Steering Committee & Portfolios


ILGA World BITWY Steering Committee Positions & ILGA Oceania Portfolio Positions

The Bisexual, Intersex, Trans, Women & Youth (BITWY) Steering Committee Chairs are elected to the ILGA World Board along with region Co-convenors, which make up the ILGA World Board headed by two Co-Secretary Generals. 

The ILGA Oceania Region is most proud of our previous Co-Convenor Tuisina Ymania Brown - Congratulations! Tuisina is Oceania's first Co-Secretary General  elected to the highest position of ILGA World! 

The ILGA Oceania Region is also most proud of two of it's members - Congratulations -  Rawa Karetai & Tony Briffa who were elected at the ILGA World Conference in Wellington as Chairs of the Bisexual (Rawa) and Intersex (Tony) steering committees.  

Portfolios 1 - 5 will be working with  representatives from other ILGA World regions in BITWY committees. 

1. ILGA Oceania Bisexual position works with ILGA World's Bisexual Steering Committee - Misty Farquhar 

2. ILGA Oceania Intersex Portfolio works with ILGA World's Intersex Steering Committee - Mani B. Mitchell 

3. ILGA Oceania Trans Portfolio works with ILGA World's Trans Steering Committee - Phylesha Brown-Acton

4. ILGA Oceania Women's Portfolio works with ILGA World's Women's Steering Committee - Bess Hepworth 

5. ILGA Oceania Youth Portfolio works with ILGA World's Youth Steering Committee,

 Amasai Jeke 

The following portfolios do not work with any ILGA World BITWY Committees, but are important roles in raising awareness about the needs,  issues and experiences of Elderly & Aging LGBTQI+ peoples, Indigenous LGBTQI+ Peoples and LGBTQI+ people with disabilities in the Oceania region. 

6. ILGA Oceania Elder Portfolio 

Kenneth Moala 

7. ILGA Oceania Indigenous Portfolio

Dr. Vanessa Lee

In Wellington at the SGM 2019, a Disability portfolio was created and a focal person was appointed to work alongside the ILGA Oceania Board in establishing this  position constitutionally. 

8. ILGA Oceania Disability Portfolio 

Margherita Coppolino 

The Portfolio holders will take responsibility for the direction of that Portfolio within the ILGA Oceania region, and to represent the interests of that Portfolio also in the ILGA Oceania region.

 Constitutionally ILGA Oceania also has also regional/country representation consisting of  board members from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, these regions hold 2 positions each to the ILGA Oceania Board:

Australia:  Emily Dwyer & Simon Margan

New Zealand:  Mani Bruce Mitchell & Rawa Karetai

Pacific region:  Vaito’a Toelupe & Laurent Garnier-Regal

The above regional board members can be a ILGA World BITWY Steering Committee Regional member, or a ILGA Oceania Portfolio holder, but cannot be a ILGA World BITWY Steering Committee Regional member or a ILGA Oceania Portfolio holder and be the Chair of a ILGA World BITWY Steering Committee.

ILGA Oceania will convene its Conference, held in Noumea - New Caledonia 2020, hosted by local organisations and partners, the ILGA Oceania Conference Convenor is:

  • Laurent Garnier-Regal  

ILGA Oceania Board Sub-Committees are as follows:

  • Conferencing  
  • Governance  
  • Communications  
  • Financial, Audit & Risk (FARC).

Portfolio Interactions

ILGA World at it's World Conference in Bangkok 2016 passed proposals to replace the Secretariats with Committees. 

Portfolio Job Descriptions

Some Portfolio Job Descriptions are available below in the Downloads section of this page and and if you have any questions, email them to ilgaoceania2019@gmail.com 

Other portfolio job descriptions are currently being created.