Directors

 
 

The Board of Directors

Since Mr Gay World is a global-scale organisation every region has its own director in order to communicate with national producers and contestants.  There are directors for Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North, Central and South America & The Caribbean.

If you are an official national producer, an official national Mr Gay Champion without a producer or a potential contestant from a country without a national Mr Gay production please contact the director responsible for your region.

You can find contact data and further information about the regional directors below.

 

Director of MGW Europe

Germany based Tim Klingenberg holds a master’s degree in law (Magister iuris) and is specialized in both International Trade Law and Entertainment Law. His studies in Germany and Argentina, were followed by professional experiences in Buenos Aires and Lima.

Since 2017 he is voluntary legal adviser to the Mr. Gay Germany competition and supported the Mr. Gay Germany team as member of the jury in 2017 and 2018 elections.

Tim Klingenberg’s commitment to the LGBTQI+ community moreover took him to Barcelona and Knysna in South Africa, where he actively supported the Mr. Gay Germany and formed part of the Mr. Gay World team.

His biggest passions are music, collecting gold record awards, and music theater as well as traveling and discovering new countries and cultures.

Director of MGW Central and North Africa

Simone Heradien is a communications specialists, arts consultant, actor and gender activist who honed her skills as former senior political reporter and editor.
 
She served as former Deputy Chairperson of the National Press Club of which she remains a member. A polyglot Simone speaks English, Afrikaans, and French and understands Spanish.

Director of MGW Southern Africa

Johann van Niekerk is an IT manager at a company based in Pretoria, South Africa. Most of his time at work is divided between assisting customers, meetings and as a technocrat he tries to stay up to date with technology and trends that use technology in everyday life and finding methods to bring that usage back into the corporate environment.

He grew up in Johannesburg and Cape Town and is currently based in Pretoria.

Johann likes to travel and visit new places and he has backpacked through North America and Western Europe and has also spend time traveling and working in Europe and Africa on occasion.

He enjoys going to the movies, outdoor life, and being in the company of friends.

He has been involved behind the scenes with events such as Mr Gay World South Africa, Mr Gay World and the annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival in Knysna, since 2009, helping and assisting where needed.

One of his motto’s that he likes to share is: “Experience is what you get when you do not get what you want”.

Director of MGW North and Central America

Ron Kuijpers moved 24 years ago, from his home country The Netherlands, to Mexico to live with his present partner. As an agricultural engineer and a marketeer he had been living in France, Africa and Guatemala before. Upon arriving in Mexico, Ron got involved in the tourist business and in 1998 he founded his own agency focussing on LGBT travel. In 2007 he became the Ambassador for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association in Mexico.

Since 2011 he has been involved, together with his business partner Francisco Aguilera, in MrGayWorld Mexico and his organization has been organizing the National finals for MrGayWorld Mexico every year since then. Each year the selections are starting with a number of State finals in the different Mexican States and are ending with a three day National final event were the representative of the different States participate for the title MrGayWorld Mexico. They have been participating in the international finals since 2012

Director of MGW South America

Pablo Salvador, 38, is a Chilean – Panamain gay activist and blogger born in Panama as Salvador Sepúlveda Montoya. Pablo is Master in Direction of Communication of Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain and Professor of History and Management.The greatest success of Chile in a gay contest was in February 2011 when Pablo Salvador, Mr. Gay Chile 2009 – 2010, won the International Mr Gay Competition.

As an activist, Pablo Salvador volunteered in several LGBTI organizations of Chile. Pablo Salvador was Spokesman of Education Commission of Fundación Iguales, the Coach and Spokesman for the Organization Mister Gay Chile The New Age, and Spokesman of Daniel Zamudio Foundation. Currently, Pablo Salvador is an independent LGBTI activist. On the Internet you can find texts of Pablo Salvador on topics such as education, equal marriage and gay pride.

In the second edition of Mister Gay Chile competition, Pablo Salvador Sepúlveda compete for second time and won the title, on December 2009.On February 2010, Pablo Salvador Sepúlveda represents Chile in the second edition of the Mr Gay World competition, in Oslo, Norway. The participation of Pablo was praised by the press especially by DNA magazine, for your performance in the personal interview.

Returning to Chile, Pablo Salvador Sepúlveda dedicated his reign as Mister Gay Chile to social causes as the fight against bullying and homophobia, with constant appearances in the press and gay community activities. On January 2011, Pablo Salvador Sepúlveda competed in the last Mr. Gay International competition and won the title.

Since October 2015, Pablo Salvador is National Director of Mr. Gay Chile contest. Since 2016, Pablo Salvador is Mr Gay World producer in Chile.Since 2018, Pablo Salvador is Director of Mr. Gay World in South America.

Director of MGW Asia

Dr. Igor Scheurkogel a South African active citizenry activist and philanthropist which main aim is to get the general public involve with issues that affect them directly.

He has been involve with Mr Gay World since 2014 when he successfully launched Mr. Gay Taiwan in 2014 and in 2016 Mr. Gay Thailand. Dr. Scheurkogel was appointed as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors in late 2017, before that he served as Regional Director for Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Dr. Scheurkogel has been striving to make the LGBTIQ+ community to get break the stigma of what ‘pageants’ do especially with MGW that it is a competition where delegates from the world meet to network and exchange ideas on how to support each other.

Director of MGW South Asia

Sushant Divgikar is an Indian Actor, Model, TV host, reality tv personality, columnist, Singer, performer and equal rights champion who has been on the board of several international LGBT organisations.

Sushant was crowned Mr. Gay India in 2014 and has been one of the youngest openly gay Indians to speak about and fight for LGBT equality through various media such as newspapers, radio, television and the digital platforms.

Sushant in collaboration with The Lalit Group and Mr. Keshav Suri has been the pioneer in promoting LGBT inclusivity at live performance spaces and has been credited with launching the First ever Drag Queen Competition at the best Night club In India, KittySu.

Sushant is currently the National Producer for Mr. Gay World India and Runs a successful company, RecreArt which provides corporate solutions and sensitizes corporate organisations as to how to deal with LGBT inclusivity and diversity management.

Directors of MGW Oceania

Matthew Fistonich 

Matthew is a former Mr Gay New Zealand and lives in Auckland. He is a former fire fighter in the New Zealand Air Force, former Real Estate Professional and is a Joint Director of New Zealand’s number one gay men’s news publication Eikon.

Since 2015 Matt has been the Producer of Mr Gay New Zealand and in 2017 was the joint Producer of Mr Gay Pride Australia.

Tony Richens

Tony has a Masters in Business and has spent the past 20 years in marketing and communications across charities, sport and corporate organisations. He lives in Sydney Australia and runs his own marketing/PR consultancy business as well being the Joint Director of gay men’s news publication Eikon.

Since 2015 Tony has assisted with the running of the Mr Gay New Zealand competition and in 2017 was Joint Producer of the inaugural Mr Gay Pride Australia