Laurindo Garcia founded the B-Change Group in 2011 motivated by a wish to support the well-being of diverse communities, and use to alternative models and methodologies in order to enable this work to be sustained in the long-term.
He is an accomplished community advocate and communications specialist based in the Philippines and openly living with HIV for over 10 years. He serves on the board of B-Change's units in Manila, New York and Singapore and leads the Group by carrying executive duties.
In 2011 he was the first Asian gay man in 17 years to address an international forum and be open about his HIV status. Laurindo has shared the stage with U.S President Bill Clinton and Nobel prize winner Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, among other public health and human rights champions.
After working in technology, media and communications for over 20 years he is regarded as a well respected expert in harnessing technology for social change with a specialisation in social justice, diversity and health for marginalised groups, especially youth, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people and people living with HIV.
Laurindo’s work is complemented by broad public and private sector experience in consumer-products and service industries across 8 countries worldwide, including Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, the U.K and U.S. Laurindo has been a contributor to the Huffington Post and is a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum. In 2016 Laurindo was inducted into the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurs and spoke at the Millennials Impact Conference in Washington D.C.