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WorkPride Panel: The World of Queer Fashion

The worlds of fashion and queer culture have forever been intertwined. Clothes have long helped shape and articulate identity (as well as restrict it), especially for those whose identities are marginalized or under threat. In this workshop, we will explore how the LGBTQ+ world continues to inspire designers and the fashion industry!

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    Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah
    Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah
    Entertainment News Presenter
    Black Entertainment Television
    Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah is an Entertainment News Presenter for BET, Activist, Freelance Marketing & Branding Consultant and Art Director. His work is always centered around uplifting and platforming the voices of historically marginalised communities, whether that is in his writing, styling and creative direction or in takls that he gives to brands and businesses. At 23, Darkwah became Fashion Editor at Gay Times Magazine. In his time at the publication, he increased diversity and representation, championed emerging home-grown talent and created a narrative with every fashion story or cover shoot he worked on. Darkwah is now contributing to a handful of publications, working for Black Entertainment Television and has focused his work more towards speaking on LGBTQI+ POC issues, shedding light on the experiences of this group and fostering understanding and empathy in workplaces, schools etc.
  • Safia Ann Kukaswadia
    Safia Ann Kukaswadia
    Global DE&I Manager
    Safia Ann Kukaswadia is spirited diversity, equity and inclusion expert. Her corporate experience is complemented by a creative background in luxury fashion retail and the arts and a personal passion for developing and uplifting those around her. A highly motivated and creative professional, with analytical attention to detail and interpersonal skills, she is currently working within the luxury retail sector as part of Burberry's Global DE&I team, and is a founding member and lead for the British Fashion Council’s D&I Steering Committee, influencing and advising on DE&I initiatives with brands and leaders across the fashion and creative industries.
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    Nikki Phinyapincha
    Nikki Phinyapincha
    Director of Media Relations & Communication
    Asialife Media (Thailand)
    Promoted as a Director of Media Relations and Communication in an international PR firm before turning 30, Nikki Phinyapincha is a communication business strategist as well as a spokesperson (VITO) for the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia for Thailand & Indochina market. With a Swiss Master degree in international tourism and professional background in corporate and branding communication, her career expands over several industries including tourism and hospitality, luxury products and international trade. Nikki is also the Chair of PRCA APAC Pride Network, Country Director of AYAN Thailand and DE&I keynote speaker advocating trans leadership and gender diverse workplace for various organizations including IBM, Hill+Knowlton Strategies TH and Karlshochschule Academy. Recently awarded The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Nikki also founded TransTalents, a blog with determined purpose to empower transgenders to thrive professionally and be a future leader in corporate companies no matter what barriers and limitations they face. Nothing is impossible.
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