Moderators & Panelists

MarkEmdinMaster of Ceremonies

Mark Emdin

Senior Organisation Effectiveness Consultant
Projects & Technology, Shell

Board Member of Workplace Pride

Mark Emdin, an Australian who calls Amsterdam home, is currently Senior Organisation Effectiveness Consultant for Shell’s Projects & Technology organization based in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. He is responsible for supporting Shell’s executives and senior directors of large capital projects in the fields of organizational design, behavior, leadership and team effectiveness. This global role has Mark working across a diverse range of cultures, environments and organisations.

Mark has been with Shell since 1995, starting his career in Australia. He has held a number of Human Resources based roles and has a passion for supporting individuals achieve their potential and create challenging, stimulating and enjoyable workplace environments. Mark is a past Chair of the Shell Netherland’s LGBT network ‘Pink Pearl’ and works to support LGBT staff in countries where Shell does not yet have LGBT networks. He is also an active member of Workplace Pride.

Mark holds a Masters in Leadership and Management (Hon) degree from Curtin University, Australia and originally trained as an Agricultural Economist. He is a recipient of a Vincent Fairfax Award for Ethics in Leadership through the St James Ethics Centre, Sydney.

Mark lives with his husband, Michael, in Amsterdam. Both are avid travellers and enjoying what the world has to offer those willing to step outside and take a risk.


HughMitchellExecutive Roundtable (by invitation only)

Host:Hugh Mitchell, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer, Shell

In March 2005, Hugh was appointed Human Resources Director of Shell and became a member of the Executive Committee in October 2007.

Hugh graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland, with an MA (Hons) in Modern History in 1979. Later that year he joined Human Resources in Shell Exploration & Production in Aberdeen. Further HR and business roles followed across the UK and Brunei in both the upstream and downstream businesses.

In 1997 he became HR Vice President for the Global Oil Products business.

Hugh moved to Shell headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 2003 as Director International. His responsibilities included co-ordinating the company’s worldwide government relations activities.

In March 2005, Hugh was appointed Human Resources Director of Royal Dutch Shell. He became a member of the Executive Committee in October 2007.

Hugh is a member of the Board for the Centre for Advanced Human Resources at Cornell University in the USA, and a Foundation Board member of IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was appointed a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in the USA in 2009. He is also an Honorary Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).


ClaudiaBrindWoody-editExecutive Roundtable (by invitation only) 

Moderator: Claudia Brind-Woody, IBM

Claudia Brind-Woody is currently the Vice President and Managing Director for IBM Global Intellectual Property and Advanced Technology Licensing. She is responsible for licensing and assignment of IBM patents and technologies to companies in the Software, Services, WebTech and Financial Sectors. She also runs IBM’s Small Divestiture Practice and the specialized consulting group known as IP Management Services.

Claudia has been with IBM since 1996, and has held multiple global roles during her tenure. She has been a Vice President in the Industrial Sector, the Managing Director of the IBM Nokia account in Finland and a Vice President in Global Technology Services to name a few. She received the coveted IBM Chairman’s Award for her work on the Global Y2K team, and also has two IBM patents pending.

In her “night job” at IBM, Claudia serves as the co-chair of the IBM Executive LGBT Taskforce that focuses globally on the issues of LGBT employees in the work place. She is an accomplished keynote speaker who has represented IBM in Copenhagen, Zurich, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Brussels, London, Munich, Paris, Helsinki, Bangalore, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Austin, Chicago and Washington, DC.

In addition to speaking on LGBT issues, Claudia serves on the Board of Directors of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and co-chairs their International Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Lambda Legal Board of Directors and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government Board of Advisors. In 2011, she received the Out & Equal Trailblazer award for her work in LGBT diversity and was listed in GO Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” Class of 2011. In 2012, she received the “Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award” from Mary Baldwin College and was named to The Guardian’s WorldPride Power List Top 100.

Before joining IBM in 1996, Claudia worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the Technology Program Director for the Olympic Results System. Earlier in her career, Claudia was the Vice-President for Business Development at CenturyTel (CTL). She served as the Assistant Dean of the College & Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She also served as the Assistant Athletics Director at two major universities: the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Claudia coached a 1979 USA National Team in women’s basketball, and was an assistant coach for two years under Pat Head Summitt at The University of Tennessee.

Claudia holds a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Georgia State University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. from the University of Tennessee. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mary Baldwin College where she earned her B. A. summa cum laude. She is admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia.

She lives with her wife, Tracie, in Oxfordshire, England.


BorisDittrich-editedPanel 1- Connecting NGO’s with employers in international environments

  • Moderated by: Boris Dittrich , Human Rights Watch with the participation of Hivos and Amnesty

Borris Dittrich is a human rights activist, former Dutch politician and writer.
Borris Dittrich is a human rights activist, former Dutch politician and writer.

In early 2007 Dittrich became Advocacy Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program at Human Rights Watch in the Headquarters of the non-governmental organization in New York City.

Dittrich works on different levels to achieve non-discrimination and equal rights for LGBT people. On a national level he supports grass roots organizations to achieve the goals they set out in their country specific context. For instance when groups in Cameroon asked Human Rights Watch to research the effects of the law that criminalizes homosexual conduct in that country. The research resulted in a joint report that Dittrich and the groups’ representatives discussed at a national level with the Cameroonian prime minister, minister of Justice, members of Parliament, and other stakeholders. On an international level Dittrich presented the findings from the report on Cameroon to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

In New York he co-organized yearly events at the United Nations to celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10. In 2007 he chaired the event that introduced the Yogyakarta Principles to the UN in New York. In 2008 the event introduced a joint statement by 66 countries to denounce violence and discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2009 the Holy See took the floor and called upon the more than 76 countries in the world to decriminalize homosexual conduct. The events became increasingly important. In 2010 and 2012 UN secretary-General Ban Ki Moon gave the opening address. In all events human rights defenders from different parts of the world shared their personal stories about how discriminatory laws and practices influenced their lives. In most cases also positive examples of activism were given to inspire the hundreds of attending diplomats.

Mid 2013 Dittrich moved from New York to Berlin, Germany where he continues to work as advocacy director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. He will remain a global advocate, with a special focus on Russia and Eastern Europe.



Panel 1: Connecting NGO’s with employers in international environments

Panelist: Edwin Huizing,Executive Director Hivos

Edwin Huizing is the executive director at Hivos, a Dutch development organization founded on humanist values. Hivos’ mission is to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world; a world in which all citizens have equal access to opportunities and resources and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their societies and their futures. Hivos focuses on six key themes: democratic reform, freedom of expression, sexual rights, women’s rights, productive ecosystems and green energy.  Hivos has been supporting LGBT rights for over 20 years. Hivos is currently working from 11 regional and country offices with over 700 partner organizations worldwide in 26 countries and has an average annual turnover of around 100 million.

Edwin joined Hivos in September 2013. Between 1989 and 2001, Edwin worked for SNV in Botswana, Niger and Mali. From 2001 he worked for the Dutch Council for Refugees (Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland) as Director of Operations and from 2006 to 2010 as Executive Director. From 2010 until his appointment at Hivos, Edwin was the director of the Subregional Office for East and Southern Africa of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Edwin studied Human Geography and Development Planning in Utrecht. He is married and has four children.



Panel 1: Connecting NGO’s with employers in international environments

Panelist: N. Beger, Director of Amnesty International’s European institutions office

Nicolas Beger is the director of the Amnesty International European Institutions Office specializing on EU human rights policy inside the EU and globally, the Council of Europe, regional campaigning, research and media as well as organisational development. He was previously the director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO ), working in the area of EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding policies. Before EPLO he worked for the EU Civil Society Contact Group. Nicolas also has a background in anti-discrimination policy, conflict prevention, and gender, as well as professional training and mediation qualifications.

He is a long-standing LGBT activist with a specialisation on transgender issues. He has held teaching posts in different universities before changing to the European NGO sector.

He holds a BA (hons) and a MA from the University of Canterbury New Zealand and a PhD from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis).


Visbeen-PwC-editPanel 1: Connecting NGO’s with employers in international environments

Panelist: Janet Visbeen, Partner PwC Netherlands

Janet Visbeen started her career as tax consultant at Coopers & Lybrand (1994-1998). Janet became Partner of PwC in 2008 and was appointed member of the Local Oversight Board of PwC NL on 1 January 2013.

Her expertise lies with designing incentives for top executives in Dutch and international listed and unlisted companies. Advice areas encompass the strategic, tax, legal, financial, accounting and reporting implications of operating variable pay schemes, financial modelling, corporate governance related to executive remuneration and also the design and implementation of management participation schemes in management buy out situations.

Her core value is combining strong technical expertise with a focus on finding practical solutions and taking a multi disciplinary approach on executive pay, including tax, accounting and advisory skills ensuring an effective approach and superior client service.


Vickers-editPanel 1: Connecting NGO’s with employers in international environments

Panelist: Andrew Vickers, Shell, Netherlands

Andrew Vickers is VP NGO and Stakeholder Relations and is a member of the Shell External Communications (CX) leadership team.

He started his Shell career as a territory manager on the forecourts of south London and has since held senior Communications positions in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to his current role he was responsible for stakeholder relations and sustainable development in Shell’s global Upstream new business development unit.

He is a Board member of the Public Affairs Council.

Other Shell responsibilities include subject matter lead for human rights and the Shell Group Business Principles.



RandyBerryPanel – 2 Global leadership in public and private sector LGBT workplace inclusion

Panelist: Randy Berry, Consul General United States Consulate, Amsterdam

Randy W. Berry arrived in Amsterdam August 3, 2012.   He was United States Consul General in Auckland, New Zealand from 2009 to 2012, and prior to that, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2007 to 2009.

Mr. Berry’s career with the State Department has also taken him to postings in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda (twice), and South Africa, as well as Washington DC.  Mr. Berry holds a State Department Superior Honor Award, and is a nine-time Meritorious Honor Award recipient.  He speaks Spanish and Arabic.

Mr. Berry was raised on a family cattle ranch in rural Custer County, Colorado.  He is a graduate of Bethany College of Lindsborg, Kansas, and was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.   Before joining the Foreign Service in 1993, Berry worked as an international training manager for America West Airlines in Phoenix, Arizona.

Berry is joined in Amsterdam by his South African-born partner Pravesh Singh, a corporate attorney, and their young children Arya and Xander.


CarolienScheelePanel – 2 Global leadership in public and private sector LGBT workplace inclusion

Panelist: Carlien Scheele, Director Emancipation, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

Carlien Scheele is Director of the Gender and LGBT Equality Department at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Scheele studied French at Utrecht University before starting her career in the area ofsocial affairs and employment policies.

She joined the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in 2007 and assumed the position of Director at the Gender and LGBT Equality Department in 2011. Scheele is a member of the EU High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming and a Board member of the European Institute for Gender Equality.

She is Chair of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission and a member of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. At UN level, she is co-ordinator of the national implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Violence against Women (CEDAW) and head of theDutch delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.


AvderTuin-editPanel – 2 Global leadership in public and private sector LGBT workplace inclusion

Panelist: Alexandra van der Tuin,  Managing Director Accenture

Alexandra van der Tuin is Managing Director at Accenture within the Health & Public Services industry. She specialises in Strategy & Transformation. Over the last 16 years Alexandra has gained extensive experience in managing complex system integration projects, developing and driving strategic agendas, operational excellence and managing transformational change. Alexandra furthermore coaches senior leaders and teams. Alexandra has done this cross-sector: within financial services industry, communication & high tech industry and government. Alexandra is personally motivated to lead and work with teams to realise breakthrough changes and focusing on also focusing on behaviour of leadership and management. My drive is: ‘getting things done’!

Alexandra leads our Accenture LGBT network in the Netherlands and Leads the board of a Dutch Charity organisation called “De Regenboogboom”  – “putting children with a physical disability or live threatening illness in their strengths”.

Alexandra lives in Bussum with her partner Yvon and their daughter Numi of 5 years old.


DPollardGlobal Benchmark

David Pollard, Executive Director Workplace Pride 

David Pollard is co-founder and Executive Director of the Workplace Pride Foundation. The Foundation represents the LGBT networks of 33 prominent companies and organizations and strives for greater LGBT workplace inclusion internationally.

He has worked for over 20 years in the international corporate world, among which 7 were 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 is also Managing Director of Community to Community Advising (C-2-C). The company helps diverse communities work together to understand each other’s goals and aspirations thereby achieving mutually beneficial results.

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.



CarolCameron1. The meaning of ‘Inclusion’: Leveraging other employee networks

Moderator:Carol Cameron, EVP HR Global Functions, Shell Global Solutions International BV

Carol is Scottish, a resilient and down to earth Glaswegian.
She is a mathematician by training, which she finds helps her to make complex things simple. She is married to David and is mother to Amy (21), Hannah (19) and Jonathan (16). Handling 3 teenagers has been more challenging than anything she has yet experienced in Shell!

Talking of Shell, her career spans 35 years, 15 assignments covering Downstream, Corporate, Gas and Power and now Global Functions, one third in the business/two thirds in HR, mostly based in the UK, with 4 years in the US and nearly 6 years in Holland.

She has collected antique dolls for over 30 years, has a collection of over 500, gives lectures/talks, and is known in doll circles as “the wax lady”.

She believes the best gift you can give someone is the right question (because they probably have the answer in their head and the right question may unlock it). She is someone for whom task, relationship and integrity are key (a good day is when she is successful at all three). And finally, she believes she always has a choice (which she finds very empowering).


IsabelHoving2. Academia: Involving the international academic community in LGBT workplace emancipation

Moderator: Isabel Hoving

Isabel Hoving is associate professor at the Department of Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University, where she specializes in the study of gender and sexuality, interculturality, and the environmental humanities.

She is also Diversity Officer, and is responsible for policies that will result in a genuinely inclusive academic community, that welcomes sexual and ethnic diversity. Her publications include studies on Caribbean and African (women) writers, (Dutch) migration, and Dutch racism, in which the analysis of ethnicity is always intersected with the analysis of gender and sexuality. Her new research project explores the intersections of ecocriticism, postcolonial studies and queer studies.

She is member of several international advisory and editorial boards, such as Thamyris/ Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race.



SilvyVluggen3. Building virtual LGBT Networks – How to connect with LGBT employees across the globe and stay connected

Co-moderator:  Silvy Vluggen, Global Program Manager-LGBT constituency, Diversity Leader Benelux

Silvy Vluggen is the global LGBT program manager at IBM, where she has worldwide responsibility for the development and implementation of IBM’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender policies and programs.

She is working with the senior leaders around the globe to focus on the strategy and challenges connected with the LGBT constituency.

Silvy is also the Diversity Leader for the BeNeLux. In that capacity she is responsible for the overall diversity efforts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.

An IBMer since 1993, Silvy was part of IBM’s Software Group before joining the HR organization in 2007.

Silvy lives just outside of Paris (France) with her partner Sylvie and their daughter Kay.


MPijnenburg Co-moderator: Marijn Pijnenburg, Global Business Development Executive, Workplace Diversity & LGBT Markets

Marijn Pijnenburg is IBM’s Business Development Executive for Diversity and LGBT in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role he provides strategic advisement to IBM customers in traditional and growth markets on how to leverage human capital, diversity, LGBT inclusion and corporate social responsibility as strategic business drivers to foster innovation and generate new business opportunities in the global market place.

Marijn joined IBM in 1996 and has worked in various roles in Global Logistics, Customer Relationship Management, Strategy & Change and Business Transformation. Marijn has also been an active member of the EAGLE GLBT network group at IBM. And is board member of WorkPlace Pride.

Marijn studied Business Administration at the University of Nyenrode, Technical University Eindhoven and the Henley University of Reading. Marijn is based in Amsterdam and enjoys playing field hockey and rugby in during his free time.


SimoneZwaga4. Young @ Work

Co-moderators: Simone de Zwaga (PwC) and Boudewijn Molenaar (UWV)
Simone Zwaga, PwC

My name is Simone Zwaga, 25 years of age and living in Bilthoven. I have been working for PwC for the last 4 years and I am a board member of PwC’s LGBT Network (GLEE: Gays Lesbians and Everyone Else) since 2013.

Alongside PwC, I am also part of the Young@Workplacepride crew where I, together with other member employees, strive to include young professionals in the emancipation of LGBT on the workfloor. Participating both internally and externally gives me the opportunity to broaden my network and to develop as a person in many different ways.




Boudewijn Moolenaar, UWV

I am Boudewijn Moolenaar, 35 years old and living in Amsterdam. I have worked at UWV since 2000, currently as Teammanager. I was a general member of the Board of UWV’s LGBT network, Gay UWV Pride, from 2010 to 2013.

In 2013 WorkplacePride started a program for young LGBT employees, Young@Work, which I joined as Programmanager.

I think it is very important to include young employees in the emancipation of LGBT’s on the workfloor because they are the new generation with their own needs, experiences and opinions on LGBT issues. It is essential that the emancipation of LGBT employees is continued in the future with this new generation.

Besides that Workplace Pride gives opportunities to built up a broad network, to exchange experiences and knowledge and to expand your career.



Michel-Brouns-edit5. Engaging leaders in non LGBT-friendly locations: How to nurture executive sponsors?

Moderator:Michel Brouns, Talent Management Lead, Services Sales EMEAR, Cisco


Michel Brouns drives the talent management strategy and implementation for Cisco’s Services Sales organisation across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. In this role, he is responsible for building the talent capabilities required to deliver on the Services Sales strategy by means of recruitment, assessment, and development whilst ensuring high levels of employee engagement. In addition, Michel is global co-lead of Cisco’s GLBT & Allies Employee Resource Organization (ERO) where he focuses on GLBT & Allies ERO support of key business initiatives such as Recruitment, New Employee Orientation, Inclusion & Diversity, and Corporate Communications.

Michel joined Cisco in 2001 and has worked in various roles focused on Change Management, Business Process Re-engineering and Project Management in Operations and Supply Chain Management before joining the Services Sales Organization in 2010. Prior to joining Cisco, he worked as a change management consultant working with Original Equipment Manufacturers and their Channel Partners around the globe.

Michel has a Master degree in Educational Technology from University of Twente in The Netherlands. A Dutch National, Michel settled with his German partner in Berlin, after 15 years working and living in London, Chicago, Singapore and Amsterdam.


CBatt-edit26.Developing LGBT talent in the workplace: The challenges of developing a global career

Moderator: Chinmay Bhatt, Partner at McKinsey

Chinmay Bhatt is a Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Amsterdam office. Chinmay leads projects on commercial topics with pharmaceutical and medical products companies in Europe.
His client service is centered on marketing & sales and transformation-brand strategy, sales-force sizing and structure, product launches, organization, and commercial transformation.
A chemical engineer by training, Chinmay has lived and worked across Asia, North America, and Europe.

In addition, Chinmay is actively involved in McKinsey’s GLAM-initiative (Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Trans at McKinsey). GLAM  is a vibrant, connected, worldwide network of LGBT colleagues who are committed to each other’s success and to attracting more talented LGBT women and men into the McKinsey community. 

Prior to joining McKinsey & Company in 2002, Chinmay worked for Becton Dickinson and Company in New Jersey, USA. 
Chinmay received a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Amsterdam and enjoys travelling, sports and wine


LHombergen7. The ‘Beta’ element of LGBT workplace Inclusion

Moderator: Leon Hombergen, Rijkswaterstaat & TU Delft

ir. Leon P.I.M. Hombergen (1969) works since 1995 at Rijkswaterstaat, the national
organization for Water management, Highways and Public Works. Leon studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, on which he in in 2005 returned as a part-time Assistant Professor. he guides students in the end of their masters for their thesis and educates them on the business of Building Projects.

At Rijkswaterstaat, he is a procurement expert for PPP-like projects. Besides, he is the founder and chairman of the LGBT-network called “Regenboog”.

Leon is born in Maastricht.