Oversight Advisory Committee Members

Atul Ambekar

Advisor – Mental Health

Dr. Atul Ambekar is an Addiction Psychiatrist working as a Professor at the prestigious National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), AIIMS, New Delhi, India. He has been a member of many international and expert bodies in the field of drug addiction including the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence (World Health Organization, Geneva), Strategic Advisory Group (IDU and HIV) of the United Nations, National Consultative Committee on Drug Demand Reduction and Rehabilitation (NCCDDR) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. He is a fellow of the School of Criminology, Hong Kong University. He has published a number of research papers, practice guidelines, and training manuals in the field of addiction psychiatry. As the principal investigator, Dr. Atul has led the National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India, one of the largest epidemiological study of substance use in the world. Currently, he is member, Board of Directors of International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). 

Doan Thanh Tung

Advisor – LGBTQI

Mr. Doan Thanh Tung has more than a decade’s experience working as an HIV, YKP [Young Key People] activist and practitioner in the fields of stigma and discrimination, community rights, sexual reproductive health rights, chemsex and drug use, and HIV in Vietnam and the Southeast Asia region. His work ranges from designing, managing, and implementing various interventions, programs and innovations based on the context and needs of the community, conducting research to design evidence-based interventions and community monitoring, building capacity and empowering other organizations and young key populations communities. Tung is also an inspiring speaker to raise the community’ needs and concerns through high-profile engagements at key regional and global conferences, including the AIDS Conference, IAS Conference, APAAC, PEPFAR COP meeting, Asia Chemsex Platform, Harm Reduction International Conference, UNAIDS PCB, etc. His recognition includes a feature in Vietnam Forbes Magazine ‘30 Under 30’, Australian Government’s Young Social Entrepreneur Leader, and the Young Achiever Award Southeast Asia Hero award by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health for exceptional work as a community young leader, community health worker and LGBTQI activist. Tung was recently awarded his Masters of Public Health at the Hanoi Medical University International MPH program.

Gloria Lai

Advisor – Drug Policy

Gloria Lai is the Regional Director: Asia for the International Drug Policy Consortium, a global network of civil society organisations advocating for drug policies that promote human rights and social justice. She has worked for IDPC since 2011 and currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to this role, she worked as a lawyer then later as a senior policy advisor on law enforcement and drug control for the Australian Government.

Pascal Tanguay

Advisor – MEAL (Monitoring, Evauation, Accountability, & Learning)

Pascal Tanguay is a Canadian based in Thailand since 2004. Pascal has worked and provided leadership in the field of harm reduction and drug policy for the past 20 years, particularly in Asia and in Thailand. Pascal was recognized by HRH Princess Bajarakitiyabha of Thailand for significant contributions to drug policy development after he led and oversaw the implementation of the national response to HIV targeting people who inject drugs from 2011 to 2015.

Pascal is currently an independent consultant providing technical support services at the intersection of public health and public security to communities, civil society, academics, governments, development partners and media agencies

Rosma Karlia

Advisor – Gender

Rosma Karlina is the director of Womxn’s Voice in Indonesia. She is also a paralegal expert for offering legal assistance to communities facing charges in narcotics cases in the city of Bogor. Since  2006, Rosma has been working on Drug related issues, primarily focusing on the issues of women who use drugs.

Womxn’s Voice, also known as “Suar Perempuan Lingkar Napza Nusantara” is an independent, community-based organization of women and trans women who work with policy makers to ensure meaningful participation in drug circles and the community in drug control programs with a human rights perspective in Indonesia.

Yatie Jonet

Advisor – Drug User Representation

Yatie Jonet has 12 years of working experience in Harm Reduction under the Global Fund Programmes. She has been involved with various stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels in supporting the global drug policy reform movement. Recently awarded as ‘Emerging Female Leadership’s Award’ at the INHSU in 2022. Yatie continues her efforts in empowering groups of women who use substances, including spouses of PUD, and youth/children of PUD towards access to their health, and human rights ensuring their wellbeing through knowledge sharing approaches.

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