Staff and Contact Information
Ruth Birgin, Women’s Policy Officer
Ruth has worked as a harm reduction specialist for over twenty years. Ruth is the founder of WHRIN, and has been an active member of INPUD for several years and has contributed position statements and other technical inputs on behalf of INPUD over this period. Recently, she developed a UN Policy Brief on Women who Inject Drugs, as well as a Practical Guide for Service Providers on Gender-Responsive HIV services for Women who Inject Drugs. Ruth is proficient in Bahasa Indonesia, and has spent many years living in Asia working with Asian drug user activists and networks.
Jay Levy, Deputy Director
Jay began working at the INPUD Secretariat in 2014 as INPUD's Policy and Advocacy Officer, and has written advocacy publications for INPUD since 2013. He has previously worked with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), as a consultant for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), and as a supervisor for undergraduates at the University of Cambridge. His writing, advocacy, fieldwork and research, and teaching have focussed on HIV/AIDS, STI, and blood-borne infection policy and law, the outcomes of sex work and drug use legislation, feminist, gender and queer theory, and harm reduction. Jay holds a PhD (focussing Sweden’s sex work and drug use legislation), an MPhil (in Geographical Research), and a BA, from the University of Cambridge.
Valentin Simionov, Global Fund Programmes Officer
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.
Mick Webb, Programmes Coordinator
Mick has been working with INPUD since 2012 and has been responsible for capacity building projects and peer-led network formation, including the development of the east African networks, and working in South Africa. He has also held capacity building workshops in north east India. Mick has represented INPUD at local, country, and international conferences, presenting on INPUD’s work highlighting human rights abuses and network capacity building and strengthening. He has previously worked within the drug treatment systems in the South West of the United Kingdom as a Specialist Stimulant Worker and OST Practitioner.
Terry White, Office Manager
Terry started working with INPUD in 2014, and has a long history of community mobilisation and organisational development. In 1993, he co-founded the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS and in 1995 launched Positive Nation, a magazine aimed at people living with the HIV. In the early 2000s, Terry worked with the All-Ukrainian Network PLWHIV, the Russian Association of PLWHIV and Tochka Opory, an all-Ukrainian MSM organisation. On leaving Ukraine in 2013, he provided consultancy for the foundation on the Middle East and North African Community Advisory Board, and the M-Coalition, an MSM coalition based in Beirut. Terry holds an MSc in Organisational Management from the University of Bristol.
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