Ivan Varentsov is Information and Advocacy Coordinator at Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF) – Russian NGO with the mission to promote and develop humane drug policy based on tolerance, protection of health, dignity and human rights.
Prior to taking this position in ARF, Ivan was a Regional Coordinator for the Civil Society Action Team Hub at the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, where he was responsible for the provision of the GF related technical support to those NGOs implementing harm reduction programs within Global Fund grants in EECA.
Ivan began his activity in the sphere of public health working in drop-in center for HIV positive people in Moscow for several years. From 2007-2009, Ivan was working with Russian Healthcare Foundation as a Senior Specialist-Coordinator of the IV Round Global Fund’s HIV project in Russia, before earning an MSc in Public Health at LSHTM. As a Senior Coordinator, among other issues Ivan was responsible for coordination of implementation of harm reduction projects in 22 regions of RF.