Selly Thiam is a journalist and oral historian whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS and in the New York Times. She was a producer for the Storycorps Oral History Project, PBS’ Learning Matters and a Carnegie Fellow at the ABC News Investigative Unit. She is the founder and Executive Director of None on Record, a digital media organization documenting the stories of Africans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Gabriela Antunes is a Brazilian human rights feminist activist. She has a law degree focused on International Law and her work focuses on LGBT and Refugee Rights. She has worked in a number of projects partnering with Trans* organisations in Brazil. Gabriela has previously worked in UNHCR Brazil as part of the protection unit, taking part in the working groups for the Free & Equal campaign in the country. She is currently doing her master’s degree on Migration and Intercultural Relations, a part of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Program and intends to delve into the topic of LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Eastern Africa, focusing on their narratives of self-identification.
Mercy Githaiga is a self-driven and diverse individual with experience in research, casework and administration. She has a degree from Kenyatta University -Kenya under the school of Humanities and Social Sciences with a double major in Economics and Sociology. Mercy previously worked for CWS/RSC Africa as a Caseworker where she got to transverse Sub-Saharan Africa conducting resettlement interviews for refugees based in Africa. She is passionate about human rights, humanitarian services, and organizations that focus on service delivery to the minorities and less fortunate.
Training Manager: Special Projects
Rachel Wamoto is an Audiovisual practitioner by day and Professional DJ by Night. With her interests mainly in documentary filmmaking, she’s worked with AFRA- Kenya and Hot Sun Film Foundation in the past documenting the organizations and youth programs among other things. She has had her short film Kuchu Story screened at the BFI London LGBT Film Festival, Race, Privilege & Identity Gathering Bristol and Pink Apple Festival Zurich. She is currently the Training Manager with None On Record’s special projects and is actively learning from great minds. In addition to that, she’s been getting people connected on dance floors all over the world and is planning to keep doing that for the longest time. Rachel has an M.A in Radio, Television and Film Arts from the Communication University of China.
Digital Media Trainer
Leacky Ochieng is a Kenyan LGBTIQ human rights and media advocacy activist. Leacky works with sexual minorities in the western region of Kenya, using art to shed light on the value of LGBTIQ human rights protections. Leacky has written and directed different LGBTIQ stories, such as “An ally” in 2013, “ Port of Smock” in 2015, and “In love with Gay man” in 2016. Leacky has been working as part of None on Record’s training and production team since 2014.
Web Producer / Graphic Designer
Kirsti Itameri is a Brooklyn-based photographer, graphic designer and multimedia journalist. She is currently the multimedia producer for MetroFocus and was previously the contributing editor at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Campaign 2012 blog and is also the recipient of a 2012 RFK Europe Journalism Award for I Marched Along, an interactive multimedia project focused on the future of women in post-Revolution Egypt.
Film / Video Producer
Zippy is a Kenyan Filmmaker who has been working in the global industry for over a decade. She has worked on both fiction and Non-Fiction projects filmed in over 20 countries across the continents as a Director, Producer and Editor. She has worked as a director for numerous clients including Universal Studios Singapore and Action Horizons Stunt Company based in Los Angeles. Her short films have screened at the Durban International Film Festival, Pan African film Festival- LA, Armanas Film Festival-Sweden, Afrika Film Festival-Belgium, Images Films Festival for Women-Zimbambwe, EuroAfrica Film Festival-Uganda, Human Rights & Kalasha Film Festivals-Kenya.
She holds a Diploma in Mass Communication (Kenya Institute of Mass Communication – TV Production), a Degree in Public Administration (Islamic University in Uganda – Human Resource Management) and a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA-Film, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts – Asia).
Arts and Culture
Aida Mbowa is an East African cultural producer and a multidisciplinary performance artist who joins None on Record to spearhead the Tamasha arts and culture program and festival. Prior to this, she was an Outreach Director for the BRITDOC Foundation in London; an Outreach Director for Docubox: The East African Documentary Film Fund; and the Artistic Director of Maisha Garden in Uganda. As a theater artist, she trained with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts; she has represented Uganda with the Sundance Institute; and holds a dual PhD in Drama and Humanities from Stanford University in California. A lover of the arts, Aida seeks to build partnerships and support meaningful, impact-driven creative work.
Board of Directors
Bisi Alimi is a Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate who achieved notoriety when he became the first Nigerian to come out of the closet on television. In July 2005, Alimi founded The Independent Project for Equal Rights-Nigeria. He served as Executive Director of this organization where he pioneered several Nigerian LGBT Youth Group initiatives until April 2007. An attempt on Alimi’s life in 2007 prompted his decision to leave Nigeria as continued repression of gay rights and hostile oppositions against LGBT organizations in the country created a grim hope. Now residing in London, Alimi has continued his advocacy on gay rights within migrant African communities. He has worked for organizations in the United Kingdom including Naz Project London, Michael Bell Research and Consultancy and HIV I-Base. Bisi also worked with AHPN, Terrence Higgins Trust and Mesmac in the North East of England to set up a project for newly arrived African gay immigrants to the United Kingdom.
Ryan Ubuntu Olsen
Ryan Ubuntu Olson serves as the International Campaigns Officer to the IDAHO Committee, which helps facilitate the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia in over 120 countries around the world. He currently resides in Washington, D.C., and works as a Program Advisor at Futures Group International where he focuses on health policy as it relates to HIV/AIDS amongst gender and sexual minorities with a focus on several African and Caribbean countries. Olson has spent time living in Nairobi, Kenya developing human rights trainings alongside local LGBT activists as well as in New York, USA working at the United Nations on SOGI Human Rights issues with a progressive NGO. He has spent the past 10 years advocating not only on behalf of gender and sexual minorities, but wherever there are intersections that bind the human spirit.
Roger Ross Williams
Roger Ross Williams directed and produced Music by Prudence winner of the 2010 Academy Award for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Academy Award for directing and producing a film. He has produced and directed dozens of hours of non-fiction programming for major television networks and cable channels. Williams’ current documentary film God Loves Uganda premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards. The film examines American Fundamentalist Evangelicals efforts to spread Christianity and to promote the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which includes penalties of death for gays and lesbians.