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Practical tools to set up an ERG

The event will start by a keynote from inspirational speaker Gurchaten Sandhu (Nanoo). 

Born to Indian migrant parents in the UK, Gurchaten Sandhu (Nanoo) is Project Director of a global project at the United Nation’s specialised agency on the world of work; the International Labour Organization (ILO). Alongside his B.A. (HONS) in Economics and MSc in Development Economics, his passion for social justice has led him to what is now the ILO’s Fundamental Principles Rights at Work department; the Branch of the ILO promoting human rights at work. The Branch also promotes policy development, carries out research and provides technical advisory services on child labour, forced labour, non-discrimination and freedom of association and collective bargaining. Working at this Branch for over 12 years now, Gurchaten has built his expertise and knowledge on promoting social justice through quality, decent and inclusive work for all, in particular to enhance LGBTIQ+ rights at work and economic inclusion.

Gurchaten has been volunteering for UN GLOBE (www.unglobe.org), the staff group representing LGBTIQ+ staff in the UN and its peacekeeping operations, in numerous roles for the past four years. As the Vice-President of UN GLOBE, he has worked to ensure the voice and rights of LGBTIQ+ staff are represented in UN policies and procedures, in particular on guidelines and recommendations for inclusive parental leave, mobility and trans persons. In his role as UN GLOBE Co-coordinator for Geneva he has raised the group’s visibility and organised and built a community of UN LGBTIQ+ staff, as well as a network with local and national LGBTIQ+ organisations. As the UN GLOBE Coordinator for the ILO, Gurchaten has helped to reform the staff regulations on personal status and more recently helped to introduce gender inclusive/neutral toilets on every floor of the building, making it the first UN agency in Geneva to do so. 



Then we will hear from Neil Reavey and Spyros Diakakis from AstraZeneca who co-founded their LGBT+ Employee Resource Group AZPride and are now co-Chairs of the Proud Science Alliance, the network of LGBTQ networks across life science and healthcare.

You will learn:

- The benefits to your organisation of creating an LGBT+ network

- Know your data – where to focus your network

- Funding – building the business case

- Engagement – the employee experience and beyond

- Network of networks – the benefits of professional contacts


Speakers:

  • Gurchaten Sandhu
    Gurchaten Sandhu
    Programme Support Officer
    International Labour Organization
    Born to Indian migrant parents in the UK, Gurchaten (Nanoo) Sandhu (he/his; they/them) is a Programme Support Officer at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch. Alongside his B.A. (HONS) in Economics and MSc in Development Economics, his passion for social justice has led him to focus his efforts on promoting the principle of non-discrimination in employment and occupation. Over the past 12 years, Gurchaten has built his expertise and knowledge on promoting social justice through quality, decent and inclusive work for all, in particular to enhance LGBTIQ+ rights at work and economic inclusion. He also finds the time to volunteer as President for UN GLOBE, the group representing LGBTIQ+ staff in the UN system. As its President, he works to ensure the voice and rights of LGBTI staff are represented in UN policies and procedures. He also serves as committee member of International Family Equality Day NGO, advising on non-discrimination based on family status in the world of work, and is a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT forum. In 2018 & 2019, he was listed as the Top 30 OUTstanding Role Model in the Public Sector.
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    Neil Reavey
    Neil Reavey
    Associate Director, Research Assurance & External Insights Lead, Global I&D Council
    AstraZeneca
    I am Associate Director of Research Assurance for AstraZeneca at their headquarters in Cambridge UK. I started out my career as a Junior Research Technician, steadily progressing to the role of Senior Scientist, before switching direction to focus on Research Ethics, whilst working for AstraZeneca in the US. I am a graduate of Business Management and hold a MSc in Organisational Change & Strategy, both of which underpin a keen interest in organisational psychology and culture. A diverse perspective has helped me shape the dialogue about ethics and transparency in research, and has enabled me to lead global programs that promote and celebrate sustainable innovation. For more than 15 years I have been driving the Inclusion and Diversity conversation in the workplace, and co-founded AstraZeneca's LGBTQ+ Employee Network AZPride. In addition, I am the External Insights lead on the AstraZeneca Global Inclusion and Diversity Council, chaired by our CEO Pascal Soriot. Outside of work, I am on the board of trustees for Cambridge LGBTQ+ youth charity The Kite Trust, and Co-Chair of the Proud Science Alliance, a global cross-sector initiative to further LGBTQ+ inclusion in life-science and healthcare. I am driven by doing the right thing, using my skills, knowledge and privilege to elevate issues I am passionate about, in particular, Human Rights, Equality and Sustainability.
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    Spyros Diakakis
    Spyros Diakakis
    Project and Change Manager
    AstraZeneca
    Spyros is a Project and Change Manager in AstraZeneca’s Global Operations function, where he is responsible for leading technical change projects and programmes to implement product security and traceability legislations to secure supply chains and protect patients from counterfeit medicines. Spyros co-founded AZPride UK, AstraZeneca’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group and co-chaired the group between 2016 and 2019. He is an advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace and leads initiatives to empower his LGBTQIA+ colleagues to reach their full potential. Connect with Spyros on linkedin.com/in/spyrosdiakakis
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