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Introducing our new GIN-SSOGIE Board Members!

We are thrilled to introduce our newest Board Members for the Caribbean region (interim), the Middle East and North Africa region, the Pacific region, and the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Profiles are listed by region and in alphabetical order.


Region: Caribbean (interim)

Angeline Jackson

Region: Caribbean (interim)

Angeline Jackson is the Interim Board Representative for the Caribbean Region.

During the Caribbean General Members’ Meeting held on 2 November 2023, those present were in agreement that Angeline would serve as the Interim Board Member for the Caribbean Region while the Organisation and Board of the Caribbean Interfaith Network (CARIN) is being established.


Region: Middle East and North Africa

Nermeen Abdelhady

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Nermeen Abdelhady is a dedicated pansexual non-binary activist hailing from Cairo, Egypt, with a rich background in advocating for LGBTQI+ rights. Their journey in this realm commenced in 2013 when they established a crucial social support network for LGBTQI+ students, concurrent with their pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Since then, Nermeen’s commitment to their cause has only grown stronger. They have actively contributed to various facets of the LGBTQI+ movement as they assumed the role of Executive Director of Mesahat Foundation until 2022, amassing valuable experience in leadership, management, fundraising, holistic safety and security, queer oral histories documentation, capacity building, and movement development throughout the SWANA region. Furthermore, they led the Alliance of Queer Egyptian Organizations (AQEO) to numerous successful regional and international advocacy initiatives until 2022.

With profound dedication and unwavering passion, Nermeen continues to be an influential force in the ongoing struggle for the rights and well-being of the LGBTQI+ community in the SWANA region and beyond.

Presently, Nermeen focuses on fostering LGBTQI+ inclusion within the domains of international development and educational reform in Egypt, marking a promising new chapter in their impactful career.


Region: Pacific

Joey Joleen Mataele

Region: Pacific

Ms Joey Joleen Mataele is from the Kingdom of Tonga and has a range of experience, involving the running of running her own business, as a professional Singer, Entertainer, Event Planner and a single parent of 3 adopted children.

Founder/Director Miss Galaxy Queen Pageant to raise awareness and visibility and to support our community. Currently the Executive Director/Co-founder of the Tonga Leiti’s Association (TLA) that has been operating for 31 years & Co-Founder of the Pacific Sexual Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN)


1996 Awarded the with the Silver Jubilee Medal by His Late Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou 1V – Humanitarian Work with the Disability and Sexual Minority Groups.

2008 Awarded with the “Order Of Queen Salote” Medal during His Late Majesty King George Tupou V’s Coronation – Services for the Royal Family.

2016 Nominated for the US Secretary Head of State Women of Courage Award.

2017 Nominated for the APCOM Hero Transgender Award.


Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Wanjiru Kariuki

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Wanjiru Kariuki is an esteemed community advocate, seasoned human rights defender and a passionate self-identifying feminist with a decade-long dedication to championing the inclusion and rights of Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Queer individuals.

Notably, she has contributed significantly to the Pema Kenya board, serving as both a member and consecutive chair for two terms between 2018 and 2022.

With a background in counselling psychology, peer counselling and professional training for instance as a LILO facilitator, Wanjiru has effectively represented LBQ affairs within the organization, and also well conversant with equitable and comprehensive involvement in gender and sexual minority faith, spirituality and gender impactful initiatives.



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