Team

Formed in 2009, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is a regional trans-led network that is working towards the advancement of the rights of trans and gender diverse people in Asia and the Pacific through generation of research and evidence, legal, policy and programmatic advocacy, and public campaigning.

Regional Steering Committee and Thai Foundation board

APTN receives strategic supervision from the Regional Steering Committee and the Thai Foundation Board. The Regional Steering Committee is the body that establishes and oversees the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of APTN, ensuring that its activities and finances are managed in a responsible manner and in accordance with its strategic plan. The Steering Committee members are representatives from the countries that APTN works in and provide important partnerships and insight into the particular country’s trans and gender diverse communities.

The Thai Foundation board oversees the finances and assets of the Foundation. The board is responsible for presenting activity reports, financial reports, balance sheets and income and expenditure accounts to the Ministry of Interior as required by law. With assistance from the Secretariat, the Thai Foundation Board oversees all work permits and work visas for non-Thai staff.

  • Hua Boonyapisomparn

    Thailand, USA See bio

    Hua as people know her, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organisations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organisations to international organisations and networks. Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of several transgender organisations – locally, nationally in Thailand, and internationally.

    This includes being the first transgender program supervisor of Sisters, a program under supervision of Population Services International (PSI Thailand), a founding member of the Thai Transgender Alliance (Thai TGA), and the first coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). Hua has also done advocacy for organisations targeting women, LGBT, and other marginalised communities in Thailand

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    Mitch Yusof

    Malaysia See bio

    Mitch Yusof has over 20 years of social service volunteer experience and 9 years of social service working experience in HIV prevention, care & support with trans communities. In 2014, he co-founded SEED, the first trans-led community based non-profit organisation in Malaysia. Working closely with the transgender community in addressing their issues, needs and concerns by providing capacity and skills building and information, advocate on the diverse spectrum under the transgender community and increasing awareness of challenges faced by the communities. Under his tenure as Executive Director, SEED won the Human Rights Award 2016 in recognition of the community’s dedication and perseverance in the fight for Human Rights and Justice – awarded by SUARAM, an NGO established to monitor and advocate for the respect of human rights in Malaysia

  • Phylesha Brown-Acton

    New Zealand See bio

    Phylesha is a champion for the rights of sexual minority groups within the Pacific and Fakafifine of Niuean decent. She is also a volunteer for the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) and was instrumental in the set up of its secretariat, Phylesha previously has a background in the HIV/AIDS sector in regional, national and international roles, which is still an extension of her current advocacy and work. She is currently pursuing a diploma in child protection studies and completing her license in real estate sales.

  • Chamindra Weerawardhana

    Sri Lanka See bio

    A Sri Lankan national, Chamindra is a political analyst, educator and international consultant, with experience in political lobbying, public policy, gender justice advocacy, academic research and university teaching. Her discipline is International Relations, and her work has appeared in international peer-reviewed publications and in media outlets in several countries. Her first book, Decolonising Peacebuilding: Managing Conflict from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka and Beyond, was published in autumn 2018. She is an advisor to the Community Welfare Development Fund, based in Colombo, and a board member of Venasa, Sri Lanka’s first intersectionally-inclusive grassroots trans equality network. In May 2018, she was invited to deliver Sri Lanka’s Inaugural Annual Pride Speech, organized by a collective of Sri Lankan gender and social justice organizations. In 2017-2018, she held elected office as an Executive Committee member and the LGBT+ Officer of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland. Chamindra has previously held teaching and research appointments at INALCO Paris, Université Paris 13, Université Lille 1, Utrecht University and Queen’s University Belfast. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities at University College Dublin

  • Thitiyanun Doy Nakpor

    Thailand See bio

    Doy is a Thai transgender woman activist, who has over 15 year experience in trans advocacy. After her university graduation, Doy joined M Plus organisation in Chiang Mai as Transgender woman activists, focusing on health and sexual health, HIV and AIDS. Currently she hold the position of the Director of SISTERS Foundation in Pattaya, which is the only transgender community-led organisation in Thailand working on transgender health and other issues. Doy aims to see a better quality of life of transgender women in all aspects including employment equality, gender equality, the pride and self-esteem of being transgender persons.


Secretariat

The APTN Secretariat, comprising Programmes, Human Rights and Advocacy, Communications, and Finance teams, is based in Bangkok and carries out the administrative and programme implementation of APTN. The responsibilities of the secretariat include programme development, implementation and monitoring, liaison with community members, partners and other stakeholders to build and foster partnerships, conference and workshop planning, publications, partner relationships and international relations, and facilitating collaboration between regional partners and international stakeholders.

  • Joe Wong

    Executive Director See bio

    Joe Wong oversees the institution and programme development of the network; resource mobilisation, communications and media, establishing partnership and collaboration with international, regional and national partners, and policy development. He has prior experience in working with NGOs, CBOs and UN agencies. He was previously a board member of APTN.

  • Raine Cortes

    Project Manager See bio

    Ms. Raine Cortes is responsible for the implementation of the Pacific project and coordinates all activities, providing monitoring and supporting the executive team, and coordinating partners, donor relations and reporting. She has a Master’s Degree in Health Social Sciences from De La Salle University in Manila. She used to work as Regional Program Manager and Trans Program Specialist for the Islands of Southeast Asia Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health (ISEAN) Secretariat, and National Program Manager and M&E Officer for Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC), under the ISEAN-Hivos Program (Global Fund Multi-country HIV and AIDS Grant).

  • Jas Pham

    Media & Communication Officer See bio

    Hi I’m Jas, I’m a transgender woman. I’m originally Vietnamese but I was born in Italy. I studied Psychology of Marketing and I always interested in how the mind works. I worked mostly in the Tech space, ranging from Multinational Companies in Gaming, Telco, and Personal Development. I have also been very involved with volunteer students groups being President of my local organization for Erasmus students program. I now look forward to using my skills and talent to help and contribute to the Non Profits space, bringing the latest technologies and tools to improve the impact and efficiency of our work. In my free time, I like to travel to Exotic places and read lots of books!

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