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WorkPride 2023: Being LGBTQ+ in the Middle East and North Africa

Being LGBTQ+ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) brings different challenges and social landscapes compared to being LGBTQ+ in other regions. In this panel, we'll be talking to LGBTQ+ people from the MENA area about their lives, stories, thoughts on what work remains to be done to support LGBTQ+ people area in the area, and share insight with our audience. Sign up now to learn more! 

- Join the next WorkPride 2023 event here: WorkPride 2023: How to Support Your Colleagues with Mental Health (HR Focus)

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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Managing Director
    In addition to being a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Technology & Digital consulting practice, Belton is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance. Belton was shortlisted as a top 10 inspirational business leader in 2020 by the British LGBT+ awards, was recently listed as #18 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Future Leaders, #15 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders and was featured on the top UK Black Role models, presented by Google. Belton was co-founder of Pride in the City with Pride in London where he ran a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses.  In January 2021, Belton joined The Inclusion Initiative (TII) at the London School of Economics as an Advisory Board Member supporting their three-year innovative partnership programme bringing together research and practice to build more inclusive work environments. He has over a decade of experience supporting clients with deploying strategic solutions across some of the world’s leading financial services institutions, while maintaining a strong passion for ensuring diversity and inclusivity remain high on organisations business agenda.  He is extremely passionate about intersectionality, where he believes it is each person’s role to support other groups who are in the minority – “after all, we don’t want to preach to the converted, we want to educate and inspire people to be more aware and inclusive.” Belton also acts as an adviser to the UK Multicultural network, proCulture. He has experience delivering Cyber Security, Customer Experience, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Spreadsheet Risk and Compliance/Regulatory Risk programs across Europe. He has managed global teams across large organisations, as well as supporting small and medium-sized organisations to implement fit-for-purpose solutions. Protiviti is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration through consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit. Please do not contact me if you require financial support.
  • Mahmoud Assy
    Mahmoud Assy
    DEI consultant and data analyst
    Eufonía Diversity
  • Rahim El Habachi
    Rahim El Habachi
    Creative Associate
    National Theatre Wales
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    Lafi Aldakak
    Lafi Aldakak
    Medical Affairs Scientist
  • Dia Hanady
    Dia Hanady
    Software Engineer
    a proud Arab, was born in Haifa and received their education in Computer Engineering at the Technion. After graduation, Dia went on to a successful career at Microsoft, where he has been working as a member of the Excel team for the past five years. Dia is the chair of the Israeli chapter of Global LGBTQI+ employees at Microsoft, and shows their dedication to diversity and inclusion. When not working or engaging in community work, Dia enjoys expressing himself through dance and is also a skilled athlete, serving as the captain of the inclusive rugby team, Ibex, in Tel Aviv. Dia's hard work, enthusiasm, and leadership skills make them a positive influence in both their personal and professional life.
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