Board of Trustees/Directors

Harm Reduction International is governed by a Board of Directors, elected for three-year terms of office.

At our Annual General Meeting in 2015, the membership approved a change in HRI's governance from an Association model to a Foundation model.

Lucy Burns - Chair

Lucy Burns is a senior communications professional with a track record of devising and executing effective strategies for leading global institutions, NGOs, corporates and government departments.… Read more

Saumya Kailasapathy - Vice Chair

Saumya is currently a Program Manager at the Asian Development Bank with over 17 years of experience working in finance and strategy, including work for Clinton Health Access Initiative and Deutsche… Read more

Kojo Koram - Secretary

Kojo Koram is an academic, teaching at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 2011 and received his PhD in September… Read more

Olga Belyaeva

Olga Belyaeva is a drug policy reform activist from Ukraine with two decades of experience in advocacy, services and community mobilising.  In 2001, Olga pioneered the community needle exchange… Read more

Alex Stevens

Alex Stevens is Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Kent and a Senior Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy .  Alex's first job in the field was in 1991 as a caseworker… Read more

Oluseyi Kehinde

Oluseyi Kehinde is the Co-Director and Advocacy Manager at YouthRISE Nigeria. For close to a decade, he has executed development programs with a focus on human rights, drug policy, harm reduction,… Read more

Raminta Stuikyte

Raminta Stuikyte is a social justice activist with a life-long experience in transforming policies in the field of drug policy, HIV, access to essential medicines and higher education. In 2000s,… Read more

Pat O'Hare - Founder and Ex-Officio Trustee

Professor Pat O'Hare was the Executive Director of Harm Reduction International from its founding in 1996 until he stepped down in 2004. Read more

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