MPact’s steering committee have the primary role of providing strategic advice to the organization. It is formed by 11 exceptional community members from around the world, with demonstrated leadership capacity and skills across a range of fields. Their expertise cover areas such as regional advocacy, community organizing, and social media. They all have demonstrated experience in issues related to HIV and the sexual health of gay, bisexual, and other queer men with knowledge and linkages at local, national, and/or regional levels.
MSMSGF’s Board Co-Chairs Don Baxter and Othman Mellouk also serve as Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee.
Coordinator the HIV Agenda at Inspira Cambio A.C., a civil organization based in Mexico City that works with sexual health and sexuality for the LGBTQ+ community and lead on community support at the Clinica Condesa, the largest Clinic in Mexico serving people living with HIV. Heavily involved political activism towards health and human rights authorities, politicians, and other stakeholders to address issues related to HIV, health, and rights.
Alim El Gaddari
Psychologist and sexologist by training has been working in the field of the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years. Alim’s work on sexual and reproductive health extends to sub-Saharan Africa and in the Middle East and North Africa and (MENA) region. Alim led several leads on several partnership driven projects with key stakeholders such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the European Union, UNITAIDS and Expertise France.
David Leonardo Rodriguez
Leo is a Colombian attorney with a degree in criminal law and more than 10 years of professional litigation experience. He defied stereotypes by working with the conservative wing of Colombian politics as a public official and simultaneously began producing adult content. After touring five countries with his work, he retired from the adult entertainment industry and now has resumed his work in the field of law. The breadth of his career has given him insight into much more than just law and has converted him into an activist for the rights of sex workers.
João Geraldo Netto
Brazilian digital marketing strategist, sexual health specialist, social mobilizer, and founder of Multiverso Institute. João is a content creator on the YouTube channel “Super Indetectavel” about HIV and LGBTI+ sexual health.
Executive Director of the Jamaican Network of Seropositives since 2017, a Network of PLHIV and an NGO that advocates for the rights and concerns of People Living with and impacted by HIV in Jamaica. His advocacy and life’s work so far are linked directly to the LGBTQ community especially those disenfranchised and made more vulnerable because of their HIV+ status.
Luckie as a passionate advocate and founder of Invisible Men, an organization focused on uplifting and building community among trans men and nonbinary transmasculine folks centered on people of color. Luckie is a member of Gender Justice Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Transgender Advisory Council, a proud member & Historian of Brown Boi Project; an HIV Commissioner and a community advisory board member for UCLA’s Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services, a recipient of the Lou Sullivan Award for his work centered around transmasculine individuals in the HIV/AIDS arena, In 2019, he was the Assistant Strategy Director for the historic 2019 National Trans Visibility March. In 2020, he was the designer of the “ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER” art installation on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikolay Lunchenkov, MD.
An infectious diseases doctor and LGBTQI+ health consultant. He worked as public health and community manager for several years in global leading organizations. He currently serves as a LGBT health coordinator in Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity. Nikolay has experience both from a medical and community perspective, with research focus on sexual health, PrEP and substance use among gay men.
Coordinator at Red Umbrella Fund – the first and only global fund for and by sex workers. He previously worked as Program Manager for the global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), Program Coordinator for Solidarité Sida and as a Civil Society Member of the International Steering Committee of the Robert Carr Fund. Paul-Gilbert has coordinated multiple programs aiming to build the capacity of sex worker-led organizations on international normative guidance and the Global Fund, has worked with a variety of donors and has provided technical support to several sex worker-led organizations in developing and implementing monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
Serge Douomong Yotta
Advocacy Director of Coalition Plus international, an international community-based organization that works in 50 countries through a partnership of more than 100 organizations of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis around the world. Former Executive Director of Affirmative Action – Cameroon A spokesman of the AGCS–PLUS (former AfricaGay) network and member of the UNAIDS Youth Advisory Forum. Serge holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Geneva focusing on the contribution of grassroots community actors in the response to HIV.
Stephane Ku, MD.
Director of Division of Infectious Diseases at Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch and clinical researcher with TREAT Asia Network at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. His research interests include HIV/STI, Chemsex, and sexual wellbeing of LGBTQ community and has been actively involved in PrEP implementation in Taiwan. He also serves as Board Member of Taiwan AIDS Society and HIV Education And Research Taiwan (HEART).
Queer African activist, founder and head of the African Alliance, a Pan-African non-profit working on a range of health rights issues and a member of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 vaccines and Inter-Ministerial Task Team on Vaccine Hesitancy. A Senior Aspen 2021 New Voices Fellow, they are a founding member of the Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group. Tian serves as the International Civil Society Observer of the Robert Carr Fund and GBV expert adviser to the Hands Off II program, which works to reduce violence against sex workers. In 2021 Tian joined the African Union / African CDC COVID-19 African Vaccine Delivery Alliance (AVDA) as co-Chair of the Community Engagement and Risk Communication Pillar.