Speakers Madrid Summit
Andre du Plessis
He is ILGA’s Head of UN Programme and Advocacy, assisting LGBTI organizations from around the world to engage with the various facets of the United Nations systems.
He is ILGA’s Head of UN Programme and Advocacy, assisting LGBTI organizations from around the world to engage with the various facets of the United Nations systems. Prior to ILGA, he worked on the human rights compliance of private military contractors in conflict zones, and as a Human Rights Officer in Special Procedures at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. André is from South Africa and is an English solicitor with experience in the Corporate and Financial Services sectors. He grew up in Zambia, the UK and India, studied law at Cambridge University and University College London.
Doctor & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed ZAHED
Imam and Doctor in Anthropology and Psychology. Founder of the first european inclusive mosque and founder member of the Interfaith Network GIN-SSOGIE as well as the INIMuslim Internatiol Network. International coordinator of the CALEM until 2014. Member of Theologians' network living with HIV/AIDS.
Nominated for the queer muslim award in 2014 and One of the 3 French gay in 2012.
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.
Co-Founder and Board Member, MantiQitna Network.
Co-Founder and Board Member, MantiQitna Network. Yahia Zaidi is a committed human rights activist and specialist with extensive experience on LGBTI issues. Yahia has led the revival and establishment of associations, projects and organisations. Among other roles, he has been instrumental in rebuilding Abu-Nawas (an Algerian LGBT rights group) and Pan-Africa ILGA. In partnership with peers, he has established an HIV/AIDS prevention project for men who have sex with men (MSM) in Algeria, and an association by and for migrants from the MENA region seeking to eradicate homophobia in the migrant communities in Belgium. Yahia co-founded MantiQitna Network, the only LGBTI-led organization from the MENA region doing public advocacy.
Yahia was at the forefront of international advocacy toward the adoption of UN resolutions on SOGI in 2014 and 2016. He has provided strategic advice to several regional and international NGOs, In 2007, he became the UNAIDS and National AIDS Committee Focal Point for MSM.
Alicia Katrina Karzakis
Senior Research Scholar, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University
Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. She began her career analyzing controversies over treatment for people with intersex traits, which resulted in the book “Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience”.
She has continued to advocate for the rights of intersex people for nearly two decades. Her current research examines the many identities of testosterone. She is currently working on a book, which stems from her work on “sex testing” and sports policies that ban women athletes for having naturally high testosterone. She helped to mount Dutee Chand’s successful appeal against the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and served as an expert witness in the hearing.
Her research has been covered in the New York Times, Time, BuzzFeed, The Week, CNN, ESPN, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times… among others.
María Carmen Barranco Avilés
PhD in Law from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid
She earned a PhD in Law from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid since 1999. Since 2003, she has worked as Professor of Philosophy Law at this University. From 2004 until 2006 she was the Philosophy Professor of Law studies at the University of Alcalá. She has lectured on Theory of Law, Philosophy of Law, Fundamental Rights, Legal Argumentation and Ethics of Professions and Organizations.
Manuel Sánchez Moreno
PhD Candidate in International Law, University of Cordoba.
Human Rights, gender and sexual diversity teacher at various Argentinian universities. His research areas are gender, affective-sexual diversity, human rights, cultural diversity, religions, historical memory and visual culture. Since 2015, member of the Group of Studies of Feminism and Gender (GeFeGe) (UCO). He has over 10 years experience in the management and evaluation of development cooperation, human rights, humanitarian aid and gender projects in various institutions: World Fair Trade Organization Europe (WFTO-E), Spanish Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of (CeCICN), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Policy and Administration (FIIAPP).
Daniel Ahmed Said
Muslim queer activist.
Muslim queer activist specialized in gender studies and Arab-Islamic studies, involved in activism around Islamophobia and sexual and gender diversity in Islam. He works in the areas of journalism and social education in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He is a member of the Nasij network.
Profesor Titular de Filosofía en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Philosophy professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid. PhD in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Madrid and in History by the École des Hautes Études at Social Sciences of Paris. He has been a guest researcher at the Institut de Littérature Française of the Sorbonne and the Center de Sociologie Européenne of the Collège de France.
He currently teaches Philosophies of Difference, Metaphysics and Ontology. He has worked on topics related to XX Century philosophy, closely related to the History of reading and written culture in ancient Greece and thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He has coordinated the Master's Degree in Criticism and Philosophical Argumentation and the PhD Program in Philosophy and Language Sciences at the UAM.
General Coordinator of LGTB Arcoirís Association in Honduras, Human Rights activist and for LGTB community equality.
General Coordinator of the LGTB Arcoiris Association in Honduras, and Human Rights and equality for the LGTB community activist. A Social Worker specialized in Public Policy, he has obtained international recognition as "International Activist of the Human Rights for LGBT people" awarded by the Irish Federation of LGTB organizations in 2016; The "Cometa de Libertad de Derechos of Freedom of Human Rights" by the World Health Organization WHO / PAHO; and the "Recognition to the Pink Triangle Award" by the Barcelona gay collective.
He is currently a member of the National Council for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Honduras, a member of the Central American Regional Pride Platform and an activist member of the Sexual Diversity Committee in Honduras.
Teacher. PhD in Philology. Secretary of Women, Equality and Social Policy at the CCOO Federation for Education.
She has always combined her union work with her involvement in the feminist movement. Her work has focused on the reflection and practice of co-education, the defense of women's labour rights and against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Since joining FECCOO, one of her main goals has been the requirement of an inclusive and co-educational practice at schools, creating didactic material for teacher training, publishing articles, and promoting public policies favouring the equality . She has coordinated the Gender Equality Observatory at Union Foundation of Studies (foundation of CCOO of Madrid).
General Linguistics Professor at the University of León and Member at the Royal Spanish Academ.
General Linguistics Professor at the University of León and member of the Real Academia Española since 2008. Director of the "Spanish to the Day" Department at RSA and Advisory Board member of Fundéu. Academic correspondent at the Academies of Chile, Panama and Cuba.
He is the author of more than twenty books and about 150 research articles. He has directed about twenty research projects, as well as many doctoral theses and numerous national and international courses and congresses.