Our People

CORE TEAM MEMBERS

Angela M. Kuga Thas, Partner-Director

30 years of experience in promoting human rights, both nationally and internationally, Angela draws her knowledge and expertise through previous work experiences and her networking with human rights advocates in the field of gender and information and communication technologies; sexual and reproductive health and rights; women’s rights and the CEDAW Convention; human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; poverty alleviation; HIV and AIDS; social entrepreneurship and women’s political equality. Angela has particularly keen interest and passion in the power of narratives, specifically in the development of counter and alternative narratives that would help promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression for all, especially for vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities.

Serene Lim, Partner-Director

Serene is a lawyer with experience in human right’s work, particularly in the area of gender equality and internet rights, where promoting and defending online freedom of opinion and expression while at the same time ensuring redress for sexual and gender-based violence in digital spaces is one of the most complex issues to address within a legislative framework. Drawing from her experience in research and in human rights organisations, Serene believes that undoing oppression and defending democracy requires change not only in law, but in politics, cultural, beliefs, technology, business and education.

Nisa Rawi, Research and Documentation Officer

A final-year law student and a young activist who works on the issues of online gender-based violence, particularly how it affects young women, girls, and younger children, Nisa’s role and responsibility in KRYSS Network includes researching, monitoring, and documentation of online gender-based violence cases, and referring support services to survivors of online gender-based violence. She also acts as the national Malaysian coordinator for Southeast Asia Feminist Action Movement (SEAFAM) – a regional network of organizations from three Southeast Asian (SEA) countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines. SEAFAM works on bringing organizations around SEA to come together and to support one another in their advocacy work in the region.

JL, Communications and Media Officer

JL is an aspiring journalist who is passionate about gender equality, education reform, and youth empowerment. A strong believer in women’s liberation, she aims to empower women and reclaim the lost voices through the power of her pen. She is very active in youth initiatives that aim to fight for social reforms. As the Communication and Media Officer for KRYSS Network, she helps maintain the organization’s social media networks and communication channels, mainstream initiatives that carry gender equality and feminist values, and lead the virtual workshop roadshow on online gender-based violence.

PEER ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OUR PEER ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE FASHIONED AFTER THE IDEA BEHIND THE “KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE”, WHERE EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES, BUT EVERYONE IS STILL EQUAL AT THE TABLE.

Dorian Wilde (year)

Dorian is a human rights defender focused on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) rights, particularly that of the transgender community. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) Psychology and has 12 years of experience in various fields including rights advocacy, administration, monitoring & evaluation. He specialises in the monitoring and evaluation of programmes and organisations, as well as team-building and risk assessment activities. The founder of Transmen of Malaysia, the largest community of trans men in Malaysia, Dorian also works on Malaysian healthcare and public policy as a Programme Officer with the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy.

Jamilah Lim (year)

Jamilah is a media professional with over 8 years of experience, most of which are in communications, PR, editorial, and marketing in the digital economy and media sectors, Jamilah spends her free time as an activist and advocate for human and women rights through her activities with two civil society organizations, The Malaysian Feminist (TMF), and Malaysian Atheists and Secular Humanists (MASH). She is generally responsible for content curation and generation, communications strategy, event management, research, advocacy, and awareness building in both positions. Both organizations are affiliated with local women’s political equality advocacy group Empower, and members of the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO). Jamilah’s key interests lie in social justice, human rights, women’s rights, and empowerment. She currently works at the Selangor Information Technology & E-Commerce Council (SITEC), an initiative of the Selangor State Government (under the secretariat of their investment arm, Invest Selangor).

Melissa Mohd. Akhir (year)

Melissa is a training officer with Women’s Aid Organisation(WAO). She holds an advanced L.L.M. in International Children’s Rights from Leiden University, Holland. She was involved in the Beijing +20 Forum on women’s rights in Southeast Asia, with the Asia Pacific Women in Law & Development. She was also a resource person for IWRAW Asia Pacific at the “Experts Meeting on Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Shelters”* with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, at the London School of Economics. At the national level, Melissa was a Senior Advocacy Officer at Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) for 6 years, where she had trained over 100 Malaysian judges, magistrates, Deputy Public Prosecutors, court interpreters, police, and social welfare officers on best practices on child victim’s rights, sexual crime cases, domestic violence that are in line with Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention the Rights of the Child (CRC).