

Ellen Wagner is an expert in diversity, equity and inclusion and works with clients and companies in Europe and the USA. She supports organizations in creating an inclusive culture and empowers individuals to overcome external and internal barriers and strengthen their resources. She has a deep understanding of business processes, non-judgmental communication and a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

Fabienne Stordiau (she/her),
CEO, Allround Team GmbH

As the daughter of an Ethiopian/Armenian mother and a Belgian/Austrian father, Fabienne Stordiau was born in Addis Abeba and grew up there speaking six languages. Living multiculturalism defines her childhood and continues seamlessly in her professional career in Germany. As founder and managing director of Allround Team GmbH, she has been advising well-known companies since 1999. The woman-owned company is committed to diversity management and inclusion. Fabienne is a founding member of the German and European LGBTIQ* Business Chamber.

Gabriel Ergüzel (He/Him),
Team Lead Diversity & Inclusion, Zalando SE

Gabriel is 32, a psychologist, and Team Lead of the Diversity and Inclusion department at Zalando with a focus on employees and managers. Within his career, he specializes in strategic projects and was most recently a senior manager at thyssenkrupp AG and previously a management consultant at Accenture. Besides his job, he works as a lecturer and is doing his PhD at the University of Passau at the Department of Psychology in the area of gender and migration research.

Dr. Kerstin Wagner (She/her),
Applied Science Lead, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health

Kerstin is a pharmacist and medical expert at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the global leadership team of the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) Open&Out. In 2017, Kerstin founded the first European chapter of Open&Out in Germany, which until then was primarily active in the US, as well as the EMEA Open&Out network as an umbrella organization for national initiatives. Since moving from Germany to the US in 2019, Kerstin has been leading various global DE&I initiatives at J&J.

Anna Thwaites (She/her),
Counsil, Clifford Chance Partnerschaft mit beschränkter Berufshaftung

Anna Thwaites is a lawyer qualified in Australian and English law and Counsel at Clifford Chance. Anna is an expert in complex project and infrastructure finance, with years of experience in the healthcare, transport and energy sectors. She advises banks, (financial) investors and sponsors on the financing, refinancing and restructuring of large international projects. Anna is also Chairwoman of the LGBT+ Network at Clifford Chance Germany and co-initiator of the Reverse Mentoring Program at Clifford Chance in Germany.

Tobias Eppler (He/Him),
Chief Revenue Officer, HeyJobs GmbH

Tobias is part of the management team of HeyJobs and is responsible for 120+ employees in the areas of sales, marketing, and operations as Chief Revenue Officer. Originally from a Swabian village, his background motivated him early on to create LGBTQ+ visibility. He co-founded the first diversity group at a German high school, as well as the first group at his university and is still involved in LGBTQ+ issues internally and externally in his professional environment.

Dr. Holger Gellermann (He/him),
Head of Medicine Region MIDI, Boehringer Ingelheim

Holger Gellermann received his PhD from the University of Hamburg on the topic of “Staph Aureus Sepsis in Patients with AIDS and ARC”. Holger is also co-founder of the HIV Study Center in Hamburg. After various positions in the medical field, he has been working for Boehringer Ingelheim since 2006 in different positions, e.g. Head of Global Medical Affairs Virology and Medical Director in Germany and Spain. Currently Holger is Head of Medicine for the MIDI region (Nordics, BeNeLux, PT, GR). GR).

Erwin Aljukic (He/him),
Actor/ Dancer/ Model/ Speaker

As an artist with a disability, migration background and homosexual, Erwin Aljukic has been continuously active in the public sphere for equal rights and equal opportunities for different marginalized groups for 24 years now, in addition to his work as an actor, dancer, speaker and model – with the goal of a lived diversity and visibility in the media as well as in the art of people with disabilities, the LGBT community as well as people with a migration background.

Dr. Antonia Wadé (She/her),
Diversity Manager, AUDI AG

Antonia Wadé studied business administration in Regensburg and in the USA. After completing her doctorate, she joined AUDI AG in 2000 in the Investor Relations department. She later held positions at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt and in Corporate Strategy with a focus on sustainability. Since 2017, she has been a manager in the Diversity & Inclusion department. She is involved inside and outside the company as an ally in the LGBT*IQ area and has been a member of the PROUT AT WORK-Foundation Advisory Board since this year.

Mina Saidze (She/her),
Founder, Inclusive Tech

Mina Saidze is the founder of Inclusive Tech, Europe’s first consulting organization for diversity and inclusion in tech. She currently works as a Data Evangelist at idealo. She is also a SPIEGEL Fellowship mentor for algorithm ethics. Her work has been featured in Business Insider and Süddeutsche Zeitung, among others.

Georg Tamm (He/him),
Research Associate, Department of Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney

Georg is a research associate at the Institute for Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney. His research is on LGBTQIA+ diversity and other forms of invisible stigmatized groups (invisible stigma). He was awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Foundation Fellowship for his summary of LGBTQIA+ research in management over the past 25 years.

Vanessa S. Bernauer (She/her),
Research Associate, Helmut Schmidt University, University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Vanessa Bernauer is a research associate at the Institute of Human Resource Policy at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. As part of her doctoral project, she is researching the topics of equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion, and identity in organizations with a special focus on service work in the luxury segment, alternative organizational forms in the digitalized work context, and sexual orientation in organizations.

Dr. Jasmin Joecks (She/her),
Research Associate, Chair of Human Resources and Organization, University of Tübingen, Research Associate, Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Lecturer General Management, Distance Learning University, Brig

Jasmin Joecks is a research associate at the Institute of Business Psychology at Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences and at the Chair of Human Resources and Organization at the University of Tübingen. Her research focuses on the interplay between different diversity dimensions and economic decisions. In addition to her research activities, she has been a lecturer in Innovation Management at the Fernfachhochschule Schweiz (FFHS) since 2020.

Dr. Tanja Reimer (She/her),
Academic Councillor & Director at the Jackstädt Center of the European University Flensburg

Tanja Reimer is an academic councilor and director at the Jackstädt Center at the European University of Flensburg. In research, teaching and transfer, she deals with organizational development and diversity management. She is also a research partner at Global Digital Women.

Kurt Siering (He/him),

Kurt Siering has worked for 20 years as a managing director in various subsidiaries of Deutsche Bank AG, where he is responsible for customer service and banking processes. Currently, as spokesman for the management of two of the companies with the largest number of employees, he is responsible for the operations processes for existing customers of Deutsche Bank’s private clients bank in Germany. In addition to these duties, Kurt Siering is an honorary member of the Corporate Spokespersons Committee, where he represents the interests of senior executives vis-à-vis the company and Group management. One focus of his work is the topic of equal opportunities – also as a mentor and contact person for (established or upcoming) LGBTQI executives.

Leon Dietrich (He/him),
State coordinator of the contact persons for LGBTI (AP LSBTI NI),
contact person for LGBTI of the police Lower Saxony

Leon Dietrich, 42, State Coordinator AP LSBTI, police officer with the Lower Saxony Police, lives in Hanover. As the first full-time AP LSBTI, he leads and coordinates all 9 AP LSBTI in the secondary office of the Lower Saxony Police and is also an expert on the topic of diversity/diversity management. He is a transman who is passionate about his profession and who is responsible for the topic of “diversity with all its facets” – with a focus on LGBTI – in his organization, raises awareness, and provides further training, but who is also visibly responsible externally for all citizens who experience LGBTI-related hate violence. The police have become modern, faster and more diverse, which is why my office is so important.

Kai S. Pieck (He/him),
Author/Director/Initiator Queer Media Society

Kai S. Pieck is self-taught and started with Super8 films in the late 70s. From the early 80s he worked professionally in the film industry. Since the beginning of the 90s he has been working as a director and writer for film/TV, event and stage. His feature films “Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen” and “Ricky – normal war gestern” screened at numerous festivals worldwide and received various nominations and awards. In 2018 he initiated the Queer Media Society.

Nica Schächtele (they/them),

Nica Schächtele is involved in b:proud, the Bosch LGBTIQ + Allies network, in the central orga team. They are responsible for FLINT* (Female Lesbian Inter Non-binary Trans) issues and represents the interests of intersex and transgender colleagues in particular. Furthermore, they are one of the coordinators for international cooperation of the worldwide Bosch LGBT*IQ networks.

Adél onodi (she/her),

Adél Onodi was born in Hungary and has always had an interest in acting and singing. It was an important milestone in her career when she played the role of a transgender woman – herself – in a theater performance as a monodrama between 2018 – 2020. Adél appeared on the cover of Hungarian magazines Elle and Glamour as the first transgender actress in Hungary. She had the first transgender column in a mainstream women’s magazine (Glamour) in Hungary. Due to the inequality of opportunities in the Hungarian film industry and the hate campaign against the transgender community, Adél moved to Berlin where she filmed “Wir sind jetzt” and “Rumspringa”. Adél was involved in the German LGBTQIA + Actout campaign of Süddeutsche Zeitung, which was about giving more opportunities to LGBT+ actors in the film industry. Together with Eirini-Maria Fountedaki, Adél prepared the keynote.

Christina Klitzsch-Eulenburg (she/her),

Christina completed her law studies at the Free University of Berlin. She then had her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Brandenburg, including stations at the police in the German Bundestag and various lawyers’ offices in Berlin. From 2008 to 2017, Christina was an independent attorney in Berlin. Since 2017, she has been a lawyer at the Neighborhood and Self-Help Center at UFA-Fabrik e.V.. In 2020, she founded the initiative “Nodoption” and has been volunteering for it ever since.

Lucy chebout (she/her),
attorney at law

Christina completed her law studies at the Free University of Berlin. She then had her legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Brandenburg, including stations at the police in the German Bundestag and various lawyers’ offices in Berlin. From 2008 to 2017, Christina was an independent attorney in Berlin. Since 2017, she has been a lawyer at the Neighborhood and Self-Help Center at UFA-Fabrik e.V.. In 2020, she founded the initiative “Nodoption” and has been volunteering for it ever since.

Juan pablo aliaga (he/him),
Human Resources Director, Southern Cone at Beiersdorf

As the inventor of modern skin care, Beiersdorf strives to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin. The variety of their trusted brands and care products reflects the uniqueness of their consumers and everyone working at Beiersdorf. Beiersdorf is fully committed to building a company where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and creating an inclusive work environment where there is no place for any form of discrimination. They believe in a culture of belonging together while embracing authentic individuality. Diversity is what enriches Beiersdorf, and how they win in competitive markets worldwide.

timona Borhanuddin (she/her),
Technology Consultant at Accenture

Timona has a degree in mathematics and has been working as a technology consultant at Accenture for 2.5 years. She was born in Hamburg, but grew up in Bangladesh. 13 years ago, Timona came back to Germany to pursue her desires and goals. Besides her work, she founded the first bisexual club for women in German-speaking countries in 2016. Furthermore, she strongly advocates for an inclusive and diverse corporate culture and is involved in different initiatives inside and outside the company.

dr. jannika Bock (she/her),
Director Retail, Central Europe at Google Germany GmbH

As Director Retail, Dr. Jannika Bock is responsible for sales of Google’s advertising products to major clients in Central Europe. She is the Exec Sponsor of PRIDE@Google, the LGBTQ+ community at Google Germany GmbH. She also presides over the BVDW’s “Working World of the Future” department. Before joining Google in 2008, Jannika Bock worked for Axel Springer AG as well as various publishing houses and scientific institutions. She holds a doctorate in American Literature and Cultural Studies, including from Harvard University.

Jules* Elting (No Pronouns/Jules*),

Jules* Elting is a trans* non-binary performer, born 1978 in Hamburg and living in Berlin since 2016. Studied contemporary dance at the “Martha Graham School” in New York, later acting with diploma at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix-Mendelsson-Bartholdy” in Leipzig. 2019 selected as one of three German performers for Berlinale TALENTS. 2021 with “King Car” in competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film was on the short-list to represent Brazil at the Oscars. Also nominated for the “Best Actors Award” at the Gramado Festival, in Brazil in August 2021. Jules* Elting was host of the 35th Teddy Awards at the Berlinale Summeredition in June 2021. In February 2021 public coming out as co-signer* of the manifesto #ActOut. Since then activist work and regular speaker at Pride events and panels.

brix schaumburg (he/him),

Since 2013, Brix has been on stage with heart and soul as a musical performer, including as Mowgli in “Jungle Book”, as a Marshall in “Paw Patrol”, “Ich bin ein Berblinger”, “Transparencia”, “Tanz auf dem Vulkan” and many other shows. Since 2019 he has additionally been in the public eye as a trans* man fighting for his community and supporting it where he can. In 2020 he released his 2nd podcast “Herzfarben”, which was even nominated for the German Podcast Award. He also played Nik in “Sunny – wer bist du wirklich?”; the first continuous trans male lead role on German television. Furthermore, he released his single “It will be fine” in 2020 and started to make the world a little more colorful with numerous talks as well as coachings to help companies to integrate diversity more and more into their everyday life. Among others, he recently coached the German dubbing association and Wikipedia, but also big companies like Patagonia, Thommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein trust in his know-how.

Sergio Bucher (he/him),
GROUP MANAGEMENT BOARD Brands and Retail, Otto Group

Sergio Bucher, born in 1963 in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), has been a member of the Otto Group Executive Board since February 1, 2020, with responsibility for the Brands and Retail divisions. After holding positions at companies such as Puma, Nike, Inditex and Cortefievon from 2013 to 2016, the graduate engineer in applied mathematics, who holds Swiss and Spanish citizenship, was Vice President for Amazon Fashion Europe, where he played a key role in building up the Fashion segment. From 2016 until spring 2019, Sergio was Chief Executive Officer of the British department store group Debenhams, where he initiated and was responsible for a comprehensive turnaround and restructuring strategy, among other things. Because Sergio is committed to ensuring that the diversity of customers is also reflected in the teams and corporate culture at the Otto Group, he is one of the Beyond Gender Agenda’s “Top-50-To-Watch Diversity Drivers 2021”.

Samet akti (he/him),
Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Consultant

Samet is a strategy consultant for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the intersection of business communications. Dedicated to making the corporate world a fairer and more equitable place for underrepresented groups, Samet has sustainably championed DEI in international and complex organisations, such as Google, Coca-Cola and IBM iX – across all levels and functions. As a recognized Keynote speaker, he discusses issues around DEI, LGBT+ and intersectionality. Samet holds a master’s degree in business communication management.

Corinna trier (she/her),
Head of HR – Competence Center South

Corinna Trier has dedicated almost her entire career to Human Resources. Since 1987, she has been employed at REWE Markt GmbH, a cooperative company with stores and independently managed operations. She heads the HR Competence Center in the South Region and is responsible for recruiting, diagnostics, training and development, talent management, health management, and work and family.

ibrahim Maiga (he/him),
HR Expert for Integration

Ibrahim Maiga has held the position of Integration Officer at the Southern Region branch of REWE Markt GmbH since 2016. He is responsible for implementing the concept for integrating migrants into the labor market and into the teams at REWE stores as well as in logistics. Born and raised in Gao (Mali), Ibrahim Maiga completed his studies in social sciences in the People’s Republic of China in 2004. Since 2005, he has been living in Germany, where he studied International Relations and Developing Countries, Sinology as well as German as a Foreign Language at Master’s level.

Christian Noll (He/Him),
Geschäftsführer IBM Deutschland GmbH, Managing Partner IBM Consulting, DACH

Christian Noll has been Managing Director of IBM Deutschland GmbH since November 2019, responsible for the services business of IBM Global Business Services (GBS) in Germany, and as General Manager DACH since October 2019, also responsible for this area in Austria and Switzerland. In this role, he is responsible for the entire business unit including sales, delivery, human resources, proposals and marketing. Global Business Services offers services such as Digital Strategy, Cognitive Process Transformation and Cloud Application Transformation as a partner for cognitive enterprises on the Hybrid Cloud Journey. Since 2020, Christian Noll is additionally active as Executive Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion topics in DACH. As an Ally, he is also committed to LGBT+ in DACH as a Diversity Executive Sponsor.

Andreas Wolter (He/Him),
Associate Director for Global Partnerships at Tent Partnership for Refugees

Andreas Wolter is Associate Director for Global Partnerships at Tent Partnership for Refugees, an international network that mobilizes companies to support the economic integration of refugees. Previously, he worked for JOBLINGE gAG, placing young refugees in jobs. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Andreas worked in the automotive industry for VW, SIXT and BMW, as well as freelance. Andreas is a banker, holds a degree in Business Administration (FH), a US Bachelor in Finance and a Master in Non-Profit Management.

Albert Kehrer (he/him),
director of Prout at work-foundation

Albert Kehrer is co-founder and executive director of the PROUT AT WORK-Foundation. Albert founded the LGBT network for Germany at his employer almost 20 years ago, held a position in sales on LGBT business development and was Diversity Manager for Germany in a large consulting firm for several years. For the past 10 years, he has been a full-time diversity expert, change consultant and coach for organizations, teams and people on diversity-related topics through his consulting firm Perls Anderson Change Advisors.

Jean-luc vey (he/him),
director of PROUT AT WORK-FOundation

Dr. Jean-Luc Vey, born in 1967 in the south of France, is a telecommunications engineer and holds a doctorate in physics. He has lived in Germany since 1995 and has worked in the IT department of Deutsche Bank since 1999. Jean-Luc was one of the founders of DB Pride, a diversity programm for the LGBT*IQ staff of Deutsche Bahn in 2000 and was one of the leaders until 2013. Since 2013, he has been a co-founder and board member of PROUT AT WORK. Additionally, Jean-Luc was on the Financial Times’ “Future Global LGBT Leaders” list in 2016.

Jannette Flores (She/Her),
Agency Sales Manager At Google Germany GMBH

Jannette Flores joined Google in 2011 as Agency Sales Manager and is responsible for the transformation and growth of Germany’s largest performance agencies. Before joining the agency team, she was a product specialist for topics like Google Audience Targeting, Measurement & Attribution. She is also co-lead of Pride@Google (the LGBTQ+ community at Google), co-lead of the Asian Google Network in Germany, #IamRemarkable HH Site Lead and part of the Google Culture and #ActivateAntiRacism team. Before Google, Jannette worked in Australia as a water ski and wakeboard coach. She completed her studies in Cologne, Madrid and Lisbon.

George Perlov (he/Him),
Interim Executive Director at Open For Business

George Perlov is Interim Executive Director at Open For Business after serving as lead researcher and program lead for its Central & Eastern Europe program. He is a Berlin-based consultant who helps foundations and NGOs be more effective using research, strategic planning and evaluation. Previously, he was EVP for Research at the Ad Council in New York, and has worked in the US, Europe and in Asia. He has an MPA degree from Columbia University.

Jay Siegmann (They/Them),
CEO, Vitaminwelten GmbH

Jay Siegmann is diverse (lesbian, non-binary, genderqueer, neurodiverse, multitalented), that the pursuit of equal opportunity for all is embedded in her DNA. She is CEO, strategist, visionary, employee, all at the same time. After coming out as non-binary in 2021, she informed her private and professional contacts about it and thus sensitized very different people for the topic LGBT*IQ. The official name and gender reassignment at the age of 53 ensures visibility and encourages an active discussion.

Maik Brunkow (They/them, No Pronouns),
HR Project- and Kampagnenmanagement, KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Maik Brunkow is Brand and Campaign Manager at KPMG and most recently designed and implemented the company’s wome³n campaign. To enable careers for all genders, Maik has also worked on various LGBT*IQ and gender justice projects at the Gay Museum, PwC and Deutsche Bank. As a media and cultural studies graduate, Maik would like to see even more attention paid to the intersection of social injustice and other dimensions of diversity.

Sophia Greulich (She/Her),
Strategy Consultant AI, IBM

Sophia Greulich joined the IBM Watson Center in Munich in 2019 as a consultant for artificial intelligence. She specializes in the area of ethical AI and advises clients on how AI can be used in a trustworthy, secure and non-discriminatory manner. She is also involved in the Diversity&Inclusion team at IBM and supports various initiatives there, such as the publication of a guide critical of racism. In her spare time, she works as a teacher at ReDi-School, a digital inclusion startup.

Alex Belopolsky (they/them | No Pronouns),
Project Coordinator, Author, Journalist, Media expert

Alex Belopolsky is a project coordinator at PROUT AT WORK, author, journalist and media expert. Born in Ukraine, Belopolsky is an active member of the group Munich Kyiv Queer, which brings together German and Ukrainian LGBT*IQ. Belopolsky’s expertise lies in the fields of culture, gender, and religion, especially in the intersections of these topics. Belopolsky’s writing has been published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, and elsewhere.

Sören Landmann (he/Him),
Chairman Aktionsbündnis gegen Homophobie e.V.

Sören Landmann has been chairman of Aktionsbündnis gegen Homophobie e.V. since 2008 and initiator of nationwide campaigns such as “Initiative EHE FÜR ALLE” and “Initiative GRUNDGESETZ FÜR ALLE”. Sören studied psychology at the University of Trier and worked as a press and association officer for Völklinger Kreis e.V. in Berlin. Since 2015, he has been the LGBTI representative of the city of Mannheim and represents the city in the global Rainbow Cities Network, on whose board he took on the role of Secretary until June 2021. He is also a member of the advisory board of the employer seal “PRIDE Champion”.