Our Board

Harlem van Hayzer is a founder and a board member (chair of the board) of the non-profit organization LGBT World Beside. He established the organization while he was a refugee in the Netherlands back in 2017. Witnessing the difficulties faced by LGBT+ individuals on their refugee journeys, he decided to assist those compelled to forge new lives in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Mel Alexander Daluzyan is a board member (treasurer) of LGBT World Beside. He is an accomplished former professional weightlifter, renowned for his exceptional performance in prestigious competitions such as the European Weightlifting Championships and the World Weightlifting Championships. Throughout his career, he had remarkable achievements, earning the titles of two-time European Champion and two-time World bronze medalist.

However, Mel’s remarkable journey was not without its share of challenges, particularly concerning his gender identity. Faced with discrimination and adversity due to his gender identity and his advocacy for LGBT+ rights in Armenia, he sought asylum in The Netherlands. Despite the obstacles he encountered, Mel has consistently served as an inspirational figure and role model within the Armenian LGBT community. To this day, he remains dedicated to fighting for LGBT rights in his new home, The Netherlands, actively engaging with various organizations and serving as a valued board member of LGBT World Beside.

Daniel Phifer is a board member (secretary) of the LGBT World Beside. With over 25 years of experience in technical sales at the renowned Fortune 500 company Thermo Fisher Scientific, he currently holds the position of manager for technical product sales within a specific market segment.

In 2020, Daniel began volunteering at LGBT World Beside. Having formed friendships with numerous former refugees who successfully integrated into Dutch society and became citizens, he became aware of the challenges within the support system. This awareness motivated him to take action and contribute his skills in technical marketing and sales to assist LGBT World Beside.