Martin Stark is a Keynote Speaker, LGBTQI+ Advocate, Courage Champion and Inclusion Practitioner. Martin is passionate about Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Social Justice and Fairness. Martin is a seasoned commercial negotiator and Supplier Diversity Expert with 15-years’ experience as an IT Strategic Sourcing Leader. Martin is a founding member of the Business Builders Group Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum the Yarning Circle and is a Pride Inclusion Advocate for Pride Life Global
Martin was diagnosed with Addison’s disease shortly after surviving being place in two induced comas and a tracheotomy. Since 2006 had had four major surgeries and over 70 hospital admissions. Martin believes in health and wellness, staying active, living life to the max and has the words “Courage” and “Fear Nothing” tattooed on his back.
Martin is the Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit company World Gay Boxing Championships Limited (WGBC) and plans to hold the inaugural LGBTQI+ boxing championships in Sydney in February 2023 coinciding with the city hosting World Pride. Martin’s aim is to introduce boxing to the LGBTQ+ and wider community encouraging people participate in the boxing in a safe and comfortable environment.
Martin has been interviewed by The Guardian, Reuters, BBC World Service, BBC Sport and has been featured in prestigious Australian and international LGBTQI+ media including DNA magazine, Out Sports and Out.com
Martin talks about Courage, Inclusion, Sport and LGBTQI+ Advocacy
Spoke about building an ecosystem of inclusive communities for LGBTQI+ people to thrive and grow at DIFEST Global May 2021
Business Builders Group LGBTQI+ Forum May 2021
Live interview with Nicholas Snow on PromoHomo TV talking about the World Gay Boxing Championships May 2021
Interviewed by Olympic Medallist Tasha Danvers about LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sport April 2021
Keynote Speaker talking about Fighting for Equality at Unleashed LGBTQ 2021 Virtual Summit March 2021
Interviewed trans man and amateur boxer Danny Baker at Unleashed LGBTQ 2021 Virtual Summit March 2021
Spoke with Jack Murley on BBC’s LGBTQ Sports Podcast January 2021
BBC World Service Sportshour November 2020
UK CIO Virtual Summit November 2020
Empowering Leaders Summit August 2020