The DPNSEE Board
The Board is responsible for managing the Network. It is responsible for all duties not assigned to another body of the Network by the Statutes.
The composition of the Board reflects the entire diversity (geographical, gender, ethnic) of the Network.
At least one Board member is a person from the community of people affected by drugs.
Since the last annual meeting of the General Assembly, held on 10 December 2018, members of the Board are:
Vlatko started his career in HOPS in 2000 as a social worker within the Harm reduction program and he worked in drop in center for injecting drug users and on outreach. After 2 years he become director of Harm reduction program in HOPS and he has responsible for develop 7 new harm reduction program in 5 city in Macedonia.
From 2005 to 2011 he was Executive director of HOPS. Dekov is a member of many national and international bodies and commissions targeting Drugs and addictions , HIV/AIDS and Human rights issues. Very often Dekov is engaged as a team leader of different research in the field of drug use.
“With my experience and expertise in policy creating in Macedonia and Europe, good cooperation with partners in the region I will contribute to the development of humane and efficient drug policy in South Eeastern Europe. In the era of civilization no one deserve to be punished because of his/her own decision to put something in own bodies”
President of the Association Prevent, Novi Sad, Serbia and Certified Coordinator of youth work programs, with sixteen years of experience in the field of drug issues. Very experienced trainer and manager.
Has extensive experience in direct practical work with youth and various marginalized/vulnerable groups and lobbying and advocating for their inclusion. Very experienced in fundraising, has implemented many national, regional and international projects.
Denis’ professional development and skills are the result of his many years of work and life in scouts, who shaped him into a leader with specific skills, and the rest came through work and gaining experience.
Organizer and provider of training and consulting services to over 200 events in his career. Special fields of expertise – management, strategic planning, development of strategic documents, Creating and making policy, accreditation processes in the field of Public health, Advocacy.
Through daily work, he gained extensive experience and expertise in working with particularly vulnerable and hard to reach populations (drug users, sex workers, prisoners), and completed over 3,000 individual counseling sessions with these populations, the purpose of their treatment and testing for HIV / AIDS and other blood-transmitted infections.
He was the trainer for trainers for Outreach Workers for KAP, Trainer for trainers for HIV / AIDS Counsellors, Consultant for Prison Care, Head of many field survey and study’s about KAP etc.
He loves nature, reading, film, and music, collects books because he believes they are a great fortune for the future.
Anna is a Secretary and a member of the Managing board of the Initiative for Health Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria.
She works for the organization since 1999. Her professional experience is related to development and management of preventive, research and advocacy projects in the area of drug use and HIV prevention, coordination of educational activities, coordination of relations with Bulgarian and international organizations and networks.
She has been involved as a consultant of the Ministry of Health for the implementation of the National Program for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, as well as for the development of national guidelines and strategies in the area of HIV and drugs. Anna has a master’s degree in Psychology, obtained in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
Marios was born in Athens on 6 December 1974. He graduated from Athens College in 1992 and from the American College of Greece in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology).
He has been a substance user for many years. In his social reintegration of the rehab unit 18 Ano, he actively participated in the activist group "Collective Actions of Social Solidarity" with his peers but also with the therapists of the unit. At that time he began to publish his texts on web-sites and scientific publications, but also to make web radio and webtv broadcasts by communicating his experience as a former IDU seropositive person.
Since the summer of 2014, Marios has been working for the Greek Association of People Who Live With HIV ‘’Positive Voice’’ in harm reduction actions for people who use drugs. He has attended and has participated in numerous sessions and meetings both in Greece and abroad. He speaks openly about his history as a user as well as about his HIV co-infection with HVC he faces because he thinks that it breaks the invisibility and silence surrounding his community of origin. The invisibility kills faster than any retrovirus, and any substance and the goal is to minimize it.
Sanja Šišović comes from the organisation Cazas, from Podgorica.
Šišovic has been active member of CAZAS but also educator and trainer on healthy life styles and drugabuse. Since 2011 she is managing different HIV prevention programs and Harm reduction programs for PWID, RE and youth at risk. Currently she is covering position of Program manager with authorities and responsibilities to manage programs including public health program, support to vulnerable groups program, harm reduction program and capacity building program.
Safet Blakaj is the Executive Director of Labyrinth, from Prishtina, since 2002. He has a Master Degree in Defectology and he speaks Albanian, Serbian and English.
As a Psychologist he worked at the Kosovo Correctional Service in Prishtina and continued his career as Coordinator of Psychological Services in Kosovo Correctional Service. Since 2011. Blakaj worked as Coordinator for Mental Health in the Kosovo Correctional Service.
During his career he hold therapy sessions and evaluates the psychological state of the inmates, creating and implementing strategies of activities. He has experience in finance, coordinating administrative and field work, approving and supervises the Project of Labyrinth and managing contacts with relevant stakeholders. His activity field includes an overview and evaluating inmates conditions and an overview of all mental health activities.