LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Executive Board

ILGA-Europe's Executive Board is the organisation's main governing body. Board members are elected every year by the Annual Conference and represent member organisations.

In October 2018, during the 22nd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference held in Brussels, the following Executive Board members were confirmed:


Micah Grzywnowicz is the international advocacy advisor at RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights.


Darienne is a senior lay activist in the biggest public service trade union in the UK, UNISON. She is currently Co-Chair of UNISON's National LGBT Committee and has represented LGBT workers interests on UNISON's National Womens Committee. 


He is president of Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti - an Italian organisation promoting Human and Civil Rights via lobbying, advocacy campaigns and strategic litigations. He also works as senior campaigns manager for the LGBT+ rights organisation All Out.


President of a French queer feminist NGO, she co-founded Spectrum after years of activism in the French and Iranian queer and feminist movements.  


Yves Aerts Jacobs is a board member of ILGA-Europe and a European representative to the ILGA board. Since 2007, they have worked as the Executive Director of Çavaria in Belgium.

Aizhan Kadralieva is a gender non-binary, feminist queer nomad LGBT+ activist from Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and working as a coordinator of advocacy and education program in LGBT+ organization, Labrys

Olena Shevchenko is a human rights defender and educator from Ukraine whose focuses are LGBT rights and women's rights. She is a head of Insight, a public organisation she and two of her friends founded and officially registered in 2008. 

Svetlana Zakharova is a feminist, LGBTQI activist and human rights defender based in Russia. She is a Board member of Russian LGBT Network

Viima Lampinen is an agender queer human rights activist and equality consultant from Finland, now based in Iceland. Previously president of Seta - LGBTI Rights In Finland. Experience e.g. from NGO work in the violence sector, pride production.

Vladimir Simonko is the co-founder and former chair of Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), which was established in 1993. He has long experience and a strong background in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania, acting as expert and trainer in various national and international projects and actively participating in human rights conferences.