KEY MEMBERS

Fokeerbux Najeeb Ahmad

FOKEERBUX NAJEEB AHMAD (he/him)

President & Founder

Najeeb works as Assistant Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Mauritius since December 2019 and holds a Master in Business Administration with specialization in Public Administration and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering.

Najeeb is the founder and current President of the Young Queer Alliance and also serves on the Board of Directors of MPact – Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights. In 2014, he was the complainant who lifted the blood donation ban on homosexuals and bisexuals in Mauritius. He is also one of the plaintiffs who litigated against Section 250(1) of the Criminal Code of Mauritius which criminalised homosexuality.

Previously, he was board member of various local LGBTQIA+ NGOs and has been a fervent activist in the HIV/AIDS struggle, including through the Country Coordinating Mechanism on HIV and also the Community, Rights and Gender Advisory Group of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Email: najeeb.af1990@gmail.com

Fokeerbux Najeeb Ahmad

FOKEERBUX NAJEEB AHMAD (he/him)

President & Founder

Najeeb works as Assistant Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Mauritius since December 2019 and holds a Master in Business Administration with specialization in Public Administration and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering.

Najeeb is the founder and current President of the Young Queer Alliance and also serves on the Board of Directors of MPact – Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights. In 2014, he was the complainant who lifted the blood donation ban on homosexuals and bisexuals in Mauritius. He is also one of the plaintiffs who litigated against Section 250(1) of the Criminal Code of Mauritius which criminalised homosexuality.

Previously, he was board member of various local LGBTQIA+ NGOs and has been a fervent activist in the HIV/AIDS struggle, including through the Country Coordinating Mechanism on HIV and also the Community, Rights and Gender Advisory Group of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Email: najeeb.af1990@gmail.com

GOUNDAN Dhanalakshmi

GOUNDAN DHANALAKSHMI (she/her)

Vice-President

Previously the Manager and Advocate of YQA, Dhana has been elected to the board of the Young Queer Alliance as the Vice-President of the organisation. She has been a dedicated activist to the community since she joined the organisation in 2022. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Software Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Dhana also has her own business, a snack called “Siloy pa Siloy ” at Rose Hill. Through her various work experiences and through all of her work at YQA, Dhana has acquired a set of skills and a flow of knowledge that will help her excel in her role as the Vice-President of the organisation. Since 2023, Dhana has also done several videos with the local media to educate people about the LGBTQIA+ communities and she has done a variety of content with her girlfriend Wendy to portray Mauritian Queer Couples.

Besides that, she is really passionate about cooking, her business and her will to build a better and more inclusive country for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Email: dhana.goundan26@gmail.com

GOUNDAN Dhanalakshmi

GOUNDAN DHANALAKSHMI (she/her)

Vice-President

 

Previously the Manager and Advocate of YQA, Dhana has been elected to the board of the Young Queer Alliance as the Vice-President of the organisation. She has been a dedicated activist to the community since she joined the organisation in 2022. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Software Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Dhana also has her own business, a snack called “Siloy pa Siloy ” at Rose Hill. Through her various work experiences and through all of her work at YQA, Dhana has acquired a set of skills and a flow of knowledge that will help her excel in her role as the Vice-President of the organisation. Since 2023, Dhana has also done several videos with the local media to educate people about the LGBTQIA+ communities and she has done a variety of content with her girlfriend Wendy to portray Mauritian Queer Couples.

Besides that, she is really passionate about cooking, her business and her will to build a better and more inclusive country for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Email: dhana.goundan26@gmail.com

AUBEELUCK VIPINE

AUBEELUCK VIPINE (he/him)

Secretary

Vipine joined the YQA Team in 2015 as a member. Since then, his journey allowed him to grow within the organisation in roles such as Vice-Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President and since 2024 as Secretary.

Learning Science through academic education, business through career profession and sociology through voluntary social work allowed him to become quite versatile in his tasks at the YQA.

He has completed his Master degrees in Business Administration and works at the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Initially of jolly but introverted nature, Vipine has discovered new grounds of his personality since joining the YQA.

Email: vipine.aubeeluck@gmail.com

AUBEELUCK VIPINE

AUBEELUCK VIPINE (he/him)

Secretary

Vipine joined the YQA Team in 2015 as a member. Since then, his journey allowed him to grow within the organisation in roles such as Vice-Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President and since 2024 as Secretary.

Learning Science through academic education, business through career profession and sociology through voluntary social work allowed him to become quite versatile in his tasks at the YQA.

He has completed his Master degrees in Business Administration and works at the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Initially of jolly but introverted nature, Vipine has discovered new grounds of his personality since joining the YQA.

Email: vipine.aubeeluck@gmail.com

DUMUR VRAJSHINI

DUMUR VRAJISHNI (she/her/they/them)

Vice-Secretary

Vraj works as an academic in the field of psychology at a private tertiary institution in Mauritius. She has undertaken her studies in Psychology, Neuroscience and Counselling.

They have acquired a broad range of tools and skills for conducting psychological research. She wishes to shed light on queer mental health and promote the well-being of LGBTQIA+ folks in the local context. They began getting involved with YQA since 2021 after returning from their studies abroad and joined the team this year as their Vice-Secretary.

Vraj is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and passionate about cultivating a society rich in cultural competency through diversity, equity and inclusive practices.

Email: vraj.dumur@gmail.com

DUMUR VRAJSHINI

DUMUR VRAJISHNI (she/her/they/them)

Vice-Secretary

Vraj works as an academic in the field of psychology at a private tertiary institution in Mauritius. She has undertaken her studies in Psychology, Neuroscience and Counselling.

They have acquired a broad range of tools and skills for conducting psychological research. She wishes to shed light on queer mental health and promote the well-being of LGBTQIA+ folks in the local context. They began getting involved with YQA since 2021 after returning from their studies abroad and joined the team this year as their Vice-Secretary.

Vraj is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and passionate about cultivating a society rich in cultural competency through diversity, equity and inclusive practices.

Email: vraj.dumur@gmail.com

LASAVANNE JÜRGEN SOOCRAMANIEN

LASAVANNE JÜRGEN SOOCRAMANIEN (he/him)

Treasurer

Jürgen holds a degree in sociology with a specialisation in gender studies and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Mauritius. He is also a civic leadership graduate from the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre in Southern Africa. He is enrolled for a master’s degree in Human Rights Law at the University of Mauritius.

Previously, Jürgen served as secretary, treasurer, and President at the Young Queer Alliance and since February 2024, he is again serving as Treasurer of the organisation.

Jürgen is a fervent human rights defender with extensive experience in advocating for the rights of sexual minorities. He also has a strong interest in LGBTQIA+ issues, women’s rights movements, ethnic minorities, and mental health issues.

Besides, he is passionate about intersectionality, queer culture, and discovering new horizons. Jürgen has a strong belief in satyagraha (Philosophy of non-violent resistance) and Ubuntu (Philosophy of being self through others).

Email: jurgenlasavanne@gmail.com

LASAVANNE JÜRGEN SOOCRAMANIEN

LASAVANNE JÜRGEN SOOCRAMANIEN (he/him)

Treasurer

Jürgen holds a degree in sociology with a specialisation in gender studies and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Mauritius. He is also a civic leadership graduate from the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre in Southern Africa. He is enrolled for a master’s degree in Human Rights Law at the University of Mauritius.

Previously, Jürgen served as secretary, treasurer, and President at the Young Queer Alliance and since February 2024, he is again serving as Treasurer of the organisation.

Jürgen is a fervent human rights defender with extensive experience in advocating for the rights of sexual minorities. He also has a strong interest in LGBTQIA+ issues, women’s rights movements, ethnic minorities, and mental health issues.

Besides, he is passionate about intersectionality, queer culture, and discovering new horizons. Jürgen has a strong belief in satyagraha (Philosophy of non-violent resistance) and Ubuntu (Philosophy of being self through others).

Email: jurgenlasavanne@gmail.com

MICHELLE KARLA DIANE

MICHELLE KARLA DIANE (she/her)

Vice-Treasurer

Karla works at the most prestigious bank of Mauritius as the first openly trans woman and is a well-known activist and pageant for the trans community.

She is the Vice-Treasurer of the Young Queer Alliance and is also the Secretary of Association VISA-G, which is the first only trans-led community-based organisation in Mauritius.

Karla is a community advocate on Trans issues in Mauritius and she often participates in the local media to raise awareness on Trans matters. She also participates in a number of pageant shows representing Trans people in Mauritius like Miss Trans Global where she earned the title of Baroness Global. She is also the first Trans Mauritian woman to earn the title of Miss Queen Universe and Miss Universe Trans 2023.

Email: Andreadiane30@gmail.com

MICHELLE KARLA DIANE

MICHELLE KARLA DIANE (she/her)

Vice-Treasurer

Karla works at the most prestigious bank of Mauritius as the first openly trans woman and is a well-known activist and pageant for the trans community.

She is the Vice-Treasurer of the Young Queer Alliance and is also the Secretary of Association VISA-G, which is the first only trans-led community-based organisation in Mauritius.

Karla is a community advocate on Trans issues in Mauritius and she often participates in the local media to raise awareness on Trans matters. She also participates in a number of pageant shows representing Trans people in Mauritius like Miss Trans Global where she earned the title of Baroness Global. She is also the first Trans Mauritian woman to earn the title of Miss Queen Universe and Miss Universe Trans 2023.

Email: Andreadiane30@gmail.com

FABIEN HUET

FABIEN HUET (he/him/they/them)

Executive Member

Fabien is a university student who is pursuing a degree in Business Communication. He has joined the organisation since 2021 as a member and has been elected by the board, in 2024, as the Executive Member of YQA.

Apart from contributing to the activism of the organisation, Fabien is also a content creator that makes awareness posts on his instagram social media platform (@talkswithfab) since 2020. He talks about the stigma and challenges that the LGBTQIA+ community goes through and other topics such as human rights, femicide, animal abuse amongst others.

Besides that, he is passionate about music, studies about queer people and fashion. His goal as the new Executive Member is to help more youngsters discover the organisation and for them to participate in the activism of the NGO.

Email: fabienhuet975@gmail.com

FABIEN HUET

FABIEN HUET (he/him/they/them)

Executive Member

Fabien is a university student who is pursuing a degree in Business Communication. He has joined the organisation since 2021 as a member and has been elected by the board, in 2024, as the Executive Member of YQA.

Apart from contributing to the activism of the organisation, Fabien is also a content creator that makes awareness posts on his instagram social media platform (@talkswithfab) since 2020. He talks about the stigma and challenges that the LGBTQIA+ community goes through and other topics such as human rights, femicide, animal abuse amongst others.

Besides that, he is passionate about music, studies about queer people and fashion. His goal as the new Executive Member is to help more youngsters discover the organisation and for them to participate in the activism of the NGO.

Email: fabienhuet975@gmail.com

NABEEBACCUS NAJEEBAH (she/her)

Community Empowerment Officer

Najeebah’s journey into the heart of empowerment began with a degree in Psychology, igniting her passion for social work. Driven by a desire to uplift  communities, she dedicated 3 impactful years working with ex-detainees and their families at Association Kinouété before joining the Young Queer Alliance in 2024 as a Community Empowerment Officer. 
 
Her aim? To champion equality rights and LGBT+ inclusivity within the Mauritian society. Her own experience as a proud member of the queer community fuel her commitment to helping others navigate similar paths with dignity and support. Her presence in the acclaimed documentary ‘Nou La’ not only inspired but illuminated some struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQIA+ community in Mauritius. 
 
Beyond her professional life, Najeebah’s expertise extends into the realm of wellness as a pranic healer, where she channels her dedication to mental health. Her story is one of resilience, empathy, and unwavering commitment to making a difference.
 

Email: projects@youngqueeralliance.com

NABEEBACCUS NAJEEBAH (she/her)

 

 

Community Empowerment Officer

Najeebah’s journey into the heart of empowerment began with a degree in Psychology, igniting her passion for social work. Driven by a desire to uplift  communities, she dedicated 3 impactful years working with ex-detainees and their families at Association Kinouété before joining the Young Queer Alliance in 2024 as a Community Empowerment Officer. 
 
Her aim? To champion equality rights and LGBT+ inclusivity within the Mauritian society. Her own experience as a proud member of the queer community fuel her commitment to helping others navigate similar paths with dignity and support. Her presence in the acclaimed documentary ‘Nou La’ not only inspired but illuminated some struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQIA+ community in Mauritius. 
 
Beyond her professional life, Najeebah’s expertise extends into the realm of wellness as a pranic healer, where she channels her dedication to mental health. Her story is one of resilience, empathy, and unwavering commitment to making a difference.
 

Email: projects@youngqueeralliance.com

BEERSAYE ROHUN (he/him)

Community Empowerment Officer

Rohun has pursued his studies in BSc (Hons) Sociology with a specialization in Gender Studies at the University of Mauritius. Motivated by a lifelong awareness of social injustice and a desire to effect positive change, Rohun chose this course of study. Equipped with invaluable skills acquired from his lecturers, including qualitative and quantitative research abilities, public speaking, and presentation skills, Rohun feels prepared to leverage his capabilities to assist those who face vulnerability and injustice.

Having formed connections within LGBTQIA+ communities, Rohun has listened to their narratives of adversity in public spaces. Joining Young Queer Alliance (YQA), Rohun is committed to supporting and advocating for his allies within the community. Rohun’s global network of friends within LGBTQIA+ communities engages in meaningful exchanges through video games, sharing stories and experiences that broaden his understanding. He believes that these stories, when shared with YQA members, can foster greater empathy and support within the community.

Rohun’s core belief is that justice should liberate rather than subjugate. He finds beauty in imperfection, honesty in emotion, and strength in vulnerability, embracing the notion that true grace is found in authenticity.

 

Email: projects@youngqueeralliance.com

BEERSAYE ROHUN (he/him)

 

 

Community Empowerment Officer

Rohun has pursued his studies in BSc (Hons) Sociology with a specialization in Gender Studies at the University of Mauritius. Motivated by a lifelong awareness of social injustice and a desire to effect positive change, Rohun chose this course of study. Equipped with invaluable skills acquired from his lecturers, including qualitative and quantitative research abilities, public speaking, and presentation skills, Rohun feels prepared to leverage his capabilities to assist those who face vulnerability and injustice.

Having formed connections within LGBTQIA+ communities, Rohun has listened to their narratives of adversity in public spaces. Joining Young Queer Alliance (YQA), Rohun is committed to supporting and advocating for his allies within the community. Rohun’s global network of friends within LGBTQIA+ communities engages in meaningful exchanges through video games, sharing stories and experiences that broaden his understanding. He believes that these stories, when shared with YQA members, can foster greater empathy and support within the community.

Rohun’s core belief is that justice should liberate rather than subjugate. He finds beauty in imperfection, honesty in emotion, and strength in vulnerability, embracing the notion that true grace is found in authenticity.

Email: projects@youngqueeralliance.com

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