LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

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 2018, during the 22nd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference held in Brussels, the following Executive Board members were confirmed:

Co-chair

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

Co-chair

Darienne is a senior lay activist in the biggest public service trade union in the UK, UNISON. She is currently Co-Chair of UNISON's National LGBT Committee and has represented LGBT workers interests on UNISON's National Womens Committee. 

Co-Secretary

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...

Co-Secretary

Soudeh Rad is a queer feminist bisexual Iranian immigrant, who arrived in Europe 27 years ago and has been living France for 18 years now.

President of a French queer feminist NGO, she co-founded Spectrum after years of activism in the French and Iranian queer and feminist movements.  Soudeh holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Masters degrees in Change Management and Research in Management Science. 

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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. 

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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.