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.
Digital Media Fellow 2016
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.
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).
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.
Bev Palesa Ditsie
Bev Palesa Ditsie started her career in television in the 80’s, becoming one of the country’s first child stars at the age of 10. Human rights activism began in her teens as a founding member of the only multiracial lgbti organisation, GLOW. She is the first black lesbian to address the first Pride March in Johannesburg and the first African lesbian to address the United Nations at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China (1996). Besides her well-documented career as a South African human rights activist, Bev has been working in the television and film industry as a director, producer, presenter, actor, and voice-over artist. She has directed countless music videos and her TV directing work includes four seasons of Survivor South Africa, five seasons of Big Brother Africa, and many other reality shows. Documentaries include The Mandela Biography, The Release Mandela Campaign, and a series on people living positively with HIV called Beyond Positive. She produced the award winning documentary film, SIMON & I about her friendship with Gay rights and ANC activist Simon Nkoli. Ditsie has also contributed as a writer to various publications such as Curve and Outright magazines.
For over 10 years Fadzai Muparutsa worked as the Program Manager for Gender for the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) at a time when women represented less than two percent of GALZ’s total membership. Fadzai dedicated her energies to mobilizing lesbian, bisexual and trans women in Zimbabwe. She was GALZ’s main representative within the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe and the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). She has also joined a number of delegations attending the United Nations, AWID and ILGA. She is now the Regional and International Advocacy Officer for the Coalition for African Lesbians based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Roselyn Odoyo is a human rights activist, pan-Africanist, feminist and Kenyan advocate. Her focal advocacy areas are rights of LGBTI persons, sex workers, persons with disabilities, women, rule of law and good governance. She aspires for a just society in which there is equality and non-discrimination for every individual. She previously worked in Human Rights Protection programme in ICJ-Kenya and currently works in the Research and Learning Programme at UHAI-EASHRI also in Kenya. She holds an LLB and a Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.
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.