Young Leaders in Diabetes

Meet the YLD Committee

The new YLD Committee for the period 2018-2019 was elected on the 8 of December 2017 at the YLD Training Summit in Abu Dhabi.


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Dario Rahelic

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.

Yemurai MachiroriYemurai Machirori

Regional Representative, Africa
25 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2004.

Yemurai has recently completed her Higher National Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She has been volunteering at her member association whenever she has free time. In recent years, she has focused on helping children with diabetes and their parents by talking with them. She also writes monthly diabetes articles for one of the biggest newspaper in Zimbabwe. She wants to ensure that proper policies are set up, especially for children with diabetes in schools. 

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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.

LulwaLulwa Al-Qaoud

Regional Representative, Middle East and North Africa
24 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2002.

Lulwa is an industrial engineer from Kuwait. Determined to live life to the fullest, she has not allowed diabetes to stand in her way.She is working on making the community aware that diabetes is manageable, and is not in any way a hinder.  Today she is working on helping people with type 1 diabetes to overcome the challenges they face while balancing their day to day lives with diabetes. In the future she wishes to make a change in how people perceive diabetes.

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Regional Representative, 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.

Ronaldo WieselbergRonaldo Wieselberg

Regional Representative, South and Central America
26 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 1993.

Ronaldo is a medical student from Brazil. Realizing that many education programmes and health policies did not reach their full potential due to lack of data, he has decided to focus on diabetes and related non-communicable disease epidemiology, leading detection campaigns and gathering information to develop successful policies. He is also a camp counsellor in his Association' yearly diabetes camp as well as an administrative counsellor focusing on advocacy in his association. 

India Apoorva GomberApoorva Gomber

Regional Representative, South-East Asia
27 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2009.

Apoorva is a medical doctor in India, pursuing her postgraduation. She regularly runs educational camps to ensure easy access to diabetes education and she fights for affordable insulin. 


Hong Kong Shuk Yi YuShuk Yi, Yu

Regional Representative, Western Pacific
24 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2011.

Shuk Yi is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in literary studies and law in Hong Kong. She has been collaborating with the Youth Diabetes Action to help families and children living with diabetes. She strives to ensure that diabetes is not  solely perceived as an illness to be cursed but also as a blessing.   

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