IGLYO established its Secretariat in Brussels in 2009 and currently has six full-time staff members who work with the Executive Board in implementing the work plan of the organisation.

Euan Platt
Executive Director

Euan has over ten years’ experience of capacity building and youth empowerment work within the LGBTQI sector. As Executive Co-ordinator he is responsible for managing the secretariat, income generation, building partnerships, organisational development, and supporting the board.

Euan was previously involved with IGLYO through a variety of voluntary roles; first as Conference Facilitator, then as Board Member and finally as Advisor. Euan received his MA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Glasgow and his PG Cert in Community Education from the University of Strathclyde.

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Tudor Kovacs
Capacity Building Officer

Tudor Kovacs’ career has been focused on education, empowerment and the rights and the health of the LGBTQI community. Up until the end of 2014, he was in charge of the operations of ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Male Health, working in advocacy and capacity building for MSM and Trans organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Prior to this, he worked at Population Services International (PSI). As the President of Romania’s LGBT rights organisation Accept, Tudor Kovacs was also part of the group of advocates who contributed to the repeal of Romania’s Criminal Code provision which condemned same-sex relations and gay “propaganda”.

Tudor Kovacs is a gay public speaker and he has well-rounded experience ranging from direct design and implementation of interpersonal communication programs with MSM groups to community-building programming, training and designing training programs and formative and evaluative research.

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Karoline Börner
Finance & Administration Officer

Before joining IGLYO’s staff team, Karo has been involved in LGBTQ work for twelve years, both in Germany and Europe. She had various responsibilities as a volunteer within Lambda Berlin-Brandenburg and Lambda Germany, serving as a member of the board, project co-ordinator, diversity trainer and link to several international partnerships.

In Berlin, Karo has worked the last six years as office manager and member of the project management team of a cultural NPO. As a member of IGLYO’s staff, Karo is responsible for membership management, finances and all administrative tasks. She has been involved with IGLYO since 2011 as delegate to the Annual Members’ Conference, and as member of the Financial Control Committee for the 2014-2015 mandate.

Karo holds a degree in Business Administration/Service Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

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Rubén Ávila
Education Officer

Rubén has been involved in LGBTQI work, in Spain and Europe. He started volunteering at the age of 18 in a Spanish association (Coordinadora Gai i Lesbiana, Stop Sida) and since then he has combined research and social action, focusing on gender and sexual issues. He has conducted research on several LGBTQI matters (such homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, or HIV prevention). His main interests are LGBTQI movements, sexual rights, empowerment, governmentality and subjection processes.

Rubén’s work also involves intervention in the field of LGBTQI rights and sexual health promotion. Throughout his career, he has directed the implementation of community-build programs for sexual health promotion.

Rubén received his MA in Social Psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 2015, he completed his PhD at the same university, which consisted in qualitative analysis of HIV-prevention campaigns addressed to LGBTQI people.

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Catarina Santos (She/her)
Communications Officer

Cat is the one doing all our videos and graphics for social media, making sure that IGLYO’s message is heard loud and clear.

She is also the founder of the international Brussels-based collective and ASBL Guerrilla Resistance, a creative platform facilitating dialogue between oppressed and marginalised communities.

Before, Cat has worked as journalist, writer, consultant, team leader, and facilitator, being involved with the feminist movement, the cooperative movement and human rights groups, mostly through activism and non-formal education.

She studied Communication Sciences and Development and International Relations in Lisbon, Madrid, Aalborg, and Beijing, writing both thesis on gender. Fun fact: she published a poetry book back in Portugal.

Alejandro Hernandez Pulido (He/him)
Membership Engagement Officer

Membership relations and development are Alejandro’s main areas of work. He develops and implements strategies in order to maximize membership engagement to ensure that IGLYO continues developing as strong, engaged and diverse network.

Previously, Alejandro worked at the programmes team of ILGA-Europe as member of the core organising team of their Annual Conferences in 2016 and 2017. He was also part of the Equal Opportunities Office of the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU in 2017 being the main organizer of their IDAHOT event that year.  Alejandro was also responsible for revamping the trainee-led organisation Queer Stagiaires.

He holds a degree in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a Masters in International Security from Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. He was first involved in LGBTI activism with ACATHI, an organisation based in Barcelona (Spain), working for the human rights equality of LGBTQI migrants and asylum seekers.

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