European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Executive Board

ILGA-Europe's Executive Board is the organisation's main governing body. Board members are elected every year by the Annual Conference and represent member organisations.

In October 2016, during the 20th ILGA-Europe Annual Conference in Nicosia, following Executive Board members were confirmed:

Executive Board

Co-Chair

Joyce has a Masters degree in Political Science and International Relations. She has worked in local government, the European Parliament and a European academic network as policy advisor.

Since 2011 Joyce has been working as an international advocacy officer for COC Netherlands.

Co-Chair

Brian is the General Secretary of the Social Democrat Party in Ireland. Previously he was the Executive Director of GLEN one of Ireland’s leading LGBT advocacy organisations. He was the co-Director of the successful ‘Yes Equality’ civil society campaign for the marriage referendum. He has been involved with a range of advocacy, community and cultural LGBT organisations over many years.

Co-Secretary

Micah Grzywnowicz is the international advocacy advisor at RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights.

Co-Secretary

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Treasurer

Chaber has been involved in LGBTQ activism since 2008 in both international settings and a Polish national NGO Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), where they've served as President of the Board and the Executive Director since 2012.

Costa Gavrielides is the President of Accept – LGBT Cyprus, the only registered LGBTI organisation in the Republic of Cyprus, formed in 2011. Costa has been actively involved in the foundation of the organisation together with other local like-minded activists.

Yuri Guaiana holds a PhD in History of Contemporary Europe and a bachelor's degree in Political Sciences. He worked as a fellow with the History Department at the University of Milan and has been Vice President of Borough 2 Council in Milan since 2011. He has been national secretary of the Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti - an Italian organization promoting Human Rights, Civil Rights and LGBTI rights via lobbying, advocacy campaigns and strategic litigations - since 2011. His involvement in the LGBTI Italian movement, though,...

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Olena Shevchenko is a human rights defender and educator from Ukraine whose focuses are LGBT rights and women’s rights. She is a Head of Insight, a public organisation she and two of her friends founded and officially registered in 2008. 

Vladimir Simonko is the co-founder and former chair of Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), which was established in 1993. He has long experience and a strong background in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania, acting as expert and trainer in various national and international projects and actively participating in human rights conferences. He holds a bachelor degree from St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television and was involved in film production at the Lithuanian film studios for several years.