Alexander Dmitrenko

Head of Asia Sanctions
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Alexander is a core member of the Freshfields Halo Network. He is responsible for organizing Halo events, tackling important topics such as marriage equality in Asia. Most recently he has focused on LGBT+ rights in Japan and led firm-wide pro bono work on LGBT+ issues recognized in a number of awards, including the IFLR Pro Bono Firm of the Year, Stonewall Top Global Employer and Work with Pride in Japan. Alexander co-founded and co-chair Lawyers for LGBT+ & Allies Network (LLAN), an NPO offering a collaborative platform for lawyers to promote LGBT+ equality. Alexander initiated and led LLAN’s major projects, including Foreign Law Report on Marriage Equality, which the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations relied upon in declaring that denial of marriage rights constitutes a violation of the Japanese Constitution, and the Viewpoint on Marriage Equality, endorsed by 113 entities, recommending the Japanese Government to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Sayato Nakata

EY Japan

Sayato is the leader of Unity, EY’s ERG in Japan for LGBT+ people + allies and has leads numerous awareness-raising activities and contributed to personnel system improvement throughout the organization. Sayato has led a number of events to deliver positive messages about LGBT+ people, including quarterly cross-company joint events, regular luncheons and attendance at Tokyo Rainbow Pride. He has presented his own personal story as a transgender at events to help inspire others, and participated in "Job Rainbow", a recruiting event for LGBT+ people, as a panelist. Sayato has also engaged in a Diversity Soccer Program as a volunteer coach, providing support for LGBT+ and homeless people suffering from depression and developmental difficulties. He is also a member of “good aging yells”, a non-for-profit organization promoting LGBT+ awareness in the workplace and sport.