KMOP cordially invites you to

"LGBT Refugees and Migrants: the situation in Greece and in Europe" International Conference on May 9th, 2017 at the President Hotel (hall EUROPE B), Athens (43, KIFISSIAS Ave.)

The conference takes place in the framework of the European project "EpsiLon: Equipping Professionals for Supporting LGBT Refugees" which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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For further information, please contact Ms. Ioanna Markou
(tel. No. 210 3637547, e-mail address

The conference will be held in Greek and in English and there will be simultaneous interpreting.

Participation is free - Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the end of the conference.

Conference speakers


Fotini Kouvela

Secretary General for Gender Equality, Greece

The General Secretariat for Gender Equality is the governmental agency competent to plan, implement and monitor the implementation of policies on equality between women and men in all sectors.

Ms Fotini Kouvela is the Secretary General for Gender Equality. Her strong trade union action, through participating in political and trade union organisations of the Left, since she was a university student, remains undiminished to date.

She worked at the Commercial Bank of Greece for 28 years. She was an elected member of OTOE's administrative bodies for 17 years and responsible for Equality Secretariat and Culture Secretariat of ΟΤΟΕ.

In addition, she has been a Member of the Hellenic Parliament during the period May-December 2014 και a Member of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament.  Currently, apart from being the Secretary General for Gender Equality, she is also a Member of the Secretariat of the Department of Feminist Policy and Gender as well as a Member of the Department of Economic Policy of the SYRIZA political party.

Maria Stratigaki

Vice Mayor for Social Solidarity, Welfare and Equality
Municipality of Athens, Greece

Maria Stratigaki is Vice Mayor of Athens for Social Solidarity, Welfare & Equality since September 2014. She is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University. She also served as the Secretary General for Gender Equality at the Hellenic Ministry of Interior (2009-2012). From 1991 to 1999, she worked at the European Commission’s Unit on equal opportunities between women and men (DG EMPL). Furthermore, she has been the General Director of the Research Centre of Gender Equality – KETHI (1999-2002) and the Centre for Gender Studies of Panteion University (2007-2009).

Eleni Petraki

Public Relations and Communication Office
Asylum Service, Greece

Eleni Petraki was born in Argos, Argolida. She graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been working in the public sector since 1984 in decentralized departments of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

She has been working for "the Greek Asylum Service" (GAS) since 2012.


Monica Strand Korgerud

LGBT activist, Norway

Monica Strand Korgerud has a master’s in Public Administration and Politics from the University of Agder, Norway. She wrote her thesis on Gender in Academia. She’s been working at the Center for Gender And Equality at the University of Agder for 5 years before she started working at the Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi). She’s been a LGBT-activist for many years, giving speeches, appearing on TV and Radio, and have taught LGBT-theory to both students and public service workers.


Rosa Heimer

Equalities Projects Coordinator
IARS International Institute, U.K.

Rosa Heimer is the Equalities Projects Coordinator at IARS. In this position Rosa coordinates various UK and EU wide projects in the intersecting areas of gender, migration and LGBTI refugees which ultimately aim at supporting and empowering migrant and refugee women as well as LBGTI refugees.

Rosa is an intersectional feminist passionate about fighting for social justice and gender equality. Before joining IARS, Rosa gained considerable professional experience in equality research and policy at the EU level. In her last post she worked for the European Institute for Gender Equality, contributing to various research projects within the Gender Mainstreaming Team. Previous to that, Rosa worked as an Associate Researcher at KPMG UK and Women's Empowerment Project Coordinator at EduCARE India. Currently, she also works part-time as a Knowledge Officer at the Latin American Women’s Aid, an organisation providing services to support and empower Latin American and BME women, especially those experiencing or at risk of domestic violence.

Rosa holds a BSc degree in Social Sciences (with a focus on Sociology, Political Science and Anthropology) by the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil, and a MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities by the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Jolanda Elferink

Inclusion & Diversity Advisor
MOVISIE, The Netherlands

Jolanda Elferink is a specialist in migrant and refugee issues and is working in the field of Inclusion and Diversity. LGBT is an important issues in this field. She is involved in the participation of vulnerable people, such as (LGBT) refugees. She focuses on how to encourage the participation from the refugee centres, the municipality, or how to do this as a professional.  She has large experience on this within municipalities and organizations and her approach is process and content oriented. She is working for Movisie, the Netherlands Centre for Social Development.

Michelle Emmen

Trainer and Researcher Effective interventions & Professionalization)
MOVISIE, The Netherlands

Michelle Emmen (MSc) is specialized in Lifelong Learning and works as a trainer and researcher for the Netherlands Centre for Social Development. She’s designing and implementing training, for example empowerment training for young refugees and skills training for professionals who work with young LGBT-people. In the field of research she’s involved in research upon the effectiveness of interventions aiming on an increase of young migrants soft skills and effectiveness of interventions aiming on greater acceptance of LGBT’s.

Michalis Ioannou

Project Manager
CARDET, Cyprus

Michalis’ university studies in the UK were focused on anthropology, international development and humanitarian assistance, that drove him to work mostly in the NGO sector.

His previous experience combine a wide variety of activities in community outreach and mobilization, concerning raising public awareness and integration of refugees and asylum seekers including the organization of capacity-building activities, weekly Greek Language Lessons and various social inclusion and support activities  for refugees, migrants and beneficiaries of international protection.  His interest and volunteer work in Human Rights expands to the sectors of Human trafficking (sex trafficking and domestic labour trafficking) and HIV/AIDS in the country.

He is now working as a Project Manager at Cardet, and is fluent in Greek, English and German.

Marina Galanou

President, Transgender Association

Marina Galanou was born in Piraeus. She has been the founder and owner of the LGBTQI publications and bookshop “Colorful planet” since 2004. She has been involved with trans* activism since 1997. Moreover, she was appointed Secretary General of SATTG (trans collectivity) from 2003 to 2004 and later Secretary General of the Hellenic Community of Homosexuals (ΕΟΚ) during the period 2006 to 2008. She has been a founding member and President of the Greek Transgender Association Support (S.Y.D.) from 2010 to date.  In addition, she has been Specialist of Council of Europe regarding legal recognition of gender identity as well as racial discrimination issues and hate crimes. She has also been a columnist and author of two guides: “Gender identity and expression: definitions, stereotypes, gender bias and myths” (2014) and “I am a trans – I know my rights” (2016).

Ντίνα Βαρδαραμάτου

Athens Programmes Coocrdinator, Social Worker / Sociologist

She is a social worker/sociologist and holds a master’s degree in “Community and Migration Social Work”. She works for PRAKSIS as Athens Programmes and Polyclinics Coordinator. The Praksis Polyclinics in Athens and Thessaloniki offer primary medical services, psychosocial and legal support for socially or/and economically excluded groups.

Sylvia Kourentzi

Focal Person for LGBTQi Issues

She was born and raised in Athens. She sits on the Board of Directors of S.Y.D., which is a recognised collectivity in favour of transgender people’s rights. She works as a Focal Person for LGBTQi Issues at the NGO PRAKSIS.

Jonathan Mastellari

Project Manager

LGBTI activist since 2008, he studied development studies and comunication.

Expert about intersectional lgbti identities (I founded JUMP group of lgbti phisical disabled people) and SENIOR LGBTI ITALY, group that work old lgbti people).

Jonathan Mastellari is secretary and project manager of MIGRABO LGBTI, organization based in Bologna born in 2012 that work with lgbit migrants in Italy.

Jonathan Mastellari collaborates as researcher with the italian organization Anziani e non solo for the project "Epsilon" about the situation of LGBTi asylum seekers in some countries of Europe.

Margarita Kontomichali

Project Coordinator – Safe Refugee
Solidarity Now, Greece

Margarita has studied History of Art and Archeology and received her PhD from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France. She currently works as the Project Coordinator for LGBTI Refugees Accommodation and Assistance (Save Refugees) in Solidarity Now.

She has experience as LGBT Rights Advocate and Consultant, being one of the founding members of the Lesbian and Gay Community of Greece (OLKE) in 2004, and having participated in various projects and public policy committees to support and promote LGBT rights. She is also a Member of the Steering Committee of the Program for Combating Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Prevention and Interventions ( It is a joint project of OLKE, Positive Voice, Athens Pride & Thessaloniki Pride, which consists of the 11528 helpline for LGBT youth, their parents and their educators, and the first national campaign promoting LGBT same-sex partnership and equality.


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Mariangela Psyrraki

Social Worker
Athens project for migrants and refugees who have suffered torture or ill-treatment
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Greece

Graduate in the Department of Social Work from the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Patras. Master’s degree in Social Work, University of Nottingham. She has also worked for “the National Centre for Social Solidarity” and with Greek NGO “Praksis”. She has been working as a social worker in a MSF programme, in Athens, aiming at the rehabilitation of survivors both of torture and other forms of violence since 2014.

Armin Ahmadi

Board Member of the LGBT Asylum Support Foundation
The Netherlands

Master of English Language Teaching, Iranian State University of Isfahan, 2007-2010

Bachelor of English Language and Translation Studies, Iranian State University of Ahwaz, 1999-2005

Board Member, Expert and Interpreter/Translator at LGBT Asylum Support Foundation (Holland), 2015 to present

Advisory Board Member of Epsilon project (Europe), 2017

Cooperation with Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (developing Rainbow Refugees NL app), 2016-2017

Cooperation with Movisie and Secret Garden Foundation in various projects regarding LGBTI refugees (Holland), 2016-2017

Teaching and translating English language at various universities, organizations and language institutes (Iran), 2010-2012

Persian, English, Dutch


Armin Ahmadi

LGBT Asylum Support


Markin Hasan


S.M. Markin is a gay asylum seeker from Bangladesh, one of the first cases followed by MigraBO LGBTI.

After some years in Bologna, now Markin is a sucessful local enterpreneur.


Dimitris Aggelidis

Journalist - Coordinator of the Conference

Dimitris Angelidis works as a journalist for the “Newspaper of the Journalists” (Efimerida ton Syntakton). He covers news related to the field of migration policy and asylum policy in Greece. He also deals with human rights issues, including LGBT rights (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered People), as well as racism, xenophobia, arbitrary police behavior and violence incidents. In the past, he has worked as an editor and as a chief editor at “Epsilon” magazine issued with the Sunday edition of "Eleftherotypia" newspaper and at the LGBT-interest magazine "10%". He holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Media Studies obtained from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Emerson College, Boston, U.S.A.






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