Abetare Krasniqi

I work as a Police Chief Inspector for the National Criminal Investigation Service, department National Cyber Crime Center, Section Internet Investigations. I work with preventing radicalization, violent extremism and hate speech online. Previously I have worked as a investigator at the Hate Crime group in Oslo.

Baroness Williams of Trafford

Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities)

Baroness Williams was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office on 17 July 2016. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. She is a Minister of State for Countering Extremism at the Home Office and is responsible for countering extremism, hate crime and integration.

Baroness Williams is also the Minister for Equalities for the Government Equalities Office and has overall responsibility for policy on sexual orientation and transgender equality and cross-government equality strategy and legislation.

Ben Baks

Coordinator LGBTI equality policies – Gender & LGBTI Equality Division – Ministry of Education, Culture & Science – The Netherlands Secretary of the Interministerial Working group on LGBTI equality government policies in the Netherlands (IWOH). Secretary of the Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network of the European Region Economist

Co-founder of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network (2004), National Expert for the Netherlands in the Council of Europe Ad hoc Expert Group against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (2009), and initiator of the 1st European IDAHOT Forum (2013).

Bård Stensli

Police Chief Inspector Bård Stensli represents The European LGBT Association and he is employed in The Norwegian Polices Security Service (PST). He is a graduated student from The Norwegian Police Academy. He started to work in the Oslo Police district in 1988. He has varied experience within the Police force, for example: patrolling the streets, ten years in the Mounted Police, operator at the Polices Radio and UN duty in Western Sahara. He began his work with The Polices Security Service (PST) in 2002.

He started the Oslo Police’s participation in the Oslo Pride Parade together with two other colleagues in 2005 and organized it together with the Oslo Police Department until to this day. He was a project member of the Diversity project in the Norwegian Police Directorate 2006-2007. He is a member of the management group of the Pink Competency Justice. He is a member of the European LGBT Association and participated in several LGBTIQ Police meetings and conferences. Awards: He received the Norwegian Police Union’s enthusiast price in 2014 and The Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS) Diversity Price in 2017.

Dan Christian Ghattas

PhD, is the Executive Director of Organisation Intersex International Europe (OII Europe). He started advocating for intersex human rights in Europe in 2009, and has since provided expertise to governments, EU and CoE and UN bodies. In 2013, he conducted the first cross-regional empirical study on the life situations of intersex individuals, Human Rights Between the Sexes. In 2016, he authored the ILGA-Europe/ OII Europe Intersex Toolkit Standing up for intersex human rights – How can you help? and in 2019 the upcoming ILGA-Europe/ OII Europe legal toolkit Protecting intersex people in Europe. A toolkit for law and policy makers. With digital appendix and checklist.

Dezso Mate

Dezso Mate currently is a Research Fellow at the Central European University – Romani Studies Program. He is also a Consultant of the Open Society Foundations – Community Youth Fellowship Program, which is focusing on the Romani LGBTQIA people intersectional challenges in public healthcare settings. Between 2015- 2017 he was a Visiting Research Associate at the University of Sussex – Doctoral School Program – Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research. He has had experience since 2013- 2018 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Center of Social Sciences – Institute for Minority Studies as a Junior Research Fellow. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked for the Equal Treatment Authority as an expert on discriminatory cases on Roma, Women, people of disabilities ,or any other intersections of the their life experiences.

He is a Doctoral Candidate at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest at Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Dezso finished his education at University of Pécs – Faculty of Art in Master of Media Studies – Film Theory and Romani Studies. He also gained further study experiences in the Netherlands at the Fontys University of Applied Social Sciences Studies.

Eduardas Platovas

A former journalist Eduardas Platovas holds a position at LGL since its foundation in 1993. Long time experience helped him to gain a strong background and skills in working on LGBT rights in Lithuania and shows his great commitment to human rights in general. General activities of Eduardas involves: coordination and expert support of project activities on prevention of hate speech and hate crimes, LGBTI policy and action plans at national level, international cooperation (Rainbow Rights project with a Ministry of Justice of Finland) . Other longstanding international human rights activities of Eduardas includes organization of the ILGA-Europe conference in Vilnius in 2007 and the “Baltic Pride” in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Eduardas is one of the co-founders of the annual National Equality and Diversity Awards running for a six year already.

Eduardas is now involved in finalising the integral elements of the Baltic pride 2019 festival in Vilnius i.e. Pride Voices, International Conference, March for Equality, Pride Park, Pride House and billboard campaign. Norway grants is one of the main institutional supporters and partners of the event.

Eleni Tsetsekou

Lawyer, specialised on minority and antidiscrimination issues is since 2014 the Head of SOGI Unit (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) of the Council of Europe which has for mission to fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe. She was previously dealing with Roma and Travellers issues promoting equality for this population in Member States of the Council of Europe and empowering Roma women as the actor for change.

Elisabeth Stubberud

Gender and sexuality, intersecting identities, multiple discrimination, living conditions for different groups of the LGBTQ populations, indigenous people and national minorities, and decolonial research practices.

About Elisabeth Stubberud: Elisabeth Stubberud is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She completed her doctoral thesis, Au pairing in Norway. The production of a (non-)worker, in 2015. Elisabeth will facilitate the parallel session on LGBTIQ people with indigenous and ethnic minority backgrounds at the 2019 IDAHOT+ Forum.

Evelyne Paradis

– Executive Director of ILGA-Europe
She is responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic direction and management of the organisation. Evelyne joined ILGA-Europe in 2005.

Before becoming ILGA-Europe’s Executive Director, she held the position of Policy Director, coordinating the organisation’s advocacy work with the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Among other things, she led ILGA-Europe’s campaign and lobbying work on the new proposed EU anti-discrimination directive.

Prior to joining ILGA-Europe, Evelyne worked with the UN High Commission for Human Rights, the Council of Europe and human rights NGOs in Canada. She worked as a research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression and Special Representative for human rights defenders, as well as a member of the preparatory team of the World Conference Against Racism. She also led human rights education projects for an international NGO based in Canada for over two years. Originally from Canada, Evelyne holds post-graduate degrees in history, political science and European studies from Canadian and French universities. She completed a Master’s thesis on racial discrimination and citizenship in Europe.

Frida Blomgren

Frida Blomgren has been the State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture since February 2018. She worked previously as Political adviser for vice mayor Hallstein Bjercke, the City of Oslo’s Department for Cultural Affairs and Business Development. She was also Business Development Director and Communication and Marketing Manager for the 2018 X Games Oslo/X Games Norway.

Frida Blomgren has carried out upper secondary school, three-year specialization in economic subjects in Vänersborg, Sweden, International Relations in University of Gothenburg and Human Resources & Administration in Norwegian School of Economics.

Hallvard Gorseth

Norwegian national, with Council of Europe for 12 years, since 2017 Head of Anti-Discrimination Department and Head of Department a.i. for the Roma and Travellers Team, previously 5 years working as Adviser to Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General. Lawyer, previously worked with social rights, free movement of persons, trafficking in human beings.

Ketil Slagstad

MD, Graduate student in the history of medicine, University of Oslo
Ketil Slagstad is a physician and former editor of the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the history of medicine at the University of Oslo where he is researching the history of transsexuality and transgender.

Kitty Anderson

Kitty Anderson is an intersex activist based in Iceland. She is the president of Intersex Iceland and Co-chair of Organisation Intersex International Europe (OII Europe). In the past she served on the Icelandic Ministry of Welfares Queer committee from 2014-2016, on the board of Samtökin 78 – The national queer organisation of Iceland from 2015-2018 and as president of the Icelandic Human Rights Centre from 2016-2018. Since 2015 she has been involved in a working group, drafting SOGIESC legislation that was put before the Icelandic Parliament in early 2019. She has been involved in advocacy for both the PACE intersex resolution in 2017 and the European Parliaments intersex resolution of 2019.

Leo Mulió Alvarez

Health Officer, Transgender Europe (TGEU), Psychologist and trans activist
I am a psychologist, a trans activist and the current health officer at Transgender Europe (TGEU). I come from Madrid where I have worked with different organisations in the field of health for the development of legislation, raised awareness on depathologisation, delivered training programs and provided mental health support for trans people and their families.

Maria Jahrmann Bjerke

Maria Jahrmann Bjerke has been State Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Care Services since September 2017. She has previously worked as Adviser for the Conservative Party’s parliament group and been Acting State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. She worked also as adviser/legal practitioner, health and care services for the Country Governor of Oslo and Akershus.

Maria Jahrmann Bjerke has carried out Master of Laws degree from the University and Oslo.

Marianne Hagen

Marianne Hagen has been State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since November 2017. She has previously worked as Head of Communications at the Royal Court and as Adviser for the CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. She has been a member of Akershus County Council and Executive Board and has held various posts in the Conservative Party in Akershus County.

Marianne Hagen has carried out undergraduate studies in Political Science and Law.
She has board membership experience from four sectors: culture, health, energy and finance. She has also been Deputy Chair of DNB Savings Bank Foundation and Chair of the Board of Dextra Musica.

Marie Vikdal

MD, PhD
Senior Adviser, Department of Classifications and Terminology in Healthcare, The Norwegian Directorate for eHealth
Cand.med 2000
Registrar in surgery until 2009. Research, and PhD in cancer treatment until 2015.
Senior adviser at the Department of Classifications and Terminology in Healthcare since 2016. Representative for the Norwegian Medical Association in several earlier, and current position. Member of Family Development Committee in WHO-FIC since 2017. Norway`s representative at The Nordic WHO-FIC Classification Centre (NordClass) Board since 2018.

I was invited to speak as our department is responsible for the yearly update and adaptation of ICD-10, to fit use in Norway. We will present our suggestion for altering the current gender incongruence codes in ICD-10 in Norway.

Marie-Anne Valfort

Marie-Anne Valfort is a Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics and University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She devotes her research to diversity and inclusion, which includes measuring discriminations, isolating their causes, evaluating their consequences, and devising efficient anti-discrimination policies. Since October 2016, Marie-Anne is in charge of the OECD work on LGBTI inclusion (Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs). She recently wrote the special chapter of the 2019 edition of Society at Glance that provides a comprehensive overview of data and evidence on the size of sexual and gender minorities and the socio-economic situation of LGBT people in OECD countries. She is currently working on two extensions: a report that analyzes where OECD countries are standing in terms of enacting LGBTI-inclusive laws and policies, and a randomized control trial to evaluate the impact of school-based interventions to reduce LGBTI-phobia. Since January 2017, Marie-Anne is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the French inter-ministerial delegation for the fight against racism, antisemitism and anti-LGBT hatred (DILCRAH – Délégation Interministérielle à la Lutte Contre le Racisme, l’Antisémitisme et la Haine anti-LGBT).

Mikkel Eskil Mikkelsen

Mikkel Eskil Mikkelsen was elected into the Sámi Parliament in Norway in 2017, as one of the first openly queer Sámi Parliament representatives. Mikkelsen is the head of the work on the Sámi Parliament’s first LGBT plan.

Miltos Pavlou

Miltos Pavlou is Senior Programme Manager of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). His areas of expertise include social inclusion and integration of migrants and minorities, hate crime and extremism, racism and discrimination, migrant integration, asylum and migration policy, Roma and Travelers, rights of LGBTI persons, equality and social cohesion policies, social surveys and qualitative research. Before joining the FRA he was Senior Investigator at the Greek Ombudsman Office, Head of the Institute for Rights Equality and Diversity and of the RED Network combating racism & xenophobia. As a socio-legal researcher and analyst, with several publications on migrant integration, migration policies, hate crime, racism and discrimination. He has led and implemented multi-national research and advocacy initiatives combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance. Among others, he managed the FRA EU LGBT I and II Survey, as well as the ‘Professionally speaking’ large scale qualitative research about the views and experiences of professionals and duty bearers on the rights of LGBT persons in the EU (2015).

Mitja Blažič

Mitja Blažič is an LGBT-human rights activist and a journalist. He worked for 15 years as a professional journalist on several fields at the national public broadcaster Radio Slovenia, mainly in the morning, daily, night and educational program. From 2000 he is active on the field of LGBT human rights. He was a co-founder, chairman and board member of DIH – Association for integration of homosexuality. As NGO representative he was a member of the Slovene National AIDS Committee at the Ministry of Health (2008-2010), member of editorial board preparing the National strategy for HIV/ADIS prevention 2010 – 2014 and coordinator of the NGO part of the national HIV/aids prevention campaign Spread the word, not the virus! for youth and men who have sex with men (MSM). As a volunteer he co-organized the first 10 Pride Parades in Ljubljana (2001 – 2010). He was coordinator of campaign For all Families (2009 – 2011), and coordinator of outreach activities in two national referendums (2012, 2015) about laws regulating same sex partnerships and rainbow families. He is a certified national trainer of human rights, Compass, Council of Europe (2006), with more than 500 performed human rights workshops in youth centers and schools. From 2010 he works as a program coordinator at the Association Informational Centre Legebitra. He was active on the field of HIV-prevention and testing. In 2014 and 2015 he coordinated a legal project DIKE – Empowerment of LGBT Persons and NGOs for the Elimination of Systemic and Structural Discrimination of LGB people, Enhancement of Active Citizenship, Rule of Law, Democracy and Social Justice, cofounded by EEA Grants, followed in 2016 by JUSTICE, funded by the US Embassy. In 2017 and 2018 he coordinated a program of services and advocacy for LGBT elders. He is a member of Interministerial Commission on Human Rights at the Slovene Foreign Ministry as one of the two representatives of NGOs. From 2018 he is managing the first LGBT Youth Center in Slovenia (Youth Center Legebitra).

Monica Lillebakken

I work as a Police Chief Inspector and leader of the Hate Crime Unit in Oslo Police District. This group is primarily an investigation group and I have been the leader of this group since it was established in 2014. I have been working with investigation since 2002.

In 2015 I took the CEPOL course in Hate Crime. I have participated in different working groups who among other things have prepared a national guide for registration of Hate Crime for the Norwegian Police, and developed the first Hate Crime Study at the National Police Academy.

Rosa Monteiro

Current Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality of the XXI Constitutional Government of the Portuguese Republic.

She has a degree in Sociology from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and a master’s degree in Family and Social Systems from the Miguel Torga Institute in Coimbra. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology of the State, Law and Administration, from the Faculty of Economics and the Center for Social Studies both of the University of Coimbra. She is a researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, at the Center for Social Policies, Labor and Inequalities, and a professor at the Miguel Torga Institute in Coimbra.

She is an expert on Gender Equality and Women’s Studies, recognized by the European Institute for Gender Equality. She was vice-president of the Portuguese Association of Studies on Women between 2012 and 2015. She has been Councilor in the Municipal Council of Viseu between 2013 and 2017. She was advisor to the Minister in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister in the areas of gender equality and citizenship, from 2015 to October 2017.
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Snežana Samardžić-Marković

Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković is since February 2012 the Council of Europe’s Director General for Democracy. She graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology. She has held numerous positions in the Serbian Governement including as Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Neighbouring Countries, Assistant Minister of Defence (2005-2007) and Minister of Youth and Sport (2007-2012).

Under her leadership the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Democracy (“DGII”) supports the Council of Europe in fields which are vital for the sustainability of democracy: ensuring respect for human dignity without discrimination on the basis of human rights standards; improving the functioning of democratic institutions; and strengthening the democratic competencies of Europe’s citizens and their willingness to engage in the democratic process and promoting respect for diversity in Europe’s societies. Several DGII programmes support inclusion and fight discrimination, tackle hate speech and ensure the human rights of all Europeans are respected, including the LGBT community and other vulnerable groups.

Thor Kleppen Sættem

Thor Kleppen Sættem was appointed state secretary at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security on 20 December 2016. He came from a position as state secretary in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. During the period 2004-2013, he worked for the Conservative Party`s secretariat at the Parliament.

Sættem holds an Master of Laws from the University of Oslo

Trine Skei Grande

Trine Skei Grande has been the Minister of Culture since January 2018 and got new title from January 2019 as Minister og Culture and Equality. She was previously deputy member for Oslo County, and multiple periods as member of the Storting for Oslo County.

Trine Skei Grande carried out Economics, one-year foundation-level subject at the University of Trondheim, Political science, intermediate level subject at the University of Oslo and History, one-year foundation-level subject at the University of Oslo.

In 1995 she was awarded by The Royal Norwegian Society for Development’s Medal of for the work dedicated to promoting children and young people.

She has also professional experience as teacher, Secretary-General and lecturer.