Speakers Madrid Summit
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.
Sexual rights and HIV/AIDS activist.
Sexual rights and HIV/AIDS activist. He is a co-founder of HELEM, the first LGBT organization in the MENA region; board member and founder of MARSA, a comprehensive sexual health clinic in Beirut (Lebanon); founder and currently executive director of AFE, the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, whose mission is to encourage and support activists working for sexual rights and gender equality in the MENA region.
AFE’s main activities are in capacity building to support a healthy culture of gender & sexual activism in the Arab world, regional networking, and security and protection. In addition, AFE maintains a resource center, where it conducts research on gender and sexuality across different countries of the MENA region.
International advocacy officer at COC Netherlands
As international advocacy officer at COC Netherlands and co-chair of ILGA-Europe, Hamilton works in coalition with LGBTI activists from different regions and Human Rights organizations to advocate for issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, within International Human Rights mechanisms (the UN, EU, the OSCE or the Council of Europe).
In this capacity, she is also a trainer for Human Rights defenders on topics related to international advocacy. Hamilton worked at the European Parliament, a European Social research network and the City of Amsterdam.
Gopi Shankar Madurai
Student, Writer, Equal Rights Activist, Hindu Indigenous activist and Founder of Srishti Madurai LGBTQIA+ Student Volunteer Movement.
Student, Writer, Equal Rights Activist, Hindu Indigenous activist and Founder of Srishti Madurai LGBTQIA+ Student Volunteer Movement. 26 years old genderqueer student. Ze -the pronoun Madurai likes to use- is the founder of “Srishti Madurai”, a non-funded, not for profit student collective serves on the interrelations of Nature, Human & Society. Also rooted in Indic traditions of spirituality, Madurai was trained to be a Hindu Monk in Ramakrishna Math and Mission. Ze is the recipient of the Commonwealth Award (Youth Worker Asia regional finalist award 2016) from the Commonwealth Secretariat London. Madurai became the youngest candidate and first intersex person to contest Indian state assembly elections.
Ze is also a writer and scholar on Gender & Sexuality Rights and invited by Rajya Sabha members to witness and support Transgender Persons Rights Bill 2015. At present, Madurai is legally assisting the lawyers to challenge the Gender Testing Policies in Sports under International Association of Atheltic Federation (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC). Ze is also part of the panel on Theological Reader on Gender & Sexuality for National Council of Churches in India and one the trustee of Tamil Nadu Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes Sports Association and youngest panelist to share chair in University Grants Commission of India and Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR). Madurai conducted more than 100 Seminars, Interactive sessions on Gender & Sexuality for 30000 students. Ze coined the regional Tamil terms for Genderqueer people & wrote the first book on Gender-Variants in Tamil. Madurai also organized Asia's first Genderqueer Pride Parade, taught Genderqueer Theory and Indian Culture to faculties of many renowned colleges and universities.
Member of the executive committee of Damj, the Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality working on the human rights of LGBTIQ people in Tunisia.
Member of the executive committee of Damj, the Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality working on the human rights of LGBTIQ people in Tunisia. Has participated in round tables on homosexuality and religion, the unconstitutionality of article 230 of the Criminal Code of Tunisia penalize. He is also a member of the LGBTQI coalition in Tunisia, of the individual freedoms group, and was director of the Independent Election Superior Elections Office in 2014. He has been involved in drafting a number of reports on the human rights situation Of LGBTIQ people.
Ricardo Moreno Úbeda
General Manager in ViiV Healthcare Spain and Portugal.
CEO at ViiV Healthcare Spain and Portugal. Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Specialist in Pharmaceutical Industry Medicine. Executive MBA by Instituto de Empresa. He has focused on HIV studies and the needs of people living with it.
Juan Manuel Carrasco
Secondary School Teacher and Education Coach with FELGTB.
Since April 2016 he has been involved in the revitalization of the FELGTB's Education Task Force. Since 2012, he has been collaborating in COGAM by providing workshops for the prevention of LGBT-phobic school bullying and suicide risk in LGBT adolescents. Volunteer trainer and teacher in "Education in affective-sexual diversity and gender identities (DSG)". Collaborator in the research "LGBT-phobia in the classroom 2015. Do we educate in sexual-affective diversity?" And "LGBT-phobic cyberbullying. New forms of intolerance" by COGAM-ILGA.
Andre du Plessis
He is ILGA’s Head of UN Programme and Advocacy, assisting LGBTI organizations from around the world to engage with the various facets of the United Nations systems.
He is ILGA’s Head of UN Programme and Advocacy, assisting LGBTI organizations from around the world to engage with the various facets of the United Nations systems. Prior to ILGA, he worked on the human rights compliance of private military contractors in conflict zones, and as a Human Rights Officer in Special Procedures at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. André is from South Africa and is an English solicitor with experience in the Corporate and Financial Services sectors. He grew up in Zambia, the UK and India, studied law at Cambridge University and University College London.
Jorge de Pául de la Iglesia
Born on June 25, 1997, in Madrid, having studied at the Claret School in Madrid and the Wilson's Hospital School in Ireland. He started university in 2015, as a student of Political Science and sociology. During the first year, in January of 2016, between students he founded the association LGBTQ + of the university. In the last course is when he started with activism, giving lectures in colleges or university, in different themes as hate crimes or conferences on Queer Theory, one of his main topics of interest. He is currently vice-president of the association UC3M LGBTQ +, student, delegate, and half of the Invertidxs project, with which they pretend to make youtube a more communication channel for activism.
Alicia Katrina Karzakis
Senior Research Scholar, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University
Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. She began her career analyzing controversies over treatment for people with intersex traits, which resulted in the book “Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience”.
She has continued to advocate for the rights of intersex people for nearly two decades. Her current research examines the many identities of testosterone. She is currently working on a book, which stems from her work on “sex testing” and sports policies that ban women athletes for having naturally high testosterone. She helped to mount Dutee Chand’s successful appeal against the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and served as an expert witness in the hearing.
Her research has been covered in the New York Times, Time, BuzzFeed, The Week, CNN, ESPN, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times… among others.
Parliamentary Advisor in Legislatura de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.
Parliamentary Advisor in Legislatura de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, writer, journalist and poet. Activist in favor of LGBTIQ rights since 1984 integrating the Argentinian Homosexual Community and in 1991 as founder of Gays DC (organization with which he was one of the conveners of the First March of Pride in Buenos Aires). In 1995 he founded ACT-UP Buenos Aires and in 1997 DAG: Deportistas Argentinos Gays.
Author of "Deseo, palabras en el viento”; "Palabra y pluma - textos políticos y otras mariconadas"; "12 Poemas Crudos" .... Co-scriptwriter of the documentary "El puto unforgettable. Life of Carlos Jáuregui "
Psychologist at Fundación Daniela, he has worked in psychosocial care and educational psychology, areas where he has supported young people, trans teenagers and their families, coordinated the youth group and carried out projects to make trans reality visible. He has also provided training and workshops on trans identities at educational centers, universities, professional groups and the general population.