Rosanna Flamer-Caldera (Sri Lanka) is the Co-Secretary General of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). She has made a significant impactin lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer advocacy in Sri Lanka, the Asian region, and internationally. She was a founding member of Women’s Support Group (1999), the only LBT organization in Sri Lanka and Equal Ground (2004), a mixed LGBTIQ organization in Sri Lanka.
Gareth Henry (Canada/Jamaica) is the former leader of J-Flag, a Jamaican gay and lesbian group.
Jovan Kojičić (Montenegro) is an Assistant Professor in European Law. Prof. Kojičić has an extensive background in in the human rights field, policy and legislative framework, as well as in environmental law and international environmental law. Teaching is an environment that he has found both intellectually stimulating and part of his own growth as a professional. Prof. Kojičić received his Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur.) degree at the Viadrina European University in Germany. During his doctoral studies he was awarded the prestigious German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship. Prof. Kojičić joined the Faculty of Administrative and European Studies in Podgorica in April 2008. Also, he has finished his post-doc in the field of human rights in international law and the relation of law to social change (in the non-discrimination field) at the Lund University Department of Sociology of Law in Lund, Sweden. Prof. Kojičić is also a visiting researcher at the department of European, Public International and Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Leipzig, Germany, as well as a visiting scholar at the UCLA School of Law – the Williams Institute in Los Angeles, California, the United States. He has been a full member of the Southeast Europe Society (Munich, Germany) since 2003, as well as a listed expert in Environmental Law for Serbia and Montenegro with the Eco Institute for Applied Ecology in Darmstadt, Germany. Prof. Kojičić was also a member of the European Economic and Social Committee Study Group (2001-2003) for the ECOSOC Project of South-Eastern European Countries. Over the years, Prof. Kojičić has received many awards such as: Academic Fellowship, DAAD, for the 19th European Summer Academy in Germany (2008); Academic Research Fellowship, DAAD (2008); Graduate College Europa Fellows II, Federal German Ministry of Education and Research and European Union Fellows Programme, European University Viadrina, Germany (2005); European Viadrina University PhD Fellow (2004); The European System of Human Rights Summer Course Fellow, European Viadrina University, Council of Europe and DAAD (2003), DAAD PhD Fellowship (2002-2004) among others. He is the President of the DAAD Alumni Club Montenegro and the principal organiser of the international conference “Justice in the Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities”. Prof. Kojičić is the author of numerous scientific articles, books, book chapters and theses in his areas of expertise. In August 2011 he has been appointed as Adviser to the Prime Minister of Montenegro on Human Rights and Protection against Discrimination, to which he has been reappointed on January 31, 2013.
Goran Miletic (Serbia) is the Programme Director for Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders.
Victor Mukasa (Uganda) is a Human Rights Defender working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender liberation in his home country of Uganda and across Africa. He is the chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).
Harlan Pruden (United States), a First Nations Cree, has been living in New York since 1994 and is co-founder of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society, where he works with the New York’s Two-Spirit (LGBT Native) community. He is also one of the principle organizers of the National Confederacy of Two-Spirit Organizations and was recently appointed to be an American representative on the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA). In April on 2013, Harlan was re-appointed to Manhattan’s Community Board 12 and is currently the only Native on a NYC community board. After committing himself to sobriety 27 years ago, Harlan was the first person in his family to attend college and now devotes his life to First Nations community organizing and other progressive causes.
Bill Schiller (Sweden) works at Radio Sweden, concentrating on cultural programs, human rights and developments in Sweden’s Nordic neighbours. He was born in Chicago and grew up in the German-Austrian area of the near Northside. He came to Sweden during the Vietnam War and is now a Swedish citizen. He is very much engaged in the lesbian and gay rights movement and rainbow cultural events, both in the Nordic region and especially with the new groups in the Baltic region and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Maurice Tomlinson (Canada/Jamaica) has been involved in HIV/AIDS and LGBTI activism in Jamaica for over 12 years. He is an Attorney-at-Law and law lecturer with current research interests in sexual rights and HIV/AIDS advocacy. He regularly writes on gay rights in Jamaican newspapers is leading an initiative of the major Jamaican NGOs (J-FLAG, JASL and CVC) working in the area of HIV/AIDS and LGBTI rights to have the country’s anti-buggery law repealed. He is also seeking to have the legal prohibition against sex-work modified to allow for consensual adult sex work. Maurice regularly attends local and international conferences where he presents on the state of Jamaica’s law and homophobia. He also conducts human rights and advocacy training sessions for Jamaican LGBTI and conceptualized Jamaica’s first ‘Walk for Tolerance’ for April 7, 2010.
Angie Umbac (Philippines) is a legal rights activist and recipient of two gender awards from the Philippine Civil Service Commission for championing the issues of gender and development in her personal and professional life. Umbac serves as a Director for Human Rights of Libertas, a Philippine-based network of reform-minded lawyers and legal professionals who are committed to the promotion of Human Rights and Peace, Rule of Law and Access to Justice, Transparency and Accountability in Government, and Democratic Reform. She is a resource person for Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), under the umbrella of UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, focusing on issues of violence and discrimination against lesbians, bisexual and transgender women, as well as national and local policy trends that impact on LGBT rights. She is also a trustee of Ladlad LGBT Party List, the LGBT political party that currently seeking for a seat in the Philippine Congress, and she is an advisory board member of All Out, a campaigning organization dedicated to building a movement to accelerate full equality for LGBT people.