Managing Director, Elsevier Health Solutions South Asia and South East Asia
Shankar is a successful healthcare industry leader with more than 26 years of commercial leadership and general management experience in the industry. He has delivered consistent double-digit growth over 15 years by establishing sustainable businesses across APAC in both established and emerging markets and across medical devices, specialty pharmaceuticals and rare disease areas.
Shankar has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Shankar is married to Anita and the couple have two children, Keshav (son) and Sharika (daughter).
Sr. Vice President Academic Relations, Elsevier
Michiel Kolman is a Senior Vice President within the Global Academic and Customer Relations group at Elsevier, focussing on academic and library relations. He joined Elsevier in 1995 and has been in various core publishing positions, during which he launched one of the first on-line journals in the industry: New Astronomy. His most recent publishing role was Publishing Director, after which he spent one year on innovation for Reed Elsevier. The last four years Michiel was Managing Director of the Elsevier office in Frankfurt, Germany, heading up the Global Pharma Discovery group. During his tenure there the coveted Beilstein Database was acquired by Elsevier. Prior to Elsevier he worked for Kluwer Academic Publishers, which is now part of Springer Verlag. He holds an undergraduate degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a PhD in astrophysics from Columbia University in New York where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship.
Director of Solidarity Foundation
Shubha Chacko, an activist from the NGO Aneka, holds a Masters degree in Social Work, from TISS Mumbai and has over twenty years of experience in the realm of development, human rights, and social justice. Shubha Chacko is currently the Director of an NGO called Aneka (diversity), based in Bangalore, India. Aneka focuses on issues of sexuality, gender and women. They work closely with working class sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV. She has worked at the grass-root level, as well as in academic and international settings, besides assisting in the authoring of several publications. Over the last ten years she worked on issues of gender and macroeconomics with Dr. Devaki Jain and was the coordinator of Casablanca Dream, an international platform of feminist thinkers. She is also a member of various coalitions and networks, like Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression, South Asian Human Rights Commission for Marginalised Sexualities and Genders, etc.
Co-founder and Executive Director Workplace Pride Foundation
The Foundation represents the LGBT networks of 51 prominent companies and organizations and strives for greater LGBT workplace inclusion internationally.
He has worked for over 27 years in the international corporate world, 14 of which have been dealing with LGBT issues on an international level.
David is founder and former Global Chairman of ING’s LGBT employee network “Gala” and in his 15 year career at ING, fulfilled a number of responsibilities including the creation and management of ING’s European Affairs Department.
Chair, Workplace Pride Foundation
Mark was appointed as Foundation Chair in 2014. Since then he has focused on strengthening the strategic direction of the Foundation particularly the development of key partnerships and international reach.
He is currently Organisation Effectiveness Manager for Shell’s Global Functions. He and his team are responsible for supporting executives and senior directors in the areas of organizational design, behavior, leadership and team effectiveness. This global role has Mark working across a diverse range of cultures, environments and organizations.
Mark has been with Shell since 1995, starting his career in Australia. He has held a number of human resources based roles both in the field and head office. He has a passion for supporting individuals in achieving their potential and creating challenging, stimulating and enjoyable workplace environments. Mark is a former chair of Shell Netherland’s LGBT network “Pink Pearl” and works to support LGBT staff in countries where Shell does not yet have LGBT networks.
He holds a Masters in Leadership and Management (Hon) degree from Curtin University, Australia and is originally trained as an Agricultural Economist. He is a recipient of the Vincent Fairfax Award for Ethics in Leadership through the St. James Ethics Centre in Sydney.
Mark lives with his husband, Michael, in Amsterdam. Both are avid travelers and enjoy what the world has to offer to those willing to step outside and take a risk.