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 training for different stakeholders including government ministries/department/agencies, community-based organizations/NGOs, and health care workers in Nigeria over the past five years on gender and sexual minorities.
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 well-being. 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 the 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 their 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.
Rev. Ijeoma Ajibade
Ijeoma has had a long career in local
l government and the UK public sector, including work in health policy, homelessness, audit and special investigations, and economics and business policy.
She has also spent many years working as a community activist, working to raise awareness of HIV.
In 2011, Ijeoma helped set up the Kaleidoscope Trust and now works as the European Regional Director for Mission to Seafarers. Ijeoma is also an Anglican priest and ministers at St Philips Earls Court and Southwark Cathedral.
She enjoys walking by River Lea, coffee shops, cake, and urban fantasy novels