Jabulani Pereira is the Director of Iranti-org, a Trans and Lesbian led organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jabu founded Iranti-org in 2012 along with Neo Musangi from Kenya. Iranti's work focuses on documentation and reporting on human rights abuses experienced by Trans, Lesbian, and Gender non-conforming persons. Iranti also conducts capacity strengthening workshops and research in the region. Jabu is Trans man and identifies as 'he' and 'they'. He has a masters of arts degree from New York University as part of the Ford Foundation Fellows. He is a self-taught photographer, he curates work on queer narratives in Africa, and is a passionate fighter for the rights of all marginalised persons.
Jack Byrne is a trans man from Aotearoa/New Zealand, and has been a community activist since 1981, initially within lesbian and then queer communities, before transitioning in 2002. His passion is intersectional coalition politics. Jack co-founded an online support network for trans men in New Zealand, works closely with the Asia Pacific Transgender Network and has been a part of GATE’s international campaigns on depathologisation and funding for trans movements. From 2006-10, he project managed the New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s Transgender Inquiry and its implementation. He is a self-employed human rights researcher and has created trans resources for activists, human rights institutions, health professionals, and United Nations agencies.
As APTN’s Programme Assistant, Kevin provides programmatic support in six partner countries. Kevin graduated from Universitas Indonesia with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and wrote her thesis on the ‘Relationship between Religious Commitment, Coming Out, and Subjective Well-Being of Jakarta’s Transgender Community.’ She has worked with UNDP Indonesia as LGBT Human Rights Officer. Kevin has general interest on human rights of transgender people with specific focus in mental health and wellbeing, as well as stigma and discrimination. As member of TvT advisory board, Kevin provides inputs regarding the diversity of cultures and traditions in Asia that contribute a lot to the dynamic life of trans communities in the region.
Mauro Cabral Grinspan
Mauro Cabral Grinspan is the Director of Programs and Advocacy at Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE). He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Intersex Fund at Astraea, and as Board Member of Akahatá - Espacio de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros. He is member of several International Advisory Boards, including IDAHOT and Dignity for All. Mauro participated in the production of the Yogyakarta Principles and edited the book “Interdicciones. Escrituras de la Intersexualidad en castellano.” He studied history and philosophy at the National University of Cordoba, and his current area of research is focused on the intersections between bodily diversity, biotechnology and the law. He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Nicolas Jonathan Beger has been a transgender activist for over 20 years. He worked for almost two decades in the management of large international non for profit organizations (EPLO; Amnesty International). His expertise is in conflict prevention, human rights, and discrimination, as well as media, campaigning, advocacy, and organizational development. He is a certified and ICF accredited professional coach, trainer, and mediator, and has founded his own company, Q3T, focused on the power of potential in humans.
Tamara Adrian is a Venezuelan lawyer and a member of the National Assembly of Venezuela (2016-2021). She has a Doctorate in Law from Paris 2 University, France, and a Diploma in Comparative Law. She is a professor of Law at the Central University and the Metropolitan University of Venezuela. Tamara is the Chairperson of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), co-president of the Gay, Lesbian, Trans, Intersex Sport Association (GLISA) of the World Outgames, and president of the Board of Directors at the Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE). She is co-secretary general alternate of ILGA (2014-2016), and held the World Trans Secretariat of ILGA (2012-2014). She is special advisor of WHO, PAHO, HRH, and WAS, and member of the Board of Directors of WPATH and PLAFAM.
Zhan Chiam is ILGA’s Gender Identity and Expression Programme Officer, where he works to support and strengthen the trans movement through ILGA’s membership base, trans-led organisations, and by utilising different UN mechanisms. Zhan grew up in Singapore and moved to Australia when he was 19. He has a background in queer grassroots activism and politics in both countries. At university, he majored in comparative religious studies and gender studies, and then qualified as a lawyer in order to work in human rights. Zhan has worked in Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Switzerland in legal, policy and advocacy roles, mainly in refugee law.
Kim Mukasa is a trans* activist lawyer working with the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda. He defends the rights of most vulnerable populations, including conflict regions and forced migration. He has been engaged in strategic litigation of violation of rights and freedoms of LGBT people, and trains police and prison authorities on the conceptualization of gender and programming. He has served the sexual and gender minority movement in Africa for five years in legal representation and voicing out the challenges of trans* individuals. Kim is on the Steering Committee of the first International Trans* Fund, where he contributed to its establishment and now participates in strategies towards social change. He is also a researcher and consultant on trans* identities in the region.
Leigh Ann van der Merve
L. Leigh Ann van der Merwe is a coloured transgender woman born in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Leigh founded Social, Health and Empowerment and has conceptualized projects such as the African Transformative Feminist Leadership Institute and has co-authored the Transilience Research Report on violence against transgender women in South Africa. She is versed in the human rights instruments of the United Nations. She considers herself an “intersectional” feminist. She holds a certificate in community journalism from UNISA. She holds positions on various executive and advisory boards. Leigh Ann was recognized as a Women’s Human Rights Defender in December 2012.
Joe Wong is a Singaporean living in Bangkok, Thailand. He oversees the institution and programme development of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). Joe also manages partnerships with partners and stakeholders, coordinates responses from local partners for regional advocacy and monitors programme implementations with trans organisations, networks, and groups across the Asia and Pacific Region.
Manisha Dhakal is transgender woman who has been involved in Nepal’s LGBTI rights movement since 2001. She is currently the Executive Director of Blue Diamond Society as well as president of the Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities Nepal. Regionally, Manisha is one of the founder members of the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), was recently elected co-chair of ILGA Asia Board, and is also member of International Reference Group on Transgender and HIV. Manisha was involved in court pleadings on behalf of LGBT people before the Supreme Court in 2007.
Satya Rai Nagpaul
Satya is a transman, gender activist, homemaker, and a cinematographer from India. He is a graduate from India’s National Film School, the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII). In the late 1990s he started the Indian trans* (and now intersex-inclusive) network, Sampoorna. As part of Sampoorna, Satya led the first trans healthcare meet in India in 2010, to the more recent first south asian trans masculine, intersex & intergender meet in 2014. Since 2010, Satya has been an elected member of the India Task Force of the South Asian Human Rights Association for Marginalised Genders & Sexualities (SAHRA), where he is working to mobilize & network across communities and build documentation.
Central and South America
Ari Vera Morales is president and founder of the Captive Souls Association (Almas Cautivas A.C.), working for the trans communities deprived of freedom in the prisons of Mexico City. She studied for a degree in Marketing at the Insurgentes University, and a degree in Special Education at the Normal School Veracruzana. She has diplomas in Political Marketing from the Faculty of Political Sciences as well as the Right to Non-discrimination by the Institute of Legal Research of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Currently, she is studying for a Master’s degree in Human Rights at the Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM).
Sayonara Nogueira is a public education teacher from Brazil, graduated in Geography, expert in Pedagogical Coordination, Support Services on Special Education (Inclusive Education), and Public Policy of Gender and Race. She is currently the Secretary of Communications of the Rede Trans Brasil (Trans Brazil Network). She also develops national monitoring through a website registering murders, attacks, attempted homicides, and suicides among the travesti and trans population in Brazil.
Joleen Mataele is from the Kingdom of Tonga. She has been an activist for LGBTIQ people in Tonga and the South Pacific region for over 20 years, as well as an active promoter of HIV & AIDS awareness. As a trans person (leiti), she has witnessed first hand the harassment and discrimination suffered by many leitis in the region. In order to raise awareness and visibility, and to support the leiti community, Joleen founded the Miss Air New Zealand Galaxy Queen Pageant. She is currently the president and executive director of the Tonga Leiti’s Association (TLA), the only organization for LGBTIQ people in Tonga, and the president and co-founder of the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN).
Sulique Waqa is a young transgender feminist and indigenous Fijian from Fiji who has worked on LGBTIQ issues of the Pacific region for over 15 years. She founded the Haus of Khameleon, a transgender led feminist movement that is lobbying, campaigning, organizing, researching, training and advocating for transgender equality in Fiji and the Pacific. For six years now, Sulique has been the chief Coordinator of the popular Adi Senikau Pageant, a transgender pageant in Fiji, and sits as a member of the Hibiscus Festival Committee under the Hibiscus Events Group Inc. Sulique also serves as a member of the ILGA-Oceania Board, as well as the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Regional Steering Committee.