Chong Si Min, Engagement

Si Min is in charge of content creation and strategic planning at the B-Change Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & English Studies from the University of Melbourne.

 
laurindo@b-change.org

Bryan Choong, Engagement

Bryan Choong began his involvement in Singapore LGBTQ movement in 2005 when he joined Oogachaga, Singapore's largest counselling and support organisation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community as a volunteer. He was its first Executive Director from 2009 to 2015.

As a trained counsellor, Bryan provides counselling and support to the LGBTQ individuals in Singapore. He also conducted professional training for social service, healthcare provider and corporate partners to raise the awareness of issues related to LGBTQ.  Bryan feels that it is a privilege to be able to work on LGBTIQ issues in Singapore and Southeast Asia.


Interns

Ira Briones

Ira is currently taking her master’s degree at New York University, where she studies how digital data in cities can strengthen initiatives for vulnerable populations. Prior to moving to New York City from Manila, Ira worked with organizations in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region on sexual and gender minority issues. Ira also had a brief stint as a training and assessment professional in the private sector.

 


Board of Trustees (Manila)*

Benedict Bernabe

Former Community Facilitator for UNAIDS Philippines with previous experience in investment research and strategy. Benedict recently completed his Masters degree in Development Studies at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

Board of Directors (New York)*

 

 

 

Stevenson Uy

Managing Partner of Uy & De Guzman Attorneys as well as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Specialist in corporate and labor matters, patent and trademark registration, and regulations on intellectual property.

Leigh Pasqual

Leigh Pasqual has spent more than a decade working on women’s rights issues, as a writer, communications strategist, and gender advocate. She has worked with the United Nations and with nonprofit organisations in the United States and other countries on issues such as CEDAW, violence against women, gender and HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights, and effective communication in the development field. 

Leigh holds a degree in European Studies from the National University of Singapore and a Masters degree in European History from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She continues to consult with organisations on a broad range of development issues, and is the founder of a non-profit organisation - Good for Girls - dedicated to empowering girls and supporting their education. She is also proud to have been associated with the B-Change group since its inception.

A native of Singapore, Leigh now lives in New York City with her husband, 2 daughters and chocolate lab.

 

Tobias Boonstoppel

Tobias is the co-founder of Curiator, a platform for art enthusiasts to collect and discover fine art online. Prior to being an entrepreneur Tobias worked as a Software Engineer for Google where he was part of the Google Maps and later the Research team.

Tobias is Dutch, grew up in Switzerland and has been living in New York since 2007.

 

T. Jason Ortiz

T. Jason Ortiz most recently was the Senior Business Manager managing the build out JP Morgan Asia-Pacific Commercial Banking International unit.

In early 2011, he was asked to relocate from New York to Singapore with Deutsche Bank Singapore (his former employer) to help build out the commodities franchise in region and focus on new business strategy. With his interests in developing banking infrastructure, he has also been instrumental in originating and establishing LGBT inclusion strategies. He served as the Regional Chairperson for dbPride Asia-Pacific where he aided in the start up of chapters in six locations: Manila, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and India.

He also serves as an advisor and resource to several companies regarding LGBT inclusion practices. He has presented at both the 2013 Out and Equal Summit in Minneapolis and 2013 Pride in Practice LGBT Workplace Conference in Sydney. He was instrumental in planning the inaugural agenda for the Out on the Street Hong Kong Summit. For Out and Equal, Jason has been a member of the Global Corporate Advisory Committee. Jason is an alumni of Dartmouth College where he gained his BA in exchange for losing his Texan accent; he is a native Houstonian.

Michael Bäk

A civil society development and social inclusion expert based in Thailand who works throughout the Asia region. He spent 13 years with USAID and has experience across all of Southeast and East Asia. In 2012 he designed UNDP and USAID’s flagship Being LGBT in Asia initiative, their largest and highest profile programme to date that works to protect and support the human rights of LGBT people in Asia so that they can enjoy full and equal participation in their societies. He is an expert in human rights, civil society development, and civic participation.

 

Sha-Mayn Teh

Sha-Mayn worked as a software engineer and manager at Google for over 11 years in 3 different locations.

She launched the first Google-powered version of Translate in California, was part of the initial team to set up the Beijing office, and managed a data analytics team in AdWords New York.

She is a native Singaporean currently based in New York City.

 

Board of Directors (Singapore)*

Johnson Ong

Johnson has been a marketing and social media professional for the last 12 years handling a variety of accounts for sports, lifestyle and consumer brands.

In 2013, he founded the Singapore office of Schmuzter, a social media agency with clients such as Infiniti cars, Greenfields Milk, 1-Altitude and others, growing the social media platforms for these major brands.

As a gay rights advocate, he lead the publicity for Repeal 377A, bringing gay rights and issues to the forefront of Singapore's social and political landscape.

Johnson is also an international DJ and producer, and a Billboard Top 10 remixer, who has travelled around Asia and the world performing in clubs and parties. He was also an ambassador for Singapore's Pink Dot movement in 2009.


* - Note of Disclosure: B-Change Founder Laurindo Garcia serves on the board of B-Change's units in Manila, New York and Singapore. He carries full-time executive duties to lead the Group towards its mission.


Advisory Board

Delia Browne

Online education specialist and international copyright expert. Holds the position of National Copyright Director for Schools and TAFEs, Ministerial Council on Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs. Co-founder and President of Peer-2- Peer Online University.

Kathryn Bunn

Urban development expert, designer and human rights advocate. Currently a Masters degree candidate in Urban Governance and Management. Formerly CEO of Emergency Architects Australia.

Melo Esguerra

Media specialist and LGBT advocate with over 15 year experience in broadcast media covering news, current affairs, arts and culture. Working as Head of Creative and Strategic Development - Manila Bulletin. Melo is a founding member of the Board of Trustees (Manila).

Rob Morrison

Award winning Creative Director and mobile applications specialist. Currently Head of Creative at Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

Glenn Milo Santos, MPH

Epidemiologist at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where he is developing biomedical and behavioral interventions to prevent new HIV infections, and reduce substance use and other related co-morbidities. His primary research interests include clinical trials on HIV prevention interventions, meta-analyses, and sociobehavioral risk factors that increase susceptibility to HIV infection; he has co-authored 22 peer-reviewed publications and scientific abstracts within the last two years on these topics.

Bagwis Panaligan 

A communications specialist worked as Program Associate for Training and Capacity Development, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Philippines. Bagwis is a founding member of the Board of Trustees (Manila).

Jason Penaloza

Assistant Vice-President, Industrial Sales - United Bearing INDL Corp as well as an accomplished fashion photographer. Jason is a founding member of the Board of Trustees (Manila).

Min Fuh Teh

Gay Asian Men's Project Officer for the AIDS Council of New South Wales, Australia. Spearheaded programmes such as A-Men, a health and lifestyle magazine for gay Asian men as well as the ConversAsians workshop series. Min specialises in programme design and implementation for multi-cultural migrant communities in response to sexual health.

Edmund Settle

Currently HIV Policy Specialist as part of the Human Rights & Governance, HIV, Health and Development Team, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok and supported the design and implementation of two ground-breaking multi-country, community-led initiatives funded by the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria. Edmund has a background in International Policy and modern Chinese history and was previously based in China working with China’s National Center for STD/AIDS Control and Prevention (NCAIDS), the China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) and later joining UNDP in Beijing.

 

Research Working Group

  • Benjamin Hanckel, (Working Group Lead) 
    University of Technology, Sydney

  • Darrin Adams, MPH 
    Futures Group

  • Associate Professor Stefan Baral 
    Johns Hopkins University

  • Professor Eric Manalastas 
    University of the Philippines

  • Mikael Navarro 
    VU University Amsterdam

  • Erin Papworth, MPH 
    Johns Hopkins University

  • Associate Professor Kane Race 
    University of Sydney

  • Glenn-Milo Santos, PhD 
    University of California, San Francisco

  • Tania Tam

  • Dan Wohlfeiler, MPH 
    University of California, San Francisco

  • Vanessa Veronese, MPH 
    University of Melbourne