MPact’s governance is a reflection of its commitment to upholding a diverse global perspective on issues concerning the health and human rights of gay and bisexual men. 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.
MSMSGF’s Board Co-Chairs Don Baxter and Othman Mellouk also serve as Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee.
Firmansyah Sarbini (Indonesia)
Having serious concerns about human rights issues since college, Firmansyah established Support Group & Resource Center on Sexuality Studies at University of Indonesia in 2014. The group is an NGO that aims for a more thorough understanding of gender and sexuality issues through seminars, discussions and other activities. Firmansyah also a Co-Founder of Jaringan Rakyat Bhinneka (The Diversity Network), a social-entrepreneurial, ‘not-for-profit’ business focused on helping those who are marginalized by society (disabled people, LGBTI individuals, sex workers, etc.) As a business, Rakya Bhinneka advocates for equal opportunities in the workplace, so individuals can be who they are without fear of being judged. Proceeds from the business are used directly to support community efforts.
Glenroy Murray (Jamaica)
Glenroy Murray is a 24 year-old social justice and human rights advocate with specific focus on women’s rights, LGBT rights, HIV and youth development. He graduated the Faculty of Law at University of the West Indies, Mona in 2014 and Norman Manley Law School in 2016. Glenroy is the Policy and Advocacy Manager at J-FLAG, the Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy at WE-Change and a member of the National Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica. He has consistently advocated for improved laws to better protect all persons from different forms of abuse, harassment, discrimination and prejudice. He has made submissions to parliament for amendments to legislation, he has written two research papers recommending improvements to Jamaica’s laws, he has taken part in advocacy at the UN level and frequently writes letters to the editor and open editorials, calling for greater protection for all persons. His advocacy is guided by intersectional feminism and the human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination, equal participation, universalism and multiculturalism.
Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux (Mauritius)
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.
Devin Hursey (USA)
Devin Hursey, Junior Psychology major attending The University of Missouri in Kansas City [KC], has recently been appointed to serve on the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis. Hursey is involved in local HIV treatment and prevention efforts working as a peer educator at Truman Medical Center, serving on the Ryan White Board for the KC Transitional Grant Area, volunteering with Calvary Community Outreach Network, and serving as a community action board member for Blackout (an initiative serving black queer and trans* people).
Additionally, Hursey serves as communications chair for the U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus, as an ambassador for the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation’s >AIDS campaign. Formerly, Hursey has served as a youth ambassador for NASTAD, a member of The Campaign to End AIDS’s Youth Action Institute, and a participant of the Young Black Gay Leadership Initiative.
Daniyar Orsekov (Kyrgystan)
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.
Elie Ballan (Lebanon)
Elie Ballan, holder of a license of Cinema Arts with TV content and marketing producer background, has been an activist for LGBTQ rights for more than a decade. Joined M-Coalition in January 2016 as Executive Director, a full-time activist for the rights of LGBTQI and people living with HIV in North Africa and the Middle East. Elie Ballan is also the Sexual Health Program Director at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. Elie sits on the Steering Committee of the Global Forum of MSM and HIV, the MSMGF and on the MENA Community Advisory Board. Elie came out to his parents, family and friends at the age of 18 and spoke openly about his HIV status to all those who knew him in 2016. Elie wants to see a MENA region more tolerant for LGBT individuals and advancement for the eradication of HIV/AIDS, in other words he tries to make this world a better place for everyone, one step at a time.
Inad Rendon (Thailand)
Inad has been in the advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) for the past years. He earned units of Law at the Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines while working as a legal officer for an organization tackling rights of Indigenous Peoples, Agrarian Reform, Internally Displaced Persons and Women who are victims of domestic violence. His knowledge in human rights and redress mechanisms were elaborated while working with human rights experts and international human rights lawyers in documenting human rights violations in conflict-affected areas in the Philippines. His work on HIV advocacy started in 2010 in General Santos City, Philippines. He currently works with APCOM in Bangkok, Thailand, as Senior Manager for Programmes, Advocacy and Campaigns. Together with AFAO, he managed JumpStart, and provided technical assistance to national networks in Asia and the Pacific. He focuses on capacity assessments, strengthening organizational capacity, human rights and policy advocacy.
Jorge Saavedra (Mexico)
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.
Julian Boghos Kerboghossian (Lebanon)
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.
Maria Sundin (Sweden)
Maria Sundin is a senior Swedish trans activist, sexologist and clinical social worker. She has been involved in trans as well as LGBT organizations for the past 25 years. Maria was a member of the Board of the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ rights – RFSL 2010-2016. She is also a member of IRGT, a Global Network of Transgender Women and HIV. She serves on the Steering Committee of MSMGF. Maria has also served on the Executive Board of Transgender Europe (TGEU) as well as the organization’s Co-chair. She is also extensively involved in trans de-pathologization, transgender human rights and combatting HIV in our community. Maria is also a member of Board of the ViiV Small Grants Fund and the LGBTQ Social Democrats in Sweden.
Sergio Lopez (Paraguay)
Sergio is a young gay activist and Program Officer with SOMOSGAY, a grassroots organization committed to the innovation of effective strategies against homophobia, the fight against HIV and AIDS and the promotion and defense of human rights in Paraguay. He became an active member of the group in late 2008, when he found himself involved with community-based activities carrying out logistical tasks as a volunteer as one of the organization’s youngest members.
His work is to offer support on monitoring and follow up management of the programs, serving to meet the needs of functionality and supporting all activities of the organization, as well to generate the dynamic execution of social mobilization events. As a young feminist and activist since he was 14, Sergio traveled quite a lot around the world to gain experiences and knowledge that can help building the LGBT movement in Paraguay. Up to this date, he considers SOMOSGAY as his main passion.
Important fact: he’s a very fast typewriter, editor and has keyboard shortcuts for everything… everything!
Gautam Yadav (India)
Gautam Yadav from India identifies as gay and “living positively with HIV”. He has dedicated himself to working hard for the establishment of an identity for LGBTQ communities. Gautam has served on the Board of the UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum from the Asia Pacific region, and is a working core committee member of Youth Voices Count in Bangkok, Thailand.
Gautam is now working as Program Officer with The Humsafar Trust in Delhi. He is a Board member for Youth Lead in Bangkok, a key correspondent member of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Britain, a Steering Committee member of the Young People Living with HIV (Y+) Initiative of the Global Network of People Living with HIV in Amsterdam, and a Steering Committee member of The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF). Gautam was recognized in 2017 as an HIV Hero from the Asia and Pacific by APCOM in Bangkok.
John Odum (Nigeria)
John Echezona Odum is a 23-year-old sexuality and human rights activist from Nigeria who works with LGBT and other marginalized populations. John focuses on issues that impact people living with HIV such as ensuring proper access to health care services within an enabling environment for more equitable rights and social acceptance.
In recent years, John has focused on minority rights to better promote social and economic integration of key populations in the context of Northern Nigeria at the state and local levels. His experience and passion extend to capacity building for community members, psychosocial counseling, mental health support and networking and referral to quality sexual health services.
Peter “Trevor” Mwaniki Njoroge (Kenya)
Peter Mwaniki Njoroge (Trevor) is an LGBTIQ activist from Nairobi Kenya. He works for Health Options for Young Men on HIV/AIDS/STIS (HOYMAS), a Community Based Organization formed in 2009 that has been on the forefront advocating for both health and legal rights for the Men who have sex with men (MSM) and Male Sex Workers (MSW) community in Kenya. In 2010, Trevor received training from National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP) as a peer educator and trainer of trainers on Key Populations health and human rights providing the platform to work as a communications officer at HOYMAS to address Human rights issues among MSM and MSWs in Kenya.
Trevor also worked as a coordinator for UNFPA project focusing on young people involved in sex trade in Nairobi and Mombasa counties in 2011. Trevor has participated in several international forums/conferences including the 2011, 2013, and 2015 ICASA Conferences (Addis Ababa, Cape Town South Africa, and Harare), the 2016 Durban International Aids Conference and ILGA 2016 where he was actively involved in panel discussions on matters affecting young gay men living with HIV and male sex workers.