Being GLBT and Out at Work in Italy

June 10, 10:45-12:15

Personal testimonial of people who came out at work.


Oliver Fritz – President of network, the Swiss Gay Business Association

Oliver Fritz was born in Basel in 1965. His interest in science and his passion for music made him study physics (University of Basel) and piano (Basel Music Academy), graduating in 1990 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 to 1996 he worked on his thesis in theoretical physics and played piano mainly as an accompanist of instrumentalists and singers, and as a member of the “Basel Sinfomietta” orchestra. Between 1996 and 1998 Oliver lived in Oxford, UK, and worked for 18 months at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory as a Scientist. Since March 1998 he has been living in Switzerland again, and after a short-term stay at the Paul Scherrer Institut, a Swiss national research laboratory, he now works at ABB Corporate Research in Baden, since 2004, as the head of the theoretical physics group. Oliver is a member of Network since 1999. He led the political commission for several years, and he was member of the board of the national referendum committee campaigning successfully for the 2005 vote on the Swiss same-sex partnership law. Since 2006, Oliver is a member of the board, since 2008 the president of Network.


Albert Kehrer – Diversity Consultant and Coach

Albet has gained his Diversity Expert status over nearly 9 years through working internationally on LGBT issues as well as on the set-up and implementation of Diversity in general in large corporations in Europe. After studies in economics and business he started his career as process consultant at PwC Consulting and IBM. He then moved into a business development role at IBM where he developed a sales strategy targeting GLBT clients. From there Albert moved into the role of Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Germany at KPMG and helped KPMG set-up their diversity program. In his current role Albert Kehrer consults companies aligning diversity with their business strategy and how to implement diversity in all processes. Another focus of his business is to help organizations increase the business value of their diversity network groups. As a coach Albert helps managers from different levels especially to clarify their problems around diversity topics within their leadership role. Albert is also on the board of Völklinger Kreis e.V., Germany’s gay managers association. In this role he is responsible for all business-related activities of Völklinger Kreis, i.e. a bi-annual award for employers doing out-standing GLBT integration (Max-Spohr-Preis).


Alessandra Bernaroli

Alessandra Bernaroli graduated in Business Administration, writing her thesis on banking law. After spending time in the armed forces, she went into banking and has held various positions. She is now the coordinating secretary of a major trade-union organization within the Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna. She is the group’s trade-union contact on issues of corporate social responsibility and takes a keen interest in transsexualism and gender politics. Actually she's a part of Parks' Team, a not for profit organization that support member companies in the process of fully understanding and appreciating the business opportunities related to having in place a comprehensive diversity management strategy.

Mario Di Carlo – Attorney at Law

Mario Di Carlo is a 32 year-old lawyer and partner at 'Ristuccia&Tufarelli', registered at the Bar Association of Rome. He graduated from 'La Sapienza' University in Rome (2003), entered a traineeship at the "Avvocatura Generale dello Stato" (State Attorney General Office for Civil and Administrative Law) and on completion accepted a role as a consultant for 'Formez' (a public administration institute). In 2007, Mario successfully sat the Italian Bar and joined 'Ristuccia&Tufarelli' - a medium-sized independent law firm with offices in Rome and Milan - as an associate lawyer. In 2011, he was promoted to partner status and his responsibilities now include, interalia, co-ordinating the administrative law litigation team. He is a member of the 'Avvocatura per i diritti LGBT – Rete Lenford' (an Italian lawyers association focussing on LGBT rights) and, in 2010, was part of the team of lawyers working at the Italian Constitutional Court case relating to the recognition and legalisation of same gender couple marriages. He is also a member of the steering committees of ‘Fondazione Critica Liberale’ and of ‘Consulta Romana per la Laicità delle Istituzioni’ and collaborates with ‘Settore Nuovi Diritti’ at CGIL.

Stefan Grieder – Attorney at Law

Stefan Grieder was born in 1966 in Basel, Switzerland. In 1990 he graduated from the University of Basel with a masters in law and later with a doctorate. In 1994 he was admitted to the Swiss bars. From 1995 until 2001 he worked for Ernst & Young as a lawyer both in New York City and Switzerland. In 2001 he joined the law firm Vischer attorneys with offices in Basel and Zurich. Vischer is one of Switzerland’s top five law firms with over 100 lawyers. Stefan Grieder specializes in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and banking & finance. In addition to his work at the law firm, he was elected in 2009 judge at the Basel Fiscal Tribunal. From 2006 until 2010 Stefan Grieder was regional head of Network in Basel and is today member of Basel’s regional leadership team. Network is the gay business association in Switzerland with over 400 members. In his work for Network, Stefan Grieder dealt with various issues of diversity inclusion for the LGBT community and counseld Network members and others with regard to non-discrimination at the work place.