Staff and Contact Information
Jake Agliata, Communications Officer
Jake has been an advocate for harm reduction, human rights, and ending drug prohibition since 2011. He previously worked for Students for Sensible Drug Policy where he played a central role in expanding and managing the organisation's international programs, including engagement at the United Nations. He also provided mentorship to hundreds of youth drug policy activists around the world. Jake has conducted research on how drug prohibition contributes to racial discrimination in policing and the rise of authoritarianism. He holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Central European University and a B.A. in International Studies from Dickinson College.
Judy Chang, Executive Director
Judy has worked in the HIV and community health and development field for eight years, across areas of programme management, resource mobilisation, and communications. She has been increasingly involved in harm reduction, community mobilisation and drug policy work, particularly in regards to women who use drugs. She has worked across India, China, and Thailand. She holds a Master’s in International Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Contemporary Cultures
Tina Chkhaidze, Finance Officer
Tina started working with INPUD as our Finance Officer in April 2018. Previously, she has worked in the British Citizens Advice Bureau in their Accounts Department. Tina holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Greenwich, and has also taken professional courses in ACCA.
Mauro Guarinieri, RCF Consortium Coordinator
Mauro has been involved with INPUD since the very beginning, and was one of the authors of INPUD’s founding document, the Vancouver declaration. Mauro has been involved in the AIDS movement since the late 1990s, focussing on injecting drug use, harm reduction, access to the highest standard of care for active drug users, and the end of prohibition. Mauro was the first person openly living with HIV to address the CND plenary, and has been a member of the UN expert committee on HIV and drug use (the last denomination being Strategic Advisory Group or ‘SAG’) between 2005 and 2018. Mauro works with the INPUD Secretariat as the Coordinator for INPUD’s current Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks (RCF) grant.
Mick Matthews, Technical Consultant
Mick has over 30 years experience in the HIV movement and in drugs. He developed and organised the first ever HIV Long -Term Survivors Conference in the UK. He has held the Senior position in national and international networks and worked at the Global Fund for 7 1/2 years. A former injecting drug user, he set up the first needle exchange and OST prescribing service in his birth town in the UK. He has worked internationally for the past 20 years or more.
Hannah Shephard-Lewis, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Hannah has studied, researched, and worked in areas of gender equality, HIV/AIDS, social exclusion, and criminal justice. Her work, research, and activism have focussed on how gender inequality impacts incidence of HIV amongst marginalised communities. Hannah has also worked in areas of harm reduction and service provision for sex workers. She is especially concerned with the negative impacts of criminalisation, social exclusion, and stigma on health and wellbeing. Hannah holds a BA from the University of Sussex and an MSc from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Valentin Simionov, Programmes Coordinator
Valentin is a social worker by education and a drug policy reform activist by nature. He started working in the harm reduction field in 2004, with the Romanian Association against AIDS and from 2007 until 2015 he coordinated the Romanian Harm Reduction Network. He was the Romanian Country Coordination Committee Secretary from 2013 to 2015. Valentin is a board member of the International Drug Policy Consortium.
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