Speakers Madrid Summit
Social Worker and Sociologist. Expert on male prostitution and HIV.
SSocial Worker and Sociologist. Expert on male prostitution and HIV. He began his professional career in 2004, specializing in male sex workers and people with HIV. He has experience in working in prostitution settings, where he has had the opportunity to maintain direct contact with the people involved. In 2007 he directed the first sociological study on male prostitution in Madrid. He has written many articles on the subject and often appears in the media as an expert. In 2011 he founded the NGO Imagina MÁS with a group of peers. The organisation carries out the care program for male and trans prostitution of the Madrid City Cancel since 2013. In 2016 he published his first book, La difícil vida fácil (Punto de vista editores) the first essay on male prostitution in Spain.
Political Spokesperson and Senior Editor.
Political Spokesperson and Senior Editor. Apsara is one of India's most respected and well-known transsexual woman who has risen in the ranks of journalism and politics. Armed with a BA degree in Journalism and as a student Body President at Monash University, Australia and an MA in Broadcasting with a special focus on Developmental Economics (City University, London), Apsara has worked with the BBC WORLD SERVICE, Commonwealth Secretariat in London, New Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle. She also writes columns in National newspapers on LGBT rights.
As a journalist she has covered the Tsunami from Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia. She has also been the voice of LGBT Radio on Joy Melbourne, Australia during her student days in Australia. After her education, Apsara also worked briefly with UNICEF to launch a health campaign across South India. She is an active voice that speaks against violence against women, corruption and is a respected voice on National TV debates. She was in the year 2013 awarded an excellence award by Jaguar Motors.
He works as an expert in the Belarusian LGBT Journalists’ Group and is Head of International Relations Department.
He works as an expert in the Belarusian LGBT Journalists’ Group and is Head of International Relations Department. Klikunou is an ILGA and ILGCN member. In the past, he was the director of the Centre for Youth Information and Documentation in Minsk and translator in the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
Klikounou has participated in many presentations at International Conferences such as World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014 in Toronto, ILGCN Conference in Budapest or ILGCN Conference in Palanga and Stockholm.
Indian Filmmaker, Activist and Festival Director - INDIA.
Filmmaker, writer, activist and festival director. He has consistently strived to give a voice to social issues in India through his films, writings and public speaking for over two decades. His award winning films The Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally, 68 Pages, Project Bolo, Purple Skies and Breaking Free present hard-hitting social issues with warmth, compassion and humor; and are at the forefront of India’s emergent queer cinema movement.
He is the Founder Festival Director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival, both of which have given a cinematic voice to marginalized communities. One of the Grand Marshals of Montreal Pride 2016. He has figured in the list of ‘Global List of LGBT Influencers’ by BFI Flare, UK; ‘5 most influential gay & lesbian Indians’ by Pink Pages, India; and ‘21 heroes changing LGBTI Asia for the better’ by Asia LGBT Milestone Awards, Hong Kong.
Maria Von Känel
General Manager Swiss Rainbow Families Association and Co-secretary European Lesbian* Conference.
General Manager Swiss Rainbow Families Association and Co-secretary European Lesbian* Conference. Maria von Känel is founder and coordinator of the International Family Equality Day (IFED), General Manager of the Swiss Rainbow Families Association and co-founder and co-secretary of the European Lesbian* Conference. The Council of Europe recognises IFED as an important tool to combat homo- and transphobia and to promote a tolerant and cohesive society. Maria has been in a registered partnership since 2007, when Swiss law first started recognising same-sex partnerships.
Mexican activist and researcher with work on LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health.
Ricardo is a Mexican activist and researcher with experience in LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health. He has collaborated with several civil society organizations such as the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and IPPF. He is currently a member of the GayLatino Network and also of ADIL, the Alliance for Diversity and Labor Inclusion. He is also finishing a doctorate in health systems by the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico.
He has worked on issues of sexual education, LGBT health, programs and policies for HIV control and other sexually transmitted diseases, homophobic bullying and access to the labour market, among other topics. He has experience as a consultant and educator in more than 30 countries around the world with agencies such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS and the United Nations Population Fund. He is currently conducting research on health services for intersex people and on new technologies for HIV prevention among men in Mexico.
Associate Human Rights Officer
Special Procedures Branch - United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Team of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Independent Expert on Persons with Albinism. Mr. Serefidis has worked with human rights NGOs on the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples; the International Labour Organization as a consultant on labour and human rights standards and on Roma issues; government permanent missions to the UN as a human rights expert; and, the private sector.
He has worked with the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Human Rights Committee and the UN Voluntary Funds for the Victims of Torture and Slavery. Currently, he supports the work of two United Nations independent experts, the IE on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (HRC Resolution 32/2) and the IE on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism (HRC Resolution 28/6).
Special Advisor to Prime Minister on LGBTIQ Issues. Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues.
Special Advisor to Prime Minister on LGBTIQ Issues. Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues. He has a strong record of leadership in business, in public service, and in the not-for-profit sector. Randy has a long history of charitable work, both locally in Edmonton and abroad. He founded Literacy Without Borders, an international NGO devoted to promoting literacy for both children and adults in the developing world and in Canada. In his capacity as the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 Issues, Randy has spoken on human rights panels across Canada and the world, including at the University of Oxford. He is also leading public consultations in Canada leading up to a formal government apology to the LGBTQ2 community for past injustices.
Alimi Bisi Ademola
Executive Director- Bisi Alimi Foundation
Nigerian public speaker, storyteller, television pundit, campaigner, actor and blogger. In 2004 he was the first person ever coming out as gay on Nigerian national TV. He is the Founder and Director of Bisi Alimi Foundation. Listed 77 on the World Pride Power List 2014.
He has appeared on many international television stations as a social and political pundit. His expertise on Social Justice ranges from Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Race and Race Relations, Feminism, Education and Poverty Alleviation.
Psychologist at Fundación Daniela, he has worked in psychosocial care and educational psychology, areas where he has supported young people, trans teenagers and their families, coordinated the youth group and carried out projects to make trans reality visible. He has also provided training and workshops on trans identities at educational centers, universities, professional groups and the general population.
With a degree in Psychology by the UCM and specialized in Educational Psychology by the UAM.
With a degree in Psychology by the UCM and specialized in Educational Psychology by the UAM, where he currently carries out his thesis on sexual diversity and gender and new technologies. He specializes in bullying and school life, where he has developed several projects during his training. Always interested in the confluence between education, activism and sexual and gender diversity, he has been participating in the UAMentiende student association since 2013, serving as secretary and currently president of the association.
Freelance photographer who began his career in 1975 as an intern to Crawford Barton.
He is a freelance photographer who began his career in 1975 as an intern to Crawford Barton, who was then the staff photographer for Advocate Magazine. Nicoletta also worked in Harvey Milk’s camera store in the heart of the burgeoning lesbian gay bisexual transgender mecca in the Castro district of San Francisco and he was involved in Milk’s victorious election to public office on one of the first openly gay political platforms in the world. Nicoletta’s body of photographic work maps his long romance with San Francisco and it’s people, especially the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender communities. Nicoletta’s work has been featured in numerous settings: books, periodicals, films and collections, including The New York Public Library’s Wallach and Berg Collections and The Bancroft Collection at University of California, Berkeley. In the press section of his website you will find a resume, press clippings and web links to articles about his work.