Team

International Coordinator

morgana@youthrise.org

Morgana Daniele is a drug policy and human rights activist. Her expertise is in community mobilization, harm reduction education, and advocacy for drug policy reform. Her academic background is Eastern European and Russian politics.

Project Manager

florian@youthrise.org

Florian is a Deputy Director of Help Not Harm and a co-founder of SSDP Ireland. He has represented Youth RISE to numerous Irish government departments and the Irish Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He is currently undertaking a PhD in ‘NPS Injecting in Ireland: practices, health implications and service utilization’.

Project Manager

ishwor@youthrise.org

Ishwor is a young activist promoting harm reduction initiatives which value health and human rights of drug users in Nepal, specifically promoting gender equality and young people. He is one of the national representatives of Youth LEAD. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Tribhuvan University.

International Working Group Member

wiqas@youthrise.org

Wiqas is a youth activist from Pakistan who founded Human Resources Organization and Initiative for Youth & Sustainable Development and is the current Executive Director for the Initiative for Youth and Sustainable Development in Pakistan. He is also involved in cross border education and health initiatives with young people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Communications Officer

ailish@youthrise.org

Ailish is a youth activist working on drug policy, homelessness, as well as LGBTQ+, and feminist issues, especially focusing on the intersection of these topics. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, International Relations and Economics at University College Dublin, where she founded the University’s first chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

International Working Group Member

daniel@youthrise.org

Daniel is a social activist with a drug policy, capacity building, advocacy and governance background. He is the Youth RISE representative to Paradigma and was the co-founder of Activista Ghana. His academic background is Political Science and English.

International Working Group Member

Bachar Kaawach is a drug policy and harm reduction activist who represents the voices of people who use drugs in Lebanon. He attends regular meetings with government departments, NGOs, and other civil society groups, regarding issues affecting people who use drugs and other key affected populations. Bachar is a marketing graduate and as well as engaging in advocacy work he tries to spread awareness of social issues through his rap music.

International Working Group Member
Oz is a young LGBTQ+ and HIV activist from Turkey, studying for a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marmara University Istanbul. Oz has been involved in the HIV field since 2017, worked for national and international NGOs and conferences representing youth. As a gay man openly living with HIV, he is working to improve the quality of life of people from marginalized communities and people living with or affected by HIV.

International Working Group Member

Abril Galván is a young activist and a member SSDP Latin America.  Her work as a healthcare professional has led her to participate in projects in Mexico and Bolivia focused on advocacy for harm reduction based policies and ending the stigma associated with drug use.

International Working Group Member

Mayank is a young researcher and advocate who works to support and promote youth centered programs and policies, with a specific focus on drugs and people who inject drugs in India. His academic background includes sociology, anthropology and folklore studies.

International Working Group Member

MJ Stowe is a researcher and activist whose work has focused on substance analysis and support services in recreational settings. MJ’s skills include data handling, analysis and visualisation as well as science communication. He is particularly interested in using an evidence-based approach to implement full-spectrum harm reduction practices.

International Working Group Member

Yahya is the founder of Friendly Organization for Research and Community Empowerment (FORCE) and previously worked with Addiction and Healthcare Organization (MAHCO) /Center of Excellence in Harm Reduction and Dependency. Currently he works with SHRO as harm reduction service provider and researcher.

International Working Group Member

Sandeep is a social activist and harm reductionist working with an organization which solely works with PWUD and people living with HIV and AIDS by providing services of Oral Substitution Therapy and Needle Syringe Exchange programs. He is a leader and improving young people who use drugs’ engagement in community, national and regional drug programming processes.

Mariam is a drug policy activist from Georgia. She is one of the founders of an organization which focuses on young people who use drugs and promoting friendly harm reduction services and approaches.

Joana works with NGOs in advocacy and as a policy officer, dedicated to drug policy reform, and supporting full spectrum harm reduction services in a variety of settings and PWUD rights. She is a member of the Portuguese National Forum for HIV, Hep C and TB, and has worked as a representative of civil society at a number of forums and working groups, such as the European Civil Society Forum on Drugs. Her educational background is in Political Sciences and International Relations, Economics, and Public policies, having as main interest drug policy reform: from decriminalization to legalization, as part of her research and activist daily routines.