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IFA Diversity Panel

Friday, 2 September 2022 at 3 p.m. at Marshall Haus

Why has gender equality in the tech industry currently still not evolved? And what does that mean for diversity goals in general?

Those are questions that a discussion panel entitled "Diversity in the Technology Industry, Spotlight on Gender Equality – How to walk the talk?" will examine on 2 September at 3 p.m. at the Marshall Haus. Following the discussion, which is due to last around 30 minutes, the audience will be invited to join the debate, pose questions and present their own ideas in order to promote gender equality and diversity in an industry that permeates and shapes our everyday lives like no other.

Taking part in the discussion will be Bidisha Nagaraj, VP Global Marketing, Home & Distribution Business, at the electronics group Schneider Electric; Carine Lea Chardon, Director Consumer Division and Managing Director Consumer Electronics and Media Networks Sections at Verband der Elektro- und Digitalindustrie (ZVEI); Lisa Meissner, co-founder and CEO of the online shop Mersor and spokeswoman for the Berlin Startup Association; and Lana Wittig, managing director of the online magazine EDITION F.

Moderating the panel discussion with the audience will be Lea Jordan, co-founder of the industry platform techtalk travel. In her view, it is important to emphasise that the concept of diversity goes far beyond gender diversity and the question of gender equality in certain functions. “Diversity covers the entire spectrum“, says Jordan. “At this panel discussion we will focus on gender inequality in the tech industry and management positions.“ The reason is that although the topic has been discussed and researched for many years, companies appear to have made little progress.

Among the questions the panel will discuss are: How can the tech industry walk the talk? What needs to happen in order for more women to break into the tech industry? How can we view diversity from an even broader perspective? And how are global headline topics such as the energy crisis, political crises and sustainability influencing diversity issues?

Language: English

IFA Diversity Panel - All Speakers

Bidisha Nagaraj

Vice President, Global Marketing, Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric

Carine (Lea) Chardon

Head of Consumer Division, ZVEI e.V.

Lisa Meissner

Co-Founder & CFO at Mersor

Lana Wittig

CEO at Edition F, Organizer of Female Future Force Day

Lea Jordan (Host)
Co-Founder at techtalk.travel

Bidisha Nagaraj

Vice President, Global Marketing, Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric

Bidisha Nagaraj

Bidisha joined Schneider Electric India as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2016. In 2022 she was appointed the Vice President of Global Marketing in Schneider Electric Home and Distribution Division. Her assignment portfolio has a well-rounded mix of Fortune 500 companies as well as Indian Early-stage Start-Ups.

Bidisha’s experience includes assignments in India as well as Asia Pacific regions.

Starting her career in Advertising with Lowe Lintas on the Unilever business, she moved to Compaq Computers, spearheading the launch of Compaq Presario in India. Following that, Bidisha joined Intel Corporation in India and the APAC region overseeing Consumer Marketing and Retail Programs. Later, she joined Google India in the early days when the Internet giant was setting up operations in India, responsible for the Marketing of Search and Mobile products.

From Technology, she then switched categories to move into Retail, taking on the mandate of

President Marketing for India’s largest Coffee Chain -Coffee Day Group. She spearheaded their growth and distribution and was part of the team that took the Company public.

Bidisha also has a strong stint in advising early-stage start-ups and became an Independent

Marketing Advisor for companies in Education, Mobile Commerce, Radio Taxi Service, Food

and Beverage, and the Internet Talent Platform.

Bidisha is a Postgraduate in Mass Communications from the University of Bangalore.

Carine (Lea) Chardon

Head of Consumer Division, ZVEI e.V.

Carine Chardon

Carine Chardon completed legal training in Germany and France, focusing on media law and media management. She joined the KirchGroup in 2001 as a media policy officer, and from 2002 built up the political network at the European Union and in Austria for Premiere AG (now Sky Deutschland). Since 2008, Carine Chardon has worked for ZVEI e.V., initially as Head of Media Policy / Media Law, and since September 2020 as Managing Director of the Consumer Electronics and Media Networks trade associations. In May 2022, she became divisional director for the ZVEI lead market Consumer.

Carine Chardon represents ZVEI on the board of the European umbrella association Digitaleurope, on the advisory board of the Womenpower Congress at HANNOVER MESSE, and on the steering committee of the Telecommunications Technical Law Committee of the German Federal Network Agency. She also serves as Managing Director of the German TV Platform.

Lisa Meissner

Co-Founder & CFO at Mersor

Lisa Meissner

From controlling in the automotive industry to new work consulting and her own start up. Lisa Meissner drives new work and internal processes.

Together with her co-founder Stella she invented the “fempreneur roundtable” as her own event-series for female founders. Apart this, she is the Berlin representative of the german startup association with the mission to strengthen the local startup scene and empower other founders.

MERSOR is an online platform for gifting – selling happiness through unique gift and joyful gift management. The marketplace combines curated sustainable and stylish gifts with tailored gift services for private and corporate gifting. With their own brand MERSOR Studio they offer their own premium collection around product personalization, to create the perfect gift. Started 2018 as fast growing start up – the founders Stella Sorg and Lisa Meissner not only convinced their customers, but also investors to join the new way of gifting.

Lana Wittig

CEO at Edition F, Organizer of Female Future Force Day

Lana Wittig

Lana Wittig has been Managing Director of the media company EDITION F since January 2021. She continues to pursue EDITION F's well-known mission: putting modern feminism on the agenda and actively shaping the change towards equality. Born in Berlin, she started her career in the music industry and has been responsible for artist* management and music marketing at Motor Entertainment, LaserLaser, and Chimperator, among others, since 2006. She has been part of the EDITION F team since 2016.

Together with her 18-member team, Lana Wittig offers women in politics, business, and society a stage and thus strengthens women's media presence in Germany. With editorial content, regular live, video, and audio formats, a large community, and a diverse network, EDITION F offers its target group a digital home. Her most important concern is to anchor undogmatic, intersectional feminism and the associated topics in the minds of all genders: only in this way can we achieve equality.

The EDITION F Managing Director regularly speaks at conferences about diversity and employer branding. Since 2019 she has been EDITION F's host of the podcast "Alles Anders," in which she talks to the most exciting minds in the business about how we can rethink our working world in a fair, diverse, and inclusive way.

Since 2022, she has complemented the Presidium of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Vice President and is committed to increasing diversity in Berlin's business community.

Lea Jordan

Co-Founder at techtalk.travel

Lea Jordan

Prior to joining techtalk.travel, Lea was Managing Director of the German Hotel Association, HSMA Deutschland e.V. Lea strongly believes in the need of unbiased industry knowledge and is passionate about building the leading travel technology community. Lea worked in the hospitality industry across Europe and is a graduate of Business and Hospitality Management from Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands.