Limelight on APCOM Trans Staff

By March 29, 2024 April 4th, 2024 Showcase

Naphat (Jim) Kruthai [he/him]

SOGIESC Inclusion and Corporate Engagements Officer

My name is Naphat Krutthai (Jim). My journey to the wider world of gender diversity has begun since 2008 when I went through the process of physical transformation as my heart’s calling. Later, I have discovered that LGBTQI+ in Thailand have limited rights whether in terms of work, access to welfare, state public health, or even the basic right to create their families. Therefore, I started to learn and devote myself to supporting the LGBTQI+ community through working with independent organizations in Thailand, such as SAGA Thailand, TEAK and via my page “Jim Journey”. What I do is helping them to understand and access the rights they deserve.

Recently, I have just completed my Master’s degree in in Population, Sexual and Reproductive Health (International Program), at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University. This program made me understand the need for participation from all sectors to improve the quality of life and the rights of people with gender diversity, while improving my research and communication skills.

I am currently joining the APCOM Foundation as a SOGIESC Right Assistant involving in the (IM)PART project sponsored by VOICE Global. This is another good opportunity for me to understand the perspectives and the need for gender diversity inclusion in all sectors, especially in the business sector. The project’s aim, which is also my personal objective, is to lift LGBTQI+ restriction by differences in gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression in the workplaces.

Yarinda (Kim) Srisutat [she/her]

Finance Officer

Yarinda is Finance Officer, based in Krung Thep Mahanakhon (Bangkok), Thailand. Prior to joining APCOM team she was a Senior Finance and Admin Officer at ILGA Asia during 2019 to September 2023 and she was Program Assistant at The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre during 2017 to 2018, working in clinical trials project for transgender women key population. She first joined LGBTIQ+ movement in 2016 when she was a volunteer and field work staff member at the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT). She’s also a fortune teller who reads Tarot cards when she has free time.

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Prempreeda Pramoj Na Ayutthaya [she/her]

Gender Equality & Sustainable Development Officer

Born in Bangkok, Prem holds an MA in Social Development and an MA in Health Social Sciences. Both her master’s theses were concerned with rights and health for sexual diverse people, especially transgender people.

One of the founding working group members of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, she has worked with various local NGOs and international development agencies. Assisting key-affected populations as regards HIV prevention and ensuring their human rights. Prem has lectured on issues of sexuality and gender at several universities and has also been involved in multiple research projects. Spending time with her cactus, cooking green curry, and stirring fried Thai basil, are Prem’s hobbies.

Abhina Aher [she/her]

Rights, Gender and Sustainable Programming Officer

Abhina Aher, transgender activist from India working in human rights & health sector for more than two decades in various capacities across the world. She is currently working as ‘technical expert – key population’ with PATH (www.path.org) since October 2022. She is ‘Champion’ recognized by CDC PEPFAR on TB response and a GFAN (Global Fund Advocacy Network) advocate of The Global Fund & member of India Working Group (IWG) working on health advocacy. She started first trans led dancing group for LGBTI advocacy in India 18 years before called ‘DancingQueens’ and established first collaborative organization between transmen and transwomen called ‘Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust’ (TWEET Foundation). She is former chair of Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and currently serving as a board member of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and a Global Network of Transwomen & HIV.


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