Shireen has a passion for women’s rights and social change, having held multiple leadership positions in organisations working to end violence against women, and in the fields of human resources and organisational development. She is the founder of Ikhala Women’s Investment Circle, advising on issues of sustainability, fundraising and organizational effectiveness. She also advises on gender and women’s rights. Shireen is an innovative, practical thinker and holds multiple academic qualifications in the fields of Law, Business and Human Resources.
Robert is an artist, father, and gender activist. His fine-art work is concerned with issues of masculinity and transgender activism. His work also focuses on sex work, and since 2011, he has been producing a series of photographic works and advocacy tools with Leigh Davids, a trans sex-work activist of The Sistaaz Hood support group at the sex-work rights-organisation SWEAT. Robert is also a founding member of Gender DynamiX, a trans-led advocacy organisation based in Cape Town.
Thato studied at the University of Cape Town, where she joined The Trans Collective in search of liberation and fulfillment. Graduating from there with a Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science in 2016, she now works for one of the major financial services firms in South Africa. She uses her free time to identify ways in which she could use her skill set and experiences to benefit the broader black trans-feminist movement.
Thembani became an Iranti board member in 2016 and is currently working as a key member of a public institution. Previously he was the Regional Policy Advisor at Norwegian Church Aid’s Southern Africa Policy Office and before that he worked at the Commission for Gender Equality. He has a passion for human rights promotion and social justice. He holds a Master of Arts in Gender, Health & Religion from UKZN.
Julius is the executive director of Support Initiative for People with atypical sex Development (SIPD) Uganda, which works to advocate for and support intersex persons in the region. Julius played a key role in the campaign against Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill, testifying in the US Congress and doing extensive advocacy on the matter in Kenya, South Africa, and Europe. His passion is to see a world where every human being is treated with dignity and without discrimination on any basis.
Mzikazi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Head of the School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a NRF Y-rated scientist and has co-authored 53 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has worked as a high school and university educator, facilitator and trainer in the fields of health, education, and social development. Mzikazi is a research partner with the AIDS Foundation and Accountability International. She also coordinates a network of Southern African academics researching sexual orientation and gender identity.
ADVISORY BOARD: STRATEGY
is with Spring Strategies and works to strengthen social justice leaders, organizations and movements globally by supporting them grow, thrive and lead change. Her approach is both down-to-earth and transformative and combines challenging conversations, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking with a drive for practicality and excellence. Spring Strategies specializes in Integral Coaching® of executives and in-tact teams, organizational capacity development, financial sustainability, future trend analysis and scenario planning and integrally informed facilitation. Recent clients include Hivos Netherlands, Ford Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, CREA and Breakthrough in India, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Soul City in South Africa, Global Fund for Women in the US and Greenpeace International, among many other social justice organizations and foundations globally. Ellen was the executive director of Mama Cash (2001-2004), a dynamic foundation based in Amsterdam, and from 1992-2001 held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Currently she is the chair of Women Win Foundation and is on the board of Meta Integral Foundation. She holds a Masters in Development Studies, a Masters in Business Administration and is an Integral Master Coach™. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada. Ellen Sprenger coaches Jabu Pereira, and assists Iranti with its strategic framing.
ADVISORY BOARD: MEDIA
is Assistant Professor of English and affiliate faculty of Sexuality Studies, Asian American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Film Studies at The Ohio State University. Their/his research focuses on new strategies for transgender, queer, and gender & sexual non-conforming transnational cultural activism at the turn of the 21st century, with the shift towards cultural economies facilitated by globally networked media technologies. Along with academic work, is an independent curator, whose media projects have screened with the 6-8 Months Project, hosted by Kara Walker Studios in New York City, the New York MIX 24 Queer Experimental Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater in Columbus, and the Asian Pacific American Institute of New York University. Prior to graduate studies, was a labor organizer, popular literacy educator, event planner, and fundraiser with San Francisco/Bay Area community organizations working to address immigrant sweatshop labor and anti-LGBTQ violence. In conversation with IRANTI, hopes to help build community-based strategies for safety using cell phones and shared knowledge on local and regional cross-media-based activisms for social justice. Jian works with Iranti in shaping its “new media” approaches and closes work on the development of transnational media activism.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
is a research activist in land and agrarian reform in South Africa, a facilitator of multi-stakeholder initiatives for sustainable development and passionate about tapping into people’s potential as active citizens, leaders, and drivers of their own development. Indonesian-Dutch - PhD - queer - feminist.
is based in the Political Studies Department at Wits University, where she is currently completing her doctoral studies. A feminist scholar and activist, her research work has spanned the East and Horn of Africa countries, most recently in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Somaliland, where she collaboratively researched on community activism strategies and practices with a number of feminist grassroots movements. She has served in consultative and advisory capacities within a number of civil society organisations in eastern and southern Africa. Her research interests are in the areas of feminist theory and politics, land and agrarian studies, postcolonial queer feminist theory, and African politics, and she has contributed several journal articles, book chapters and opinion pieces in these thematic areas. She serves on the board of Artists for Recognition and Acceptance (AFRA), a Nairobi-based women’s art collective, the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network – Kenya Chapter), and chairs the Board of Iranti in South Africa.
is an attorney, practicing in Pretoria. She is the director of Nefuri Attorneys a law firm established to focus more the injustices faced by LGBTI persons. Nefuri Attorneys has handled a number of LGBTI cases aimed at protecting rights. The main goal and priority of the firm is to protect the human rights of LGBTI persons. There have been successful litigation outcomes in the Boni Mtshali case (a lesbian assaulted at Carlton Centre), High Court Applications on in vitrocandidates, divorce and custody cases.
is the curator of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. In consultation with architects, historians, film-makers, picture researchers and graphic designers, she is responsible for the ongoing expansion of the permanent exhibition. She also curates temporary exhibitions as a regular feature of the museum’s public programme and publishes exhibition catalogues and educational materials. To date, she has curated the following major temporary exhibitions:From Apartheid to Democracy: Celebrating 10 years of democracySeparate is not Equal: the struggle for equal education in AmericaBalancing Act: South African gay and lesbian youth speak outWitness to 1976: the 1976 uprisings through the eyes of photographer Peter MagubaneOur Triumphs and Our Tears: women’s struggles in 20th century South AfricaMalibongwe: Let us praise the women – photographs of veteran women activists by Gisele WulfsohnBiko: The Quest for a True HumanityMandela: Comrade, Leader, Negotiator, Prisoner, StatesmanOliver Reginald Tambo: The Modest Revolutionary 1917-1993All of the above exhibitions are currently on display in venues in South Africa or in other countries. A French version of the Mandela exhibition opened at the City Hall in Paris, and a Spanish version is currently touring South America. Emilia has initiated various education publications which draw on the museum’s contents, including a high school resource pack, and a series of comic books for younger readers. She also oversees the educational experience of the many school students who visit the museum. She is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to understand South Africa’s history, and to draw on the crucial lessons that this offers. She remains committed to fighting against racism and discrimination wherever she encounters it.
is a black post-op transsexual man. He started his human rights activism in 2007. He is passionate about gender, sexuality, HIV and AIDS issues. He worked as outreach officer at Gender DynamiX from 2008 until 2011. Tebogo is the founder and director of Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA). TIA is an advocacy organization that primarily focuses on Black transgender and intersex issues in Black townships and rural areas in South Africa. It has many regional partnerships. Tebogo is also the co-founder of Transitioning Africa which focuses on supporting a growing transgender and intersex movement in the region. This network advocates for the human rights of transgender and intersex people. He was a member of the Iranti board and contributed to the strategic vision of Iranti’s regional media advocacy and the advancement of transgender and intersex persons in Africa.
Research associate. Neo Musangi, previous Iranti program associate, was born in Mwingi, Kenya. Musangi lives between Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya. Musangi is currently a Doctoral Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Besides being a researcher and an ardent blogger, Musangi is a Queer activist, the Program Associate at Iranti and sits on the Advisory Board of US-based Queer African Youth Networking Centre (QAYN).