Uluk Batyrgaliev is an international trainer-consultant on SRHR. and media influencer in Kyrgyzstan. He is a Health Officer at ECOM — Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity. He is a board member of the Reproductive Health Alliance of Kyrgyzstan, Chair of the Steering Committee of YSAFE, Vice-Chair of the IPPF's Board of Trustees, Youth Focal Point in the Family Planning 2030 platform. Uluk has 9 years of experience in SRHR, SOGI, FP, CSE, and HIV, as well as over 4 years of experience in advocacy, human rights, developing policy briefs, conducting sociological and human rights research, developing training and information materials on SRHR and human rights.
Viola is leading the capacity-building activities of IGLYO. She has experience as non-formal educator, trainer and youth worker.
Jeremy Gobin (he/him) is a 26-year-old Belgian-based queer activist and IGLYO's Communications & Engagement Manager. Jeremy previously worked as the Communications & Membership Manager of IETM, one of the world's largest international performing arts network, and was a pioneer volunteer of the national Belgian LGBTQIA+ shelter Le Refuge Bruxelles.
Donal is a Social Worker and currently works in Primary Care Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Donal has been involved as a volunteer with the Irish LGBTQIA+ charity Shoutout since 2018 and has been a member of the steering committee since 2019. Projects Donal has created with Shoutout include the “Know Your Queer History” interview series and the “Shoutout LGBTQIA+ Guide for Parents and Guardians”. All these resources can be found on www.shoutout.ie
George is a dedicated individual who has made a significant impact as a queer activist. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, he currently resides in Italy, where he is pursuing a master's degree in public and social policies. George actively engages in international socio-political affairs, showcasing his profound commitment to effecting positive change. With an impressive track record, George has collaborated with various queer organizations, leveraging his expertise to raise awareness and make a positive impact on equality. With a strong passion for communication, idea exchange, and networking, George embraces opportunities to connect with diverse individuals. At the age of 24, he demonstrates exceptional dedication to advancing equality and fostering inclusivity on a global scale.
Aleks is a neurodivergent activist that wants to see all oppressed groups come together to smash the patriarchy. Their advocacy ranges from critique of assigning (binary!) sex in paleoanthropology all the way to fighting for free sterilization of stray cats. She loves seeing all generations defying the gender and sex binary imposed on them by outdated Eurocentric ideas, because they really don't benefit anyone. Seeing people live their truth and being authentic gives her euphoria!
Tina has been involved in fem and LGBT activism in Ukraine for over 5 years. She was the organizer and head of communications for the first Pride parade in her hometown of Zaporizhzhia. Tina a communications officer at ECOM — Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity and will tell you all about social media and how to use it to promote rights.
She is from Kyrgyzstan. She worked for human rights organizations and LGBT organizations in Kyrgyzstan. She is engaged in feminist activism in the country. Promotes the right to non-discrimination and equality.
Since 2022 she has been working at ECOM.
Marsel Tuğkan Gündoğdu works as a Program Officer at the European Union Sivil Düşün Program, supporting active citizens and civil society organizations throughout Türkiye. He has been working as the Türkiye Consultant for ILGA-Europe since 2019.
He studied Comparative Literature for his bachelor's degree and Social Projects and NGO Management for his master's degree at Istanbul Bilgi University.
As a volunteer, he carries out activities in the political participation field at Social Policy, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation Studies (SPoD), and his main focuses are advocacy, campaigning, political participation, and constitutional demands of LGBTI+ citizens.
Jens, neuroqueer activist and self-proclaimed sunshine of the North is a Frisian changemaker aiming to help people discover their unused potential & passions. Their approach aims to be as intersectional as possible and therefore most of their spare time is spent listening to new perspectives and giving a platform to other voices. They also try to be fun to be around, so always feel free to reach out to them!
Yannis Vitsos is a 22-year-old student from Athens, Greece. He is a board member of Color Youth - the LGBTQ+ community of Athens. He's also an activist for disabled rights. This year, he is coming back on the Activist Academy as a mentor, after graduating from last year's Academy.
Yuri is an LGBTQ-activist form Ukraine, but lives in Estonia and works at ECOM - Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity, combating stigma and discrimination, promoting and protecting human rights, and removing legal and policy barriers. Yuri is an advocacy expert and trainer on combatting SOGI-based stigma and discrimination. He also receives a Ph.D. degree in sustainable organization development of small NGOs.