In order to ensure that the needs of the region are addressed and represented, an Advisory Committee helps guide the Centre’s activities. The Advisory Committee members offer inputs and suggestions to make the Resource Centre one that adequately serves the needs of the region and to identify opportunities for synergistic functioning.
Prof. Pan Suiming
Director of Institute of Sexuality and Gender
Pan Suiming is a well-known sociologist, sexologist, and researcher in Beijing for the past twenty years. He is the Director and a Professor at the Institute for Sexuality and Gender, Sociology department, Renmin (People’s) University of China in Beijing. He is the principal researcher of more than 20 national and international research projects and has published 8 books and more than 200 papers on sexuality. His research covers issues such as sex work in China, Chinese people’s attitudes and behaviors around sexuality, cultural and historical study of sexuality, and homosexuality, which have great influence over HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention programs in China. He is regarded as the most popular specialist in the sexuality field and the only professor who opened a class on ‘Sociology of Sexuality’ in University from the 1980s till now
Founder and Chairperson
Chi Heng Foundation
Chung To is founder and chairperson of Chi Heng Foundation that works on education and care for over 3,000 children whose parents have died of or are dying of AIDS in four provinces in China, prevention of AIDS among vulnerable groups including MSM (men who have sex with other men) and sex workers, and promotion of equal rights. Chi Heng’s MSM project operates in 10 cities in China, forming a national platform for AIDS prevention for MSM. Chung has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Before working full time at Chi Heng, Chung has worked in investment banking for almost ten years, including as Vice President for a European bank.
Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA)
New Delhi, India
Geetanjali Misra is the Executive Director of CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action), a not for profit organization based in New Delhi, India. CREA empowers women to articulate, demand and access their rights by enhancing women’s leadership and focusing on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, violence against women, women’s rights and social justice. Geeta was the Sexuality and Reproductive Health Program Officer at the Ford Foundation New Delhi office (1995-2001), where she worked on HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against women as a health and human rights issue and advocacy on sexual and reproductive rights. She has worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, Engender Health, and The World Bank. She is a co-founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women, a New York based organization committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin. She is on the board of Reproductive Health Matters (RHM), serves on the advisory committee for the Global Fund for Women (GFW) and is President of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
Dédé Oetomo , PhD.
Member, Advisory Board, Gaya Nusantara Foundation
Dédé Oetomo finished his PhD in Linguistics and Southeast Asian studies at Cornell University (1984). In March 1982 he helped found Indonesia’s first organization for homosexuals, Lambda Indonesia (1982-1986). He is also co-founder (1987) and a member of the board of trustees of GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation, an organization originally working for the sexual health of gay men, transgenders, and male sex workers, based in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. Recently the organization expanded its mandate into research and education in the area of gender, sexuality and sexual health, in which he is the senior expert. He is also active in the Asia/Pacific Rainbow network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex/indigenous and queer (LGBTIQ+) organizations. In 1998 he received the Felipa de Souza Award from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and in 2001 the Utopia Award for Pioneering Gay Work in Asia. Academically, he is a Special Reader at the Postgraduate Program of the University of Surabaya. He is also active in Indonesia’s pro-democracy movement since his student days.
Founder, Advisory Board Member
Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan
(Women’s Health Foundation)
Ninuk Widyantoro is a psychologist. She is among the most respected women and health activists in Indonesia. She started her career as a Family Planning Counselor in one of the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association’s clinics and soon she became a Counseling Trainer, and wrote a counseling manual, guideline and book. In 1993, she became an independent consultant and trainer for Family Planning/Reproductive Health counseling, working in several countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Kazakistan. In the year 2000, together with other activists in Indonesia, she began an initiative to amend the Health Law – 1992, which includes women and adolescents’ reproductive health rights and services. She is one of the Founders of the Women’s Health Foundation.
Khuat Thu Hong, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Social Development Studies
Khuat Thu Hong is the Executive Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam. She has been a gender specialist with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). She has worked extensively on gender issues and HIV/AIDS, and focuses on social aspects and sexual behaviours of sex workers and their clients related to HIV/AIDS. She has also worked widely and written a number of papers on reproductive and sexual health of adolescents and young people to influence policy and programs in Vietnam.