2020 Keynote Speaker

Fabrice Houdart

Fabrice Houdart works on the Free & Equal campaign, an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for LGBT equality. He also leads a project on global LGBTI standards of conduct for Business on tackling LGBTI discrimination, which is being rolled out in the world. To date, 196 of the largest companies in the world have expressed support for the initiative.

Previously, Houdart was Senior Country Officer at the World Bank where he worked from 2001 to 2016. At the Bank, Houdart also managed a “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Development” grant, which provided a first estimate of the economic cost of homophobia and funded socio-economic surveys of LGBTI people. He has authored analyses on Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Tunisia and provided contributions to the 2012 Gender World Development Report (WDR) and the 2011 Conflict, Security, and Development WDR.

Houdart is on the Board of Housing Works, a New York City-based non-profit fighting the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness, OutRight Action International, Alturi, a non-profit organization devoted to elevating the LGBTI community globally, and is a Trustee of ICWA, which identifies and cultivates promising young professionals. He lives in New York City with twin sons, Maxime and Eitan.


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