Alex Cheng and Ryan Isaacs on BCG-backed LGBT+ 30 under 30 list

19 October 2023 3 min. read
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This year’s 30 under 30 LGBTIQA+ list compiled by Out for Australia and supported by BCG features two consultants among its mix: Alex Cheng of L.E.K. Consulting and Ryan Isaacs of Aurecon.

Young leaders of the LGBTIQA+ community have been honoured at the annual Out For Australia 30 under 30 Awards, which are supported by global strategy firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Among the individuals recognised were Alex Cheng, an associate consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, and Ryan Isaacs, a senior sustainability consultant with Aurecon.

Alex Cheng and Ryan Isaacs on BCG-backed LGBT+ 30 under 30 list

Noted as being the son of Cambodian refugees, Alex Cheng has been with the strategy consulting firm in Sydney since the start of 2021, where he is credited with launching the management consultancy’s APAC LGBTQIA+ and POC employee networks.

Prior to joining L.E.K. Consulting, Cheng completed an internship with fellow managing consulting firm Nous Group and was a vacationer at both Monitor Deloitte in Brisbane and Deloitte Digital in Canberra.

A senior decarbonisation & energy transition consultant with Aurecon since early last year, Ryan Isaacs previously spent four years as a member of Deloitte’s transfer pricing team. During his time at the firm, Isaacs served as chair of Deloitte Queensland’s D&I network and co-founded Interfirm Brisbane, a professional services sector network for LGBTIQ+ inclusion which counts the Big Four, Accenture and a number of top-tier law firms among its members.

Among other budding consultants, Cheng and Isaacs follow in the footsteps of Sydney-based KPMG manager Paul Henderson, who featured on the 2020 Out for Australia list and was this year named as a global OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Role Model by leading international diversity & inclusion platform Involve. Former Deloitte and now Qantas commercial manager Ian Blekkenhorst meanwhile featured on the 2021 list as Mentor of the Year.

A proud supporter: BCG

Supported by BCG since its inception, the Out For Australia awards celebrate inspirational individuals under the age of 30 who live as their authentic selves, with winners chosen based on their tangible contributions to the LGBTQIA+ community, success in their chosen field, and the qualities they exhibit as a role model.

Described as a cornerstone of the firm’s annual Pride calendar, the year’s awards events was hosted at BCG’s offices in Melbourne. BCG’s Isabelle Elsenburg and Brandy Tsang served as members of this year’s selection panel.

Boston Consulting Group has meanwhile demonstrated a consistent record of support for LGBT initiatives and fostering its own safe workplace. In addition to Out for Australia, the firm recently helped to develop a new three-year strategic plan for youth advocacy organisation Minus 18, and was last year named small employer category winner at the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards.

L.E.K. Consulting and Aurecon have also received previous recognition from Diversity Council Australia.