Staff

Naomi Burke-Shyne - Executive Director

Naomi became Executive Director in September 2018 after previously serving as Deputy Director from October 2017, when she joined Harm Reduction International. She brings more than 10 years of… Read more

Sarah Lowther - Head of Finance

Sarah is the Head of Finance at Harm Reduction International, bringing over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting. Sarah works across the organisation and oversees all areas of finance… Read more

Cinzia Brentari - Senior Advisor/Programme Manager

Cinzia Brentari is a Senior Advisor/Programme Manager at Harm Reduction International, providing technical guidance and support to the Human Rights and Justice team, and Public Health and Social… Read more

Giada Girelli - Human Rights Analyst

Giada joined Harm Reduction International in 2018 as a Human Rights Advocate, focusing on the abolition of the death penalty for drug-related offences. Prior to working at Harm Reduction… Read more

Genevieve Sander - Human Rights Analyst

Gen Sander joined Harm Reduction International in September 2014 as a human rights analyst. Read more

Catherine Cook - Sustainable Financing Lead

Catherine Cook joined Harm Reduction International in 2007 as Research Analyst and was appointed Harm Reduction International’s Head of Research in 2017. She now leads the research team, overseeing… Read more

Olga Szubert - Policy Analyst

Olga joined Harm Reduction International in 2015 as Campaigns Manager. Prior to working at HRI, Olga worked at Stonewall as International Policy Officer and at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance… Read more

Emily Rowe - Project Officer

Emily Rowe is an Australian born, Bali based post-doctoral researcher who has been living in Indonesia since 1998. Emily joined Harm Reduction International in June 2017 as Project Officer for the… Read more

Maddie O'Hare - Conference Manager

Maddie joined Harm Reduction International in April 2016. Maddie is responsible for the organisation and smooth running of Harm Reduction International’s flagship biennial conference. Maddie is… Read more

Lucy O'Hare - Conference Manager

Lucy joined Harm Reduction International in April 2016. Along with Maddie, she is responsible for organising Harm Reduction International’s conference. Lucy also works at HIT, a UK-based harm… Read more

Katie Stone - Public Health and Social Policy Lead

Katie Stone is a social science researcher who leads the Public Health & Social Policy team. The Public Health & Social Policy team produce Harm Reduction International's biennial… Read more

Sam Shirley-Beavan - Research Assistant

Sam joined Harm Reduction International in 2018 as a research assistant, working on the Global State of Harm Reduction report. Before joining Harm Reduction International, Sam worked for the… Read more

Edward Fox - Communications Lead

Edward began working with Harm Reduction International in 2018 as Communications Lead and brings extensive experience in strategic communications on public health and human rights. Prior to joining​… Read more

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