Our Team

Board of Directors

Most of the Board of Directors of the Forcibly Displaced People Network are people with the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ forced displacement.

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Renee Dixson

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Co-founder, Acting Chair

Since 2004 Renee Dixson has been working as a human rights defender at the international and national levels. As a result of visible work, they were forced to leave the country where they lived.

The process of settling down in Australia and their position as an outsider and insider have given them an opportunity to see how discourses shaped stories around LGBTIQ and refugee communities.

Currently, Renee Dixson is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. In their PhD research, Renee is building the first in the world queer digital archive of oral histories about LGBTIQ forced displacement.

Renee continues their work as an emerging academic and activist by trying to build bridges and make a systematic change to support LGBTIQ displaced people.

Lavanya Kala

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Secretary

Lavanya Kala is an experienced policy and government relations professional. She has a Bachelor’s in Communications (Social Inquiry) from the University of Technology Sydney and extensive knowledge of social policy, politics and not-for-profit management. Lavanya has particular expertise in migration, human rights and gender equity issues. In June 2018, Lavanya was selected as one of only two civil society representatives to attend the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. She has also contributed to the 70th Session of CEDAW. Lavanya is a proud feminist, giving her time to a number of not-for-profits in the past decade aimed at supporting women and girls, including Mahboba’s Promise, the National Committee for UN Women and the Harmony Alliance – Migrant and Refugee Women for Change. Lavanya currently serves as on the Board of Directors at Beryl Women Inc. in Canberra, Australia’s longest operating women’s refuge, and is a Director at Forcibly Displaced People Network (FDPN).