Randy Berry, US Department of State Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights
A well-known figure in the Netherlands, Randy Berry has recently been appointed as the first US State Department Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights. This unique and challenging role will focus the attention of governments and organizations around the world on the need for progress on LGBT human rights. Randy will be speaking about the relationship of parties that wholeheartedly embrace LGBT inclusion in the workplace and their economic and organizational performance. He will also help to establish the agenda for the coming years for organizations that see the value in full inclusion of the LGBT community around the world; both economically and from a humanitarian standpoint.
Randy has served as Consul General United States Consulate, Amsterdam from August 2012 until March 2015. Before that 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.
Randy 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 based in Washington D.C. with his South African-born partner Pravesh Singh, a corporate attorney, and their young children Arya and Xander.
Mr. van de Westelaken is a well-known figure on the Dutch national television program NOS. In his active career he has covered stories such as the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, the Death of Nelson Mandela, the visit of Barak Obama, and the national day of mourning after the MH 17 Disaster. He presented 18 hours of non-stop programming for the ‘Stop Ebola’ campaign and recently, was the winner of the program ‘Wie is de Mol?’.
In addition to his journalistic career, Mr. van de Westelaken has become a visible LGBT figure in the Netherlands. He recently was interviewed for the Gay Magazine WINQ and officiated at the COC’s 2015 True Colors event.
At the Workplace Pride Conference closing session, Mr. Westelaken will relate his own story about being LGBT at work, thus inspiring both employees and employers to create more LGBT-friendly workplaces.
- Ellen van Essen joined the Communications, Media and High Tech practice of Accenture in 2010 and has worked with various clients on transformation, BPO and innovation programs.Before joining Accenture she held executive positions with large global telecoms providers in the USA and APAC.Ellen is responsible for the Operations Portfolio of Communications Media & Technology (CMT) in France and the BeNeLux. She also leads the Operations NL Group and is part of the Leadership Team of Accenture the Netherlands. Ellen holds a master’s degree in law and lives with her partner and three children in The Hague, the Netherlands.
- Responsible for the Mid Office, Operations, ICT and procurement. In this position Marcel also coordinates a multi-year Transformation Program delivering ‘controlled simplicity’ to the APG Asset Management organization, including the implementation of various new systems redefining the global operating model on a fundamental level.Marcel joined APG Asset Management early 2011 from ABN Amro where he was Managing Director Operations International providing services to the various international businesses in 17 countries: Commercial & Merchant Banking, Private Banking and the International Diamonds & Jewelry Group.Prior to this position Marcel was COO Merchant Banking and Head of Operations at Fortis Bank Nederland. Marcel spent also several years in various international positions at Fortis and at a management consulting firm focused on the financial service sector.Marcel holds a B ICT in Information and Communication Technology. He is married with Linda.
- Ms. Carolien Gehrels has a degree in the Dutch language from Groningen University with a specialization in organizational communications. After fulfilling a number of communications roles, she joined management consultancy company Berenschot as a consultant for federal government entities and municipalities in 1997. In the year 2000 she was appointed Director of Berenschot Communications at the age of 33. In that position she led the international city marketing programs for Amsterdam and Maastricht. As managing director she also coined and pushed the “I Amsterdam” strategy which the city successfully uses to date. She became an alderwoman in the City of Amsterdam in 2006. In her last role as Deputy Mayor she was among other things responsible for Economic affairs, the Arts, Water Management, Monuments, and local Media.
- Hairo van den Berg has been Senior Vice President for Sodexo in the Netherlands with responsibility for Strategic planning, client retention, consumer research since 2010 and has also been responsible for HSEQ including Sustainable Development. Hairo joined Sodexo in 1998 and held various positions and is Member of the Executive team in the Netherlands since 2010. One of Hairo van den Berg’s top priorities as a manager has always been to foster the human factor within the larger organization. Within the Dutch organization he contributed to programs with social and environmental development including the launch of the Better Tomorrow Plan and his role as Chair of the LGTB Committee in the Netherlands. His interests include sports, travel and cooking. Hairo van den Berg lives with his partner and two children in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- Mark Emdin, An Australian who calls Amsterdam home, fulfills his current role at Shell’s head office in the Hague. Mark is a past Chair of the Shell Netherlands LGBT network, ‘Pink Pearl’ and works to support LGBT staff in countries where Shell does not yet have LGBT networks.
- Aged 26, Boyd represents the young generation of new leadership talent both within KPN and within Workplace Pride. He works enthousiastically to engage young LGBT employees with the diversity strategy of Workplace Pride and as such, will take us into the 2015 plans for Young@Workplacepride.