Women, Gender, and Diversity Working Group Deputy Chair, Ryan Figueiredo

Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of  Equal Asia Foundation – a regional LGBTIQ+ non-profit think-tank and innovations incubator with offices in Amsterdam and Bangkok. Equal AF’s work is focused on future scoping and future-proofing around issues such as ageing, climate change, mental health, and financial citizenship for LGBTIQ+ communities in Asia. Ryan has worked in the non-profit and management consulting space for over 18 years. He has served in senior management roles for 9 years.

At Equal AF, Ryan leads regional and national multi-specialisation initiatives that address some of the deep-seated inequities in the LGBTIQ+ movement. In 2018, Ryan was selected as one of the Human Rights Campaign’s Global Innovators. In 2019, Thomson Reuters Foundation named him a Global Changemaker for his work. In 2020, he was recognised as a  Global Change accelerator by the Resource Alliance. Ryan sits on a number of International  LGBTIQ+ advisory and mentorship groups. He is an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has trained in clinical trials at the London School of Tropical Medicine, and in population ageing at the University of Oxford.

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