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Regional Steering Committee

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Chamindra Weerawardhana [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="7450" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]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...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Thitiyanun Doy Nakpor [Thailand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5851" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Doy is a Thai transgender woman activist, who has over 15 year experience in trans advocacy. After her university graduation, Doy joined M Plus organization 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 organization in Thailand working on transgender health and other issues. Doy aims to...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Mitch Yusof [Malaysia] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5497" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]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 organization 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...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Hua Boonyapisomparn [Thailand/ USA] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5496" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]Hua as people know her, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organizations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organizations to international organizations and networks. Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of several transgender organizations - 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),...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Phylesha Brown-Acton [New Zealand] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px"][qodef_elements_holder number_of_columns="two-columns" items_float_left="yes"][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_single_image image="5498" img_size="full"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][qodef_elements_holder_item][vc_column_text]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...