Staff & Trustees


Anita Krug - Executive Director

Anita has been working with drug use and HIV issues from grassroots to policy level, as a peer educator, counsellor, researcher and international advocate. She has worked in Australia, countries within Europe, Africa and Asia, and is now based in London. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and post graduate degrees in Political Science and International Public Health.

Robin Pollard - Operations Coordinator

Robin Pollard has an academic background in Human rights and international politics and has previously worked on a number of drug policy related projects for national campaigning organisations as well as in the various roles in the private sector. Robin manages Youth RISE’s operations, finances and communications and is currently a graduate student at Birkbeck's school of Law.


Ilona Szabo de Carvalho

Ilona Szabo de Carvalho is a violence reduction and drug policy specialist and the founder of the Igarape Institute. She serves as the co-coordinator of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Secretariat and formerly on the secretariat of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy.

Caitlin Padgett

Caitlin has gained significant global experience as one of the founders and coordinators of Youth RISE. She has been working for 10 years in peer based, youth-led HIV and AIDS, harm reduction and public health programs. This work began with YouthCO AIDS Society, Canada’s only youth-led HIV and AIDS organization, where Caitlin began volunteering at age 15. After directing several youth video productions, she later went on to become the provincial Hepatitis programs coordinator for the Agency. Caitlin also coordinated Crystal Clear, a peer-based harm reduction program for and by street-youth who use methamphetamines.

Aram Barra

Aram has been a youth activist for almost the past ten years and he has been working in HIV/AIDS and harm reduction issues in Latin America for the past three years. Before that, he worked on youth participation on diverse world issues, youth employment, education and sexual and reproductive rights through Euphoric Youth and Espolea, both of which he is a co-founder.