Partners and Sponsors

GPP has two bodies of advisors/key stakeholders to support the promotion and execution of the conference: a Strategic Advisors Group and an Advisory Committee.

Meet our Strategic Advisors Group

The Strategic Advisors Group provides high-level advice on strategies and tactics for utilizing the Summit as a pledging space and/or a forum for creating high-level funding commitments and collaborations.

Graeme Reid

Graeme Reid is the UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for a three-year term starting on November 1, 2023. In this role, Reid evaluates the implementation of international human rights law, raises awareness, engages in dialogue with relevant stakeholders, and offers advisory services, technical assistance, and capacity-building to combat violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Graeme Reid, a South African scholar, has extensively researched, taught, and published on gender, sexuality, LGBT issues, and HIV/AIDS. He earned his bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Witwatersrand and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Currently, he is a research scholar and lecturer at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs.

Prior to his appointment as Independent Expert, Reid was the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, an organization he joined in 2011. He has taught Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology at Yale University and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Reid is the founding director of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa and has previously worked as a researcher at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Reid’s published works include “How to be a Real Gay: Gay Identities in Small-Town South Africa” (2013) and “Above the Skyline: Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the Founding of an African Gay Church” (2010). He also co-directed the video documentary “Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free” (2000).

Graeme Reid
UN Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Hakimas Abbas

Hakima Abbas is the co-founder and co-Executive Director of the Black Feminist Fund, a global feminist fund dedicated to significantly increasing the resources available to Black feminist movements in the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Hakima is an African feminist who has been active in social movements for two decades. Trained in international affairs, her work as a policy analyst, popular educator, advocate, and strategist has focused on strengthening and supporting movements for transformation. She is the previous co-executive Director of AWID, a global feminist movement support and membership organization, and the former Executive Director of Fahamu, a pan-African movement support organization.

Hakima is the author and co-editor of various articles and publications. She was on the editorial collective of The Feminist Wire and is a member of the Jang! collective that provides popular education tools, platforms, and accompaniment to activists working for radical transformation. She has served as a board member to a range of organizations including Greenpeace Africa, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Eastern Africa, and the African Sex Workers Alliance, and in advisory roles to several donor initiatives. Hakima was a member of the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the Generation Equality Forum, a member of the advisory group of the UN High-Level Taskforce on Financing for Gender Equality, and of the strategic planning advisory group of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.

Hakima Abbas
Director, Black Feminist Fund
John Taylor

John R. Taylor is the President of Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a private grantmaking foundation based in New York, NY and Washington, DC, dedicated to the effective advancement of social justice. Since co-founding Wellspring in 2000, John has led the foundation’s work to support movements and cultivate accountable social systems and structures that uphold human dignity, strengthen agency, and advance equity for all people. Prior to his time with Wellspring, John practiced law for 14 years, concentrating on plaintiff’s class action litigation in the Federal (U.S.) court system. His commitment to social justice is grounded in his more than 40 years of involvement in the movement to advance LGBTQ+ rights. John has served on many nonprofit boards, including Human Rights Watch (New York); Haverford College (Haverford, PA); Survivor Corps/Landmine Survivors Network (Washington, DC), the Planned Parenthood Foundation (New York); the Philadelphia Lesbian & Gay Task Force; the Center for Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights (Philadelphia), the Attic Youth Center (Philadelphia); Nine Dots Learning Center (Los Angeles); and The Little Market (Los Angeles). He received a BA from Haverford College and a law degree from Cornell Law School.

John Taylor
President of Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Lilianne Ploumen

Lilianne Ploumen is a Dutch feminist activist, currently serving as Senior Advisor at Bureau Clara Wichmann, advancing women’s rights through strategic litigation and access to justice. She was a member of the Parliament of the Netherlands from 2017 to 2022 and was the Leader of PvdA (Labour Party) until April 2022. Ms. Ploumen served as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2017. She initiated the She Decides movement in January 2017 that saw over $400 million US dollars pledged to organizations affected by the reinstatement of Global Gag Rule. She has been promoting and defending human rights in her political capacities as well as in her work at several NGO’s, among them Mama Cash and Cordaid. Lilianne holds several Supervisory Board positions in the Netherlands and is a member of the Supervisory Board of IPAS.

Lilianne Ploumen
Former Dutch Minister for International Development and co-founder of SheDecides
Nicky McIntyre

Nicky has more than twenty years of experience raising awareness about, commitment to, and resources for human rights and social justice. She has demonstrated success in managing growing human rights foundations and building programmatic collaborations that advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally.

Prior to joining FJS, Nicky worked for ten years as the executive director of Mama Cash in the Netherlands, where she oversaw one of the largest public funds that supports the rights of women, girls, and trans people. For ten years prior to that, she served as the vice president of development and communications at the Global Fund for Women. Nicky has served on numerous boards, including OutRight Action International, the Women’s Funding Network, the European Foundation Centre, Prospera – the International Network of Women’s Funds, and Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations.

She currently serves on the board of Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) and is on the steering group of the Alliance for Feminist Movements (AFM). She has a master’s degree in urban affairs from Hunter College, City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in history and French from the University of Oxford, Somerville College.

Nicky McIntyre
Chief Executive Officer of Foundation for a Just Society
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Dr Bermejo has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in global federations, working across HIV and AIDS, humanitarian issues, and health policy. Under his leadership, IPPF radically transformed its governance structure and resource allocation system so that its Member Associations and young people are the centre of its work. At CIFF he helped build an adolescent sexual and reproductive health portfolio in addition to the more established health, nutrition, and education portfolios. He led the International HIV/AIDS Alliance for more than a decade, where he oversaw rapid growth in its programmes and new country expansion as well as achieving significant policy influence. 

As Director, Health and Care at the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), he created the environment and partnerships that positioned the Red Cross as a key player in the fight against HIV and AIDS and helped establish the IFRC’s global emergency health response mechanisms. Dr Bermejo qualified as a Medical Doctor, holds master’s in Public Health and Overseas Development Cooperation.

Dr Alvaro Bermejo
Director General at International Planned Parenthood Federation

Meet our Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee advises GPP on the program for the Summit to ensure it is aligned with the Summit objectives and reflects current critical themes and issues affecting the global LGBTI funding landscape.

Broden Giambrone

Giambrone (he/him) is the Director of the International Trans Fund (ITF), a participatory grantmaking fund made up of trans activists and donors. Over seven grant cycles, the ITF has awarded US$6.3 million to 182 trans-led groups in 94 countries worldwide.

Before joining the ITF, Broden was the Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). In this position, he took a leadership role in TENI’s high-level advocacy and lobbying for the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act 2015, a legal recognition law based on self-determination. He holds a Master’s in Public Health (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto.

Broden Giambrone
Director of the International Trans Fund (ITF)
David Sampson

David joined the Baring Foundation as Deputy Director in 2014. He began his career as a lawyer in private practice, training and working at the international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Since then, he has worked on public interest litigation and human rights at the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco and as Global Pro Bono Advisor at the law firm Linklaters LLP. David is a trustee of GALOP, London’s LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity.

David Sampson
Deputy Director, the Baring Foundation
Julia Ehrt

Julia Ehrt (she/her) is the Executive Director at ILGA World and a widely respected LGBTI activist and community leader.

Before joining ILGA World she was the Executive Director of Transgender Europe, where she contributed significantly to how trans issues are perceived and debated today in Europe and beyond. She served as a founding Steering Committee member of the International Trans Fund (ITF) until 2019, served as a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) for six years, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and is a signatory to the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10.

Julia holds a PhD in mathematics and lives with her partner and child in Berlin.

Julia Ehrt
Executive Director, ILGA World
Lopo (Lola) Gutiérrez León

As a feminist and sociologist with a master’s degree in social sciences and a specialization in human rights, Lopo has over 20 years of work experience and 15 years conducting social research. Currently, she is the director of the Bolivian Women’s Fund Apthapi Jopueti, a national feminist fund that mobilizes resources, funds, and supports grassroots organizations, collectives, networks, and associations of women, feminists, and LBTIQ+ individuals.

Lopo was born in Tarija, Bolivia, and is the daughter and granddaughter of migrants. She is the mother of two girls and a member of various women’s and feminist collectives and networks.

Lopo (Lola) Gutiérrez León
Executive Director of the Bolivian Women’s Fund Apthapi Jopueti
Midnight Poonkasetwattana

Midnight Poonkasetwattana is Executive Director of APCOM based in Bangkok, Thailand working on health, rights and wellbeing of people of diverse SOGIESC in Asia and the Pacific region.

Midnight serves in various advisory committees, including the global IDAHOT committee, Dignity Network Canada, Equal Rights Coalition, The Commonwealth Equality Network, World Health Organisation Global PrEP Coalition and Guidelines Development Group for HIV Testing Services, and ASHM’s Regional Advisory Group member leading on Key Populations of the Taskforce on BBVs, Sexual Health and COVID-19.

Midnight represents Asia and the Pacific NGO Delegation on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (2022-2024), and was invited to give the Closing Plenary Statement at the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He was honoured as Gen.T 2020 for his advocacy for the rights of LGBTQIA communities in Asia, and also making the Future List 2020 as Thailand’s Human Rights advocate.

Midnight Poonkasetwattana
Executive Director, APCOM
Nino Ugrekhelidze

Nino Ugrekhelidze is a feminist resource justice advocate from Tbilisi, Georgia. She is a co-founder and Lead of Dalan Fund, a multi-regional participatory fund resourcing social justice movements in Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central and North Asia. She brings 15 years of experience working with regional and global social justice movements, building context-responsive and community-centered emergency and long-term grantmaking and programmatic strategies.

Nino Ugrekhelidze
Co-Funder and Lead, Dalan Fund
Faye Macheke

Faye is a passionate Pan-African feminist, active in movements for women’s rights, racial justice, migrant and labor rights, and environmental justice. Her activism builds on the legacy of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the aftermath of the apartheid era in Zimbabwe.

In 2019, Faye joined AWID as the Director of Finance, Operations and Development, and strived to ensure that AWID upholds the feminist principles and values in all of its operations. She brings over 20 years of experience in feminist leadership, strategy, and all aspects of finance and organizational development. Faye is a committed Board Member of UAF-Africa and other women’s rights organizations.

She previously held a Head of Finance and Operations roles at Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa and JASS – Just Associates Inc. in Southern Africa. She also held Directorship roles for International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in Central and Southern Africa. She holds a Bcompt in Accounting Science from University of South Africa and is a member of the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants.

Faye Macheke
Co-Executive Director, AWID
Neville Gabriel

Neville served as the inaugural executive director of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional funding agency dedicated to promoting policy engagement between governments and non-state entities for poverty alleviation in Southern Africa. Additionally, he holds positions such as a member of Global Citizen’s global policy committee, a member of the Africa policy advisory board for Bono’s ONE campaign, a senior fellow at the Synergos Institute, and the chairperson of community shareholding trusts associated with solar and wind renewable energy projects in South Africa.

Neville was also part of the founding steering committee of the African Grantmakers’ Network (AGN), chaired the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), chaired the Open Society Foundations’ Africa advisory committee, served as a trustee at the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), and previously worked at Oxfam in media and advocacy and at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) coordinating social and economic justice programs. Currently, Neville holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at The Other Foundation.

Neville Gabriel
Chief Executive Officer, The Other Foundation

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are still looking for sponsors to provide the resources needed to ensure the Global LGBTI Funding Summit is a historic moment for the LGBTI movement. If you are interested in sponsoring the Summit, please email us here.