Susana is a Senior Advisor, Global Programs for CREA and a Fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership (Yale University). Her work focuses on building cross-movement strategies and advocacy to challenge criminalization of sexual and reproductive rights, sexuality, HIV, sex work, sexual orientation, gender identity and drug use. From 2008-2014, she was the senior gender, HIV and health advisor at UNDP. Susana has worked in a senior capacity with a wide range of women’s rights, human rights, sexuality-related rights and SRHR organizations, including Open Societies Foundation, ICASO, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Amnesty International, the OUTRIGHT Action International (formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission), the International Women’s Health Coalition, Harvard School of Public Health, WHO, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, among others. She has spoken and written widely on topics related to gender-based violence, sexuality, health and rights. She is currently a Board member of the Positive Action for Girls and Women Fund and the Athena Network and sits on the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program.
Sanjar is from Kyrgyzstan. He has worked several years as Executive Director of Labrys, Kyrgyzstan’s main LGBTQIA organisation. Sanjar built his expertise on legal gender recognition as well as developing partnerships with the sex workers movement, drug users and community building in Kyrgyzstan. Since 2019 Sanjar works for Transgender Europe as coordinator of the PROtrans project on monitoring discrimination and violence against trans people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Natia is lesbian feminist activist from Georgia. She has been active in the feminist and LGBT movements in Georgia for 10 years. She is one of the founders of Independent Group of Feminists and has worked in organizations like Identoba and Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group focusing on research, community mobilization and advocacy related to women’s and LGBT rights. Natia is one of the first publicly open lesbian activists in Georgia and has done much work connected to raising positive visibility of LGBT communities in Georgia. She currently lives in Sweden and works at RFSL – The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights, with a specific focus on advocacy in the Eastern Partnership countries.
I Devanand Milton (Millie) is a Transgender woman who is actively involved in the planning,
implementation and oversight of HIV and AIDS in Guyana. I am Vice Chair and Transgender
representative on the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for Global Fund in Guyana.
I have obtained formal education from Stewartville Secondary School and Nations University. At
these institutions I obtained General Cambridge Certificates in the area of Science and a
Diploma in Business Management and Finance from Cambridge University.
I am entrusted with the responsibility to share HIV prevention messages, encourages early HIV
Counseling and Testing, referral for sexual health services, distribution of condoms and water
base lubricants and distribution of Biological Behavior Communication materials. I also conduct
Support Group Meetings with HIV+ and Key Population (KP) who was not tested in more than six
months. I gave psychosocial support counseling to peers. I also prepare monthly reports for
review on HIV prevention progress.
I am also responsible to supervise and support grass roots individuals from the Key Population,
in programmes relating to Stigma and Discrimination, Gender Base Violence, Counseling and
Testing (HCT), Care and Treatment as well as programme monitoring and reporting – Technical
and Financial. These two distant roles create an opportunity for me to understand HIV
implementation both at programme and implementation level. I am able to understand the
unique needs of Key Population while promoting interventions at programme level to meet
I am a NGO Delegation Member on UNAIDS PCB representing Latin America and the Caribbean
(LAC) and also the Vice Chair on Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism – Guyana. This
current portfolio also entails networking with both National and International Stakeholders so as
to advance the cause and needs of Transgender individuals and members of the Key Population.
I am a board member for A Global Network for Trans Women and HIV (IRGT).
Loé Petit is a French queer and feminist intersex activist, involved in community organizing at national, regional and international scales. They have over 15 years of experience as an activist for social justice in various grassroots movements. Their life and activism are currently based between France, Portugal and Switzerland, with additional travels for activism in other countries. They are a PhD student in Political Science specialized in Gender Studies. Loé is a cofounder of OII France, a member of InterAction Switzerland, a former board member of OII Europe, a member of TransMissão: Associação Trans e Não-Binária, a writer for French intersectional feminist webzine Les Ourses à plumes, and the communication officer for the French national federation of roller derby.
Neish McLean is a trans masculine Jamaican activist with local, regional and international experience in trans advocacy. He enjoys working on proposal writing, program development and movement building and takes a holistic approach to trans activism. He is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TransWave Jamaica, Vice-Chair of the United Caribbean Trans Network, the Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean for Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) and has recently joined the Grant Making Panel of the International Trans Fund. As the Caribbean Program Officer at OutRight Action International he is responsible for implementing OutRight’s work throughout the region. He holds a BSc. in Psychology which helps in his work as a human rights defender while using his lived reality as a trans person to inform his advocacy. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Management. He is a sports and fitness enthusiast.
Biola Odunewu is a multi-channel communications specialist and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in strategy, operations, marketing, and product development. For more than a decade and prior to joining Astraea, she owned and managed a successful and popular neighborhood cafe in Brooklyn providing a haven for food, a safe space for ideas or the solitary cup of coffee. Before that, she worked as a writer and executive producer for a wide range of traditional and new media platforms (both national and international), including CNN, ABC and HyperTV Networks, creating featured stories and content, interactive programming for live weekly broadcasts and more. Biola received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism (with a concentration in International News and Politics) from Georgia State University. She is originally from Nigeria and has lived in New York for 25 years. In addition to English, Biola speaks Yoruba.