In 2016 the IDF YLD Programme underwent a series of changes in its governance. A YLD Interim Committee – formed by the YLD Chair, a YLD Coordinator and a the YLD Regional Representatives and Representatives-elect – was established. This Interim Committee will be replaced by a YLD Committee in December 2017, after elections take place during the YLD Training Summit in Abu Dhabi.
Chair, IDF YLD Program
Dario Rahelic, physician, internal medicine specialist, endocrinologist and diabetologist has been engaged in clinical practice for 14 years in his home country of Croatia. He is Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders at Dubrava University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia; President of the Croatian Society for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders of the Croatian Medical Association; Executive Committee Member of the Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group of EASD, the Croatian Endocrine Society, the Croatian Society for Obesity and the Croatian Society for Endocrine Oncology. He is Secretary of the IDF Europe Region Board.
YLD Programme Coordinator
26 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2000.
Gavin is from the UK and has accomplished over 70 ultra-endurance challenges, including once running 30 marathons in 30 days across the UK. The experiences and research gathered through these events enabled him to start up Diathlete, a social enterprise providing education and encouragement for young people living with type 1 diabetes keen on physical activity and endurance. Since his first YLD training in Vancouver in December 2015, he has partnered with many young leaders to make positive projects happen across five IDF regions.
Regional Representative, Africa
29 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Lamin is from The Gambia and graduated from the University of The Gambia, with a BSc in Development Studies. He currently leads a group of over fifty young people with type 1 diabetes in his community and serves as an advocate for their needs. He firmly believes that diabetes challenges can be overcome through self-empowerment and diabetes education.
Regional Representative, Europe
27 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2009.
Dániel currently works as a dentist at the Semmelweis University of Budapest in Hungary. He is an active volunteer for the Hungarian Diabetes Association and a passionate advocate for oral health and diabetes. Daniel has shared his expertise at workshops and lectures during national and international conferences such as the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) workshop and the IDF Congress.
Mohammed Khalid Ahmed Ali Al-Saadi
Regional Representative, Middle East and North Africa
31 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 1990.
Mohammed Khalid Al-Saadi is from Qatar and currently works as a Special Care Program Assistant for the Qatar Diabetes Association. His responsibilities include organizing diabetes camps for youth and representing his country at many conferences and events outside of Qatar.
Regional Representative-elect, North America and Caribbean
27 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2000.
Danielle, who lives in Canada, works for Diabetes Canada running camp and youth activities. She is passionate about the need for increasing access to diabetes education, medicine and other required tools for people living with the condition. She has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing and in her spare time you’ll find her climbing mountains with her skis.
Regional Representative, South and Central America
30 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 1995.
Franco, currently living in Chile, is a medical doctor working in a pediatric hospital. He also creates educational programs and helps with camps for children and adolescents for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Chile. He loves his work with the diabetes camps having attended 38 diabetes camps in his lifetime. Franco is earning his PhD with a focus on diabetes and oral contraception. In his free time, he enjoys travelling and learning about dinosaurs and history.
Interim Regional Representative, South-East Asia
Dhruvi is a Diabetologist working for a tertiary health care centre specializing in treatment & care of Diabetes & endocrine disorders. Being very passionate about making a difference to the lives of type 1 kids, she recently completed her fellowship in paediatric diabetes. Her mission is to improve the QOL- Quality of Life of all type 1 Diabetic Patients through intensive education & appropriate counselling. By conducting regular educational awareness camps, she is on her journey to prove to the world that nothing can hinder a T1D from achieving their dreams. Dhruvi is traveller & loves to read & listen to music during her spare time.
Tai Lin (Irene), Lee
Regional Representative, Western Pacific
24 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2003.
Irene is a medical student at National Taiwan University in Taiwan. She has been working for medical human rights advocacy and scientific research since college. In 2013, she was elected Chair of the Western Pacific region and helped the Chinese Taipei Diabetes Association organize the YLD-WPR Congress for the IDF-WPR Congress in 2016. Additionally, Irene and new WP Young Leaders are currently running a yearlong video campaign covering multiple aspects of life with diabetes in IDF Western Pacific countries. These videos are launched on the 14th of every month.