Meet YODA

  • Katerina Gogova

    Katerina is a representative of the civil society organization Healthy Options Project Skopje – HOPS, operating in the city of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. She has over three years’ experience in working with active drug users in the field of harm reduction as medical stuff in HOPS. She is currently a medical student. Katerina’s everyday […]

    Position: Macedonian Representative

  • Ayesha Mian

    Ayesha was a former head of SSDP UK and been involved with YODA for a while before becoming communications officer. Currently she is a medical student with an educational background in public/global health. Ayesha strongly believes in the power of young people to challenge the injustices that we all face today. By giving them the […]

    Position: Communications Officer for YODA

    e-mail: ayesha.mian [at] euro-yoda.org

  • Joana Canedo

    Working in APDES as Advocate and Policy Officer in a Portuguese-based NGO’D, APDES – Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento. Having studied Political Science and International Relationships at NOVA University of Lisbon, I am now finishing my master dissertation at ISCTE-IUL in Economics and Public Affairs regarding cannabis, comparing two possible policies: decriminalization and legalization/ market […]

    Position: Portugese representative

  • Ognjen Martinovic

    My official position in ReGeneration is an intern, in area of policy analytics.  I am interested in drug policy in general, with a focus on psychedelics and cannabis research. What drove me to engage in work related to drugs is the injustice towards the users and the inhumane approach, though these are relative things depending […]

    Position: Serbian representative

  • Lindor Bexheti

    From 2013 has worked for NGO Labyrinth in Prishtina, Kosovo as a Social Worker, coordinating educators and outreach work in three major cities in Kosovo, as a part of the Global Fund project in Kosovo. Most of his work focuses around harm reduction activity, including needle and syringe exchange programs and advocating for human rights […]

    Position: Kosovo representative

  • Dimitar Karagegov

    Program manager of Bulgarian Libertarian Society or Fieldmarshal at Liberty 420. – Liberty 420 is focused on legalization of all drugs in Bulgaria. Our aim is to develop tools and practices that will help less people to end up in police stations, hospitals, mental clinics and coffins.

    Position: Bulgarian representative

    e-mail: dkaragegov@libsociety.org

  • Erik Helderweert

    Psychosocial healthcare worker. 5 years experience in Harm reduction work for NGO Free Clinic, harm reduction based healthcare org. in Antwerp. Since 3 years I’ve been working in a low threshold setting with young people who use drugs. Also active as a volunteer in a party-peer organisation, Safe ‚n Sound.

    Position: Belgium representative

    e-mail: erik.helderweert@free-clinic.be

  • Irena Molnar

    Irena has BA and MA in Social Anthropology and she was graduate student of Southeast European Studies at University of Athens, Faculty of political science, South East European Studies. As an anthropologist she gain degree doing research on „RAVE subculture as intangible cultural heritage of Serbia“, but also did several researches in the region of […]

    Position: Board member

    e-mail: irena.molnar@dpnsee.org

  • Jan Stola

    Jan is one of the founders of YODA, and has been acting as its coordinator since 2013. He is also formally a president of Foundation Youth Organisations for Drug Action, which is a legal entity for our network. Jan graduated in social policy at University in Warsaw. Since 2007 he has been involved in a […]

    Position: President

    e-mail: jan.stola@euro-yoda.org

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