Ryan Joseph Figueiredo (he/him)

A professional headshot of Ryan Joseph Figueiredo

Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of Equal Asia Foundation – a regional LGBTIQ+ non-profit think-tank and innovations incubator with offices in Amsterdam and Bangkok.

Equal AF’s work is focused on future scoping and future-proofing around issues such as ageing, climate change, mental health, and economic citizenship for LGBTIQ+ communities in Asia. Ryan has worked in the non-profit and management consulting space for over 18. At Equal AF, Ryan leads regional and national multi-specialisation initiatives that address some of the deep-seated inequities in the LGBTIQ+ movement.

In 2018, Ryan was selected as a Human Rights Campaign Global Innovator. In 2019, Thomson Reuters Foundation named him a Global Changemaker for his work. In 2020, the Resource Alliance recognised him as a Global Change accelerator. Ryan sits on a number of International LGBTIQ+ advisory and mentorship groups.

Ryan is a formerly displaced person and is now deputy chair of the women, gender and diversity working group of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. He is also on the board of the Forcibly Displaced People Network in Australia. He is an alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has trained in clinical trials at the London School of Tropical Medicine and in population ageing at the University of Oxford.

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.