Masthuriyah Sa’dan is originally from Sumenep Madura and now she stays in Yogyakarta Indonesia. Since childhood, she studied in an Islamic education institution from primary school until university. Ria was studied at Al-Amin Islamic boarding school in Madura, where she learned Arabic and English from Islamic boarding school. She graduated Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. Later, she continued her postgraduate study at Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University in the Islamic Philosophy department. She graduates with a Master’s in Islamic Philosophy. After her Master’s degree, she teaches in the Sains and Technology faculty in Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University about spirituality in Islam. During her activity, she was writing, researching, and following academic forums from the national level until the international level to present her papers. She also works in a research institution with funding from USAID, all of her research project with USAID is about women and gender in Islam. Meanwhile, every weekend she helping the marginal community in Yogyakarta. She teaching about reading the holy Qur’an in the Transgender Islamic boarding school, and all the students are transgender Muslim community. Recently, she published a book about Santri Waria (transgender Islamic students). The substantive of this book is her notes with LGBT groups who learning Islam in the transgender Islamic boarding school in Yogyakarta.
Elena Rudneva received a Master’s degree in sociology from St. Petersburg State University, majoring in European Studies. In 2020, Elena completed professional training in psychological counseling and group leadership and currently combines work in NGOs with psychological counseling. Elena has seven years of experience in the non-profit organization Charity Foundation “Step Foward” as a project manager. Over the years, Elena has run more than 100 fundraising campaigns and organized more than 300 events for different audiences, including corporate charity projects. In 2020, Elena participated in charity fundraising for rapid tests for COVID -19 for medical facilities in the city. As an independent psychological counselor, Elena participates in the international FEM and LGBT-friendly volunteer project “Adriatica” to provide psychological assistance to vulnerable populations, people in difficult life situations and members of minorities. Elena has experience working on the city helpline to provide emergency psychological help to the population. Her main interests are in the field of protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, feminism and grassroots initiatives.
Valeriya Ermilova has two years of experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. While working as a Public Relations Manager for the LGBTQ Rights Organization, she wrote articles based on interviews and led projects to promote awareness of the current state of Russian LGBTQ rights. Previously, Valeriya worked at the global cybersecurity company Kaspersky, on the project “Coalition Against Stalkerware,” aimed at deterring gender-based digital violence and sexual abuse. Apart from that, Valeriya is contributing as an Internal Relations Manager to the Board of the European Youth Parliament (EYP), a non-governmental youth-led organization. Engagement in international sessions of the EYP as a delegate, journalist and organizer, strengthened her communication, planning, and problem-solving competencies. Valeriya is also interested in promoting gender equality and youth leadership and plans to explore the human rights aspect of peacebuilding while studying for her Master’s degree.
Yury Mysin has more than fifteen years of experience in the banking sector. Currently, he is the Project Manager in the Department of DWH development. Yury has earned a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from the Moscow Academy of Education. Having more than six years of volunteering experience in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Russia, Yury was a mentor of two orphans and an active member of the developing team, as well as an ambassador of this program in his community. His social interest is to help children from orphanages and disadvantaged children. Yury believes that networking is the most important tool for any society as it helps to connect people in their careers and private lives. So he makes effort to develop a volunteering community organization.
Ekaterina Svetashkova currently works as a monitoring coordinator for LGBT Group Stimul, a Moscow-based human rights NGO. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and she speaks English and German. Since recently, Ekaterina has been pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology and is eager to implement the knowledge obtained during her studies in her current work activities. She has also graduated from Moscow Open School of Human Rights. She wants to improve human rights awareness among the masses, because she believes it is a way to make peoples’ lives safer.
Awais FarooqPakistan (Host: American Red Cross)
Awais Farooq is a marketing professional with an avid belief in the power of love and empathy to connect with people. Awais has 4 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. After he earned his MBA, he worked at a Stanford-funded education and leadership startup called Amal Academy, helping fresh graduates be the best versions of themselves through soft skill development and self-discovery. Awais is passionate about and skilled in a wide range of areas, including outreach and marketing, tech management, professional development, curriculum design, program management, and counseling. He cares about working for a cause bigger than himself. Other than Amal Academy, Awais has taken part in Seth Godin’s Marketing Seminar and the altMBA programs to develop better empathy for his team and his approach to work. These experiences have helped him appreciate the exposure that humans can provide each other and have inspired him to become an Atlas Corps Fellow. He enjoys working in education, youth empowerment, and social awareness and has an overwhelming passion for social inclusion. Awais loves humans and hopes to connect with some amazing humans through his Atlas Corps fellowship.
Host Organization: American Red Cross
Role at Host Organization: At the American Red Cross, Awais will serve as the International Response Knowledge Management & Learning Fellow: supporting the Knowledge Management and Learning efforts for response operations and readiness activities to facilitate access to, utilization of, and learning from existing data, evidence, and knowledge generated from past operations both within the American Red Cross and with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Partners.
Jillani BalochPakistan (Host: Venture Philanthropy Partners)
Jillani has an extensive eight years of experience in the development sector in Pakistan. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He has excellent skills and competencies in the areas of project management, administration, logistics control, and monitoring & evaluation. Being a development practitioner, Jillani has undertaken several projects related to community development, public health, youth development, sexual reproductive health and rights, community health centers, and women’s empowerment. He is an active team player and proactively supports and facilitates teamwork in his daily life.
Host Organization: Venture Philanthropy Partners
Role at Venture Philanthropy PartnersAt Venture Philanthropy Partners, Jillani will serve as an Operations Analyst Fellow; designing and executing program management processes for both specific projects and for organization wide activities, along with ensuring organizational priorities and associated activities are moving by playing an integral role in monitoring work across the organization.
João FernandesBrazil (Host: Laureate)
João Fernandes is a young Brazilian professional with three years of experience both in the nonprofit sector and in the internationalization of higher education. He actively collaborated on the implementation of a mailing office in a local community not reached by this public service, delivering dignity and equality throughout the neighborhood, more than just mail. With hands-on work, João is acting as a fundraiser for the “Happy Postman” project that aims to alleviate poverty in his city through donations of food, clothes, and toys. He increased his sense of solidarity, determination, and, above all, the certainty that this is his greatest personal achievement. João also has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and an MBA in Strategic Business Management. In the area of Higher Education, he has been responsible for the internationalization of the students’ experience, through mobility and non-mobility academic programs, and contributing on the improvement of the Continuing Education sub-areas such as Post-graduate, Research, Extension, Language, Student committees and Employability. Able to balance multiple competing priorities, demonstrating a natural aptitude for interacting with people and providing service with a smile.
João is passionate about democracy, multiculturalism and social development.
Host Organization: Laureate
Role at Laureate: At Laureate, João will reimagine and relaunch the organization’s Student Ambassador program, facilitating greater visibility for their 875,000 students. He will seek student input into policy and thought leadership initiatives, assist across a range of communications relate activities, and provide project management, event, and translation support.
Tushar MalikIndia (Host: Human Rights Campaign)
Tushar has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector as an LGBTQ youth rights activist, and earned a Bachelor’s in Mechatronics Engineering from Manipal University, India. He is the co-founder of QueerCampus, India’s first support group dedicated to LGBTQ youth, which was established in New Delhi in 2010, where he keeps engaging with Queer and questioning youth as a peer educator and counselor. Tushar is the Operations Head for the Equal India Alliance, a nonprofit which is working towards increasing awareness about and acceptance for LGBTQ people in India at workplaces and universities, and is currently spearheading the “I, Ally” campaign, which aims to record messages of support from straight allies from across India. Tushar worked as an advisor to the Diversity in India Network, a collective of diversity and HR professionals of multi-national corporates based in India. He is trained in Theatre of the Oppressed, a powerful line of theatre that he uses constantly in his workshops with youth. He has also dabbled in spreading awareness through regular school teaching, and is an active member of many Indian and Asia-Pacific level coalitions of youth activists working with sexual and reproductive health and rights and LGBTQ issues. He is also a published journalist, an award winning filmmaker, and a travel buff.
Host Organization: Human Rights Campaign
Role at Host Organization: Tushar will be a part of the HRC’s global engagement program, which works to advance equality for LGBT people around the world. Tushar will be researching how HRC can empower LGBT leaders.
Jane Wothaya ThirikwaKenya (Host: Human Rights Campaign)
Jane has more than five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Public Relations from the Moi University, Kenya. Currently, Jane is the Programs and Communications Officer at KELEGA Youth Empowerment and Education (Gay Kenya Trust), a position she has held for the last two years. Her main responsibilities are to fundraise and build partnerships with allies committed to the cause for equality for sexual minority persons in Kenya. She has however been involved in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) organizing efforts since 2006. Previously, Jane worked at the America Association of Blood Banks, Kenya, and at the Kenya Chapter of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management and coordination skills, with particular interest in human rights. Jane enjoys photography, a skill she has incorporated her advocacy work.
Host Organization: Human Rights Campaign
Role at Host Organization: Jane will be a part of HRC’s global engagement program, which works to advance equality for LGBT people around the world. She will focus on strategies and best practices for HRC to educate Americans on global LGBT issues.
Ernesto ZelayandiaEl Salvador (Host: Human Rights Campaign)
Ernesto has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor´s Degree of Law from the Jose Simeon Canas school of The University of Central America in 2011. After graduation, he volunteered with El Salvador’s first LGBT legal clinic which inspired him to pursue a career on Human Rights activism. In 2012, Ernesto volunteered and partnered with several LGBTI organizations from the Salvadoran civil society, and became a founding member of the AMATE initiative: a project to recover and preserve the historical memory of the LGBT movement in El Salvador. As coordinator for the Global School program of Foundation Cristosal, a faith based human rights organization, Ernesto developed field courses to better understand development from a human rights approach. Through these experiences, Ernesto gained a working knowledge of social justice, grassroots organizations, learning through popular education, and human rights and equality advocacy. He also has experience facilitating dialogue and intercultural exchange between Salvadoran and North American communities. In the future, Ernesto wants to pursue a career in human rights advocacy and law.
Host Organization: Human Rights Campaign
Role at Host Organization: Ernesto will serve at the Human Rights Campaign on the “A la Familia Program” a bilingual project that promotes inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people within communidades Latinas. He will also provide support on a research project on the export of Homophobia from religious groups from within the U.S.
Andrew TangasAustralia (Host: Atlas Corps)
Andrew Tangas has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from La Trobe University in Australia. While working at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), a leading Australian youth program delivery and policy advocacy organization, Andrew engaged with federal and state governments to leverage program funds and influence policy change around youth-related education, employment, entrepreneurship, and social change. In this role, Andrew oversaw the development and implementation of the organization’s government relations strategy, worked closely with the CEO in developing relationships with key government decision-makers, and supported the organization’s program teams in generating government funding streams. Through his experience in the nonprofit sector, Andrew has developed strong government relations, strategic thinking, and communication skills. Andrew is particularly passionate about creating strategic partnerships between governments, nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurs to maximise the social impact of innovative change projects.
Host Organization: Atlas Corps
Role at Host Organization: Andrew will be managing special projects within Atlas Corps, including the long-term plan to franchise the Atlas Corps model around the world. In addition, he will assist the CEO with organizational development, fundraising, and streamlining internal processes. He will help manage strategic partnerships and donor relationships.