Regional platform manager

We are pleased to announce that Yahia Zaidi joined the ITPC-MENA team as manager for the regional platform for communication and coordination.

Yahia Zaidi is a committed human rights activist with extensive experience on HIV/AIDS, Refugee and LGBTI issues. He has undertaken international advocacy, community building, strategy development, research, services and training at the local (Algeria), regional (Middle East and Africa) and international levels.

Yahia Zaidi revived Abu-Nawas, an Algerian group for LGBT Rights. In 2005, together with other activists, Yahia established an HIV/AIDS prevention project for Men Having Sex with Men in Algeria. In 2007, he also worked with sex worker and drug user communities when he became the UNAIDS Focal Point on MSM issues.

Yahia has given some consultancy on funding and implementation strategy to several regional and international NGOs, including COC Netherlands, Inter-LGBTI France, IDAHO, RFSL Sweden, and LLH Norway. He rebuilt Pan Africa ILGA, the African chapter of ILGA, and served as Co-chair of its executive board. He currently serves as Co-secretary General Alternate on ILGA’s World Executive Board.

Yahia co-founded MantiQitna Network, the only LGBTI-led advocacy organization from the MENA region. He was at the forefront of UN advocacy toward the adoption of resolutions on SOGI in 2014 and 2016, and twice collected the largest number of signatories to civil society joint statements in the history of the Human Rights Council.

Yahia has been a social worker in the area of asylum. In Belgium he co-founded OMNIA, an association of migrants from the MENA region living in Belgium who fight against homophobia among migrants from the MENA region. He recently joined the Board of GLISA as Co-secretary.

Programs director



Alim EL GADDARI, psychologist and sexologist by training, has joined the organization as Programs Director. Alim has been working on HIV field for 15 years. Before joining ITPC-MENA he was in charge of International Programs at Sida Info Service, a French organization. During his past experience,

Alim successfully managed several HIV-related programs in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. He worked in collaboration with several partners and donors such as UNICEF, UNAIDS, the European Union, the City of Paris and Expertise France. The projects focused on West, Central and Northern Africa.

Programs and communication officer



Zakaria BAHTOUT, working right now as a Program and Communication Officer for ITPC-MENA, is also a member of the Youth Advisory Forum of UNAIDS. Zakaria has been involved in the HIV response in Morocco since he was a teenager. He started in 2007 as a volunteer at the ALCS (Association de lute Contre le Sida) branch in Marrakech. This enabled him to have extensive links with communities of people living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, MSM and people who inject drugs, especially the youngest among them. As Program and Communication Officer of ITPC-MENA, he has developed a broad range of connections with local activists and organizations throughout the MENA region.

Platform Advisor (consultant)




Charlie BARAN is currently providing technical support to the MENA platform. Charlie holds a Masters degree in Public Health and has been working in the fields of HIV, health, and development, with an emphasis on key populations and civil society, for more than 13 years. Charlie brings to the team a deep understanding of the Global Fund model, organization, and priorities. While complementing all activities of the platform, Charlie’s focus will continue to be on analysis and content development, monitoring decisions and publications by the Global Fund, and advising the platform team on strategy and approach.

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