OutSummit Speakers 2017

OutSummit – Pushing the Boundaries for Global LGBTIQ Activism one day conference is assembling a line up of speakers to represent all the letters of our community. Keep checking back regularly additions to the list.

Opening Plenary

LGBTIQ Histories: Stories of Resistance

Moderator: Karyn Kaplan, Executive Director at Asia Catalyst (US)

  • Jennifer Lu, Main Coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan (Taiwan)
  • Steve Letsike, Executive Director of Access Chapter 2 (South Africa)
  • Karamo Brown, Television Host & Producer; First openly gay African American in the history of reality TV (US)
  • Julia Ehrt, Executive Director of Transgender Europe (Germany)

Morning Plenary

Keynote Speakers


Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia & The Pacific Islands (Philippines)


Morning Keynote:

Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City, Philippines


Afternoon Keynote:

Leading Egyptian Activist (name withheld)



Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International

Closing Plenary

The Future of LGBTIQ Rights: Intersectional, Inclusive, and Courageous

Moderator:  Eleanor Openshaw, NY Office Director and Head of Regional Advocacy at International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

  • Kimberly Zieselman, Executive Director at interAct Advocates for Intersex Youth
  • Miki Wali, Co-Founder and Programme Support Officer at the Haus of Khameleon
  • Eric Gitari, Kenyan Human Rights Lawyer and founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC)
  • Grace Poore, Asia Program Coordinator at OutRight


UN-Locked: Diplomats and Officials Address the Independent Expert on SOGI, the Equal Rights Coalition, and Where We Go From Here

Moderator: Siri May, UN Program Coordinator at OutRight


  • Marina Moreira Costa Pittella, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN
  • Charles Chauvel, United Nations Development Programme
  • Cameron Jelinski, Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN
  • Julia Ehrt, Executive Director of Transgender Europe
LGBTIQ Rights & Business: Symmetries & Challenges


  • Michael Karimian, Human Rights Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Jon Tilli, Vice President of Commercial Real Estate at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc
  • Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Ed Salvato, Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of ManAboutWorld Magazine; Co-author of the recently released Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Marketing: A Guide for Business Practice
  • Aalap Shah, Project Manager at Capital One and OutRight board member
Maintaining Safety & Security Amidst Global LGBTIQ Backlash

Paul Jansen, Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy at OutRight



    • Jack Harrison-Quintana, Director of Grindr for Equality
    • Aizhan Kadralieva, Advocacy & Education Program Coordinator at Labrys
    • Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia & the Pacific Islands at OutRight
    • Activists from China – Name withhold for security reasons
Advancing LGBTIQ Rights through the Courts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Matthew Skinner, Executive Director of The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York



  • Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic; Human Rights and Advocacy Director at MADRE
  • Kenita Placide, Caribbean Advisor for OutRight and Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE)
  • Eric Gitari, Kenyan Human Rights Lawyer and founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC)
  • Angelika Carrillo, Director of MC Consultancy: Human Development and Sexual Health Consultants
  • Suraj Girijashanker, David W. Leebron Fellow at OutRight Action International and AFE
Case Studies and Strategies from the Media Frontlines

Rashima Kwatra, Communications Officer at OutRight



  • Mathew Lasky, Manager of Social Impact at MTV, VH1, and Logo
  • John Paul Brammer, Associate Producer, NBC OUT
  • Kimberly Zieselman, Executive Director at interAct Advocates for Intersex Youth
  • Georges Azzi, Executive Director at Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality
  • Neish McLean, Co-Founder and Executive Director of TransWave Jamaica
Global Intersex Rights: Diverse Pathways to Dignity and Equality

Sahar Moazami, UN Program Officer



  • Nada Chaiyajit, Project Coordinator at The World Bank, Bangkok
  • Alesdair Ittelson, Law & Policy Director at interAct Advocates for Intersex Youth
  • Wiktor Dynarski, Program Officer for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Open Society Foundations
  • Tatenda Ngwaru, Founder of True Identity, the first Intersex and Transgender Organisation in Zimbabwe
  • Kristian Randjelovic, Executive Director of XY Spectrum
  • Axel Keating, InterACT Youth Member and educator