PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF MR GAY WORLD™
Eric is an ambitious entrepreneur who creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. Builds and retains high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals.
Eric handles all functions related to putting together a team of professionals to foresee that the annual event is delivered to its optimum standards, hosting between 20 to 25 delegations from all over the world.
He is the driving force of the Organisation. In the last ten years he has taken the event to Canada, Norway, Philippines, Belgium, Italy, Malta and Spain and three times in South Africa.
Dr Nomafrench Mbombo
MINISTER OF HEALTH : WESTERN CAPE
Born and bred in Mdantsane township in East London, Eastern Cape. Relocated to Cape Town 16 years ago. Before entering into politics and until March 2014 an Associate Professor (from being a lecturer; senior lecturer) at the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape. She holds a PhD in the area of Gender and Human Rights (UWC), Masters in Maternal & Child Health (UKZN) and a Bachelors in Nursing Science (UFH). She previously worked in provincial and local government health departments in the Eastern Cape and KZN respectively. Dr Mbombo is currently the Western Cape Minister of Health. Before moving into this portfolio, she was the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs & Sport.
As a community and scholar activist: has worked and collaborated with different stakeholders provincially, nationally, across Africa and globally engaging communities, civil society, governments, parliamentarians and professional bodies to reclaim the voices of the population at risk (eg. pregnant and rural women, minorities). She served in different organizations as a member, advisor and consultant in various ministerial committees (eg. National Committee of Confidential Enquiries on Maternal Death). Prof Mbombo has been visiting fellow and research associates at international universities and organisations (eg. NEPAD; UN Office of Human Rights: Women & Gender Directorate and Special Rapporteur on Health
INTERNATIONAL SINGER & SONGWRITER
LINA, an international singer/songwriter was born in Ohio, USA to parents of Palestinian heritage.
In 2013, Lina won The Voice Israel, an incredible achievement, musically and culturally, considering the fact she is the first Palestinian to ever win a major TV show chosen by the Israeli public.
Lina was quoted saying: “This accomplishment is solid proof that peace will come from the people and not governments”.
On June 9th 2017, Lina performed at the Tel Aviv Pride Parade (200,000 people) and in so doing, she became the first Arab female singer to publicly support gay pride and the LGBT community.
MANGO AIRLINES – HOD MARKETING
My love for people transcended me to pursue not just a career in marketing, but devotion to providing solutions to customers and a foresight to predicting problems and subsequent value propositions.
Furthermore, I am not only focused on marketing in my day to day engagements, but full P&L as an entrepreneur. I vociferously espouse these values: Integrity, love, respect, co-existence and Ubuntu.
I love consumer brands for their engagement, fulfillment, innovation and talk-ability. I fully subscribe to Karma and mindfulness.
HORNET CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Sean is an activist turned entrepreneur as co-founder & President at Hornet. Prior to Hornet, he was a fellow of the World Affairs Council, trustee, and President of the Young Professional International Network.
He helps hundreds of organizations leverage technology to expand their impact through his work at the MSM Global Forum; serves on various non-profit boards and committees: UNAIDS, E-CDC, PFLAG and Center for Public Health and Human Rights at John Hopkins; is a founding member of the UN Global Coalition for HIV Prevention and
technical advisor to UNDPs and the World Bank LGBTI Index.
He leads the impact initiatives of the LGBT Foundation, which works to leverage the LGBT Token and the benefits of blockchain technology for the empowerment of the LGBT community.
John Fernandez Raspado
MR GAY WOLRD™ 2017
John Raspado is the Grand Winner of I AM POGAY 2014 of It’s Showtime ABS CBN (National Television) where he first “came out” as an openly gay person. He was crowned Mr. Gay World Philippines in 2016. He represented his country in Madrid, Spain last May 10, 2017 and hailed as the First Filipino and First South East Asian to win Mr. Gay World 2017. He is the ambassador of LoveYourself in the Philippines.
He is also an ambassador of Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) in Thailand.
He is the ambassador of the Gay Games 2022 in Hong Kong and advocates #i.H.e.a.r.t.LGBTQI a holistic approach for Health, Equality, Welfare and HIV/AIDS Awareness. He was the Lead Actor for a sexy comedy- stage play entitled “SOLO PARA ADULTOS” or “For Adults Only” last February 10, 2018 at the Music Museum, San Juan, Manila.
WHISTLER SKI & PRIDE FESTIVAL – CEO
Dean Nelson has always been an active participant in his community.
In 2006 Nelson was part of the team that saved Whistler’s Gay Ski Week and in 2008 he became the CEO, Executive Producer of the annual festival now known as Whistler Ski & Pride Festival.
Nelson was the Founder of the first Olympic Pride House – a pavilion that would celebrate diversity in sport and raise awareness of homophobia within sports at the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Nelson continues to sit on the Pride House Advisory Group which has mentored London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Rio FIFA World Cup 2014, Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and many more.
Rubin van Niekerk
GAY PAGES – EDITOR
Rubin founded the first gay business association in Africa, The Family Business, in January 1992. The Family Business published a newsletter that evolved over time into the first edition of the Family Business Directory that was published on Saturday 10 December 1994. By the second edition it became known as Gay Pages.
After 23 years this classy coffee table magazine is well known in gay households around the world.
With a focus on travel, lifestyle, food, wine, cars, and gay life, this well-rounded magazine offers something for every reader. Rubin is also a member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and has been a juror for the South African Car of the Year competition for 8 years.
Rubin and his partner Alan Samons live in Melville and have three very spoilt furry children, Onyx Amber and Maximus.
MANGO AIRLINES – MARKETING COORDINATOR
Kevin hails from Alberton and describes himself as an Albertonian and a true Alberton Boy for the past 33 years.
He has been working for Mango Airlines for the past 7 Years and is currently the Mango Airlines Marketing Coordinator.
Kevin is a Go-Getter that Graduated Advertising through Varsity College and did Business Management through Wits Business School. He is a Family man, with a wife and 2 kids.
His philosophy in life is that “There is no time like the present – strike while the iron is hot”.
He is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community.
RED DOT PR – OWNER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
As an Award-winning Entertainment Journalist, Gavin Prins has graced South African television screens for more than 5 years as a presenter on popular shows like Glitterati and Tonge Los. He also worked as Entertainment Reporter for Rapport Newspaper, deputy editor of Heat Magazine (South Africa), editor of Evoke Magazine and reporter for Radio Kosmos in Namibia.
After 14 years, he left the media industry to pursue a career in Public Relations. He subsequently started Red Dot Public Relations – a company that focuses on Publicity, Social Media and Crisis Management.
In 2013, he wrote and published the controversial book, Joost & Amor: Behind The Headlines that rattled a few feathers in the South African Entertainment industry. Despite the attention, the book quickly hit the top 5 bestsellers in many bookstores across the country.
Ian Ferreira-Massyn - AUDITOR
Ian Ferreira-Massyn completed his BCOM degree at Nelson Mandela University and registered as a Professional Accountant (SA). He holds 8 years of audit and accounting experience working for an international audit and accounting firm and is also the Chairperson of the Southern Region for the South African Institute of Professional Accountants, one of only two accounting regulatory bodies in South Africa which belongs to the International Federation of Accountants.
Ian utilises his diverse accounting skills and network connections to promote LGBT rights through serving in a bona fide capacity as the Chief Financial Officer on various LGBTQ+ organisations such as Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Southern Africa Foundation NPC and World Gay Foundation NPC. In 2017 Ian was appointed as one of the directors of Mr Gay World organisation.