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 TGEU staff as of April 2012  

Julia Ehrt (Executive Director)
Julia Ehrt

Julia (37) holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and has been involved in trans activism for more than 10 years. Julia has considerably shaped TGEU's advocacy work and policy. She has actively developed many contacts with decision makers and other stakeholders in the EU, the CoE and other governmental and non governmental organizations. She has represented TGEU and trans interests on numerous conferences and meetings.

Julia has been involved in TGEU since the beginning in 2005 and contributed to the development of the organization as Steering Committee member, vice- and co-chair. During this period she has gained experience in chairing and leading a organization like TGEU.

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Richard Köhler (Senior Capacity Officer; Deputy Executive Director)
Richard Köhler

Richard Köhler (33) has been a trans activist within the European Transgender movement for more than a decade. As member of the steering committee of TGEU (2007-2010) he has continuously initiated change to develop the structure and policy of TGEU drawing from his wide experience in international project management and NGO consultancy. His special fields of interest are policy development and advocacy at the European level. He spoke as trans expert at the EU and Council of Europe on a number of occasions, such as the historic meeting of Human Rights Commissioner’s trans expert meeting in 2008. He has been a sought expert on trans equality in Europe by policy makers and trans activists alike. Richard is co-author of the Best Practice Catalogue Human Rights and Gender Identity and has been vital to the organization of three European Transgender Councils and trainings for the trans community.

Previously, he managed projects supporting minority groups in the former Soviet Union with ILGA-Europe and German Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit – GiZ. He has a background in International Business Administration with specialization on NGOs in Russian-speaking countries. Richard speaks English, French, German and Russian and lives in Berlin.

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Noah Keuzenkamp (Capacity Building Officer)
Noah Keuzenkamp

Noah Keuzenkamp (26) has been involved in trans and LGBT activism for the past five years in Europe and South Asia. Before joining TGEU, Noah was Project Manager at an LGBT organisation in the UK. He has also worked for ARC International in Geneva, for the feminist human rights organisation CREA in New Delhi, and for UNAIDS in Colombo. He has experience in advocacy, policy and capacity building work at UN, national and local levels, including on trans rights, sex workers’ rights, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and decriminalisation of homosexuality. He has worked in schools and with young people to tackle transphobia and homophobia in education. Noah holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. He speaks English, German, Swiss German and French.

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Moritz Sander (Administrative Officer)

Moritz has been an active member of the Berlin transgender community for over ten years. He is a member of the Kingz of Berlin and former chairman of Wigstöckel – Transgender United! and has been a delegate to the Transgender Network Berlin for both organizations. He has organized and hosted shows/events and initiated workshops, talks and networking. Moritz has also worked as an assistant director for two German theatre companies and as a volunteer for an international student exchange program. Before joining the TGEU-team Moritz was employed as a management assistant in a consultancy/research institute. 

Moritz supports and develops the administration of TGEU.

Carla LaGata/Carsten Balzer (Senior Researcher/Lead Researcher of the TvT project)
Carla LaGata/ Carsten Balzer

Carla has been active in several social movements since the mid-1980s. Since the late 1990s she combined social activism with academic work focussing on trans activism. S_he holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the Free University of Berlin, wrote hir Ph.D. thesis on gender-variant/trans communities in Brazil, Germany and the United States, taught Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the Free University of Berlin; hir work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes in the U.S., Brazil, Germany, Spain and the UK. S_he is a founding member of the Transgender Network Berlin and chairperson of its Scientific Advisory Board, founding member of the online journal Liminalis – Journal for Sex/Gender Emancipation and Resistance and Editorial Board member of the academic journal Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ). Carla supported TGEU from its very beginnings in 2005 and served as a TGEU Steering Committee member from 2008 to 2012. In 2009 s_he initiated TGEU’s Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) research project. S_he is co-author of Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide - A Comparative Review of the Human-rights Situation of Gender-variant/Trans People. Hir responsibilities within TGEU are research (with focus on the TvT project) and international relations outside Europe.

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