Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Filmmaker and technologist turned Executive Director, J. Bob Alotta leads the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an LGBTQI rights foundation working for social, racial, gender, and economic justice around the globe. Through film and at Astraea, Bob engages philanthropists, leaders, and community members to transform the marginalization of LGBTQI rights in our societies. Representing a new generation of social change philanthropists, Bob’s work builds new models of social justice, expanding the relevance of rights and dignity for LGBTQI people.
La Strada Czech Republic
Markéta Hronková graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Between 1999 and 2003 she worked for the Counseling Center for Refugees as a lawyer and as a fundraiser. From 2004 she worked as a founding co-director and Country Director for the Czech Republic of the Slovak-Czech Women's Fund and in 2010 she became its Executive Director. In 2007 she was elected Board Member of International Network of Women´s Funds. From 2010 - 2013 she served as the Chair of the Board. Currently, Markéta is a Managing Director of La Strada Czech Republic, an organization working to combat trafficking in human beings. She is the SCWF's Chair of the Board and board member of the Czech organization Association for Integration and Migration.
Major Gifts Officer
World Food Program USA
Zeenia serves as the Major Gifts Officer for the World Food Program USA. In her position, Zeenia is responsible for helping to mobilize U.S. support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Prior to joining WFP USA, she served as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Officer for the United Nations Foundation. She managed partnerships related to the work of the Global Entrepreneurs Council (GEC) by bringing together some of the brightest entrepreneurs under the age of 45 to take the UN and the UN Foundation to the next level of innovation and impact. Zeenia is a proud Californian who graduated from the University of California, Irvine, as a double major in Political Science & International Relations. She is of Zoroastrian descent and cares deeply about human rights, social good, philanthropy and politics.
Quality of Citizenship Jamaica
Angeline Jackson is one of Jamaica's youngest and most prominent out LGBT activists. She has been involved in the HIV and LGBT rights field for over 8 years. Angeline is a survivor of “corrective rape” and uses this as one of the driving forces in her activism. In 2013, she co-founded Quality of Citizenship Jamaica, the first registered organization for lesbian, bisexual and trans* women on the island.
Paul Akio Kawata
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
Since 1989, Paul Akio Kawata has served as Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the premier organization dedicated to building leadership in communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Under Kawata’s direction, NMAC implemented the first HIV treatment education programs in the United States targeted at minorities. Paul provides strategic direction for the organization’s administrative, fiscal and fundraising infrastructure, and oversees its training, technical assistance, education, and national advocacy programs and initiatives. In addition, he conceived and developed the organization’s high-profile meetings, including the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), currently the largest annual AIDS-related gathering in the country.
Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program
Human Rights Watch
Graeme Reid is the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch and is an expert on LGBT rights. He has conducted research, taught and published extensively on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2011, Graeme was the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa, a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, and a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Yale University. An anthropologist by training, Graeme received a master’s from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
Raised in Kent, the Garden of England, Melissa now lives in South London and has a personal and professional love of travel. She is always exploring a different corner of the planet, often travelling with her Martin guitar and enjoying live music. With 28 years of experience in the travel industry, with a specialization in leisure travel, the Far East and North America, Melissa is now Product & Commercial Director of UK-based specialist tour operator Funway Holidays, who supported her transgender journey through male to female transition in 2008. Her role is commercial strategy, product development and relationship management with destination, convention and visitor bureaus and a wide spectrum of commercial partners.
Czeslaw Walek is the Chairman of Prague Pride and has chaired the Prague Pride Association since 2011. He is currently a Fulbright scholar placed in Out and Equal Workplace Advocates in San Francisco. From 2009 to 2011, Czeslaw was Deputy Minister for Human Rights, responsible for the creation, adoption and implementation of domestic policies on human rights protection in the Czech Republic. In 2011, he was awarded the Alice G. Masaryk Human Rights Award for his dedication to promoting human rights in the Czech Republic. Czeslaw graduated from Law Faculties at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr. John Waters Garcia
Head of Projects
Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN)
John Waters Garcia M.D., D.Sc., M.Sc., M.A. (Oxon) is a medical doctor with certification as an HIV specialist. Currently he is Head of Projects at the Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) in the Dominican Republic and the Project Manager of the CVC/COIN Global Fund Round 9 Vulnerabilised Groups Project, a 5-year regional project working to develop model programs for responding to HIV in vulnerable groups in six Caribbean countries. He is also the Vulnerable Groups Representative on the PANCAP Regional Coordinating Mechanism. He is Co-Chair of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, where he also serves as focal person for Care and Treatment issues; member of the PAHO Health Care Working Group for Most At Risk Populations in the Caribbean; an executive board member for the PAN Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP); on the UNFPA Working Group on Sex Work in the Caribbean; committee member of the “Groupe d’Action Regional (GAR), an action group working with Vulnerable Groups in the French speaking Caribbean; and member of the Regional Advisory Group for Immigrant and Mobile Populations in the Caribbean.
Witeck Communications, Inc.
Bob Witeck is the President of Washington, D.C.-based Witeck Communications, Inc., and since 1993 has been a leading communications expert in designing strategies to reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) households and consumers. Bob brings four decades professional communications expertise in the public and private sector. Before opening his practice, he was senior vice president for Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs. On Capitol Hill for over a decade, Bob served as communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and as a Senate press secretary and legislative assistant. He is a graduate with distinction of the University of Virginia, where he was named an Echols Scholar. In their 25th anniversary, the editors of American Demographics magazine selected Bob as one of 25 national leaders “who have made significant contributions to the worlds of demographics, market research, media and trend spotting” for his pioneering work on America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. In addition to his service to Alturi, Bob has served on the boards of GLSEN, GLAAD, NLGJA, the NEA Foundation and Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund.