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Gabi Calleja is the Coordinator of the Malta Gay Rights Movement and has been involved in advocacy work, training, awareness raising and support to the LGBTIQ community since 2003. She is a member of the LGBT Consultative Council established by the Government in 2013.
She was elected to ILGA-Europe's executive board in 2010 and currently serves as co-chair. She read for her Masters in Youth and Community Studies at the University of Malta and is a senior executive within the Maltese public sector.
Student by day, LGBTQI etc etc activist by night, David joined the activism scene in 2010 as one of the founding members of We Are, the university's LGBTQI student organisation. Since then he has left We Are and joined MGRM where he started aiding in the fields of communication.
In November 2011 David was co-opted as MGRM's treasurer. When he's not being one of many faces of activism, David is finishing up his education at the University of Malta, where he's finishing off his degree, studying B.Communications (hons) with psychology. He hopes to eventually carry on to do a Masters in corporate communications. He is on his way to becoming a crazy cat person, since he has 10 of his own.
Colette has been involved in the work of MGRM almost since its inception and has contributed to the organisation in a number of roles serving as coordinator, administrator, social welfare officer and member. She was also active within IGLYO for a number of years.
Colette is a social worker by profession and sits on the LGBT Consultative Council on behalf of Alternattiva Demokratika’s LGBT committee.
Fredrick has been a member of the MGRM committee almost since its inception and has occupied various roles including membership officer and treasurer. He is generally accompanied to committee meetings by the ever faithful Tilly.
After the struggle of coming out to her parents and friends, Vanessa wanted to be able to learn more about LGBT rights and the experiences people like her have been through in order to support other gay friends in their coming out. It all started in February 2007 when she attended one of MGRM's Annual General Meetings to understand the work of the organisation. Since then she continued attending meetings, helping out mostly in activities such as Pride Week and also making sure the office is kept in order. Vanessa has a passion for singing and would love to work on LGBT related songs and release her very own album.
Dr. Neil Falzon graduated as a lawyer from the University of Malta in 2001. He further specialised his studies by pursuing a Masters degree in Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Malta and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden).
For four years Neil headed the Malta office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and currently practices as an independent human rights lawyer and consultant, in various including asylum and migration, and LGBTI.
In early 2011 Neil established aditus, a Malta-based human rights NGO with the primary aim of monitoring, reporting and acting on the levels of access to human rights by individuals and groups.
Neil is also Visiting Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta, where he lectures International Human Rights Law, EU Migration and Asylum Law, and Contemporary Issues in Mediterranean Migration. He regularly blogs about the European Asylum Support Office on his EASO Monitor blog. Neil is MGRM's legal advisor.