Speakers Madrid Summit
Trainer and international activist specializing in Human Rights intersectionality and minorities.
Educator and international activist specializing in Human Rights, intersectionality and minorities. 30 years of experience in Roma activism, creator of the Baxtalo Blog. He works on issues related to decolonialism, identity and diversity. He tries, along with others, to create a political, progressive, intersectional, inclusive and decolonial ideological line that emerges from the Romn People. Currently working on creating the European LGBTIQ Roma Platform.
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.
José Joaquín Álvarez de la Roza
Secondary School teacher and Director of an LGBTQIA+ department in secondary Schools.
Secondary School teacher and Director of an LGBTQIA+ department in secondary Schools. He has been linked to the LGBTI groups for more than twenty years, coordinates the Gender and Sexual Diversity Attention Tutoring program in the IES Duque de Rivas, a pioneering project in secondary education aimed at erradicating sexism and homophobic violence in the School environment.
Mercedes Bengoechea Bartolomé
English Professor in Sociolinguistics
English Professor of English Sociolinguistics at the University of Alcalá and Former Dean of the Faculty of Arts; Member of NOMBRA (the Women's Institute Language Advisory Commission) since 1994; Member of the Commission Experience in Language and Children in the Official Institute of RTVE from 2005 to 2008; Coordinator of the first Annual Report at the State Observatory on Violence against Women in 2007; Member of the Commission for the Modernization of Legal Language of the Ministry of Justice 2010-2011. Honorary Research fellow in the universities of Manchester and Liverpool, belongs to the advisory council of IGALA (International Association of Language and Gender).
Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Mobility and Public Works.
Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Mobility and Public Works. Member of the Board of the Flemish Community Commission (VGC), responsible for Culture, Youth, Sport and Urban Policy Member of the Joint Board of the Common Community Commission (COCOM), responsible for Policy on Assistance to Individuals, Family Policy and Film Censorship In 2014. As the Minister for Mobility and Public Works he can make his dream come true: to foster a sustainable urban development. This implies a new way of designing public space. A bigger emphasis on public transport, more space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Previously, he served as Belgium's Commissioner General for refugees and stateless people (2001–2003). In 2003 he became State secretary in the government of the Brussels-Capital Region with the competences of Mobility, the Civil Service, Fire Department, Urgent Medical Assistance and chairman of the Flemish Community Commission with the competences of Culture, Sport, the Civil Service and Media. From 2004 to 2009 he was minister in the government of the Brussels-Capital Region. He dealt with mobility and public works in the Brussels Capital Region. He was also competent for culture, sport and youth for the Flemish community in Brussels. On 13 July 2009, Pascal Smet became then a member of the Peeters II Government as Flemish Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs.
Ana Helena Chacón
Vice-President of the Costa Rica Republic.
Vice-President of the Costa Rica Republic. She has signed and defended the Consultation that the State of Costa Rica made to Inter-American Court on same-sex couples and trans people's rights, with the intention of fostering legal security in the region. In 2015, she promoted the public policy for Inclusion and Non-Discrimination towards LGBTI people which made the Executive Branch of government free from discrimination towards LGBTI people and allowed trans students to be recognized by the Ministriy for Public Education and the National Institute of Learning.
In her legislative work, she has promoted legislation for same-sex couples, as well as legislation on sexual and reproductive health, and a comprehensive HIV / AIDS policy. As Deputy Minister of Security, she developed protocols to care for LGBTI population and training processes for the police force. Previously, she was commissioned by the Global Commission on HIV and the UN Development Program.
City Council Member, Besiktas Municipality, Istanbul.
LGBTI Human Rights activist who became a city council member of Besiktas Municipality in Istanbul and the first openly LGBTI politician elected to a position in Turkey. Founder and a core member of the International Relations Commission and the Academical Research Commission of Lambdaistanbul LGBTI Solidarity Association (2010-2014). The first chairwoman to take part in the foundation of the Social Policies Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD) in 2011.
She established the Equality Unit in Besiktas Municipality in order to develop and implement local policies on minority rights, women’s rights and refugee rights. Cakmak further founded the Women Solidarity Center to help the victims of domestic violence. She also participated in the establishment of the International Relations Directorate at Besiktas Municipality.
Civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Open Government.
Civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Open Government, is known for revitalizing global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell. Tang actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.
In the public sector, Tang served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
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.
Social Worker at the Pontifical University of Comillas. Social Mediator by the Official School of Madrid Master of Gender in absence of Thesis.
Social Worker, social mediator, feminist and social activist since 1996. Chair of the Committee on Sexual Affective Diversity, Gender Identity and Disability of CERMI State. President and Co-founder of the Onubense Association of Women with Disabilities. President and co-founder of the Andalusian Federation of Associations of Women with Disabilities. FAMDISA President of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities in Huelva Cocemfe Huelva.
Secretary of the Confederation of Persons with Disabilities in Andalusia Cocemfe Andalusia Andalusian, Managing Director of the Governing Board of National Cocemfe, Vice-President of the Andalusian Council for the Participation of Women during the years 2013-2015 and member of the Andalusian Observatory of Violence. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Congress for the Study of Violence against Women.
Intervening expert in the Andalusian Parliament for the elaboration of laws such as the Law for Equality, the Law against gender violence, and the Transexuality Law of Andalusia. She has suffered from disability since the age of 4.
Mexican activist and researcher with work on LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health.
Ricardo is a Mexican activist and researcher with experience in LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health. He has collaborated with several civil society organizations such as the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and IPPF. He is currently a member of the GayLatino Network and also of ADIL, the Alliance for Diversity and Labor Inclusion. He is also finishing a doctorate in health systems by the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico.
He has worked on issues of sexual education, LGBT health, programs and policies for HIV control and other sexually transmitted diseases, homophobic bullying and access to the labour market, among other topics. He has experience as a consultant and educator in more than 30 countries around the world with agencies such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS and the United Nations Population Fund. He is currently conducting research on health services for intersex people and on new technologies for HIV prevention among men in Mexico.
With a degree in Psychology by the UCM and specialized in Educational Psychology by the UAM.
With a degree in Psychology by the UCM and specialized in Educational Psychology by the UAM, where he currently carries out his thesis on sexual diversity and gender and new technologies. He specializes in bullying and school life, where he has developed several projects during his training. Always interested in the confluence between education, activism and sexual and gender diversity, he has been participating in the UAMentiende student association since 2013, serving as secretary and currently president of the association.