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Our Team

Chantel Fortuin

Regional Coordinator for the "Religious Dialogue Partner Process"
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...
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Larissa Bhagarette

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.

Pierre Buckley

Programme Manager
Based in Durban, South Africa.
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 2...
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Rev. Toni Kruger-Ayebazibwe

Executive Director
Based in Johannesburg.
Pronouns: She, her

Rev. 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, both in HIV prevention work and in faith, having worked in the design and managem...
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Shamim Salim

Programme Manager: Engaging with Faith
Based in Mombasa, Kenya.
Pronouns: She, her, herz

Shamim is a young Queer disabled feminist and a human rights activist. She is an intersectional feminist and continuously supporting spaces for young women, women with disabilities, lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ+) persons.

Shamim’s work is centered on sexuality, religion and disability justice. Shamim has...
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Yahia Zaidi

Advocacy Manager
Based in Brussels, Belgium (soon to be Geneva, Switzerland)
Pronouns: He, his

Yahia Zaidi is a committed human rights activist and a specialist with extensive experience on LGBTI, HIV, Refugee issues. He has undertaken international advocacy, community building, strategy development, research, services and training at the local (Algeria and Morocco), regional (Middle East and Afri...
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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!!