LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia


Find here bios of speakers at the Annual Conference 2016.

Stella Kyriakides

Member of the Parliament of Cyprus

Stella Kyriakides worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Mental Health Services, Ministry of Health from 1979 – 2006, and at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1985 – 2006. She is Head of the Cyprus Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and recently elected the Chairwoman of Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development.

Stella Kyriakides has been a staunch defendant of LGBTI people’s rights, in Cyprus and abroad. In 2015, she was actively involved in the enactment of the civil unions bill, providing, among others, for a legal recognition of same-sex civil unions.

Matthew Beard

Executive Director at All Out

Matthew is Executive director at All Out, a global movement of 2.2 million people, bringing together straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people to challenge the laws and cultural norms that make it impossible for LGBT people to live openly. 

Matt has also served as the International Director of Fundraising and Communications at ActionAid, a global anti-poverty and women's rights organisation. In that capacity, Matt oversaw a $350 million fundraising operation focused on expanding the organisation's portfolio of grassroots donors, with particular success strengthening the organisation’s leadership and revenue base in the global south.

Previously, Matt served for 10 years at Amnesty International, leading communications and fundraising teams in the UK, Australia, Canada and Germany.

Kitty Anderson

Secretary of the Executive board of OII-Europe and International Secretariat of Samtökin ´78

Kitty Anderson is chair of Intersex Iceland, Secretary of the Executive board of OII-Europe, International Secretariat of Samtökin ´78 and Chairperson of The Icelandic Human Rights Center.

She is a prominent intersex activist in Iceland, founder of Intersex Iceland, who have been championing for a legal framework respecting the human rights of intersex people in Iceland.

Kitty is also a leading voice of the intersex movement in Europe. She is actively engaged by giving visibility to intersex human rights violations and advocating for a positive and inclusive change for European intersex people.

Broden Giambrone

Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

Broden Giambrone is the Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and has led the organisation since 2011. Broden has been involved in advocacy, activism, community organising and capacity building in trans communities in Ireland and Canada for over fifteen years. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Toronto, which focused on community development and public health policy in the field of trans health. Broden led TENI's campaign for inclusive legal gender recognition based on self-determination which culminated in the passage of the Irish Gender Recognition Act in 2015.

Elena Blackmore

Partner at Public Interest Research Centre

Elena is a facilitator, researcher, activist and writer at the Public Interest Research Centre.

She facilitates groups in acknowledging and transforming the stories they tell and the framing of their work through workshops and research. She’s worked for a number of years on a wide range of social and cultural change projects: from helping to shape and facilitate the budding network of people working on systemic change through the Common Cause project, to exploring the framing of human rights in the UK and working with environmental groups on reconnecting people with the natural world.

She’s currently collaborating with ILGA-Europe on understanding and reframing the narratives around LGBTI equality across Europe.

Dounia Jari

Co-founder and chairperson of Maruf

Dounia Jari is a journalist, co-founder and chairperson of Maruf.

Dounia is a committed activist, specialised in the field of Islam and sexual diversity. She is a dynamic advocator for LGBT Muslims in the Netherlands and abroad, where she has been involved in the startup of the European Queer Muslim Network.

As a chairperson of Maruf she is dedicated to the task to create awareness by advocating for a society where we value the power of diversity and intersectionality.

Mamikon Hovsepyan

Executive Director of PINK Armenia

Mamikon Hovsepyan founded PINK Armenia – the leading LGBT rights organisation in 2007. Being involved in activism in Armenia for about 15 years, Mamikon is one of the first human rights defenders in Armenia raising the importance of LGBT rights protection, getting involved with LGBT advocacy work and introducing it effectively to local and international stakeholders. His efforts are aimed at realisation of his desire to form a peaceful life for the LGBT community in Armenia. Mamikon holds a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization and also serves on the board of Human Rights House Yerevan.

Sabah Choudrey

Pakistani trans activist

Sabah is a queer Muslim social justice fighter, and currently works with METRO Charity and Gendered Intelligence in London as a Trans Youth Support Worker whilst training to be a psychotherapist. Sabah likes to talk about hair, feelings, and identity, and gave a TEDx talk in Brixton 2015, sharing their experiences of being a hairy brown girl, an angry brown man and a queer brown person. One of the co-founders of Trans Pride Brighton, the only one of it's kind in the UK, celebrating the trans and non-binary community. Sabah has been published on The Huffington Post and Black Girl Dangerous, and writes regularly on Follow on Twitter @SabahChoudrey / Like on Facebook ‘Sabah Choudrey’

Artiom Zavadovsky

LGBTQI rights and feminist actvist at GENDERDOC-M

Artiom Zavadovsky is an LGBTQI rights and feminist actvist from Moldova working with the GENDERDOC-M Information Centre, country’s only LGBT organisation. – They work as LGBT Community Development Programme Coordinator. They has been involved in the LGBTQI activism nationally and internationally for almost 10 years. In 2012 – 2013 Artiom also served on the Executive Board of IGLYO. Areas of their activism include empowerment, community organising, advocacy, and norm criticism. Artiom’s current focus of interest is bringing social change through culture, visual and performance arts.

Aoife Mallon

Primary Health Care Coordinator in Pavee Point, National Traveller and Roma Centre in Ireland

Aoife Mallon is the Primary Health Care Coordinator in Pavee Point, National Traveller and Roma Centre in Ireland, which involves working with Travellers and Roma at local, national and international levels.

As a prominent LGBTQ activist, Aoife has brought that experience to her role in Pavee Point where they advocate for the rights of LGBTQ Travellers and Roma. Aoife works with National LGBTQ organisations to ensure that the service they provide is Traveller and Roma inclusive and culturally appropriate. They also work with Traveller and Roma communities to promote LGBTQ awareness and positive visibility. This year sees a ground-breaking partnership between Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and Pavee Point, the first Traveller and trans organisation in Ireland to work in partnership.

Aoife holds a Masters from University College Dublin (UCD) in Gender Studies and has a strong background in research. Most recently their peer reviewed article, ‘Colourful Voices: The Experience of Young Lesbians Combating Homophobia and Heteronormativity in Ireland,’ was published in UCD Women and Gender Studies Series.


Rikki Beadle-Blair

Creative director at Team Angelica

Rikki Beadle-Blair is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer. He has won several awards including the Sony Award, the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards. 

His projects include several feature films and TV series, including ‘Blackbird’ starring Oscar-winning actress, Mo’nique, ‘Stonewall’ for the BBC, Metrosexuality for Channel 4,’ Noah’s Arc for MTV LOGO as well as FIT, KickOff and Bashment for his own company Team Angelica. Rikki also works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade. He is also committed mentor to a great many writers, actors, composers and directors.