Olusegun Sangowawa has programmatic experience in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights issues including HIV and AIDS especially, as they relate to young people, persons with disabilities, gender and sexual minorities and has a passion for social innovations related to health and development. He has co-developed sensitivity and diversity trainings for different stakeholders including government ministries/department/agencies, community based organizations/NGOs, and healthcare workers in Nigeria over the past five years on gender and sexual minorities.
Pamela Adie is a Senior Campaigns Manager at All Out, a global LGBT advocacy organisation. She is also a writer and an LGBT Rights Activist. She is dedicated to expanding the rights of LGBT people in Nigeria.
Before joining All Out, Pamela worked in Mobil Producing Nigeria as a Project Coordinator, where she managed a special integrated communications project aimed at protecting ExxonMobil’s business interests in Nigeria. She has worked as a Researcher with the International Youth Foundation, Baltimore, addressing challenges youth in Sub-Saharan Africa experience. She also worked with The Annie Casey Foundation, Baltimore, USA, helping to increase economic opportunities for youth in the United States.
An MBA graduate from Webster University, Pamela also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services Management from the University of Baltimore, USA, and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Superior.
An avid supporter of Manchester United, Pamela’s interest and hobbies include watching football, writing, photography, traveling and dancing.
She lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Selly Thiam is a journalist and oral historian whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS and in the New York Times. She was a producer for the Storycorps Oral History Project, PBS’ Learning Matters and a Carnegie Fellow at the ABC News Investigative Unit. She is the founder and Executive Director of None on Record, the premier African LGBT digital media organization.
Nicholas Menzies is an Australian lawyer working on justice reform at the World Bank. Nick has worked on social justice issues, including indigenous rights, access to health, land and natural resources governance and sexual orientation and gender identity, in Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific, Africa and South Eastern Europe. He currently lives with his husband in Washington DC.
Petra Boynton is a Social Psychologists specializing in sex and relationships wellbeing. For the past thirteen years she has been working in the area of International Healthcare Research with a particular focus on enabling communities and practitioners to find, critique, synthesise and apply evidence to suit their diverse needs. Petra runs the Research Companion project aimed at creating and sharing free and low cost tools for use in social and healthcare research and development work.
Ross Murray is the Director of Programs, focusing on global and the US South. The GLAAD Global Voices program aims to build support for LGBT equality across the globe by sharing culture-changing stories of LGBT people and families in national and international media. The GLAAD Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBT people and their allies in the South to create that cultural shift.
Ross has secured national media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBT equality across diverse communities in America. He specializes in relationship between religion and LGBT people. He has written and appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Religion News Service.
Ross works with individuals and organizations who are bringing LGBT equality to their own environments through their advocacy or there mere presence. He helps them craft a media strategy and prepares to be able to tell that story effectively, and in a way that calls others to action. In 2014, he was named one of Mashable’s “10 LGBT-Rights Activists to Follow on Twitter.”
Ross is also a founder and director of The Naming Project, a faith-based camp for LGBT youth and their allies. The Naming Project has also been the subject of much media, including the award-winning film Camp Out, as well as the controversial episode “Pray the Gay Away?” of Our America with Lisa Ling.