MPact’s team is a reflection of our commitment to upholding a diverse global perspective on issues concerning the health and human rights of gay and bisexual men. Our staff of experts in the field are primarily headquartered in Oakland, California but our work extends to 62 countries around the globe.
MPact is led by an international Board of Directors and a collegially appointed Steering Committee of globally recognized advocates and HIV and AIDS professionals representing every major region of the world, the majority of whom are ages 29 and under.
Don Baxter is a founding Co-Chair of the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) since its establishment in 2006. He served as the Executive Director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the national federation for the HIV community response in Australia, for the period 2001-2011. During that decade and the years subsequently he has been involved in a range of board director positions with global and Asia Pacific HIV agencies, with a particular focus on MSM in the HIV pandemic.
In addition to the MSMGF (2006 – ) these include the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria (2011-14) and its Communities, Rights & Gender Advisory Group (2014-2016) and on-going roles with the board of APCASO (2002 – ), ICASO (2005 – 2017) and AIDS Project Los Angeles (2015 – 2018).
Don’s early HIV involvement was in the initial grass-roots HIV community response in Sydney’s gay community from 1983 – from which he subsequently served in national leadership positions and as a member of key advisory and decision-making bodies in Australia’s national HIV response – in both elected positions and Ministerially-appointed ones.
Robyn Goldman joined APLA in 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for the financial operations of the organization, as well as its information technology resources.
Prior to joining APLA, Goldman spent five years at non-profits, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2002, she was the Executive Director of Ventures at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcaster. From 1991 to 1996, she was the co-founder, COO, and CFO of NYT Video News International, which was sold to the New York Times in 1996. Goldman began her career at the CPA firm of Goldfarb, Whitman and Cohen in West Los Angeles.
Goldman received a bachelor’s degree in business economics at UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in business administration at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified public accountant in the state of California, inactive.
Sean is an activist turned entrepreneur as co-founder, he services as CEO at the LGBT Foundation, which works to leverage the LGBT Token and the benefits of blockchain technology for the empowerment of the LGBT community. Prior to the LGBT Foundation he served as President of Hornet ; where, he built a 25 million user gay social network and the largest LGBT newsroom in the world publishing daily in 7 languages on five continents. Previously, he was a fellow of the World Affairs Council, trustee, and President of the Young Professional International Network.
He helps many organizations leverage technology to expand their impact; serves on various nonprofit boards and committees: UNAIDS, E-CDC, PFLAG and co-chair at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at John Hopkins; is a founding member of the UN Global Coalition for HIV Prevention and technical advisor to UNDPs and the World Bank LGBTI Index.
John Kashiha is the founder and Program Director of Community Health Education Services and Advocacy (CHESA) in Tanzania, and a PhD candidate in Sexuality and Politics at the University of Minnesota. Prior to this, John was a Corporate and Finance Manager at Barclays Bank in Tanzania after beginning a career in Finance and Corporate Management. He holds a Bachelor of Cooperative and Finance Management from Moshi Co-operative Management University, a Masters Degree of Science on Community Development in Public Health from Tumaini University, a Diploma in International Relations, Project Management and Public Health Management, and Certificates in Governance and Fundraising.
John’s past roles include public health practitioner, researcher, social worker, programmer, activist and human rights defender, career coach, and leadership consultant. John co-authored a number of research articles about men who have sex men(MSM)/key populations in East Africa and Tanzania; MSM human rights as they pertain to HIV/AIDS; communicating sexual health/other services models through social media/email; and pharmacists/drugstore workers as healthcare “givers.”
Julian Boghos Kerboghossian
Julian Kerboghossian is an HIV/AIDS advocate focusing mainly on youth and key population issues in the MENA region. Julian joined MSMGF’s Board of Directors in 2016 after serving as a steering committee member of MSMGF’s youth reference group.
In 2015 he joined the global network of young people living with hiv (Y+) and then elected to serve as the Y+ committee’s Co-chair. As a Y+ leader his main goal was to ensure that the voices of YPLHIV were heard in addition to maintaining the sustainability of Y+ network.
Julian became engaged in the HIV/AIDS response by the age of 19, starting as a volunteer at local NGOs implementing projects at the local/country level. Julian delivered awareness sessions, conducted outreach work and eventually moved on to represent youth in the MENA region in several regional and international forums.
Julian Kerboghossian was born in Lebanon in 1991. He earned a BA degree in Banking and Finance and MBA degree in Business Administration in Lebanon, where he still resides.
An orthodontist by profession, Othoman Mellouk joined the Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS) in Morocco in 1994, where he participated in the development of the first prevention program targeting men having sex with men in North Africa and the Middle East.
From 2002 to 2010 he was the chair of the Marrakech city branch of ALCS, and was in charge of international relations of ALCS. He is also one of the most active advocates for access to treatment in the MENA region with a particular focus on the question of intellectual property rights and their effect on access to treatment. In January 2010, Othoman Mellouk became co-chair of MPact.
Daniyar Orsekov is the founder and Executive Director of “Kyrgyz Indigo”, an LGBTIFAQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, families, allies, queer people) organization based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has been engaged in LGBT activism in Kyrgyzstan since 2004 and have worked extensively with LGBT people, not only in the capital city of Bishkek, but also throughout the country and in other parts of Central Asia.
In 2004, working with other activists, Daniyar helped to found an initiative support group for lesbian and bisexual women and transgender people which provided training and inspiration and support for its members.
As executive director of Kyrgyz Indigo, he is responsible for development of the operational, financial planning and management of the organization in addition to overseeing monitoring, evaluation and risk management. In his role, he is actively involved in drafting the anti-discrimination draft law in Kyrgyzstan, which will include SOGI in the processes of writing HIV state programs as member of Country Coordinating Mechanisms on behalf of MSM/TG in Kyrgyzstan. His membership in the Country Coordinating Mechanism allows him to advocate for increases to the state budget for health issues and to include costs for HIV prevention programs for MSM/TG. Together with UNFPA and ECOM he organized the first ever training on MSMIT in Kyrgyzstan.
Peter Perkowski is the founder of Perkowski Legal, PC. With nearly 20 years of experience advising clients and litigating high-profile cases, he has appeared in state and federal trial-level and appellate courts across the United States in intellectual property and business litigation.
Perkowski’s patent practice has focused on litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, which established a regulatory framework for development, approval, and sale of generic drugs. Under this statute, he has litigated cases involving drugs for the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions. He has also counseled generic pharmaceutical companies on regulatory and pre-litigation issues related to drug approval. His litigation and regulatory work has been critical in helping his clients bring low-cost drugs to market sooner than otherwise, benefiting more than just the clients he represents. For his work, Managing Intellectual Property has named him an “IP Star” (2013-2016), and Intellectual Asset Management has given him a Bronze rating in its IAM Patent 1000 (2012-2016). In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association included Mr. Perkowski on its inaugural Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 list.
Perkowski has also assisted clients in immigration matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS), immigration courts at all levels, and federal appeals courts. His work has focused on helping people fleeing their home countries because of persecution based on real or perceived LGBT identity and/or HIV status. In addition to serving on the Board of MSMGF, Perkowski is the Chair of the Board of Directors of AIDS Project Los Angeles and APLA Health & Wellness.
Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux
Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux is the Founder and President of Young Queer Alliance (YQA) and has over 5 years’ experience working with LGBT youth. Since 2005, he has been passionate and engaged in initiatives that aim to empower young people and previously held positions of responsibility in various organizations such as the Rivière-du-Rempart Youth Centre Advisory Committee, the Youth Action Movement, the Organisation Miss-Roi D’Été, We Help You and Jeunesse Militante. Currently, Najeeb is enrolled as student in master’s in business administration (specialization in Public Administration) at the Open University of Mauritius. He enjoys hiking, badminton, Zumba, playing chess and online games.
Currently Executive Director of the AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami and Global Public Health Ambassador for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Member of the Board of Trustees of IAPAC and is also a Member of the Strategy Committee of the Global Fund representing the Developing Country NGOs, Member of the Executive Committee GayLatino Network and of the MSMGF Steering Committee. Dr. Saavedra based in Mexico, is a Medical Doctor from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with two Master’s degrees— one in Public Health and another in Health Policy and Management both from Harvard University. He has been Director General of the National AIDS Program of Mexico (2003-2009), where he was the first openly gay person to achieve a high-level position inside Mexico’s federal government. He has also been Deputy Director General of Planning and Innovation at the Ministry of Health of Mexico (2001-2003). Since Jorge’s times as Head of the National AIDS Program in Mexico, where he arrived through an open merit-based contest, he was in charge of launching the universal access to ART program in 2003, the first time a developing country did it entirely with domestic resources. He has several publications mainly related with AIDS Economics and the latest ones on the global response to Ebola (Lancet Nov 23, 2015 and BMJ May 19, 2016). Dr. Saavedra’s permanent residency is in Mexico.