Program ’22

Below you can get a first glimpse of this year’s speaker program. The list is growing – more speakers will be published here on a regular basis.

The #UNPINKED is a bilingual conference. On this site you can find the program of the international, english-speaking stages – the button will take you to the German program.

Andrea Chagas (she/her)

Panel |  Diverse Leaders + Inclusive Work Cultures = Resilient Companies and Better Societies

Researcher Queer Sociolinguistics | Mannheim University

Andrea is an Uruguayan national and leading scholar in the area of African and South
American socio- and ethnolinguistics. Andrea’s research looks at the consequences of
colonialism to analyse language ideologies and attitudes towards the vernaculars and the
European languages in the global south.
Andrea connects her professional expertise with her activism. She tries to approach
topics of social inequalities resulting from different sociocultural, political and economic
systems coexisting in the global south both empirically and socially. She does this by
approaching these topics in academia and empiric research and second by organizing
events that bring together people from the society, like employees, artists, etc. Andrea is
also a guest speaker on queer allyship and focuses on establishing inclusive spaces
within workforces.

Indrani Sharma (she/her)

Panel |  Diverse Leaders + Inclusive Work Cultures = Resilient Companies and Better Societies

Business Development Specialist | Women Change Makers

Indrani is a proud Indian national, founder and corporate leader in the area of social
business supporting women and inclusion and corporate gender parity. Using the UN
SDGs, she incorporates ethical entrepreneurship and championing women as business
leaders.
Indrani is also a highly respected business advisor and has established several youth
programmes together with the Indian government in fostering science, innovation and
technology.

Julie Thomas (she/her)

Panel |  Diverse Leaders + Inclusive Work Cultures = Resilient Companies and Better Societies

Global Director of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity | Coca Cola European Partners

Julie Thomas is the Global Director of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at Coca Cola European
Partners and is an award-winning diversity and inclusion leader with expertise not only in
the LGBTIQ+ community but also in gender equality, disability inclusion, mental health,
intersectionality and multi-cultural issues.
Julie has worked on cultural transformation initiatives that include employee
engagement, monitoring and benchmarking and building Employee Resource Groups. In
2016, she received the WeAreTheCity Rising Star in Diversity award and was recognised
as one of the Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry in 2019 and 2020.

Ksenija Polla (she/her)

Panel |  Diverse Leaders + Inclusive Work Cultures = Resilient Companies and Better Societies

North American Regional Director | ICCA

Ksenija is Croatian born and Regional Director for North America at the International
Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). In her capacity she advocates for and
supports international meetings suppliers and associations in their endeavours in
creating a better, more inclusive world.
Ksenija also develops the business sense for DEI management and is a member of the
American Society of Association Executives(ASAE) Leadership Meetings and Exposition Council and its DEI subcommittee, which recently has established practical guidelines for associations on leading principles for DEI within the hospitality, travel and tourism
industry.

Yoriko Yasukawa (she/her)

Panel |  Diverse Leaders + Inclusive Work Cultures = Resilient Companies and Better Societies

UN official / Vice President FOGGS

Yoriko, a Japanese national, is Vice President of the Foundation for Global Governance
and Sustainability and facilitator for the dispute resolution mechanism of the Inter-
American Development Bank. Previous to this, Yoriko served in senior positions in the
United Nations, including Regional Director of the UN Population Fund for Asia and the
Pacific. Yoriko has advised and mediated with many national governments on human
rights and supported diversity and inclusion efforts in many spectrums. From indigenous
rights, gender parity, youth and LGBTIQ+, Yoriko is no stranger to the global and UN
context on diversity and inclusion within human rights.

Emre Celik (he/they)

Who am I?… Who Are You? The Danger to Hide the Authentic Self.

EMEA ER and Investigations Partner | Google II DEInfluencer

Short description of talk:
Emre Celik has been hiding for many years. In a brave talk, he speaks about life situations that have been paralyzing to him. Why speak up? Because he realized that his silence has personal, professional and societal consequences. Reflections on what it means to fear the judgement of others, and how it makes us judge ourselves.

Felizitas Lichtenberg (she/her)

Diversity & Inclusion Insights: Best Practices for Conducting a Global Employee Survey

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion I SumUp

Short description of co-talk:
One of the main challenges organisations face is to fully understand the representation of different demographic groups and their experiences in the workplace. Are we representing our societies? Can everyone feel belong? Where do we face challenges and need to take actions? Surveys are a great way to analyse these questions in a global and scalable way. Every country has different legal and privacy requirements, which makes it challenging to capture the data. In this talk, Felizitas and Nikoleta bring diversity and legal perspectives together and share first-hand insights from designing and conducting a global Diversity & Inclusion survey at SumUp – a leading FinTech company. Join this talk to hear more about:
    – Why and how SumUp is running a global D&I survey that includes local requirements?
    – What to consider from a legal and data privacy standpoint?
    – How does SumUp analyse the insights and define actions that can be taken?

Kyte Bohlke (they/them)

Corporate Activism – How My Own Vulnerability Turned Into a Superpower

Team Lead | Finoa Gmbh

Short description of talk:
Inclusion has finally arrived as a buzzword in corporate environments.
As contemporary company structures move towards supporting employees who are outside the norm, only few of those companies do know where to start off the journey.
Between gender-neutral language, inclusive bathrooms, pronoun fields and company DE&I requirements, there is a lot to consider.
As a non-binary professional, I would like to share how my own journey was the superpower and catalyst to help transforming work environments around myself and those around me. Let us talk about responsibility based on privileges and how we can create safe workspaces being each other’s allies.
If you think activism and corporate thinking does not belong together, you might be surprised.

Meike Imberg (she/her)

HR Does Not Equal D&I

EDI Lead | Vattenfall Heat UK
D&I Consultant

Short description of co-talk:
Join us to learn more about the reasons behind the bold statement that HR does not equal D&I. In this session, Meike will share some insights from the LGBT+ and wider D&I journey for any organisation. She will provide you with some practical tips you can take into your workplace (and home!) and also share some reflections on her own journey as a D&I expert working in the UK.

Nikoleta Statelova (she/her)

Diversity & Inclusion Insights: Best Practices for Conducting a Global Employee Survey

Lead Privacy Counsel, Europe I SumUp

Short description of co-talk:
One of the main challenges organisations face is to fully understand the representation of different demographic groups and their experiences in the workplace. Are we representing our societies? Can everyone feel belong? Where do we face challenges and need to take actions? Surveys are a great way to analyse these questions in a global and scalable way. Every country has different legal and privacy requirements, which makes it challenging to capture the data. In this talk, Felizitas and Nikoleta bring diversity and legal perspectives together and share first-hand insights from designing and conducting a global Diversity & Inclusion survey at SumUp – a leading FinTech company. Join this talk to hear more about:
    – Why and how SumUp is running a global D&I survey that includes local requirements?
    – What to consider from a legal and data privacy standpoint?
    – How does SumUp analyse the insights and define actions that can be taken?

Pascal Possler (he/him)

Want Inclusion? Don’t Change Minds, Change Context

Consultant for Influencers, Purpose and Impact

Short description of talk:
When I started consulting, I wanted to do evidence based Diversity Management. The more I studied the research, psychology and evidence, the more I understood that no matter how much we educated ourselves or change minds, we will display exclusive behaviors and structures. (e.g. Did you know that unconscious bias trainings have mostly shown to make white people fill out questionnaires measuring racism better, but didn’t end up in more diverse hirings). When we understand what the obstacles to more diversity in our organizations are, based on research and evidence, we can make better changes. Let me present you processes to plan for more inclusion, obstacles and enablers that can help more to change our exclusive behaviors to inclusive behaviors.

Samet Akti

„You Can’t Say That Anymore“  – How Inclusive Language Fails to Find Consensus

Senior D&I Communication Manager | Zalando
DEI Consultant

Short description of talk:
Is it marginalized or empowered groups? Is it disabled person or a person with disability? Is it LGBT or LGBTQQIA? – Why does terminology in the Diversity & Inclusion sphere seemingly evolve at a rapidly fast pace? Why do terms fall out of favor when they had been introduced to mitigate exclusion in the first place? What is the underlying phenomenon? And most importantly: How do we nonetheless apply the idea of inclusive communication successfully?Join this session to learn all about inclusive language, its ephemeral nature and how to work with it.

Zamina Ahmad (she/ her)

Product Inclusion – Building Products With Value for Everyone With Everyone

CEO | shades&contrast

Short description of talk:
Zamina will talk about Inclusive Product Design – to design for as many different people as possible with a diverse team. Too often we imagine one, single target user. In result, products are not accessible to customers with different abilities, circumstances and identities. Product Inclusion means to involve different people in your product development process and to create diverse ways to participate on your product. In consequence, products are build that addresses the needs of more people who get a feeling of belonging – and we build a better future for everyone.

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