Born to Panjabi Sikh working-class migrant parents in the United Kingdom, Gurchaten (Nanoo) Sandhu (he/they) joins ILGA World as the new Director of Programmes, to further strengthen and build on our programmatic work and manage the growing Programmes team.
“I am excited to join the ILGA World family”, said Gurchaten Sandhu. “I get to join an organisation, a community, a family that provides a unique platform to elevate the voices of LGBTI people globally. So I count on you, on your support, so that we can work together to advance LGBTI rights for all”.
ILGA World began its search for a new Director of Programmes in November 2021, as Julia Ehrt moved into her new role as the organisation’s Executive Director. An inspiring selection process followed, and we are grateful to all the candidates who considered making their talents and dedications available to serve in this important role.
"I get to join an organisation, a community, a family
that provides a unique platform to elevate the voices of LGBTI people globally.
So I count on you, on your support, so that we can work together
to advance LGBTI rights for all”
Gurchaten Sandhu, Director of Programmes, ILGA World
Before joining ILGA World, Gurchaten was the Non-Discrimination Programme Officer at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO). Working at the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, they built their expertise and knowledge on promoting social justice through decent and inclusive work for all, in particular to enhance LGBTI rights at work and economic inclusion. They were also the President for UN-GLOBE, the group representing LGBTIQ+ personnel in the United Nations system.
Gurchaten currently serves as a steering committee member of International Family Equality Day NGO, a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT forum, a Sarbat LGBT Sikhs volunteer and a trustee for We Create Space.
Gurchaten is listed as the OUTStanding LGBT Role Model from 2018 to 2021, an Honouree of the Out & Equal’s 2021 Global LGBTQ Corporate Advocate Outie Award as well as the winner of the British LGBT Award for Exceptional Inclusion 2021.