ILGA Oceania Co-Chairs

Margherita Coppolino

Kenneth Edward Moala

Australia - Victoria
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Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion / Intersectionality consultant and photographer. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders on inclusion / intersectionality issues.

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Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion/Intersectionality consultant and photographer. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders on inclusion/intersectionality issues. She has strong commercial acumen and ability to frame inclusion issues in a commercial context. During her career, she also has honed & developed specialist skills in project management, mediation, facilitation, recruitment, case management.

Margherita has strengths in Advocacy and Community engagement as well as representation experiences across a number of intersectional lens communities

Board experience, events co-ordination experiences; high networking skills and wide connections across various sectors that ILGA could benefit

Margherita has undertaken the Australia Institute of Company Directors training and has sat a several Boards in Executive and non-executive positions. She was elected as National Ethnic Disability Alliances (NEDA) President in 2017. Was appointed to the Victoria Ministerial LGBTI Taskforce and Drummond Street Services Board in 2020; and SBS Community Advisory Committee in 2019. Previously, she held the position of Chair on Arts Access Victoria and Australia Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Boards. Non-Executive positions on Spectrum Migrants Resources Centre and Action on Disability Within Ethnic Communities, Women With Disabilities Australia and Short Statured People of Australia.

Margherita is first generation Australian, born to Sicilian mother who migrated in the 1959. She was born with a Short Statured condition and is a proud feminist and lesbian.

In her spare time you will find Margherita either taking photos, volunteering, working out in the gym, travelling wine and whisky tasting and chilling with friends.[AT]

Ken has been trailblazing for LGBTQI+ health and rights for over 30 years of outstanding activism to advance the rights of LGBTIQ people across Oceania.

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Ken is a Faafafine, Chaplain and Human Rights Activist from Samoa and Australia. Some of his accomplishments are:

  • Co- Founder - Samoa AIDS Foundation.
  • Co-Founder & Advisor - Pacific Sexual Diversity Network
  • Founder Elder - Samoa Faafafine Association.


  • ILGA Oceania Secretary

    ILGA Oceania Treasurer

    Matthew Bowden

    Terrihauroa Karel Luciani

    Australia - Victoria
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    Matthew Bowden is a person with disability (psychosocial disability and autoimmune conditions). He is gay/queer/ non-binary and lives in Melbourne Australia with his male partner and their 8 year old daughter.

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    Matthew has lived in Australia since migrating from the UK in 1995. Matthew was an active member of the LGBTQ community in London and was politically active around campaigning for equal recognition of LGBTQ rights, access to HIV/AIDS treatments and supports and was an HIV peer educator from 1991. He supported people with intellectual disability around sexuality, gender identity and HIV until migrating.

    Matthew has held government and community sector positions. In the New South Wales government and at Family Planning NSW he worked with people with intellectual disability around sexuality, HIV, gender identity, sexual and reproductive health. Matthew was the CoCEO of the national Disabled People’s Organisation, People with Disability Australia for 14 years, overseeing significant national reforms such as the development and implementation of the National Disablity Insurance Scheme, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability. Matthew has always brought an LGBTIQA+ lens to his work. Matthew currently has his own human rights and not-for-profit management consultancy.

    Matthew has significant experience in human rights advocacy and has been involved in two shadow reporting processes for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, he has represented Australia in delegations to the UN in Geneva and New York. He has experience in human rights engagement on the Convention Against Torture, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

    Matthew has strong governance and board/ committee experience. He has been on the boards of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service, the NSW Council of Social Services and Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.

    Matthew has experience in other pacific countries, he has lived and worked in the Solomon Islands, worked closely with the Pacific Disability Forum (head office and secretariat in Fiji) and New Zealand.


    Teriihauroa Karel Luciani is maʼohi indigenous Tahitian. Now 54 years old, Karel was born to two parents of mixed maʼohi, European (Czech, Spanish, Corsican) and Chinese ancestry.

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    Teriihauroa is a new member of the Board of Directors of ÉGIDES– lʼAlliance internationale francophone pour lʼégalité et les diversités (International Francophone Alliance for Equality and Diversities), an international organization who works for and focuses on people of the LGBTQI community, and created in May 2019 in Montreal, Canada,

    Teriihauroa is also a leader for the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA).

    Teriihauroa has been an activist for LGBTQ+ rights for over 20 years, beginning in 1997 with the Homosphere association in New Caledonia. Today, in French Polynesia, Karel is president of the LGBTQ+ organization Cousins Cousines de Tahiti and also the president of the Board of Directors of local AIDS organization Agir contre le SIDA.

    Teriihauroa is also Vice President of the regional organization Alliance LGBT+ Franco Océanienne ALFO) and a representative to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). Teriihauroa engages in HIV prevention activities through the various LGBTQ+ and AIDS groups in which he holds posts.


    MILESTONE: This board was the first term of an ILGA Oceania board that did not have alternates for the ILGA Oceania Co-Chairs, as per the constitutional changes made at the 2022 Special General Meeting (SGM) [Tuesday, 03 May 2022 (Los Angeles, Califonia - United States)].

    Pre-Board (2012) / 1st Board / 2nd Board / 3rd Board / 4th Board / 5th Board / 6th Board