28 May AsiaBerlin Event: LGBTQ+ tech professionals talk challenges and community on 23 JUNE
Join us on 23 June 2021 at 12:00 – 13:00 CET/ 15:30 – 16:30 IST to have a meaningful conversation with LGBTQ+ tech founders from Berlin and Asia.
In the public sphere, we’ve seen considerable strides in conversations around diversity, visibility, and LGBTQ+ identity, but how much of an impact have these discussions had for the tech industry?
AsiaBerlin is excited to announce that it will be hosting an event looking at the experiences of LGBTQ+ professionals in the tech sector. Three different founders will join us for a panel discussion breaking down the challenges faced in traditionally heteronormative workplaces. We’ll hone in on the opportunities to make the tech industry safer and more inclusive and the possible steps to build a queer tech community together. This will be followed by a live Q&A session and breakout rooms with our guests.
Athena Lam is an AsiaBerlin ambassador. Since 2010, she has been working with startups and founders in the Asia Pacific and Europe. She has experience in impact investing, business development, product development. Athena works to support impact-driven companies, female-led companies, women in STEM, LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion, Asian founders in Europe, and people of colour (POC) communities. Her projects have been presented at The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice LGBT conference and Unicorns in Tech.
Charlene Liu is a founder at Ladies Who Tech and D&I Consulting. Charlene has 16 years of community leadership, commercial event management, and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) advocacy experience. She was born in Malaysia. In 2009, she co-founded ShanghaiPRIDE, an annual festival run entirely by volunteers that promote diversity, in 2014 Q-Events, an event management company, in 2016 Ladies Who Tech, a social impact community for women in STEM, and in 2019, D&I Consulting, a consultancy which helps corporates cultivate a more inclusive culture.
Lex Guillon is CEO of the Modality Group – a sex industry market research firm. Built on a diverse foundation, Modality was born in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with a mission to make the sex product industry more data-driven and more inclusive. Lex moved to Berlin in 2019 and is now a part of the CODE Berliner Startup Stipendium.
Thomas Huang is a co-founder and country manager of Happyer.io/H-Academy. Thomas was born in Cambodia and grew up in the USA and China. Thomas has experience in Angel Investment Funds and startup fundraising. Happyer is a fast-growing EduTech/HRTech startup.
Jad Salfiti (Moderator) is digital communications specialist for AsiaBerlin activities led by enpact. He has over 15 years of experience in journalism, with work regularly featured on Al Jazeera English, BBC, Guardian, and many other outlets. His work is centered on identity themes; particularly LGBTQ+ and race discussions.