The YLD Committee is composed of the YLD Chair, the YLD Deputy Chair, and a Representative and Representative-elect from each of the seven IDF regions. Its role is to act as a bridge between the YLD members and the IDF Executive Office and to coordinate the regional work.
Chair and Deputy Chair:
Chair, IDF YLD Programme Dario Rahelic, physician, internal medicine specialist, endocrinologist and diabetologist has been engaged in clinical practice for 14 years in 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.
Deputy Chair, IDF YLD Programme As President of the Guyana Diabetic Association since 2007, Glynis Beaton conducts numerous workshops, talk shows and outreach activities in her country. Her professional life in the Mining Industry also gives her the opportunity to reach people in the rural areas. Glynis has developed a strong relationship between her Association and the Ministry of Public Health through the Chronic Disease Unit and PAHO/WHO. She has been working with young people since April 2003, when she was elected General Secretary of the YWCA in Guyana. Glynis is also currently part of the IDF Board as Regional Chair for the North America and Caribbean Region.
Regional Representatives and Representatives-elect:
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.
Regional Representative-elect, Africa
28 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 1999. Kagiso is a second-year diploma student in Health Education and Promotion in Botswana. Since 2010, he has been actively cooperating with the Diabetes Association of Botswana and has become one of its eight Executive Committee Members. He focuses on providing education on diabetes through participating in interviews and making educational clips on various channels.
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.
Regional Representative-elect, Europe
21 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2010. Uros is a second-year law student at the University of Belgrade. He has been an active member of the Diabetes Association of Serbia since 2014, participating in various camps and being invited to speak in various settings. He was elected Board Member of the Diabetes Association of Serbia in 2017.
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.
Regional Representative-elect, Middle East and North Africa
21 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2000. Aziza is a third-year medical student who strives to contribute to improving the health of citizens in her country. Through participating in various volunteering activities, she tries to educate the general population and help those in need of guidance.
Interim Regional Representative, North America and Caribbean
Mallissa is a broadcast monitor and is currently pursuing a degree in Business and Human Resources Management. She has been the secretary of the YLD Guyana since 2016 and was sponsored by PAHO/WHO to represent Guyana at the NAC meeting in Mexico in 2017. She has been actively involved in volunteering in the annual diabetic youth camp in her country, various outreaches, projects and workshops carried out by the Guyana Diabetic Association, the YLD Guyana and the Ministry of Public Health. Her aim is to raise awareness and provide emotional support to youths living with type 1 diabetes.
Diana Novelo Alzina
Regional Representative-elect, North America and Caribbean
27 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2010. Diana is a dietitian and diabetes educator from Mexico. She received her diabetes educator license from the Mexican Diabetes Federation. She volunteers in the Diabetes Association of the Southeast of Mexico since 2013. Diana uses her medical and technical knowledge to educate people and improve life conditions for people living with diabetes in Mexico.
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.
Lucas Xavier de Oliveira
Regional Representative-elect, South and Central America
20 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2008.Lucas is currently studying nursing. He volunteered for several years with his Member Association, founded a diabetes nursing league at his university and launched a blog for friends and relatives of people living with diabetes, which was very successful. He wishes to continue representing Brazil and to foster change in the world.
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.
Regional Representative-elect, South-East Asia
26 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2001. Kush is an ophtalmologist in India. He has been actively volunteering in many camps and participating in various projects offering care at subsidised rates to ensure access to care for all. His main aim is to raise awareness, increase early detection of diabetes and help with the rehabilitation of people living with diabetes.
Shuk 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.
Regional Representative-elect, Western Pacific
28 years old, living with type 1 diabetes since 2006. Youngji studied business during her college years and is currently working as Medical Education Coordinator at Medtronic Korea Diabetes. She strives to create a healthy insulin pump market by delivering the right message and proper training to PWDs suffering from the condition so that they can enjoy the benefit of advanced therapy to the fullest extent. Working and living with diabetes truly amplify her sense of duty and make her job much more rewarding and fun.