Saidy Brown is a 24 year old young lady born with HIV, found out at 14 about her status, and started publicly disclosing at the age of 18. She has used her status to educate other people about HIV using social media. She has been very active in her advocacy. She was a part of the youth plenary at the 8th South African AIDS Conference in Durban in 2017,and opened up the conference with a piece she wrote back when she was 18 titled "an open letter to HIV"
She works with various NGOs, such as Y+ South Africa, Network for Young People Living with HIV in South Africa. She is a psychology student at the North-West University (NWU) and she is a part of the NWU students advocating leadership and transformation.
She recently started a YouTube channel that she uses to further educate and enlighten people about HIV. She made it on the prestigious mail and guardian 200 young South Africans for the year 2018. Her everyday goal is to try show those who feel hopeless that there can be life after an HIV diagnosis.
Talimba is a sexual rights advocate with nine years of experience working on sexual reproductive health and rights programs. Before joining Girl Effect Malawi as Senior Gender and Safeguarding Manager, she was working as a National Program Coordinator for a sexual and reproductive health and rights program that targets young people between the ages of 10-24 with sexuality information, access to services and advocacy towards an enabling environment in order to allow them to realize their sexual rights. Talimba is an alumnus of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program. This is an international fellowship offered to young people who are working to advance the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. Talimba is a 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassador and was granted $5,000 seed grant which was used to implement a project on improved access and uptake of female condoms among young people aged 15-24. Recently she was also awarded with another seed grant by Women Deliver and she is implementing a project will aim at influencing the Ministry of Health to address the barriers that exist in the provision and access to HIV and SRH services for young people in Malawi between the ages of 15-24.
Eddy Rudram is the Communications Officer at Youth LEAD, Asia Pacific Network of Young Key Populations, based in Bangkok. Eddy joined the Youth LEAD team after completing his Master degree in International Development and the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester in the UK. Aside from Youth LEAD, Eddy is the co-chair of the Inter Agency Task Team, a collaboration of regional CSOs and UN agencies working for young key populations in Asia Pacific and is also one of the leads for PACT (UNAIDS). In his work, Eddy has led and produced documentaries for UNICEF ROSA, frequently writes for UNAIDS as a journalist and is currently working on mental health research on YKPs.
Sepi Maulana Ardiansyah is a National Coordinator of Indonesia Young Key Population Network (Fokus Muda) and He is also the owner of blog www.ardiansheart.com . at 17 he was a victim of children trafficking, two years later he started involving on youth movement since he diagnosed as HIV positive.
He was Youth Coordinator in Community Based Organization called Inter Medika Foundation from 2012 until 2014. And he is also graduated from Youth Acata Leadership program who held in Bangkok for 2 years and after that he wrote a book “Merah Muda” about 20 stories young MSM who living with HIV in Jakarta.
He is also one of the speaker during World Aids Day in UK Parliament at 2017.
Dr. Hang Vithurneat has been working as a clinician with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Operational Centre Paris) in the HCV project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since May, 2016 the beginning of the project.
The project is aiming to provide HCV treatment to HCV mono and co-infected patients among general and key population, research and implementation on simplification of HCV model of care in resource limited setting. By the end of 2017, MSF has placed more than 3200 patients on treatment. In 2018, MSF is aiming at treating more patients with simplified model of care and setting up a care model in rural setting.
Dr. Neat graduated from faculty of medicine of International University, Cambodia in 2015.