Our vision

TGEU envisions a world free from discrimination where gender diversity is celebrated, where trans people are valued, and where trans movements are self-aware, intersectional, and evolving to meet the needs of a diverse and resilient community.

Our mission

TGEU’s mission is to strengthen the rights and wellbeing of trans people in Europe and Central Asia. We strive to represent the diverse needs of our members within human rights mechanisms, build the capacity and skills of our members to meet the needs of local communities, and develop intersectional and decolonised programmes to build more resilient and connected trans movements.

Our values

We endeavour to build an atmosphere of kindness, trust, safety, appreciation, and cooperation, and emphasise celebrating the resilience and diversity within our communities.
Our overarching aim is having the direction of our work set by people directly affected by the issues at hand. Read our guiding values statement here.

TGEU is a member-based organisation created in 2005. Since then, TGEU has kept growing and established itself as a legitimate voice for the trans community in Europe and Central Asia with 200 member organisations in 48 different countries. 

TGEU is registered as Transgender Europe e.V. With the inclusion of Central Asia in our regional scope in 2018, we mostly use the acronym TGEU in our communications to the public. Today, TGEU has an office in Berlin, Germany, as well as a team of 12 members of staff and a Board.

Our team

TGEU Board 2020 - 2022

The Board (formerly “Steering Committee) is elected every 2 years by our membership and is the governing body of the organisation. On 7 November 2020 TGEU held its General Assembly and elected the Board for the 2020-2022 term. The current Board members are:

Jovan Džoli Ulićević

Montenegro | Co-Chair

Jovan Džoli Ulićević (he/him) is a trans queer man of colour from Montenegro. He is a co-founder and coordinator for community building at Trans Network Balkan. With a strong record of leadership and intersectional justice work, Džoli is committed to supporting TGEU in developing resilience, leadership, and inclusion.


Antonella Lerca


Antonella Lerca (she/her) is a Roma trans woman and sex worker based in Romania. As the current president of SexWorkCall Romania and board member of MozaiQ, she possesses great experience in intersectional and human rights activism at both local and international levels.

Carter Honorée


Carter Honorée (he/him) is a Rwandan trans man and refugee in Belgium. Carter has a wealth of experience in leading teams to success in hostile environments. He is the founder and executive director of Rwanda Gender Pride, and the co-founder of Projekat Solidarno!

Inna Iryskina


Inna Iryskina (she/her) is a trans woman from Ukraine. She is the co-founder of the Post-Soviet Trans*Coalition and trans program coordinator of Insight NGO. With 15 years of trans activism, she has great experience in advocacy, including work with state institutions and UN bodies.

Kristian Ranđelović


Kristian Ranđelović (he/him) is an intersex activist and the current executive director of XY Spectrum in Serbia. He a liaison person for trans and intersex communities and medical teams working with trans people in Belgrade. As a former member of TGEU Board, Kristian was one of the co-authors of the TGEU’s intersex policy.

Lenny Emson


Lenny Emson (s_he/he/him) is a bi-gender trans activist based in Ukraine. Lenny has vast project management skills as well as knowledge in strategic and operating communications. Currently, he is a communication officer at the National LGBTI Conference of Ukraine and a member of the ITF’s Grant Making Panel.

Sara R Phillips


Sara Phillips (she/her) is a trans woman from Ireland and the current chair of TENI. She is a seasoned leader with over 28 years of experience in activism, advocacy, corporate and financial management, and community development within diverse trans communities in Ireland and Europe.


Anwar - Senior Programmes Officer

Anwar Ogrm

Acting Co-Director

Anwar is an activist from France, combining different struggles, such as queer and trans rights, gender equality and anti-racism. Back in Paris, Anwar was engaged in several grassroots organisations addressing racism as well as queerphobia from an intersectional perspective.

Advocacy work and empowerment for queer and trans Muslim people is one of his priorities. As Senior Programmes Officer, Anwar is behind most of our relationship with the membership, supporting our members and ensuring TGEU’s projects and programmes are tailored to their needs and priorities.

Languages: French, English, German, Moroccan Dialect

Milena Papakoch

Acting Co-Director

Milena was born in North Macedonia and lived many years in Bulgaria and Greece. S_he is an LGBTI activist and is involved in many informal support groups in the Balkans. Milena has great experience and expertise in operational matters. Before joining TGEU, Milena worked for the leading human rights organisations in North Macedonia as a Finance Officer and Finance Manager. Milena also has experience in Social Entrepreneurship and services for marginalised groups. Milena received an MBA in European Management from ESCEM, France.

Languages: Macedonian, English, Bulgarian, ex Yugoslav (Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Croatian) and basic Greek

Zhan Chiam

Zhan Chiam

Deputy Director

Zhan has held legal, policy, and advocacy roles in NGOs, the Australian government and private legal practice, including Asylum Access Thailand, INTERIGHTS, UNHCR Pakistan and ILGA World. In 2015, he created ILGA’s Gender Identity and Expression Programme and led the Trans Legal Mapping Report from 2017-2019.

Zhan is currently on the board of the International Trans Fund and the advisory committee of Canada’s ACTIF Fund.

Born in Singapore, he left to pursue a career in human rights and has lived and worked in 8 countries. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.

Languages: Chinese languages, English. 

Richard Köhler

Advocacy Director

Richard oversees TGEUs policy and advocacy work at the European level and has been a trans activist for more than a decade. 

Starting with TGEU as a member of the steering committee he has continuously initiated change to develop the structure and policy of TGEU drawing from his wide experience in international project management and NGO consultancy. 

Richard holds a degree in Law in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (LL.M). He has a background in International Business Administration with specialisation on NGOs in Russian-speaking countries.

Languages: German, English, Russian, some French.

Lukas Berredo

Senior Communications Officer

Lukas is an activist from Brazil. Throughout his 15 years of activism, he had the opportunity to work in different organisations in Brazil, Chile, China, and Germany. He studied multimedia design and communications and got a master’s degree in “International Relations.”

Lukas joined TGEU in 2016 and coordinated the TvT project until 2020. He took on the role of Senior Communications Officer in 2021.

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, some German, and some Chinese mandarin.

Daniyar Orsekov

Senior EECA Programme Officer

Daniyar started his activist journey in 2004 in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. In 2009, Daniyar became the founder of national LGBT organisation Kyrgyz Indigo and worked for 10 years as its Executive Director.

Since 2020 Daniyar has been working at international organisation ECOM as an advocacy coordinator and contributed to capacity building and expert agency of transgender people of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Languages: English, Russian, Kyrgyz

Miles Tanhira

Community Building Officer

Founder of Queerstion Media, Miles is a journalist  and brings over 10 years of experience within media & communication, LGBTQ and migration activism.

Miles holds a Masters in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, BSc in Political Science  and a BA in Communication Science.

He has worked previously for RFSL as coordinator  for a Global LGBT Leadership training Rainbow Leaders  as well as Editor for Soginews global LGBT news site.

Miles wants to amplify the voices of trans migrants  in Europe through an intersectional perspective.

Languages: English, Shona, and Swedish.

Farah Abdi

Asylum & Communications Officer

Farah came to Europe in the end of 2012, fleeing fear of persecution because of her gender identity. Her work as an activist began as a way to combat the rise in xenophobia, racism, islamophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

Farah has worked relentlessly over the last 8 years to tell the unheard stories of refugees. She wrote and published her first autobiography, “Never Arrive,” in 2015. She has also written columns on immigration for publications like Malta Today and the New Internationalist.

Farah looks forward to contributing to TGEU and bringing a new perspective.

Languages: English, Kiswahili, and some German. 

Francesca Sanders

Policy Officer

Francesca’s work at TGEU cuts across a variety of topics including combating anti-trans violence and the protection of trans people in the labour market.

Originally from Australia, Francesca’s background is in macroeconomics. Prior to joining TGEU, their work focused on international development policy, gender equality in the labour market, and Australia’s engagement with international financial institutions. She studied at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, the Australian National University, and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan.

Languages: English, German, some Japanese.

Vanya Solovey

EECA Advocacy & Programme Officer

Vanya has previously worked with TGEU as a translator and interpreter, and will now join as EECA Officer. He comes from Russia and has experience in grassroots leftist, feminist, queer, and trans activism.

With a background in linguistics and gender studies, Vanya has written his doctoral thesis on the feminist movement in Russia.

Languages: English, Russian, German, French, and some Czech. 

Paulie Amanita

HIV Project Officer

Paulie Amanita is a Colombian researcher and activist openly living with HIV in Europe. With a background in molecular microbiology and biomedicine, Amanita conducted research in Plant pathology and Cell stress response for over 10 years.

Amanita worked as a consultant for Gilead Science as a specialist on HIV/AIDS advocacy and was the Chairwoman and project manager of TransAktion until winter 2021.

Languages: Spanish, English, and French.

Deekshitha Ganesan

Policy Officer

Deekshitha works primarily on the portfolios of health and responding to the anti-gender movement.

Deekshitha is originally from India and is a lawyer by training. Prior to joining TGEU, she worked as a research and litigation associate at the Centre for Law and Policy Research in India, focusing on transgender rights, disability rights, and equality and non-discrimination.

Languages: English, Tamil, Hindi. 

Alina Kolosova

Grant/Operations Officer

Alina Kolosova is trans rights activist, the co-founder of initiative in Tajikistan and FemAgora in Kazakhstan with more than seven years in human rights advocacy and over two decades working in finance, corporate governance, and grant management. She worked for intergovernmental humanitarian, international post-war reconstruction and development organisations, private bank, public-private partnerships, and multilateral projects, for USAID among many. Alina is an Economics, Tax Law, Audit, and Evaluation expert, particularly in institutional policy design, operational capacity-building, risk assessment, and development of a blueprint for organisation’s financial sustainability.

Languages: Russian, English, Farsi, basic Uzbek 


Sebastian Rowlands

Senior Advisor on Resilience and Backlash

As Senior Advisor on Resilience and Backlash, Sebastian will support TGEU to combat the anti-gender movement. With eight years’ experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, global health, and LGBTQI+ rights, their interest lies in the intersection of gender and violence, sexuality, social norms, and marginalisation.

Maroš Matiaško

Maroš Matiaško

Strategic Litigation

Maroš is a human rights lawyer specialising in public interest litigation. He completed his legal studies in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands and has collaborated with various domestic and international NGOs. Between 2016 and 2018 he worked at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights.

With more than ten years of experience in strategic litigation, including in the field of trans rights, Maroš will support TGEU in preparing submissions with international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies and in the development of individual and collective litigation.


Find here TGEU statutes, activity reports, strategic plan and policies, and a fact sheet.
Find here TGEU Visual Guidelines.