Richard Lusimbo is currently an MPhil student at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. He is the Research and Documentation Manager of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the leading LGBTI umbrella advocacy organization in Uganda since 2012. He is a Co-Director of And Still We Rise, a documentary covering the development of the anti-gay law in Uganda. Richard serves as Co-Chair of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) since 2016. Richard also served as Alternate Co-Secretary General of ILGA from 2014 – 2016 and Alternate Co-Chair of PAI from 2014-2016.
He has been heavily involved in a range of advocacy and community mobilization activities in Uganda, Africa and internationally, and is helping to lead PrEP advocacy campaigns in Uganda and regionally. He also has a strong background in science and technology, digital security and documentation tools. He is the African Team Research Chair of the Envisioning Global LGBTI Human Rights.
Akudo Oguaghamba is a human rights educator, defender and activist. She is passionate about and committed to the advancement of social justice including sexual rights and gender equality. Akudo is the founder and Executive Director of Women’s Health and Equal Rights (WHER) Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on promoting the well-being and protecting the rights of sexual minority women in Nigeria.
She serves on the Steering Committee of the Solidarity Alliance for Human Rights (SAHR), Nigeria; a coalition of organizations and individuals working to advance the rights and promote the well-being of LGBT and other sexual minorities in Nigeria. She is the Co-Chair (Female) of PAN-AFRICAN ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association). She holds a degree in French Language and Culture, a certificate in Gender and Development and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Project Management.
Mulucha Jay is a Ugandan Transgender man who is the founder and executive director of Fem Alliance Uganda. Fem Alliance (FEMA) is an LBT organization that brings together LBT persons in Uganda to advocate for respect and protection of their rights, especially from violence. FEMA was started in 2012 with a vision to see a stigma free Uganda where LBT persons are treated with dignity, their rights are fully respected and they have equal access to social justice.
Jay started his activism and Human Rights work in 2010 by working as a communications manager at an LBTI organization called Freedom and Roam Uganda. He is also a focal person of the security committee at Sexual minorities Uganda (SMUG) and currently sits on various boards which include, being on the over sight committee of the Most at Risk Populations (MARPS) Network, Steering committee of East Africa Trans Health & Advocacy Network (EATHAN), Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) as a member and Alternate Trans Secretary at the Trans secretariat of ILGA world. He is also a fellow with Young African Leaders Initiative (Mandela Washington Fellowship, 2017)
Jay holds a certificate in leadership skills and did computer science at Kampala International University. He is also a basketball player, a qualified basketball coach and referee. He also manages the only queer basketball team in Uganda called Magic Stormers.
Jay Mulucha derives passion from trying to make Africa a friendlier place for the current and future LGBTIQ individuals.