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WorkPride Panel: Travelling as LGBTQ+ in 2022 - Challenges and Opportunities

This panel aims to discuss the future of travel for the LGBTQ+ community in these unprecedented times. 


Some of the topics of the panel will include safety recommendations for LGBTQ+ travellers and how to obtain support if you are an LGBTQ+ traveller. Further discussion will include new regulations for travelling during the pandemic, adapting travel according to the regulations and the impact of travel restrictions on the queer community.


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Speakers:

  • Chris King
    Chris King
    CEO & Thunder
    Lightning Travel Recruitment
    Chris is the non-binary finery and ADHD babe behind disruptive luxury travel & hospitality outfit Lightning Travel Recruitment. Chris founded Lightning with the goal of creating a new model of recruitment: one founded on long-term, personal relationships with both clients and candidates, with the aim of building an industry that genuinely reflects the wonderful human beings on our planet. Chris believes in growing businesses with humans in mind, not just money. Because business is better when you give a sh*t. Lightning have been featured in The Independant, Unilad and The Metro for their ED&I work. Chris was recognised as one of LinkedIns top 10 LGBTQIA+ content creators in the UK for 2022.
  • Bruno Mateus
    Bruno Mateus
    Business Operations Specialist - Booking.com For Business | Project Lead for B.proud, LGBTQ+ Inclusion network (ERG)
    Booking.com
  • Devin Ibañez
    Devin Ibañez
    Professional Rugby Player and Public Speaker
    New England Free Jacks
    Devin Ibañez is the first openly gay Major League Rugby player and is dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy in sport. He hopes to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes and make sport an inclusive space for them. Raised in Boston, MA, Devin played for Major League Rugby team, the New England Free Jacks, in their 2019 exhibition season. He won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also won the 2018 D1 National Championship with his club team, Mystic River Rugby Club. When not playing, Devin has coached rugby at Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand, his alma mater Brookline High School and most recently with the Northeast Academy. He holds a degree in sport management and education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Devin was announced Global Ambassador for International Gay Rugby (IGR) in May 2021. He is now looking towards a career in Public Speaking and Community Engagement.
  • Pete Hughes
    Pete Hughes
    Manager - Global Security
    Macquarie Group Limited
    Global security and political risk analyst, focusing on China, Latin America and North Africa. Previous professional roles in public and third sector, with extensive overseas experience. Foreign languages and geography nerd.
  • Ralph Bullock
    Ralph Bullock
    Senior Manager Airline Product Marketing and GDC Council Member
    Travelport
    Ralph has worked in various commercial roles in the travel industry for over 20 years, for leading travel agencies, one of the world's largest airlines and currently for travel technology provider Travelport. He is a member of Travelport's Global Diversity Council, with a particular focus on LGBTQI+ awareness and issues.
  • Simon Mayle
    Simon Mayle
    Event Director
    Reed Exhibitions
  • Ruby Serdar
    Ruby Serdar
    Hotelschool the Hague
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