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Global Pulse on Equality – India

Global Pulse on Equality – India
The Equality Landscape Throughout India

July 16 @ 8:30 AM EDT | 6:00 PM IST

On July 16th, OutLeadership is moderating the latest episode of Global Pulse on Equality: India hosted by Nomura. Guests will include LGBTQ public figures such as Keshav Suri, Godrej India Culture Lab in Mumbai and Senior Ted Fellow Parmesh Shahani and KPMG head of diversity for India Zainab Patel. Same sex relationships were decriminalized in September 2018. We will talk about how to tackle hearts in minds in a context where a 21-year-old student was found dead in Goa after allegedly being forced into conversion therapy for months, the role of the private sector and the importance of discussing homophobia and transphobia in the family.

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Fabrice Houdart – Managing Director, Global Equality Initiatives, OutLeadership 

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Leon D’Souza – Managing Director and General Counsel and Head of Legal, Compliance & Controls (“LCC”) for Nomura Powai & India.

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Leon is the Executive Sponsor of the LBGT & Allies Network in Powai, which is a very active network carrying out various activities and events towards creating awareness and inclusion.

Guest Speakers:

Parmesh Shahani – Head of the Godrej India Culture Lab and author of Queeristan and Gay Bombay

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Parmesh is a writer, vice president at Godrej Industries Ltd. and founder of the award winning Godrej India Culture Lab. He has been a TED Senior Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Yale World Fellow. His new book, Queeristan: LGBTQ Inclusion in Corporate India will be out in September 2020, and his first book Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India, was released in 2008 and re-published in 2020 as an updated edition. 

Zainab Patel – Diversity & Inclusion Lead, KPMG India 

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Zainab Patel has been on this earth a little less than four decades. In this time, she has been a united nations staff member, copywriter, cook, and shayari fan. 

A transgender woman, Sheis also a feminist, inclusion evangelist, and a proud brown woman.Zainab is a powerful, articulate Tedex speaker who converts her life’s adversities into wonderful stories of inspiration, hope, faith & survival. She calls herself an accidental MBA and leads inclusion and diversity at KPMG in India.

Keshav Suri – Executive Director at the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, Founder of Keshav Suri Foundation & CoChair FICCI Task Force on D&I

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Keshav Suri is the youngest Executive Director at The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. Involved in developing strategies for expansion at The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, he specifically spearheads the chain’s Operation, Food & Beverage, Quality Management, and Marketing divisions. He has been instrumental in effectively fulfilling various unique F&B initiatives and ideas across the Group. His brainchild, ‘Kitty Su,’ completed seven successful years in August 2018. It has been awarded ‘Best Night Club in India’ of the year by INCA and ‘Best Night Club’ by Times Food and Nightlife Awards. Keshav also created The Lalit Food Truck Company, the hotel’s outdoor catering vertical which now has four food trucks, including a pizza truck.

Simran Singh – Executive Director, Global Change Management, Nomura 

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Simran Singh (He/Him/His) is an Executive Director with Nomura in India. He is the network leader for the firms’ India LGBT & Allies network and spearheads various initiatives to foster inclusivity, awareness and spreading the message of strongally ship. Simran personally believes that the freedom & support to make individual choices is the cornerstone of building a more inclusive and tolerant world.

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