Zhan Chiam is ILGA’s Gender Identity and Expression Programme Officer, where he works to support and strengthen the trans movement through ILGA’s membership base, trans-led organisations, and by utilising different UN mechanisms. Zhan grew up in Singapore and moved to Australia when he was 19. He has a background in queer grassroots activism and politics in both countries.
At university, he majored in comparative religious studies and gender studies, and then qualified as a lawyer in order to work in human rights. Zhan has worked in Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Switzerland in legal, policy and advocacy roles, mainly in refugee law.