Speakers Madrid Summit
Vice-President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Portugal, which is the National mechanism for gender equality.
Carlos Duarte has a Law degree and is the Vice-President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) of Portugal. He was Social Attaché in the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union from 2003 to 2008 and Counsellor to the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid from 2009 to 2012. He was Adviser to the Minister of Work and Solidarity. More recently, he was Head of the Sectoral Policies Division, General-Directorate of European Affairs, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CIG is a public administration body, supervised by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, aiming to ensure the implementation of public policies on citizenship and the promotion of gender equality. Over the past years, Portugal has made considerable efforts to promote and protect the rights of LGBTIQ persons and to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and CIG has always been in the forefront of this fight.
Paralympic fencer medalist and social communicator. She is currently preparing to be the first woman to wheel the top of Kilimanjaro 5,895m.
Paralympic athlete Gema Hassen-Bey, who won the first fencing medal for our country in the Barcelona Games 92, has taken part in five consecutive Games and was bearer of the torch in the Athens Games 2004. She is now preparing to be the first woman to reach the top of Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair - a physical, technological and social entrepreneurship project promoted by the association Bey proAction, which intends to develop a mountain Handbyke that helps open the sport to inclusive MTB and facilitate the mobility and enjoyment of nature for people with disabilities. Through www.diverscity.es she will share her experiences in this pioneering challenge. Her motto of life is "If you move, the world moves with you", which he hopes can convey that there are no limitations and we can all reach our goals.
Patricia Rodríguez Abelairas
Life & Profesional Executive Coach. Degree in Derecho Económico
Motivational coach. Degree in Economic Law and specialized in Urban Management and internal land management, both in a personal level and in the company level.
Ana Pérez Curiel
Master and Degree in Sciences of the physical activity and sports.
Teacher and Sport Sciences graduate. She currently works as a Physical Education teacher in a Secondary School and is working on a PhD in Sport Sciences in the Department of Physical Education, Sports and Human Motricity at the UAM. Additionally she has worked as a Scout in “Construir un mundo mejor”, ASDE-Scouts of Spain, since 2005. By carrying out all her work by using Gender as a subject of learning, research, interest and a standard for equality, she has joined the struggle for equality for LGTBIQ people, especially by treating Scouting as a non-formal education movement to promote visibility, awareness, pedagogy and activism.
President of the Association LGTBIPOL Agents of the Authority for Diversity.
National Police since 2011. President of the Association LGTBIPOL Agents of the Authority for Diversity since 2016. Activist for LGBTI community and propeller for the visibility of the community in all areas both social and labor. From LGTBIPOL they want to establish a connection line more specialized and sensitized that can unite police corporations, both national police, municipal police and civil guard with the Lgtbi collective to achieve excellent treatment in all their new process to citizens whatever their requirement or need. Working in the training and information for professionals of FORCES AND SECURITY BODIES as well as with the associations and institutions that require our services.
City councillor in Manchester in the North West of England.
City councillor in Manchester in the North West of England, representing the city centre including Manchester’s world famous Canal Street and Gay Village, a hub for the region’s LGBT+ community. Kevin served on the city council’s equality committee and spent two years as the city council’s Lead Member for LGBT+ issues, representing the community at the heart of decision making.
Since January 2015, Peel has also represented UK local government on the European Committee of the Regions: The EU’s assembly of local and regional representatives. He acts as a spokesperson for LGBT+ issues for the PES political group. He serves on the assembly’s committee responsible for European neighbourhood and external affairs and sits on the working group on Montenegro, the task force for Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership Forum. He uses his role to raise issues of Human Rights with local and regional politicians inside and outside the EU and with other EU institutions.
José Antonio Ritoré
Director of Change.org in Spain. Journalist (1977).
Director of Change.org in Spain. Journalist (1977). From the beginning of his career he has focused his work on social and environmental journalism, from Diario 16 in the years 98-99 to the supplement Tierra (El País) or lainformacion.com where for three years he wrote one of the blogs of reference for activism, human rights and social entrepreneurship. He has made compatible the information and the journalistic collaborations with digital communication in companies and institutions. For 11 years he directed digital communications at Obra Social of Caja Madrid, developing the ecosystem of social networks in institutions like La Casa Encendida. Between 2012 and 2015 he directed the digital department of the advertising agency Kitchen, working with clients of both business and social profiles (Help in Action or Greenpeace, among others). In addition, since 2012 he is the patron and co-founder of the Unoentrecienmil Foundation, which develops social innovation projects to fund research grants for children's leukemia.
Vice-President of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament.
Vice-President of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament. She was elected MEP in 2014 by UPyD. She holds a degree in Industrial Psychology by Complutense University, which she completed with an MBA and several postgraduate degrees in Marketing Management, Human Resources and Non Profit Entities. She developed her professional career in the field of marketing and communication for more than twenty years, as a director in large multinationals like CBS, Paramount-Universal, Disney and Sony, as well as in Action against Hunger and as independent consultant for Discovery Networks and The History Channel.
In addition to collaborating in various professional media, she has participated as a teacher in numerous courses for managers and masters of marketing, communication and advertising. Also, she has written and published three novels: Maids of Caiaphas, The Queen of Silver and The Strain of Unhappy Children.
Javier Umaña Rivera
President of Pride of Costa Rica.
President of Pride of Costa Rica. Radio and tv broadcaster and entertainer, professional drag queen, actor and administrative assistant. He has been presiding over the march for diversity and the Pride Awards in Costa Rica for 8 years.
Executive co-director, ERA - LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey.
Executive co-director, ERA - LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey. Dragana Todorovic is the executive co-director of ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey and a member of the Executive Board of ILGA - Europe. She has been for 10 years now involved in different types of work and activities related to human rights and gender equality, with focus on LGBTI rights. Before taking up the role of the executive co-director of ERA in 2015, she has been a policy and advocacy advisor, and regional cooperation manager for LABRIS – Lesbian Human Rights Organisation from Serbia, as well as a research and policy advisor for the Serbian Gender Equality Institute.
Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
LGBTI activist and lawyer. She works and collaborates with different organizations in the analysis, investigation and communication of subjects related to discrimination and Human Rights of the most vulnerable groups of people in society. She gives lectures and lectures on sexual diversity and social and gender inequality, a field she has written several reports and studies in.
She collaborates at Info Libre, eldiario.es, El Mundo, Cxtx, El País, 20 Minutos, El País, La Voz de Galicia, Metroscopia, Amnesty International, Murray Magazine. In 2013, she participated in TEDXMadrid with a talk called "Neither man nor woman".
Coordinator of educational and youth area of Positive Support.
Educational and youth coordinator of Apoyo Positivo. Psychologist and Sexologist, since 2005 she has developed her professional work in the area of Sexology in the social sector and in the NGO environment, carrying out functions in the field of program management, training and teaching, education, and sexual and couple counseling in entities such as the Sexpol Foundation, the Young Center for Contraception and Sexuality in Madrid or UNAF. She has worked for the promotion of sexual and reproductive education, health and rights with vulnerable groups such as youths, women, immigrants and LGBTI people. She was part of the team that started a sexual health center for young people in INJUVE.