The EPOA Board with the team from Thessaloniki Pride, after the announcement that they had won the right to host EuroPride 2020. Left to right: Juan Carlos Alonso Reguero (Conference Coordinator), Ruben de Keyser (Outreach Coordinator), Mattias Kristofferson (Human Rights Coordinator), Apostolis Karabairis (Thessaloniki Pride), Tomasz Baczkowski (Treasurer), Fenia Kirkmali and Thanos Vlachogiannis (Thessaloniki Pride), Kristine Garina (President), Stein Runar Østigaard (EuroPride Coordinator), Steve Taylor (Communications), and Sarah Barron (Secretary).
The Association is managed by a team of eight elected officers. The current board members are:
- President: Kristine Garina (Riga, Latvia)
- Secretary: Sarah Barron (London, UK)
- Treasurer: Tomasz Baczkowski (Warsaw, Poland)
- Outreach and Member Services Coordinator: Ruben De Keyser (Riga, Latvia)
- EuroPride Coordinator: Stein Runar Østigaard (Oslo, Norway)
- Human Rights and Diversity Coordinator: Mattias Kristofferson (Stockholm, Sweden)
- Conference Coordinator: Juan Carlos Alonso Reguero (Madrid, Spain)
- Media & Communications: Steve Taylor (London, UK)
General questions and information can be requested through info(at)europride(dot)info. Journalists and members of the media ONLY, please call +44 (0) 7729 242946.
Kristine Garina, President
Kristine Garina represents Association of LGBT and their friends MOZAIKA, the only LGBT organisation in Latvia. MOZAIKA is an advocacy organisation, pride organiser, LGBT community building and strengthening force and a strategic partner of Amnesty International. Kristine is a human rights activist with experience in organising prides in hostile and homophobic environment and has a vast experience in security of prides and human rights defenders in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states. Kristine was a co-chair of EuroPride 2015 – Riga. Kristine is one of the founders of MOZAIKA has been on the organisation’s board since 2006. She has held a position of chair of the board for the last five years.
Tomasz Baczkowski, Treasurer
President of the Equality Foundation in Warsaw. For many years the main organiser of Warsaw Pride (locally known as the Parada Równości -Equality Parade), including EuroPride 2010. He transformed successfully the Warsaw Parade from small, local and banned to large-scale international event. The “Bączkowski vs Poland” was an European Court of Human Rights case which ruled unanimously that the banning of an LGBT pride parade in Warsaw in 2005 was in violation of Articles 11, 13 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Delivered on May 3, 2007, the ruling was the first which affirmed that banning LGBT pride parades goes against the right to freedom of assembly and association. He is an author and publisher of numerous articles on human rights and LGBT issues. Expert and consultant of many organisations on the field. Winner of several international awards, e.g. “Zivilkurage Preis”, “Rainbow Award”, “Ecumenical Gold Medal of Tolerance”. The hero of some documentaries. For many years he was also an active (board) member of EPOA and InterPride. Privately an economist and architect, he runs his own company in the industry. His hobby is beekeeping. He loves happy bees that fly where they want.
Ruben De Keyser, Outreach
Ruben is an design and social media addict. He studied Interior design, real estate and marketing. Mostly he works in the hospitality industry and as a green energy consultant and has experience as an e-marketing consultant. Ruben has been active in the non profit sector for many years in local, national and international LGBT organisations. He was a key volunteer in the Belgian Pride for many years, a VP of operations with InterPride and is currently the Outreach Coordinator for EPOA. Being in these different organisations it gave him a chance to travel the globe and meet so many wonderful, interesting and inspiring people. Hopefully future travels all over the globe will enable Ruben to meet many more such people and help make the world more accepting towards LGBT people.
Stein Runar Østigaard, EuroPride Coordinator
Stein has been working with Pride since 2006, when he was the Parade Manager in Oslo. In the period of 2007-2011 he became the chairman of Oslo Pride. At the start of 2013 Stein became once more a member of the board, and was elected chairman from September 2013 to September 2014. In this period he was responsible for the planning and running the EuroPride 2014 in Oslo. Professionally Stein works as the head of organisational communication at the Norwegian Medical Association. Here he has the responsibility for the membership magazine, the website, social medias, the visual profile and the support of the county organisations.
Mattias Kristofferson, Human Rights Coordinator
Mattias Kristoffersson lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights studies. Throughout his studies, he has maintained a focus on the human rights of LGBT people, and has participated in a research project on LGBT activism in EU Accession countries. He has experience from working on LGBT rights both on the European level, and within the UN system. From 2014-2017, he was on the Board of Stockholm Pride.
Juan Carlos Alonso Reguero, Conference Coordinator
Degree in Dramatic Arts from the RESAD (Official Drama School of Spain). Producer and Cultural Manager. Since 1996, he is active in the LGBT association movements. Experienced for years in dealing with the “June 28th Commission”, he is a prominent member of the LGBT professional and business world in the Comunidad de Madrid (both main region and capital of Spain). He was one of the founding members of AEGAL in 2004. He has served as general secretary in the Association since then. As in 2005 the organisation of the Madrid Gay Pride was restructured, becoming “MADO” from the on, Juan Carlos becomes the General Coordinator of the whole event. In that same year of 2005 he becomes one of the main supporters of AEGAL to join EPOA, and Madrid´s bid to EuroPride 2007 as well. In 2007 he was promoted as the General Coordinator of Madrid EuroPride, and this same year he joins the board as Coordinator EPOA EuroPride, position he occupied until 2013. In 2014, he was elected as Conference Coordinator and becomes part again of the EPOA Board. In 2008 he promotes the membership of AEGAL to ILGTA, and starts to be in charge of MADO and Chueca´s promotional campaigns in ILGTA´s conventions, and also within some of the most important Tourism & Travel fairs held around the world. He encourages and endorses the agreements and conventions signed with the Comunidad de Madrid regarding the program “Madrid Tourism”, as well as settlements with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, Tourespaña, Promoción Madrid, Madrid Visitors and Convention Bureau. Since October 2011 he is a member of InterPride´s Board as Regional Director 14, including Mediterranean Europe and much of Latin America countries. In 2009 he began working and he is the main backer of Madrid´s bid to WorldPride 2017. In 2012 he was appointed chair of WorldPride Madrid 2017, position he still occupies to this day. As MADO´s General Coordinator he is the middleman between the organisation and the institutions. In conjunction with his work with AEGAL and MADO, he is responsible for MADO and AEGAL´s charity projects and campaigns against HIV, as well as the “HELP” project that has been upheld since 1998. Since 2006 he is the director of MUESTRA-T, the MADO Cultural Festival, organised by the cultural association NOHAYQUORUM, presided by him wich performs many educational, cultural and charity ventures throughout the year, with particular emphasis on the LGBT rights subject and other concerning matters for the collective. From 2011 the Spanish press has pointed him out as one of the 50 most influential LGBT people in the Spanish state.
Steve has been involved with Pride in London since May 2013 and has worked in communications and operations teams, and was Deputy Director of Community Engagement from 2015 until he stood down in summer 2017. He is founder and was Co-Chair of the UK Pride Organisers Network, founded in October 2016 to bring together the 90+ LGBT+ Pride organisers in the UK. He is a patron of Isle of Wight Pride.
He is Communications Director for an international human rights NGO and has a background in campaigning, including in human rights. He joined the EPOA Board in summer 2016.