Please note that all our staff roles are paid part-time roles.
Morgan Carpenter – Executive Director
Morgan is an intersex man, bioethicist and executive director of IHRA (a part-time role) who lives on Bundjalung Country in northern NSW. Morgan is also a research affiliate in the University of Sydney School of Public Health. In 2023, Morgan’s “tireless work” was singled out for particular recognition, by Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr, in introducing Australian-first legislation to protect the rights of people with innate variations of sex characteristics in medical settings. He has been named as a significant contributor to a 2021 Australian Human Rights Commission report on the health and human rights of people born with variations in characteristics. Morgan has also changed the global and local face of intersex advocacy: in 2013 he designed and shared the intersex flag, now used across the world, framed around concepts of bodily integrity and autonomy. Morgan wrote our submissions to Senate inquiries on involuntary or coerced sterilisation, and anti-discrimination legislation, and also participated in hearings on those inquiries. He participated in the first intersex expert meeting, organised by the UN. He was an expert and drafting committee member for the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 and has also consulted or been a reference group member for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the ACT government, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, NSW Health, and other bodies. A director since IHRA registered as a not-for-profit company in 2010, Morgan Carpenter has served in numerous board positions, including president. Photo: Mark Dickson.
Bonnie Hart – Deputy Executive Director
Bonnie Hart is an intersex woman, peer worker and systemic advocate working with and within the intersex community to advocate for legislative protections and improved access to affirmative, rights-based health and mental health services. Bonnie nurtures intersex community connections and a burgeoning intersex peer workforce. Bonnie lives on Gubbi Gubbi country. She is the designer of InterLink, a peer-led and community-based intersex psychosocial support program and is an original signatory of the Darlington Statement, an Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australian intersex community consensus statement. Bonnie has a long time relationship with Intersex Peer Support Australia, having held several leadership roles and drafted multiple submissions informing Australian legislative and human rights reform on behalf of the group. Bonnie has participated in expert multiple advisory groups informing government and NGOs on intersex issues and is an intersex educator, developing affirmative practice resources and regularly providing sector-specific training through the Yellow Tick initiative. Bonnie is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Queensland, investigating affirmative healthcare.
Gabriel Filpi – Senior Projects Officer (Health)
Gabriel is a queer, intersex advocate, educator and young professional who has been working in the ACT for the past five years. Originally from Sydney, Gabriel moved to Canberra to complete a Masters of biological anthropology at the ANU, later expanding his studies into medical anthropology. For the past four years Gabriel has worked in health education and health promotion at Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT and inclusive education environments as the project officer for the ACT Safe and Inclusive Schools (SAIS) Initiative, and over the last 12 months as the Intersex Project Co-ordinator at A Gender Agenda. Gabriel has also held a place on the ACT LGBTIQA+ Ministerial Advisory Council for the past 2 years as the sole member with intersex lived experience. Through his work, Gabriel has rich and diverse experience in resource development, policy, peer support, public speaking, training development and delivery, alongside cross-sectoral stakeholder engagement. One of Gabriel’s fondest achievements is the development and release of “Including Intersex“, a first of-its-kind education resource for school staff. Gabriel has strong professional, personal and academic interests in healthcare experiences, health education, and critical medical anthropology. With his passion for advocacy, education, and health Gabriel brings a unique skillset to the space as demonstrated by previous resource development and ongoing collaboration with the ACT legislative reform. Gabriel looks forward to contributing his part to the intersex human rights movement, and to improving the health and wellbeing of intersex Australians.
Natalie Hamam – InterLink Mental Health Practitioner
Natalie has been an occupational therapist for 20 years refining their counseling skills by years of specialising in the areas of sex and relationships. They have a graduate diploma in sexual health from the University of Sydney and have also completed a research masters focused on the intimate lives of people with disabilities. They love talking with people about topics that others find taboo and helping people find their voice for telling their own stories. Natalie is a signatory to the Darlington statement and is committed to anti-oppressive practice. Nat strives to be anti-racist, nuero-divergent affirming and trauma informed in their work. They believe in the power of people telling their own stories and that their role is primarily to listen and support people as the experts in their own lives. As a person who doesn’t have lived experience of being intersex, Natalie values learning from experiences of all kinds to build intersex competency into their practice.
Cody Smith – Training and Communications Officer
Cody has been a Canberra based intersex educator and activist for the last eight years and joined us in August 2021. Starting off in grassroots community education, Cody has spent the last four years as Intersex Project Coordinator for A Gender Agenda. They’ve been involved in building organisational capacity, policy development, running peer support programs, as well as developing resources and training from a lived experience perspective. With a background in science communication and in library and information services, Cody brings a bright and sincere voice to the space and believes that visibility and conversation are the right way forward to improving the circumstances of people with innate variations of sex characteristics in Australia. As a signatory of the Darlington Statement and key collaborator on legislative work in the ACT, Cody looks forward to contributing further to the national discussion on intersex human rights.
Aro Daha – Administrator
Aro joined us in January 2023 as our new administrator. She has a Bachelors degree in accounting, and is undertaking studies in psychology and counselling.
- Administrator (part-time) November 2022.
- Senior projects officer (part-time) September 2022. Applications are closed.
- Administration officer (part-time) (July 2021). Applications are closed.
- Senior projects officer (part-time) (June 2021). Applications are closed.
- Administrator (part-time) (October 2019). Applications are closed.
Former staff members
Tony Briffa was a co-executive director from December 2016 to May 2021, and she continues as a director of the company. Florin Douglas and Clare MacDonald joined us for an administration role, and Olympia Balopitos joined us for a legal role.