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Bob Luiz Botelho

Internship
Based in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Pronouns: he / his / him

Geography student at the Federal University of Paraná, certificate in program of theology studies and a course in missiology program. He is a researcher in the area of geography of religion and also sexual and gender diversity. Founder and General Coordinator of the first LGBT Christian organization in Latin America (which is not a c...
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Chantel Fortuin

Staff
Part time facilitator for the Hearts Set on Pilgrimage Retreat
Based in Gaborone
Pronouns: she/her
Chantel is a black lesbian woman from Botswana and considers herself an African feminist theologian, and has a strong passion for theology as a discipline and a practical way of life. Her interest are especially its interaction with spirituality and sexuality. Chantel has a BA degree in theology and her work focuses on faith, and inclusion and their link to hu...
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Dillon Mohamed

Governance Board member
Representative for the Caribbean
Based in Guyana
Faith tradition: Christian
Pronouns: He, his

Dillon is the Caribbean representative on the board of the Global Interfaith Network. Aged 27, he holds a Diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry from the AOG Bible College in Guyana and certificates in Aeronautical Information Services and Air Traffic Management from the Guyana Civil Aviation Training School. Dillon is an air tr...
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Fikile Vilakazi

Governance Board member
Additional South African Board member
Based in South Africa
Faith tradition: African traditional spirituality / Christian
Pronouns: They, them

Fikile Vilakazi is a former Executive Director (2007 – 2012) of the Coalition of African Lesbians, a radical feminist organization in Africa that is based in South Africa to champion a collective of African lesbian women feminists. She currently serves as a board member of the Advice Des...
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Ishmael Omumbwa

Governance Board member
Board Co-Chair, Representative for Sub-Saharan Africa
Based in Kenya
Faith tradition: Islam
Pronouns: He, his

Ishmael Bahati is the Executive Director of PEMA Kenya (a place of solace in Kenya), - an organization in the coastal region of Kenya that works to protect human rights and advance social inclusion through policy and advocacy interventions, health promotion and socio-economic empowerment programs for the Gender and Sexual Minority commun...
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Jacq Carver

Governance Board member
Representative for Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand
Based in The Netherlands
Faith tradition: Jewish
Pronouns: they, them, theirs.
I have been a queer rights activist since I came out in the late 1970’s and have participated in numerous protest and equal rights movements in the US, the UK and Europe, including Act Up in New York, anti- Clause 28 protests in London and Amsterdam, and same-sex marriage protests in the Netherlands.
I believe pas...
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Kakay Pamaran

Governance Board member
Board Co-Chair, Representative for East & South-East Asia
Based in the Philippines
Faith tradition: Christian
Pronouns: She, hers

Rev Kakay Pamaran is a pastor, ecumenist, peace activist, gender justice advocate, and Bible teacher. She currently serves as Coordinator of Union Theological Seminary's Field Education Office in Dasmarinas in the Philippines. She is also adjunct professor in Scripture and Interpretation. She has a degree in Psychology fr...
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Ken Moala

Governance Board member
Board Co-Secretary, Representative for the Pacific
Based in Australia
Faith tradition: Christian
Pronouns: He, his

Larissa Bhagarette

Staff
Finance and Administration Officer
Based in Johannesburg.
Pronouns: She, hers

Larissa Bhagarette hails from the KZN Midlands. She has a Bachelor of Commerce In Accounting and Internal Auditing from Wits University and a Post Graduate diploma in Internal Auditing from Unisa. She has experience in both auditing and finance roles and will serve as the Finance and Administration Officer for GIN.

Noor Sultan

Governance Board member
Board member for the Middle East North Africa
Based in Egypt
Faith tradition: Islam
Pronouns: She, hers

Noor Sultan has been an activist for 10 years in the area of sexual orientation and gender identity in Egypt and Sudan. In 2010, her co- founded Bedayaa Organization. She worked as Networking and Communication director at Bedayaa Organization for five years before she was elected to be the Executive Director of Bedayaa Organization in ...
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Oumaima Dermoumi

Internship
Programmes Intern: Speakers' Bureau
Based in Paris, France
Pronouns: They, them, their

Oumaima Dermoumi is Moroccan artivist and gender studies student. They are researcher in the masculinities of Morocco. They have a Bachelor in Political science from the University of Paris 8 and currently finishing a Masters in gender studies. After one 6 months with HELEM in Lebanon, the decision to found Nassawiyat in Morocco, a feminist an...
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Phumzile Mabizela

Governance Board member
Additional South African Board member
Based in Johannesburg
Faith tradition: Christian
Pronouns: She, hers

Rev. Phumzile Mabizela is the Executive Director of the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+) INERELA+. She is also:
Member of Faith Advisory Council to UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion.
Member of the World Council of Churches International Ecumenical...
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Pierre Buckley

Staff
Programme Manager
Based in Johannesburg.
Pronouns: He, his
Pierre Trevor Buckley, our second Programme Manager, since January 2018, is a young gay man, a people person, rooted in his faith, an excellent relationship builder and skilled in programmatic work. He is completing a BA degree in Politics and Communication Sciences through the University of South Africa, and was a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2016, compl...
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Rev Nokuthula Dhladhla

GIN Global Amabassador
Inaugural GIN Global Ambassador
Rev Nokuthula Dhladhla is a Pastor of House of Prayer and Worship (HPW) which started in 2015 in Soweto. Previously she was a Senior Pastor of Hope and Unity MCC (HUMCC) since 1998-2010. She was ordained in 1998 officially as a Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) pastor until 2010. Rev Nokuthula is also a part of Deo Gloria Apostolic Network of churches which is based in Durban. She is the membe...
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Sanjay Sharma

Governance Board member
Representative for South and Central Asia
Based in Nepal
Faith tradition: Hindu
Pronouns: He, his
Bio: Sanjay Sharma is an LGBT rights activist from of Nepal. He has been involving in Nepal’s LGBT rights movement since 2003 through different projects on HIV/AIDS, human rights activism, constitutional campaigns, advocacy, capacity building, academic research, and others from grass root level. Sanjay is currently the Assistant Program ...
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Sharon Cox

Governance Board member
Board Co-Secretary, Additional South African Board member
Based in South Africa
Faith tradition: Christian
Pronouns: She, hers
Rev Sharon Cox has been in the human rights sector for over 20 years. Sharon has been with Triangle Project, the oldest LGBTI human rights organisation in Africa, for the past 10 years as their Health and Support Services Manager. Sharon has a passion for what she does and is actively involved in the monitoring of hate crimes ...
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Simon Petitjean

Staff
Programme Manager
Based in Paris.
Pronouns: He, his
Simon Petitjean, is one of GIN’s Programme Managers, since October 2016. He is Franco-British, holds a BSc in Economics and International Development from Bath University and a MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, and has 7 years of experience in international policy (working at the European Commission, UNESCO and OECD) and human rights wor...
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Tania Irias Guerrero

Governance Board member
Representative for Latin America
Based in Spain
Pronouns: She. hers
Faith tradition: Catholic

Tania Irias Guerrero is a lesbian woman, member of Grupo Lésbico Feminista Artemisa, feminist, Nicaraguan, 36 years old, Computer Engineer, mother of 2 children aged 3 and 12, due to the socio-political crisis that Nicaragua is facing, she is in exile since March 2019, lesbian activist since 2010.

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Toni Kruger-Ayebazibwe

Staff
Executive Director
Based in Johannesburg.
Pronouns: She, her
Toni Kruger Ayebazibwe was appointed Executive Director in December 2017.
Toni, based in our office in Johannesburg, South Africa, brings a range of expertise stretching from management to technology and design and theology. She has a long history of LGBTI activism, specifically in HIV prevention work, having worked in the design and management of HIV p...
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Tshidi Semenya

Governance Board member
Treasurer
Based in South Africa
Faith tradition: African traditional, Catholic
Pronouns: She, hers

Motshidisi is a dynamic and passionate financial professional with a keen eye for leveraging her experience and resources to create value in the great initiatives that are already in place, or those yet to be conceived. She dedicates her time to constant learning in and around the Finance world, given the...
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Volunteers

Volunteer Translators:

Arabic – Maha Jouini
French – Michael Cousin
Russian – Tatjana Lehatkova

We are still looking for Spanish, Chinese and Swahili translators. If you wish to volunteer, please contact us on info@gin-ssogie.org

Thank you very much to all our volunteers!!