fbpx Skip to main content
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

2023 LGBTQI+ APAC Forum: A Day of Transformation

July 11, 2023 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

The Ritz Carlton, Bangalore (India)

Asia Pacific’s premier LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion event, Out & Equal’s 2023 LGBTQI+ APAC Forum, returned to an in-person gathering this year with an even wider geographic reach and an agenda designed to incorporate more diverse perspectives from across the region. Hosted in partnership with Pride Circle, Out & Equal’s “A Day of Transformation” aimed to convene top LGBTQI+ and ally workplace inclusion professionals to learn from each other and grow into even more transformative and impactful leaders through trailblazing discussions, peer-to-peer workshop sessions centering on best practice development, and once-in-a-lifetime networking among key business leaders and influencers. The Forum featured speakers from across the region, including China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and more. 

Out & Equal’s LGBTQI+ APAC Forum comes at a momentous time in the region. While there is no one “APAC” identity, we know that businesses do coalesce around regional strategies and there is great richness in sharing across experiences. Businesses across Asia Pacific are blazing a path of inclusion and innovation through commitments and actions being taken both inside and outside their walls of operations: from supporting marriage equality in Japan, Taiwan and India (the world’s second most populous nation), to rolling out trans and nonbinary inclusion practices in the Philippines, and beyond. APAC Forum aimed once again, through interactive workshops, inspirational storytelling, and peer-to-peer education sessions, to harness the power of these efforts into a collective strength and united vision for a more inclusive future for LGBTQI+ talent, for the organizations that employ this talent, and for communities broadly. 

Out & Equal’s LGBTQI+ APAC Forum provided participants with:

  • Concrete skills in the necessary work of internal persuasion and storytelling for change;
  • Practical toolkits for LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion and belonging practice implementation; and,
  • Ample networking opportunities.

Who attended:

  • Executives
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) and HR practitioners
  • ERG leaders
  • Change-makers from across the region

Our power as a global community comes from our ability to transform individual experiences into collective strength and innovation. Together, we will create workplaces where LGBTQI+ employees and allies belong, thrive, and contribute to greater impact on the world.

Keynote Speakers

Zainab Patel


Petitioner for the Indian Supreme Court NALSA Case on Transgender Rights and for the Indian Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case

Utkarsh Saxena


Petitioner and Lawyer for the Indian Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case


Curtis Baker 


Regional Inclusion & Diversity and Employee Experience Lead, Asia, Dow

Anubhuti Banerjee 


Sr. Manager IT C&I, Tata Steel Ltd.

Mukesh Batra


Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Dhritisha Bhagawati 


Senior Program Manager, Pride Circle 

Preksha Bothra 


Sr. Program Manager – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), Pride Circle 



Director of Business Transformation Services, Alvarez and Marsal Co-Founder, Samavesh Chamber of Commerce India

Erik Day


Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Small Business, Dell Technologies 

Weena Ekid


Vice President, Corporate & Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

Zahara Fernandes


Managing Director Global Delivery & India Pride Sponsor, Accenture

Deena Fidas


Managing Director, Chief Programs and Partnerships Officer, Out & Equal 

Charlene Liu

She/ Her

Co-Founder, Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC)

Sanjay Paramesh


Vice President – Business Management & Pride Co-chair – GSC, HSBC

Jayant Parte


Lead – Logistics Procurement (Indian Subcontinent), Dow Chemical International Pvt Ltd

Srini Ramaswamy

He/ Him

Co-Founder, Pride Circle & Rainbow Bazaar

Jeiz Robles


Asia Pacific Marketplace Diversity Leader, IBM

Gaurav Sharma


Vice President, IBM Software (India Software Labs, Partnerships, IBM Cloud Paks), IBM  

Arunabh Singh


Chief Compliance Officer & Co-Chair of Citi India Pride Inclusion Network, Citi India GCC  

Priyanka Shetty


Associate Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Pride Circle  

Ramkrishna Sinha


Co-Founder, Pride Circle & Rainbow Bazaar

Priyank Asha Sukanand

He/ Him

Co-Founder, Queer Collective India


He/ Him

Category Leader, Personal Healthcare, P&G

Sneha Suresh


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader | India and Philippines, Wells Fargo

Jon Tilli

He/ Him

Deutsche Bank



D&I, Employer Branding,Godrej Properties 

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

99, Residency Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Naga
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025 India
+ Google Map


Global workplaces where all people are equal, belong, and thrive.


Out & Equal is the global convener, thought leader and catalyst actively working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders who thrive in their careers and lives and achieve greater impact on the world.