|Opening and Registration||Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok Thailand
Badges available at registration desk
|Opening Plenary Session||- Opening by Moderator Mark Emdin
Short welcome by Renato Sabadini, director of ILGA World
- Welcome, Opening and Keynote by Paul Overdijk (co-founder of Workplace Pride Foundation)
10 years of improving LGBTI inclusion in large companies: What has it brought us and how can we take this into a new Asian environment
- “Working while LGBTI – findings from China, Thailand and the Philippines”, Presentation of new UNDP research on employment discrimination based on LGBTI.
by Katri Kivioja
(Programme Specialist, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub)
(Local policy makers; LGBT activists)
|Situation of LGBT in companies and work floors
(incl. Dr Cheera, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security; Chatsuda Lertpiriyakamol, Area Manager Hotels Booking.com Bangkok; Khun Nhabhakha Kittithamavoot, Director HR Greenpeace Bangkok; Shannon Kalayamitr, CEO Orami )
|- Mrs Amornratana Xuto of AXA – Krungthai, Chief People Officer to reflect on Workplace, AXA - Krungthai and UNDP research
- Pjotr Pawlak(International Consultant) and Clifton Cortez (Global Advisor, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) of World Bank: “Economic and Financial Discrimination and Exclusion of LGBTI individuals in Thailand”: Launch of new online survey lead by the World Bank, in partnership with Thammasat University and Love Frankie (M&C Saatchi World Services).
|Short word from the Lead Sponsor before lunch: James Kocis, Partner, Thailand Country Manager
IBM Global Business Services
|Lunch Break||Lunch in Sukosol Hotel|
|Breakout sessions |
In 4 parallel and interactive breakout sessions with approx. 25 participants each key topics of LGBTI inclusion will be explored further.
During the breakout session discussions will take place in small groups of 4-5 participants each.
The opportunity for conference partakers to speak their mind.
|- David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride
Short introduction of Workplace Pride Foundation
- Visibility at work: asset or risk
True LGBTI inclusion at the workfloor starts with visibility and openness of LGBTI employees. This requires a working environment where it is safe to come out.
The situation in the SE Asian region is very mixed in this respect, varying from country to country. Based on personal stories of the participants we will explore the risks and benefits of being open and visible and how the workfloor can be improved for LGBTI’s by being visible.
Facilitators: Rena Wolf (Reed-Elsevier) and Nats Santivipanon (AXA)
| - Employee networks and Straight Allies
In the western world LGBTI-networks of employees have been able to influence company policies for LGBTI’s in a positive way. In most cases the help of “Straight Allies” or “Sponsors” at (top) management level has been a game changer.
This breakout session will explore how this approach works, how LGBTI employees will find and engage the right allies and sponsors in the company, and how employee networks can be applied in SE Asian companies.
Facilitators: Khun Od Busakorn Suryasarn and Matthew Perkins (UN/UNGLOBE)
| -Business Case for LGBTI Inclusion
Companies always require a business case before making an investment.
The business case of good LGBTI policies at the work floor is attractive. But what are the ingredients for such a business case for an investment in LGBTI employees, and in the working environment?
And how to convince management that this is attractive for the company? In this session we will develop the short story that convinces the boss, management and HR to start improving LGBTI inclusion and make that investment.
Facilitator: Mr Kaona Saowakun, former president of ILGA Asia
|- Making change last
This conference will show that there is a lot of work to be done to improve LGBTI inclusion at work.
Organizing conferences will not be enough. We will explore how we can move forward after this conference is over.
Setting up LGBTI employee networks, organizing across companies, involving the LGBTI community in various countries, getting support from governments and NGO’s is vital.
In this session we will find out how we can organize ourselves to start moving ahead.
Facilitators: Paul Heymans and Mark Emdin
|Closing Plenary Session||- Paul Heymans, founder of OUTBKK:
Short introduction of OUTBKK and plans for the near future
- Short panel session with the moderators of the break-out sessions to share the main takeaways from each session.
Facilitator: Mark Emdin (Workplace Pride)
- Closing speaker: Mr Tony Tenicela(Global Lead LGBT IBM)
|Networking Reception |
Reception and Drinks at
|Speaker: 2nd Secretary of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Mr Martin van Buuren on behalf of the Dutch Ambassador
November 26th: REGISTRATION CLOSED