Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of Equal Asia Foundation – a regional LGBTIQ+ non-profit think-tank and innovations incubator with offices in Amsterdam and Bangkok. Equal AF’s work is focused on future scoping and future-proofing around issues such as ageing, climate change, mental health, and economic citizenship for LGBTIQ+ communities in Asia. Ryan has worked in the non-profit and management consulting space for over 18 years and is a formerly displaced person. At Equal AF, Ryan leads regional and national multi-specialisation initiatives that address some of the deep-seated inequities in the LGBTIQ+ movement. In 2018, Ryan was selected as a Human Rights Campaigns Global Innovator. In 2019, Thomson Reuters Foundation named him a Global Changemaker for his work. In 2020, the Resource Alliance recognised him as a Global Change accelerator. Ryan sits on several International LGBTIQ+ advisory and mentorship groups. Ryan is the deputy chair of the women, gender and diversity working group of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. He is also a Co-Chair of the Forcibly Displaced People Network in Australia. He is an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He has trained in clinical trials at the London School of Tropical Medicine and population ageing at the University of Oxford.
Mrs/Dr. Semjidmaa Choijil (PhD)
Executive Director, Psychological Responsiveness NGO, Mongolia
founder and Executive Director, Equal Asia Foundation
Representative Director, J-ALL (Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation)
Founder of #Nandenaino Project Co-chair of CIPATEC Deputy Representative of FIFTYS PROJECT
Advocacy Officer, JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Organization in Family Planning)